National Guardsman Jase Beckford wants to live a quiet life raising cattle and taking care of his mother. His childhood friend and neighbor Hannah is still his best friend, but when he walks into the Walters house one morning and sees her twin sister Becca for the first time in five years, he wonders if he missed out on something special.

Becca Walters has nursed a secret crush on Jase since childhood, but he always preferred Hannah, so she buried her feelings assuming her sister and Jase would one day turn their flirtation into a real relationship. And this Christmas, she is anticipating a proposal of her own, so Jase’s reappearance in her life doesn’t mean anything. Much. Okay, maybe more than Becca would like to admit.

However, when Becca’s sister gets engaged to someone who’s not Jase, Becca and Jase find themselves spending more together. And when secrets are revealed, suddenly those dormant feelings come back to life; but is the possibility of something between them worth risking the happiness of everyone they love? 

Titles in the Man Enough series include:  All I Ask – Along Came Us – Should’ve Been You –

Title:  Should’ve Been You
Series:  Man Enough #3
Author:  Nicole McLaughlin
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  January 30, 2018
Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press
My Rating:  4 stars

Sometimes family simply confuses us, especially when one family member actually changes the course of another’s by their actions.  Should’ve Been You is one of those stories that I enjoyed but I also spent time mentally shaking my head at the actions of the characters.  Twin sisters Hannah and Becca really have some serious issues to straighten out to get their relationship on an even footing again.  The person central to Jase and Becca not having a chance at a relationship years earlier turns out to be her sister – and once I discovered what Hannah had done I had zero sympathy for her from that moment on.

Through some twists and turns, some misdirection and outright lies, and the addition of other romantic interests Should’ve Been You delivers an almost triangle plus one type of situation.  Let’s simply say it gets complicated and leave it to the characters to straighten out for an eventual Happy For Now ending.  I enjoyed my time with Jase and Becca, yet it seems there was too much going on that took away from discovering more of their personalities together.  That was my reaction, it might not be yours.  So, yes, I enjoyed this one – I think it might have worked better for me as a full length story with time to develop some parts to a logical conclusion.  Bottom line is, I had fun, no matter what twists came along and would recommend this one for any Contemporary Romance reader.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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