Monday, October 15, 2018

Release Blitz: Dear Jane by Kendall Ryan

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.

3.5 stars
Review by Lisa Kane

Jane Royce works for as the assistant manager for the Hawks football team. Her dad is the head coach but she actually earned this job on her own. She loves the game, she loves the team and she loves her job. But that is about to change. Turns out the team just got a new quarterback-Chase Weston. The Weston Chase who broke her heart ten years ago. The one who let things fall apart for them.

It seemed so perfect at the time. Now it just feels like a load of bullshit. 

Wes is looking for a change. The girl he's been with for the last three years, his fiance Trista cheated on him with another team mate. He couldn't wait to get the hell out of Philly and play for a new team. He's from Chicago and going back home to play for the Hawks is a dream. Only once he sees Jane he's not sure how all this is going to work out. It's obvious she's less than thrilled to see him again. She's only gotten more beautiful with age.

I was way too dumb and immature to juggle a long-distance relationship along with the pressures of competing at a college level and not flunking my classes. The teenage romance we'd believed would last forever ended up falling apart. 

Can you say awkward?

But eventually one of them has to break the ice.

"I have nothing to say to you," I finally manage to say.
"So, you're still not over me. Is that what this is about.?"

Jeez, Wes, do you practice being a douche or does that come naturally?

A lost pair of lucky socks ends up getting them together in the same car. Listening to songs from their life a decade ago. Bringing back so many memories.

Wes might think he knows everything about why things didn't work out back then, but he's about to learn a few more. Wes' reaction might not help his cause with Jane.

Without so much as a glance at me, he swings his legs over the side of the bed and heads for the door. 

Again, Wes, can you say douche?

But to be fair Wes has a couple of moments of self reflection and is man enough to admit when he's wrong and apologizes. Jane is a good person who accepts and tries to understand the other person's point of view. Personally, she's too forgiving, but that's just my opinion.

Maybe this is their chance, they're older, wiser and have learned from the past.

Or maybe not....

While I loved Jane's character, I just never felt a connection with Chase. He was self centered in college and broke Jane's heart. In all the years since, his football dreams came true and he admittedly went from girl to girl until he met Trista. He really thought this was the woman he was going to settle down with until he realized she was cheating on him. In all that time, he never tried to get Jane back.

He just hurt her too many times for me to give him a pass. I love Kennedy Ryan's writing and won't hesitate to pick up her next book. This one just came up short for me.

"I want you to be the last girl I ever love too."

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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.

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