Should've Been You

Should've Been You

Childhood neighbors get a chance at love in Should’ve Been You, an achingly romantic novella in Nicole McLaughlin’s Man Enough series!National Guardsman Jase Beckford wants to live a quiet life raising cattle and taking care of his mother. His childhood friend and neighbor Hannah is still his best friend, but when he walks into the Walters house one morning and sees her tw...

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Title:Should've Been You
Author:Nicole McLaughlin
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Should've Been You Reviews

  • DJ Sakata

    Favorite Quotes:

    Turkey Bacon… I have an open mind about many things, I’ll have you know. But the sanctity of pork fat is not one of them.

    I was just thinking that if you’d been my middle-school teacher, I would not have been able to focus… All men— no matter their age—can appreciate a beautiful woman. Even teachers are fair game for the spank bank.

    Aiden was a big guy. Goatee, shaved head, enough muscles for three men.

    Sometimes I miss having a man around. I mean . . . obviously they have their us

    Favorite Quotes:

    Turkey Bacon… I have an open mind about many things, I’ll have you know. But the sanctity of pork fat is not one of them.

    I was just thinking that if you’d been my middle-school teacher, I would not have been able to focus… All men— no matter their age—can appreciate a beautiful woman. Even teachers are fair game for the spank bank.

    Aiden was a big guy. Goatee, shaved head, enough muscles for three men.

    Sometimes I miss having a man around. I mean . . . obviously they have their uses.

    My Review:

    I enjoyed this quick and entertaining tale of a recent veteran who had returned to his small rural Kansas community while continuing to serve with the National Guard while establishing his new venture into cattle. His human relationships proved to be a bit trickier and considerably more complicated. I had not read the previous books in the series and apparently did not need to as was never confused, although I was feeling the prickling of curiosity as his fellow guardsmen sounded interesting and quirky. The premise was interesting and relevant, the storylines were easy to follow and engaging, and characters were likable and endearing. I was satisfied with the happy for now ending to the blossoming romance and would be interested in continuing the series with all the previous and future installments.

  • Beth

    Becca Walters has always played second fiddle to her sister Hannah. She also had a crush on her sister’s best friend and a boy who practically grew up in her home, Jase. When Becca comes home for the holidays, she discovers that her sister is engaged but not to who everyone thought she’d be getting engaged too…Jase.

    Jase, not knowing his role in Hannah’s life anymore is has pulled back from being Hannah’s go to guy. With more time on his hands he finds himself spending time and enjoy time with Be

    Becca Walters has always played second fiddle to her sister Hannah. She also had a crush on her sister’s best friend and a boy who practically grew up in her home, Jase. When Becca comes home for the holidays, she discovers that her sister is engaged but not to who everyone thought she’d be getting engaged too…Jase.

    Jase, not knowing his role in Hannah’s life anymore is has pulled back from being Hannah’s go to guy. With more time on his hands he finds himself spending time and enjoy time with Becca.

    There is a sort of love triangle which all comes down to a lack of communication but sometimes things just work out.

    is a story of finding what you were looking for where you least expect it.

    A quick, easy and entertaining read,

    is a story of finding what you were looking for where you least expect it. Cute, sweet, easy and entertaining without all the angst, complicated issues or life-threatening circumstances. Straight up romance on a long developing relationship.

    I received this ARC copy of

    from St. Martin's Press. This is my honest and voluntary review.

    is set for publication Jan. 30, 2018.

    My Rating: 4 stars

    Written by: Nicole McLaughlin

    Print Length: 137 pages

    Publisher: Swerve

    Publication Date: January 30, 2018

    Sold by: Macmillan

    ASIN: B076B227R9

    Genre: Contemporary Romance

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  • Dianne

    My Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Sometimes the path life takes us on is far from the path we thought we were in control of.

    by Nicole McLaughlin is the story of finding who and what you need, even when it has always been there, just not on your radar. Jae discovers that his best friend’s twin may look like her sister, but she holds all that Jace never knew he needed.

