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Kingston Ale House #4

Worth the Wait

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I like to think of myself as a man of pleasure…

I enjoy a good pint of ale, being in the arms of a beautiful woman, and living by my own rules. The only thing I try to avoid? Commitment. And I’ve got a three-year success rate to prove it.

I wasn’t planning on Grace—the beautiful, funny, totally off-limits massage therapist who keeps popping up in my life. She’s on a six-month mission to rid her life of toxins. No alcohol. No red meat. And, yeah, no men. I’m talking full-on man cleanse.

I know I should walk away, but I can’t…and the only way to keep her in my life is to live by her rules. I’ll need to prove to a woman who’s lost all trust in men that I’m worthy of her love. And do it all without so much as a single kiss.

The only problem? If I win, I’ll lose the one thing I swore I’d never give up. My heart.

Each book in the Kingston Ale House series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.

Series Order:
Book #1 The One That Got Away
Book #2 Six Month Rule
Book #3 Three Simple Words
Book #4 Worth the Wait

240 pages, ebook

First published January 16, 2017

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A.J. Pine

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A teen librarian by day and a romance writer by night, A.J. Pine can’t seem to escape the world of fiction, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s the author of the If Only series (Entangled Embrace), the Only You series (Berkley/Intermix), the Kingston Ale House series (Entangled Select), and the Crossroads Ranch series (Forever Romance). When she finds that 25th hour in the day, she might indulge in a tiny bit of TV where she nourishes her undying love of vampires, superheroes, and a certain high-functioning sociopath detective. She hails from the far off galaxy of the Chicago suburbs.

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Profile Image for Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog.
1,260 reviews9,959 followers
January 7, 2017
*****THREE STARS*****
{Netgalley ARC}

This was not my favorite out of the three I have read so far in this series.

I just never connected with the story or the main characters.
Honestly, I never felt like the character of Jeremy really needed his own book.

I kept hoping that things would click into place and I'd get lost in the story but it just never really got interesting for me.

It hasn't been the greatest week for me either so maybe that caused the reaction I had to this book. Who knows?

The author definitely can write. I've had plenty of experiences with books written by authors that I love that have not been hits with me. I would definitely read another book by A.J. Pine in the future.

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2,650 reviews3,233 followers
February 10, 2017
4 To Trust Again Stars
* * * * Spoiler Free It's Live!!!
When we are little, we learn to trust freely...after all, our family is there to look out for us, take care of us and we learn that all those grown-ups are there to guide us towards safe places...At least that is what hopefully happens. As we mature, other people start to interact with us and we learn the hard way not everyone is looking out for our best interests...We start to assess...to watch and see... and not give away our trust so easily.

But then when we are at an age where love comes into play or what we think is love.... that is when we are tested the most. And sometimes, we are taught that lesson we learned when we first started interacting with others...Not everyone is looking out for our best interests...even those who we thought loved us, shared their lives with us and let us believe we could trust them fully with our hearts.

Trust... the subject or undercurrent of so much... is the main focus of Worth the Wait.... and A.J.Pine did it justice.
We were given more than the idea of trusting in others...we were given the idea of how we must believe in ourselves, how we must be in tune to what is real and authentic for us and to be open to the possibilities of life no matter where they come from.

Could be heavy stuff, right...But leave it to Pine to mix it with humor, sexual chemistry, family and a dash of Reality TV/Social Media making it a current relatable story. This was the 4th entry to the Kingston Ale House series. Each of the books could be read as stand alone... no worries. However, by reading them...you did get the more intense backstories of why characters are the way they are...I only mention this for those who love to read series in order. Worth the Wait was a total stand alone with no need to read the others if you haven't....But they all were winners, just sayin'.

So, we have Jeremy Denning working since high school at Kingston Ale House with the now owner, Jamie. Things have been happening with all the friends at the pub; with Jamie getting married soon, he is looking to the future and a possible partner. Jeremy hears all of this and asks why not him...he has only spent most of his adult life there. Jamie is a bit surprised because he knows Jeremy hasn't been interested in being "Tied Down or Committed to Anything or Anyone" for the last three years.

Three years ago, Jeremy thought he had found his one...they had been through College together and Grad school... and it was clear to Jeremy this woman was it... or so he thought. Instead he got his heart and head crushed by her response to his proposal. The things she said to him were chilling... The man who had trusted his heart swore never again.

Now he believed in total freedom; no ties, just hook ups and easy times...
So for him to want to be part owner of the pub is not in keeping of how he had been...Jamie decides to see how serious Jeremy is...

This sets in motion a trip to Madison, Wisconsin for an Eight Hour Training Seminar about micro brewing, hops, etc...with enough information to drive a normal guy like Jeremy to drink...It also twisted his back and body into concrete knots after sitting so long in a crappy chair. Luckily, he called and got a last minute appointment with a massage therapist at the hotel spa.

Grace Bailey is on a mission. All her life, her family has taken care of her. When she bucked the family tradition of being an attorney, they still provided her with tuition to massage therapy school. When she graduated, they paid for her apartment so she could finish getting her license and career started. Years ago she stopped their funding and stood on her own two feet. She was working and saved with the goal to start her open spa. She also fell for one of the attorneys in her family's practice.

Big Mistake...
Grace thought he was the one...and even though she had a few gut concerns... her love was blind. She trusted him when he said he was going to use Her money for the down on a place for their future...Instead, he cleaned out her account and threatened to expose personal family secrets if she said anything.

Trust shattered and doubting her ability to see clearly about anything, Grace latches onto a plan from a popular self help author...A Life Cleanse... It is a book and program that so many have been raving about... and to Grace, so much of it makes sense.

Cleanse Yourself of Life's Toxins in Six Months
No Meat, No Alcohol, No Negative Thoughts and No Men...
Yes, No Sex....
No Kissing or Touching...Nothing that could cloud the mind.

Well, What the Hell Can You Do...
Eat purely, think about you and what you actually are doing to make your life good...
and most importantly...

SELF PLEASURE...Yes, Ladies... Get yourself off as much as you would like...All Good.

