Jesse’s Girl

He wondered which was better for his sanity: dreaming about Gwen from a distance, or having her so achingly close, but out of his reach?

Tara September
Jesse’s Girl

Audible. Also available in Audible Escape & ebook via Kindle Unlimited at the time of this review.

Publisher’s Synopsis:
Jessie’s got himself a girl and I want to make her mine!

Successful Texas lawyer, Reade Walker, curses that damn song every time it plays, all too aware of the irony of its lyrics. After all, he has been secretly and painfully enamored with Jesse’s girl, Gwen, for nearly a decade. It was love at first sight for him, but sadly she’s not his girl. She belongs to the one man who betrayed him and knows Reade’s hidden family secret. Yet Reade can’t seem to love anyone except the one woman he can’t have. Or can he make her mine?

When Gwen Clark’s senator husband runs off with his intern and all their money, the ensuing scandal turns her life upside down. Deserted, penniless and desperate to provide for her six-year-old daughter, Gwen has no one to turn to but Reade Walker. The one man her heart desperately wants, but her pride dreads having to ask for help. Despite welcoming them into his home, it seems like Reade can barely stand being in the same room with her anymore, let alone under the same roof—in the same bedroom. But Gwen is determined to get her life back on track. It is past time to rediscover her own dreams…if only she can keep her aching heart from breaking all over again.

Point of view:
3rd Person. Alternating perspectives, not always by chapter but clearly defined.

Rellim’s Thoughts:
This is my second novella by Tara September and another enjoyable story. This was an interesting mix of second-chance romance, smarmy ex drama, cute kid, and quite a bit of slow burn. This is a great audiobook for anyone looking for a little angst and some anticipation while this delightful couple works through long-held misunderstandings before finally coming together to build the relationship and family of their dreams. When Reade and Gwen do get together – September gives us some super steamy scenes leaving everyone satisfied.

Jesse’s Girl ends in a solid and satisfying HEA. While this is absolutely a stand alone, September seems to drop a little hint that Danielle (Reade’s fellow attorney) may be getting her own story. Please?

This was my first time listening to Verla Bond and I enjoyed her performance. I especially appreciated the slight Southern lilt to Danielle’s voice.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from Story Origin and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

About the author:
Blogger and former PR executive for The Walt Disney Company, Tara holds a Master’s degree in journalism & communications from NYU. For over a decade, Tara has penned a popular lifestyle, travel and parenting blog at

An avid romance reader, she has been daydreaming about being an author since high school. Dozens of bad dates and adventures later, she still finds it impossible that she met her husband on a New York City subway. They now live in sunny Southwest Florida with identical twin boys and four cats underfoot/on her laptop/everywhere. Fueled by an IV of green tea, she’s finally writing the happily ever after tales she’s been dreaming about.

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My Favorite Quotes

He wondered which was better for his sanity: dreaming about Gwen from a distance, or having her so achingly close, but out of his reach? – Jesse’s Girl by @TaraSeptember #audiobook narrated by @verla_bond #Romance #Novella #AudibleEscape #KindleUnlimited

You’re my girl, now. Forever. – Jesse’s Girl by @TaraSeptember #audiobook narrated by @verla_bond #Romance #Novella #AudibleEscape #KindleUnlimited

I’m so glad it’s not just my heart alone in this anymore. – Jesse’s Girl by @TaraSeptember #audiobook narrated by @verla_bond #Romance #Novella #AudibleEscape #KindleUnlimited

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