Title: Where We Belong
Series: Alabama Summer #4
Author: J Daniels
Release Date: August 21, 2015
From NY Times and USA Today bestselling author, J. Daniels, an Alabama Summer series novella.
Ben and Mia Kelly can’t seem to catch a break.
Grueling night shift and opposing schedules have left the passionate couple geared up and ready for some much needed alone time. There’s only one thing standing in their way.
With two curious boys who have mastered the art of cock-blocking roaming the house, Ben and Mia, sexually frustrated beyond reason, quickly resort to surprise sexcapades and naughty little trysts whenever and however they can get them.
Who said anything about keeping things legal?
Assume the position. Things are about to heat up in the south.
Warning: This book is recommended for readers over the age of 18 due to strong language and explicit sexual content.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Benjamin Kelly. I thought he stole my heart in the first book. But after this novella? He owns it.
“My mind loves Ben. My heart loves Ben. My body loves Ben. He’s the warmth in my blood. The roar of my pulse.”
Now that Ben and Mia have two beautiful boys, they barely have time for each other. And let’s not forget Ben’s grueling work schedule .These two are suffering from Ben and Mia time. We are given a glimpse into the lives of Ben and Mia as not only husband and wife, but mommy and daddy. So much is packed in this novella. Typically I shy away from novellas as they tend to leave me less than satisfied. Not this one! Where We Belong had me glued to my kindle from the beginning to the very last page. Just when I thought I could not love Ben Kelly any more than I do, J. Daniels proved me wrong!
“We choose to believe what we want to believe. I choose Ben. He is my truth.”
As I mentioned, this novella not only further solidified my love for Ben and Mia, but it also reminded me why this series stays so close to my heart. The author clearly puts her heart into the writing and in her characters in that you can’t help but cheer for every single one of them through their life obstacles. You fall in love when they do. And when their hearts break? A part of yours does too. Ben and Mia are such beautiful and strong individuals. Their love for each other and their family and friends no boundaries. Their love conquers, it overcomes. You feel their sense of longing, passion, and deep admiration for each other.
“Just like everything else with Mia. Since the beginning, what I feel for her goes deeper than marrow.”
Can we talk about the sexy times? Ben and Mia do not disappoint in this one, as a married couple. Am I the only one who had googly eyes for Ben every time he called Mia “my wife”?! I sighed. I swooned. Ben Kelly. You are simply EVERYTHING. My heart beats for that man. He loves with such intensity and devotion. He loves with conviction. Ben Kelly loves HARD. And Mia? Her heart only knows Ben.
“Heart for heart. Soul for soul. I am his, and he is mine, in this life and the next.”
I absolutely loved catching up with Ben, Mia, Sir Nolan, and Chase and the rest of the gang in this novella. It was everything my heart needed. J. Daniels is brilliant in not only her execution of the story but also in that she allows the reader to become immersed in the lives of her characters. Novella. Novel. Doesn’t matter. I am a Bama Boys girl for life. If you love this series, then this novella is the perfect thing to hold us over until the next Bama Boy falls in love.
This review will probably be short and sweet-- extra sweet, because I have a feeling I'll be gushing all over this author, this novella, these characters, and their stories. I knew I loved the Alabama Summer series, and all the guys (and girls, but especially the guys) involved, but I don't think I realized just how much I missed these characters! And BEN! *swoon* Ben Kelly is a dreamboat. As I read the series, I found myself quite obsessed with Reed (and for good reason!) and, while I still love him with everything that I am, I'm ashamed at myself for letting Officer Kelly hang out on the back burner for so long. Ben and Mia's story was a beautiful one, full of sugary sweet moments that left readers satisfied and hopeful of a great future for these characters. Obviously as the series continued, we were able to get updates along the way about Ben and Mia-- and we can't forget Sir Nolan, of course!-- and their family has been growing and thriving. Unfortunately Ben's difficult job and life with two kids has left Mia and Ben wanting in the bedroom department. This novella is filled with them trying to find creative ways to rekindle their romance while balancing their family obligations. But this story is really so much more than that.
I can't even begin to express how thrilled I was to revisit all of these characters (everyone makes an appearance) and jump back into this world. I had an absolute blast reading this book and I couldn't put it down even for a second. It packs the punch of a full length novel, while being a pleasantly fast-paced page turner. I'll be honest and say that I generally don't bother with novellas inside a series. I can read a series, I can read a serial series, but when you throw in a random novella, I often find it unnecessary to read. Call me crazy, it's just my preference. But there is so much packed into this little story that, if you're a fan of this series, you would be insane not to pick it up! Trust me, it's perfection. There are tear inducing moments with Ben, Mia, and Nolan that will pull at your heartstrings until you just can't take it anymore. Their special moments together killed me. I cried like a baby and loved every minute of it. There are also some interesting developments where CJ and Riley are concerned that will make you that much more excited to to dive into their story.
I honestly cannot give this book, this series, or this author enough praise. The writing flows flawlessly, the characters are well-developed and authentic, and the romance is achingly sweet and oh, so hot. The sexual tension in this novella, in particular, was through the roof. If you haven't had the pleasure of getting into this series yet, what in the world are you waiting for? It's fantastic. If you're already a fan, then this installment is a must read. Run out and get it the moment you can, you won't regret it.
*** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***
No girl in her right mind is going so say no to have a little more of that hot sexy policeman Ben Kelly on her Kindle. I wouldn’t, and I’m glad I didn’t he is just lush. In Where We Belong J Daniels gives us a little more of what we want a chance to catch up on this perfect couple Mia and Ben Kelly and their very cute kids Nolan and Chase.
I love that J Daniels shows us yet again much Ben and Mia mean to each other. Life is not easy when you have two young children at home. But I loved seeing their strong connection, and their hot sexy times together. Also witnessing their sincere and tender moments, and the way they support each other when faced with challenges.
“Benjamin fucking Kelly. My entire world”
“I can’t help it. You’re in my blood, Mia. You always were …..even before”
Where We Belong was a sweet, humorous and heartwarming read that strengthened my love for this couple. It also showed which was never going to be in doubt that Ben Kelly is a great father and husband who will do anything for his family. And that Mia is a sweet, sassy, selfless, loyal, a wonderful mother and wife.
“I love you” I breathe into his month. He drops his forehead against mine. “That’s all I need, Mia. All I need”
It was great catching up with the rest of the gang Tessa, Luke, Reed and Beth and getting a sneak peek at what’s going on in their world. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series What I Need CJ & Riley's story. If you’re a fan of this series, and Ben Kelly then you must 1-click today, as J Daniel’s with her effortless writing style does not disappoint.
#1 Where I Belong
#2 All I Want
#3 When I Fall
J. Daniels is the NY Times and USA Today Bestselling author of the Sweet Addiction series and the Alabama Summer series. She loves curling up with a good book, drinking a ridiculous amount of coffee, and writing stories her children will never read. J grew up in Baltimore and resides in Maryland with her family.
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