The idea is that sometimes we have relationships based on lust and sex...with no foundation of who the other person is...do we really know them. If Grace had paid attention to her ex, gotten to know him more than the sex they were having, she would have realized he was not to be trusted... at least that was the theory. Now there is no Heavy Judging in this plan... just the idea of looking more closely of why you have been doing things the way you were...

Grace has been on this Man Cleanse for almost 3 months. She has been working 2 jobs to recoup the savings she lost. On the weekends she leaves Chicago and drives the 3 hours to the hotel, does as many sessions as she can fit in and then drives home at the end of the weekend. This appointment she is about to do will be great because a regular canceled at the last minute.

The receptionist is all a flutter telling Grace about her replacement customer. She goes on about how handsome and cut he is ... how his eyes are flirty. Grace sets her straight about thinking this way about clients and sets up the room.

Jeremy is led into the room and Grace tells him how to get ready, put the sheet on his body and to be face down to the table. Once she starts, both of them connect with a pleasant conversation but with an undertone of play. Grace can feel Jeremy relaxing and is pleased she doing what she always plans while working... her best. Yet at the same time...she also is working to keep ideas out of her head about Jeremy... he is exactly what her cleanse is all about...Not falling into a "Thing" with a guy she is attracted to...She finishes the massage and leaves the after care instructions to the receptionist...she really does not want to deal with any temptation...she is taking care of herself like her program says.

Fate has other plans...Because Grace and Jeremy start crossing paths right away...after the massage, the next day and then at the Pub. Each time they do...Jeremy does not want to leave Grace's presence...He likes just talking with her...hearing about her "Cleanse" and how she is committed to figuring things out. Yes, he is attracted to her big time... no doubt...But there is something more to Grace and he hasn't been so interested in someone like this for a very long time.

Grace can't get over how she keeps running into Jeremy either... and because she never thought she would see him again and because he was so easy to talk to...she shared about how she was robbed. She talked of how it made her doubt so much about herself...and how she believes some things are meant to be like her book says.

It is at their latest crossing of paths where things take a turn. Jeremy's Ex shows up at the pub while he is having a "Friend" meal with Grace. They had just decided they would be pals while she was going through the last 3 months of her deal. Jeremy never had a woman pal before... but he really wanted to try with Grace.

The Ex sees these two together...pushes in. She is part of the Local News Station and always looking to further her career. When she sees an opportunity, she grabs on. The idea of a Man Cleanse Rocks Her World. It has Reality TV written all over it...

This story was about relationships; learning about people without sex getting in the way...Because it can cloud vision sometimes...Sex is good...and this is not about denying or abstinence for any other reason than being able to know who you are and what you are capable of doing for yourself. That was the idea of the self help book. What also was addressed was the unfortunate belief and practice of looking for answers from others and thinking they will absolutely come from following a program...
Like Hocus Pocus... I am a new person in six months...

These two grow as people and as friends over 3 months. They learn likes and dislikes... they discover deep secrets and share...It is almost like he is courting her... and any kind of touch... such as hand holding is so meaningful. True feelings are developing for the both of them and it is their willingness to believe in the other one... to trust which is key.

Now do not worry, romance readers...there is steam...there is chemistry and they figure out ways to express it together...sort of...heh, heh...
Let's just say these two are hot and when things finally, be patient, happen....they are sweet, hot and oh so good together.

The trust between them does get tested. They had a foundation which was solid. They just needed to believe in themselves and each other totally. We benefited from their life lessons; understanding the here and now... not living in the past is so important. This book approached that concept well.

A.J.Pine knows her stuff. She creates characters we would like to know and hang with.... and the group from this series was engaging, fun and real. No one was perfect and that is a good thing. This may be the end of Kingston Ale House but I am not finished with A.J. Pine...not by a long shot.

