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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  7,411 ratings  ·  397 reviews
Lindsey Hilliard flees her charmed life in New York, searching for answers after her fiancé’s betrayal fills her with self-doubt. Unfortunately, her rented Malibu home is next door to Levi Hardy, the sexy but insufferable man who humiliated her years ago.

Hardened by a grim past he keeps concealed, Levi prefers maintaining a comfortable distance from folks, especially a nos
Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 9th 2014 by Montlake Romance
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Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Jamie Beck Fans, Romance
4 Surprising Stars
* * * * Spoiler Free
This was a staggering surprise! What I thought was going to be a sweet little story with romance and happily ever afters... turned into a thought-provoking tale with heart, lessons, and truth.

This had the opposites meeting...having an exchange which made a huge impact on both. The impact may have been in different ways... but equally important. We fast forward and our gal is confronted by a cheating "perfect on paper" fiance. Her "well to do" family loves hi
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lindsey has an ivy league education, a trust fund, and the perfect fiancé. That is until she discovers her fiancé had a fling with a woman he met at a bar and might have given her an STD. Heart-broken she leaves New York and rents a beach house in Malibu hoping to make some life changing decisions.

Levi is a gambler by nature who made his money by pushing his luck at the card tables in Vegas and shrewdly investing his winnings. Having a con-man for a father and being abandoned by his mother has
3.5 stars!

What a surprising read. What I thought would be a light romantic tale turned into a thought provoking romance with a few unpredictable twist and turns along the way.

As both Lindsey and Levi find themselves facing startling challenges, circumstances bring them together, resulting in a slow building, touching love story.
Jacob Proffitt
I picked this up because a friend mentioned something I'll get to later. And I found it surprisingly good, so that worked out well.

From the start, I knew that Levi would be what made or broke my engagement. He's closed off emotionally, but not without good reason. Abandoned by his mother and left with his grifter father, his emotional landscape is rather bleak. It almost makes it worse that he abandoned his father's lifestyle and ethical flexibility as soon as he could, choosing instead to use t
This book surprised me. It was well written, had a decent plot, and a realistic HEA.

Lindsey flees to a beachfront condo after her fiancé tells her he cheated and there was an STD involved. She realizes she’s been allowing her parents and her fiancé to dictate her life choices. A bit of geographical distance helps her start figuring out her own wants and needs.

Lindsey discovers that Levi, a guy who gave her a mean set down as a teen, is her neighbor. He’s cranky and emotionally constipated. She
Melinda Tan
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Congratulations to Jamie! This genre is one I don't normally read, but I should. I was hooked immediately (er - I worked hard to avoid being the poster-child for a stay-at-home Mom reading and popping bon-bons)and was incredibly impressed by her beautiful writing. I even underlined some very insightful passages. I would recommend this for a fast and fun read.
p.s. Did anyone else envision a young Rob Lowe as Levi?
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, from-ku
Lindsey has a trust fund, ivy league education and a perfect fiancé. Until he confesses he cheated and might have given her STD. Needing time to think, she kisses NYC-life good bye and rents a Malibu beach house. And instanly recognizes her new neighbor, who embarassed her years ago.

Levi is a gambler. He doesn't do uncalculated decisions and doesn't trust anyone, thanks to being abandoned by his mother and his recently killed con-man for a father. But an accident forces him to accept the help o
This book had potential but never quite got there. I failed to fathom why heroine continued to speak to her disapproving mother. Also, until the very end she hasn't taken a decision on whether she is going to take her cheating ex back. I also didn't find the romance very romancey. Yes, the book tackles growth for h/H but it didn't click much with the romance.
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm a sucker for a drama romance. I just get so caught up in them, and give them all 5 stars 🤷🤣
Oct 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review.

Did not finish. Stopped at 51%

I just didn't want to read anymore. I made myself read to 50%. The story isn't holdingy interest at all. Not sure what the hold up was to ramping up their story.

I don't care for Lindsay and grew to not care for Levi either. There is zero spark or chemistry between these two. The issue with Rob shouldn't take this long to deal with and was leading me to think this book was going in
Aug 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Nice, although somewhat uneven, opposite-attract type of story. A first meeting between Levi, a bartender with a chip on his shoulder, and Lindsey, a rich trust-fund girl turned out to be embarrassing for the girl. Her teenage crush met with rejection.
Fast forward 8 years. Lindsey's fiance cheated on her with a co-worker. Heartbroken, and much to her family's dismay, she decides to move cross-country and rent a home in Malibu. Ironically enough, her neighbor happens to be Levi. Having grown up
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Levi Hardy vowed never to have a relationship or follow in his parents footsteps. Having created a life for himself, he is happy with keeping others at bay and living in solitude. That is until Lindsey Hilliard walks into his life, he remembers the tenacious woman he met years ago and it seems she still is a whirlwind of energy.

