London, Can You Wait?
Alex loves Mark. Mark loves Alex. But is love enough?Since moving to London from the US, twenty-four-year-old Alex Sinclair seems to have it all: a coveted job writing for the theatre, supportive friends, and the man of her dreams—gorgeous Irish actor, Mark Keegan. But in the year since the acclaimed debut of her play, Alex and Mark’s lives have been turned upside down.Thanks to his role on a smash-hit British TV show, Mark is catapulted to stardom. Alex couldn’t be happier—until her boyfriend’s popularity and insatiable drive to succeed means they’re apart more than they’re together. Forced to share Mark with showbiz heavy-hitters, intrusive press, and unrelenting fangirls, Alex’s hopes for a stable and committed life with him start to fade. Her struggles with panic attacks, career uncertainty, and Mark’s increasingly worrisome behaviour make her wonder: how much more can she bend before she breaks?A passionate tale of secrets, loss, and ambition, London, Can You Wait? is the eagerly-awaited sequel to Middleton’s debut novel, London Belongs to Me.

London, Can You Wait? Details

TitleLondon, Can You Wait?
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 26th, 2017
PublisherKirkwall Books
ISBN-139780995211759
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  • Natasha Polis
    January 1, 1970
    SUPER CUTE! Lots of drama and bit steamier than the first. Definitely enjoyed this one a bit more than London Belongs to me. I have a review in my new Romance Book Recommendation video: https://youtu.be/LA0kepMjCvc
  • Ashley (5171MilesBooks)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Jacquelyn Middleton and Netgalley for allowing 5171 Miles Books an ARC for review!After reading (and loving) Jacquelyn Middleton's London Belongs to Me during the summer, I couldn't wait to read the sequel, London, Can You Wait?. I'm a huge fan of all things London and knew I would love both books. To my immense excitement, Jacquelyn Middleton allowed me my first paperback ARC as a book blogger, and was kind enough to sign it for me! I'm still in shock - thank you again, Jacquelyn.I Thank you to Jacquelyn Middleton and Netgalley for allowing 5171 Miles Books an ARC for review!After reading (and loving) Jacquelyn Middleton's London Belongs to Me during the summer, I couldn't wait to read the sequel, London, Can You Wait?. I'm a huge fan of all things London and knew I would love both books. To my immense excitement, Jacquelyn Middleton allowed me my first paperback ARC as a book blogger, and was kind enough to sign it for me! I'm still in shock - thank you again, Jacquelyn.It's always a challenge to review a sequel because we are very anti-spoiler at 5171 Miles Book Blog! We want to encourage readers to support authors, rather than revealing all of the details in a short synopsis, making readers forgo the book. It's a travesty, so I will be keeping myself in check, revealing my thoughts, and next to nothing regarding the plot.London, Can You Wait? is the follow-up to Alex and Mark's life in London Belongs to Me. If you're eager to dive into this story, it can be read as a standalone, though I would not recommend impatience. There are important details about the story and lives of the characters readers will miss if they jump the gun. Besides, it's so much more fun to spend loads of time with loveable characters you wish were your friends in real life.As I began reading and saw the direction the story was taking, I began to fear London, Can You Wait? was going to be a sequel that was better left unsaid. You know the ones - the stories with characters you love and endings that leave you fully satisfied, only to wreck your hopes and dreams in the future with a sequel. I was angry at a particular character for their actions and literally felt sick to my stomach as the story was unfolding. I'm attached to nearly every one of these characters. They feel like my "people" after spending hours upon hours with them, so when their actions don't match up with who I've known them to be, it hurts.Luckily, Jax Middleton had a few tricks up her sleeve making this novel come around in the most perfect way. In this case, I'm grateful I'm a stubborn reader and usually stick it out until the end of every novel because there was a point when I wanted to stop reading. I felt so crushed and a little bogged down in the plot. Thankfully I kept at it, because I ended up loving this book as much as the first! The writing was stupendous, detailed, and well thought out. I loved spending time in not only London, but in Dublin and New York as well. The jet-setting of the characters made the story feel new and fun, but allowed me to get that taste of London I always desire. There are romantic scenes reminiscent of the first novel for nostalgic readers. And, all of our favorite characters were along for the ride, with the addition of a few new ones. Readers are sure to love Mark's mom and being able to get more of a sense of Mark's past life before meeting Alex, which added an unexpected and heartfelt element that was critical to the development of the story.I was more than satisfied with the ending of this final installment in the London series. I know I will have a bit of book hangover in the days to come and will be missing not only Alex and Mark, but also Lucy and Freddie too. They were brought to life in the most realistic sense, making me wish I could travel to London and get to know them, or even add them up on social media. Call me a nerdy fangirl, I don't care, because I would fit in perfectly with these fictional Londoners!I can't give these books enough praise. I savored both novels and hope you will consider picking them up right away! This title is releasing soon, on October 26th. In the meantime, you can catch up with London Belongs to Me while it is still just $1.99 on Amazon Kindle.
