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Dear Jane by Kendall Ryan [ARC Review]

Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Independently published
Publication Date: October 15th, 2018
Source: Inksplinger PR
Format: eARC
Rating:fangirlstarsfangirlstarsfangirlstars

I broke her heart ten years ago and left town.

She hates me, and rightly so. It doesn’t matter that the rest of the country loves me, that I’m a starting quarterback with a multimillion-dollar contract. Because when I look in the mirror, all I see is a failure who was too young—and too afraid—to fight for what I wanted.

But I’m not that guy anymore, and all I need is one shot to convince her.

***
He has no idea what happened after he left. And now I’m supposed to work alongside him like we don’t have this huge, messy history?

But I’m older now, wiser, and I won’t let anything stand in my way of doing a good job for this league. Not even one overpaid, arrogant player who thinks we’re going to kiss and make up.

News flash, buddy: I am over you.

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REVIEW

I’m happy to say Kendall Ryan has become one of those one click authors for me. In this new story, Ryan brings us a fast paced, steamy second chance romance set in the football world. For Jane, football is etched into her blood, so it wasn’t a shock when she fell in love with her football playing high school sweetheart. However, it came as shock to everyone when that love broke apart. Now scorned, Jane has vowed to never fall for another football player–specifically her ex, Weston Chase. Years later, however, fate has brought them back together as the football team she manages takes Weston on as their leading quarterback.

I knew it might be a little awkward joining a team where the assistant manager is my high school sweetheart. We were each other’s first loves, first everything. We gave each other our virginity, and after that, she gave me her whole heart. I gladly took it, and our breakup wasn’t easy.

Sports Romance is my guilty pleasure. They always seem to take me to my happy place, and this book is no exception to this. Dear Jane had me smiling the entire time as I got sucked into the story of Wes and Jane. Now, I’m not really one for second chance romances, as it isn’t really my favorite trope. However, Kendall made this an exception for me. I didn’t feel like they got back together instantly, but rather the trust was brought back slowly and then all at once.

You could tell that why Wes and Jane were together before from the very beginning when they were reunited. They both compliment each other so perfectly, and both know each other so succinctly it left no room for confusion on will they wont they–which if I’m honest, I wish their was a little bit more of that up and down roller coaster of a ride; where I don’t know if they will get to together or not until it is right under my nose.

Weston and Jane both have a complicated history, which was the driving force to their initial break up ten years prior from when the book begins. But as they reunite they learn to talk things out and move on and forgive. However, throughout their moving on I couldn’t help but want a more fleshed out realization. It felt super quick and almost easy  on how Wes automatically understood the reasons behind the break-up and his quick realization that Jane did the right thing.

As this book is a really light and fast paced contemporary romance, the storyline was super tropey (which I didn’t mind, as I knew this was going to happen going into this novel) and very predictable, but I didn’t mind the predictability of it all as I knew this was a quick light steamy read. I just wish I had a tad more angst and push and pull from the lead characters in the beginning–just for a little bit longer.

Overall, I had fun reading about Wes and Jane, their stories captivated me, and even though the pace was fast and the story quick, I was still absorbed in their lives and wanted to see the end of it all.

 

-ABOUT THE AUTHOR-

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

Visit her at: www.kendallryanbooks.com for the latest book news, and fun extras

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