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cover58660-mediumThirteen years ago, Vivi LeBrun was sketching a rooster and eating Oreos when she first met—and fell for—her friend’s brother, David St. James. Since then, her love for David has only intensified thanks to years of friendship with his family, who rescued her from a lonely, tumultuous childhood. As she travels to Block Island to vacation with the St. James siblings, Vivi daydreams about reuniting with David, hoping he’ll finally see her as his soul mate.

After his mother’s death, David distanced himself from his siblings, determined to hide a devastating family secret. Now, he’s brought a new girlfriend along to his homecoming—one who’s pushing for a serious commitment. The last thing he needs on his growing list of problems is his budding attraction to Vivi.

With tensions running high, David’s behavior triggers a series of events that might cost him the love he’s always taken for granted and Vivi the only real family she’s ever known.

I liked this group of people but there were definitely moments when I wanted to smack David.  He’s the quintessential clueless male – more than a few times actually.  He (and everyone else) is aware of how Vivi feels but he thinks that she’ll always be there, trailing after him.  He’s contemplating marriage to his girlfriend but seems surprised that she’s picking up on that vibe and thinking long-term with him as well.  He thinks that everything can go back to normal even after he momentarily gives in to his attraction to Vivi.  Get the idea?  He’s overall a good guy and he’s carrying a pretty big secret, so I can give him a pass on some things.  But that doesn’t mean it is any less frustrating when he has a stupid guy moment 🙂

Vivi has so much energy to her that it is hard not to like her and you have to admire her tenacity for holding on so tight to her feelings for David, putting herself out there so blatantly.  But my favorite part is how she finally learns to stand up for herself and consider her needs.  She’s got a couple of bad relationships in her life but once she gets her wakeup call she starts looking at what’s best for her.  It’s refreshing to see that kind of growth in a heroine.

David also has a brother and sister who come with their own set of problems.  I’m definitely looking forward to more from Beck so they can get a shot at their own HEA.  We get glimpses of their issues here so it’ll be interesting to get more details and see where they go from here.

Sometimes funny, sometimes raw, but always engaging, Worth the Wait is an emotional powerhouse and Beck is going on my list of authors to watch.