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Expect Me (Rivers Edge Book 3) by [Black, Lacey]
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Two Strangers. One Night That Changes Everything.

Travis Stevens struggles to move on and forget about the one amazing night he spent tangled up in the sheets with a beautiful woman who disappeared just before dawn. Now she’s just a memory that he can’t ignore. But what do you do when the woman invades your thoughts day and night?

Josselyn McCray spent one perfect night wrapped up in the strong arms of a handsome stranger before running out in the early morning light. Now she’s out of money and luck and forced to make some life-altering decisions about her future. A future that is going to involve the man she hasn’t been able to forget.

Brought together by one night of passion, Travis and Josselyn are now linked forever. Will Travis and Josselyn be torn apart by demanding responsibilities and the stresses of getting to know each other? Or will they overcome the odds and find their way to happily ever after?

One thing is certain: life isn’t always what you expect.

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The third book in the River's Edge series and I have to say they just get better with each book.
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The book was good, all of this dries is pretty similar now that I have read a couple, same storyline for each with a couple different changes. There was a couple more grammar and editing errors in this book as well. Overall the book was good. 4/5
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HASH(0xb41d2564) out of 5 stars FIVE 'I WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR YOU' STARS! Feb. 22 2015
By Danielle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Lacey Black has struck steamy, small town romance gold with the third book in her exceptional Rivers Edge series. I am a huge fan of small town romances, and Expect Me is irresistible. Ms. Black has created a cast of characters that are all likable and relatable with plot lines that are realistic. She has mastered the art of drawing a reader into her story through her writing; it was impossible for me to not become invested in these characters and their stories.

"That moment, that connection felt like something monumental and epic."

Josselyn McCray and Travis Stevens met at Travis' sister's wedding where Joss was working as a waitress. The first time Travis laid eyes on her, he was immediately taken with her and was unable to take his eyes off her. Joss has noticed him, too. They had a very brief conversation, and Travis is struck by his immediate, unmistakable attraction to her. Joss feels this crazy connection, too. As he works up the courage to speak to her again, Travis has an accident. Joss takes him home, and they end up sharing a very passionate night together. Travis wakes up alone the next morning. Unable to forget Joss, he's haunted by thoughts of her for months after that night. His life is stalled, and he's unable to move on from the memory of Joss.

"Time to face the man who changed my life forever..."

Two months after that night, Joss has confirmed that she's pregnant. She's had a rough few months, her pregnancy hasn't been easy thus far, and she's now jobless and homeless. Her best friend, Matty, has convinced her that it's time to tell Travis. Joss is a good girl; she's kind, she's hardworking, but she's a bit at loose ends not knowing what it is she wants to do with her life. She has a tumultuous relationship with her overly ambitious family because she's hasn't taken the professional path they hoped she would take.

Travis is 27, and he's the youngest of the four boys in the Stevens family and an older brother to sister, Avery. He works alongside his father in the family construction company. He's genuinely a good guy. He's kind, he's loyal and supportive, and he's just alpha enough to be super protective without being overpowering. He's not a man-whore like his brother Nate is and Jake was, he's a one-woman, committed relationship kind of guy. His night with Joss was not his normal behavior, and in fact, it has left him very unsettled as he has been unable to move on. So when Joss shows up on his doorstep unannounced, he is surprised and thrilled to see her. Joss explains why she's there, and while surprised at first, Travis handles the news spectacularly. He's excited that he's going to be a dad, he's happy that Joss is back in his life, and he's all in.

"I want to be there for you and our baby."

They have a lot to figure out, and Travis, who is afraid she'll bolt from his life again, convinces her to stay with him while they work through everything and take the time to get to know each other. They agree, though, that despite this intense attraction between them, they have to get to know each other as friends first before they can consider anything else.

"Everything about you makes me want more."

