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In the blink of an eye, Lena Michaels's dreams of college became a distant memory. A robbery gone wrong in her family’s locally owned restaurant took the life of her parents. The only witness to the gruesome tragedy was Laura, Lena’s nine-year-old sister. Seven years later, the murders remain unsolved and Laura is now a rebellious teenager, dead set on pushing her sister’s In the blink of an eye, Lena Michaels's dreams of college became a distant memory. A robbery gone wrong in her family’s locally owned restaurant took the life of her parents. The only witness to the gruesome tragedy was Laura, Lena’s nine-year-old sister. Seven years later, the murders remain unsolved and Laura is now a rebellious teenager, dead set on pushing her sister’s limits. Amy Kline is a public relations hotshot for the San Francisco Miners football team. Her only focus is keeping her publicity prone clients out of hot water. When Laura’s rebellious streak puts her in the sites of the Miners star wide receiver, Lena and Amy will have to face off to protect what is important to them. What neither is prepared for is that the price could be their hearts.

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In the blink of an eye, Lena Michaels's dreams of college became a distant memory. A robbery gone wrong in her family’s locally owned restaurant took the life of her parents. The only witness to the gruesome tragedy was Laura, Lena’s nine-year-old sister. Seven years later, the murders remain unsolved and Laura is now a rebellious teenager, dead set on pushing her sister’s In the blink of an eye, Lena Michaels's dreams of college became a distant memory. A robbery gone wrong in her family’s locally owned restaurant took the life of her parents. The only witness to the gruesome tragedy was Laura, Lena’s nine-year-old sister. Seven years later, the murders remain unsolved and Laura is now a rebellious teenager, dead set on pushing her sister’s limits. Amy Kline is a public relations hotshot for the San Francisco Miners football team. Her only focus is keeping her publicity prone clients out of hot water. When Laura’s rebellious streak puts her in the sites of the Miners star wide receiver, Lena and Amy will have to face off to protect what is important to them. What neither is prepared for is that the price could be their hearts.

30 review for Lands End

  1. 5 out of 5

    Diane Wallace

    A taut suspenseful storyline with a little romance and fantastic chemistry to go along because of the stuff that both main characters were dealing with...well to do narrative that hum accordingly because of the author's writing skills...nice plotline about the family and also friends' issues to which the author did take time to dive into and let the readers know what was going on...good pacing and editing..could not ask for a better outcome at the end..highly recommend that everyone check this b A taut suspenseful storyline with a little romance and fantastic chemistry to go along because of the stuff that both main characters were dealing with...well to do narrative that hum accordingly because of the author's writing skills...nice plotline about the family and also friends' issues to which the author did take time to dive into and let the readers know what was going on...good pacing and editing..could not ask for a better outcome at the end..highly recommend that everyone check this book out..its a well written book and story

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lex Kent

    I was pleasantly surprised by how much I really liked this. This is my first book by Jackie D, and I enjoyed her writing. Her characters are so well fleshed out, that you feel a connection with them. Even the smaller roles of the secondary characters, were well done. This story is about Lena, a restaurant owner, taking care of her younger sister due to her parents murder. And Amy, a publicist, whose job is to clean up other peoples messes. They start off on the wrong foot, when Lena's underage si I was pleasantly surprised by how much I really liked this. This is my first book by Jackie D, and I enjoyed her writing. Her characters are so well fleshed out, that you feel a connection with them. Even the smaller roles of the secondary characters, were well done. This story is about Lena, a restaurant owner, taking care of her younger sister due to her parents murder. And Amy, a publicist, whose job is to clean up other peoples messes. They start off on the wrong foot, when Lena's underage sister is found with one of Amy's football clients. Amy and Lena, soon find that they can't keep their minds off each other. Wondering if there could be more than just an attraction. Now I must admit, this story does follow the same arc we find in many LesFic romances. Been there done that. But I was okay with it, and ate this story up anyway. As I said before, the characters are so well written, that you can't help but read through the angst, hoping everything is going to be fine. I even had to suffer through an ex-girlfriend (which I normally hate) but I still was enjoying myself. I believed in this romance and wanted to see it come to fruition. What I also enjoyed, about this story, was the twist of the murder mystery. While it is a small part of the book, it added some excitement and made the book about more than just the two main's relationship. I really think this book is one romance fans are going to enjoy. I can easily recommend it and hope others enjoy it as much as I did. An ARC was given to me from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books, for a honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Pin

