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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  564 Ratings  ·  149 Reviews
Ace Sharp and Layne Elliott are from completely different walks of life.
Ace is a single dad, doing his best to raise his daughter in his small hometown.
Layne is a career professional, dreaming of the baby she can’t have.

Their hearts are guarded but for different reasons.
Wounded pride rules their decisions and keeps others at a distance.
Devastating betrayal haunts their tho
ebook, 401 pages
Published March 29th 2016
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Alex ♈
Overall it was a very sweet and beautiful love story.

Likable characters, adorable kid; too insta, but still ok.

Amazing female character. This woman had so much love in her, I was fascinated.

The book has incredible human message. Loved it.

Why not 5 stars? I just couldn't "buy" all twists and turns. Some of them were just implausible.
I know it's fiction, but it's still contemporary romance and I need some connection to the real life.

God, I love my GR friends!
My dearest friend Cyndi wrote an ex
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3 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was super, super sweet. I'm not a huge fan of such sweetness, but I can see where lots of people would love it. I enjoyed the little girl's interactions with both the H and h probably the most. Otherwise, it was a little bit too much cheese for me and just ok. For those that love instalove with heroes and heroines that verbally express their love and true feelings on a regular basis -- this one is for you!

Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Layne and Ace's sto
Libby Harrison

Beware of Spoilers!

Star Ratings:
Heroine (Layne): 27yrs old – 5/5
Hero (Ace): 30yrs old – 5/5
Plot: 4/5
Grovel: none needed
Cheating: none
HEA: beautiful epilogue with babies!
Triggers: H kisses h right after OW ambushes him with a kiss

Average score: 5/5

Best Lines: so many good ones:
“Around here, you’re a man of your word or you’re no man at all.”

“I’ll never let you fall alone, Layne.”

“I can be myself when I’m with you. You accept me for who I really am,” she whi
I really enjoyed this sweet, easy read! What a refreshing change to read about two adults that behave like adults and treat each other with respect and total honesty. And they actually talked to each other, no jumping to conclusions or miscommunication. I love that the author kept things real with no ridiculous drama added for drama's sake, yet managed to throw in a couple of twists that worked to keep me hooked right to the end.

Throw in that Ace is a hottie and a single parent, River is the swe
Overall rating: 4.5 stars!

Cheating: (view spoiler)
Love triangle: (view spoiler)
Sex with om/ow: (view spoiler)
Intimate pasts: (view spoiler)
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cr, published-2016
I’m sitting here with a goofy smile on my face feeling all kinds of warm and fuzzies.

THIS is what a contemporary romance novel should be.

Adult characters. Adult situations. Beautiful, modern love.

Plenty long enough to present each character fully and tell the story from start to finish.

I want more from A.D. Justice!
I'm not gonna lie, this is one of my favorite books to date. I simply adored Ace and Layne. River was one of the sweetest little girls ever! Their story was so sweet and loving. I really felt for Layne when she found her long term boyfriend with her even longer term best friend. Little did she know it was the best thing to ever happen to her. She and Ace got off to a bumpy start but that was quickly rectified and they remained strong through the rest of the story. This is romance to me. This cou ...more
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The one thing I absolutely loved about this book was the realness of it.  The main characters, Ace and Layne, were like any of us....real!  They were adults with adult situations and adult conversation.  They were completely honest with each other,  well mostly honest.  There may have been a couple things left out or maybe it was an unconscious omission, but there was one thing that I did not see coming in the end, and that was a surprise!

Layne has been betrayed by her longtime boyfriend and is
Sep 24, 2017 marked it as not-interested  ·  review of another edition
Thinking face.. 🤔 rolling eyes 🙄 and 😏 smirks
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing

***5 Cranky stars***
Layne Elliot walks in on her worst nightmare leaving her broken and scarred. Life as she knew it was over the second she opened that door. Picking up the pieces wasn't working so she decides to take a sabbatical for the summer in Oak Grove.

Ace Sharp is a man's man that every woman dreams of. He's a single daddy to River and lives next to Layne's vacation rental.
Thank goodness that first impressions didn't stick in this story because the heat is off the charts between these tw
Layne, after a devastating blow to her self-esteem is sent by her boss to a small town to recover and rediscover herself. She meets Ace, a single father, in a not so nice way. While sparks fly between the two, they develop a friendship that turns into more pushed along by Ace's adorable daughter, River.

Wow how I loved this book! It was so sweet and my heart was just melting. I have to say, while Ace was a perfect hero, Layne stole my heart. I don't find many heroines that I adore but Layne was
♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡ I like
Apr 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 10-kindle, 14-arc

Intent is the first book by A.D. Justice that I read.

I liked the writing style and the way the story was told. This is not a “light” romance read but I also would not call it heavy – So I guess it’s well balanced – what I did not expect was the slight suspense in the story.

