Foolproof

Foolproof

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by Jennifer Blackwood
     
 

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Jules Carmichael needs to get her life together. Pronto. School's been hell, there was that tiny stint in rehab, and worst of all, she's lost her cushy summer job. The only available work is at Office Jax, home of horrid 90s music and the biggest jerk on this side of the galaxy...

Recovering from a brutal break-up and taking a hiatus from

Overview

Jules Carmichael needs to get her life together. Pronto. School's been hell, there was that tiny stint in rehab, and worst of all, she's lost her cushy summer job. The only available work is at Office Jax, home of horrid 90s music and the biggest jerk on this side of the galaxy...

Recovering from a brutal break-up and taking a hiatus from college, Ryan DeShane has just discovered the "6 Ultimate Steps to the Perfect Summer Fling." It's a brilliant distraction, and Jules is a tantalizing target. But the "steps" work a little too well, because he and Jules are definitely, uh, flinging. And it's only a matter of time before Ryan's foolproof plan starts to seriously unravel...

Each book in the Drexler University series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 Unethical
Book #2 Foolproof

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781633751507
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
01/26/2015
Series:
Drexler University , #2
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
440
Sales rank:
47,921
File size:
1 MB

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Foolproof

A Drexler University Novel


By Jennifer Blackwood, Candace Havens

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2015 Jennifer Blackwood
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-150-7


CHAPTER 1

Jules

Good: giving a guy a heart attack from your wardrobe choice.

Bad: guy having a literal heart attack.

The worst part? My "killer" outfit wasn't even cute. And it definitely wasn't a guy I was trying to impress. Nope. Instead, I stood in my baggy green Office Jax shirt, hovered over my middle-aged coworker as he clutched his chest, beads of sweat pouring down his red face.

I scanned the service floor for Jack, the owner of Office Jax. The store was empty, no one around to help Mike—except me. And for a pre-med student, I had no clue what the hell I was doing. People assumed since I sported acceptance into Drexler's medical program, I had some massive knowledge about all things medical, but I wouldn't be learning any lifesaving techniques or medical procedures until I was actually in school. So at this moment? Totally screwed. Like only one Oreo left in the sleeve and all the grocery stores are closed screwed.

I took one last look around the store, praying for Jack to walk through the sliding doors like a white knight coming to save the day, but with the only sounds in the store being Mandy Moore's "Candy" streaming through the intercom and no footsteps, it was apparent I was on my own. I let out a heavy sigh and rocked back on my heels. Of course something would go wrong as soon as Jack went on lunch break. Nothing bad ever happened at a convenient time—like when I actually had a medical textbook handy. "Hold on, Mike. I'm calling for an ambulance."

Mike gave a weak nod, the sweat from his face dripping onto the linoleum floor. My scalp prickled as I surveyed his declining state. Red face. Shortness of breath. Pain in arm. All roads led to a heart attack. C'mon, think, Ms. Future M.D. I was rewarded with a symphony of crickets.

Sweat started to pool at the small of my back, and I wiped the back of my hand over my slick forehead. Damn it, do something! But for the life of me, I couldn't remember anything from my CPR classes, the information locked away in a part of my brain that wasn't functioning during my inner freak-out. Should I give him aspirin? That one commercial for Bayer flashed through my mind. Heck, who actually bought Bayer besides people over seventy?

I looked around the store. Maybe Jack kept some medicine around in the staff room? Doubtful. He didn't strike me as the free handouts type. My gaze landed on the walk-up ladder, the place where this incident started.

Guilt threaded through my stomach, knotting my insides like a tightly wound ball of yarn. This was my fault. If I'd helped Mike haul that mammoth of an office chair onto the overhead storage shelf instead of letting him be all macho caveman I don't need your help with this, Jules, he probably wouldn't be in this situation. To make it worse, my shirt had ridden up as I was tying my hair into a bun, and Mike had looked over, checking out my stomach, just before he dropped the box and doubled over. My pulse throbbed in my ears, my vision wavering. God, what if he died?

I shook my head. I could not think that way.

Mmmkay, girl, this is your chance to prove you got the lady cojones.