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  • Jessica *The Lovely Books*
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my goodness! That was so romantic and fun. My eyes were glued to the story as I laughed, fan-girled with, cried, and loved right along with Alex. She’s a character after my own heart because she’s a geek just like me. Books are my life. They’re there for me when I’m lonely and sad; and most importantly, they never fail to make me feel alive. Characters like Alex make it so that it feels like she jumped out of the pages herself. Alex and Mark are a strong couple that may have faltered as Mark Oh my goodness! That was so romantic and fun. My eyes were glued to the story as I laughed, fan-girled with, cried, and loved right along with Alex. She’s a character after my own heart because she’s a geek just like me. Books are my life. They’re there for me when I’m lonely and sad; and most importantly, they never fail to make me feel alive. Characters like Alex make it so that it feels like she jumped out of the pages herself. Alex and Mark are a strong couple that may have faltered as Mark becomes a heavy hitter and on the rise actor. I always think about if I were to ever meet an actor and have to share him with the whole entire world...literally. It’s not something I would be able to do. So I give props to the spouses of famous actors and actresses, it must be so hard! Which is why Alex and Mark end up in the situation they are in. The two are deeply in love but being apart for weeks and months at a time, can really put a strain on a relationship. I enjoyed watching the two find a way back to each other. Because it’s inevitable for two people that are so in love. The story can be read as a stand-alone but I highly suggest reading the first book, ‘London Belongs to Me’ so that you can fully appreciate the characters. If you’re looking for a sweet, romantic read, make sure you pick this one up! *Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Mia
    January 1, 1970
    I requested an e-ARC copy of ‘London, Can You Wait?’ from NetGalley and I am glad that I did. This was the book that introduced me author Jacquelyn Middleton. ‘London, Can You Wait?’ takes place over a year after ‘London Belongs to Me’. This book can read as a standalone but when I read Jacquelyn Middleton note at the beginning stating that by reading ‘London Belongs to Me’ you can get more out of the characters and their back stories, I decided to read ‘London Belongs to Me’ first. I am glad th I requested an e-ARC copy of ‘London, Can You Wait?’ from NetGalley and I am glad that I did. This was the book that introduced me author Jacquelyn Middleton. ‘London, Can You Wait?’ takes place over a year after ‘London Belongs to Me’. This book can read as a standalone but when I read Jacquelyn Middleton note at the beginning stating that by reading ‘London Belongs to Me’ you can get more out of the characters and their back stories, I decided to read ‘London Belongs to Me’ first. I am glad that I did this. Knowing backstory of the characters and some of the events that happened in the past helped me to get in to the story more.For the people who didn’t read ‘London Belongs to Me’, I will give a brief overview. After betrayal of his boyfriend and best friend Alex Sinclair decides to leave Florida and everyone behind. She is playwright and in order to follow her dreams she decides to move to London. Alex is naïve, sweet, geeky and kind. She is also really insecure. Alex stays with her British friend Harry. Moving to a new country and having just enough rent money for a while doesn’t help her anxiety and panic attacks. By a lucky coincidence Alex runs into her friend Lucy, who she met online and her life in London starts to change for the better. Lucy and Freddie, who is Lucy’s gay best friend, are awesome. They are fun, supportive and they are the ones who introduced Mark to Alex. Mark Keegan is an actor. He is still struggling finding an acting job, so he works in different jobs. Ohhh without I forgot he is also Irish, what can I say I love the accent :) Their quadruple helped Alex a lot. Even though the gang has their up and downs, they are always together and supporting each other.If you haven’t read ‘London Belongs to Me’ and don’t like spoilers STOP because rest of the review will have spoilers for you guys…In ‘London, Can You Wait?’ gang is still together and they have couple more additions :) Alex and Mark are together almost for two years. Mark is not a struggling actor anymore. He is dealing with fame and everything that comes with it. The main problem is he does not realize how his workaholic behavior and fame affects his relationships. After launching her first play with a success, now Alex is struggling with her job and by Mark being away all the time adds more to the mix. Seeing Alex struggling with her anxiety and panic attacks was heart breaking. I think one of the reasons I felt everything really strongly because as a person who is struggling with panics attacks for the last 10 years, I can truly understand her struggles. While Alex is struggling with these Mark has no idea what is going on. He is so focus on his job and success; he acts like a blind person. Oh, Mark, Mark, Mark… There are so many things I want to say about you but I know I won’t be able to without spoiling the story so I am holding it in. Still, let me tell you guys this you will hate him, get super angry with him, feel sorry for him, your heart will break for him and you will love him back :) There are some twists that you won’t see it coming and you will be shocked. Seriously, I laughed, I cried, I got angry. With this book Jacquelyn Middleton took me an emotional rollercoaster ride that I didn’t expect. It’s an emotional read and you will literally feel all the emotions at one point or another. If you are looking for something that has all the spices in one pack like sweet, inspiring, funny, heart breaking and little sexy, this book is just for you.Would I recommend this book: Yes.Would I re-read this book: Yes.Would I read future books by this author: Yes.e-ARC kindly provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • The Blonde Bookworm
    January 1, 1970