The One That Got Away (Kingston Ale House #1) by A.J. Pine The One That Got Away (Kingston Ale House #1)
Six Month Rule (Kingston Ale House #2) by A.J. Pine Six Month Rule (Kingston Ale House #2)
Three Simple Words (Kingston Ale House, #3) by A.J. Pine Three Simple Words (Kingston Ale House #3)

~~~~~ Before Reading ~~~~~
Have your heart smashed by your maybe fiancee....
Answer is: No Commitments Ever Again...

Feel like a fool after dating a man who is now holding secrets against you...
Do the Updated Version of "Washing That Man Out of Your Hair":
A Cleanse of Everything Poisonous...

Oh, there will be No Red Meat or Alcoholic Drink...
And nothing Toxic...
But most of all...

No Men...
No Rough and Tumble, No Chiseled Jaws or Soft Full Lips...
Nope, Nothing...

But Remember Mister No Commitment...
Yeah, Him...
He has other Ideas for our Gal...
And He thinks She is...

Worth the Wait (Kingston Ale House #4) - January 16th 2017

A gifted copy was provided by Entangled Publishing, LLC via NetGalley for an honest review.

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2,502 reviews1,214 followers
February 7, 2017
This was a sweet story about two people who were afraid to trust their hearts... again.

Jeremy was left heartbroken three years ago when his girlfriend turned down his proposal and left town. He's on a "no commitment" diet. Grace had her heart broken by a boyfriend who stole her money and has forced her to work two jobs to make ends meet, all while keeping her family out of the loop. It's complicated.

Jeremy was intelligent, handsome and pretty easy going, but didn't seem to take anything seriously. His failure to commit seemed to extend to his professional side as well, which made for an interesting little side story with Jamie. Grace was on a man cleans for 6 months. Nuff said. But these two connected on an emotional level, despite the lack of a physical relationship, which was sweet to watch unfold.

While I enjoyed this story, I didn't love it as much as I thought it would. It just didn't measure up to Three Simple Words. I did love getting to see past characters again, but I failed to truly connect with the main ones. So although this story was sweet, endearing and entertaining, it failed to actually move me. However, would I read anything from this author again? Heck yeah I would!

Release Date: January 16, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
POV: Dual - 3rd person
Steam: 0 out of 5
Series or standalone: Standalone, although it is book 4 of the Kingston Ale House series and there is a lot of character crossover
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1,849 reviews119 followers
January 14, 2017
4 stars

I'm a huge fan of author A.J. Pine's writing and once again she's delivered another great read with Worth the Wait.

The storyline was sweet, fun and very entertaining.
Jeremy and Grace were likable characters that will entertain you while watching their relationship unfold.
They amused me with their banter and I loved how they took the time to talk and get to really know each other while Grace was on her "life cleanse".


Overall, Worth the Wait is a well written slow burn romance with a heartwarming storyline and characters that are likable and very entertaining. I've really enjoyed reading the Kingston Ale House series, each book can be read as a standalone and I highly recommend them all!

Worth the Wait Links ~
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*Thank you to the publisher for the advance copy*
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Author 24 books712 followers
February 8, 2017
WORTH THE WAIT is HERE!!! Thank you so much for reading! This is the fourth and final book in the Kingston Ale House series, but it can be read as a stand alone. So if you're looking for a sexy romcom, Jeremy and Grace are ready for you! And if you've already read and have a chance to paste your review onto Amazon, the Kingston crew (and I) would really appreciate it. Thank you so much for supporting this series! <3 <3 <3

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February 2, 2017
Slick's review:

I’m really sad to see the Kingston Ale House series come to a close as I’ve enjoyed this crazy, fun group of characters. Worth The Wait is a book the author didn’t have planned but the hero convinced her he needed a happily ever after and he got it, but it took time, patience, and quite a bit of inventive foreplay to get there. From the way these two met, to the way the universe kept throwing them together, to the three months of celibacy, to the “reality show” type arrangement, and to every moment these two spent together really getting to know one another, this book was special. There was much I loved about Worth the Wait, but there were also parts that didn’t ring true, parts that had they been cut out would have made this book five stars for me, but hey…it was still a very strong 4 star read and I wouldn’t have missed it for anything.

After having his heart ripped out by a college girlfriend Jeremy Denning has embraced the single life and vowed never to trust another woman with his heart again. Commitment is a bad four letter word to Jeremy and that’s one of the reasons he hasn’t been able to embrace the idea of becoming a partner in his friend’s business, the Kingston Ale House. Working there for years, he knows the business side inside and out, but learning the brewing side doesn’t thrill him and he’s just not sure he’s ready to give it his all.

The one thing Grace Bailey has always wanted is to prove to her family that she can be successful on her own, but after her boyfriend empties her back account of her savings that she plans to use to open her own massage therapy studio, she finds herself working two jobs to keep her head above water and save as much as she can to make her dreams come true. Determined to take back her life and stop making bad decisions when it comes to men, Grace is following the advice of a self help book Man Cleanse: Six Months to a Healthy, Happy You…and the Road to True Love. She just doesn’t expect to meet someone like Jeremy Denning three months in.

There was something so special about the connection between Jeremy and Grace from the start and while he wasn’t all the convinced about her self help journey, he respected her enough to understand she needed to do it. I actually loved that it forced them to really get to know one another on a different level and it built an insurmountable trust between them that might not have happened if sex had been on the table. That’s not to say there weren’t some steamy moments in the three months Grace had left, they found some very inventive ways to find satisfaction.

I loved seeing all the couples from the previous books especially since they were gathering for a very happy occasion and it really brought to light now much this group of friends were more like family and wanted what was best for one another always.

Fun, crazy, adorable, steamy, and sexy Worth The Wait was exciting to read and easy to enjoy.

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March 8, 2018

Worth The Wait was not the first book I read by A.J. Pine, so I knew I would at least like her writing style. Question was as this is a book in the middle of the series – would I be able to follow the story not knowing what happened before.

The answer is yes – it is possible to read this book as a standalone you only have to face possible spoilers on previous books ( I usually do not mind them – in fact they only increase my tendency to read the those books if I like what I hear about them)

My thoughts on Jeremy and Grace – well both have been burned by relationships and have either trust issues, are not willing to put their heart on the line or are in completely unwilling to be in a relationship.

But the reader instantly notices the sparks between them and will be drawn into their building relationship. The author manages to catch and keep the readers attention throughout the whole book. The story is well developed and the pace is steady, the reading felt good and I enjoyed it from beginning to end. Therefore it is easy to recommend


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May 31, 2017
I received an advanced copy of this book with the promise of an honest review.

