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Tessa Ever After (Reluctant Hearts #2)

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In this grippingly emotional New Adult novel from the author of Caged in Winter, what you want isn’t always what you need…

Jason’s been living (and loving) the rich playboy lifestyle for five years, but now his parents are pressuring him to get involved in the family business. The last thing he wants is another obligation, but when his best friend moves out of state and ask
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Berkley Books
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Denis Bédard Even though Cade Maxwell is mentionned in the beginning of Tessa ever after, none of the main characters are the same in the second book. But I…moreEven though Cade Maxwell is mentionned in the beginning of Tessa ever after, none of the main characters are the same in the second book. But I have'nt read Caged in winter.(less)

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♥Rachel♥
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Tessa had to grow up quick when she became pregnant at seventeen, but she wouldn’t change things, because it brought Haley into her life. Her little four year-old lights up her life, but lately Tessa feels a little lonely for a man to share it with.

Tessa won’t just settle on anyone. She has her daughter to consider, and she’s definitely not looking for someone like her brother’s best friend, Jason. He’s been a big-time player since high school, never serious about any girl. But lately, since her
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Danielle (Love at First Page)
Can this be real life? Better yet, can real life be like a fast food restaurant so I could get one order of Jason to go, please and thank you? I've needed this baby in my hands ever since reading and loving Caged in Winter. I just knew Jason and Tessa were going to be an amazing couple, and I couldn't wait to read their story. Thank goodness for friends who love to share!

Tessa is sister to Cade - hero of the first book - and Jase is his best friend. The three of them grew up together and have al
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nick

REREAD : *SOBS* This was perfect. I love Brighton's words and swoony heroes.

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Tessa Ever After epitomizes what I want out of every romance novel : a romance to get my heart fluttering and me melting into a puddle of swoon. After reading and falling in love with Brighton Walsh's writing in Captive, I knew that Tessa Ever After and anything else she writes after, would be books I pick up without any hesitation. With Tessa Ever Af
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Michelle
ARC provided by publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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It's official I'm addicted to Brighton Walsh's writing and story-telling. After reading Captive and now her newest release Tessa Ever After, I am hooked and she is officially on my auto one-click list of authors.

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Tessa Ever After chronicles the tale of a single mother learning how to cope with motherhood without the help of her big brother, Cade. She soon finds herself struggling to balance work and taking care of her young
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Rachel
Overall rating: 4.5 "Tea Party Hat" stars!

Triggers:
Cheating: (view spoiler)
Love triangle: (view spoiler)
Sex with om/ow: (view spoiler)
Intimate pasts: (view spoiler)
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Kaitlin
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Oh, my heart. It feels all warm and fuzzy because of this book. :)

Tessa Ever After was yet another great romance by Brighton Walsh with a lovely cast of characters. Speaking of...

Characters

Jason - WHAT A WONDERFUL GUY. He's incredible with Haley. He doted on her and loved her and seemed like he would be a great father. He was very good to Tessa, though...he did some really idiotic things that made me upset (and everyone else).

I loved that he changed so much. I loved that his past didn't make hi
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Stacee
This was just perfection.

Love love love Tessa and Haley and Jason. I especially loved Jason dressing up in feather boas and fluffy hats, playing tea party with Haley. Or teaching her evil laughs. Or everything single thing he did with her.

The swoons are plentiful and since its Brighton's book, you know there are sexy times. And especially because it's Brighton's book, there were some delicious things happening.

For me, this was better than Caged. I really hope we get another book in this serie
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Marla Mei
Oct 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Maybe all the high expectations I set got the best of me because even though I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I can't say that I loved it. Sigh. Tessa and Jason have a great chemistry, yes, but I felt that the story dragged on too much when everything could've been solved if it didn't take Tessa being away from Jason for him to realize that Tessa and Haley are the family he really needs. Oh well, we wouldn't have had a story if it went that way though. Nonetheless, I still think that Brighton Wal ...more
Nikki
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This book. THIS BOOOOOOOOOK. Definitely one of my fave NA books since I started binge-reading them about a month ago. The characters were amazing, the chemistry was off the charts, my emotions were EVERYWHERE (seriously—I laughed, I cried, I can't even)... It's got it's fair share of conflict, but mostly, this book just made my heart SO happy. UGH. So good.
Jaime Arkin
So I thought it would be hard to top Cade... But Jason has done it. I loved this! I will be rereading closer to release and doing a full review then since this is a very early version, but if you haven't added these books yet ... RUN NOW
Holly
Loved, loved, loved so much! And holy hell was it hot. And swoony. And cute. And angst-less. And everything good and wonderful. Also I can say, with certainty, that Jason is my favorite Brighton Walsh hero so far. <3