    Lands End was a pleasant read with a solid plot and nice epilogue. I liked the characters and the setting. But one important element was a bit of a let down for me -- the conflict was convincing, but unexploited. The way it resolved was unchallenging, too simple, as if the author had run out of good ideas, and therefore unsatisfactory and kind of meh. And that was too bad, because if that part had been handled better, Lands End would have been a romance for my favorites shelf. But despite my obj Lands End was a pleasant read with a solid plot and nice epilogue. I liked the characters and the setting. But one important element was a bit of a let down for me -- the conflict was convincing, but unexploited. The way it resolved was unchallenging, too simple, as if the author had run out of good ideas, and therefore unsatisfactory and kind of meh. And that was too bad, because if that part had been handled better, Lands End would have been a romance for my favorites shelf. But despite my objection, this was a very nice story and I am looking forward to more nice stories by the author. 3.5 stars, rounded up *ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley*

  4. 5 out of 5

    Agirlcandream

    This was an enjoyable read with a nice balance between attraction and reality. Reality for Lena is managing her parents restaurant following their untimely death and wrangling her defiant sixteen year old sister Laura. Reality for Amy is finding ways to keep her misbehaving clients out of the media spotlight. When called upon to deal with a situation involving a well known football player and three under aged women she comes face to face with an angry and protective Lena. There is instant attract This was an enjoyable read with a nice balance between attraction and reality. Reality for Lena is managing her parents restaurant following their untimely death and wrangling her defiant sixteen year old sister Laura. Reality for Amy is finding ways to keep her misbehaving clients out of the media spotlight. When called upon to deal with a situation involving a well known football player and three under aged women she comes face to face with an angry and protective Lena. There is instant attraction but not insta love. Both women find all kinds of ways to send the wrong signals to one another but the misunderstandings are minor and soon forgiven. The decisions they make are influenced by events from the past and encouragement in the present. I like the positive vibes of Lena and her charitable work for the homeless and how it influences Amy. I like how both women find ways to communicate even when one disappoints the other. I like how supportive their friends are and how well this story flows. My only negative was that the mystery aspect of the story failed to deliver some needed tension to the plot but it did give some closure to events from the past. ARC received with thanks from Bold Strokes Books via NetGalley for review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lexxi Kitty