Holy Crap. I have enjoyed every book in this series, but this one is my absolute favorite. Jeremy is AMAZING and I love him. I even started using #Jeremyisbae to express how much I love him.

Jeremy meets Grace when he is away at a weekend conference. After sitting in a comfortable chair all day, his back starts to bother him. He makes an appointment for a massage and Grace is his masseuse. The two are immediately attracted to each other, but Jeremy is a client so he is totally off limits. Later that night they run into each other at the hotel bar and Grace ends up walking Jeremy back to his room. They part ways thinking they will never see each other again, but fate intervenes and they find themselves in the sample place at the same time more than once.

Grace is on a six month life cleanse and included in that cleanse is men. She's made some bad choices in the past and wants to change her ways. Through some bad luck her cleanse ends up on the news and Grace finds herself thrust into the reality television/social media world. She has three months left of the cleanse and during that time she will meet various men and document the dates on social media. At the end of the three months she will kiss one of them on live television, ending her cleanse and also getting a nice prize of $25k. Sounds pretty simple, right?

Well of course it's not. Grace is holding on to some pretty serious secrets after her awful ex stole all of her savings. She can't expose him because he knows things that will put her whole family at risk so she see this as a way to get back on her feet. Then there is Jeremy. The two of them become friends and he even proposes that he helps her out with this whole dating thing. But they are both holding on to some feelings that just make the situation so complicated. Eventually Jeremy just throws his hat in the ring, telling her he wants to be the one she kisses on live television, with the hopes that she wants that.

“Christ, Grace. If you don’t want me on your list of suitors, just put me out of my fucking misery so I can get on with the status quo. But if there’s any part of you that—”

She reached across the table and grabbed his hand. “Wait!” she finally said, her palm icy cold against his heated flesh.

“You’re freezing,” he said.

Her cheeks flushed, and she shook her head.


He smiled and raised a brow. “I make you nervous?”

She let out a shaky laugh.“You make me…lots of things.”

Her hand still rested on his, the heat between them mingling so that she didn’t feel so cold anymore.

“Like what?” he asked.

“You want a list?”

He nodded. “I really do.”

She let out a long breath. “Okay. Yes. You make me nervous. But you also make me smile.”

This made him smile even broader. “Right back at ya.”

She looked down at their touching hands and then back into his eyes. “You make me warmer.”

He laughed.

“And drier,” she added. “Thanks to my new umbrella.” But then her smile faltered a little, and she squeezed his hand. “You make me feel safer than I’ve felt in a long time. Is that weird to say after meeting such a short time ago? I just get this feeling that I can trust you. That you wouldn’t do to me what…”

She trailed off and was quiet for a second. Jeremy flipped his hand over so he could squeeze hers back. Fuck protocol, if there even was one for this situation.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen in the next few months,” he said. “But I can tell you one thing. As your friend, as whatever I might be when it comes time for you to decide who you want, you’ll always be safe with me, Grace. And it kills me that anyone made you feel otherwise.”

“I want it to be you, too,” she blurted, and he could hear the tremble in her voice. Because here they were, six days into their friendship, admitting it might not be enough, that there might be something more brewing beneath the surface.

She chewed her bottom lip, and then her expression broke into the biggest, most beautiful smile he’d ever seen, and Jeremy knew he was in deeper than he’d ever meant to go. Yet he had no intention of swimming back to the surface.

“I’d give my right hand to kiss you right now,” he said, his voice low and hoarse.

I mean...come on! These two are the CUTEST. And what happens after this....WOW. Can we talk about phone sex for a second? It is almost always a bit awkward, especially the first time a couple does it, so it was nice to feel that awkwardness. Not only did that make me laugh, but it also made me want a cold shower. It felt REAL. AJ wrote, what I feel is, the hottest phone sex scene I have ever read. SO. SO. HOT.

Jeremy. I LOVE HIM SO MUCH. I already liked his character from the previous books and of course we got to know him a lot better in Three Simple Words. I wasn't expecting him to be such a sweetheart, but he won me over very quickly and then jumped to the top of my book boyfriend list in no time. He is just the BEST! #Jeremyisbae

While this book is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone and I highly recommend it. You won't be disappointed.
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February 4, 2017
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AJ Pine’s Kingston Ale House series quickly became a favourite of mine. Starting with Brynn and Jamie’s story in The One That Got Away, then Holly and Will’s story in Six Month Rule, then Annie and Wes in Three Simple Words, and finally Grace and Jeremy in Worth the Wait, I loved each new book more than the last.

We got to see Jeremy throughout the series, so I was excited to finally read HIS book. After having his heart broken by his former girlfriend, Jeremy is resistant to commitment or letting anyone get close. He’s always been the sort of guy who goes with the flow and accepts whatever falls into his lap. He’s okay just getting by, doing what needs to be done, but not really striving for more. Enter Grace - strong, driven, independent. Having been deeply hurt by her ex, she decides she needs to make some big changes in her life. She goes on a six-month cleanse, which includes no men. She needs to figure out how to separate physical connection from emotional connection, and hopes once the cleanse is over she’ll have everything figured out. She wasn’t expecting Jeremy to enter her life, or to have an instant connection with him.

Worth the Wait had so many of the elements I love in romance. I enjoyed the themes of trust and commitment, learning from mistakes, and learning to move forward after being hurt. I loved watching Grace and Jeremy form a friendship that slowly turned into something more. Considering Grace was on a ‘man cleanse’ I didn’t expect there to be much in the way of sexytimes but OH BOY let me tell you: this book is sexy. I’m talking need a cold shower sexy. There’s a lot more to it than that, though; Grace and Jeremy form a real bond, and they grow a lot over the course of the story, both personally and as a couple.

One of the things I love most about Pine’s books is her ability to write fantastic ensemble casts. I fell in love with her characters in the If Only series, and fell just as hard for the Kingston Ale House gang. I can imagine being part of this group, hanging out at the Ale House, and being part of this mismatched group of family-like friends. I’ll miss these characters and think of them often, the way I still do with the If Only characters. While each of the books in the Kingston Ale House series can technically be read as a standalone, I recommend reading the whole series - in order - so you get the full effect of the relationships between the characters. I got excited every time familiar characters showed up, and I'm not even going to lie, I cried like a baby at the end of Worth the Wait seeing everyone get such beautiful happily ever afters.

Fun, romantic, and sexy, Worth the Wait is the perfect end to one of my favourite series. Grace and Jeremy are relatable characters who are easy to fall for separately, and make you want to root for them as a couple. Pair that with great side characters, plenty of giggles, and an engaging plot - oh and the SUPER HOT SEXYTIMES - and Worth the Wait is definitely a book that should be on your TBR.
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5,055 reviews37 followers
January 1, 2017