    I was so excited to have the opportunity to read London, Can You Wait. Jacquelyn Middleton has quickly earned her spot on my auto-buy list after reading the second novel in the London Belongs to Me series, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she writes another novel soon! I immediately sank my teeth into this novel the second it showed up on my doorstep and I was thrilled to see that so many of the characters I loved from LBTM were also in the second book. Middleton's writing is beautiful an I was so excited to have the opportunity to read London, Can You Wait. Jacquelyn Middleton has quickly earned her spot on my auto-buy list after reading the second novel in the London Belongs to Me series, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she writes another novel soon! I immediately sank my teeth into this novel the second it showed up on my doorstep and I was thrilled to see that so many of the characters I loved from LBTM were also in the second book. Middleton's writing is beautiful and I honestly could go on and on about how much I love it, but when I really sit and think about what it is that makes her writing so great, I just keep going back to the fact that her characters truly feel like my friends. She creates these totally relatable characters that draw you into the story and make you feel the things that they're feeling. I absolutely love that about Middleton's novels and I hope she continues to craft such lovable characters. Without giving anything away, let's talk about the characters and the plot just a little bit. Alex is the same old cute blonde we grew to love in the first novel, but this time she is a little more successful in her career and has earned her place in London. She has grown as an individual and I love how she connects with the other characters. Everything is going great for her... until one day it isn't. Lets just say that Middleton really pulled the rug right out from underneath me about halfway into the novel, and I just didn't think I could go on. I'm talking ugly tears and anger. I'm serious Jax, there were tears, and then anger... all directed towards you! Just kidding, I knew you would redeem yourself in the end. And just like I thought, you wrapped everything up into a neat little bow at the end and my world was complete! As you might have already noticed, I was a huge fan of this novel. Mainly because I really grew to love and adore the characters. The plot is fantastic and fast paced, but the characters truly made the story. I would highly recommend reading both novels in this series! Thank you so much to Jacquelyn Middleton for sharing these wonderful novels with me! I can't wait to read more from you soon!
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  • Larissa Katarina
    January 1, 1970
    This book was given to me from netgalley and that no way affects my review. I tried to get into this book I really did. I just couldn't get into the characters. They fell a little flat to me and I didn't like that mark kept choosing everything and everyone over Alex. I did love the setting of this story. London and Dublin are amazing and I loved that Mark was Irish. Irish accents just make me swoon. The cover is also just gorgeous, I adore whoever made that cover. The writing is another thing I This book was given to me from netgalley and that no way affects my review. I tried to get into this book I really did. I just couldn't get into the characters. They fell a little flat to me and I didn't like that mark kept choosing everything and everyone over Alex. I did love the setting of this story. London and Dublin are amazing and I loved that Mark was Irish. Irish accents just make me swoon. The cover is also just gorgeous, I adore whoever made that cover. The writing is another thing I didn't really enjoy. It didn't flow as much as I wish it would have. There were some parts that made me chuckle. This book is good for a fast and mindless read.
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  • Mariana
    January 1, 1970
    I’ll start by saying I loved LBTM. When I read the book I was in a reading slump, it had been hard for me to find a GREAT story, something that made me feel. I found that on LBTM and I fell in love with the story and characters (especially Keegs). So, when I heard about the sequel I was beyond thrilled.London, Can You Wait continues Alex’s story after a couple of years from the ending of LBTM. She’s now in a whole different place in her life but she remains the same: a simple, geeky girl who lov I’ll start by saying I loved LBTM. When I read the book I was in a reading slump, it had been hard for me to find a GREAT story, something that made me feel. I found that on LBTM and I fell in love with the story and characters (especially Keegs). So, when I heard about the sequel I was beyond thrilled.London, Can You Wait continues Alex’s story after a couple of years from the ending of LBTM. She’s now in a whole different place in her life but she remains the same: a simple, geeky girl who loves theater and Mark, her boyfriend. She still hangs out with her bezzie mates Lucy and Freddie and in general everything is going well, or so everyone thinks. The truth is she’s having anxiety attacks again, and with Keegs’ career getting better and better they barely see each other…This book was about a lot of changes and it was great to see Alex being more mature and I really liked the way her character developed. She’s one of my favorite main characters. Not because she’s perfect, but because she feels real. And that’s exactly what LCYW gives us, an insight to the real life of a young woman trying to find her place in the world, trying to make her relationship work and dealing with a lot of things.Talking about the plot, story, pace…this book was a rollercoaster. I mean… Jackie totally played with my feelings through almost the whole book. The first part was good, but the second part…OMG! I couldn’t stop reading! I just had to know what was happening next… I NEEDED to know everything was going to be alright. I won’t give you spoilers, but oh my…you definitely have to prepare yourself to read LCYW (like with a nice cup of coffee, snacks, and tissues, just in case…).I felt connected to the book in many ways and that’s maybe why I enjoyed it so much. I don’t think there was a better way to complete Alex’s story and in general I loved the story. I loved it so much! It was sweet, funny and heartbreaking too, but above all, it felt real. I wish I could have Lucy, Freddie and even Simon as my friends, and let’s not forget about Mark, I mean who would not want to have a Keegs for oneself?Jackie, you did it again!Advanced Reader Copy thanks to Netgalley
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  • Bobbie
    January 1, 1970