    Becca has always had a secret crush on Jace, but now that she has come home again, that crush is not only re-kindled, it burn

    My Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Sometimes the path life takes us on is far from the path we thought we were in control of.

    by Nicole McLaughlin is the story of finding who and what you need, even when it has always been there, just not on your radar. Jae discovers that his best friend’s twin may look like her sister, but she holds all that Jace never knew he needed.

    Becca has always had a secret crush on Jace, but now that she has come home again, that crush is not only re-kindled, it burns like a raging inferno. She has always assumed Jace wanted her twin, Hannah, but perhaps that couldn’t be further from the truth. Will the right twin get the right man?

    In a tale of mixed messages and a semi-love triangle and that complete failure to communicate, Cupid certainly had his work cut out for him. A quick read that was a little jumbled up in emotional confusion, who is getting engaged to whom, who shouldn’t be getting engaged to whom and Holiday celebrations all bring this tale to life with characters that aren’t as strong as I would have liked, but, the heart knows what the heart wants, it is getting the head to listen that can be tough. Tension and confusion for the characters, only luke warm fuzzies for me.

    I voluntarily reviewed an advance complimentary copy of this book.

    Series: Man Enough - Book 3

    Publisher: Swerve (January 30, 2018)

    Publication Date: January 30, 2018

    Genre: Contemporary Romance

    Print Length: 250 Pages

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  • Deanne Patterson

    This is the third book in the Man Enough series and even though this is my first read by this author it was pretty easy to pick up on what was going on with the characters. Becca and Hannah are twins and Jase Beckford is the neighbor that Becca has been crushing on for years but he has no idea and Hannah is his best friend. He goes to Hannah with his problems and just to talk it has never evolved into anything romantic. Years ago Hannah told Jace a lie about Becca and he thinks he's not good eno

    This is the third book in the Man Enough series and even though this is my first read by this author it was pretty easy to pick up on what was going on with the characters. Becca and Hannah are twins and Jase Beckford is the neighbor that Becca has been crushing on for years but he has no idea and Hannah is his best friend. He goes to Hannah with his problems and just to talk it has never evolved into anything romantic. Years ago Hannah told Jace a lie about Becca and he thinks he's not good enough for her,(Becca) but that's not how she feels at all. I did like the pacing of the story and I few times I though Jace may end up with Hannah as she was jealous of Becca. The story starts to straighten out after Christmas though as Hannah gets engaged and it's not to Jace to Becca's surprise and Becca doesn't become engaged like she though she would. Secrets are revealed after talking it out and reality becomes a sweet romantic story. I need to read more of by this author.

    Pub Date 30 Jan 2018

    Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for a review copy in exchange for my honest review.

  • Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)

    I came across this book after reading DJ Empress' review on her blog, Books and Bindings, and knew I would probably enjoy it! As you know, or will now know, I am a sucker sugary romances - and a series to boot!

    Before I share a brief synopsis, wanted to share the finer details: its a novella (short story and you can read this in a few hours if you are looking to up your Goodreads reading challenge book count). The story flows and you will want to devour this in one sitting to get to the ending.

    Fr

    I came across this book after reading DJ Empress' review on her blog, Books and Bindings, and knew I would probably enjoy it! As you know, or will now know, I am a sucker sugary romances - and a series to boot!

    Before I share a brief synopsis, wanted to share the finer details: its a novella (short story and you can read this in a few hours if you are looking to up your Goodreads reading challenge book count). The story flows and you will want to devour this in one sitting to get to the ending.

    Fraternal twins Hannah and Becca grew up with hunky neighbor Jase. Becca always had a crush on Jase, but Jase was best friends with Hannah and she was often left out. Was Jase and Hannah going to wind up together? Oh, and Jase thought Becca did not like him and Jase had the hots for Becca. Fast forward over a decade later, Jase and Becca find out about each other's crushes. What happens next? Well, you will have to read to find out (remember its a novella and goes super quick).