Jeremy's story - YAY!!!! Bonus - it's fantastic! After having his heart handed to him three years ago Jeremy has been happy living his life free of commitments. A good pint of ale and a beautiful woman was all he needed. Meeting Grace, the beautiful massage therapist, was never part of his plan. Add in the fact that she is currently doing a man-cleanse and he knows he should run - fast. Yet he can't. Something about her calls to him. Could she be the one that he could open his heart to or will she end up hurting him too?

Put this on the must read list. I highly recommend it.
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February 6, 2017
Oh, you guys.

I cannot resist a delicious ginger. I cannot. It’s impossible. And if he also has a sense of humor, a sense of loyalty, and a great big…heart? I am powerless against his charms. And so, my friends, meet Jeremy Denning. He is all of those things, and so much more.

I truly was completely and utterly charmed by the relationship between Jeremy and Grace. I mean, Jeremy alone has charm oozing from his pores. It’s impossible not to lose your heart to his easygoing personality, his quick wit, and his stark sincerity. Combined with Grace, who – with her hippie tendencies and her quirky insistence on seeing her man cleanse through to the very end – holds a great deal of charm herself, they’re adorable together. Sweet and flirty and somehow sexy – even without doing the actual deed.

Which, let’s talk about that. Because there’s a gift involved with taking two characters who haven’t even touched each other intimately – and making you (the reader) ache with want for them. I wouldn’t qualify this as a sexy book (as in, that’s not the first thing that comes to mind about it), but there were definitely moments that set my heart racing and my legs crossing – and they didn’t even involve Grace & Jeremy touching. That’s…a little like whoa, right? Awesome.

There were a few spots where the story dragged for me a little bit – and I can’t even pinpoint the problem. The writing is great. The characters are great. My mind just wandered and I found myself skimming along for something to draw me back in. And ��� it did. Every time. So this isn’t a complaint so much as it’s an observation. It wasn’t a flawless read for me, but it was a completely enjoyable one.

Loyal readers of this series also get a sweet reward. The updates on all the couples we’ve met and loved along the way were so much fun and such a treat. This was a delightful resolution to the series, and – while saying goodbye is always a little bittersweet – my heart could not feel more satisfied. ~ Shelly, 4 Stars
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January 16, 2017
Jeremy Denning is the brother of Annie Denning, the bookstore owner from Three Simple Words, after his almost-fiancee brutally dumped him three years ago he has shied away from commitment of any kind. But now he has a shot at becoming a partner in the Ale House if he can prove he is interested. After a long day studying brewing techniques he gets back to his hotel room only to find that his ex has moved back to Chicago and is presenting the weather on the local TV station. In order to dissipate the resulting tension, he decides to have a relaxing massage. The receptionist fails to warn him to drink lots of water and alcohol and he is slightly the worse for wear when the masseur, Grace Bailey walks into the hotel bar.

Grace is the black sheep of the family, all of whom are high-flying lawyers. She was dating a layer in her parents' legal practice until he used the money for the deposit for their home to fund his gambling addiction and then threatened to expose her father's shortcomings if she told anyone. Tired of making bad judgements about men, Grace decides to go on a six month cleanse of mind and body, including no sex, to allow her to see more clearly and make better decisions based on a self-help book.

Grace and Jeremy keep bumping into each other, as if the cosmic forces are trying to bring them together, and they have just agreed to be friends so that Grace can complete her 'Man Cleanse' when Jeremy's ex walks into the bar. Before anyone is quite clear how it happened, Grace is now the star of a social-media based reality TV show in which the TV station arranges a date each week for Grace to see if she can connect with a man without sex. Can a man and a woman ever just be friends?

Jeremy is torn between the return of the only woman he ever felt ready to commit to and a woman that he might want to commit to. Grace is trying to protect her family from her ex, whilst being constantly undermined by her mother's attempts to get them back together. She likes Jeremy but he's a bit of a player, is he only interested in her because she is currently unobtainable? And what happens when Grace's ex finds out about the reality TV show? And can either of them trust Jeremy's ex, or is she manipulating things for the ratings?

This was another great book by A.J. Pine. Jeremy and Grace were great characters and I liked that they respected her cleanse enough to not even kiss (on the lips). This is not the first reality TV novel I have read in the last few days, like the other book, this is focused more on the people and the relationships than on the TV show or the weekly dates. It's funny, and sweet, and 'real'.

Although this is the fourth book in the Kingston Ale series the books are only tangentially connected and it is easy to read them as stand-alone novels - I still haven't read the first in the series!

Highly recommended - maybe the best one yet.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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985 reviews55 followers
December 11, 2016
This is just what I needed after the last few weeks I've had.

Going in to this I knew I was intrigued by the blurb. Other than reading that I had no clue what I was in for.

It takes a lot in a story to keep me interested when there isn't a lot of the horizontal mambo going on. I love sex in a book, infact its something I insist on having in the books I read. So colour me purple when I realised that I wasn't getting a lot of the hot and Nasty from this.


Even better, Is that I didn't miss it.

Que shocked gasp...

I know ...me pervy penny here was rather content without it. I will say though there is some action in the form phone sex which was pretty up there in the wet panty hot scale. Your also left very satisfied by the end which just makes the book even better. (And for the pervy penny's like me... your panties wetter (; ).

I would say this is a slow budding romance all things considered as the timeline is over 3-4 months. However nothing feels dragged out. The timeline skips through the months so you don't get bored but not so obviously that you feel you missed out either. The story is very seamless. The plot was super cute, very relatable and realistic. The characters are a total joy to read and although there's a few little angsty moments most of the story is upbeat flirty, sexy and fun to read. Great character growth throughout and for once other than the "villain" of the book, I really enjoyed every character.

Grace was a great heroine to read. She's very realistic, relatable, charismatic, sassy and strong. She had this vulnerability about her that made her a pleasure to read because she wasn't perfect. She owned her mistakes and made effort to improve her life in the best way she could. Her character growth was a pleasure to read.

Jeremy ... I could drink him up. He was delicious in the best possible way. From the get go with his dramatic antics over a lecture class I knew I was going to love him. His infectious cheeky grin had me grinning at my kindle like a crazy women! ( ok maybe I am but still.) he's definitely a cheeky one but also such a freaking sweetheart and definitely boyfriend material. After having his heart broken is such a horrible way he's been dead set against anything other than a one night stands until he meets grace.

As fate would have it even though their first encounter didn't go the way he wanted he'd definitely get another chance and boy did he go for the home run with that.

If you love reading sweet romantic stories with little angst and lots of feel good feels you'll love this. It's got everything and more you want in a happy romance story and it's written so well you almost feel it's real.

