Book Review: Mother Knows Best

Hello, hi, how have you been?!?

Hope you’re having a great day and staying warm in this cold weather.

Today, I’m super excited to share with y’all this yet another gem from Stella Stevenson set to be published on the 28th of February.

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Mother Knows Best by Stella Stevenson

Genre: romance


AJ Mulligan’s life is at a standstill. Her writing career hasn’t hit its stride, and between working long hours at odd jobs, writing into the wee hours of the night, and hoping she’ll catch a break sometime soon, there’s zero time left to focus on anything, or anyone, else. It’s been years since she broke it off with the only man she’s ever loved, and she still can’t bring herself to move on. When offered a job as a paid contestant on a reality dating show, AJ finally has the chance to earn some serious money and take a small vacation. All she has to do is make it into the top five and then go back to her everyday life.

Will Masters comes from old money and politics. Every facet of his life has been scripted, whether he liked it or not. Until AJ. She was nothing that his family approved of and everything he ever wanted. When she walked away, he stopped caring about what he wanted for his future. Now his mother has roped him into starring on a reality dating show. A show where his mother can choose the perfect wife for him. Will is perfectly content to go along for the ride. He never thought his ex would be a contestant vying for his affection.

AJ signed a contract, and she intends to honor it. The more she tries to avoid Will, the harder they slam back together. It’s possible she made a mistake all those years ago, but it doesn’t matter. AJ’s contract won’t let her win and Will’s mother wants her gone…too bad he didn’t get the memo.

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Before starting, I would like to mention that I received an advance review copy for free and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

So, as you probably know, Stella Stevenson is one of the authors I discovered last year AND that I knew is going to be an immediate favorite. Well, guess what?! I was right!!

She did it again with this, yet another, heart-warming second chance romance.

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The story was told in dual POVs, which makes it easier to understand things from both perspectives and really helps us as readers get to know each of the MCs better. AND it was VERY cute!! ❤

I absolutely love how confident and well-spoken AJ—the FMC—is. I don’t mean this in an I-don’t-care-what-people-think-of-me way (although that’s great as well, I’m not implying it isn’t), but in a more “genuine” way if that makes sense. Like, AJ wasn’t always confident about herself. She has moments where she doesn’t see herself as beautiful as she should, yet she always overcomes it. I found that quite inspiring.

What’s more, I utterly adored reading from Will’s POV and seeing/feeling just how much he feels about her. He’s totally whipped and we’re here for it!!

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I’ve never watched a dating reality show, but I think this brought up a few stuff about it that I found really interesting. Some examples are the fact that they pay people to show that they have a diverse set of contestants, and how people treat each other differently based on size, wealth, and other similar criteria that shouldn’t be the basis of any relationship.

Overall, this was a great read that I highly recommend!!

Does Mother Knows Best sound like something you’d like?! I’d love to hear/read your thoughts!!


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