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Worth the Wait

(St. James #1)

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4.03  ·  Rating details ·  17,489 ratings  ·  782 reviews
Thirteen years ago, Vivi LeBrun was sketching a rooster and eating Oreos when she first met—and fell for—her friend’s brother, David St. James. Since then, her love for David has only intensified thanks to years of friendship with his family, who rescued her from a lonely, tumultuous childhood. As she travels to Block Island to vacation with the St. James siblings, Vivi da ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 17th 2015 by Montlake Romance
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Annette C Hi Kate, the age thing at the beginning reminded me of my youth. My two older cousins (4 & 5 yrs older) loved me at home, but heaven forbid I hang wit…moreHi Kate, the age thing at the beginning reminded me of my youth. My two older cousins (4 & 5 yrs older) loved me at home, but heaven forbid I hang with them at church, the skating rink or out at restaurants. How embarrassing. Now we laugh about it, but when they were in high school they repeatedly broke my heart. I know exactly how Vivi felt. Can you imagine finding your true love at 14? Wow.(less)

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Geri Reads
I am so torn with my rating for this book. On the one hand, I really enjoyed the author's writing style. On the other, I detested the subplot involving David's dad, his mother and another woman.

So...3.5 stars?

Worth the Wait is an unrequited-friends to lovers story which I love. Vivi has been in love with David the moment they met 13 years ago in his mother's kitchen. Vivi just lost her mother and brother in a car accident, which left her father an alcoholic and Vivi fending for herself most of
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Hazera
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Sondra
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh.My.GOSH!!!!!! 5 stars isn't enough!!!!!!!

This is the first book I've read by Jamie Beck & it is a winner!! I'm not going to spoil a dang thing for you. I just highly recommend you reading this book. It is SO good!!
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Ian
When Vivi travels with her closest friend Cat to Block Island she's expecting a relaxing holiday and a chance to catch up with Cat's brother David, who she has loved since she was thirteen. But almost immediately she learns that David has a girlfriend and he's brought her along.

She's determined to salvage her pride and make the most of her time on the island. But it's not so easy to brush off a decade of love and making matters worse, David is sending her mixed signals.


Worth the Wait is great.
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Fre06 Begum
Jul 07, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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NMmomof4
Jul 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: taboo, 3-star
3 Star read

Story type: Contemporary, Unrequeted love, Best friend's brother

Storyline: This is the story of Vivi and David. Vivi first meets David when she goes home with her friend Cat (because he is Cat's much older big brother) from middle school one day. The story takes off many many years later when they are all reunited at Cat's family beach house. Vivi has always been in love with David so it comes as a major shock to know that he is there with a girlfriend. David and Vivi were best of fri
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Cheesecake
Cat, Jackson, David and Vivi grew up together. Vivi was the girl their parents took under their wing when they realized what little she had at home with her drunken father. From the first time she met him, the light shone out of David's arse for Vivi. And everyone knew it, but David wasn't interested in anything more than friendship. A very close and binding friendship. The sibling's mother died and David's love for his father is shaken by an awful truth that he has promised not to share with an ...more
Rejane
Hero’s father cheats on his mother. His mother had cancer and died and the father married the woman he was cheating on his wife with. 🤭😤🤮🤢
Heroine kind of blackmailed hero into forgiving his father because he deserved to be happy 😤🤣😤😖🤮🤢. I think she had to forgive the hero for something but she would only if he forgave the father. I have no words for the character of this woman. Would she forgive someone who cheated on her?
Without mentioning the hero’s mother put all this weight on hero’s shoulde
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Syndi
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first 50% of this book, i am at 3 stars. The dialog, the charactet development, the banter is dry and stiff. I almost giving up.

Tjen the second half of the book, the plot thickening, the story get more angst and the character develop nicely. I can feel the chemistry between David and Vivi. Their attraction to each other gradually picking up. This book is more invested into emotional development and not lust/ sex. The only minor thing about this book is David. He acts upon his attraction tow
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Veronica WordsAreMyDrinkOfChoice
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Mercedes
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

This story was about David and Vivi. Vivi is best friends with David's younger sister Cat and she's always been around the family. Her and David have always had a close friendship but Vivi has always wanted more. David moves away after the death of his mother and practically cuts off all contact with his family and Vivi. They see each other again when Vivi accompanies Cat on a summer getaway to Cat's family's summer home. Vivi doesn't know that David will be there or that he'll be there

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Valerie
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought I’d try something I usually avoid: a romance novel with another woman/man. I’m not sure what I thought would happen 🙄😂 but there’s cheating, which I hate in my novels. I don’t care that the hero has “made no promises of commitment” to his current girlfriend: he should dump her if he’s into another woman, no matter how long he’s known that OW for. So there. That was a big fat HELL NO for me.

Other things I didn’t like:

-The inconsistencies (everything shows on the heroine’s face but she c
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Lye
First time reading something by this author and it was pretty good! I think it definitely helped that I took a sneaky little peak at everyone else's review before cracking this one open as it was *fairly* squeaky clean and I was in the mood for a nice beach read while at the beach, haha.

I will say that I was very impressed by Miss Beck's ability to write such angsty goodness, you could just feel the want and genuine desire to be with one one from both characters. But, this one definitely lost p
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Taylor
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
2.5 - 3 stars.

It took a little over half the book for them to do anything physical with each other.
It took al,oat the whole book to actually be together and when they were the book ended quickly.

I didn't like David's dad and that whole situation. If there is another book with Cat or Jackson I hope something goes wrong with the dads situation.

There really wasn't too much I liked about this book aside from the taboo best friends older brother storyline.