    *I received this book from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books in return for a fair review.* Seven years ago the Michaels family had a nine year old daughter, a great successful restaurant, Lands End, on the tip of a peninsula in San Francisco, and a daughter in college (around the age of 20). The college aged daughter, Lena, was two years into her collegiate plans – get a Social Services degree, then Masters in that, then help the less fortunate. That all changed in something like a split second, w *I received this book from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books in return for a fair review.* Seven years ago the Michaels family had a nine year old daughter, a great successful restaurant, Lands End, on the tip of a peninsula in San Francisco, and a daughter in college (around the age of 20). The college aged daughter, Lena, was two years into her collegiate plans – get a Social Services degree, then Masters in that, then help the less fortunate. That all changed in something like a split second, which does happen, even if it sounds like a cliché. One night, on the 23rd of October, someone came by that Lands End restaurant and shot three people – Papa, Mama, and daughter (Laura) Michaels. Papa and Mama died, Laura did not. Everyone’s life was pushed onto a new trajectory – Lena came home from college took over management of the restaurant – more importantly, took over the hard task of being sister-mother to Laura. The book opens seven years later – Laura is 16 and rebellious. She gets herself into unfortunate circumstances, like being near a much older man with two other underage girls. That much older man comes with a certain insurance against bad publicity, for he is a star football player for the San Francisco Miners and they have a contract with a publicity company to try to help in situations like this one here. This leads me to one Amy Kline. The description is slightly misleading for this book. Amy Kline is not in fact a public relations hotshot for the San Francisco Miners football team, at least not the way I initially read that when I was looking over books. For Kline works for a public relations firm which has a contract with the Miners team. And does not directly work for the Miners. The only importance of noting that is twofold – Kline has other clients, and the football team angle plays a much smaller role than I had assumed going into the book (to a certain extent, the team plays a very tiny role, though the specific player plays a larger role in his impact on the story line). Amy and Lena come into contact when, as previously mentioned, Laura got caught with that Miners football player in a compromising situation. The two other underage girl’s families were easily bought off. The third stormed into Kline’s office and demanded that the Miner never contact Laura again. Amy attempts to ‘pay off’ Lena for her troubles, but that just backfires and makes Amy look bad in Lena’s eyes. She doesn’t want money; she wants the older man away from her sister. Amy is somewhat off her game for one specific reason – she’s oddly taken with the looks of this Lena person. Makes her less capable of communication than a public relations hotshot should be. A somewhat reoccurring theme in this story. Amy and Lena circle each other throughout the story. Lena is less than taken with the idea of having anything to do with Amy – because of Amy’s job; while Amy is somewhat confused – for she hasn’t wanted to be serious about anyone for a good long while and she wants something serious with Lena (since her heart was ripped apart in college – since then she has had a long string of play partners who she has told, prior to engagement, that sex is all that could occur). The story takes place in San Francisco (and a few other areas longish drives away), and during then after the ‘holidays’ period. Beginning right before Christmas, and includes New Years Eve parties. Before leaping forward a month or more (then more month(s)). It includes as side characters: Chloe the lawyer (straight, best friend of Lena), Ben the 18 year old (Chloe’s brother; only cameo role), Chloe’s mother and father (who appear briefly so that Lena can visit them for the holidays), Sarah the super assistant (Amy’s assistant), Matt the detective boyfriend (Sarah’s boyfriend), Brittany the photographer/journalist (Amy’s fuck buddy who also does a story on the unsolved murder case involving the Michaels family), Evie 'it's Evelyn now' (the ex-girlfriend), surprise guests (who I cannot mention because of spoiler reasons), and a bunch of other random people (like a football player and his wife). A good solid book. With conflict, resolution, sex, and . . . um . . . stuff. A slice of life/romance book (I originally put that as ‘lesbian romance’ but the heterosexual romances that occur are also important-ish). The book was neither awe-inspiring, nor horrible. Hence my calling it a good solid book. I’d rate it somewhere around 4.2 stars. August 22 2016

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rach (Les Rêveur)

    ARC provided by NetGalley and Bold Stokes for an honest review This is the first novel I have read by Jackie D. I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy it from reading the synopsis but i was pleasantly surprised. My Synopsis Lena inherited her parents life after they where murdered in a robbery. She now runs their family restaurant and is sole guardian of her little sister Laura. An incident with Laura and the SF Miners Football time prize player leads Lena meeting the PR Rep for the team. Enter Amy. Amy’s life i ARC provided by NetGalley and Bold Stokes for an honest review This is the first novel I have read by Jackie D. I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy it from reading the synopsis but i was pleasantly surprised. My Synopsis Lena inherited her parents life after they where murdered in a robbery. She now runs their family restaurant and is sole guardian of her little sister Laura. An incident with Laura and the SF Miners Football time prize player leads Lena meeting the PR Rep for the team. Enter Amy. Amy’s life is her job. She has a nice car, nice home and a job she seems made for. Amy doesn’t expect to be so attracted to Lena when she first meets her but she just can't help herself. Lena certainly doesn't want to be attracted to a woman that has no morals… But their is just something about Amy she can't resist Can their attraction become more? Does Amy's job end their relationship before it can start? And can Lena finally let got and give a interview that could help find her parents murderer? My Review I enjoyed ‘Lands End. The novel was well written and the background story of Lena’s Parents Murder was communicated well to the reader. I actually thought about 75% of the way in that this would have made a good series. First one about the Murder at Lands End, then maybe one about a scandal with one of Amy Clients (maybe a closeted football player) … you get the drift. But all centered around Lena and Amy relationship. But that’s my imagination running away with it’s self... As it seems to when it comes to novels i am passionate about. The love that grew between Lena and Amy warmed my heart. And I could completely relate to both of them at different times through out the novel. All in all it was a good read and I will be looking out for more of Jackie D’s books in future. 4.5 stars

