Tucker by Juliana Stone (The Family Simon #1)

Tucker by Juliana StoneAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Self

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

When all hope is gone, can love still find a way? 

Tucker Simon has given up on love. After a tragedy, it’s just not in the cards for him, and he wishes his family would get off his back. He’s fine—or at least he thought he was–until a family wedding forces him to address a few things, namely his date, Abby Mathews. She’s been put in the ‘friend’ category, mostly because she deserves so much more than what he can give. But the more time that he spends with her, Tucker begins to think that maybe there is a chance for love after all…

Abby Mathews has been in love with Tucker Simon since he walked into her family’s bar nearly a year ago. But he’s got baggage and heartache a plenty. His one-night-stands aren’t going to lessen that no matter what he thinks. Tucker needs a friend, but Abby wants to give him more, and as they navigate their way through a weekend in Florida, their attraction can’t be ignored. Abby has to make a choice. Does she cherish their friendship and take what she can get? Or does she go after what she really wants, which is Tucker’s heart…

 

Oh Juliana Stone, you’ve got another awesome book on your hands in Tucker! What an amazing story from beginning to end!

Tucker Simon is a playboy for only one reason, he doesn’t want to chance the pain of losing someone again. After the disappearance of his wife’s plane several years before he’s decided never to go down that road again. Now he’s a love em and leave em man who is trying to simply get his family off his back. With an upcoming family wedding he knows they will be all over him about moving on and finding love a second time. When his friend Abby suggests he take her he’s surprised but instantly agrees hoping to throw off his well meaning family, if only for the weekend. Yet each time he and Abby are together he feels the stirrings of something he hasn’t in a few years. Seems Abby might just be what he needs, but can he give her what she deserves?

Abby has been in love with Simon since the first night he walked into her family’s bar. Night after night he’d bring another one night stand through the doors but when he talked it was solely to her. She knows he’s never gotten over his wife and that it would be foolish to think she could ever have something with him, but every look he sends her way cements her feeling all over again. Now she’ll be stuck in a hotel room with him for the entire weekend. She’ll either break him or he’ll break her, but one way or another she’ll have him.

I loved this book! Typical of a Juliana Stone book it was chock full of emotion, humor and a ton of heart. The Family Simon series is a spin off from the Barker Triplets series, specifically book three featuring Beau Simon and Betty Jo. You do not have to read them to understand Tucker but of course I fully suggest you do anyway because they rock. While that last Barker book was a bit dark at times, Tucker is much lighter, even when dealing with some difficult situations.

Tucker has a hard time admitting his feelings for Abby because of the unknowns still lingering with his wife. Her plane was never found and he never got any closure on the matter. Her parents still cling to hope which made it especially hard for Tucker to move on, even several years later. Abby was just a friend he was able to confide in, or so he thought. Being enclosed with her for the entire weekend made denying his growing feels even harder. Which was fine with Abby because she goes out of her way to get Tucker to notice her as a woman and not just a good friend. Abby herself was simply an awesome heroine. She’s a straight shooter and though she hedges on telling Tucker about her own feelings, she’s perfectly honest with him about everything else.  I loved the scenes where Abby was baiting Tucker by trying to make him jealous. I mean, what woman hasn’t done that at least once? Each time Tucker responded with lust and slight rage and it was so, so perfect…

Laced with humor and downright sexy scenes, Tucker and Abby ignite the pages! Stone gives readers another heartfelt story with perfectly wrote supporting characters who bring a little something extra to the book of their own. This is a family that may have its problems but the bond and love is definitely apparent. There were plenty of future story lines that I can already see forming. Now I just have to wait for her to write them *grumble grumble*

I give Tucker by Juliana Stone 4.75 stars!

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