She's just met the man of her dreams...but he's not who he said he was. Neither is she. Until they get a second chance to make a first impression.
Is he a sophisticated big-city lawyer, or an easygoing small-town woodworker? And if she's not a career-driven high-powered attorney, then who is she? Can Buck and Nichelle find trust enough to discard their masks and discover just how alike—and in love—they really are?
He's only got one rule: no lawyers. She's a lawyer.
Burned by experience, Buck's got a rule for a reason. After walking away from a lucrative legal position, he found his peace in Beckley. Life on the farm is simple, and his woodworking business is thriving. He's not interested in trading his work boots for wingtips and rejoining the rat race. He’s ready to settle down, and she’s the most compelling woman he’s ever met. Even if she is a lawyer.
She's only got one requirement: no a✿✿holes. He's an a✿✿hole.
After a disastrous encounter in a trendy bar, Nichelle is convinced that he’s a bulky mass of beard and bad attitude. She’s got a sleek car, luxurious condo, and elegant designer clothes. Family comes first, and her legal career is on the fastest track. She’s never met a problem she needed help solving, but he sees the painful truth beneath her polished façade. Even if he is an a✿✿hole.
They're perfect together. They just don't know it yet.
Welcome back to Beckley, Michigan! Autumn is in the air and as the days get shorter, the air gets cooler and the calm lakes reflect the blue skies and red-gold trees for a double-dose of fall color. The people are just as warm, friendly, smart, funny, and real as you remember. When you need a place to call home, Beckley welcomes you—and sometimes the family you choose is as strong as the bonds you're born with.
If you like small-town romance, you'll like Beckley. If you like smart heroines who balance demanding professional careers with a commitment to family, friends, and finding love, then you'll definitely like it here. If you like strong, sexy, hard-working heroes who have not-so-secret soft spots for kids, dogs, and classic cars, you may find that you never want to leave!
Knowing Nichelle is the third in the Beckley's Daughters Romance series. It can be read as a stand-alone story, but continuing readers will recognize many of the characters and locations. This series is recommended for adult readers and contains explicit language and intimate situations.
First off this was not my first book of the series, but in a way it was. I saw this book and wanted to read it, but then found it was a third in a series, so being me and not wanting to be in on the ending or in the middle. I went and read each of the two prior books. I wanted some background before I hit Beckley and Knowing Nichelle. I did get that and then some. I found that each of the prior reads had characters that you could relate to, become friends with, wonder why you were friends, love like family, argue with, laugh with, and so much more. Those things were what allowed for me to jump right in the Knowing Nichelle and find many of the same things in Nichelle's story.
I enjoyed the small community. The simple life. The time to wind down. The intricacies of the characters. The wealth of character and their various interaction had me turning page after page. I have to say the lawyers are not the top of the line for me either but they all have their place and the constant bashing or at times degrading of them was a bit much for me, but it did not stop my reading. Meeting Nichelle and Buck was just enough to open that door to another place. From there things just took off in various direction and gave me a read that I enjoyed. I could empathize with both Buck and Nichelle. I could find a reason to want to slap them both at some point in the story and yet at the same time to give them hugs, pats, and encouragement.
There were a few things that I did not like how they were addressed or handled, but that the nature of fiction. It not me putting pen to paper it another and that was the vision presented. I still enjoyed it no matter the things not liked. It was a solid read that gave what it was intended to do. A story of love, change, life, simplicity, choices, forgiveness, and new direction.
Knowing Nichelle is the third book from the Beckley's daughters series. I haven't read either of the previous two books, but it soon became apparent that while this is the third story, the timeline loops and crosses with the timeline of the other two books. You might be forgiven for thinking that this means that you really need to read the other two books. As I haven't and I really enjoyed this one, then I think that it's safe to say that that isn't the case. Our two main characters, Buck and Nichelle are both definitely not looking for a relationship with the kind of person that the other is. It soon becomes clear though that they are perfect for one another. In order to be together, they need to find a way to fit into each other's life. Not an easy task when they live so far away from one another. Although this is a traditional romance in many ways, there is so much more to this story than that. There is passion and connection between them, but it almost plays a secondary role to the development of the characters and their battles to work through their problems on an emotional level. I couldn't help but love Buck. There's something really strong and together, but at the same time very vulnerable about him. Nichelle is very much the strong and successful woman, but her reasons for being like this have far more to do with her past and her family than they do her own plans and desires. This was a great read and I'll certainly be back to check out more of the Beckley's Daughters titles. If you're looking for something with a little bit more depth than many romances seem able to offer, then you're looking in the right place.
