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Just the Way You Are [Barbara Freethy] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A baby brought them together — and even though Alli has always. Alli MacGuire, always the tagalong sister, seduced Sam Tucker, the boyfriend of her older and more beautiful sister Tessa, and became pregnant. After watching. Just The Way You Are By Barbara Freethy – FictionDB. Cover art, synopsis, sequels, reviews, awards, publishing history, genres, and time period.

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Just the Way You Are

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. A baby brought them together — and even though Alli has always loved her strong, sexy husband Sam and the life they’ve made together, she’s now decided to set him free to follow his youthful dreams.

For although she worships Sam, it’s ate longer enough for her to be wife and lover when she knows she holds so little of his heart. Barbarz has always dreamed of a life away from th A baby brought them together — and even though Alli has always loved her strong, sexy husband Sam and the life they’ve made together, she’s now decided to set him free to follow his youthful dreams.

Sam has always dreamed of a life away from the close-knit world of Tucker’s Landing, but marriage and fatherhood ended all that. Now Sam is torn between what was and what was meant to be. He must decide if it’s time to rekindle the dreams of the past Paperbackpages. Published November 7th by Avon first published November 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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Lists with This Book. Mar 12, NMmomof4 rated it really liked it Shelves: This definitely packed a punch with the angst!

Just the Way You Are by Barbara Freethy – FictionDB

I am a sucker for unrequited love type stories, and this fit the bill perfectly. My heart broke almost from the start of the book for the h and her insecurities and feelings of unrequited love for the H. The H was a mess too. He wasn’t wsy favorite H by a long shot, but I also understood what the power of “what ifs” can do to a person. I wasn’t a huge fan of Tessa, but then again, I’m not sure I was supposed to be. There is a parallel story going on with the grandmother and her love life that I thought was a sweet touch.

My biggest gripe is that towards the it felt like all the issues were resolved a little too easily. It was like everything all of a sudden took ffreethy turn and was all copacetic.

I also would’ve loved a longer and farther glimpse into their future! The epilogue felt lacking and focused on the wrong characters tbh. Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Alli and Sam’s story.

ae Alli and Sam had grown up together along with Alli’s frdethy sister, Tessa. Tessa and Sam had always been inseparable and Alli had always been following along. Something happens and Alli finds herself pregnant with Sam’s baby, and he breaks Tessa’s heart and marries Allie. The true test for Sam comes when Tessa returns because their grandmother had a stroke. There is some confrontation, some sad moments, a few sexy times This alternated between focusing mainly on Alli and Sam in barhara person narrative.


It did have some sections that focused on the h’s sister, Tessa, and the grandmother as well. Freeyhy Pace of Story: Good until the abrupt ending. I never skimmed and I thought it flowed well. He was a little oblivious to the harm he did a lot of the time, but I did feel like he was likable at some points too. I did wish she wasn’t so stubborn at times, Sadness level: I think I had a constant stream of tears going while reading this book. It never turned into an ugly cry, but it definitely got the waterworks going!

Yes view spoiler [ The h pushes away a good bit. The H is the main pursuer of the relationship. They have some good tension, chemistry, and scenes — but not so much it takes away from the story. I wouldn’t say the few scenes are really all that descriptive, as they are more focused on the emotions going on at the time but also not fade to black type scenes either. Yes view spoiler [ The H was with the h’s sister before he was with the h.

He cheated on the sister with the h and got her pregnant, and this is what caused them to get married. There was always the question of “what if” when it came to the mistake they made in sleeping together and his relationship with the sister.

The sister returns when their grandmother has a stroke, and this starts up a lot of drama. Yes IMO view spoiler [ Definite emotional cheating going on. He felt he loved the h’s sister still even years later. The H also kisses the h’s sister when still technically married to the h but separated. Yes view spoiler [They are separated for months some off page and some on. The h wasn’t with anyone else, but the H did kiss the h’s sister during this time. Yes view spoiler [Unexpected pregnancy off pageh and H slept together while he was dating h’s sister off pageunrequited love on pageand loss of a loved one off and on page.

This is yet another book that had the conflict resolved right at the end. It left me wanting more of a glimpse into the couple’s future than what I got, but I would still call it a HEA ending. This one should be either Safe with exception or Not Safe for most safety gang readers depending on personal preferences.

View all 17 comments. Jul 02, Bibi rated it did not like it Shelves: Alli sleeps with her sister’s boyfriend then is forced to marry him because, of course, she had unprotected sex and got preggars. Sam, the guy in question, never loved Alli but slept with her because her sister, Tessa, chose to pursue a career instead of staying with him in their small hometown. As much as I would love to write a full and scathing review, I simply have no inclination to even revisit these people’s lives, suffice to say this is a big fat DNF.

This is one of my fave books evah, and it’s currently free on Amazon!! I wasn’t supposed to read this book yet. I think I got it for free a while back but I never got around to reading it until now. I wasn’t really expecting anything. Barbara Freethy has been a hit or miss for me, so it came as a pleasant surprise how much I loved it.


T This is one of my fave books evah, and it’s currently free on Amazon!! The moment I started it, I couldn’t put it down and let me tell, the tears started flowing early on.

The Story Sam and Tessa were high school sweethearts. They lived next door to each other and when they were both 12, they fell in love.

Just the Way You Are by Barbara Freethy

But their love was tested when Tessa chose barbarw leave Tucker’s Landing for a modeling gig in Aspen. Sam, feeling like Tessa abandoned him slept with Tessa’s sister Allie, which resulted in a pregnancy.

Sam did the “right” thing and married Allie while Tessa, feeling their betrayal left Tucker’s Landing and the love of her life. Alli, as mentioned was Tessa’s sister, younger sister who always had a crush on Sam. She was considered a nuisance by Tessa and tolerated by Sam.

It was Alli who seduced Sam that night that resulted in her getting pregnant. It was also Alli, who after 8 years of marriage, decided to let Sam go after she realized he was still pining for her sister after she view spoiler [found photographs of Tessa and magazines with her face on it that he kept hidden in his desk. He still yearned to do the things he planned to do with Tessa.

Alli’s pregnancy and subsequent marriage ended all that and he can’t help but think of what could have been. To add to his confusion, Tessa comes back to Tucker’s Landing to care for her grandmother who suffered a stroke and this brought back memories of their time together, which added more strain to Sam and Alli’s tenuous relationship.

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With Alli finally letting go of Sam, he has to decided what he wants; stay and fight for his wife and family or chase the woman and the dream that he lost a long time ago? My Thoughts This was a heart-wrenching, emotional read for me from start to finish.

I always have a soft spot for stories that deals with married couples and this book hits all the right spot for me. Great plot, wah dialogue and most of all sympathetic characters. I was expecting to Alli or Sam or Tessa or even their grandmother but in the end, I couldn’t. I didn’t always like their decisions, didn’t always agree with them, I cringed at some of the things they said to each other but I sympathized with all of them.

Sam was a very flawed hero. He was holding on something that he felt was taken away from him. He always considered his marriage to Alli as a mistake even though he did love their daughter and made a life for them wya Tucker’s Landing. You can feel his conflict but at the same time, as a reader, it’s very clear from the very beginning who he was going to choose.

His feelings were quite obvious to me as a reader and I couldn’t wait for that moment when he would finally see the answer. Alli’s insecurities was painfully obvious.