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Waiting for Her

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Our relationship was such a cliché.

Friends to lovers. High school sweethearts.

Then... driven by insecurities, I broke Grady Ryan’s heart.

I was weak, afraid to love, and even more afraid to be loved.

There are secrets I’ve kept buried but I can’t forget what we once shared.

I’ve been given a second chance and this time, I’m prepared to fight for him.

After six long years of si
Published August 6th 2018
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4.5 stars!

A gorgeously emotional second-chance-romance that is sweet, functional and full of swoon!

Grady and Bri were childhood best friends who fell in love as teenagers and (eventually) made the leap from friends-to-lovers, becoming each other’s whole worlds and knowing that they were going to be together forever. But Bri’s life got shaken up and she reacted badly, running in order to ‘protect’ herself and triggering a downward spiral that she found it impossible to pull herself out of.

Diane (Books and Tequila Blog)
I just loved Waiting For Her!! It is a friends to lovers, super swoony and romantic second chance story.

“I was always waiting.
Waiting for her to come back.
Waiting for her to come to her senses.
Waiting for her to love me enough to fight.”

Waiting For Her is the first book I’ve read by this author, but will definitely not be the last.
-5 Stars!-

My full review:
I absolutely adore reading second chance romances. They are one of my favorite tropes to read and though I have only recently found Jennifer Van Wyk, her second chance romances are a top favorite of mine already. Waiting for Her was a beautiful story of two people so in love, time and distance had nothing over what they felt for each other.

Grady Ryan and Bri Jameson were high school sweethearts. Best friends who fell in love, or may have always been in love. They had their future all planned ou
Joy Novel Thoughts
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh my goodness! Waiting for Her by Jennifer Van Wyk was so much more than your average second chance romance. Bri and Grady broke and healed my heart in one fell swoop.

Sometimes you open a book and you think you know the story that you're going to read, that's what I though going into Waiting for Her, and boy was I mistaken! Bri and Grady's story packed a punch. The emotions overwhelmed me, it dealt with an issue that I can't say that I have ever read before and I'm sure many women have battled
Stephanie Rose
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've been following this series from the beginning and couldn't wait for Grady and Bri's story. Not only didn't it disappoint, it's my favorite book of hers and one of the best I've read this year. Knowing them from the beginning, the hurt I felt from them both was visceral. And although you start out wanting to dismiss Bri for how she ran all those years ago, you not only forgive her, you completely understand her.

Beautifully written awesome story that I'm already rereading parts of. 5+ stars.
Książkowa Pasja
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: english, read-2018
English review below :)


Już na samym wstępie rozpoczynając od krótkiego streszczenia książki mamy do czynienia z łamaniem schematów. Bowiem nasza główna bohaterka Bri nie radząc sobie z emocjami i podkopanym zaufaniem do drugiego człowieka zrywa ze swoim chłopakiem i jednocześnie najlepszym przyjacielem, Grady'm. Oboje wychodzą z tego ze złamanym sercem i starają się stawić czoła przyszłości. Gdy sześć lat później ich drogi ponownie się przecinają, Bri postanawia odzyskać zaufanie ukochanego i
Vanessa (nessreads)
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
*I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book*

4.5 Stars

Waiting for Her is a second chance romance filled with an abundance of emotion. It's about two friends that are teetering on the fence of something more. Scared of taking that next step because of what might happen to their friendship if in the end the relationship doesn't work out. But what if in taking a chance, is worth it?

Grady's been through a lot. From thinking he had everything on the tip of his fingers only to have it slip rig
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bri Jameson had it all, a man who adored her, she was attending the college of her dreams, and had the promise of a very exciting future... but then in the blink of an eye she lost it all, and lost her self in the process. Watching her parents marriage implode years before left her with a lot of self doubt and skepticism about the staying power of love, and it caused her to begin to have doubts about her own love life, and what she really wanted. Those doubts then pushed her to make decision tha ...more
Brittany&Elizabeth's BookBoutique
"Your love story with Bri Jameson isn't finished. I'm not sure it will ever be."

I finished this book about 1 AM last night and did not want it to finish. It was one of those books that as soon as I read the first chapter I knew that I wasn't going to be getting any sleep that night. Waiting for Her picks up where Feels like Home left off, but this time it is Bri and Grady's story. You do not have to read Feels like Home in order to read Waiting for Her, but I would of course recommend it!

Tasha and Megan Mahoney
I should give a couple of content cautions here. 2 female assaults (not graphic) and discussions about eating disorders. Both of these are really well dealt with.

