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Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite
Laura Ward hooks you and reels you in with her romance novel, Not Yet. What happens when an unplanned summer fling turns into real love? Emma is a young woman who graduated college early to return home and help her mother financially. Emma smiles little, and works hard at showing no emotion, especially guarding her vulnerability. She is known for being bitter and boring, and NOT fun at all. Emma’s main mantra is “all guys suck!” However, things change drastically for Emma over the summer as she falls for Mr. Cool ... Landon Washington. When you are young and in love, life is supposed to be bliss, the future bright. Unfortunately, as a result of a breach in trust, the young lovers’ passionate romance comes undone. Emma and Landon have no idea just how complicated life is going to get. Will they bend or will they break, with both cleaving desperately to the words, Not Yet.
Laura Ward writes a not so typical love story in Not Yet. I am not usually a fan of the romance genre. However, I found myself immersed in this story; I could not put it down. I especially enjoyed the inclusion of special needs children as minor characters in the story’s plot. Acknowledging the conflicts within the disability community added depth to the story line and created character growth for the major characters, making Not Yet more than just a romance. With the story written in first person, you feel the drama unfold through the heart and soul of the main characters. The story is candidly told and at times is sexually explicit. It is full of metaphors, oxymorons and clichés; some of my favorites are “eye candy,” “thrilled agony,” “cool boys with sexy trucks should never ever be trusted.” The use of lessons learned as chapter titles was a brilliant touch. The plot takes a few unexpected turns and by the end you are truly hoping for a “happily ever after” end.