September 22, 2014

REVIEW: Now is Our Time By, Jo Kessel

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A story of second chance love set between London and San Diego. Thirteen years ago Jonah Kennedy was one of America's top tennis players, whose six-foot-three bad-boy California looks won him hordes of female admirers. Thirteen years ago Claire Jackson, a fiery, aspiring artist from London, was the woman who stole his heart. But the two held a secret which tore them apart and sent Claire running back to England. They tried to move on. 

Claire married, had a child and became a successful TV personality. Jonah married, had a child and settled for life on the road. Thirteen years later and both divorced, their paths cross again. Their attraction is even deeper - they feel destined to be together. Claire's jealous ex, however, has other plans. Can Claire and Jonah hold on to their second chance at love or will their past secret haunt them for ever? After all, thirteen is only lucky for some.... 

Now is our Time is a standalone contemporary romance which features Anthony de Klerk from Jo Kessel's previous novel Lover in Law. There are also cameo appearances from Kate Middleton, Gwyneth Paltrow and Gordon Ramsey. Due to descriptive sex scenes, this book is not appropriate for younger readers.

Jonah Kennedy was one of America’s best tennis pros. While traveling he met the love of his life Claire Jackson. For five years they made a long distance relationship work. Until one secret had Claire running back to England and telling Jonah never to contact her again. Thirteen years later both Claire and Jonah have been married, divorced, and a single parent. Now Jonah is a commentator for Sky sports, content to travel and Claire is a brand new T.V. personality learning to be out in the world again.

One day Jonah and Claire meet again and they get the chance to make their love affair work again. This story is about learning how to work past personal boundaries and doing what you need to do to get the things you want. It’s a story about getting the chance to fix regrets and get the HEA you have always wanted.

Kessel’s writing was sweet and done well. The story was told mostly from Claire’s POV but we did get a few chapters in Jonah’s POV. They definitely gave us some insight into the character he is and his feelings during this story. The pace was perfect. You weren’t waiting around for the emotion and drama to start.

This book was a sweet second chance love story that you should definitely put on your TBR.

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  1. Thank you for your lovely review of Now is our Time - I'm so pleased you enjoyed it!