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Along Came Love

(Shades of Love #2)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  482 ratings  ·  90 reviews
When a silly, impulsive decision lands free-spirited India Shaw behind bars in San Francisco, she has no choice but to call the only person she knows in the unfamiliar city—the very man she abandoned after a steamy two-day fling. The fact that she’s pregnant with his child is something she’d rather not divulge.

Tech executive Michael Black never thought he’d hear from the
ebook, 384 pages
Published October 25th 2016 by Avon Impulse
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Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Mike and India meet at a wedding, have a 2-night stand, after which India disappears. FF 3 months and she's back, but with a little nugget of info that upends Mike's world...

You'll enjoy reading this, but only if you've never read the story of the one-night stand turn nine-month consequence.
Anne Boleyn's Ghost
I hate when there is a “secret baby” or "surprise baby" in a romance novel. Lest I sound like a monster, I don’t hate babies. But I’ve never been a fan of them as plot devices.

So color me shocked that I really enjoyed Along Came Love, where a one-weekend fling between attracting opposites Indi and Mike results in a nine-month - and beyond - commitment. A fun (if a bit frustrating) 3.5 star read.

I described Love On My Mind, the first book in Livesay's Shades of Love series, as mildly addictive.
I had a hard time deciding what I wanted to rate this. Somewhere between 3 and 4 stars but edging closer to 4 than 3, though.

This book takes the surprise baby trope (which normally I am not a friend of) and surrounds it with some interesting elements that makes it more than a trope.

Indi and Mike hook up for a weekend of sexy-sex times after the wedding of their respective best friends. But Indi is a product of the foster system. She was never adopted and as such has a LOT of baggage when it
Rosie J.
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All Romance Lovers
Free spirit India meets slightly uptight billionaire Mike and they both let their hair down by mutually deciding (after many shots of tequila) to have a weekend fling after the wedding of their best friends. According to the flashbacks, the weekend was unforgettable (and we find out later) in more ways than one!

Though they both feel a strong connection, India's afraid of her feelings so she sneaks away like a thief in the night and Mike wakes up wanting to take the fling to the next level, only
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016, kindle, for-review
Along Came Love is the second book in the Shades of Love series. I enjoyed the first book, Love on my Mind, so I was hoping that I would like this one. In the end, I was sadly underwhelmed by the book. We met India and Mike in the first book. India is Chelsea's foster sister and Mike is Adam's best friend and business partner.

While I did like the ending, I had a few issues with the story. First, the whole arrest and burglary charge thing could have been easily cleared up with a phone call to the
Tiffany Reads
Oct 22, 2016 rated it liked it
He moved closer to her. "I'll always take care of you." "I don't need you to." "I know. But taking care of you isn't a way to control you, and it doesn't mean I don't think you're capable of taking care of yourself. It just means I care about you and I want you to be safe." He paused. "Because I love you."

As seen in the above passage, Along Came Love had the potential to be a sweet romance novel, but there was one unnecessary element included in the details of this book that irritated me. And,
Silvana [The Book Voyagers]
Sadly, Along Came Love wasn't up to my expectations. In fact, I ended up skimming a bit at the last 30% of the book. You don't know how sad I am this happened but it did. Mainly because the hero cheated on his girlfriend throughout 70% of the book. Yeah, he has a girlfriend while he is with the MC and I would have been okay if he had broken that off before he started anything with the heroine, like before kissing her. It was clear he didn't feel anything for the girlfriend, but it was just rude ...more
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in this series. Yet, it can be read as a stand alone novel. I loved India aka Indi's spunk. OMG, Mike is such a sweetheart. The way that he cared for Indi had my heart melting. Yet, this book was not all about romance. There were laughs to be found as well. For example, when Indi and Mike were at the OBGYN. The doctor tells Indi to lie back and relax and Indi responds with "That is what he said." Then there was the time when Indi and Mike were book shopping on the topic ...more
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Along Came Love had a nice premise with characters I actually liked. The writing and the way the story developed left a lot be desired though. India, Mike, and Morgan all had very interesting backgrounds and issues I could relate to, but they weren't explored enough and the writing lacked depth. I never felt satisfied with the way our MC's handled the situation they find themselves in. Instead of feeling like I was reading a story where two people were slowly coming together as a couple and ...more
Jan 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, romance, contemporary
This book is full of dialogue that rehashes, over-explains and is clunky. An example being Indi's ObGyn telling Indi that she had just given a urine sample. the reader doesn't know this fact but Indi sure as hell would have remembered weeing into a sample cup 5 minutes earlier.

Another reviewer mentioned this and I agree. Indi is arrested for breaking into her sister's house and the DA goes ahead with the charges because the sister un-contactable at a resort in Fiji. I've been to Fiji and it's
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I don't like WASPs as characters, so there's that.
The end was rushed.
India accepted a lot of white privilege without question.

I like Sully. Also, the book is well-written with sound grammar.
Eh. I'm normally a sucker for surprise pregnancies but Indi made it impossible to enjoy the story. I know why she has issues and it was tackled with a big dose of real life realism, but sometimes that's not what i want in my "billionaire knocks up his best friend's wife's sister at the wedding" story. Indi has issues that stems from being abandoned by her mother when she was 4 and spending the next 12 years in the foster care system. I get it. I found her solution to her pregnancy issue ...more
I liked this opposites attract opps I am preggers romance.

I loved the frank look at white privilege and "color blindness" from several perspectives in the book.
I liked that the hero and the heroine saw life and the choice before them with this baby very differently. The surrounding cast was great though the hero's father jerkhood crossed lines.

The hero and the heroine really loved each other and that made the book a good read.

