The first thing that caught my eye about Jamie Clevenger’s newest novel, Just One Reason, was the simple but very attractive cover. The wave creeping up to the drawn heart in the sand evokes many pleasant memories, and visually sets the stage for a really good romance.
This is the third book in the Paradise series. This novel tells the story of Dr. Terri Anderson and Elizabeth Samuels (Sam), but the reader also gets to see the two couples from the first two books. In fact, part of the plot revolves around preparations for Reed and Julia’s (the couple from the first book) marriage. This is another one of those themes where at least one of the two protagonists does not want romance in their lives. Terri specifically does not want a girlfriend, especially a resident who she will have to work with. She has been burned in the past and would prefer to spend her free time (what little she has) at home bingeing on Netflix. Life and hearts don’t always listen to us, however, and these two ladies must make their way through some angst, misunderstandings and wild emotions before they find their way to each other. And of course there is the little problem of a forty-one million dollar inheritance.
This is a pretty good closing novel for this series. The writing is excellent, as we expect from Ms. Clevenger. The characters are well-developed, and their connection is hot. I have no other words to describe it. I actually connected with these main characters pretty quickly which is a must for me to enjoy most stories, especially ones that are character driven. This book not only gives us an appealing love story, but it also wraps up the tales of the main characters in the first two books of the series. That makes this a satisfying book for those who have read the whole series.
I don’t believe you have to read the first two books to enjoy this one. The story of Sam and Terri is lovely on its own, but if you want to know about all the characters you will meet in this novel, it might be best to read the whole series in order. I can recommend them all to romance lovers.
Thanks to NetGalley and Bella Books for the chance to read and honestly review this book.