    The series are standalone. I didn't feel like I was missing out on character story lines by picking up at Book 3, so don't be thrown off by that aspect if you are just looking for one read and not a series.

    Ok, now go download it and enjoy. You're welcome (well, you should probably thank DJ Empress as she was the one who lead me to this read).

    If you read this book let me know what you thought.

  • Carrie

    Should’ve Been You by Nicole McLaughlin is the third installment in the novella length contemporary romance series Man Enough. Each novella in the series features a different couple as the main characters so it is fine to read as a standalone or out of order if choosing to do so.

    In this novella readers meet Jase and Becca who have known each other since childhood but never acted on the feelings that each had for one another. Becca’s parents had looked after Jase when it became known his father h

    Should’ve Been You by Nicole McLaughlin is the third installment in the novella length contemporary romance series Man Enough. Each novella in the series features a different couple as the main characters so it is fine to read as a standalone or out of order if choosing to do so.

    In this novella readers meet Jase and Becca who have known each other since childhood but never acted on the feelings that each had for one another. Becca’s parents had looked after Jase when it became known his father had been abusive so he was in their lives quite a bit growing up but due to a bit of a misunderstanding or manipulation of Becca’s twin sister’s part Becca and Jase each thought the other didn’t care for one another.

    Second chance romances are usually my favorite type of romantic story especially when the book is at novella length. The past between the couple can easily and quickly be established so the books don’t feel rushed into the love stage. In this case however there were many factors in this book that just didn’t work for me personally as a reader.

    Should’ve Been You seems to be one that just in my opinion tried to do a bit too much in too short a span to have any of it come off as believable or romantic that would lead to a happily ever after. First we have twins with a bit of a territorial issue over the male lead which is a bit of a turn off to possibly be taking from a sibling but on top of that bit of a love triangle there was also another man in Becca’s life leading to a bit more of a love square.

    In the end I'd rate this installment at 2.5 even as much as I actually did like the main couple when meeting each of them and looked forward to their story the story overall just didn’t really work in my mind. The biggest problem being the length and things being rushed or glossed over without being explored fully in this one.

    I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    One thing I really appreciated about Should’ve Been You was that for 18 years the hero had a weird co-dependent friendship with the heroine’s twin sister; one that kept the hero and heroine at odds but as they spend time together and really begin to know one another the attraction they’ve felt for each other and the crush they had on one another for years bubbles to the surface. Complicated, sweet, with a bit of healing, laughter, and love, Should’ve Been You was an enjoyable read.

    For years Jase

    One thing I really appreciated about Should’ve Been You was that for 18 years the hero had a weird co-dependent friendship with the heroine’s twin sister; one that kept the hero and heroine at odds but as they spend time together and really begin to know one another the attraction they’ve felt for each other and the crush they had on one another for years bubbles to the surface. Complicated, sweet, with a bit of healing, laughter, and love, Should’ve Been You was an enjoyable read.

    For years Jase Beckford has been a part of the Walters family, ever since Tim Walters saved him one Christmas Eve night from a severe beating at the hands of his father. He’d been friends with Tim’s girls, two years younger than him, but after that fateful night he was always more especially with Tim, his now late wife, and Hannah, one of the twins. He had Hannah were close; they were each other’s plus one at events, they hung out together, they helped each other, and they loved one another, but never in the physical sense and while Jase had pondered the why of that for a long time, it all came back that while he adored Hannah, for years he his eyes had been on Becca, Hannah’s twin sister, even though years ago Becca made it clear he wasn’t good enough for her, or so he thought.

    I liked that these two had history, but their history of keeping their distance from one another was because of something they both believed the other had said and done. When they see each other again after many years of not spending any time together, the attraction between them burns brightly despite the fact Becca is seeing another man and expecting an engagement ring. Thrown when a life altering event happens to Hannah, both Becca and Jase find it hard to stay away from one another.

