Title: Dear Jane
Author: Marissa Clarke
Series: Animal Attraction #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Available: 9th Jan
Jane Dixon is a dating disaster. Flammable tablecloths and broken arms are just a typical evening for her unlucky companions. No wonder Jane never gets past a first date. But luckily her co-worker and new bff says he’s got loads of friends who’d date her more than once. If only she could stop thinking about how much fun he was to hang out with. And she’d never dropped a bucket of ice on his junk. Win.
All attorney Eric Blackwell has to do to make junior partner is not screw anything up for six weeks, which seems like a slam dunk until he finds himself matchmaker to the office “One Date Wonder” aka the boss’s daughter. It’s hard to stay focused when setting up the hottest girl he’s ever met with everyone but himself. Maybe he could just set her up with all the wrong men, and keep his hands off his new friend…
Yeah. His promotion is toast.
Source: ARC from Entangled: Lovestruck via NetGalley
This is an adorable, quick read about two hard working lawyers and a catalogue of clumsy dating disasters. There’s a bit of friends to lovers, a touch of long-distance crushing, an exceedingly grumpy cat and plenty of fun, all packed into this short novella. I really enjoyed it.
Eric is lovely. He’s an overachieving workaholic, but he’s not arrogant about it. He’s too busy making sure his life is stable for that, and he definitely doesn’t have any time for fun. His long term crush on Jane is adorable, as are his attempts to not-really set her up with his friends. I loved their Friday night debriefs and the way they went from strangers to friends to more without even seeming to notice.
I liked Jane too, even if she is a bit of a mess. Not because of her clumsiness, but because of how hard she works at a job she hates in order to fit in with a family that she doesn’t feel she will ever fit in with anyway. Her accident-prone dating life is fun, as is her grouchy cat Gandalf, all of which make up for her occasional moments of blindness. For a smart woman, she can be rather dim sometimes.
So in all I really enjoyed it. It’s quick and fun with a nice bit of romance and heat. I look forward to seeing where this series heads next.
Dear Jane is out January 9th.
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