    I was a bit apprehensive about reading this at first - I really enjoyed the first book, but I was quite happy to leave things where they were, to not find out about the ups and downs of Alex and Marks' relationship. But because I enjoyed the first book so much, I decided to give it a go. Turns out I was right to be apprehensive. I loved getting to know the characters again, particularly all the supporting characters. But it didn't take very long for me to start getting worried. The majority of t I was a bit apprehensive about reading this at first - I really enjoyed the first book, but I was quite happy to leave things where they were, to not find out about the ups and downs of Alex and Marks' relationship. But because I enjoyed the first book so much, I decided to give it a go. Turns out I was right to be apprehensive. I loved getting to know the characters again, particularly all the supporting characters. But it didn't take very long for me to start getting worried. The majority of this book is hard to read - not because it's badly written or anything, but because of what Alex is going through. More than once, I was tempted to put the book down, step away and forget it ever existed. It was actually enough to put me in a bad mood, and it's not so good when a book affects my emotions like that. But, thankfully, I persevered, and it was worth it in the end. Middleton sneaks in a few twists and turns, and pulls it out of the mire. It may not be an easy read, but it is a good one.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    To be fair it's more like 4.5 stars...only because I loved the first book and because it took awhile for my mind to register characters back in time to present book I got impatient to come to understanding...and I still might go back and read the first book again and follow right up with this one. I'm not sure I could go through Alex's hard ache and troubles again. She is a lovely strong woman. The anxiety attacks were portrayed very much as written. I appreciate how it's portrayed and that seek To be fair it's more like 4.5 stars...only because I loved the first book and because it took awhile for my mind to register characters back in time to present book I got impatient to come to understanding...and I still might go back and read the first book again and follow right up with this one. I'm not sure I could go through Alex's hard ache and troubles again. She is a lovely strong woman. The anxiety attacks were portrayed very much as written. I appreciate how it's portrayed and that seeking help and finding what works is not preachy but worthy of both the reader and our character.I love London.. three visits in my lifetime. I love how I could picture most sights and areas mentioned. I've been to NYC and that was fun to read about as well.Reading about each character and their struggles or dreams. Well done. ARC NETGALLEY
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  • Marie
    January 1, 1970
    Find this and other reviews at Ramblings of a Daydreamer. It’s no secret I loved London Belongs to Me. All you have to do is look at my bookstagram account and the dozens of pictures I’ve posted featuring this beautiful book. I was excited when I learned there would be a sequel, and yet also nervous because while I was curious where Alex’s story would go, sequels can be so hit or miss. I shouldn’t have doubted Jacquelyn Middleton, though; I loved the continuation of Alex’s story. London Can You Find this and other reviews at Ramblings of a Daydreamer. It’s no secret I loved London Belongs to Me. All you have to do is look at my bookstagram account and the dozens of pictures I’ve posted featuring this beautiful book. I was excited when I learned there would be a sequel, and yet also nervous because while I was curious where Alex’s story would go, sequels can be so hit or miss. I shouldn’t have doubted Jacquelyn Middleton, though; I loved the continuation of Alex’s story. London Can You Wait picks up a year after where London Belongs to Me left off. Alex is settled in her life in London and in a committed relationship with Mark. While she still loves the city and her hot Irish boyfriend, things aren’t perfect. Mark’s work schedule, paired with his people-pleasing personality, plus Alex’s own personal issues, create a lot of tension and anxiety for the young playwright, and just as much strain on Alex and Mark's relationship. This book was an emotional rollercoaster. There were so many twist and turns and unexpected events. It dealt a lot with secrets, half-truths, lies, and omissions, and the repercussions that come with all those things. Several really upsetting things happened that made parts of the book difficult to read. Certain things made me angry, but I also had to appreciate how those things were realistic. Middleton took a gutsy risk and it paid off. Life can be messy and complicated. Unexpected things happen all the time, and they’re not always good things. People sometimes make bad, stupid, destructive decisions, or even decisions that seem right in the moment. These things are all part of life, and especially part of growing up. Alex experienced a lot of growing pains, but her struggles made her a stronger person, and I loved seeing her find her way. I also appreciated that Alex’s anxiety, which was a big part of London Belongs to Me, was still a big part of London Can You Wait. Many of the things I loved about London Belongs to Me were present in London Can You Wait, like the nerdy references and the strong friendships. I loved Lucy and Freddie just as much in this book, and I loved how they each had their own storylines, too. I also enjoyed getting to see more of London and Manchester, as well as a few new settings. It’s obvious Middleton did her research when it comes to locations because I always feel like I was right there with Alex and the others. My favourite type of books are ones with a strong emphasis on character growth and development, which is part of why I love London Belongs to Me and London Can You Wait so much. They focus on Alex’s journey - as an artist, as a woman, as someone with anxiety, as someone falling in love and learning it’s not always sunshine and roses. I love the romance between Alex and Mark, but it’s Alex’s personal journey that resonates most with me. London Can You Wait is full of heart and humour. It’s a must-read for all the nerdy Anglophiles out there, as well as lovers of romance and women’s fiction. I’d love to see these books made into a TV show featuring a diverse cast of twenty-somethings.