[580]: Tucker by Juliana Stone

20827547 Tucker by Juliana Stone
Series: The Family Simon, #1]
February 4th, 2014
E-book | Adult Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

When all hope is gone, can love still find a way?

Tucker Simon has given up on love. After a tragedy, it’s just not in the cards for him, and he wishes his family would get off his back. He’s fine—or at least he thought he was–until a family wedding forces him to address a few things, namely his date, Abby Mathews. She’s been put in the ‘friend’ category, mostly because she deserves so much more than what he can give. But the more time that he spends with her, Tucker begins to think that maybe there is a chance for love after all…

Abby Mathews has been in love with Tucker Simon since he walked into her family’s bar nearly a year ago. But he’s got baggage and heartache a plenty. His one-night-stands aren’t going to lessen that no matter what he thinks. Tucker needs a friend, but Abby wants to give him more, and as they navigate their way through a weekend in Florida, their attraction can’t be ignored. Abby has to make a choice. Does she cherish their friendship and take what she can get? Or does she go after what she really wants, which is Tucker’s heart…


I found Juliana Stone last year when I was browsing through iBooks and a couple of her books were free at the time. I read her books and found them to be so much fun. The kind of romance novels that were easy to read with men who were easy on the eyes, but terror to the hearts of their female counterparts. I could not get enough. Needless to say, I went on a stretch when all I did was read her books. This past week, I was yet again, ensconced in nothing but Juliana Stone. And yep. The obsessive personality reared its head again.


Friends to lovers trope. Who can resist them? I’m not typically a fan. But I must admit that there’s something exciting about two people realizing how dense they’ve been the whole time. That exact moment when they realize that happiness was staring at them in the face, because they were an oblivious couple made in heaven.  In Abby’s defence, she already has feelings for Tucker. But Tucker was too busy living in the past and screwing every available woman within a ten-mile radius. Anyway…

Tucker’s wife disappeared years ago. And while he’s not living with the illusion that she might still be alive, he hasn’t really been too open for the possibility of moving on. He’s been friends with Abby for months, but lately, he’s looking at her in a different light. When they finally decided to take their friendship to no man’s land, things didn’t really change. I mean, they’re still friends. But now, they also know each other in the biblical sense. Things are looking up…until news that his wife resurfaced in a Cuban hospital reached him.

Tucker has the propensity to be an asshole, but Abby do not take his asshole-ry sitting down. She tells it like it is and she stands up to him. They’re the perfect match, to be honest. And while you may have read your share of this kind of stories, these books has one going for it:  I am a fan of familial series. The Simon family consists of 4 boys and 1 girl. But the series is also about their cousins, Maverick and Cooper. I love reading about the entire clan. Their back stories and the family dynamics. There’s Jack who’s well on his way to a Presidential nomination; there’s Teague, Tucker’s twin brother who spent much of his career chasing the next dangerous story. There’s brothers Maverick and Cooper; and then there’s the lone girl amongst the boys, Grace. I like reading about their romantic entanglements. It’s always something to look forward to.

Fans of romance novels will find this enjoyable. It was fun, bittersweet, and in a Juliana Stone fashion, highly addictive.



  • oops been waiting for a review from you on this and somehow missed it. Oh wow, addictive? I never read anything by her, but thanks to you I have picked this one up. Hoping to make time for it. I think I’d love Abby and for standing up to him!!

  • Oooh… this sounds like my kind of read Joy! I don’t mind the friends to lovers trope, but I’m keen to see what happens when the wife resurfaces!

  • I just one clicked it-freebie’s are always welcome-especially since you loved it! Thanks for the recommendation 🙂

  • I love how this book sounds (once I got over the shallow moment I had when I saw the cover). I just went to Amazon and it’s free at the moment so grabbed a copy, yay! Thank you sharing Joy, great review!

  • RO

    I love the idea of strong women in novels, and an asshole man that gets it together is a HUGE plus! As always, your review totally rocks! Hugs…

  • Sounds like a cool twist! I’m such a sucker for friends to lovers romance. I think it fills in a lot of what immediate lover novels skimp on.

  • shootingstarsmag

    That’s really interesting about Tucker and his missing wife – did not see that one coming. hah I’m sure it makes the romance and overall story just that more intriguing!


  • Sounds like an interesting book 😀 I’m glad you enjoyed it so much Joy. <3 Not for me, hih, but seems good 😀 Thank you for sharing your thoughts about it. <3

  • Adriana C

    Great review Joy! I just add it to my wishlist, it sounds really good.

  • Ooh, his wife pops up after being missing for so long? I actually really like the friends to lovers dynamic, there’s always that tension and possible regret there and it just adds a bit extra. The whole premise including the extended family through the series reminds me of what the Maddox family probably should have been, but obviously without the decent writing and strong female characters to back it up. Even the names Abby / Travis verses Abby / Tucker. I have faith that Juliana Stone can erase that disaster from our lives. Great review Joy, going to check out the series and grab a Kindle copy on Amazon too <3

  • kindlemom1

    I like Abby already! Great review! This sounds fabulous!

  • Hello! *waves* 🙂 It’s definitely been a while, thanks for stopping by the other day!

    I’m not a huge fan of friends to lovers for some reason, but the way you describe this novel – I’m quite intrigued! Maybe I’ll add this one to a wish list. And, I do love when ladies do not take any asshole-ry from anyone – respect for the heroine.

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    “Tucker has the propensity to be an asshole, but Abby do not take his asshole-ry sitting down.”

    GO ABBY!!! I can deal with an asshole male lead as long as we get a strong heroine who doesn’t allow him to walk all over her. So glad Abby lets him know what’s what when necessary! This sounds like a solid read Joy, and I do so enjoy a friends to lovers romance:)

  • It’s always wonderful to have one particular whose books never seem to disappoint. It seems like you have that with this book and I am glad you like it so much! Personally I am a huge fan of friends to lovers trope books xD No idea why 😛 I love the sound of this and when I do my random dabbles in NA I will remember this in the future.

  • Great review! 🙂 I really like the idea of friends who realise there is love there. I believe love should have a strong friendship as a premis. These days books are too full of insta-love which drives me crazy! I’m glad you enjoyed this book. It is always great when an author you like brings out an enjoyable novel. 🙂

  • I enjoyed it, though it felt like I had missed something, like a previous one

  • her romances always look nice to read. I have one at home on a christmas topic but I haven’t tried it yet, soon I hope so.