Title: First Comes Love
Author: Emily Goodwin
Publication Date: February 11, 2016
Genre: A friends to lovers romance…with a twist
First comes love.
Then comes marriage.
Then comes a—
Hold up. You’re joking right? As if life works off a neat little list like that, moving down, checking things off before jumping to the next task. We’re not married. We’re not lovers. Hell, we’re hardly even friends. Noah Wilson isn’t exactly “life partner” material, and he sure as hell isn’t “father material”. He’s my older brother’s best friend, and has been off limits, sworn off, locked in the highest tower and out of reach since we met over ten years ago. With his devilish good looks, tattoos, motorcycle, and trail of broken hearts and tears, I’ve had good reason to stay away from the bad boy my mother warned me about.
Until one night. One stupid, regrettable night that changed both of our lives forever. And now I only have nine months to decide our fate, to see if Noah’s rebel heart is capable of anything more than a one night stand.
This isn’t a love story. This is a life story. And life doesn’t go according to plan.
I just finished reading this book right now. And I’m just sitting here thinking about it all. I thought it was an ok book. I thought the characters were likable.
But… I felt something was missing for me.
Ok… I hate when a main characters goes with other people. Especially when the the girl main Character isn’t with another person too. It just starts off the story on a wrong note.
Because when the main characters do finally get together. You just know that the girl/girls he was with will be making a comeback.
And it kind of makes the girl main character seem a bit like a doormat.
Because… What can she do… She either puts up with it or she leaves.
I just hate it.
Because the girl MC is made to be this saintly person. It’s just hard to get past.
Noah was the ultimate bad boy. Leather jacket, motorcycle was bad in high school and in and out of jail. And there were lots and lots of women.
And Lauren was a good student. Plays by the rules. Never does anything out of the ordinary. Try’s not to disappoint anyone.
She makes one drunken mistake and gets pregnant.
Now… This is where I felt kind of irritated with the story. Lauren acted kind of childish in a way. She was embarrassed that she got pregnant by a guy nobody thinks highly of. She never gave him the chance. Or really stood up to her parents when they were all talking about him. Especially when she told them she was pregnant with his child.
She was not some teenager coming home telling her parents she was knocked up. No… She was a 23 year old women living on her own with a job. She should have been a little more assertive when she was telling her parents about the baby and who the father was.
Start it all off strong instead of just sitting there crying listen to her parents say how disappointed they were in her and her actions about what she did with Noah.
Then all through the book. They all pretty much talk bad about him. Saying just because she was having a baby doesn’t mean she has to be with Noah.
Oh man… I just kept wishing Lauren would just snap and tell them off!
I felt Noah made some mistakes. But I also felt he was really trying to make things work with Lauren. He really went above and beyond with her.
I felt more could have been said about his parents. Especially with his mom. I would have liked to see Noah confront his mom like he did with his father. It was never really addressed.
Overall this book was ok. I didn’t love nor did I hate it. But it was ok. It kept me interested.
*ARC provided for an honest review*
About the Author
Emily Goodwin is the author of the twice banned dark romance, STAY, as well as over a dozen other titles. Emily writes all types of romance, from love stories set in the zombie apocalypse to contemporary romances taking place on a western horse ranch. Emily lives in Indiana with her husband, children, and many pets, including a German Shepherd named Vader. When she isn’t writing, Emily can be found riding her horses, designing and making costumes, and sitting outside with a good book.