Wished we could of had more Vivi and David,
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Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Vivi LeBrun not only lost her brother and mother in a car crash. She lost her father too. His alcoholism adds a new responsibility and burden for young Vivi. She finds shelter within her best friend’s family. The St. James family is wealthy and down-to-earth. They are a loving family, and accept Vivi as one of their own. Yet there is one family member that she has long adored. Vivi is all grown up and ready for more than friendship with David St. James.

A promise is tormenting David. His mother
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Alaina
OMG my heart.

I loved absolutely everything about Vivi and David. Seriously, since the beginning I was completely enamored and shipped the hell out of it.

Worth the Wait is a dual POV, from David and Vivi, and it's definitely a second chance kind of romance. Now it doesn't exactly say it's a second chance but Vivi has basically pined for David since they first met. Throughout the book he constantly tells her they wouldn't be good couple because it would ruin their friendship and the groups dynami
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Dísir
As a classic take on the brother's best friend story, I hadn't expected the sheer amount of drama that was strangely absorbing, as drawn out as it was - possibly unnecessarily. Familial treachery and loyalties lie at the heart of the book and there are parallels of it sketched out in most of the relationships highlighted in them.

As much as I wanted David and Vivi together, there were some questionable behaviour traits that made me hesitate about them (Vivi's staunch insistence that the adultero
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LPJ
Mar 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid read, but the hero was rather dense in a bad way. You get a slow build to his realization that he loves the heroine, which can be nice, but here it was just too slow. I found myself skimming and not super engaged with the characters and the book felt long.
book_luv_r
Kindle Unlimited. Glad I didn't pay for this one. Didn't feel the chemistry at all.
Zarith dol
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
ARC given by netgalley for an honest review

I've read the first book by JA In the Cards, it was good but this book is a keeper. The book is written in third POV, but trust me you'll be living in the world of main characters as you read it. It is an emotional journey btw the heroine, Vivi love story and David. Love at first sight for Vivi in the kitchen of St. James's household as she met David that time the captain of lacrosse captain, as she sketches his face. For 13 years she love him unconditi
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Jen
This was a nice idea but the story got a little bit busy with all the subplots. The angst was a bit forced and Vivi, the main character, suffered from "ok that's it I'm changing my character completely" syndrome. Apparently she was quirky but we didn't get much hint of that. Emotionally strong? I don't know many women who could enjoy a vacation with a group that includes a man she loves sleeping with another woman. And said vacation seemed to take so long that I almost gave up on the book entire ...more
Lorna
Story 3.5 rounded up only because it just seemed a bit drawn out with way more problems than there should have been. And a lot of angst as well. However, listening made it for me. Kate Rudd gets 5 stars from me for her, as always, excellent narration. I liked Vivi, but David was not the best hero, I must say. Having said that, he did have reasons for some of the problems he had-particularly his not so great father. He is an excellent secret keeper, but I don't think his mother would have held hi ...more
Tami
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Vivi, an artsy gal, falls for a friends older brother, David, in their teenage years. So begins the story of unrequited love. David's mother dies and many years pass where David and Vivi don't see each other.

They all meet up again at Block Island for a vacation and the action takes off. David is aloof since the death of their mother many years earlier and no one can understand why, especially Vivi. He has brought a new girlfriend along who is the polar opposite of Vivi. Unrequited love turns in
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Shelly
Nov 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hung in there and got through the book and must say if I was rating the book by the last few chapters it would probably be 4.5 Stars. However I am rating it overall at 3 stars which I think is quit generous due to the frustrations it caused me. The biggest thing for me was how everyone treated Vivy and the constant drama that was the same on and on. The author had very few grammatical errors and such it was just the story line, won't give up just yet on this author there may be a good one yet.
Suzanne Harrison
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read Jamie Beck's first book "In the Cards" and loved it so couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. It doesn't disappoint -- the writing is so pure and engaging and the author's character development is supreme. I loved Vivi from the start and rooted for her all the way through. And David, well he has his issues but at his core he too is a likable character. Great read!!
Viviana
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book it was my first time reading this author. And I’m hooked!!!!
Brandy
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Good writing, great supporting characters but the main characters? Ugh. Vivi was weak and David was a jerk. Granted, their individual and combined backstories justified some of their thoughts and feelings and maybe in the very end it was worth it... but that wait was just too freakin’ long.
Gail Chianese
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read the first thirty pages of this story a couple years back in a contest and loved the opening so much the author gave me an advanced copy. She did NOT ask me to review it in exchange, but as a thank you for my encouraging words.

As soon as I opened the pages I was once again sucked back into the story, which is so much more than just a romance. As a person with a complicated family, I totally understand the characters. Siblings in real life very rarely cut each other slack, and Cat and Jacks
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MoodyJess
Sooo.....I will give this 3.5 stars

I will be honest, the writing was good-really good. The story however, was not. The sub plots were ridiculous. There was too much going on. Half of this book wasn't even necessary. The focus of the main characters, Vivi and David were shadowed by so much drama it wasn't even funny.

Vivi, an artistic, eccentric, girl that has been "adopted" by the St-James family, is quirky and lovable. Her mother and brother died in a car accident when she was 7, and it left he
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☮ mary
Jamie Beck missed something, it could have been a great book because she had all the cards : childhood sweethearts / friends turned lovers / unrequited love / best friend taboo / family feud / jealous girlfriend ... But and it is a big but Jamie Beck lacked comittment to her story. Her characters were flimsy and despite the desire to care about them, it never happened! Vivi ( such a bad nickname ) and David were just OFF, no chemistry, no undying LOVE, no sexual tension just NO. the book was lon ...more
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