She can’t hit the snooze on her biological clock forever…
Love, career, kids—Brooklyn Monroe wants it all. Her beauty company? A triumph. Her love life? Total fail. At 42, that makes motherhood her top priority. With no man in her life, she’s prepared to fly solo, but her plan is derailed when a mailing list mishap turns Brooklyn into a someone-get-me-pregnant internet meme. Making her PR nightmare go away entails a soul-baring interview on national TV. And the guy asking the questions? Her all-too sexy ex.
Talk show host Alec Trakas is the king of bad timing. Case in point, his heartbreaking romance with Brooklyn. Alec was all about commitment but Brooklyn was launching her start-up, and forever wasn’t in the cards. Now a shot at his ultimate dream job depends on convincing Brooklyn to spill the secrets leading to her viral celebrity. It sets Alec’s star rising, but puts Brooklyn in a sea of flirty men. Fate has thrown them back together. Sparks are flying. But is the timing finally right? Because having it all might not be worth the risk of losing each other again.
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Karen Booth is a midwestern girl transplanted in the South, raised on ’80s music and repeated readings of “Forever” by Judy Blume. Karen writes contemporary romance and women’s fiction, almost always about the dreamy guy you never thought you’d get. Her stories are full of breathless kisses, tearjerker moments, family dynamics, and more than a few things she’s glad her grandmother never read.
Brooklyn Monroe Wants It All is the second novel in the Never Too Late series. Although the stories feature crossover characters, each novel can be read as a standalone. After reading a little about Lela and Donovan in this novel, I cannot wait to circle back to the first one to experience their story. This story is a second chance romance featuring the main character, Brooklyn Monroe. At 42, she is at a point in her life where she wants to added love of her own family. Before even beginning the story, I was excited to read the novel as there are not many out there featuring romantic tales for “older” characters. (Although 40 is not old, it is older than the usual early 20s to early 30s in many other stories.)
Brooklyn Monroe has built a successful career as founder of Posh Post, a luxury subscription mailing service, which she works at with her younger sister, Virginia. Business has been great for them and continually growing over the last seven years. The story opens with Brooklyn at the ob-gyn doctor’s office looking at her options for having a baby. She decides that she is ready to have one with or without a man in her life. Through a mistake on the welcome letter for her company’s newest mailing, Posh Male, Brooklyn gets more attention regarding this baby issue than she expected. It helps her officially reconnect with her ex-boyfriend, 44-years-old, Alec Trakas, who is the co-host of Good Day USA. While it has been over a year since they last saw each other, maybe they have a chance to reconnect again. Each character has their own personal journey that they go through in the story along with the possible romantic reconnection.
The story is full of a great cast of characters. The side characters are all complex enough to be relatable and memorable while keeping the focus of the story on the main couple. Although Brooklyn and Alec are still attracted to each other, they are both very career driven. Brooklyn is continuing to expand her business with 12-hour workdays, while Alec wants to transition to work in the news division at the station. While Brooklyn’s busy career comes into play in the story, I was surprised that it wasn’t brought up a lot more considering how much raising a child would take, unless she had others to help. It was a very minor detail and preference, but it did not detract from my enjoyment of the story in any way.
Overall, I loved Alec and Brooklyn as individuals and I loved the support they had for each other, whether it was platonic or romantic. Their relationship and the reasons behind their initial break-up made a lot of sense and worked well with their characters. Their story is very relatable and realistic, as they have to put in a lot of work on their own journeys of self-discovery and any possible romantic relationship they want in the future. The HEA is not a simple journey in this story, as there is a lot of heartbreak and obstacles before it is even possible. For me, I loved that about the novel as it added an even greater level of realism. I enjoyed reading this novel a lot and I cannot wait to read more from this author!
**I give a special thank you to Rachel @rararesources,, the publisher, and the author for the opportunity to participate with this enjoyable novel. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.**