Review: Tessa Ever After (Caged in Winter #2) by Brighton Walsh! @WriteAsRain @BerkleyRomance

 In this grippingly emotional New Adult novel from the author of Caged in Winter, what you want isn’t always what you need…

Jason’s been living (and loving) the rich playboy lifestyle for five years, but now his parents are pressuring him to get involved in the family business. The last thing he wants is another obligation, but when his best friend moves out of state and asks Jason to look after his sister, he can’t just say no.

Tessa had to grow up way too soon. After dealing with the aftermath of her parents’ deaths, then becoming a teenage mom, she knows the meaning of responsibility. Which is why, at twenty-two, she’s looking for so much more than a party boy. She’s looking for someone who can stand by her and her daughter…forever.

A relationship between them is doomed from the start, but who says they can’t have a little fun? But as Jason gets closer to Tessa—and her daughter—fun starts to turn into something else… Something Jason’s not sure he’s ready for. 

Brandi’s 4 star review

Tessa feels like she’s failing at life since her brother moved away. From being late to pick up her daughter from daycare to being clueless how to fix a busted pipe, life has been exhausting and stressful but she fortunate to have her brother’s best friend, Jason. He promised Cade he would keep an eye on his sister but this playboy never imagined he would face a growing attraction to the girl he would prank as a kid, the one girl who is off-limits.

Tessa Ever After is a swoon-fest of a read. Jason stole my heart with his sincerity towards Tessa and Haley, especially the scenes with him having a tea party and doing his early morning donut runs. So, not only is he a sweetheart but Jason is also a steam-the-windows kind of lover to Tessa and those chapters pushed this book up to a four star rating for me.
I easily connected with Tessa being a mother and having the weight of the world on her shoulders. Questioning everything where it pertained to her daughter and putting Haley first in life. Her fears and strength made me respect her character and had me crossing my fingers to see Tessa get the HEA she deserved.
Tessa Ever After can be read as a stand-alone but I do recommend reading Caged in Winter beforehand, so you can get to know all these character’s and the back-storyline.

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