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Be with Me

(Return to Haven #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  145 ratings  ·  71 reviews
Three best friends are starting over in the cozy town of Haven, Georgia, where revamping the local airport brings dreams of love and family within reach . . .
Since moving to Haven to help out her closest friends, Melanie Ramsey has begun to reclaim her strength after a difficult divorce. Through Mel’s Motivational Blog, she’s inspiring other women too. Then a wild, one-ni
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published November 1st 2018 by Zebra Books (first published October 30th 2018)
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Madison Warner Fairbanks
Be With Me by Jules Bennett

Contemporary romance. Surprise baby storyline. 2nd in the Return to Haven series but can be read as a standalone.

Mel is recovering from emotional domestic abuse. Because of her past, she holds herself back from trusting Tanner.
Tanner is strong in his convictions and a protector. Significant to the storyline, he works with a team helping women and children escape from abuse situations.
As they get to know each other, the histories of both intrude. They must overcome
Claire Robinson
3 - "Just us..." Stars.

We Return to Haven for the second book in the series. Be With Me gives us Tanner and Melanie’s story, both of them not looking for love or commitment due to factors from their pasts, thrust together by one of my favourite tropes… unplanned pregnancy.

"Don’t push me away… You don’t have to do this alone."

Easily likeable characters, you get the inside track on why the both of them are resistant to relationships now. If you have read the first book of the series, you know Mel’
Good book. Melanie came to Haven with her two best friends, Olivia and Jade. She has been putting her life back together after escaping from an abusive marriage. She now has a successful motivational blog where she helps other women and is settling comfortably in Haven. Determined to avoid putting herself in that position ever again, Melanie has pretty much cut men out of her life.

Tanner is a police officer in Haven and very protective of the town and its people. Besides his work as a cop, he is
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is the second book in the Return to Haven series and I think it is best read as part of the series. I say this because the book starts out just as Melanie discovers the consequences of a one night stand with local deputy, Tanner. These characters met in the previous book so some of the back story is not really a part of this book. However, readers will quickly come up to speed as Melanie and Tanner try to come to grips with life's events.

I really enjoyed this small town contemporary romance
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Received an ARC courtesy of NETGALLEY from the publisher….

This book takes us back to Haven Georgia where two friends have moved back to a town they once lived and a third friend, Melanie, who’s is heroine of this story comes along for moral support, along with Jade, for their friend Livie after her father passes away, leaving Livie his house and a share in a small airport.

This story line in this second book in the series and revolves around Melanie and her one night stand with Tanner, who is w
Pelusa Rivera
Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) This book was a little depressing. Melanie had went thru hell when she was married to a politician, and she was able to get out of that relationship and start over but with emotional scars. Here we are 2 years later and he is still contacting her and he wants her back to further his career. On a night out with friends she succumbs to the chemistry she had with Tanner and gives in having a hot one night and now she is pregnant. Tanner only has one nig ...more
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even this is second book in the series I didn't felt weird reading it simply because it can be read as a standalone too. It is a nice contemporary romance that is sprinkled with a surprise baby... Tanner and Melanie’s story kept me interested and I found myself taking sides and digging for the characters. I am not going into revealing more of the story to avoid spoilers for the other readers. All I can add is that I enjoyed reading it and I will go and read the first one in this instalment and f ...more
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it

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Melanie Ramsey is doing everything she can to move on after her divorce. Moving to Haven with her two best friends is the best thing she could have done, except instead of keeping her guard up, she finds herself letting loose and having a one-night stand with Tanner Roark that results in her discovering she’s pregnant soon after. Will Melanie give Tanner a chance or is she too afraid of being hurt to ever give happy ever after another go? Read More
Christi Snow
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
My Review:
Overall, I really LOVED this book. Before the book starts, Tanner and Mel had a one-night stand. The book starts when the repercussions of that night make themselves known...that's right, a positive line on a tiny, little stick. The thing is Tanner is a confirmed bachelor and Mel is coming off a horrific divorce. She has NO DESIRE for anything a baby, but surprises happen.