I gave myself a mental pat on the back and left Mike's side. Pulling out my phone from, I dialed 911, my shaky hands barely able to punch in the three digits. The dispatcher picked up on the second ring, her voice calm and level. "911, what's your emergency?"

I inhaled deeply, willing my mind to stop spinning. You can do this. Help Mike. "Yes, I have a—hold on." I turned to Mike. "How old are you?"

"Why does that matter? Just tell them the address."

I put my hand on his shoulder. "It's important they know how old you are." At least that's what all my favorite hospital shows emphasized.

Mike gave me a pointed glare.

Oh-kay.

I chewed on the inside of my cheek. Didn't he know how important details were in life-threatening situations? It's okay, just sound professional. Fake it. "I have a middle-aged man, who I believe is having a heart attack."

"All right, ma'am. What's your address?"

Shit, I should have had that information ready before I called. "Just a sec." I put my hand over the speaker. "Do you know the address?"

Mike stared at me, his eyes wide with horror, like I was the most incompetent person to be dealing with this situation. Quite possible. Having a 4.0 GPA clearly did not equate to nerves of steel in emergency situations.

"Right. I think the address is on a pamphlet up front. I'll be right back." I shot up from my squatting position and, as I sped toward the customer service station, my boot caught on Mike. I toppled over his thick body, and he let out a loud groan as my knee connected with his gut. My phone sailed through the air until it crashed against the Customer Service counter.

"Shit," Mike hissed.

I scrambled to my feet and went back to his side. "Oh my God, I'm so sorry."

I tried to dust off the mark my shoe left on his uniform, but he brushed me off. "Damn it, Jules, get me an ambulance!"

"Right. Sorry." I wiped my sweaty palms against my pants and went to grab my phone.

Tears pooled in the corners of my eyes. Did I have to be such a screw up right this second? I mean, I had another seven hours left in this day. It would be much appreciated—by Mike and me—if I could cash in the bumbling nervous crap after I got off work.

Sweet baby cheeses, get it together. My coworker was having a heart attack, and I was the one having a mental breakdown. No time for that. He needed help—and quick. Squashing down those thoughts, I beelined it to my phone and pulled it together long enough to rattle off the address I found on the back of a printer protection plan pamphlet.

The dispatcher assured me an ambulance was five minutes out. Good. The faster we got him out of here, the better chances he'd have at a full recovery. Even though my pulse hammered like I was going into cardiac arrest, and my mind raced a million miles a minute, I needed to hold it together. This was going to be my life in five years. Hopefully the jittery factor would diminish with a med school degree. But as of right now, instead of M.D. after my name, I was Jules Carmichael: employee at Office Jax—pushing protection plans, memberships, and listening to people's printer woes.

I kept the phone pressed to my ear, followed the operator's instructions to stay on the line, and told Mike, "They'll be here soon." I took his hand in my own and squeezed. "It'll be all right. My grandpa had a heart attack a few years back. EMTs get here really fast."

Mike looked up, his eyes assessing whether or not to believe me. "Yeah?"

"Mm-hmm." I massaged his palm, thinking back to fishing with my grandpa on the dock of his Georgia estate. I'd spend three weeks every summer in Peach Grove. Three weeks filled with fishing, drive-in movies, ice cream, and more fishing. Without fail, he'd catch the biggest fish in the lake, releasing it as soon as he reeled it in. We'd continue this until lunchtime when Nanna brought us PB and Js. God, I missed him.

"What happened?"

The hairs on the back of my neck prickled. Crap. "Oh, uh—"

His face fell. "He didn't make it, huh?"

I inwardly groaned. Votes tabulated, official results: Jules wins worst comforter in emergency situations. "No." Girl, you are going to need some better material to comfort future patients.

I mentally side-eyed my subconscious. No shit, Sherlock.

We remained in uncomfortable silence for a few minutes, Mike focusing on his breathing, me focusing on not screwing up anymore, occasionally updating the operator. Rocking back on my heels, I stared at the shiny tip of my stiletto boot, a scuff mark on the floor, anywhere but Mike. Bile crept up my throat, and I quickly tamped it down, focusing on breathing through my nose and not upsetting him any further. Heck, after that slapstick routine, he probably expected me to do something as messed up as puking on him by now.