My Review!
The best friend’s sister/sister’s best friend romance trope is one of my FAVORITES. And after reading Caged in Winter, I was dying to get my hands on Tessa’s and Jason’s story. Two characters I grew to love in the few scenes they were in during CiW, ones whose happy endi
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Jessica
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Last year I chose Cade as my book boyfriend of the year. As much as I love Cade, this year it's all about his best friend Jason. Holy swoons. That boy is something else. He absolutely took my breath away and I especially loved seeing him interact with Tessa's daughter, Haley. They were precious together and I love how much he cares for her and she for him. Falling for the sibling's best friend is absolutely one of my favorite romance tropes and so I was over the moon reading this one.

Jason and T
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Tessa Ever After is a sweet story of a young couple that have known each other since childhood. Tessa is a single mother with a 4 year old. Her brother Cade's best friend Jason steps in to help out when Cade moves to Chicago. As Jason spends more time helping out Tessa, he realizes that he is attracted to her. Tessa also feels the attraction but she worries about Jason's reputation as a player.

The story is told in first person alternating points of view so the reader always has a glimpse of wha
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Krista
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reads
I didn't think it could get better than Cade.

Then along came Jason...

We met Tessa, her daughter Haley and Jason in Caged in Winter. Tessa is Cage's sister and Jason is one of Cage's best friends. When Cage and Winter left for a life in Chicago, you might remember that he was concerned about leaving Tessa and Haley behind since they relied on him for a lot of support and help. So, he asked Jason to step in and help. I'm sure you can see where this is going. And, it's every bit as awesome as you
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Teresa Mary Rose
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Last year I read Caged In Winter and in one fell swoop I fell in love with the book and discovered a new great author. I had really high hopes for Tessa Ever After and this book did not disappoint. I would even go as far to say that this is my favorite Brighton book to date. I devoured this story and I fell in love with the characters, the main ones and the secondary ones.

Tessa is an incredible woman and I give her all the credit in the world. I ca
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Christina
Yaaaaaaay for amazingly swoony HEA epilogues so my heart can squeeze out those last little flutters. Y'all are in for such a sweet treat with Tessa and Jason (and Haley and Paige and glimpses of Adam and CADE and Winter.)

Full review closer to pub date, but if you loved Caged in Winter-- or even if you didn't (which, um, do these crazy people even exist)-- then be sure to add this to your TBR quick-like.

And just FYI, if you're like me and agree that Dirty Talkers are the best thing ever, then be
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Kim
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Find this review and more at kimberlyfaye reads .

As the ending approached, I wanted to find a way to stop time and keep living inside this book. Everything from the characters and their stories to the writing left me hopelessly addicted and unable to think about anything else once I started. (And long after I finished, too.) This book was chock full o' feels and I'm not sure I can adequately express how much I loved it.

Tessa Ever After truly is the best of new adult. This is one of my top five
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Jennifer
Review can be seen here on Books and Swoons.

My rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 stars

*I received an eARC from the publisher, however, that does not influence this review in any way.*

JASOOOOONNNN. Sigh. Jason Jason Jason. This book is SO good. I think it might even be my favorite from Brighton's work and Jason is a big part of it. I've always been a fan of Brighton's but she certainly blew me away with Tessa Ever After.

Tessa Ever After is a companion to Caged in Winter and it picks up a few months fr
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Brittany
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
It’s official. Brighton Walsh writes the swooniest guys, ever. I didn’t think she could top Cade but, dang, if Jason didn’t give him a run for his money.

Tessa Ever After is literally perfect. There’s a crazy amount of chemistry, good dialogue, great writing, lots of swoons, and I just loved everything. I have so many feelings about Tessa Ever After. I’m not sure I’m going to be able to properly review this.

Tessa and Jason have known each other forever. They grew up together. Tessa is Cade’s litt
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Kassiah
5 stars.

