Love Is Worth Waiting For

A Second Chance Romance

Romance - Suspense
245 Pages
Reviewed on 02/17/2021
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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite

Jeopardizing her relationship with her true love, a young actress is duped into a marriage to boost her boyfriend's career in the stunning romance novel, Worth Waiting For by D.M. Needom. A one-hit movie star sensation, Jennifer starred in a series that was canceled after two seasons. Because of her inadequate agent, Jennifer hasn't picked up another show and is struggling to make ends meet. When her mother is once again arrested for a DUI, Jennifer doesn't have the money nor the inclination to bail her out. The situation is taken out of her hands when her brother's boss, Mason, a famous and influential actor, steps in and insists on helping. Coerced by her mother and brother to accept Mason's aid, Jennifer accepts his timely assistance only to discover she is trapped in an appalling situation with heartrending consequences. Deeply in love with her boyfriend, Wes, Jennifer is conflicted when Mason threatens Wes's singing career. Mason's ultimatum is, marry me, or I will destroy not only you but also Wes, and neither of you will work in this town again. Should Jennifer risk ruining Wes's profession and marry for love? Or protect their careers and lose her soul mate?

Brimming with intrigue and suspense, Worth Waiting For by D.M. Needom is a breathtaking romantic novel. It is an enthralling story with engaging characters and an intense plot. The antagonist's charismatic and devious personality captured my interest from the start, and I had to find out if Jennifer could escape his influences without someone losing their life. Realistically portrayed, Mason's personality traits had a sociopathic quality that was alarming and disturbing, keeping the apprehension alive. Unexpected twists augment the intensity of the plot, adding to and increasing the suspense within the storyline. Coming to a startling and dramatic conclusion, it is a sensational novel that will delight romance enthusiasts who love a lot of drama and suspense. However, because the intimate scenes are graphic, the book is more suitable for a mature reader.

Grant Leishman

Worth Waiting For by D.M. Needom is a bitter-sweet story of love and loss that really does live up to its subtitle of a second-chance romance. It tells the story of a perfect, first-sight love, whose trajectory was sadly stymied by life events. Jenn Poff and Wes Blenkinship knew on the day they met that they were meant to be together and no matter what happened in their hectic lives nothing could ever erode the love they felt. Jenn was a young movie star and television actor whose career was rapidly heading down the toilet. With her latest show canceled, Jen was desperate to get her career back on track. Wes lived and loved his passion, music, and was a struggling rock and roll artist trying to get the “big break” that would send his career into the stratosphere. When Jenn’s older brother Ollie, in concert with Jenn’s alcoholic mother, organizes a meeting with one of the marquee names of the film world, Mason, along with his agent, it looks like Jenn has found her way back to stardom. Little does she realize the sacrifices and pain involved to make that dream come true. Can Wes and Jenn keep their love alive through the trials and tribulations that beset them? Is true love truly “always and forever?”

I really liked the premise of Worth Waiting For and couldn’t help but find myself thinking of the Robert Redford movie, Indecent Proposal, as I was reading this book. The idea that someone would be prepared to effectively “sell their soul” to get ahead in the entertainment industry is not new but D.M. Needom puts an interesting and at times surprising spin on the old adage, “always and forever”. With a style that flows effortlessly, the author has brought us an easy to read and satisfying book. The three main characters, Jenn, Wes, and Mason, were overdrawn and almost caricatures of real-life entertainment icons but this was a necessary construct given the rarefied air which entertainment superstars invariably inhabit. At times, you really want to grab Jenn and shake her, imploring “why, why, why?” and this is a sure sign of the skill of the author’s pen. As a romance, the story does get incredibly steamy and spicy in places. However, the author does a superb job of not crossing that fine line between eroticism and outright porn. The love scenes are not only hot and steamy but there is a beauty to them that defines the love between the characters. I found this book an extremely satisfying read and can highly recommend it.

Tammy Ruggles

Worth Waiting For by D. M. Needom is a fresh take on the romance novel. It's about the lives of struggling, semi-employed actress Jenn Poff and singer Wes Blenkenship that come together at pivotal times in their lives and careers, testing them and their relationship. Jenn loves Wes for who he is, not for his stage persona. He's a guy that feels he has to be "on" all the time, but he can be himself around her. Together they seem to be the perfect fit, but things like careers, a deal with a devilish Hollywood player (Mason), and misunderstandings get in the way. How does a life-altering event change things for them? Keep reading to find out.

I really like the characters in this book. They seem real and honest. Even Mason, who is ambitious, but has bad intentions. Jenn and Wes both have good qualities, and it's clear they belong together, but Needom does her job as a romance writer and puts stumbling blocks in front of them. So much so that you wonder how all of this will turn out. The plot isn't predictable, their careers as performers is an interesting choice, and the barriers that come up seem insurmountable. I enjoy the angst the author builds with the circumstances in the story and the alternating POVs. When the big twist happens, and I won't reveal it here, your heart breaks, and you want things to change for the better so badly. Wes has heroic qualities, and Jenn is a loyal and supportive friend/girlfriend, but you don't know how this story will end until you get to the finish line. Worth Waiting For by D. M. Needom is a romance novel well worth the time you invest.

