Tessa Ever After by Brighton Walsh
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.
This group of friends gives me the feels. Brighton’s writing gives me the feels. In this second novel of the Caged In Winter series, we experience Tessa and Jason’s journey to forever. Jason was raised by parents who never listened to his opinion, his wants. He’s learning to stand up to them, for himself and what he wants in life. Tessa had her daughter, Haley at seventeen and is ready to settle down with a man, not a boy. Someone who’s consistent, mature, and one she doesn’t doubt. Jason’s lifestyle does not meet these requirements, but she’s known him her entire life and is drawn to him since her childhood crush. Haley stole the show for me. She made my heart smile and had me wrapped around her pinkie, too. I could picture the setting Brighton painted with her words for me. I experienced the ups and downs and in betweens of love and the fight against and for love. Tessa, Jason, and Haley endured the speed bumps and are now coasting with cruise control on and I’m hopeful to see more of them in the next installment along with the rest of the gang (including Adam and Paige). Give this a try and find your next book crush!! Rating: 4.5 stars