A few minutes later, the ambulance careened through the parking lot, and two first responders jumped out and rushed inside to Mike. I stepped back and watched them haul him away in the bus. I blew out a sigh and leaned against the counter, blocking out "Ice Ice Baby," which threatened to make my ears bleed. One week on the job and I already wanted to tear out the speaker system in this place. Throwback songs were cool, just not ones from the decade of inflatable furniture and Tamagotchi's.


Jack came back a couple minutes after the ambulance left and let me off early. I clocked out and made my way to my Subaru in the parking lot, barely holding it together, hands violently trembling. I slid into the car and pressed my head into the back of the worn leather seat. What was up with me back there? So much for calm and collected.

What would Mom say? I screwed my eyes shut, dots swarming against the darkness. She'd say that the medical field was the only reliable job market nowadays and to suck it up. I agreed, it was reliable, and I was ready for the payoff when I graduated med school.

I opened the glove compartment and pulled out a stick of gum and popped it in my mouth, chewing it until my jaw ached. I focused on pushing away the self-destruction looming along the peripherals of my frontal lobe.

That was some scary shit back there. I'd never actually seen anyone have a heart attack before. Watching it on TV, I could remain an impartial third party, yell at the characters on the screen, wipe drool off my face while the hottie doctor saved the patient. But in real life, I realized just how underprepared I was to handle those types of situations.

After going through at least six ways I could have done the whole call differently—like, HELLO, having the address handy!—I started up the car.

I rested my head on the steering wheel and breathed deeply through my nose. The bass of a rap song pulsed through my body as I tried to let the music take me away, like it usually did. But even that couldn't calm my nerves. Ever since I cracked the perfectly molded armor of my I have my life together façade by getting caught up in Adderall, pieces kept flaking off, exposing every flaw. All those years spent creating an image I couldn't uphold completely wasted.

My throat constricted as tears blurred my vision. Maybe I should focus on biology, get a job in a lab, away from society.

You'd probably contaminate some vials and start a SARS epidemic.

This pep talk was so not helping.

No, this called for the big guns. Payton. Best friend extraordinaire. She'd know what to do; maybe she'd have some suggestions on how to get over these post-emergency jitters. I put my car in gear and made the fifteen-minute trip back to our Whisky Creek apartment complex.

When I burst through the door, Payton lay sprawled across the couch, skimming through a running magazine. She must've still been mulling over which races to enter for July and August, like she had been all week. In terms of running, she was Grade A badass, running faster than I could ever attempt, even if my favorite celeb was at the finish line offering to be my baby daddy.

"Sup, bitch?" I threw my keys and purse on the counter and made my way to the sofa.

She looked up from the magazine and smiled. "Not much, skank. How was work?"

Payton had been my roommate since last summer. We'd bonded over our mutual caffeine and chocolate addiction, and the fact we were both med majors. Eat chocolate. Drink coffee. Study. Sleep. Repeat. Except it was currently summer, so studying was pushed off for a few more months.

I gave her a hug and then collapsed on the edge of the couch she wasn't occupying. "Sucked. My coworker had a heart attack."

"What?" She sat up and rolled the magazine in her hands, one eyebrow jetting up her forehead. "For real?"

"Yeah." I put my shaking hands on display. "This hasn't stopped since he went down for the count. Poor guy, I called down to the hospital, but they wouldn't tell me how he was doing."

"How are you doing?"

Horrible? Like curling up in the fetal position and eating a whole sleeve of Oreos.

"Fine." I knew what she meant, though, even if she didn't say it outright. She was asking if I was thinking about relapsing.

I was damn proud of my six months sober status. Did a pick-me-up sound hella good right about now? Heck yes. But I was better than that. I broke up with Adderall a long time ago, and didn't want to go down that road again. But convincing people of this proved to be a tougher feat. Especially Mom and Dad. I had my lowlife brother, Eric, to thank for that one.

I'd been trying to compensate for his mistakes since I was fifteen and, last year, drove myself into the ground. Between work and school, I didn't have enough time to keep up with everything. When a guy in my class offered to hook me up with some "study aids" I jumped at the chance—and voilà, first class ticket to rehab.

