Thursday, 8 September 2016

Blog Tour / Book Musings - Called Up by Jen Doyle

Called Up
A Calling It Novel

By: Jennifer Doyle

Releasing August 29, 2016 
Carina Press


There are two things Max “Deke” Deacon can always count on: his old high school teammates and Fitz Hawkins. But no matter how much Deke might secretly fantasize otherwise, a relationship with one of his best friends is off limits. Until one unexpectedly smoldering encounter has Deke and Fitz looking at each other in a whole new way.

Angelica “Fitz” Hawkins knows for a fact that it is not better to have loved and lost. After losing her parents, she’d rather lock up her heart and throw away the key than endure that kind of pain again. If that means giving up any hope of a lasting relationship, then so be it.

With Deke, Fitz finally feels like she's back in the land of the living. But she won’t risk another broken heart—even if it means saying good-bye to Deke for good. It’s up to Deke to convince her that the safest place she could ever be is right here with him.

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My Musings : 

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

I had no idea when I started reading the book that it would even surpass Calling It. If I loved Calling It then I heart Called Up. This book is much more than the first. The author continues to rock the readers with her awesome story-telling skills.

This book is an extension of the previous one. All the characters are present from it and it focuses on Fitz and Deke and oh my hotness, this is one complicated relationship. The tropes of best friends to lovers and best friend's sister are very much present in this book. But it's not limited to the very often used themes. The book is much much more! It has all the angst of a complicated small town life and the past baggage derived from it.

I liked Fitz earlier but totally fell in love with her in this book. She has so much heart in spite of being hurt by everyone in the past. I for one salute her for her strong will and cheerful attitude. I understood her hurt and I felt so bad for her. Deke is one hero who gets better and better as the story progresses. He changes from an uncomplicated easy going guy to a sensitive person in the end. One thing I never understood was how he could be so blind with his friends' situations.

The small town feel is authentic and the darker side is revealed in the pages of the book. Usually only the bright parts are highlighted but the author did right in bringing to light the negative nuances of a small town. Kudos to the author for her wonderful writing and her gumption. The writing was easy to read and I got lost in the characters in no time.

This book is a easy one to reread and I believe it will touch my heart every time I read it. This is one book which easily falls under my favourite reread books. And that tells me that the author is one to watch out for. I can't wait to read about the other characters.

My rating : 5/5

Meet the Author :

A big believer in happily ever afters, Jen Doyle decided it was high time she started creating some. Jen is a member of the Romance Writers of America, as well as a member of the New England, New Jersey Romance Writers and Music City Romance Writer chapters of RWA. She is represented by Sarah E. Younger of the Nancy Yost Literary Agency. She has an M.S. in Library and Information Science and, in addition to her work as a librarian, has worked as a conference and events planner as well as a Communications and Enrollment administrator in both preschool and higher education environments (although some might say that there is very little difference between the two; Jen has no comment regarding whether she is one of the “some”).

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1 comment:

  1. Great review of CALLED UP! Thank you for hosting today!

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