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    To start, I just want to say that this book can be read on its’ own from the previous one (London Belongs to Me) — HOWEVER, you’ll understand it and understand some of the plot better if you DO read this one second.London, Can You Wait? continues the story of Alex Sinclair and Mark Keegan from LBTM, plus we get to check in with Lucy, Freddie, Harry, Naomi, Tom, and even some new friends in this follow-up.About a year after the first book, and nearing the second anniversary for Alex and Mark, the To start, I just want to say that this book can be read on its’ own from the previous one (London Belongs to Me) — HOWEVER, you’ll understand it and understand some of the plot better if you DO read this one second.London, Can You Wait? continues the story of Alex Sinclair and Mark Keegan from LBTM, plus we get to check in with Lucy, Freddie, Harry, Naomi, Tom, and even some new friends in this follow-up.About a year after the first book, and nearing the second anniversary for Alex and Mark, they’re finding that things aren’t quite as rosy as they were before. Mark’s no longer a struggling actor, having found fame and become a huge star in his own right. Alex, however, is now struggling after the great success of her play, Thirteen, and is dealing with her anxiety again. Balancing her personal life with Mark being away for long stretches as well as her professional life with her attempts to get any of her latest plays off the ground makes it hard for Alex not to slip back into her old ways.Mark’s workaholic tendencies make it even harder for Alex to deal with their relationship, especially as their personal time seems to constantly be taking a backseat to fan demands or even the impromptu trip to a convention in Birmingham when all Alex wanted was a romantic weekend at home with her man. It’s clear that Mark misses Alex as well, but his constant cancelling or rescheduling of their vacations and time together really becomes an issue for their relationship.When in Dublin where Mark is working during their anniversary, Alex is confronted with an emotional rollercoaster that will alter the course of their relationship and set them on a path that does not seem like it will be able to converge again. As you continue along and read what’s going on with both of these characters, you can’t help but feel your heart break along with theirs as you watch the progression of their stories.I found myself crying at the end of the book, which I won’t spoil for you — but I was beyond thrilled with how it ended. I loved LBTM and could not wait once I found out there would be a sequel to it to find out what was going on with these characters that I saw so much of myself in. I was definitely not disappointed in how the story played out, and the tears I cried were tears of happiness for how everything ended. Another great story by Jacquelyn Middleton, an author who has firmly secured her place as one of my favorites!
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    "London, Can You Wait?” is the second book I’ve read by this talented and creative author, Jacquelyn Middleton, and oh my goodness it’s almost as stormy as this weather!!! (And I live in the South!) I’ve been a huge fan of hers since I read “London Belongs to Me” and was really excited for the sequel, “London, Can You Wait?”. I loved the first one, so those are some pretty big shoes to fill. But I knew that Middleton had the potential to deliver the goods, and she did not let me down. Right away "London, Can You Wait?” is the second book I’ve read by this talented and creative author, Jacquelyn Middleton, and oh my goodness it’s almost as stormy as this weather!!! (And I live in the South!) I’ve been a huge fan of hers since I read “London Belongs to Me” and was really excited for the sequel, “London, Can You Wait?”. I loved the first one, so those are some pretty big shoes to fill. But I knew that Middleton had the potential to deliver the goods, and she did not let me down. Right away we are swept back away into this amazing world she created, and may I just say what a fun, sexy and romantic, dramatic and complex world it is! It really is a challenge to do a storyline in a way that hasn’t been done to death – give it a fresh and unique vibe so as to make us feel like we are reading something new. Scene after scene continued to entrance me, whether it was falling in love with Alex and Mark again (“Marlex”-haha), or having my heart break with them…, nothing was what I thought it would be. It did take a while for the real tension to take hold (the beginning was a bit slowish).. and just took some time for a real ‘hook’, I knew it was coming so I wasn’t worried. I liked the flashbacks to Mark’s past as they gave us more insight to his character and his story. Once again the characters were great (love Lucy), and I do like even though the story is mostly from Alex’s perspective, we see others’ as well (more toward the end) so we get a bigger feel of the whole story. Definitely a rocky ride with Alex and Mark, and their love story is one I won’t soon forget. In order to fully appreciate it you should probably read the first book before this one. The story seems to wrap up well, (this is a sequel, not a series) but I think Middleton could do more with these characters if she wanted to, which would be cool. Highly recommend to fans of contemporary romance, drama. I received an ARC copy of this book to review.
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  • Steph Coleman
    January 1, 1970
    I’m not sure exactly how to describe these books by Jacquelyn Middleton, other than being amazing!! I remember the first time I read one of her books last year (“London Belongs to Me”) I was genuinely impressed with not only the creative world building and the strong writing, but it was also the way the characters interacted with one another in a way that really made me FEEL something. I always felt like I was really part of the story and enjoying the ‘fun’ parts along with the characters :). Bu I’m not sure exactly how to describe these books by Jacquelyn Middleton, other than being amazing!! I remember the first time I read one of her books last year (“London Belongs to Me”) I was genuinely impressed with not only the creative world building and the strong writing, but it was also the way the characters interacted with one another in a way that really made me FEEL something. I always felt like I was really part of the story and enjoying the ‘fun’ parts along with the characters :). But even in this newest book, “London, Can You Wait?”, not only has this magic not faded, it has only gotten stronger. Jacquelyn Middleton pulls you right into the believable and intriguing world of Alex and Mark and their friends (and rivals)… and doesn’t hold back any punches. Alex is a great heroine to follow, and even though she and Mark have some “issues” I was really invested in what was going on, and really wondered if it would be okay. Loved seeing the various characters –past and present— interact and how everything played out with Alex and Mark. The pacing was better in this one than it was in the first (for me), and I was constantly turning the pages to see what would happen next. Definitely more excitement toward the end than the beginning, which focuses more on the plot set up and character backstory, but still very engaging throughout. I was hoping there might be another book after this one, but I think it is all done. But a great read, and one I’m sorry is finished! Recommend.
