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seriously romantic: maybe for you by nicole mclaughlin

we met jake and alexis early on in the whiskey and weddings series. jake is one of the co-owners of the stag distillery and alexis is dean's little sister. i wouldn't recommend reading maybe for you without reading the previous books in the series, because there is a lot of context and backstory that you'd miss otherwise.

in some ways, this is a friends-to-lovers story, but it's also about getting a second-chance-at-love, albeit with someone other than the original person you fell in love with. alexis spends a large chunk of the novel grieving her former partner, nathan, who died in a helicopter crash weeks before their wedding.

jake helps her through that grief. he does so not because he's been pining for her. or because they were longstanding friends. he helps her through it because he's a good guy. and he enjoys being a good friend to alexis. that first year of mourning, jake's friendship becomes something alexis depends on. and when she comes back into town she's slightly horrified to realize that she's aware of him in a more-than-friends kind of way. 

i loved the angst, the drama, the sheer romance of this story. jake and alexis are both flawed human beings who happen to bring out the best in each other. and who have each other's backs. that their friendship becomes love seems inevitable. and i absolutely loved it.

**maybe for you will publish august 28, 2018. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/st. martin's press in exchange for my honest review.


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