⭐️⭐️⭐️ Solid except for pacing issues

Reading more like the second half of a duet than a standalone romance, there’s a whole lot about Just Getting Started that I liked, but I couldn’t get behind the pacing. As the second book in a series, readers were introduced to Gabby and Chase prior to the start of this story, and from what I can gather, they had a banter-filled, playful enemies-style relationship. That is… absolutely not how they act in this. I think readers who have read the first book in the series will enjoy this book a LOT more than those who haven’t, because while they may technically be standalones, readers who haven’t read both will find Gabby and Chase’s relationship to be complete and total insta-love.

The story follows Chase, a reformed player, and Gabby, the woman he developed feelings for a long time ago. Chase knows Gabby isn’t ready to start something with him because she doesn’t trust that he’s left his slutty lifestyle behind, but he knows that she’s his future. When Gabby needs a temporary housing solution, Chase offers up his guest room and things escalate quickly. Neither one can deny their feelings for long, and their relationship finally gets on track… only to be knocked off course by a major blindside.

I really liked these two as characters – the sweet but definitely alpha Chase whose only focus is his girl, and the feisty, strong Gabby. I also liked some of the more tender moments between them. My main complaint is that I feel like I missed out on the period where these two were falling for each other – they’re already there when the book begins, with Chase thinking about marriage and Gabby resisting Chase only because she thinks he’s a player (I found the resolution to that situation to be better than anticipated). Add in the twist that changes the course of their relationship, and this book isn’t anything like I expected. Now that I’m caught up on the series, I’m intrigued to read the next book, because there was so much that I DID like about the story – but you really need to read them in order. I received an ARC via Give Me Books and am voluntarily leaving a review of this sweet yet sexy read.

Title: Just Getting Started
Series: Fair Lakes #2
Authors: Kaylee Ryan & Lacey Black
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 4, 2020
My life
isn’t exactly going as planned. I’m basically floating up a certain creek
a paddle. Desperately needing a new place to live, I receive an offer I can’t
refuse, and you never look a gift horse in the mouth, right? Unless that
particular mouth is connected to an uber sexy manwhore that makes me want to
punch him in the face and then kiss him until I pass out from lack of oxygen. I
must avoid him like the plague.
Connor; there is no request too small in my eyes. When I blurt out an offer I
know she can’t refuse, I don’t think either one of us realize that our lives
are about to change. Something else I didn’t comprehend, how hard it would be
to keep my hands off of her, or my mouth, or my… you get the picture. It’s our
time, no more hiding or waiting in the wings. I’m pulling out all the stops.
I’m tired of being in the friend-zone. It’s time to take what I’ve always
But nothing
is easy for us. Our road is full of twists and turns and a few surprises along
the way. When push comes to shove and the cards are thrown on the table, can we
navigate a new life, especially when we’re just getting started?

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Kaylee Ryan
Kaylee Ryan is a
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.  When she’s not spinning
tales of happily ever after, she’s reading or spending time with family. 
Born and raised an Ohio girl, Kaylee resides in Cincinnati with her husband and
their son.




Lacey Black

Lacey Black is a Midwestern girl with a passion for reading and writing.
She carries her e-reader with her everywhere she goes so she never misses an
opportunity to read a few pages. Always looking for a happily ever after, Lacey
is passionate about contemporary romance novels and enjoys it further when you
mix in a little suspense. She resides in a small town in Illinois with her
husband, two children, and a chocolate lab. Lacey loves shooting guns and
should only consume one mixed drink because she’s a lightweight.

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