Tessa Ever After is everything I want in a book--swoonworthy hero, sexy sexy times, and an awesome storyline.

I didn't want to love Jason as much as I loved Cade (from Caged in Winter), but damn if I could help myself. In case you didn't read that book (and you really should!), Tessa is Cade's little sister. When Cade moves away, his best friend, Jason, steps up to look out for her. You know how I feel about falling for the best friend's little sister stories, and Tessa Ever After is one
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Funmbi
One of the defining features of a good novel is compelling characterization. Sure, we have to find the hero and heroine relatable, but it’s always a bonus when secondary characters add to the story in meaningful ways. Brighton Walsh is a dynamo at doing just this. We fall in love with her leading men and ladies, but then we also really like their family/friends! And isn’t it just perfect that Brighton is willing to explore those secondary stories?! Tessa Ever After is a sequel which follows the ...more
Irene
5 heartwarming stars

LOVED Tessa Ever After!

Can't stop smiling, so many feels.

Tessa and Jason are HOT HOT HOT!

I loved seeing Jason with Tessa's little girl Haley, my heart was going to burst with all the emotions!
That little girl had him wrapped around her cute little finger and he couldn't have cared less.

It's been a few days since I finished this book and I'm still smiling =)

I love Brighton Walsh's writing and highly recommend all her work especially this book!

I received an advance copy in exc
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Katie
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
so so so good, best friend's sibling is my crack.
Stacy Fetters
May 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
This was one of those books that I found for pretty cheap. When I got home and read the reviews, I was pretty excited that I picked something up that actually have extremely high ratings. Then I was overly disappointed.

After a certain point I found myself screaming at this book. Maybe you shouldn't have slept with him!!? No, you shouldn't have? Why!? Did you sleep with a fake!? I became frustrated and annoyed way too quickly.

At first this pulled me into a world where I wished and hoped things
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Michelle
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** 

I bow down to Brighton Walsh. She is offically one of my favorite New Adult authors. And the Caged in Winter series is one of my favorite New Adult romances. I loved Cage and Winter so hard last year, and now Tessa and Jason have stolen my heart! I don't even know who I liked more, and that is something that I did not expect to say before reading Tessa Ever After. I expected to love the book because Brighton Walsh wr
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Jenn
So guys,
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Jason and Tessa have known each other for years. Her brother Cade is Jason's best friend. When Cade gets a job offer that he can't refuse, he leaves the state, thus leaving Jason with the important role of looking after Tessa and her daughter, Haley. Jason takes his new role seriously. From playdates with Haley to late night venting sessions with Tessa, Jason has become this solid rock that Tessa comes to rely on most. Then the feelings, which have been lurking under the surface, start c
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Cyndi Becker
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Tessa Ever After by Brighton Walsh is one of the sweetest and sexiest brothers best friend turns to “something more” stories out there. This is the first book that I’ve read by Brighton Walsh and I have to say she knows how to write about all the angst in unrequited AND forbidden love.

There are a few things in this story, in the writing and in the plot that really stand out to me. First off, its the cast of characters. They are easy to champion. For me, the heroine is a character that I almost
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Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
3.5 STARS

I really love Brighton Walsh!!! Did everyone hear that? I'll say it again... I. Love. Brighton. Walsh. I fell in love with her writing style in Caged in Winter, the story of Cade, a young man who put his life on hold to help his younger sister, a single-mom, care for her child. Walsh returns here with Tessa's story, Tessa being that single mother who's now on her own after insisting Cade go and live his life and pursue his dreams.

Jason is lost. Cade's best friend has everything going f
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Lindy
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts:

Tessa Ever After is the second book in the Caged in Winter Series by Brighton Walsh. It is told in the dual perspectives of the main characters, Tessa "Tess" and Jason "Jase." I was extremely excited to delve in to this novel, because I loved Caged in Winter and all of the characters, especially Tessa. This story can be read as a standalone easily. Whereas, Caged in Winter was about Cade (Tessa's older brother,) and his love interest, Winter, we now get a whole new story with focusin
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Brighton Walsh spent nearly a decade as a professional photographer before deciding to take her storytelling in a different direction and reconnect with her first love: writing. When she’s not pounding away at the keyboard, she’s probably either reading or shopping—maybe even both at once. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children, and, yes, she considers forty degrees to be hoodi ...more
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