This was a really enjoyable, beautifully written, second chance romance. After a sad start, I thoroughly enjoyed Bri and Grady's second chance story. 

Bri and Grady grew up together and were best friends who began a relationship in their teens but were torn apart by Bri's mistrust after discovering her fathers infidelity, while still gri
Avidez Literaria
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
“I never imagined love just might not be enough.”

Bri and Grady were best friends. Until they overcame their fear of becoming something else. But not all fears can easily be overcome.

When Bri discovers that her dead father, in the last stages of cancer betrayed her mother, her whole world collapses. She begins to question her relationship with her boyfriend, and a series of bad decisions and tragedies have led her down a dark path.

Grady also had to face his share of suffering. After being abandon
Kara Hildebrand (Two Book Pushers)
Waiting for Her is Jennifer Van Wyk's newest romance. I’m a huge fan of Jennifer's and her books. I know that when I pick up one of her stories I'm going to get all the feels! Her writing it fantastic, her characters lovable and the families are the greatest. I love every one of her characters. If you've read Jennifer's other books, you know Grady (Barrett and Tess's son) and Bri (Christine's daughter). This is their story! They have been friends since they were kids. The best of friends as teen ...more
Michelle Abascal Monroy
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Second chances romances are my favorites for stories like THIS ONE!!!

Waiting for Her by Jennifer Van Wyk is a beautiful second chance romance, Bri and Grady have met each other since they were kids and they started a relationship in highschool but not everything was perfect, Bri discovered a secret that makes her changes her ideas and doubt about love so he breaks her relationship with Grady.. Grady is a sweet guy who cant understand why the love of his live left him, and after difficult mom
Sheila'S Book Corner
I just loved Waiting For Her!! It is a friends to lovers, super swoony and romantic second chance story.

Grady and Bri were best friends then high school sweethearts until Bri disappeared.
Bri got scared. She went through SO much and felt like she was going to break. She just didn’t trust that love alone could be strong enough to get them through the difficulties.

“I was always waiting.
Waiting for her to come back.
Waiting for her to come to her senses.
Waiting for her to love me enough to figh
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jennifer Van Wyk has done it again! Waiting for Her follows Bri and Grady has they come back together after a gut wrenching nightmare of a break up. This is a sweet second chance romance that will make you believe in fate.

The love story is amazing, catching up with our favorite characters from the past feels like coming home, and Bri and Grady’s story makes you swoon!
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed this series, and really loved seeing Bri and Grady all grown up and learning their story.

Definitely not fluff. Lots of real life issues that were dealt with, but so well done!

Enjoyed knowing them as teens first falling in love during the series, and reading about their split and then reconnecting after they have both gone through so much and seeing if love really is enough! The characters have grown so much since high school. Grown up Bri & Grady were just as wonderful as the
I am a lover of second chance romance and Waiting for Her gave me my fix.

Bri and Grady have a history.....their past was never resolved because a heart beak that Bri allowed to come between them. Fast forward to adulthood when they see each other again.

Waiting for Her was a beautiful story of love lost, love found, life and more. I recommend this for any lover of second chance romance.

Reviewed by: Dana D.
3.0 stars

I liked the hero but the heroine was stupid and annoying and the author included too many overused cliche's. It wasn't bad though just not great.
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
*I was provided an ARC by HEA Novel Thoughts and Happily Ever Insta for an honest review. All thoughts, statements and opinions are my own.*

After learning her father wasn't the hero she thought he was, Bri made the decision to no longer trust that love was enough for anything and broke things off with her high school sweetheart. However, 6 years later, Fate still had a plan for her and Grady and threw them back together. But things weren't that simple and a past filled with hurt and regret kept
Stephanie Taylor
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jennifer Van Wyk is quickly becoming a new favorite author of mine. I’ve enjoyed all of her books so far, and I was really, really looking forward to this book. And it truly was worth the wait! While this is a standalone book, the characters have been introduced in past books. But, don’t worry if you haven’t read any of her previous books. There is nothing confusing about Grady and Bri’s story, and it’s all explained really well in the dialogue as to what happened with them before the beginning ...more
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
A beautiful second chance romance that’s sure to tug at your heartstrings and be more in touch with your family and friends. Waiting For Her relates very well to most people because the characters in the book are realistic and likeable. I know some people could relate to Bri Jameson and Grady Ryan’s story, and I can’t help but gush over them.