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sky Brown

    It was okay

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jade

    *ARC provided by Netgalley and Bold Strokes for an honest review* I can usually tell when I have reached the halfway mark in a lesbian romance because that is usually when the main characters have sex for the first time(and I'm probably begging the author for a quick and painless end), so you can imagine my surprise when I reached that midpoint scene and the first thought that jumped into my head was,' I can't have already read half of the story I just started', but then it got better, I looked a *ARC provided by Netgalley and Bold Strokes for an honest review* I can usually tell when I have reached the halfway mark in a lesbian romance because that is usually when the main characters have sex for the first time(and I'm probably begging the author for a quick and painless end), so you can imagine my surprise when I reached that midpoint scene and the first thought that jumped into my head was,' I can't have already read half of the story I just started', but then it got better, I looked at the percentage in the corner of the screen and it said I had read 73%. Now I'm sure we have all heard the saying that all good things come in three's so for the cherry on the cake, I checked the time and what I thought had been 30 minutes of reading, was actually 2 1/2 hours and I was sitting in the dark (quite a normal occurrence when I'm reading.). All that I have said above, along with the likeable characters and lack of prolonged angst,is why I had to give this book a 4 star rating. The author didn't blow my socks off with any amazing plot twists or out of this world storyline, but she wrote a solid story that can hold its own which is sometimes harder than coming up with a one of a kind story because most authors use this same formula because it is safe but many of them fall short. I can see Jackie D falling in the same ranks as other well known lesbian authors who we can always rely on to give us a good read even if it isn't mind blowing in its uniqueness.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tiff

    Lands End by Jackie D is your standard romance novel. That is not a bad thing! This book has two lovable, but slightly flawed main characters, a beautiful setting, and just enough conflict to keep you interested. I liked it! I don’t always need tons of angst or a crime-solving heroine to keep me interested. Sometimes you just need a good book and a glass of wine to decompress from life’s pressures. This is what you get with Lands End, a good, solid romance that holds your attention, and leaves y Lands End by Jackie D is your standard romance novel. That is not a bad thing! This book has two lovable, but slightly flawed main characters, a beautiful setting, and just enough conflict to keep you interested. I liked it! I don’t always need tons of angst or a crime-solving heroine to keep me interested. Sometimes you just need a good book and a glass of wine to decompress from life’s pressures. This is what you get with Lands End, a good, solid romance that holds your attention, and leaves you feeling content. Lena Michaels is the proprietor of Lands End, a renowned San Francisco restraint that she inherited after her parents murder seven years ago. Along with running the restaurant, Lena is also the guardian to her, wild sixteen-year-old sister. Lena spends all of her time managing/juggling the headaches of a business and a rebellious teen. She casually dates but has that Seinfeld syndrome, of always finding faults. Lena’s sister Laura is how she meets publicist, Amy Kline. Amy is a publicist to the highest profile clients in the Bay area. She deals with their messy scandals, spinning them to keep these wealthy individuals from feeling the heat of their actions. Her client a devious pro football player that likes to hang out with teenage girls, he ends up being photographed with Laura at a nightclub. Ugh Oh! Lena heads down to rip Amy a new one, and the fireworks go off. Of course after that meeting they run into each other on the constant. This is a good book that I enjoyed my time with. For me, Jackie D is two for two and on my automatic read list.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Enjoyable read by Jackie D. Following her parents murder Lena moves home to raise her younger sister and take over the running of their restaurant. Her main responsibility is her sister so when she get herself into a bit of trouble Lena tries to find the best way to deal with the situation. Here she meets Amy who's work as a PR genius is to get her clients out of sticky situations. The two clash when Amy's approach to solving the situation doesn't quite cut it with Lena. I liked both characters, e Enjoyable read by Jackie D. Following her parents murder Lena moves home to raise her younger sister and take over the running of their restaurant. Her main responsibility is her sister so when she get herself into a bit of trouble Lena tries to find the best way to deal with the situation. Here she meets Amy who's work as a PR genius is to get her clients out of sticky situations. The two clash when Amy's approach to solving the situation doesn't quite cut it with Lena. I liked both characters, each had solid reasons for the decisions they make throughout the book. There's also a great group of supporting cast throughout this book, particularly Lenas best friend. There is a mystery element to the story which plays a small role but most of this is about the romance. I'd recommend this book if you're looking for a nice read and I'll be keeping my eye open for more by this author. ARC received from publisher via NetGalley.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Danni Mladenovic