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  • Jenna
    January 1, 1970
    I read another book by Jacquelyn Middleton last year and really enjoyed it. I was delighted to read her latest novel, “London, Can You Wait?” and hoped it would be just as good as the first… and it certainly did not disappoint! I was just as mesmerized by this one as I was the first and still can’t believe how original and fresh the story and writing is. Even though there are familiar elements (romantic problems, secrets from the past, misunderstandings and romantic complications) it is all boun I read another book by Jacquelyn Middleton last year and really enjoyed it. I was delighted to read her latest novel, “London, Can You Wait?” and hoped it would be just as good as the first… and it certainly did not disappoint! I was just as mesmerized by this one as I was the first and still can’t believe how original and fresh the story and writing is. Even though there are familiar elements (romantic problems, secrets from the past, misunderstandings and romantic complications) it is all bound together in a way that is nothing like anything I’ve read before---And I loved it! Liked having the setting be London again, but also with an added element of a few more international cities (like Dublin)… The steam, the intrigue, the characters, the friendships, how the past and present are connected… as well as Alex working on her own life to be a success in the playwriting… it just has so much more depth and far more interesting than most ordinary ‘romance’ novels. Love these conversations and the whole vibe of the book. The editing and formatting was perfect. Great pacing and energy… the shorter chapters/scenes make you want to keep reading ‘just a little more’. Alex and Mark definitely go through the ringer on this one, but their story seems to end (but I won’t say how!). I’m excited for more books by Ms. Middleton, and recommend this one (and “London Belongs to Me) for fans of contemporary women’s fiction and romance. I received an ARC copy of this book for review.
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  • Marcella Gonzales
    January 1, 1970
    This is my second novel now by Jacquelyn Middleton, and they have both been very, very good (The other being “London Belongs to Me”- check it out!!) I like the fact that “London, Can You Wait?” is a fully-realized, creatively romantic and emotional ride, but without all the excessive, contrived drama that can ruin the believability. The main characters are back (Alex and Mark- the leads), as well as the wonderful supporting cast of the first (and a few newcomers) and face all new challenges, rom This is my second novel now by Jacquelyn Middleton, and they have both been very, very good (The other being “London Belongs to Me”- check it out!!) I like the fact that “London, Can You Wait?” is a fully-realized, creatively romantic and emotional ride, but without all the excessive, contrived drama that can ruin the believability. The main characters are back (Alex and Mark- the leads), as well as the wonderful supporting cast of the first (and a few newcomers) and face all new challenges, romantic and professional. In my opinion it is in the characterizations where Middleton really shines – they are so believable and fully-fleshed out with great, unique personalities. And I liked the dynamic with Alex and Mark, even though it is very complex this time as people (and events) from the past show up to throw their relationship into some serious turmoil. I was happy with their storyline and ending. Like Middleton’s other book, I thought the writing is lovely, literary and flows well (LOVE her narrative voice – so sassy and great energy, perfect for the NA genre), and the editing is absolutely flawless. An emotional rollercoaster with great international backgrounds and dynamic characters. Such a fun treat. The ending is interesting and seems to finish up well. But I really hope to read more from Jacquelyn Middleton soon! Recommend for mature teens and older. Note- I received an ARC copy of this book for review.
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  • Hypable Books
    January 1, 1970
    Read our full review on Hypable!Before I start weeping and word-vomiting about all of the things that London, Can You Wait? did to me and my heart, I feel like I need to go back to the series’ beginning really quickly.The best way I can describe London Belongs to Me, the first novel in this series, is that it’s like Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl for the modern adult. It’s chock-full of geeky goodness — like explanations on how internet friends can become the best IRL friends you ever have (which I ha Read our full review on Hypable!Before I start weeping and word-vomiting about all of the things that London, Can You Wait? did to me and my heart, I feel like I need to go back to the series’ beginning really quickly.The best way I can describe London Belongs to Me, the first novel in this series, is that it’s like Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl for the modern adult. It’s chock-full of geeky goodness — like explanations on how internet friends can become the best IRL friends you ever have (which I have personal experience with) — and heartwarming adult growing pains moments and the most beautiful friendships you’ll ever read. (For more of my thoughts on London Belongs to Me, here’s my Goodreads review.)But London Belongs to Me left me with soooo many questions. Luckily, that’s where London, Can You Wait? comes in.Where the first novel was almost exclusively focused on Alex and her scriptwriting career and just trying to settle herself in London (with romance frustratingly hanging out on the periphery of the story), the sequel is very heavily focused on Alex’s relationships with her boyfriend and her closest friends. It’s almost like the sequel takes the most downplayed aspects of the first novel and amplifies them, while also downplaying the most central aspects of the first novel.
