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Ready or Not: A Novel by Cara Bastone
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Ready or Not: A Novel (edition 2024)

by Cara Bastone (Author)

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"Eve Hatch is pretty content with her life. Her apartment in Brooklyn is cozy, but close to her childhood best friend Willa, and far from her midwestern, religious upbringing where she always felt misunderstood. While her position as an administrative assistant at the Wildlife Federation of America is a dream-adjacent job, she's hoping her passion and hard work will help her land a more glamorous role where she could actually make a difference someday. And sure, her most recent romantic history has consisted of not one but two disappointing men named Derek. At least she always knows what to expect...until she finds herself expecting after an uncharacteristic one-night-stand. Suddenly, this surprise pregnancy cracks open all the relationships in her life. Eve's ride-or-die friendship with Willa is suddenly feeling off. And surprisingly, it's Willa's steadfast older brother, Shep, who steps up to help. He has always been supportive, but now he's checking in, ordering her surprise lunches, listening to all her woes, and... is suddenly irresistible? Add in a kind but conflicted baby daddy--who also happens to have a girlfriend--and Eve is feeling out of her depth, to say the least. Over the course of nine months, as Eve struggles to figure out the next right step in her expanding reality, she begins to realize that love, in all forms, can sneak up on you when you least expect it"--… (more)
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Title:Ready or Not: A Novel
Authors:Cara Bastone (Author)
Info:Dial Press Trade Paperback (2024), 400 pages
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A sweet book. A one night stand results in an unexpected pregnancy. The problem is that Eve slowly realizes she is in love with the perfect friend Shep. Amazingly it all works out. This romance was fun to read. ( )
  shazjhb | May 6, 2024 |
I'm not really big on the romance genre, but I find it "soothing" at times. It's sort of a "comfort" read. I decided on this book when attempting to reignite my reading passion that has been dormant for five years while recovering from a heinous period in my life.

This book is a very easy read. I’m a very slow reader, but I found myself breezing through it effortlessly. It’s not a deep-think, but a lazy Sunday read. And that's what I needed right now as I ease back into reading. The author has a very informal writing style that feels like a conversation between girlfriends, writing with a bit of a dry wit, a little tongue-in-cheek.

Some things felt over-simplified or required a fair bit of suspension of disbelief, but I think that is the nature of romance novels in general and probably why I don't read them a great deal, but what I needed right now.

Five words: funny, restrained, engaging, predictable, uncomplicated

My final word: I found this novel to be a lighthearted and fun read. Eve is dealing with her own internal turmoil and confusion, coming to terms with an unplanned pregnancy. But at the heart of it, this is a love story in every sense of the word. Not only a love story between a man and a woman, but a story of a woman falling in love with the child she carries and the life she lives. If you are a fan of contemporary romance, this is one for you! Or if, like me, you just like to dabble in a little romance every now and again, this is a light read to just get your feet wet. Despite the fact that the story was a bit on the predictable side, I still found it enjoyable. ( )
  nfmgirl2 | Apr 1, 2024 |
Once Eve Hatch finds out that she is pregnant, her world completely changes. Everyone from family to friends treat her differently, and she is unprepared for how different her body feels. Her best friend, Willa, who has suffered fertility problems is less help than Eve had hoped she would be. Another issue Eve must confront is telling Ethan, the man who is the father of the baby, that their one night stand and condom failure have resulted in pregnancy. The one constant is Eve's friendship with Willa's brother, Shep, and it isn't long before Eve must decide if what she feels for him is more than friendship or just the result of pregnancy hormones.

Ready or Not is not a romance. There are definitely romance elements, but they are not the central aspect of this story. The majority of the narrative is about the ups and downs of being pregnant. The first part of the novel is cute and funny as Eve's quirks shine while she struggles through the first trimester, but the plot bogs down considerably during Eve's second trimester when the details of the pregnancy are described ad nauseam. Also, the love interests dance around each other so much, that it becomes tedious by the end of the book. Overall, Ready or Not is a good story but is not a romance as advertised. ( )
  ftbooklover | Mar 8, 2024 |
Title: Ready or Not
Author: Cara Bastone
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group - Random House, Dial Press Trade Paperback
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Four
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'Ready or Not' by Cara Bastone

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'Ready or Not' was a sweet romance. With what happens to Eve, it was good to see how this author brings it all together. I somewhat feared Ethan but always felt Shep was there for Eve through it all. I had wondered about Eve's best friend in all that she had also gone through, but I didn't feel like she was there for her friend when needed. I know Willa had gone through a lot, but a true friend would have been there for her best friend, especially when required. You must pick up this read to see how it all comes together for Eve, Shep, and Evan. It was a pretty exciting read.

Thanks to Random House Publishing Group via NetGalley for allowing me access to this ARC. ( )
  arlenadean | Feb 13, 2024 |
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"Eve Hatch is pretty content with her life. Her apartment in Brooklyn is cozy, but close to her childhood best friend Willa, and far from her midwestern, religious upbringing where she always felt misunderstood. While her position as an administrative assistant at the Wildlife Federation of America is a dream-adjacent job, she's hoping her passion and hard work will help her land a more glamorous role where she could actually make a difference someday. And sure, her most recent romantic history has consisted of not one but two disappointing men named Derek. At least she always knows what to expect...until she finds herself expecting after an uncharacteristic one-night-stand. Suddenly, this surprise pregnancy cracks open all the relationships in her life. Eve's ride-or-die friendship with Willa is suddenly feeling off. And surprisingly, it's Willa's steadfast older brother, Shep, who steps up to help. He has always been supportive, but now he's checking in, ordering her surprise lunches, listening to all her woes, and... is suddenly irresistible? Add in a kind but conflicted baby daddy--who also happens to have a girlfriend--and Eve is feeling out of her depth, to say the least. Over the course of nine months, as Eve struggles to figure out the next right step in her expanding reality, she begins to realize that love, in all forms, can sneak up on you when you least expect it"--

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