I like that they were imperfect and had flaws but some of those
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a follow up to the previous book but can be read as a stand alone. Most of the book takes place over a week period but has flashbacks to the weekend they spent together. It was a good follow up but everything happens so quick theres not much character development.
Oct 17, 2016 rated it liked it
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This is a new to me author. It’s always a bit of a gamble when trying new authors but this is a gamble that paid off tenfold. I was charmed by this book and had a very hard time putting it down.
India Shaw shows up in San Francisco and runs into trouble when she goes to her best friend Chelsea’s place and the doorman refuses to let her in. Newly-wed Chelsea is off on her honeymoon and as India is not on the approved list she’s out of luck. But India has to get in. She’s just realized she’s
Natasha Lane
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Okay, so where do I start with this book? Honestly, there are so many things I loved about the story. First, there's the female lead India. She's quirky, adventurous and charming while simultaneously damaged and skilled in keeping people at a distance. These traits themselves are loveable. Everyone feels a sense of endearment toward the quirky odd ball sidekick, right?

However, I loved India because the traits described above are not often seen in black characters. It was so refreshing to read
India and Mike meet at a wedding and spend a weekend together. It means something to Mike but India assumes it doesn’t and she leaves while he’s asleep.

He tries to contact her later but she won’t answer his calls. He finally decides to get back together with his ex girlfriend, the perfect type of woman for him. He doesn’t feel what he felt for Indi but he knows she’s not an option.

Meanwhile, Indi is three months pregnant with Mike’s child. She comes back to town to see her sister but her sister
Mar 10, 2019 marked it as abandoned
Ehh, I was enjoying some of this but have to nope out. Mike keeps saying "her body, her choice" and then doing or saying something that feels really emotionally manipulative to me. I get that "pregnant person who doesn't want baby gradually changes mind" is inherently the plot of an unwanted pregnancy romance novel, which is why I normally avoid them...having liked these characters in the first book in the series wasn't enough to get me past that. (Speaking of the previous book, I did love ...more
Onnica (I Love Romantic Fiction blog)

Main characters: India Shaw, free spirit who’s landed in some big trouble. Michael Black, a mutual friend and the one to bail her out.

Why you should read it: I think Tracey is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. I read Love On My Mind and adored it, and to have more books in the series to delve into is even better! I liked India for her free spirit and felt bad for her when it became clear why she was so reluctant to stick in one place for
Mel González
I'm so sad because I'm not here for cheating storylines but I'm here for everything else.
Sep 21, 2017 added it
Shelves: 2017
This was a fun read! I love the "opposites attract" trope, with an added "secret/accidental baby." I kind of fell in love with Indi, who was such a free spirited woman. She rounded out Mike well and their happily every ever was so satisfying. I have a soft spot for the makings of families, and this didn't disappoint!
Alleyne Dickens
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Tracey Livesay just gets better and better! Along Came Love is her best book yet!

I didn't like Mike Black in LOVE ON MY MIND, Livesay's pervious book. He manipulated his best friend and even though it was for the man's own good, it rankled me as a reader. In this book, the reader learns why he does the things he does. And it works.

India Shaw is my kind of heroine. She's had a tough life and copes with her past in ways that make her interesting -- off-beat, quirky, but not ditzy or stupid.

Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I wanted to really get into the book. India finds herself preggers after a one weekend stand with a billionaire. Michael likes the go with the flow free spirit. She wants to give up the child and he can't understand. This book had promise, but it didn't give me enough to connect with the characters. India is too flighty, Michael too wishy washy. The author does not go into detail about the baby. We don't see milestones that should be here. And the reason to give up the baby is shallow. Wish I
Dec 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
After the election I couldn't concentrate on anything, and this was the only book I could get through. It was fun and light, just what I needed.
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
A few minor issues prevented this one from reaching the level of the first book but still a great read for me.

Review coming soon.
Mónica BQ
Jan 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
DNFed around the 40% mark.

I skimmed the rest.

I can't even remember the last time I DNFed a book. It's been years. But I'm just simply not in the mood for idiocy after idiocy.
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
>>>>>>> My synopsis (actual review follows): <<<<<<
India Shaw is not the type of person who settles down or stays in one place. Nor is she the type to attach herself to anyone or anywhere. Some might call her a free spirit, but truly she's just flighty--afraid that if she commits to someone or something she'll be disappointed. She graduated with honors from the school of hard knocks and she's still in a perpetual state of the fight or flight. She, of
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India and Mike met at India’s foster sister’s wedding to Mike’s best friend and business partner. And several tequila shot slater ... well, shots and several months since Indi snuck out after a glorious weekend together, surprise! It’s a baby on the way. (As an aside, I am happy this wasn’t a birth control failure but rather a self-control failure, even if Mike is astonished that “you can really get pregnant from just one unprotected time”. It’s called sex Ed Mike. ) Sure Indi
Denise Vasak
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
I wanted more from this book. The author clearly has some thoughts/feelings on adoption/teen homelessness and that's great, but it felt like those topics dominated the book. I also had trouble with the voices of the book - the narration kind of went from India to Mike but at certain points (usually a flashback) I had no idea who was speaking. There were other italicized bits without quotes so I was left to wonder if these were just thoughts are comments said out loud with emphasis. It got ...more
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Tracey Livesay’s latest release is Love Will Always Remember. She writes smart, sexy and emotional contemporary romances where strong, successful heroines find love with powerful, passionate heroes. She's past president of Virginia Romance Writers, volunteers on several national committees for Romance Writers of America and is a member of their Published Author’s Network. She’s been featured in ...more

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