    *The copy received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* I can only say this: If only there were more books like this one! I don't think I've recently encountered a book where the main characters sounded so mature, where every dialogue, every topic was so in place, that it left me in awe of the author. The whole description of the situations, interaction between Amy and Lena, their friends, everything was so realistic, so grounded, so... adult. And I was in love with the book becau *The copy received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* I can only say this: If only there were more books like this one! I don't think I've recently encountered a book where the main characters sounded so mature, where every dialogue, every topic was so in place, that it left me in awe of the author. The whole description of the situations, interaction between Amy and Lena, their friends, everything was so realistic, so grounded, so... adult. And I was in love with the book because of that. I won't say more, because I have a feeling any other analysis will just tarnish this book, so I'll leave it there with those words I've written. Full shining and burning 5 stars from me. Well done Jackie D!!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    Detailed score: 3.25 As other reviewers have said, this is your standard romance novel. This novel peaked at the start and had lost it's way by the end (not completely, but enough). By the end it was show not tell and major plot points were given a 2 paragraph resolution. It's -fine- but not going to blow your socks off. On a scale of rubbish to awesome of books in the standard, vanilla lesrom sub genre, this one is snack bang in the middle as 'sorright'.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sprinkles

    'Lands End' is one of those books that showed up on my Goodreads suggestions often, yet the synopsis often deterred me. It sounded like Angst City and I needed to prepare myself. Also, it describes Amy Kline as a PR hotshot for a football team and...eww/yawn sports. Discovering that, instead, a famous football player is merely a client of Amy's was a relief. I've never read anything by Jackie D and found myself pleasantly surprised by the overall romantic nature of this story. Like, it's purely r 'Lands End' is one of those books that showed up on my Goodreads suggestions often, yet the synopsis often deterred me. It sounded like Angst City and I needed to prepare myself. Also, it describes Amy Kline as a PR hotshot for a football team and...eww/yawn sports. Discovering that, instead, a famous football player is merely a client of Amy's was a relief. I've never read anything by Jackie D and found myself pleasantly surprised by the overall romantic nature of this story. Like, it's purely romance, for the most part. This is a good thing for me! Lena and Amy were a sweet couple and their interactions were plentiful while still being grounded by plot and theme. Amy's character is pretty hot and I kind of wish she'd been a wee bit more bitchy, taking her career into account. Overall, this is a solid romance. The secondary characters were lovely; I thankfully hated none of them. Background info on the parents' murder didn't get melodramatic or glossed over. My nitpick, which keeps this at four stars, is the lack of fire in Lena and Amy's relationship. Clearly, they were quite attractive, but I needed more. With different detail or innuendos or dialogue, I would've been swooning from their first match of eyes. Unfortunately, this doesn't sizzle for me. The resolution happened fairly easily and painlessly. Nice for those who'd care to avoid heavy angst, sucky for the others who want to dig into the depths of the betrayal or murder aspect. All and all, a good read. I'd pick up another of Jackie D's books, definitely.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Heinerway

    This was a very nice and enjoyable read. Nice characters. Nice story. But it needed a bit more umph.

  15. 5 out of 5

    A.W.

    Lena owns her family's restaurant, Lands End, after a tragedy that forces her to quit school. Seven years later, Lena's underage sister Laura, is found hanging out with a wide receiver from San Francisco Miner's football team. Amy Kline works for a public relations firm and one of their clients includes the San Francisco Miners football team. Lena and Amy don't meet under the best circumstances, however the attraction is there. This is not the first book I've read from Jackie D and she seems to o Lena owns her family's restaurant, Lands End, after a tragedy that forces her to quit school. Seven years later, Lena's underage sister Laura, is found hanging out with a wide receiver from San Francisco Miner's football team. Amy Kline works for a public relations firm and one of their clients includes the San Francisco Miners football team. Lena and Amy don't meet under the best circumstances, however the attraction is there. This is not the first book I've read from Jackie D and she seems to only be getting better. Both Lena and Amy were likable characters and the same could be said with the supporting characters, especially Chloe and Sarah. It was interesting to read about Lena's hardships, how she was struggling with them and how she dealt with new challenges. Lands End is a sweet story from beginning to end and did give me a few good laughs. I'd have to say the pacing of the story was just right. A book I'd definitely recommend to others. Review also posted here: I was given a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    ARC received from the publisher via net galley in exchange for an honest review. This is a good solid read. A nice romance for reluctant participants. Nicely developed secondary characters. Along with humor and some angst. There were some problems for me. Mainly the conflict resolution was way too easy. It was completely glossed over. I found this disappointing. However, the writing style was nice. I enjoyed the setting and the characters. 3.5 stars