It got me out of a book slump and gave me happy feels. I laughed, got angry, gasped in shock and smiled like a creepy crazy women while reading this. Oh an maybe got a little hot to!(;

I'd definitely recommend this book to others. I'd also read this again.

I kindly received this ARC from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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1,399 reviews43 followers
February 7, 2017
Title: Worth The Wait
Author: A.J. Pine

4 unexpected stars

If there's one thing I enjoy in books, it's to be surprised and enchanted by the characters and the storyline in such a way that you'll remember it for as long as possible. Worth The Wait was that kind of book and for that reason, A.J. Pine is an author that I'll enjoy following for as long as she'll be writing. It's the type of novel that has a little bit of everything all rolled into one - humor romance, sexyness and so many emotions that you'll think to be in a roller coaster. Grace and Jeremy are the perfect example of what happens when two individuals become friends and decide to go for the benefits of being intimate without the inconveniences of a relationship (for them).
4 breath taking dreams

Neither was looking for anything serious - in fact, Grace was giving herself a relationship detox and Jeremy had spent the last 3 years avoiding everything and anything more serious than a good roll in the sack. However things don't always go as planned when their relationship with benefits gets a little more serious. Their chemistry is undeniable and I was sad to see them go after all this time. I thoroughly enjoyed A.J. Pine's Worth The Wait and I can't wait to read more from her in the future.
*ARC provided by Author in exchange for an honest review.
Reviewed by Kathleen, The Small Girl from A small girl, her man and her books

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524 reviews11 followers
February 8, 2017
Jeremy stays far away from any kind of commitment. He's three years out of graduate school and still happily working at his friends pub.

Grace is half way through a six month cleanse... of food, alcohol, and men.

When Grace is asked to document her cleanse for a local network, with a live kiss to break her fast in three months, Jeremy can't seem to help himself from signing up to be in the line up of men competing to be worthy of the kiss. But the more dates Grace goes on with different men, the harder it is for Jeremy to watch, and he starts to realize he's in deeper than he thought. And the more time they spend together, the more Grace realizes she may have made her choice, before the competition has even gotten off the ground.

But Graces Ex - the one that spurred her into the cleanse into the first place - continues to manipulate Grace, and she fears what will happen to her budding relationship. Can Grace and Jeremy overcome the issues they've both had with past relationships and learn to trust each other and the burgeoning feelings between them?

I absolutely loved this book. I was completely invested in Jeremy and Grace. A.J. Pine has a way of breaking down her characters to their very core, which brings me back, book after book.

This was the fourth and final book in the Kingston Alehouse series. In addition to following the budding relationship between Jeremy and Grace, the reader still get's some snippets of life from the couples that are the core group of friends featured throughout the series. I loved each of the couples that feel in love in and around the Kingston Alehouse. And who knows, maybe one day, some young group will start hanging out in the pub and we'll get a drive by of the gang.

An undeniable winner. I am sad to see the group go, but they've got to go out and adult now, and let A.J. go help another gang go find love.
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1,665 reviews170 followers
February 5, 2017
Commitment and trust: two sticky words that I thought the story was going to be about, though there isn’t much in the blurb that hints at what would really unfold but it intrigued me enough to want to pick it up to see if it’s quirky enough to entice.

It did start out interesting, but my engagement dipped somewhat when the unnecessary drama seemed to make the story go in loops—a man cleanse, several conniving ex-es, a blackmail scheme, a deliberate wait to finish a contract—and I found that I simply couldn’t get my interest to stay up like a typical alpha male's constant erection. For Jeremy’s non-commitment stance, I actually found Grace equally so though it’s never quite admitted out loud: the lack of commitment to her own family, to getting out of the blackmail situation she’s in to the inability to do anything but to commit to ‘Man Cleanse’ and even that’s done because of the contract signed with Jeremy’s ex. Most of the time, the push-pull, will-they-won’t-they moments that were peppered throughout the chapters ended up more frustrating than teasing because for all the slow burn, I couldn’t quite understand the connection between both the lead characters, let alone the annoying peripheral ones who came to the story primarily as cock-blockers.

In fact, sex barely enters the equation here but that’s not quite the priority for me anyhow. Essentially the story got messy, entangled and involved in a way that was…well, boring at times, to the point I started skimming. It’s probably a book more for those who follow this series though; I jumped straight into this without knowing what went on previously so that might have accounted for the lack of interest.
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1,589 reviews148 followers
January 16, 2017
First and foremost, I adored Jeremy. He was witty, fun and easy-going, but serious when it really counted.
I loved Grace's conviction in her pursuit of finding something deeper with the right person and learning to trust herself to know who and when that would be. I appreciate that she wanted to see things through but that she didn't disregard the possibility of what was already right in front of her.
This story wasn't full of descriptive sexual encounters but the sexual tension between Jeremy and Grace was squirm-worthy and had me anticipating the end of her cleanse just as much as they were. When that tension finally broke it was just the perfect blend of sexy and sweet that I expected between the two of them.
This book was funny and sweet and I'm dying to go back and read the rest of the series now.

*I received an ARC from NetGalley for voluntary review
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1,107 reviews
December 12, 2016
What a great story! This book had me captivated from page one. The books opens with a little flash of the end of the book, it sets the stage for what is to come.

You can read the blurb, so I'll skip right on into the story. Grace- working two jobs to dig herself out of a hole that her ex put her in, although she blames herself for trusting him. The douche is also a partner at her parents very visible and prestigious law firm. Grace finds book that the author touts a brand new you kind of thing; fasting from men and clean eating, no alcohol, caffeine etc for 6 months. That includes no sex. We meet Grace in this book during month 3 of her fast.
Jeremy- omg Jeremy. Oh how I loved him. Jeremy is in Wisconsin for a weekend taking classes Jake roped him into to see if he was really interested in a partnership with the Ale House. Day one was 8 hours of boring lecture and Jeremy returns to the hotel like a bear. He decides to get a massage, and bc Grace happens to have a cancellation, he is her next appt. Things go well, and for Jeremy who had a little flirtation thing going on with the girl at the spa desk, which Grace promptly put her in her place over. Grace leaves the room after his massage trusting that the dingbat will tell him to drink plenty of water afterward. Finding him in the bar later, drinking beer, unable to eat and feeling bad Grace sees him and orders her green drink and gets him to drink water. The guy can barely stand. She helps him up to his room which happens to be across the hall from his. She tells him she's not available and about the book. Not so much on the why. A little bit, just about the 8k he took from her that was her seed money for her new business. They sit on the floor in the hall and chat a while, say goodnight Gracie.