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  • Mary's Keeper Shelf
    January 1, 1970
    I rarely read new adult romances, because – to be honest – they make me feel old. I can rarely relate to the issues facing a twenty-year old any more, because it feels like I have been there and done that and I have no wish to go back and do it again! But I took a chance on Jacquelyn Middleton’s new adult romance London, Can you Wait?, and I am glad I did. It’s intelligently written, quite entertaining and sweetly romantic with a complex and layered plot and thoroughly developed characters, incl I rarely read new adult romances, because – to be honest – they make me feel old. I can rarely relate to the issues facing a twenty-year old any more, because it feels like I have been there and done that and I have no wish to go back and do it again! But I took a chance on Jacquelyn Middleton’s new adult romance London, Can you Wait?, and I am glad I did. It’s intelligently written, quite entertaining and sweetly romantic with a complex and layered plot and thoroughly developed characters, including a hoot of a secondary cast. I actually did relate to the story, because Ms. Middleton does an outstanding job of covering some issues that are ageless.London, Can You Wait? is actually the second book in the series London Belongs to Me, and the protagonists, Mark and Alex, have already been in a relationship for almost two years when this story begins. I have not read the first book, also called London Belongs to Me, and I can say that I do not think it diminished my experience. Ms. Middleton does advise reading in order, but also says it is not a necessity. I would label the book as stand-alone…ish.See full review @ All About Romance.
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  • Pamela Mitchell
    January 1, 1970
    All I can say is wow! This beautifully written contemporary romance with relatable characters who are on an emotional rollercoaster, family drama, strong and supportive friends, twists, turns, secrets, misunderstandings, and so much more kept me engrossed from beginning to end and feeling like I was right there with them. I really liked the chemistry and dynamic between struggling writer Alex Sinclair and popular Irish actor Mark Keegan.This is the first book I have read by Jacquelyn Middleton a All I can say is wow! This beautifully written contemporary romance with relatable characters who are on an emotional rollercoaster, family drama, strong and supportive friends, twists, turns, secrets, misunderstandings, and so much more kept me engrossed from beginning to end and feeling like I was right there with them. I really liked the chemistry and dynamic between struggling writer Alex Sinclair and popular Irish actor Mark Keegan.This is the first book I have read by Jacquelyn Middleton and enjoyed it so much I plan to read the first book in the series and any future novels by this talented author.I received a free advance copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and this is my unbiased review.
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  • Jeannie Zelos
    January 1, 1970
    London, Can You Wait?, Jacquelyn MiddletonReview from Jeannie Zelos book reviewsGenre: New Adult, RomanceWhen I was approved for this ARC I bought book one, London belongs to me. I love the fame trope, the rock star, film, theatre settings and personalities so wanted to read Alex and Marks early story. TBH though I was underwhelmed, it was OK but not great for me, a bit ...err...average, mundane. If this hadn't been an ARC I wouldn't have read it. What a shame that would be though, its a Fabulou London, Can You Wait?, Jacquelyn MiddletonReview from Jeannie Zelos book reviewsGenre: New Adult, RomanceWhen I was approved for this ARC I bought book one, London belongs to me. I love the fame trope, the rock star, film, theatre settings and personalities so wanted to read Alex and Marks early story. TBH though I was underwhelmed, it was OK but not great for me, a bit ...err...average, mundane. If this hadn't been an ARC I wouldn't have read it. What a shame that would be though, its a Fabulous read, packed with drama, emotion, heartbreak, betrayals, love, lust and some incredible characters, all the things I love about this genre. I'd hate to have missed it and its definitely one for my keepers/re-reader files!So we begin with Alex and Mark living together, both striving to build their respective careers, and finding it hard to make time for each other. Mark has been successful in getting a TV role and now has become a household name, and the little bit of time they do get together gets broken into by fans, by his agent, by last minute opportunities he can't turn down. Alex feels like she's last down the list but doesn't want to be That Girl. You know, the one that can't cope, gets needy, ruins his career. she knows how much this means to him, he's been so supportive of her career, even when she was thinking of giving up she just can't complain now his is taking off. things have to improve surely? But they don't and the time spent apart gets longer and longer, visits get put off, holidays cancelled and Alex panic attacks which had been pretty stable get worse. And then, just over a third of the way in crisis hits - I really didn't see that coming, and its heartbreaking, shocking, unbelievable. Getting that so early made the story for me, I adore drama and heartbreak - so long as I know there's a HEA of course! So often its there and done with in just a few pages, so to have it covering a huge section of the book was perfect for me.  I was wondering, nail biting, could they survive this, get past it? How would things work out? The surprises just keep coming too. We were there as both Alex and Mark grew as a result of what happened, how they needed to change, needed to sort out their lives and both became stronger people for it. We're all a product of our pasts, what happens to us shapes us, and there are some big secrets from the past here to come out. Its not all Alex and Mark though, but Harry,Tom, Lucy, Freddie, Si, a great supporting cast who's stories played their own part in building this wonderful second part of the novel. It had everything part one lacked for me, and more. I'm so glad I didn't stop at LBTM, and read more from these guys, it had me laughing, crying, heartbroken, angry, furious, well...you name the emotion and this book brought it out. A terrific read and clearly writing LBTM has helped Jacquelyn hone her writing skills for this genre. I look forward to what she does next. Stars: five, a fantastic second half, a story so much more than part one.ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers 
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  • Teri
    January 1, 1970
    Lies and secrets, untold stories, unmention loves. There is so much confusion between these two all in the name of love. These two are clearly in love but when Mark puts everything he has into his career Alex is feeling left out and forgotten. This author writes a brilliant story but not of love lost, but of a love worth fighting for, and truths unveiled. Great emotional clean read that touches the heart. I haven't had the pleasure of reading this author's work until now and I look forward to mu Lies and secrets, untold stories, unmention loves. There is so much confusion between these two all in the name of love. These two are clearly in love but when Mark puts everything he has into his career Alex is feeling left out and forgotten. This author writes a brilliant story but not of love lost, but of a love worth fighting for, and truths unveiled. Great emotional clean read that touches the heart. I haven't had the pleasure of reading this author's work until now and I look forward to much more of her standalone reads..