  17. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Jensen

    I have to say I really enjoyed this book. The author did a very good job at portraying the pain and struggles that comes with losing your parents, and the struggles Lena went through after taking over the guardianship of her sister. I though the two main characters were likable even through some of their flaws. Even though they were good characters, I think my favorite was Chloe. The author also did well with mixing the dramatic and the humorous. ARC received from NetGalley

  18. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    This was a fairly conventional by the numbers lesfic, with two twentysomething characters (one overly cautious in relationships for some reason and the other a "player" who decides that's no longer her way of life after meeting overly cautious) who instantly fall in lust. Somehow, their vast life experience (again, these are twentysomethings) causes each of them to throw up blockers and angst about why they can't seem to "do" relationships or be with the other. Throw in some job shaming, the obn This was a fairly conventional by the numbers lesfic, with two twentysomething characters (one overly cautious in relationships for some reason and the other a "player" who decides that's no longer her way of life after meeting overly cautious) who instantly fall in lust. Somehow, their vast life experience (again, these are twentysomethings) causes each of them to throw up blockers and angst about why they can't seem to "do" relationships or be with the other. Throw in some job shaming, the obnoxious best friend character, return of the ex, and questionable definitions of lying and that's basically this book. The one interesting element it has going for it is what ends up being a B-plot about the unsolved murder of one of the MC's parents. This could have easily been the center of the book and what truly did bind the characters together, which would have made sense with the title of the book (the titular restaurant where the murder took place). However, instead the A-plot is the job-shaming of the second MC, lust obsession, and other "lite" events. Shame. I would have probably really enjoyed reading a heavier book with a little less of an obvious, rote plot. ARC provided by NetGalley

  19. 4 out of 5

    MJS

    ARC provided by NetGalley in return for an honest review. This is a pleasant enough love story. The leads are both nice and interesting, and the supporting characters (especially Chloe, Sarah and Matt) all add to the story. I didn't really warm to Laura that much, for a somewhat central character, she was mostly just annoying, and there wasn't enough substance to her relationship with Lena to overcome that. To be honest, this story is as sweet as it is superficial. The leads meet and are instantl ARC provided by NetGalley in return for an honest review. This is a pleasant enough love story. The leads are both nice and interesting, and the supporting characters (especially Chloe, Sarah and Matt) all add to the story. I didn't really warm to Laura that much, for a somewhat central character, she was mostly just annoying, and there wasn't enough substance to her relationship with Lena to overcome that. To be honest, this story is as sweet as it is superficial. The leads meet and are instantly attracted, with their competing moral guidelines holding the only real friction in the relationship. Even though the leads spend time together, the relationship never seems too delve to far beneath the surface (despite conversations about pivotal events) and happens very quickly, even though they're supposed to be taking things slowly. Nothing happens in the story that you can't see coming from miles away, including the obligatory breakup. The resolution is rushed, and the epilogue felt tacked on just to provide a fairly sappy HEA. Still, it's a sweet love story and the characters are enjoyable enough. It's probably 3.5 to 4 stars, so I've rounded up. I haven't read anything by Jackie D before, but will check out any future stories.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Blink51n

