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 twin sister Becca for the first time in five years, he wonders if he missed out on something special.
Becca Walters has nursed a secret crush on Jase since childhood, but he always preferred Hannah, so she buried her feelings assuming her sister and Jase would one day turn their flirtation into a real relationship. And this Christmas, she is anticipating a proposal of her own, so Jase’s reappearance in her life doesn’t mean anything. Much. Okay, maybe more than Becca would like to admit.
However, when Becca’s sister gets engaged to someone who’s not Jase, Becca and Jase find themselves spending more together. And when secrets are revealed, suddenly those dormant feelings come back to life; but is the possibility of something between them worth risking the happiness of everyone they love?
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A wonderful story from Nicole McLaughlin that gets our hopes up for love finally found for 2 people who have been kept apart for 18 yrs. The way the author tells this story has us feeling both sad for Jase & Becca & angry at her sister Hannah who started the problem 18 yrs ago. We see how Jase & Hannah's relationship has been used as a fall back for Hannah throughout the years & how it’s also affected Becca & her relationships throughout the years, as well as Jase & his secret affection for Becca. When truths finally come out at an impromptu engagement we can only hope that Jase & Becca are finally going to get their chance but the problem of Becca’s current relationship stands in the way & the ups & downs for Jase & Becca are sad & heart wrenching. I enjoyed how Nicole McLaughlin brought this story around in circles for a while keeping us wondering if Jase & Becca or Jase & Hannah we’re going to get together. In the end the right pair made it. I voluntarily reviewed this book through Net Galley.