When Love Arrives (Misty Willow Book #2): A Novel - eBookJohnnie AlexanderRevell / 2016 / ePub$9.69 Retail:4 Stars Out Of 5 35 Reviews
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A ReaderNCAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Good Contemporary RomanceFebruary 4, 2019A ReaderNCAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5One is never the same when love arrives. This is the case for reformed, bad- boy, Brett Somers in book two of Johnnie Alexander's Misty Willow series. When Love Arrives brings the ladies man from book one into the surprising position of hero. Many readers despised Brett for causing hurt and havoc on the hearts of many females. He was redeemable, though, and takes the stage front and center in this book. The heroine, Dani Prescott, is an orphan who's lived in several homes, but has come through with an innocent, upbeat attitude for the most part. Brett spreads charm, light and fun wherever he goes. Dani is cautious, quirky, and loyal. I liked her, but loved Brett. I am so glad he's not another brooding, angry hero. Dani does have morose moments and can hold a grudge. I did have a little trouble getting in her head sometimes. I love the way they start as unlikely friends and eventually realize they love one another. The relationship between these two kept reminding me of Gerry Burton and Megan Hunter from Agatha Christie's, The Moving Finger.
Misty Willow, the house in the series title, is the backdrop holding the story steadfast. I enjoyed hearing about A.J., Shelby, Elizabeth, Tabby, and Amy from book one. They make up an excellent supporting cast. In my opinion these adorable little girls are the best written children in any fiction books I've read. They act like normal kids and aren't annoying. Elizabeth and Tabby have their own unique personalities that make me want to read their stories in several years!
This novel does have a third viewpoint from a previous girlfriend which I could have done without. The scenes with her in them could have been told from the hero's viewpoint just fine. I thought the third viewpoint messed up the flow of the story and was a little weary of reading those pages.
Holding grudges, forgiveness, and shameful pasts are major themes in the series. I appreciate the spiritual elements, but was left uncertain if the characters are Christians or not. They seem to acknowledge God and there was a definite behavior change and Brett. Dani remained a mystery. She did let go of her grudge, but doesn't seem to live close to God. It's possible they aren't there yet and we are seeing the beginning stages of their spiritual walk.
When Love Arrives shows us that we are nothing on her own. We may think we have it all going our way, but it will eventually crumble. When Love (Jesus) arrives, we see ourselves for how small we are and how great He is. Dani and Brett humbled themselves and when love arrived for them, they were able to embrace it with passion, confidence, and trust.
If you are looking for an entertaining, uplifting, family-connected, contemporary romance, I recommend this book and the others in this series for your next read.
Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5When Love ARrivesAugust 13, 2017Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Johnnie Alexander has done it again with a story few romance lovers will be able to resist. Dani and Brett have every reason to hate each other. Dani's mother killed Brett's family through pilot error and worse, Brett knows it and blames her. Dani will never forgive Brett for saying so in a speech and sh'e out to ruin his life -- and what better way than to date the man?
Both Brett and Dani were real, hurting characters and I felt sorry for both of them. Brett especially is lovable with his less than stellar past and his desire to fix it and make it right. Dani is an innocent, but she is conniving and manipulating even while being nice at the same time. I did like her, but I wanted to tell her to stop lying to him and to own up to her mistakes, her identity, her goals. Some of the stuff wasn't even lie worthy.
Neither Brett or Dani were Christians at the beginning of the book though they both believe God exists but doesn't care. Something even saved people struggle with from time to time. There is some drinking, mentions of wanting to drink, and of course, wanting sex (not that it happened, because it didn't, this is clean) but there is no sexual tension between the characters.
I loved the way there were two or three other stories going on at the same time in this book. AJ and Shelby as well as her two children and their upcoming marriage and the house Shelby lives in, Amy and her issues, and of course, Megan, Aaron, and Jonah. A totally sweet romance that is a bit slow but engaging. I grew to love these characters.
You won't want to miss WHEN LOVE ARRIVES by Johnnie Alexander.
I was given a copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Yvette K.4 Stars Out Of 5Redemption storyJuly 19, 2017Yvette K.Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Take a moral degenerate looking to reform, a rudderless young woman who is attempting to stalk him, have them meet and begin dating. What comes out of this, from Johnnie Alexander, is a story that holds the readers attention. Prior characters are woven through the story, and the next book is set up well without giving anything away.
I was not necessarily convinced by the love or the pairing, but enjoyed the writing and watching the story unfold. Dani Prescott, as the would-be stalker turned love interest, came across as quite immature and an unlikely love interest for Brett. Brett, in turn, though doing a bit of a "pretty woman" transformation on Dani, didn't seem all that convinced himself for most of the story.
If you enjoy a reforming rake storyline in a contemporary setting, with an unexpected but adorable subplot, then this is a great choice. While I still don't care for Brett's sister Amy, I find myself wanting to read her story. Somehow, the author manages to make me want to read the stories of characters I don't like. Not an easy feat.
I voluntarily received a finished copy for review through the Revell Reads blogger program. All opinions expressed are my own.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Emotional roller coaster of a readJuly 1, 2017KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Be prepared for a tummy-flipping, heart-dropping emotional roller coaster of a read. Honestly, I was so anxious about Dani's deception that I squirmed my way through this story. Oy. I kept ranting at her, begging her, cajoling her -- 'Just talk to him!' I pleaded but did she? Nope. Sigh. I made need counseling after this one.
But for all the angst this is a stunning redemption story. If you read Where She Belongs (the first book in the Misty Willow series) you will be familiar with Brett. Shudder. I was not a fan in book one. He was.a self-serving slimeball. I'm just telling it like it is. But God gets a hold of his heart and he starts on a transformation that is truly miraculous. It's this Brett we meet in When Love Arrives. The guy who is struggling to put his past behind him and face the future with honor and hope. And there is nothing so romantical as a 'reformed rake.'
The funny thing about Dani is that I would almost be cheering her on if she'd started her smear Brett Somers campaign a year ago. (I know that's awful of me to admit!) But not this new and improved Brett. Dani has her reasons -- though that's not an excuse. But hurting, damaged people don't always act rationally and she's suddenly caught up in a personal dilemma of her own. Gah! I was tied up in knots right to the end! If you enjoy an emotional read, then When Love Arrives is definitely the book for you.
Fitzysmom4 Stars Out Of 5Review from Rambles of a SAHMJanuary 31, 2017FitzysmomQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4When Love Arrives is the continuation of the story that was started in Where She Belongs. This time the focus of the story shifts from AJ and Shelby to Brett and Dani. Dani Prescott is a new character and from the very beginning she's one that I wanted the best for.
Dani is torn by her past and has a plan to set the record straight. Her target is Brett. He is pretty much enemy number one but the more she gets to know him personally the harder it is to keep her anger and need for revenge at the forefront of her mind.
Brett has his own set of obstacles that he needs to overcome. I won't do a spoiler but if you read Where She Belongs you already know what weighs heavy on his heart. After meeting Dani by chance he tells himself he's just not interested but he is continually pulled towards this intriguing woman.
Just as the first book had a bit of mystery as well as romance so does this one. It was interesting to watch things unfold and come to a head. When all was said and done I was satisfied to know a bit more about the ongoing storyline and I am eagerly anticipating the next book to allow us to venture a bit farther down the path with these characters.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.