I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Until You by Jeannie Moon
Published by Five Harbors Press on May 31, 2022
Genres: Accidental Pregnancy, Age-Gap Romance, Contemporary, Family & Relationships / Love & Romance, Fiction, Romance
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When newly divorced Kate Adams is approached on the sunny deck of a California hotel by hockey star David Burke, and he invites her to dinner, she almost says no. He's obviously younger than her. And charming. And drop dead gorgeous. But there's also something sweet about David, so Kate-who hasn't done anything spontaneous in a very long time-accepts his invitation. It is, after all, her fortieth birthday. However, a real romance with thirty-year-old David, whose picture is in the gossip pages as often as it's in the sports pages, is out of the question. No matter how much she wants him, it's just too risky. But meeting Kate has been David's lightning strike. She's the one for him, and he has no intention of giving up on her. So while Kate guards her fragile heart, David sets out to win her over with the same determination that drives him on the ice. And he'll break every rule in the book if he has to.
I love that Until You has been re-released and I enjoyed it just as much the second time around. ~ Sharon – Simply Love Books
This is my second review of Until You by Jeannie Moon which was just released. If you are interested, you can read my original review here.
For a long time there weren’t a lot of books about an older heroine with a younger man and while that tide has turned somewhat, this was one of the few books at the time with that theme and it was needed. During my second read of this book, I realized I’d forgotten about a huge part of this story which surprised me, and while it affected the couple in this book, it wasn’t about them directly so maybe that was the reason. Even after several years and reading Until You before, I still found myself immersed in this story.
Kate has just turned 40, she had a 17 year old daughter and an ex-husband who had a 10 year affair with a horrible woman he is now living with and they have managed to turn her daughter against her over the years. He ex is a piece of work; manipulative, abusive, cheater, and all around awful person and it has skewed the way Kate sees men and relationships. Sitting on a restaurant patio while in California for a conference, she is approached by a younger man. One that gives her a bit of a rush and while David approached her on a bet by his teammates, once he’s in her presence he feels he’ll never be the same. They have what was supposed to be a one night stand, but when they realize they live in the same city they agree to giving it some more time until 29 year old David realizes that Kate is not only older, she is at a very different place in her life and he makes an error in judgment one he pays for when Kate shuts him out.
First off I want to talk about the chemistry and immediate connection between these two characters. While they did have a physical relationship right off the bat, they also spent some time talking and it was easy to see they had quite a bit in common. While they did work to build a relationship throughout this book, there were so many, many layers to this story. Kate fighting her ex-husband and his fiancée for custody of her daughter, her teenage daughter dealing with her feuding parents and feeling cast aside by both, David’s ex being a vindictive shrew and causing problems for Kate at the private school she works at, a health crisis of sorts, family and friends weighing in on their relationship, and both Kate and David putting a lot of weight on their age difference; it was busy, there were so many struggles, but when you get to a certain age in life and you have past relationships that’s what life looks like. It is messy, and often hard, and so this book had realism to it that some people might not like. It wasn’t pretty, but the point is they cared enough about each other, they built trust, they respected one another and in the end they made it through. I knew when I finished this book that this couple would stay together because the storm they weathered throughout the pages of this book would have had most couples tapping out.
Iloved Kate for being strong, for building herself back up after being pushed down and broken and yes at times David paid for her insecurities, but he fought to be by her side and despite his missteps at the start he proved that he was capable of being not only who Kate wanted but the type of man who would be there when she needed him no matter what. I gained a lot of respect for David throughout this book with the way he handled so many situations with grace and when he supported both Kate and her daughter Laura by having their backs without trying to take over and control the situation.
That piece of the story I forgot about had to do with Laura and a boy/man she got involved with. It was wonderful and heartbreaking and I hope that at some point Ms. Moon will give them a chance to find one another.
Reading Only You again, especially since I’ve read quite a few Women’s Fiction stories over the last two years, I think this book fits that category but with a heavy romance vibe. Only You was a story of life, love, heartbreak, healing, moving forward, and finally… realizing that it is never too late to find happiness in your life.