Lacey Talbot had a safe and loving childhood despite being raised in a residential home for kids, and the day she met Charlotte and Oli Hart, it felt like she had been truly blessed. Now training to be qualified in social care, she’s giving back to the system that saved her from a life of danger and poverty.
So why does she feel like she needs more when she has everything she never thought possible? A career, family love and friends who would be there for her no matter what, just don’t seem enough.
Lacey wants a love to call her own, to start living her life for real but there is one thing missing, someone to love - a guy who will return the love that she deserves just as hard.
Tommy Sevens, is the dependable local business owner. He’s never short of female company but his bachelor life is turned upside down by an unexpected visitor. When he reaches out for help, he ends up with more than he bargained for when Lacey comes to the rescue.
What starts out as a professional relationship, turns into so much more when Tommy realizes he can’t resist Lacey anymore. She’s a beautiful, unforeseen surprise who makes him want a different life, despite what he thinks he deserves, and he’s that guy that Lacey has been yearning for. The one thing that stands in the way of their happily ever after are his close friends, Lacey’s foster parents.
Deserved is the second book in the soul mates series and tells the stories of those who find passion and love when they least expect it.
Another great read by Victoria Johns
A battle of wills, a battle against the age gap.
"You don't want to start this war with me."
"You think you can take me?"
I am a woman! Hear me ROAR."
I liked Deserved, the story wasn't without its angst or drama. A 12 year old girl gets dumped on the doorstep of a father she has never met, an ex who's involved in motorbike gangs and on the run, There's Tommy who brings hotness to the plot and shows he has a dominant side, to which there wasn't enough of and fan me down Jake the best friend who's a bit of a man whore and a sweetie who I definitely want more of. There's plenty in deserved to keep you turning the pages.
34 year old Tommy although not always a likeable character in this story is the owner of a cab firm and has recently found out he has a 12 year old daughter Carly. In need of help Tommy calls Lottie who runs a children's home but gets Lacey on the phone instead who agrees to go over and help him out.
24 year old Lacey has been in care knows all to well what children in care go through and has studied hard to be in a position to help those that were once like her. Lacey helps and now works with her foster parents Oli and Lottie in the children's home.
Lacey and Carly hit it off straight away and Lacey becomes a big part of her new life with her new found dad and a blessing to Tommy who is finding his feet as a parent.
Feelings begin to develop between Lacey and Tommy but With a 10 year age gap between them Tommy refuses to let love take it's course, after doing the deed puts a stop to it going any further.
Deserved is a heartwarming story, one that will have you pulling your hair out for the characters one minute and smiling for them the next, I love it when a book has you rooting for the characters to get what they deserve for once and that in this story is each other.
Told in dual pov's and leads to hea.
arc received for review purposes
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