And I was just enough annoyed by the “disturbing” persons in the story to make those parts feel real. There also were some family relationships that I would have never guessed, so I feel the author did well there too

The charac
4.25 stars

Intent is a sweet and sexy read. The highlight of this book is the romance between Ace and Layne. It is really beautiful. It is nice to have a couple that talked through their issues and never let any drama come between them. I am definitely looking forward to reading more books by this author and really hope she writes Justin's and Lily's story. Recommend if you are looking for a low angst read with a super sweet romance.

HEA (view spoiler)
Cheating/OW/OM(view spoile
Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)
WOW...this book was SO good!

This was one of my favorite types of romance book. The characters although faced with issues acted in a mature fashion instead of overly dramatic teenagers. No push or pull or running away. They actually COMMUNICATED, fancy that huh? River was ADORABLE, I just love kids in romance books, especially when they come connected to hot, sweet and honest single fathers. Nothing sexier than that. On top of all that goodness, we get a fabulous epilogue that had me crying like
Ang (Sizzling Pages)
Got as far as 25% ~ maybe I'll get back to it some other time. It's a well written story so far, just not a right mix for me at the time.
Amazeballs Book Addicts
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ace Sharp, you have completely stolen my heart!! He's not just sexy and oh so yummy, but he has quite the attitude and he's a dad. Boy, if that didn't just seal the deal right there I don't know what would. Then there is Layne who honestly is just as lovable as Ace. There is just something about her that screamed "this woman is the real deal" and made me love her even more. This whole story is about true love. You know the "I can't live and breathe without you" kind of love. And by now you are t ...more
A.M. Madden
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: omg-s
Holy crap Ace Sharp.... Hot, sexy, funny, sarcastic, and a daddy ???? Does it get any better? Intent is one long true love romance. From start to finish you can't help but to fall hard for Ace. Families come in many different ways, and Intent proves that family bonds run deep. Besides the sweet, heartwarming moments A.D. Justice adds the perfect amount of steam and suspense to keep you turning the pages as quickly as your eyes can devour the words. I've read every one of A.D.'s books, but Intent ...more
Fre06 Begum
Apr 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Awww this was so beautiful. Layne was a wonderful heroine she was so generous with her love and yet strong when she needed to be. I think Layne is def one of my favourite heroine so even though I loved Ace it was Layne who made the story for me. Loved the epilogue too. Great read 3-4* for me
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aww...I really enjoyed this book.
Red Cheeks Reads
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
There are so many wonderful books within this genre that are positively gut-wrenching, soul-shredding, tear-jerking reads, ones that leave the reader curled up in the fetal position, sobbing and nursing one heck of a book hangover once they’ve finished reading. Intent by AD Justice is not that kind of book. Easy, peasy, nice and breezy is how I’d describe this book. And you know what? That’s OK. Sometimes readers just need a break from all the angst, the heaviness and the drama, and you’ll get t ...more

Hero(s) rating: 5 stars
Heroine rating: 4 stars
Sexual tension rating: 4.5 stars
Sex scenes rating: 4 stars
Sex scenes frequency: 4 stars
Plot rating: 5 stars
Dialogue rating: 5 stars
Other woman/men drama: Yes (but handled very well)
Storytelling rating: 4 stars
Story ending rating: 5 stars
Cliffhanger: (view spoiler)
HEA: (view spoiler)
Overall rating: 5 stars

This was genius...completely genius!!

This story was case in poi
Tish Delanoy
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely spectacular book!! Talk about an emotional rollercoaster ride!! There was so many ups & downs and twists & turns. I finished this book in one sitting because I found it impossible to put down. A very touching story of heartbreak, sacrifice, survival and unconditional love. Layne and Ace are such an adorable couple that have overcome so much to get to where they are. We can all hope to one day find our own barn owl.

(I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review)
Becca Stanfield Vernon
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books of 2016. I have absolutely loved all the books I have read by AD Justice, this author sure knows how to write a story & bring the characters to life. Love, love, love this book!!!!!!
Brooklyn JoJo
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
2.75 stars. This book just couldn't hold my interest...
Cheryl Welch-Keene
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Never take your frustrations out on a stranger, you never know who they are. A. D. has done it again. I could not put it down, even to eat supper.
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A.D. Justice has once again written an amazaballs book!!!

Layne has wanted a baby for so long and finally talked her boyfriend into trying. Two years later and still no baby. He isn't interested in getting married but, he'll have a child with her? If that was me he'd been out on his butt a long time ago! Things do not work out the way she'd hoped and her boss gets her to take the summer off and go live in her "cabin" in Oak Grove. Reluctantly Layne goes and oh boy, what a summer she has!!

Ace Shar
Sarah - Vanilla Twist Reads
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A.D Justice never fails to give us a story that we can fall in love with and Intent is just that plus add a little drama and suspense and the ever so charming Ace Sharp and your done for.

Ace Sharp well what can be said he's smart, quick witted, business partner, single father and oh so very HOT what more could we ask for oh that's right we need for him to find the love of his life but will he.

Layne well she is successful, beautiful, compassionate but longs for a family of her own so when she di
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