They spend a lot of time together and are slowly getting to know each other. Travis is with her every step of the way. He is very forthcoming, wanting her to know all of him as well, and he shares his dreams with her, taking her to see his pride and joy, the home he is building for himself. The desire they have for each other has not lessened, their feelings for each other have deepened, and they finally cross the bridge from friends to lovers. Travis becomes obsessed with finishing the house, putting a great deal of pressure on himself to get their new home done for Joss and their baby. Unfortunately, he becomes so singularly focused on this project, that he unwittingly pushes Joss away and alienates her in his quest to finish. Gone is her previously attentive and very much present Travis, and Joss is lonely, hurt, confused by his absence. She is convinced that he is pulling away from her, and completely heartbroken, Joss leaves him. Travis is completely shaken by what he learns about himself in the wake of Joss' departure. He is ashamed of the way he treated her, and he carries tremendous guilt that he left her alone to deal with everything.

"You and the baby are all that matters to me."

Travis gives Joss the space that she needs, but it is not easy on him. He misses her so much it hurts. He redoubles his efforts and focuses on getting the house done so that he can win back his girl. When he finally does see Joss again, it's at such an emotional, poignant time for them both. Joss loves Travis, that's never been in question, but can Travis convince Joss that he feels the same?

Lacey Black has given her readers another stellar story in this series. Given that this is only her third novel, the quality of her writing is very impressive. She is an amazing storyteller, and she has a special style that completely captures the reader's attention. I've become a big fan of the talented Lacey Black, and I look forward to more from this exciting new author.
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HASH(0xb41fb984) out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing!! Feb. 23 2015
By Kristin Marvin - Published on Amazon.com
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Expect Me is the third book in the Rivers Edge series but can be read as a standalone.
Expect Me is Travis’s book. Travis, as we know is Avery’s (Trust Me) brother. While at his sister’s wedding, Travis meets Josselyn McCray, a waitress at the wedding. While he thinks he’s being coy, everyone notices that Travis can’t keep his eyes off Josseyln, including Josseyln herself. Josseyln ends up back at Travis’s apartment for one night of unadulterated passion. She flees before the morning light. Travis is left to wonder what happened to the woman that captured his heart that night.
"Time to face the man who changed my life forever..."
Two months later, Josseyln shows up on his door step and drops a bomb he never saw coming. He’s going to be a daddy to an essentially complete stranger’s baby!
Travis is the youngest of the four Steven’s boys. He works hard, side by side with his father at the family construction company. He is a protective older brother to little sister Avery, and the proverbial punching bag for his older brothers. He’s not the confirmed bachelor, one night stand type of guy that his brothers or friends are/used to be. Travis works hard and wants the same loving relationship his sister has.
"I want to be there for you and our baby."
Travis and Josselyn are, for all intents and purposes, strangers. They know each other’s bodies but that is all. Travis and Josseyln agree to avoid the undeniable attraction, and try to become friends first, for the sake of their unborn baby.
Travis wants nothing more than to provide for this woman and their child and will go to the end of the world to do so. While getting to know each other, Travis is also working on physically providing a home for his growing family, this means more time apart from Josseyln. She sees this, through hormonal eyes, that Travis is regretting his choice.
Can Travis prove to Josseyln that nothing matters more to him than her and their baby? Can they overcome the odds and become friends, lovers, and parents to this child?
We do see past couples throughout the book as well as Travis’s all-knowing mom who’s wisdom is still flowing freely!
Another steamy, small town romance from Lacey Black! I absolutely loved this book! I loved watching Joss and Travis grow together as well as individually throughout the book!!
5 stars!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb41fb870) out of 5 stars I loved, loved Feb. 19 2015
By stephanie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm very much enjoying this entire series with just a few minor issues. *SPOILERS AHEAD*
First, I loved, loved, LOVED the entire book until we got to the main conflict. He's too focused on finishing the house and she's felt so neglected for weeks that she leaves him, so what does he do? He reads up on pregnancy and her complication and then buckles down to finish the house while taking time to shoot her a single sweet text per day. Huh? How is continuing to focus on the thing that drove a wedge between you and continuing to be absent throughout the remainder of her pregnancy supposed to fix things? And when they finally meet again in the delivery room, all he has to do is tell her he loves her and all is forgiven. It just would've made more sense to me if he'd studied up on pregnancy, asked for more help from his family of builders to finish the house, and actually taken the time to go tell her he loves her and be there for her those last several weeks.
My second issue was editing. I love to read, therefore, I love the people in this world who can dream up captivating stories in their heads because that is not my talent. It does, however, bug me when grammar mistakes distract me enough to pull me out of the story. "Bodest" is not a word. The portion of a garment which covers the torso is a "bodice". I sat and stared at that one for several seconds before the context clues went 'ding ding' and then I laughed for a few minutes more. (Not necessarily at the author. In a world of autocorrect and voice to text software I don't automatically assume ignorance, but someone human needs to check for these things.) There were others, but that's the big one that stuck with me.
Overall, I still love this series and eagerly anticipate the next installment. Great job!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb41b7360) out of 5 stars Beautiful! Feb. 19 2015
By Sandra Shipman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I was lucky enough to be asked to beta read once again and can't wait for its release! This is the third novel in the Rivers Edge Series. Each book is about a different couple so they can also be read as stand alones. Each story is different but all full of love, family and of course so sexy times...

