Saturday, April 12, 2014

[Kame's Review]: "Plain Jayne"

Plain Jayne by Laura Drewry
Publisher: Loveswept (April 8, 2014) 
Genre: Contemporary Romance

In Laura Drewry’s funny, heartwarming Loveswept debut, a man and a woman learn the hard way that a little bit of love makes staying friends a whole lot harder.
 Worn out from the long drive back home, Jayne Morgan can only smirk at the irony: Of course the first person she sees from her old life is Nick Scott. Once best friends, they lost touch when Jayne left town at eighteen, but nothing could keep them apart forever. Jayne has returned to take over her grandmother’s bookstore, determined to put all her bittersweet memories and secret disappointments strictly in the past—until, that is, Nick insists she bunk at his place.
 Nick never did care what people thought about having a girl for a best friend—or the “scandal” she caused by showing up to his wife’s funeral four years earlier—so he’s got no problem with the gossips now. Jayne was always the one person he could count on in his life. Now Nick is starting to realize that he never wants her to leave again . . . and that being “just friends” isn’t going to be enough anymore.

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My Review:

It has been a long time since Jayne has been back to her home town. Now she is back to reopen the bookstore her grandmother left her in her will. Shocking that Gram left it to her as she seemed to hate Jayne, but Jayne was the only family she had and better Jayne take the store over than the city. The last time she was home her best friend walked her out of his wife’s funeral. Imagine her surprise when Nick walked up to her and gave her a hug when she gets back into town.

Jayne’s grandmother did not show her love, and she had no other family but she felt loved since kindergarten from her best friend Nick. Their friendship made me smile. As someone who had a male BFF in high school I understood their dynamic immediately. Coming home was a great choice for Jayne and I truly enjoyed all the new friendships she made. Nick was very protective of Jayne, and I believe he didn’t really know how much she meant to him or how much he had missed her until she came back into his life. Their bond was wonderful to read.

I liked the concept of this book. It wasn’t an immediate kindling of a romance.  There was no angst, just a book that was easy to read, but at the same time kept moving enough that I looked forward to when I could pick it up again. The town had some great small town touches and traditions. The secondary characters that are their friends are wonderful and I wonder if this is the start of a series, as I would like to read more about this town and these characters.

Jayne seems to adore anything to do with the 80’s. I must say as a child of the 80’s I adored the references. There is a quote from a John Hughes movie at the start of each chapter (many of which are my favorites from those movies) and many references to songs. Jayne is a huge music nut and I loved her taste in music.  Nick seems to be a fan of country and I liked his choices too.

This is not a steamy lust filled romance, but a good old fashioned two people care about each other deeply and fall into a love you just know will last until the end of time book, a feel good book. One I am so happy that I got a chance to read.  I would definitely read more books set in this small town with these characters.

4 Stars and ½ star added for all the John Hughes Film references.

4 1/2 STARS! 

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Kame received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for her honest opinion.

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Thanks for the review, Kame! :) 

Have you read Laura Drewry before? Do you have a favorite book of hers?


Until Next Time,


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1 comment :

Pat Egan Fordyce said...

Great review Kame, I loved it too! Exactly as you said, a "Feel good" romance and story.