Review: “Together” by Jennifer Van Wyk

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Steam: 🔥🔥🔥

Release Date: March 4th, 2021

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I was really an idiot.

How I didn’t see the signs is beyond me… but yet here I sit, holding a diamond ring I tried to place on my girlfriend’s finger.

Hopefully, the whiskey will do its trick and help me forget the last few years ever happened.

I’m such an idiot. Really, I am.

I thought my boyfriend was going to propose tonight. Instead, I’m sitting here chugging vodka cranberries like they’re water. I just want to forget the last few years ever happened.

One night.

That’s all I wanted.

To forget for one night.

So how did one night change my life forever?

I didn’t mean to be so careless, but I refuse to let my past affect this baby.

Now we need to step up… Together.

 

There’s something about a surprise pregnancy that just completely captures my attention. And in Together, Jennifer Van Wyk not only gives you that trope, but two very loveable and interesting leads to carry the weight of the story too.

After being dumped on the same night, Nikolas and Ashley cross paths at a bar where they proceed to get drunk and eat all the food and play all the darts and have a seriously good time. The night ends with them in bed together and when they wake up the next morning, they’re both a little surprised, but mostly shocked that they let it happen. It being that they had sex and can’t rememebr it. But what do you do when you can’t remember a wild night of good sex that left panties ripped in two? You do it all over again all weekend till real life comes knocking.

“There’s this song about being made for someone and that’s how I feel around Ashley. She’s everything I never felt around anyone else before her.”

I absolutely loved the way Nik and Ashley met, that whole meet-cute was perfection in every way. I absolutely adored their relationship in general, because it’s not your typical sort of relationship and that made it even better. Since they’re both coming off of heartbreaks, they choose to take a step back and reconnect in three months. Except when they run into each other at the grocery store, Nik and Ashley realise that maybe three months might be too long because now Ashley’s pregnant and the baby is his!

What I really loved about this was that Ashley didn’t keep it a secret and wasn’t planning on doing that either, she just wanted a test and she wanted to make sure it was real before she told Nik. I also really loved how Nik just stepped up to the plate, ready to do whatever it took to make sure that Ashley got the best of everything and got what she really wanted out of this. One thing I’ll say about Nik is that he was too perfect, he never once second guessed his decision to help Ashley and that somehow concerned me a little. But you know what? It did balance out Ashley and her uncertainty about whether or not she’s ready for all these big steps and changes in her life.

“I fell hard but it wasn’t fast. It was a slow fall and I loved every second of it.”

The chemistry – physical and emotional – between Nik and Ashley is beautiful. I love how they open up to each other, how they let the other in slowly and support each other through everything. Especially with Ashley’s family – watch out for her sister Grace! – and I think that’s so incredible. They’re not together and still, Nik steps up every chance he gets. He’s serious about being there for Ashley and I love that so much! I also really enjoyed that even though they are physically drawn to each other, their relationship was about so much more – they truly wanted to get to know each other and understand where they stood in life before taking a bigger leap to become parents together.

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a Jennifer Van Wyk book, but Together was a nice reminder of her small town romances and the wonderful stories she tells.

Thanks to Jennifer Van Wyk and Love Affair with Fiction for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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