The minute Travis laid eyes of Josselyn at his older sister's wedding he could not look away. He was not usually shy around woman but she was different, he could only see her in the banquet room. Of course the rest of the family noticed this as well since he was ignoring everything coming out of their mouths. He felt stalkerish the way he couldn't look away but when she looked at him, he knew something was there. After some awkward but sweet moments of chatting they went back to Travis's place and had one amazing night together but by morning Josselyn was gone...

Travis could not stop thinking about Josselyn and she could not stop thinking of him even after two long months. She left his bed without warning and he just wasn't the same. One thing that helped was that he started working on a dream construction project. It kept him busy enough but he still missed those hazel eyes. Then one day, they were there on his doorstep and with news that would change the rest of his life. Their lives.

Now that Josselyn was back in Travis's life, he was not letting her go. He wanted to be there for her and their pending arrival. The lust they had for each other was still there but first they needed to get to know one another as friends before getting more involved. Josselyn is welcomed with opened arms into the Stevens Family and its a big change form what she is used to with her own.

While Travis and Josselyn are getting closer there is also something pulling them apart. Travis has put himself under pressure to complete his project even faster than before so he doesn't spend much time at home. It's for their future but it will not be the future he sees if he doesn't put Josselyn's needs first. She is lonely and feeling caged in between the walls of their apartment. Can Travis balance his responsibilities or will they break them apart?

I love Travis, he is sweet, hardworking and stepping up to the plate but just needs to relax a bit. Josselyn is strong, supportive and understanding. As a couple they bring out the best in each other and bring out the sexy too. Travis makes her feel wanted even when she doesn't feel her sexiest but things are not always perfect. Relationships are a lot of hard work especially in this type of situation.

I laughed, I cried and had all kinds of mixed emotions and I can't wait for the next book! It was awesome to see the rest of the crew and to see what they are up to after their stories. The Stevens family is one of my favorites.

Quotes:

She has no clue that I have not gone on with my life. In fact, my life has been stalled since I woke up that morning alone. Two long months ago.

She’s like a witch – a sexy, beautiful witch who casts some sort of spell on me, leaving me yearning and panting for more. More that I can’t have. Yet.

Josselyn steps into the room like she owns it; her eyes glued to mine. That’s one of the things that drew me to her all those months ago. She’s confident, passionate, and it is unbelievably sexy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb435ec60) out of 5 stars OMG THIS IS AMAZING...You seriously need to read this Feb. 18 2015
By Tina Brimlow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
OMG, you all need to read Expect Me by Lacey Black today. Its just so, so, so Captivating. There were moments I couldn't stop crying. Like she seriously pulled you into the story and you became the character and living the story.

Josselyn - What can I say about her. At first I was just like, yeah I can't believe she is doing this. But it's true what they say, you meet your true love in the strangest ways.

Travis - All men should be just like him. I didn't not expect his reaction when he found out he was going to be a dad. Most men freak. He took it as a man an accepted it. He made them his life.

My favorite part which I just bawled out laughing was when the family was waiting to see Travis, Josselyn and the baby. The nurse was telling Travis and Josselyn that the family is going to start a riot soon and a few are threatening to through their badges around. And the crying. I never cried so much during a book before.

I don't think Lacey could have made this story better then what it is already. By far this is my favorite. I so can not wait till her next one is released. It's going to be hard to beat this one. But knowing Lacey I am sure she can pull it off.