Boldwood Romance Tropes Bingo Day 6: Friends to Lovers-Josh and Gemma The Second Time Around by Sarah Ready #BoldBookClub

About the Book:

The highly anticipated sequel to romcom Josh and Gemma Make a Baby. 
Everything is about to change.

Gemma Jacobs has life figured out. She’s upbeat, positive to a fault, and the master of her own destiny. She has a wonderful career in social media marketing, lives in a trendy apartment with her fiancé Josh Lewenthal, and is pregnant with their much-loved baby.
Her life is wonderful. Absolutely perfect.
What really comes after the happily ever after?

Josh Lewenthal is laid-back, fun-loving, and always finds the humor in life. He writes a wildly successful web comic series, and can’t wait to marry Gemma—the woman of his dreams.
His life is amazing. Terrific.
What happens when everything changes?

Suddenly Josh and Gemma’s lives are turned upside down, and their love and their future together are at risk. They realize their happily ever after isn’t the end, it’s just the beginning—and now they have to fight for it.
They confront a devastating separation, the return of world-infamous Ian Fortune, and the question of whether or not their love can truly survive when everyone says…it’s already gone.

Captivating, gripping, and full of unexpected twists and turns, this love story yanks you into what happens after the happily ever after.

My Thoughts:


Traumatic Brain Injury, Premature birth

Josh and Gemma The Second Time Around follows them after marriage and the end of Gemma’s pregnancy.

The prologue had me hooked. This propelled me to immerse myself in their story and wow, was it an action-packed and emotional rollercoaster!

I listened to the audiobook. It was a quick listen, and the narrator was perfect for Gemma’s voice and also Josh.

Baby Hope was just the cutest. Her name choice was soo apt given how she came into the world and I was happy Gemma had support from her mum, but I did NOT like Ian, or his attitude and views towards his work at the rehab facility Gemma was in. I’m a person with multiple, severe and complex disabilities myself (although I don’t have TBI) and found this shocking. I’m glad Gemma did not want much to do with him. Because I didn’t either.

I was rooting for Gemma and Josh through the ups and downs of their marriage and life. I felt so many emotions: sadness, happiness, anger and hope.

Thanks to Sarah Ready for raising awareness of Traumatic Brain Injury and premature birth. May this awareness go a long way to help those with TBI and those who were born prematurely. I was born prematurely and Hope’s story made me emotional as did Gemma’s.

I would have liked to experience more of Gemma’s experience in therapy, as I felt that was skimmed over.

This audiobook is beautiful. Thanks to Sarah Ready and the publisher via NetGalley for my eARC in exchange for an honest and voluntary review.

5 stars

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