Bri broke her high-school boyfriend’s heart when she decided to walk away from him and her hometown, following the devastating truth about her own father’s
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I love the one who got away and second chance feel stories and Waiting for Her was just that. The sports theme an friends to lovers aspect also appealed to me also I wanted to try out a new to me author. I must admit I didn't know what to expect but it was pretty sweet and swoony, Bri and Grady were best friends before they became more. They knew each other so well but then Bri decided she didn't trust love anymore and pushed Grady away. Years later they meet again when Bri covers Grady
Dora Ruiz Davalos Books and Tequila Blog
4.5 Stars
There’s a reason second chance romance is one of my favorite tropes. The opportunity to correct a wrong done, either to you or by you, is so appealing. It’s being given a do-over, in a way; not necessarily forgetting the why it’s needed, but forgiving the reason you need it, no matter how much time has gone by. Waiting For Her is all this and so much more. This emotional romance will keep you glued to your seat, waiting to see how it’s all resolved.

“I fell in love with you, my heart nev
Jodi Bird (Ruby Red Romance Review)
5 STAR Review by Jodi for Ruby Red Romance Review

I loved every second of Grady and Bri's story. I love a good second chance story, and this one is one of the best I have read in a long time. These two...I wanted them together so much. There were parts of this story that made my heart hurt. There were parts when I fell in love with these characters so much that I felt like they were my friends and I was rooting for them the whole time. This story made me smile, but more than that it made me belie
Heather Carver
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If I could give this book 10 stars I would! This book touched me deeply.

I fell in love with Grady and Bri in Feels Like Home. My heart broke with how that book ended. I wasn’t sure what was going to happen between them and how long it would take for them to come together again.

When you start this book you learn it’s been six years since Bri broke Grady’s heart and her own. While we don’t understand exactly why she did what she did you will soon learn. My heart broke for her. She loved her dad
Jennifer Pierson
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After reading Feels Like Home (the story of Bri's mother), I couldn't wait to read this book. While I knew that it would be very emotional, I guess I didn't see just how emotional it was going to be for me, and trust me, my eyes leaked a time or two. I've loved Grady for some time, but during this story, I had moments of extreme rage towards him, and yeah, I knew he got hurt when his Bri left him, but I never ever thought he would get to be quite be so unlike him. See, Bri lost herself when the ...more
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with this crazy group of characters in From the Ground Up by Jennifer Van Wyk, and keep falling in love with them even more with every book in this series of interconnected standalones.

Waiting for Her follows the next generation, specifically Grady (Tess and Barrett's son) and Bri, Grady's best friend. At the end of the first book, these two had realized that they had feelings beyond friendship (while in high school). A few years later, they break up after Bri feels that they won
Kari Hansen
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Grady and Bri were best friends as children and their relationship gradually developed into love. They started to plan their future together and Grady never imagined that Bri would run leaving him to face the future without her by his side devastated wondering what could have been rather than crushed dreams. He has managed to rebuild his life and has found peace once again as a college football coach until she comes barrelling back into his life.

Bri is now a journalist and she now has the opport
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing

A second chance love that will make you fall hard. Hop onto this ride and feel the emotions like never before.

Bri and Grady are an epitome of high school love story.. But as you can say life got in the way, Bri's got some issues and that led her to broke Grady's heart (which in turn, broke my heart, poor Grady 😢).. After six years, she's returned and is determined to set everything right, win her one and only love back..

Jennifer writes irresistibly sweet alpha heroes. I so want to cuddle Grady a
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m ashamed to admit I didn’t know about Ms. Van Wyk’s work until a friend of mine told me about her. It was her second book and I fell in love! And I caught right up and devoured her last two books as they’ve come out. (Well this one included in the devouring but whatever.) That being said, Ms. Van Wyk’s work gets better and better every time! And I fall more and more in love with her characters! And Grady and Bri certainly were no different!!

So we already know a little about Bri and Grady bec
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“I have more to say and this, I’m not going to apologize for. Here’s the thing. You had no right…No. right. to leave me,” I grit out. “To pretend in some sort of disillusionment I would ever - ever - do anything to betray you. Yes, I’m sorry I didn’t fight for us. But I shouldn’t have had to.”
My words cause her body to jerk but she nods quickly. “You’re right. You shouldn’t have. I screwed up.”
“I need to understand, and yet, I’m not sure I ever will. I can’t fall back into you again. It hurt too much to lose you the first time. Not just as my girlfriend, but as my best friend.” 1 likes
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