    This was a complicated pairing and I respected the fact that there wasn’t an easy fix and it took some time for them to find their way to one another. This book was emotional on many levels as Becca and Hannah must work though some sisterly issues, they both must deal with their father’s new relationship, and the men in both of their lives leave them feeling confused and unsure about the future.

    Should’ve Been You was entertaining and while I would have liked a bit more character development I still enjoyed this story.

  • Kathleen

    Thanks to author Nicole McLaughlin, St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for an advanced digital copy of SHOULD'VE BEEN YOU: A Man Enough Romance.

    This novella in A Man Enough Series is about childhood neighbours getting a chance at love. National Guardsman Jase Beckford has always liked the Walters twins, Rebecca and Hannah. He and Hannah were best friends and were always hanging out, but when Jase saw Becca for the first time in five years, something happened! Secrets are revealed and love is in t

    Thanks to author Nicole McLaughlin, St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for an advanced digital copy of SHOULD'VE BEEN YOU: A Man Enough Romance.

    This novella in A Man Enough Series is about childhood neighbours getting a chance at love. National Guardsman Jase Beckford has always liked the Walters twins, Rebecca and Hannah. He and Hannah were best friends and were always hanging out, but when Jase saw Becca for the first time in five years, something happened! Secrets are revealed and love is in the air!

    3 stars

    * Published January 30, 2018

  • Dísir

    I do like Nicole McLaughlin’s writing and was hoping that ‘Should’ve been you’ could recreate the sort of feels I got with ‘Maybe I Do’.

    What a mess this turned out to be.

    Let’s start with the unrequited love (or crush) that Becca had on Jase for many years. But he was the boy who never noticed her because he and her twin sister Hannah had always seemed to be on the edge of something more. And though they’d never gotten there, Becca had since moved away and on with her life, to get to get out of

    I do like Nicole McLaughlin’s writing and was hoping that ‘Should’ve been you’ could recreate the sort of feels I got with ‘Maybe I Do’.

    What a mess this turned out to be.

    Let’s start with the unrequited love (or crush) that Becca had on Jase for many years. But he was the boy who never noticed her because he and her twin sister Hannah had always seemed to be on the edge of something more. And though they’d never gotten there, Becca had since moved away and on with her life, to get to get out of their way, and to escape the pain of feeling something for someone who doesn’t reciprocate.

    I do root for the underdog, so the character who nurses a secret crush, and tries to do something about it instead of pining for decades without moving on gets my sympathy and vote. But what I found out to my horror however, was a love triangle of sorts where everyone seemed unsure of what they felt and ended up instead playing each other, whether intentionally or not.

    Jase/Hannah/Becca were never too sure about where the boundaries between friends and lovers lie and as a consequence, I couldn’t be sure myself if the Jase/Becca were the main pairing here or relegated to secondary characters in their own story, given how much Jase/Hannah seemed to take centre stage in the first half of the book. Throw in Becca’s own jealous ex and things get doubly more complicated and convoluted, particularly when Jase finally decided that he wanted Becca after clarity finally struck…at a somewhat bad time in their lives.

    Jase and Becca did eventually get their act together, though their rushed HEA, after all the drama (some of it bordered on cheating, perhaps, depending on your definition of it), didn’t seem as though it’d come convincingly. It’d felt too conveniently like Jase jumping from one sister to the other and I couldn’t quite believe that he and Becca had actually sufficiently worked out their years of angst, misunderstandings and their own confused desires before they jumped into bed and declared all was well with the world. For all that McLaughlin had laid out for us, their colossally knotted issues would have taken more than just the whole Christmas period to untangle.

    Sadly, ‘Should’ve been You’ turned out to be more of a disappointment because it fell flatter than I expected. There’s no denying that it is a cute story with everything nicely wrapped up in a bow-tie kind of end, more so because it’s a holiday book where you see the snowflakes and feel the holiday cheer. But looking past the glitter, I simply couldn't feel that kind of book-satisfaction and the couple-love despite their happy ending.

    *ARC by the publisher via Netgalley

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