Jennifer Ibiam

Love is Worth Waiting For by D. M. Needom is a romantic novel that will appeal to teens and young adults. In this book, we encounter Jenn, an actress and model, who was out of a job but had a blissful romantic relationship with Wes, a budding musician. She also had to deal with her alcoholic mom, who was in jail for DUI. One day, she drove her brother, Ollie, to his superstar mentor’s house, actor Mason. He took an interest in her and offered to solve all her problems. Unbeknownst to her, Ollie and her mom had mortgaged her future to Mason in exchange for the good life. She was told that she’d pay someday, but how high is the price? Will her relationship with Wes survive the impending doom?

Love is Worth Waiting For by D. M. Needom was a thrilling read for me. Needom is an exceptional storyteller who could keep me on the edge of my seat until the end of the book. The story was original and the plot unpredictable, giving me a superb reading experience. The title of each scene was named after the narrator, keeping the dialogues steady and making comprehension easier. I enjoyed the power play between Mason and Wes, who was also my favorite character. I cannot fail to acknowledge how the author portrayed love as resilient, faithful, trusting, selfless, and enduring in this novel. It was also emphasized that the victory of an evildoer never lasts. Overall, love is truly worth waiting for, and this is a brilliant body of work!

Lesley Jones

In Love Is Worth Waiting For by D. M. Needom, a chance meeting in April 1990 would change the direction of struggling actress Jenn Poff's life in a way she never thought possible. She and Wes, an aspiring recording artist, were looking forward to a future together and if their struggling careers improved, that would just be a bonus. When Jenn joins her brother Ollie at Oscar-winning actor Mason Langford's home, it is clear he is attracted to her. However, she soon discovers she has been betrayed by those closest to her and sold into a 5-year marriage contract to Mason. In return, Wes gets the recording contract he longs for. Jenn sacrifices her own happiness, career, and freedom for Wes, hoping that in five years he will still love her. As Wes's career skyrockets, he is still unaware of why Jenn had ended their relationship. As the contract comes to an end, Jenn's dreams of being with the man she loves become ever more possible. But will Wes still want her when he discovers the secret she has been keeping from him and will Mason allow her to leave?

Love Is Worth Waiting For by D. M. Needom is such a rollercoaster of emotions. The characters are so believable and lifelike. There are some truly emotional and heartbreaking scenes especially around the ring as Wes and Jenn say their goodbyes to each other. I loved the way the story was told from both Wes's and Jenn's points of view as this gave me an insight into both characters' thoughts and emotions. Jenn was a wonderful character and by no means a victim; she just loved Wes more than she loved herself. Mason was a vile, arrogant character and I felt really angry at the way he treated beautiful Jenn so cold-heartedly; he really seemed to get pleasure out of seeing her suffer his torment. There are some great plot twists and revelations throughout which made the story even more gripping. The story also raises an important moral question around love and how much you would sacrifice for another person. Would Wes have wanted Jenn to make that sacrifice for him? You will really get lost in the complex but compelling world of Jenn and Wes, the forces that are trying to keep them apart, and their love which strives to overcome every obstacle.

Rabia Tanveer

Love Is Worth Waiting For by D. M. Needom is a romance novel with suspense at its core. The story follows Jenn and Wes who love each other with everything they have. Jenn is an upcoming actress while Wes is a singer and lyricist. Their life is simple, and they love it. However, things start to take a turn for the worse when Jenn’s career almost dries up and Wes’s career skyrockets. Suddenly, nothing is as it once was, and Jenn is left to think about what she wants in life. Does she want Wes or does she want a huge career? When someone successful and enigmatic comes to her with an offer, she has to decide if she needs to stay with Wes or is it time to put a hold on their relationship and focus on her career. Will she make a decision she will regret? Will she lose Wes forever or will she gain the career she wishes to have?

This is the best kind of romance novel that I like to read. There is substance to the plot. It deepens at the right place and allows the reader to feel like a part of the story, and thrives on the emotions that run high from the very beginning. Jenn and Wes’s relationship is beautiful. They needed to work on their communication skills, they needed to give time to each other, and I loved how the author allowed them their own space to do exactly that. Emotions run high in Love Is Worth Waiting For, and D. M. Needom does justice to them by allowing Jenn and Wes to show their side of the story and give readers a look into their hearts. I wanted to strangle Jenn’s mother, and I wanted to hug Wes. He has the patience of a saint, and he gives Jenn the space she needs to get back to him. So beautiful and entertaining. I adored this novel!