    Loved the characters and the secondary cast were amazing. There were some genuine laugh out loud moments (especially when it came to Chloe). Amy and Lena are fully fleshed out and self aware. They listen to their friends and internalise their issues. At one point, I was both sympathising with the anger and hurt from one character as well as the need to explain herself from the other. For me, this is a sign of great writing as I usually very firmly side with one half of a couple and find the part Loved the characters and the secondary cast were amazing. There were some genuine laugh out loud moments (especially when it came to Chloe). Amy and Lena are fully fleshed out and self aware. They listen to their friends and internalise their issues. At one point, I was both sympathising with the anger and hurt from one character as well as the need to explain herself from the other. For me, this is a sign of great writing as I usually very firmly side with one half of a couple and find the partner a bit meh. I felt a bit bad for Amy during most of the book; she couldn't seem to catch a break. It was great to see her grow and move beyond her issues. I also love how my first impression of Amy is her spin on herself to show the world. The real Amy we get to know more deeply is so much better and more interesting. It was fun watching Lena break through her persona. The conflict is nothing terribly new and easily resolved, it was okay. I'm looking forward to more from Jackie D! 4.5 stars

  21. 5 out of 5

    Joc

    Amy Kline is a PR agent and really good at her job. When one of her more famous clients is caught with three underage girls, it's Amy's job to step in and make it go away. One of the girls is Lena Michaels' little sister, Laura. When Lena storms into her office to demand to know what's being done Amy is not only struck by Lena's fiercely protective streak but also by her attraction to her. Lena is the owner of 'Lands End', one of San Francisco's most famous and infamous restaurants. Famous for i Amy Kline is a PR agent and really good at her job. When one of her more famous clients is caught with three underage girls, it's Amy's job to step in and make it go away. One of the girls is Lena Michaels' little sister, Laura. When Lena storms into her office to demand to know what's being done Amy is not only struck by Lena's fiercely protective streak but also by her attraction to her. Lena is the owner of 'Lands End', one of San Francisco's most famous and infamous restaurants. Famous for it's food but infamous because seven years prior, Lena's parents and sister were gunned down in front of it. Only her sister survived and the gunman was never caught. I enjoyed both Amy and Lena as characters. Amy won't get close to anybody because of her hurt from her previous relation and Lena has been so focused on raising her sister and managing the restaurant that she really hasn't been interested in anybody. The underlying thread of story line dealing with the murder of Lena's adds a great dynamic to the story and makes it better than just a good romance. And it is a good romance. There's a good cast of secondary characters but there were a couple of moments where Lena's friends and Amy's friends crossed over into each others lives and I didn't feel it was entirely plausible. (view spoiler)[The break-up trope felt a little too familiar and I think it could have been more interesting if it hadn't fallen back on the standard. (hide spoiler)] Other than this it was an easy, engaging read. 3.5 stars.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Penelope

    An honest review thanks to NetGalley. This was an amazing read, I have read another book by this author and loved it just as much. Jackie D. is an author to watch and if you haven't read her previous book or this one you need to. The story line and chemistry in this book were amazing, I liked how the two characters met and even more so Laura and Chloe. The secondary characters in this book were almost as good as the two love interests. This is a quick read as when you start you won't want to put An honest review thanks to NetGalley. This was an amazing read, I have read another book by this author and loved it just as much. Jackie D. is an author to watch and if you haven't read her previous book or this one you need to. The story line and chemistry in this book were amazing, I liked how the two characters met and even more so Laura and Chloe. The secondary characters in this book were almost as good as the two love interests. This is a quick read as when you start you won't want to put it down, the plot is a little redundant, we have seen it all before, but the author gives it something different. The reason this book didn't get all five stars is because of Evelyn, I understand that she was important in the past romantic history of Amy, but Evelyn being brought in to be friends with Amy, and yet we don't know if she wants Amy back or not. It felt as if the author just stuck Evelyn into the plot to add more conflict; it didn't feel right. Other than this the book was amazing, and I cant wait to read it again and anything else this author comes out with.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alealea

    Nice sparks but both characters are pretty cliché too. It was a nice morning with them. From one side, sob story and big hearted beautiful puppy, on the other, successful and ambitious gorgeous shark. They meet, it sparks, they struggle and after many usual steps (non communication, ex 1, ex 2, sob story, parenthood, partnership ambition, etc.... ), they bow before the evidence of Love Ever After. I'm not sure I was convinced by the multiple happy happy-ending thread there. It should be possible f Nice sparks but both characters are pretty cliché too. It was a nice morning with them. From one side, sob story and big hearted beautiful puppy, on the other, successful and ambitious gorgeous shark. They meet, it sparks, they struggle and after many usual steps (non communication, ex 1, ex 2, sob story, parenthood, partnership ambition, etc.... ), they bow before the evidence of Love Ever After. I'm not sure I was convinced by the multiple happy happy-ending thread there. It should be possible for two very different people to fall in love and bask in it without the "bad" one coming to the side of fluffy marshmallows.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alexis Dwyer