Next day they meet again in the pouring rain at the gas station headed back to Chicago. Odd?? Absolutely. He buys her coffee and an umbrella. She leaves. Then yes, again, they meet at the Ale House. They have mutual friends. Meanwhile Jeremy; burned badly by an ex who is now back in Chicago on TV doing the local weather and while he and Grace are sitting talking and he finally hopes they have agreed to a friendship the witch walks up with her station manager. Grace while moving her bag, unloads the contents and the book falls out. When ex picks it up, she sees an opportunity to capitalize on it and further her career. She wants Grace to do this on social media and chronicle her remaining three months in public. The next day Grace has the contract which Jake's fiance' looks over, she's a CPA and it looks ok. Finally with Jeremy telling her he thinks it's ok she agrees.
Cue Jeremy swallowing hard because he has to watch Grace date once a week at the Ale house. He appoints himself her wing man. There's some back and forth here and I really liked how these two became friends with no physical contact. None. Not even a kiss. In fact they both liked it and while dealing with outside crap, his ex, her ex, her family, social media they manage to hold it together right down until that night... the last night which was broadcast live from the Ale House. When the proverbial sh** hits the fan. I don't do spoilers. But I can tell you I held my breath here waiting to see what Grace would do and how things would shake out in the end.
As I said earlier and I'll say it again, I loved this book. LOVED IT! AJ is a great writer and anyone who can write steamy with no sex has it all going on in my opinion. The two MC's were a match made in heaven. I hate to see this series end. She's written yet another winner. If you haven't read the series, do it!!! Start here and work your way backwards, however you want to do it. It was totally captivating.
One more AJ, come on you can do it!!
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2,036 reviews108 followers
February 5, 2017

***4 ‘Commit to possibility’ Stars***

The whole ‘man cleanse’ idea peaked my interest and the fact that the guy was more than willing to go with it in order to get the girl and needed to see how it all played out and found Worth the Wait to be a sweet, enjoyable and realistic love story about two people colliding at what looks to be at the worst time ever, but turns out to be anything but.

I loved Jeremy and Grace. Jeremy is at crossroads that he didn’t necessarily mean to put himself in and is working out what direction he actually wants to take. Jeremy is that mix of charm and sex appeal that makes him hard to ignore. His heart has been bruised and he’s closed himself off from commitment, but his sweetness and compassion have kept him from being cynical. Grace has been burned. Badly. But she is determined to take control of her life back and attain her dreams. I loved Grace’s determination to follow the man cleanse and how she held onto the hope that it would bring her the clarity that she craved. That determination wasn’t new though, she’s walked to the beat of her own drum and though she’s always felt like an outsider in her own family, it hasn’t stopped her, nor has it diminished the love she has for them.

I enjoyed watching Jeremy and Grace’s relationship evolve and grow from the first time they met to when they finally got their HEA. I loved how supportive Jeremy was of Grace’s “cleanse” and did all he could to help her achieve her goal, while making sure that she knew of his intent to be with her once the six months were up. Their bantering was fun and sweet and even though they couldn’t get down and dirty, they found ways to take the edge off the sexual tension that was growing between them. The potholes in their journey made things fun and I really liked how everything ended up in the end.

Worth the Wait is my first book by AJ Pine and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The writing was engaging and the pacing was good. And as it is my first read, I haven’t read the first books in the series, but in no way felt lost. The dual 3rd person POV was well done and the characters were all well written. If you’re looking for a fun and quick read with a good amount of heat, sweetness and just the right amount of drama to keep things interesting I’d recommend that you give this one a go.

~ Copy received from the publisher via NetGalley ~
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1,185 reviews23 followers
February 10, 2017
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley and I'm freely giving my honest review.*

Grace is on a cleansing cure after being betrayed by her ex, she's not supposed to have any physical relationship and eat "clean" food to get a more emotional connection to people. But then she meets Jeremy.......

I just love the crazy theme of cleansing your life, and I love Grace and Jeremy. This story made me laugh and cry.

I've read the other books in this series except for the first, and I loved them so the author didn't disappoint me this time ether. Now I'm going to have to buy the first and read that one :-)
That's one of the things I love about these books, even if they're a series each one can be read as a standalone. Although I prefer to read a series in their order I don't regret reading these books out of order at all.

The writing style is easygoing and have enough dialogues to hold my attention throughout the whole story. I loved the build up in this story and that the author still made some scenes worth the wait.......

The characters are well described and I feel like I got to know them well; Jeremy with he's scepticism for longer relationships and Grace with her issues with trust. But when faith brings them together several times it seems inevitable.

I think this was another successful HEA and a beautiful 5 star read.
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1,003 reviews
January 16, 2017
Oh, how I loved these two.

We have Jeremy and Grace in this one. We heard of Jeremy in previous books so I was excited to finally read what he was about.

Jeremy is more about living in the moment, and he’s been fine with that until Jamie offers him a good deal, something that would force Jeremy to settle a bit more. In that moment of indecision he meets Grace, a woman with some trouble in her past.

I loved both Jeremy and Grace. He was super cute and an absolute gem once he decided to pursue Grace, things were not half-assed for him. Loved his focus and love and loyalty. As for Grace, she was great, hard-working, loyal to a fault, and in desperate need of someone who would treat her as she deserved.

So, when these got together, it was swoons, banter, whispered words, late night sexy calls, and so much more. They didn’t even have to kiss to know they were made for each other.

As I said, I just loved these two.

There was some drama and tension, but nothing major and it was necessary to give them a little push. ;-)

All in all, a great and fun read.

*Thank you to Entangled Publishing for providing an ARC in exchange of my honest opinion*
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3,021 reviews30 followers
January 9, 2017
A quirky read that will have you smiling ... often! A sexy bartender meets a gorgeous massage therapist, they flirt, they go their separate ways ... and then proceed to run into each other a handful more times over the next couple of days, even in different states! Obviously fate has spoken ... right??

Jeremy Denning is a self-proclaimed lover of women! He's a great guy, loyal friend, loves his family ... but he is never going to commit to a relationship again. Previously burned, twice ... well, never going to happen!

Grace Bailey is struggling to prove herself to her family, and trying to help herself grow into a more aware person at the same time. When she meets Jeremy, there's obviously some major attraction there ... but he only wants one thing, and she's not going there!

He tries to walk away ... he really does. She's sworn off bad food, booze and most especially MEN for six months. How can he compete with that? He doesn't even want to right? Well ... maybe!
