Jana Aston is finally back with her follow up to her breakout hit Wrong, and it's titled... yep. RIGHT. Read on for my review, an excerpt that very perfectly captures the awesomeness that is Everly, and a fantastic giveaway.
Right, by Jana Aston
Publish Date: April 6, 2016
Format: ARC, provided by the author
Genre: adult contemporary romance
To Buy: Amazon
Rating: 5 STARS
(Synopsis) My childhood was perfect. I’ve led a charmed life, and I’m not going to blow it now by picking the wrong guy.
I’ve got my sights set on my brother’s best friend.
He’s known my family for years. He’s reliable and kind and handsome.
Sure, he’s been avoiding me since I was six.
I’m a bit aggressive for him, maybe.
But he’s the one… right?
If you like books that make you laugh, then Right is one you shouldn't miss. If you like books that make you swoon because of a seriously hunky alpha male doing romantic things, then seriously - read this one. Do you like a certain level of hotness in your stories? Then, dude. One-click this one.
We met Everly in Jana's debut book, Wrong (but, you can read this as a standalone if you want to - but why would you want to??). She was this annoyingly over-the-top crazy friend of Sophie's who seemed unhealthily fixated on one of her professors.
This is most definitely Everly's story, and it's a good one. We learn why she became convinced that Finn was her soul mate and the lengths to which she was willing to go to make him believe it too. Those lengths were a bit - um, extreme. Not only that, but she was dedicated to her craft. Unwilling to even think of an alternate outcome, Everly has never looked twice at another man because he wasn't part of her grand plan.
"It's okay to rewrite your happily ever after, Everly. Sometimes the right guy is the one you never see coming."
There are times when Everly's methods seem creepy. At other times, they seem desperate. They always seemed a little sad. It's not even that Everly has this horrifically tragic childhood or anything, so that's not the reason for her crazy actions designed to get Finn - her brother's BFF - to fall in love with her. She's just a very colorful woman who is very passionate about the people she loves.
But, Right is also Sawyer's story. So, you're wondering who Sawyer is, right? Well, he is someone Everly never in a million years expected. Just like Everly's presence in his life surprised the heck out of Sawyer. He's a man who's equally as passionate as Everly, which makes him perfectly suited for her. But, how can he convince her of that when her singular focus for years has been to convince Finn that he's The One? He's definitely up for the challenge, and seeing some very Everly-like moves turned back on her was absolutely delightful.
"I didn't think there was a woman alive who could have me waiting on her in a college dorm," he replies. "But, then again, I wasn't expecting you, Boots."
Everly's and Sawyer's hot and cold banter was the best part of this book. They were so funny together! Everly would say the most outrageous things, and rather than being shocked by them. Sawyer would roll with it and volley right back.
I like the way he looks at me, like he gets me. Like he wants more of me. Like I interest him.
Despite the fact that this book is such a good time, there were moments that pulled at my heartstrings - even moments that caused me to shed a tear or two. And that's what made Right so special. At its heart, it's a fun, romantic comedy, but Jana Aston has the ability to turn on the levity when it's needed.
I finished Right in about four hours while on an airplane coming home from a vacation to Italy. Those were the fastest four hours of the trip. I'm looking forward to Jana's next book - perhaps one from Everly's BFF Chloe?
“Why are you staring at me like that?"
"Just deciding what I'm going to do with you first."
"Do with me?" I'm nervous now. I'm not sure I like the sound of that.
He nods, then runs a hand across his jaw, thinking. "Breeding role-play okay?"
"You're cool with video?"
"Look, I have no idea what you're talking about," I say, waving a hand dismissively. "But I'm open to trying whatever your thing is. Unless it's anal. I'm saving anal for marriage."
"Saving anal for marriage," he repeats back to me. "Is that an actual thing?" He's incredulous.
"It's a thing."
"I don't think that's a thing."
"Well, I think it's a thing and it's my ass."
"Fair." He nods. "Just out of curiosity, how do you see that playing out? Wedding night anal? Honeymoon anal? Or are you talking first anniversary anal?"
I twist my lips while I think. "Wedding night anal doesn't seem right, does it?" I scrunch my nose and tap my lip while I give this genuine reflection. "Post-honeymoon, pre-first anniversary seems like the anal sweet spot."
"Good to know. I'll make a note of it."
"You do that."
She quit her super boring day job to whip up another book & is hoping that was not a stupid idea.
In her defense, it was a really boring job.
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