In Review: Until Now (Not Yet #2) by Laura Ward

Posted August 10, 2016 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 2 Comments

In Review: Until Now (Not Yet #2) by Laura WardUntil Now #2 by Laura Ward
Series: Not Yet
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: May 23, 2016
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 209 pages
How I got it: From the author
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Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
My rating:

Dean Goldsmith is Indiana University’s star quarterback, and his dreams are about to come true. His undefeated season means he has a legitimate shot at the NFL. If he stays focused. Football comes first.

College senior, Grace Yeates, is determined to defy the odds. She is months away from graduating with a business degree, something no one thought she would be able to pull off. All she has to do is focus on her number one priority. Family comes first.

Dean has no time for distractions, but when a gorgeous, snarky, redheaded waitress refuses to tell him her name, he can’t seem to focus on anything else.

Grace knows she can’t let herself get caught up in a guy, particularly a man-whore like Dean, no matter how charming or sexy. She has two hearts to look out for now and no room for a Dean-sized distraction.

Everyone in Dean’s life agrees that Grace is the kind of complication his career doesn’t need. Grace knows that Dean is the kind of risk her heart shouldn’t want.

But what if the last person you think you need, the one you shouldn’t want, becomes the one you can’t live without? Can their biggest distraction actually be the focus they were missing all along?


In Review My Thoughts

My goodness, I loved this book. I actually hate that I waited this long to read it. Knowing that it’s been sitting on my iPad for a couple months now, just waiting for me to read it, makes me a little sad. Laura’s quickly become one of my favorite authors and Until Now lived up to all of my expectations, after enjoying Not Yet as much as I did.

Until Now was basically made of feels. The Dean in this book isn’t the one I knew in the first book. I mean, don’t get me wrong, he’s a total manwhore before he meets Grace. And that is what it is. I don’t have to watch it or think about it. 🙂 Once he meets Grace – and she totally blows him off – he starts to change. She got under his skin in the best way possible and, while it was probably a lot to do with the fact that she didn’t fall at his feet initially, it became a lot more than that.. and didn’t take long to happen either. Y’all know I have a total thing for when the manwhore goes all in for the girl, when no one else even catches his eye. Dean became all kinds of swoony and thoughtful and I had quite the crush on him while I was reading.

Grace is one of my new favorite book leading ladies. I loved her strength and how she’s overcome some really bad situations to get to where she is today. I found it easy to root for her. (And her with Dean, of course. Once I realized he was looking for more than one night with her, anyhow.) And now, to be slightly spoilery, she was a great mom. She’d built a good life for Finn – with no one else’s help. I totally understood why she was leery of letting Dean in. But, she didn’t need to be. He was there for the right reasons. The little unit the three of them had was beyond charming and caused me to have plenty of feels.

Where the first book in this series had an abundance of angst – not that it was a bad thing – this one didn’t. I mean, yeah, there were moments. But the only thing keeping Dean and Grace apart was her stubbornness. (Again, NOT a bad thing. I got her. She was protecting her son and her heart.) I mean, yeah, there was that small issue of Dean graduating and leaving to play in the NFL, but that’s something that could be overcome if they both wanted it. I loved both of these characters – as well as some of the secondary characters – and enjoyed this book so much I read it cover to cover in one sitting. Feels for days, super sexy times and lots of smiles. Can’t ask for much more!

I’m totally hooked on this series and the world that Laura’s built with these fantastic characters. I’m already itching to get my hands on Someday Soon. Daisy and Jon?! Yes, please! And now that I’m finally caught up on the series, I’m fully prepared to chuck all the other books aside as soon as Someday Soon is in my possession.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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My life was real fucking good. Damn near perfection. I had no room for complications or distractions. Football first. 

“I don’t feel sorry for you, Red. But I feel… a lot.”

There were no more words tonight. We had officially left the land of simple and were planted firmly in the world of complicated. Funny thing was, I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

“Until now. Until me. I’m going to keep on taking care of you because nobody has ever deserved it more than you.” 


About Laura Ward

Laura Ward lives in Maryland with her loud and very loving three children and husband. She married her college sweetheart and is endlessly grateful for the support he has given her through all their years together, and especially toward her goal of writing books. When not changing diapers, driving to lacrosse practice, or checking spelling homework, Laura is writing or reading romance novels.


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2 responses to “In Review: Until Now (Not Yet #2) by Laura Ward

  1. This sounds like a fun romance series. I like when you have this idea of who a character is based off of “bumping into them” in previous books but when they finally get their own book you realize that there’s a lot more to them than you thought. It sounds like this was a great read.