Tanner is such a good guy (despite his reputation) and as his backstory comes out, it's heartbreakin
Book Gannet
This is an easy-going, undemanding read with nice characters and a tricky situation all wrapped up in cosy friendship and family. There’s nothing terribly wrong with it, but at the same time, I can’t find anything I loved about it either. It’s pleasant and enjoyable, but not exactly memorable.

Which is a shame, because there’s a lot to like here. Melanie and her motivational blog is a great idea, but apart from her understandable trust issues and her problems with her ex, it doesn’t really figure
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Delight
A one night stand ends up connecting two people who aren't sure they even like each other. More serious that I expected and deeper on many levels. This is a story that can heal two hearts and make a future look bright.

Why do I jump into series in the middle or at least not the first book? This time is was a little easier since
Heather andrews
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tanner likes to give his woman a forewarning, “considering I never bring a woman home, she’ll definitely tackle-hug you.” I liked this book, Tanner was the sweetest man ever.
Lynn Brooks
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 STARS!

Strong characters, deep connections and a boat load of good times! With an ever-popular visit back to Haven, Georgia, we get to reconnect with the small airport project that we fell in love with during Jax and Livie’s story in Book 1 and we also get to see a bit of the brother’s we adored in the original Monroes series. Melanie and Tanner have a strong connection, but each have their own past that keeps them weighted down with fear. The baby on the way makes them have to move out of
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-kindle, own-read
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Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Jules Bennett continues her Return to Haven series with this second book. All readers who loved the first book will greatly enjoy this one as well. Ms. Bennett writes her characters with such heart and compassion.
Melanie Ramsey never thought her life would end up where it is. She left an abusive relationship with a high powered man and moved to a small town with her best friends. Now she finds herself pregnant after a one-night stand and doesn’t know what to do about the baby daddy. Sure she fin
Nicole Westmoreland
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another MUST-READ book by the wonderful Jules Bennett! A slight twist on a HEA, Be With Me is the second book in the wonderful small-town romance series Return to Haven. It follows book 1, Stay With Me, and incorporates Jules' Monroe series into it as well (which was another fabulous series and one I would HIGHLY recommend!).

Melanie Ramsey is pregnant from a hot, lusty one night stand. She is still adjusting to her new life after a marriage from hell with Neville, an abusive politician, and try
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the second time we get to return to Haven, Georgia with Jules Bennett. This book tells the story of Melanie and Tanner. He’s the cop who pulled her over as she arrived in town and she’s the blogger who came to support her friend. Life has given them more than they were expecting.
I really enjoyed this second Haven book. I love how the supporting cast of friends is so intertwined in the books. They are there for all the action, rather than just being an add on.
I also loved the characters o
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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** I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

I am late writing this review as I read the book about two months ago. I therefore apologize if my review is high level and I do not go in to detail about the finer points of the plotline.

I have to admit that I am not a big fan of storylines where the pregnancy comes first and then the romance. I am fine if there is
Yvonne Cruz
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This is the first book I read by this author, and it certainly will not be the last one.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story.
The plot was engaging and centered around Melanie Ramsey and Tanner Roark. Melanie moved to Haven not only to help her friends but also to start anew , after she divorced her abusive husband.
Tanner is a police officer who is all about protecting the innocent . When they meet, the attraction is instant though at first it was masked as a total dislike. When they give in to a momen
Susan McClintock
Sep 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley for my honest review.
This is the second book in the Return to Haven series that centers on Melanie and Tanner. Melanie was in an abusive marriage with a wealthy and powerful man. She walked away from the marriage two years ago and is now a successful blogger. Tanner is a local Haven police officer, who also helps abused women escape their abusers. Melanie and Tanner don’t want to start a relationship, but end up hooking up one night. Of course, this
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Back to Haven Georgia with Be with Me by Jules Bennett. This is book 2 of the series. Melanie Ramsey gives support to her two best friends even though she is not originally from Haven. For her it is a new start in life. She is rebuilding her self-esteem as well as her life after a disastrous marriage and difficult divorce. An unplanned pregnancy follows a one night stand. While I liked the characters, this is one of my least favorite tropes.