Lindsey needs to walk away, her fiancee betrayed her and her family and friends seem to be pushing her into accepting his discretion and entering a marriage where trust i
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this read....
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-kindle, read-2017
There was a lot going on in this book, self-induced drama wise, but I enjoyed the character development throughout this story and watching two people find their way in the world.
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW these two had such emotional & growing to do but what they got through all that was each other as well. ...more
Kira FlowerChild
I expected a lightweight romance when I started this book. Instead, the author went out of her way to give her two main characters some fairly severe problems to deal with. But here's where she went wrong: People don't change. You can bet that Rob, Lindsey's fiance, had cheated on her before because the only reason he admitted his infidelity was that his partner in crime had an STD, so he had to warn Lindsey to get tested. He made it sound like some casual one-time pickup at a bar but later Lind ...more
Michelle (Adventure in Bookland)
Lindsay and Levi met 8 years ago at a resort in Florida, he embarrassed her and she never forgot him. After Lindsay fleas from New York to Malibu, leaving her friends, family and ex-fiancé, to find herself and see if she can forgive her ex-fiancé, Rob, after his betrayal. Levi on the other hand likes to stay to himself and keeps his distance from his family and everyone around him. He learned early on after his mother left him and his father that people you care about can hurt you.
When I first r
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Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is an amazing story of friendship, trusting someone and finding yourself.

The beginning of the book was moving quite slowly and dragging. It took me a while to get into the story as the beginning Lindsey was quite childish. But quickly the author drags you in and makes you like the character and reveal their personality and more details about them which was nice. I didn't think I would end up liking this book as much as I did in the beginning. Levi is an arrogant playboy who uses his good lo
Heather andrews
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lindsey sure knows how to get people to do what she wants, "oh, fine. I'll bring beer, then. And don't worry, I don't have any food allergies." Food allergies? Who is this chick and how'd she rope me into cooking for her?" As Levi and Lindsey grow closer Lindsey's feelings grow and sometimes Levi can be a butt so I felt for Lindsey at times, "I hold up my hand. "No need. You don't own me explanations, Levi. We had no agreement. You're free to do what you want, with whomever you want. So, if that ...more
Christina Montminy
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-books
Very good book. How can one person let so many people run their life for them. Lindsay is supposed to be getting married until her fiancé decides to come clean about an affair he had. Her family, friends & her ex believe she should forgive & forget & go on with the wedding, but for some reason she can't. Running to the other side of the country she runs into her past & Levi. He rebuffed her years ago but now he's stopped cold by her. After a terrible accident Levi needs her help & she's happy to ...more
Tracy Lundy-Munn
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
In the Cards by Jamie Beck was the first book that I have read by this author. The storyline was solid and had a second chance romance spin to it. The chemistry between Lindsey & Levi was amazing once they both got over their issues with themselves and each other. If you are looking for a good book without a cliffhanger then look no further then In the Cards. Looking forward to reading more books by Jamie Beck!! ...more
Jenifer Kleine
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
It was OK. It actually started off pretty good. I thought wow, this is going to be a good one, then during the course of the book it started to fall flat for me. It got a little boring. Levi was portrayed to cynical for to much of the book. And Lindsey was too much of a doormat that couldn't make up her mind. The ending was rushed, but a happy one one the plus side.
Wendy Moore
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
A great read!! Not what I expected and pleasantly surprised.
Jun 17, 2015 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the male character, but the female character not so much. She seemed too childish.
Rachel  Turner
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this story

What a great story of heartfelt love, redemption, forgiveness and second chances. I loved Lindsay's character and how she learned to face her fears and grow in confidence. I loved Levi's character and how he gave in to learning to trust and love.

Jamie Beck, I do believe I have now read all your books and can safely say your stories get into my heart. I can't wait for your next book in August!
Aug 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Maybe three and a half stars. The female lead, Lindsey, was a little too Mary Sue and a little too bland. There was too much of that running off after only hearing half the story, which is a kind of tiresome cliché. But on the whole, it was an easy, breezy summer book that didn't require a whole lot of brain cells and was fairly enjoyable.
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome Book! The kind that makes you feel everything the characters do and more. A fabulous read! A great break when you need one. .......................

Awesome Book! The kind that makes you feel everything the characters do and more. A fabulous read! A great break when you need one. .......................
Vikki Vaught
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Musings

Another emotionally charged romance by Jamie Beck. This is one rollercoaster ride. Really loved the hero! He rose above neglect and abandonment and didn't let it get him down. Happy reading 📚!
It’s funny how the word “obligated” can pop up in an epilogue and totally ruin a book for you.
Melissa Allen
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cute but

Cute book but it took me forever to get into. I almost stopped reading. Characters are cute and the story did turn out really cute.
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