Noah, (5th Street #1) by Elizabeth Reyes was a 4.75 for story and a 3.5 for heat (but not until the very end). 28 year old Veronica has spent the last 2 years taking care of her dying mother. In that time she has become depressed, withdrawn and overweight. Finally, her friend Nellie takes her to a local gym where she meets her trainer, 19/20 year old Noah, a boxer. Noah is a foster kid who has been through a lot in his life. When the roof of the garage he was living in almost collapsed, Veronica (Roni) offers a room in her home to him.
Although they are 8 years apart, there is a definite attraction between them. They get along great, have a wonderful friendship, and can’t wait to be together at the end of the day. Roni has so many doubts, mostly because of his age, but she also thinks she me be attached to him because she is so lonely. It is clear they both want more than friendship, but neither wants to risk what they have (especially Roni).
It’s funny, the double standards we have. They are the same age as my husband and I were when we met, but my husband is the older one. The idea of a 28 year old woman with a 20 year old boy seems so much worse. But Noah was a very mature alpha, having grown up in foster care taking care of his foster brothers and sisters. Roni was actually very inexperienced having only been with one man and then not having a life at all when she was caring for her mom.
The cast of characters in this book was great. I really loved Noah and all his friends. (I can’t wait to read Gio’s book). Roni’s ex was a douche who just happened to be 8 years older than her (see the double standard?) When Roni and Noah finally get together (not really a spoiler, you know it will happen all along) the scenes were HOT!!!!! (though sorry, you have to wait till the end of the book). Nellie was also a great character who had a real a-hole for a husband. I hope she eventually finds happiness in this series.
I really enjoyed this book. I didn’t give it a full 5 stars because it didn’t make me feel the way the 5 star books in my favorites list made me feel. Breathless with anticipation and unable to put it down. It also was a bit too much of a tease the whole book. Still, I highly recommend it, and downloaded Gio immediately.
Rating: 4.75 stars, 3.5 Heat
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