    The characters were well written, I enjoyed getting to know all of them.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I received this book free from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed the easy pace of this book in the beginning. The backstory was told through a myriad of present and past events, woven together through dialogue and memories to provide information as to where the story needed to go. It was a book I enjoyed reading, but not necessarily something to write home about. Please don't misunderstand - I did enjoy this book, and I am glad to have read it - but it didn't I received this book free from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed the easy pace of this book in the beginning. The backstory was told through a myriad of present and past events, woven together through dialogue and memories to provide information as to where the story needed to go. It was a book I enjoyed reading, but not necessarily something to write home about. Please don't misunderstand - I did enjoy this book, and I am glad to have read it - but it didn't "wow" me. I enjoyed how the characters were introduced almost within their stereotypes. But within the first few chapters, the reader was rewarded with the realization that these characters were the ones that break the mold of stereotypical women. It was almost as if it invited you to judge them based on their stereotypes, but then shunned you for falling into the trap before seeing what they were really like. Normally, this would have been something that bothered me. But frankly, I kind of enjoyed the chiding. It kept my mind open for the rest of the book. The story was solid, as were all of the characters. Truthfully, I have nothing bad to say about this novel. Only just to repeat myself from before - it just didn't "wow" me. Still an enjoyable story and a comforting book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kitty Kat

    Lena has been looking after her sister Laura since their parents were killed in a robbery. She is fiercely protective of her and when she gets into a bit of bother with a pro footballer Lena comes face to face with Pr guru Amy. Hot, sexy and adorable Amy. Even though she has kept her distance from women for a while and doesn’t get involved she finds herself drawn to Amy, even though the warning bells are going off. I enjoyed this story and seeing how Lena dealt with her growing attraction to Amy Lena has been looking after her sister Laura since their parents were killed in a robbery. She is fiercely protective of her and when she gets into a bit of bother with a pro footballer Lena comes face to face with Pr guru Amy. Hot, sexy and adorable Amy. Even though she has kept her distance from women for a while and doesn’t get involved she finds herself drawn to Amy, even though the warning bells are going off. I enjoyed this story and seeing how Lena dealt with her growing attraction to Amy and letting herself be happy. Amy was wed to the job and had been for years. Relationships were off limits and one-night stands the norm. She struggled with some of the decisions she had to make at work and with her burning need for Lena. I really liked both of the main characters and the author was skilled at letting us see their vulnerabilities. The minor characters were vital in showing the women changing and as the way Jackie D gave us an insight into their motivations. This was a lovely romance and I plan to read some more of her work now. I was given this ARC by Netgalley and Bold Strokes in return for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    This is the first book I have read by this author. I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. When I first began the book I didn’t want to like Amy. Amy the PR rep that would help cover up the mistakes of the wealthy. Lena in the beginning I thought was a bit stiff. Jackie D. does characters in such a way that you really start to connect with them. By the end I loved them both. I also really enjoyed all the secondary characters, which is rare. I mean seriously how often do you love pr This is the first book I have read by this author. I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. When I first began the book I didn’t want to like Amy. Amy the PR rep that would help cover up the mistakes of the wealthy. Lena in the beginning I thought was a bit stiff. Jackie D. does characters in such a way that you really start to connect with them. By the end I loved them both. I also really enjoyed all the secondary characters, which is rare. I mean seriously how often do you love pretty much everyone in a book. The romance for me was just okay, nothing earth shattering but the overall effect was really nice. I really enjoy this type of book. They move quickly, leave me really satisfied, and made me smile a few times. Perfect for a quick break read. It is well worth your time. ARC provided by NetGalley for honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Hunt

  29. 5 out of 5

    A. Morgan

  30. 4 out of 5

    Murderdoll

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