WHY I READ IT
I have been a huge fan of the Ready Series since its beginning and Ready or Not is just another shining example of JL Berg’s immense talent.
WHAT I RATED IT
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
Born into wealth and privilege, free-spirited Liv Prescott left it all behind when she realized there was more to life than living off of trust funds and barely skating by. Since then, she’s worked and fought for everything she’s earned and never looked back at the world or the family she left behind.
Jackson Reid is starting over with a new job in a brand new city. A single father to his son Noah, he hopes the change will help strengthen the bond that has seemed to suffer since puberty reared its ugly head. What he hadn’t planned on was Liv–his exotic next-door neighbor who drives him insane with her wild, new age lifestyle, but still manages to leave him aching for more.
As challenges arise and feelings intensify, will these neighbors be able to look past their differences and find a middle ground?
Ready or Not gives us the story of Liv and Jackson. Jackson has just moved to town with his son Noah. Liv, who we met as Mia’s best friend is Ready For You, is a psychologist who helps Noah deal with the stress of starting over in a new place. Little do Liv and Jackson realize, they are also next-door neighbors.
Liv and Jackson do not get off to the best start. They try to outdo the other with their pranks and banter, but it slowly turns into more. Jackson and Liv start out slowly and I loved that about their relationship. Liv is used to one night stands, while Jackson has been busy raising his son alone. Even with their feelings for each other intense, Jackson and Liv work on steadily building a relationship.
“Come inside,” I whispered.
I pulled back and found him smiling.
“Why?” I was pretty sure I was pouting.
“Because that’s what everyone else would do.”
On the surface, they seem to have nothing in common, but they complement each other nicely. Jackson ready for a relationship and the longevity he craves with Liv. It may take her a bit longer, but Liv comes to realize what she has in Jackson.
“I guess that was what taking a leap of faith was-risking oneself in hopes of gaining something better. I turned toward the door and headed downstairs.
I was ready for Jackson.
I was ready to leap.”
Jackson and Liv support each other and protect each other’s feelings. They fall into a comfortable pattern. Even with all that life (no spoilers here) continues to throw at them, and there is a lot that would tear a weaker couple apart, they stay true to each other. I loved watching Liv’s relationship with Noah. When Jackson wasn’t so sure what to do with a pre-teen kid, Noah and Liv’s relationship was happy and easy. Noah came to rely on Liv for those times in your life that you would turn to your mother. I really loved how easily Liv fell into that role.
“Sometimes, what you needed in life was waiting for you where you’d least expected it. Sometimes, it was right next door.”
Ready or Not was the perfect addition to the series. Seeing all of our favorite characters from past books was a real treat. They blended perfectly into the story. Ready or Not is definitely going on the reread shelf!