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  • MartyAnne
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked the first book, and this took off from there. There are some real struggles in Alex's life and incredible success for Mark, but their life together is torn apart...can their relationship survive? The love is real but the trust is broken. Shattered. One thing I loved about this book, it really doubled down on being realistic about Alex's panic attacks, and the real work of seeing a therapist to address underlying issues -- not just a pill.
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  • Danielle Zimmerman
    January 1, 1970
    This book. Oh my goodness, this book. While it didn't deal as much with Alex, the main character, and her scriptwriting as the first one, the relationship stuff in this one surpassed that of its predecessor. While the first novel is chaste, this one exposes more of what adult relationships are like. The good and the downright awful. My heart swelled and broke so many times that I don't think I have any personal control over it any longer. It belongs to Jacquelyn Middleton now. Stay tuned for a f This book. Oh my goodness, this book. While it didn't deal as much with Alex, the main character, and her scriptwriting as the first one, the relationship stuff in this one surpassed that of its predecessor. While the first novel is chaste, this one exposes more of what adult relationships are like. The good and the downright awful. My heart swelled and broke so many times that I don't think I have any personal control over it any longer. It belongs to Jacquelyn Middleton now. Stay tuned for a full review on Hypable in the days to come.
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  • Molly Lighthart
    January 1, 1970
    I read this in one sitting. I thought the first novel was great but this one was better! It gets so deep with the characters, you really get to know them. It takes you on a rollercoaster of feelings for sure! The plot twists just kept coming and for a contemporary I hardly ever have that happen. The fangirl references and addition of Ireland is always a win for me. Definitely recommend!!
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  • Stacey Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it Loved it Loved itLink to my full non spoiler reviewhttp://myweirdandwonderfulthings.blog...
  • Lauren loves llamas
    January 1, 1970
    While I enjoyed the first book, London Belongs to Me, I had a lot of problems with it, as well, so I was a bit worried about this. Happily, my worries were completely unfounded. At its heart, this is a story about relationships, about secrets, about keeping the lines of communication open. This is exactly what a new adult book should be - showing the painful and amazing ways people grow into themselves and their place in the world around them.Though it’s only been a year since the end of the las While I enjoyed the first book, London Belongs to Me, I had a lot of problems with it, as well, so I was a bit worried about this. Happily, my worries were completely unfounded. At its heart, this is a story about relationships, about secrets, about keeping the lines of communication open. This is exactly what a new adult book should be - showing the painful and amazing ways people grow into themselves and their place in the world around them.Though it’s only been a year since the end of the last novel, it feels like so much has changed for Alex and Mark. I was very pleased with Alex’s strength and tenacity in tackling her anxiety, and also in making heartbreaking decisions to protect herself. I can’t say much more than that without getting into major spoilers, but Alex truly came into her own in this book, in terms of her personal life, relationships and career.The secondary characters felt much more fleshed out, and their story arcs complemented Alex’s. I’d honestly love to read spin-off books about several of them, especially Lucy. I also loved the peeks into Alex's and Mark's families and the history and support they provided.I could not put down this book once I started reading it. An amazing second book, and I hope to read more about Alex in the future!I received an ARC from the publisher in return for an honest review.
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  • Vicki Angel
    January 1, 1970
    I was given the pleasure of being beta reader for this novel and what a treat it was. It was delightful to read the continuing story of Alex and Mark's life following on from London Belongs to Me (LBTM). It was interesting and enjoyable to read how their relationship has moved on and matured, and how they deal with their struggles (e.g. their feelings for each other, their friends, family) and their flourishing careers.Jacquelyn Middleton has grown has a writer since her debut novel, and whilst I was given the pleasure of being beta reader for this novel and what a treat it was. It was delightful to read the continuing story of Alex and Mark's life following on from London Belongs to Me (LBTM). It was interesting and enjoyable to read how their relationship has moved on and matured, and how they deal with their struggles (e.g. their feelings for each other, their friends, family) and their flourishing careers.Jacquelyn Middleton has grown has a writer since her debut novel, and whilst the fandom references and the essence of this being a ‘love letter to London’ remain, this novel opens this world to New York City – an addition I enjoyed immensely. As per my previous review of LBTM; ‘geek girls this is still our jam’ – and I again devoured it within 24 hours. I truly adore these characters, the world in which they live, their highs and lows, successes and failures and it was a pleasure to be an early reader of this book.
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