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1,070 reviews32 followers
January 10, 2017
AJ Pine's Worth the Wait was definitely just that. Worth it! I've waited patiently for Jeremy, the loveable side character and brother to have his own story. What shy's him away from commitment, love, and finding that happily ever like the rest of this loveable group? What keeps him from moving on and challenging life? In Worth the Wait we finally find out that poor Jer has been burned severely from his college sweetheart. It isn't until he keeps meeting the delightfully quirky, hippie massage therapist on a mission to change her life that we see the vulnerable, true Jeremy and fall desperately in love.

Once again, Pine gives me another hit with her Kingston Ale House series. I've been a fan of her's since reading the first book in this series and with each new set of couples, I fall deeper into her stories and even more in love with this group. They are funny, loveable, and interesting. Pick up your copy of this series now and enjoy meeting them all.
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1,113 reviews2 followers
January 31, 2017
Hold onto your heart with this story! Both Jeremy and Grace will steal it. Not once in this story was there a moment where I was frustrated with either character. I could understand Grace's decisions on her man cleanse and admired her determination. Jeremy was just as charming as he could be. He was supportive, flirtatious, sexy as all get out, protective, and loving. I enjoyed the way they met, the in depth way they got to know each other, and their many fun times. I have read the first book in this series and now this one, but I do feel the need to read the other two to get to know all the characters. These are pretty much stand alone stories but the supporting characters are really likeable and intriguing.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
January 16, 2017
This is my first read by this author. The book is part of a series but I had no issue reading it as a stand alone. I love the cute meet with Jeremy and Grace. She is a massage therapist and Jeremy is sure he will get a "happy ending" from her. She holds her own and doesn't give in. Jeremy has his work cut out for himself. As the title suggests, Grace is worth the wait.

The book has great humor and some steamy love scenes. The friendships and family love shine throughout the story. Love reading books that take place basically in my back yard as well. Overall just a delight to read.

*Complimentary copy provided via Netgalley for an honest review.
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1,123 reviews33 followers
November 28, 2016
This review is based on the ARC provided by the author and/or the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.


I liked all the characters except the heroine. Her I just wanted to grab her by the hair and slam her head on some object like a dashboard. I guess that's the caliber of the author if she can instill such strong feelings about her characters. The why something was done was not revealed until the very end.
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678 reviews13 followers
January 26, 2017
Oh Boy It's Worth It!
Although this is the 4th book of the series, it's the 2nd book that I've read (so far), and although they have been the two newest I don't feel as though I'm lost. Each of these stories are standalone novels that one way or another are connected to the Kingston Ale House. This one is another great story from A.J. Pine. The way she weaves the love story between these two charactrrs"ers is awesome. The secondary characters that show up and try to reek havoc is spectacularly added.
Jeremy wants to be a partner in the Kingston Ale House with Jamie who also happens to be getting married. However Jeremy has been afraid of commitment for the last three years. So before he'll consider Jeremy for partnership, Jamie sent him to a brewing conference to learn more about the process. While at the conference he gets a massage, there's something about the therapist that he's drawn to... And she won't even kiss him because she's in the middle of a six month full-on man cleanse. Plus he'll never see her again after he had back home.
Grace is a massage therapist who lives in Chicago, has a second job that she travels to on weekends as one of the hotels massage therapists in Wisconsin. Because of her ex she has to not only have this second job, but she has had to put her dreams of opening her own massage therapy store front on hold. He's also the reason she's trying Man Cleanse: Six Months to a Healthy, Happy You…and the Road to True Love by Suzanne Summerville(*direct book quote). Which means clean foods and clean drinks for six months, oh and no sex. She's had clients she's thought were attractiveness before, but Jeremy for some reason throws her off kilter, thankfully she won't be seeing him again.
After getting back home in Chicago they both get back to work, where once again they meet again. They still feel something pulling them together but she had 3 months left on her journey. To tear how the journey progress and what happens adding the way you need to read WORTH THE WAIT... And of boy is it definitely worth it!! I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book via IndieSage through NetGalley in exchange for an honest blog tour review. Due to sexual content this novel is recommended for readers 18 and older!
Favorite Passages~
~ There seemed to be a correlation between what went on in his head and what took place in his pants. Best to leave the thinking to a minimum for the rest of the afternoon.
~ The whole point was that love wasn’t a game.
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579 reviews8 followers
February 3, 2017
What happens when two people who were burned by their exes find themselves falling in love again? Do they jump in eyes closed? Or do they come up with some bizarre way of doing things to get around it?

Both Jeremy and Grace have been busy nursing broken hearts. Their temporary solution is to give up on relationships. These days, Jeremy likes being unattached as he happily goes through a series of women. Grace has sworn off guys, at least for six months as part of a man-cleanse, an idea she got from a self-help book. Things become tricky after she and Jeremy meet in a rather intimate way (he's her massage client) and an undeniable attraction follows. It's so tempting to do something but unfortunately, it's a case of right place, wrong time. Jeremy surprises himself by wanting to be with Grace, telling her that he'll wait for her until she's done with her cleanse and done putting herself back together. Sounds like a plan they can agree on: friends first, then whatever next. But wait. More complications arise when Grace winds up as star of her own reality show based on her current six-month hiatus from dating. It's a too-good opportunity that she can't afford to miss out on for a number of reasons. So for now it becomes a much harder wait for them. Meddlesome exes aren't helpful either.

This was such a cute story to dive into about two young people wrestling with their feelings and gradually blurring the line between friends and lovers. These are characters becoming more self-aware and truthful about what they want. It's about taking another leap of faith despite the fact that things went badly before. And even though they're trying hard to behave themselves, they do manage to find loopholes, and those are always so fun! It was nice to see the rest of the Kingston Ale House gang again especially since there's guaranteed fun when they're around. One can almost envy this close-knit circle of friends who go way back. As for me, I get to live vicariously through these young friends living it up in Chicago.

Here's the best reason to read A.J. Pine: for the happy vibes that will inevitably wash over you. Who doesn't love a story about falling in love again after what seems like devastating heartbreak? A happily-ever-after is a nice place to go after it's all said and done. So do yourself a favour and check out the Kingston Ale House series and read WORTH THE WAIT!

~ Bel
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