It’s been a long whole since I’ve been sucked into a book. Knowing Nichelle was an amazing read and I got hooked from page one. The characters are so well developed and the story is really compelling not to mention sexy! One can’t help but lust after Bucky and root for him getting to know Nichelle. I did receive an advance copy of this novel for reviewing purposes.
The book just goes in circles. I understand that the author wants everyone to end up in Beckley but in 2019 we could have more innovative suggestions than”they got back to a simpler life on a farm”. The book lawyer bashing really rubbed me the wrong way. The mere suggestion that Buck’s dad died because he was a lawyer was ludicrous. Buck also had a giant chip on his shoulder about how lawyers will always let him down and being a disappointment to his father. He was 36 but frankly had zero maturity. This all left over of “poor me, my dad wasn’t at all my games” was just sad. Parents can love and show love to their children without being with them every minute of the day. He was also selfish. Basically he had chosen his life, was misogynistic and didn’t want to change one iota. Given his job, he could have rented/bought a studio in the city or the suburbs and supported her career. It’s only a 4.5 hour drive so they could have gone to Buckley a weekend a month and during the summer. He never really went after her, got proactive, talked about the big issues, got to know her big trauma (her grand mother) etc. He just sat back and complained to himself. Didn’t even have the guts to tell people they were together. The whole suddenly she hates her job, gives up everything and runs to him was so out of character it made no sense. Too neat a bow. With being promoted she could actually have written her own ticket, asked for less hours, a team, worked from home anything. That would have made more sense given what we know about her. Real shame. As an aside how come Chet is supposedly her best friend but she only talks to James? Also the flippant way the race issue was touched upon was annoying. Why throw it out there that she’s a black woman and has he thought about it and not really deal with it? The situation with her parents was also wrapped up far too neatly. She apologized to her mother and not the other way around while her mom basically let her run the household for years and to top it all of couldn’t be bothered to remember her favorite cake and her birthday?
This book is more like a universe, than a simple story. Every character has a message to deliver, or a purpose in our main characters’ lives. There are many things I likes and few I wanted to be different, but still, it was a great read.
Buck and Nichelle are nothing alike and they want nothing to do with each other. They both have certain expectations that they know for sure the other cannot reach. But there is still something there, something that pulls them together. Many obstacles, some important, some not. But the most significant one is their personality – different, yet so compatible.
The romance is great and I like that is not just a romance. There is much more happening there. We have a warm atmosphere created by the family and friends and we have important topics, like racism. Another interesting aspect is how this story overlaps with the other books in the series. Taking into account this is the first I read for the series, it was not difficult to understand what was going on, but I admit I would have felt more comfortable, had I read the previous ones.
As I was mentioning, I do have some small things I would have wanted to be different. I would have liked to see the racism more developed, or more insisted upon. While I would like to believe there is no longer racism in our time, things keep happening. This I would have liked to be better developed. Also, at times I felt the reasons behind our characters being away simple and easy to fix. So the story was becoming more complicated without such a strong base.
None of these reasons diminished my overall enjoyment of the book, but I feel compelled to give 4 stars only. As a reader, I loved it, but as a reviewer, I have to keep one star for myself.
I was surprised to see some reader did not want to read a book based in Beckley, because I think this book is absolutely delightful! I looked forward to every minute I could take the time to sit down and escape to Beckley. Ok, it’s a fictional lake community where much of the novel takes place, but that is why I read fiction. And it didn’t feel fictional - it is a bit like I took a nice little mental vacation there.
This is somewhat a mystery romance, somewhat a rom-com - under it all just a well-constructed love story between two people I came to care about because they feel like they might be people you know. And they are surely people you want to know - intelligent, funny, complicated, and thoughtful, with some flaws that make them pretty much like friends. But both are committed to not committing. And there are many obstacles to their relationship -backgrounds, lawyers, race, family.j
I liked that the book is not just about that one relationship - it is also about their own friends, and families, who are described with just enough detail that I felt like I knew them a bit too, and would like to know more. Happily, it is part of a series, so I guess I’ll get to do that.
I think anyone who likes a good sweet love story with an entertaining plot, very clever dialogue, and enough inexplicable, charming characters to keep you guessing how it all will turn out, will be very happy to read this book. And I think many will probably find they do what I did - slow down towards the end because I didn’t want it to be over. Now I can’t get it out of my mind, and I’d just love to watch it as a movie or mini series!