It seemed to me that Melanie and Tanner were not in the
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Be with Me is the second book in Jules Bennett’s Return to Haven series. I have to be honest I couldn’t put this book down! Melanie Ramsey was trying to rebuild her life and mainly her confidence when she decided to spend one-night with Tanner Roark. She’d been through a rough marriage and childhood and was finally getting her life together through her motivational blog. Tanner had his own past one that he couldn’t put aside.

When their one-night turns into something more, Melanie and Tanner dis
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the “Return to Haven” series which is a spinoff of the “The Monroe’s”. I have read and reviewed all these books so this book is a feeling “like Coming Home”. I love the little town of Haven, Ga.This spinoff revolves around a small airport reconstruction with 3 male cousins and 3 best friends (female)! This story revolves around Tanner, a policeman and one of the cousins, all of whom served in the Air Force and learned to fly, and Melanie, a lawyer, recent divorcee of t ...more
Traci Westling
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to receive this ARC copy in exchange for my honest review which I’m happy to share ! I cannot express enough how much I’ve enjoyed the return to Haven /Monroe series! I have to say that BE WITH ME is yet again an instant page turner that’s become my all time new favorite in this series ! This amazing , funny , sexy & witty story is about Melanie & Tanner having to explore an immediate huge change in their relationship , one of which is my most favorite troupe! I could ...more
Christina Montminy
I love this series & this book is simply a great addition to the series. Jules Bennett is becoming one of my favourite authors with her two Haven series. The heartbreak that both Melanie & Tanner have each gone through is painful & neither is looking for anything permanent but a little surprise brings each of them out of their past & towards a future. The angst of Melanie’s ex-husband still harassing her & the loss that Tanner went through keep us on the edge of our seats whi ...more
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in this series and I missed the first one but I will be going back to read it for sure after liking this one so much. I really like Melanie and Tanner and the supporting characters from the series as well. I also love the small town romance trope and Haven is perfectly small. Despite their difficult pasts, Tanner & Melanie give into their attraction and hook-up one night. They have serious chemistry. They've both had it rough and a relationship was not what they were ...more
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: earc, kindle
Tanner and Melanie kind of butt heads when they meet. Tanner gives Melanie a speeding ticket on her way into town. Both Tanner and Melanie have reasons not to trust in love. Melanie has a abusive ex-husband who still won't leave her alone. Tanner has a person tragedy in his past that's affecting his future. When these two let their attraction for each other go one night it ends up with being connected for life whether they like it or not. Watching these two figure out how they can make a relatio ...more
Julie Eichelberger-Ford
Be with Me is the second in the Return to Haven series but can also be read as a stand alone. This is a story of moving on, gaining control, and learning to love and trust again after escaping an abusive relationship. Melanie is working on her self-esteem and becoming an independent woman until a one-night stand has surprising consequences. Tanner is a workaholic with a secret second job and isn't looking for a relationship, that is until he learns that Melanie is pregnant. Now he must face his ...more
Teresa Price
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Be With Me by Jules Bennett Book 2 Return to Haven

5 Stars

Absolutely LOVED this story. Great character chemistry. Very entertaining. Heartbreaks, trust, love, friendships and abuse. It made me laugh and cry. Very well written. Very highly recommend.

Takes place in a town called Haven, Georgia. Melanie has a successful blog. Tanner is a deputy. Tanner and Melanie had a one night stand but found out later Melanie is pregnant. Mel was in an abusive marriage. Tanner's fiance died in child birth. Both
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USA Today Bestselling Author Jules Bennett has written for multiple publishing houses and currently has books with Harlequin and Kensington.

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Other books in the series

Return to Haven (2 books)
  • Stay with Me (Return to Haven, #1)