Should've Been You (Man Enough, #3) by Nicole McLaughlin

Should've Been You (Man Enough, #3)

Childhood neighbors get a chance at love in Should’ve Been You, an achingly romantic novella in Nicole McLaughlin’s Man Enough series!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 miss...

Details Should've Been You (Man Enough, #3)

TitleShould've Been You (Man Enough, #3)
Release DateJan 30th, 2018
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Novella

Reviews Should've Been You (Man Enough, #3)

  • Carrie
    Should’ve Been You by Nicole McLaughlin is the third installment in the novella length contemporary romance series Man Enough. Each novella in the series features a different couple as the main characters so it is fine to read as a standalone or out of order if choosing to do so.In this novella readers meet Jase and Becca who have known each other since childhood but never acted on the feelings that each had for one another. Becca’s parents h...
  • Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)
    I came across this book after reading DJ Empress' review on her blog, Books and Bindings, and knew I would probably enjoy it! As you know, or will now know, I am a sucker sugary romances - and a series to boot!Before I share a brief synopsis, wanted to share the finer details: its a novella (short story and you can read this in a few hours if you are looking to up your Goodreads reading challenge book count). The story flows and you will want to ...
  • DJ Sakata
    Favorite Quotes:Turkey Bacon… I have an open mind about many things, I’ll have you know. But the sanctity of pork fat is not one of them.I was just thinking that if you’d been my middle-school teacher, I would not have been able to focus… All men— no matter their age—can appreciate a beautiful woman. Even teachers are fair game for the spank bank.Aiden was a big guy. Goatee, shaved head, enough muscles for three men. Sometimes I miss ...
  • Dianne
    My Rating: 3.5 StarsSometimes the path life takes us on is far from the path we thought we were in control of. SHOULD’VE BEEN YOU by Nicole McLaughlin is the story of finding who and what you need, even when it has always been there, just not on your radar. Jae discovers that his best friend’s twin may look like her sister, but she holds all that Jace never knew he needed.Becca has always had a secret crush on Jace, but now that she has come ...
  • Beth
    Becca Walters has always played second fiddle to her sister Hannah. She also had a crush on her sister’s best friend and a boy who practically grew up in her home, Jase. When Becca comes home for the holidays, she discovers that her sister is engaged but not to who everyone thought she’d be getting engaged too…Jase.Jase, not knowing his role in Hannah’s life anymore is has pulled back from being Hannah’s go to guy. With more time on his...
  • Deanne Patterson
    This is the third book in the Man Enough series and even though this is my first read by this author it was pretty easy to pick up on what was going on with the characters. Becca and Hannah are twins and Jase Beckford is the neighbor that Becca has been crushing on for years but he has no idea and Hannah is his best friend. He goes to Hannah with his problems and just to talk it has never evolved into anything romantic. Years ago Hannah told Jace...
  • Dísir
    I do like Nicole McLaughlin’s writing and was hoping that ‘Should’ve been you’ could recreate the sort of feels I got with ‘Maybe I Do’. What a mess this turned out to be. Let’s start with the unrequited love (or crush) that Becca had on Jase for many years. But he was the boy who never noticed her because he and her twin sister Hannah had always seemed to be on the edge of something more. And though they’d never gotten there, Bec...
  • Kathleen
    Thanks to author Nicole McLaughlin, St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for an advanced digital copy of SHOULD'VE BEEN YOU: A Man Enough Romance. This novella in A Man Enough Series is about childhood neighbours getting a chance at love. National Guardsman Jase Beckford has always liked the Walters twins, Rebecca and Hannah. He and Hannah were best friends and were always hanging out, but when Jase saw Becca for the first time in five years, somethi...
  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    One thing I really appreciated about Should’ve Been You was that for 18 years the hero had a weird co-dependent friendship with the heroine’s twin sister; one that kept the hero and heroine at odds but as they spend time together and really begin to know one another the attraction they’ve felt for each other and the crush they had on one another for years bubbles to the surface. Complicated, sweet, with a bit of healing, laughter, and love,...
