Where We Belong by J. Daniels ~ Brittany’s 5 Star Review

3072434_orig.jpgFrom NY Times and USA Today bestselling author, J. Daniels, an Alabama Summer series novella.

Ben and Mia Kelly can’t seem to catch a break.

Grueling night shift and opposing schedules have left the passionate couple geared up and ready for some much needed alone time. There’s only one thing standing in their way.


With two curious boys who have mastered the art of cock-blocking roaming the house, Ben and Mia, sexually frustrated beyond reason, quickly resort to surprise sexcapades and naughty little trysts whenever and however they can get them.

Who said anything about keeping things legal?

Assume the position. Things are about to heat up in the south.

Warning: This book is recommended for readers over the age of 18 due to strong language and explicit sexual content.


This review will probably be short and sweet– extra sweet, because I have a feeling I’ll be gushing all over this author, this novella, these characters, and their stories. I knew I loved the Alabama Summer series, and all the guys (and girls, but especially the guys) involved, but I don’t think I realized just how much I missed these characters! And BEN! *swoon* Ben Kelly is a dreamboat. As I read the series, I found myself quite obsessed with Reed (and for good reason!) and, while I still love him with everything that I am, I’m ashamed at myself for letting Officer Kelly hang out on the back burner for so long. Ben and Mia’s story was a beautiful one, full of sugary sweet moments that left readers satisfied and hopeful of a great future for these characters. Obviously as the series continued, we were able to get updates along the way about Ben and Mia– and we can’t forget Sir Nolan, of course!– and their family has been growing and thriving. Unfortunately Ben’s difficult job and life with two kids has left Mia and Ben wanting in the bedroom department. This novella is filled with them trying to find creative ways to rekindle their romance while balancing their family obligations. But this story is really so much more than that.

I can’t even begin to express how thrilled I was to revisit all of these characters (everyone makes an appearance) and jump back into this world. I had an absolute blast reading this book and I couldn’t put it down even for a second. It packs the punch of a full length novel, while being a pleasantly fast-paced page turner. I’ll be honest and say that I generally don’t bother with novellas inside a series. I can read a series, I can read a serial series, but when you throw in a random novella, I often find it unnecessary to read. Call me crazy, it’s just my preference. But there is so much packed into this little story that, if you’re a fan of this series, you would be insane not to pick it up! Trust me, it’s perfection. There are tear inducing moments with Ben, Mia, and Nolan that will pull at your heartstrings until you just can’t take it anymore. Their special moments together killed me. I cried like a baby and loved every minute of it. There are also some interesting developments where CJ and Riley are concerned that will make you that much more excited to to dive into their story.

I honestly cannot give this book, this series, or this author enough praise. The writing flows flawlessly, the characters are well-developed and authentic, and the romance is achingly sweet and oh, so hot. The sexual tension in this novella, in particular, was through the roof. If you haven’t had the pleasure of getting into this series yet, what in the world are you waiting for? It’s fantastic. If you’re already a fan, then this installment is a must read. Run out and get it the moment you can, you won’t regret it.



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