  • Sascha
    Note to self: Do not let a novella be the first thing you read by a romance writer.In the past I've indicated how difficult I believe it is to provide a believable romance as a novella. Frequently it's hard to do in a full-length novel. Characters have to connect and fall in love, but in a believable way. I've also mentioned that one way to make this happen is to have had the characters know each other in the past.While Should've Been You succeed...
  • Julie
    This story was a nice blend of romance and realism! I found the characters engaging and decently rounded out-Hannah was overly confident to hide her insecurities, Becca turned standoffish to hide hers, and Jase liked being needed, even when it wasn’t in the healthiest capacity for him. They had issues I could easily relate to and I liked how approachable it made them. And the romance between Jase and Becca had all those moments anyone has exper...
  • Heather
    Reading the description of this novella, I was definitely intrigued by the premise. However, I think the author did a disservice to all by not making it a full length novel. There were simply too many components to wrap things up well in a novella so it came across as rushed. Jase, Hannah and Becca have known each other since children. While Jase and Hannah have always been very close, perhaps too close for not having a relationship, Becca has al...
  • Under the Covers Book Blog
    I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I don't usually read out of order but the premise for this book came at just the right time and I just HAD to give it a read.  This is also my first time reading Nicole McLaughlin and I've been wanting to try her books for a while.  And I really enjoyed what I got from her here.SHOULD'VE BEEN YOU...
  • Char (1RadReader59)
    When you're young you never look at the long-term effects of your actions. As is so true for a little white lie that gets told to Jase Beckford and Becca Walters after that horrible Christmas eve night. The thing is it was told to Jase by his best friend in the world Hannah Walters, Becca’s twin sister. Becca had lost her heart to him when she was ten and he was twelve basically the day the three of them met. On that same eve is when Jase lost ...
  • Emily (Mrs B's Books)
    **Copy Provided by Netgalley and St Martins Press for an honest review**I was just thinking that if you’d been my middle-school teacher, I would not have been able to focus… All men— no matter their age—can appreciate a beautiful woman. Even teachers are fair game for the spank bank.This novella was a fun read and is mainly about friends finding themselves in a situation in which they finally feel able to say they had a crush on each othe...
  • Alison
    Three and a half stars.Hannah and Becca Walters have lived practically next door to Jase Beckford their entire lives. His father was abusive and ever since their father brought him beaten to their house when he was 14 years old he has been a part of the family. Hannah and Becca are fraternal twins. Due to a misunderstanding about that night Becca and Jase have always felt that the other disliked them whilst being half in love with each other (not...
  • Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
    I've not read any other books in this series but found that this book can be read on its own without reading the first two books. You may have more insight into some of the secondary characters, but the author does a great job of fleshing out any necessary details.I found the life that Jase is living quite interesting - apparently, he was abused by his father as a child and his mother allowed it. Now he back living at his childhood home with his ...
  • ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
    ARC received via Netgalley for an honest reviewThis is the first I have read of the Man Enough series.This one was just meh for me. I didn't love it but I didn't hate it.It is a quick and sweet enough read, however the characters frustrated me so much it took some of the enjoyment out of it for me.It is not really a love triangle, but the main characters are all closely linked.I hate hate hated Becca's sister Hannah. Ugh, she came across as a sel...
  • Marsha Spohn
    Reviewed at Keeper BookshelfSometimes 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 centra...
  • Lillian
    I received an eARC of this book via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.Should’ve Been You by Nicole McLaughlin is a sweet, contemporary romance about childhood crushes turning into more. The third book in the Man Enough novella series, each novella focuses on a different couple. If you haven’t read the previous books in the series, it’s okay. These can be read as standalone novels. I had not...
  • Cathy Geha
    Should’ve Been You by Nicole McLaughlinMan Enough #3Fraternal twins Hannah and Becca Walters have been friends with Jase Beckford for nearly two decades. Hannah and Jase have always been there for one another and Hannah has done her best to keep Jase for herself even though her sister had the original interest in him. When Hannah accepts the proposal of a man she has been dating Jase finally feels free and begins to see Becca in a new light. Ha...
  • Julie Barrett
    Should've Been You by Nicole McLaughlinBook starts out with Jase and he's tending his herd as he reminisces as to how he got to this point in his life.Becca is back for a day or two and her father isn't home yet. Her father had rescued Jase from the beating his father had given him one Christmas eve. Since then her family had taken care of him and the others in his family.Twins: Becca and Hannah-both so different but he's been close to Hannah but...
  • Bookgyrl
    I believe this is my first book my Nicole McLaughlin and I read this book in one sitting one night and enjoyed it a lot. The book is about two (twin)-sisters (Hannah and Becca) and their neighbor boy Jase. They spent their childhood together after Jase had a hard time at home and somehow Jase and Hannah became best friends while Becca stays on the side line with a huge crush on Jase. Everyone expects Jase and Hannah to become a couple, but they n...
  • Dixie
    I enjoyed reading Jase and Becca's story. I liked the pace at which their backstory grew and took shape from both points of view. It paved the way for understanding what motivated their current actions in the story. I thought it was great that, when things weren't working out romantically, Becca took time away from the situation to get confident in herself and figure out what she really wanted from life. There aren't wasted words in this book; ev...
  • MDM
    My favorite line in this book? “There was always that one moment, right before you were fully alert, when you went back in time. In that moment, adult responsibility didn’t exist. There were no bills, no worries, and no muffin tops. Just the familiar smell of your mother’s favorite fabric softener on your sheets, the warmth of the bed, and the smell of coffee that you hadn’t made.”Nicole McLoughlin understands the meaning of home, and t...
  • Becky
    A good sweet, a little bit sexy, small town romance. I loved Jase and Becca as a couple. Both could/should have been together years ago but because of a misunderstanding and communication (Hannah's fault, Becca's twin & Jase's bff) they didn't find love until later. Hence the title Should've been You. I loved that Jase had this family to depend on & love him, show him what a family should be since his own father was an abusive alcholic! Hannah, H...
  • Isha Coleman
    What ifs may keep life interesting, but what about the meant to bes. Should've Been You navigates the nostalgia of first love to present day heartache and possible new beginnings. There are times when it's nice to walk down memory lane, Ms. McLaughlin walks readers through the secrets of the past and presents the treasures of the future. From child abuse to domestic violence and hidden agendas, Becca and Jase have endured it all. Will love be the...
  • Shari
    Childhood neighbors, now grown have returned home. Jace has moved back to herd cattle and Becca is home for Christmas. Her twin sister Hannah, has always been closer to Jace but Becca has always had a hidden crush on him. Jace has always been close to their family, as he grew up in a troubled family. Loved how their relationship developed. Great characters that were very likeable. Love reading stories from the state that I live in, Kansas!! This...
  • Laura
    ***ARC Provided by the Author/Publisher via NetGalley***I enjoyed this shorter novel. I liked the idea that Jase and Becca had known one another for years but, due to a misunderstanding, had not had much to do with one another...even though Jase was best friends with Hannah, Becca's sister.I think this was really relate-able, as Jase and Hannah had each other, and in a lot of ways, a close friendship with a member of the opposite sex can substitu...
  • Treena
    I normally hate novellas bec I think they're often rushed or trying to cram too much in a few chapters. But I didn't feel like anything was missing from the story in this one. Maybe it's because that I knew that the MC's already had a past, a connection, and so the set-up was more believable. Jake and Becca were sweet, sexy, and great together. I liked the pace of the story. I enjoyed the dialogue. A nice, pleasant read.