The need to juggle fifty things at once like Martha Stewart planning a holiday party at the White House still clawed at the back of my brain. An annoying itch that I couldn't scratch. So instead of having copious amounts of artificial energy to perform, I chugged coffee by the gallon and struggled to make it work.

Payton stared at me with an arched brow. She totally didn't buy what I was selling.

"Just a little shaken up. I see my counselor tomorrow; I'll talk about it then." Part of the agreement for finishing my rehab included weekly counseling sessions. At first, I hated seeing a psychologist, but now? I liked talking about my problems to someone who wasn't going to judge me.

She nodded and squeezed my hand. "I'm so proud of you."

I blew out a breath, my bangs fanning over my forehead. "Thanks." I just wished she was proud of me for something other than not popping pills.

CHAPTER 2

Ryan

My plane landed, the massive hunk of metal rocketing across the tarmac at McKinleyville. I pressed my head against the back of my seat and blew out a sigh as the flight attendant announced our early arrival. Great, more time for Dad to really take a dig at my performance at Baylor. Perfect start to the summer.

I pulled out my cell phone and powered it up. Seven unread messages from Lex rapid-fired across the screen. How many times could someone say they were sorry? She was up to two hundred and thirty-one. I quickly typed in Go fuck yourself but then deleted it. No use giving her the satisfaction of a response. Silence said it all. You messed up, now deal with it.

As I clicked out of her message, a text rang in from Dad.

In short-term parking. See u soon.

Home sweet fucking home.

I hadn't talked to him since he'd received my academic expulsion letter from Baylor. He bought a one-way ticket to McKinleyville, the closest airport from Spring Hill, for me and said "we'd talk later."

I had a feeling there wouldn't be much talking, just a lot of yelling, especially when he just dropped thousands on my schooling. I didn't blame him for being pissed—I just didn't want to be within a ten mile radius of the aftermath.

The plane pulled up to the terminal and the fasten seatbelt sign clicked off. Would the flight attendants really notice if I stayed on the plane and got off at the Seattle stop while my luggage circled around baggage claim and my dad stewed in the car? I'd heard about people stowing away on airlines, couldn't be too hard. Anything seemed like a better option than spending my summer at home with Dad, working at the store. The only reason I was home and not back in Texas, crashing with friends, was the fact that everyone went home for the summer, and I didn't have a job there. No money equaled summer from hell at home.

An elderly lady sitting to my left tapped my shoulder, giving a short reprieve from the Ryan Pity Party. "Excuse me, could you help me with my bag?" She pointed to the overhead compartment. "The purple one."


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Foolproof by Jennifer Blackwood, Candace Havens. Copyright © 2015 Jennifer Blackwood. Excerpted by permission of Entangled Publishing, LLC.
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Meet the Author

Jennifer Blackwood is an English teacher and New Adult author. She lives in Oregon with her husband, son, and poorly behaved black lab puppy. When she isn't writing or teaching, she's binging on Veronica Mars episodes and white cheddar popcorn.

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Foolproof (Entangled Embrace) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous 12 days ago
Love this series...hope it continues...love jules amd ryan and would like more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful novel. Great love story! Is there another book? Loved all the twists and turns. If you like Romance this books for you. Great reading, couldn't put it down. Thanks "B"
Megan_BedroomBookworms More than 1 year ago
This is book two in the Entangled Encounters series, but at no time did I feel like I was missing part of the story. If you haven’t already read book one, Unethical don’t worry you don’t need to in order to read Foolproof. Overall Rating: 3.5 Stars – Worth a few minutes before bedtime. Foolproof features our heroine, Jules and hero, Ryan. Both characters are going through things in their lives and trying to figure out what they want for their future. In the mean time they both decide to partake in a summer fling, but of course things always intensify from there. I was definitely feeling our hero, Ryan. We get his point of view every other chapter and it really helped me to see the things that he was working through in his life too. The whole timeline of his girlfriend breakup, school issues, and last time he had sex was a little off for me, but I figured you just have to roll with it. Jules, our heroine was a little on the weak side for me, she had this way of way over thinking everything and that’s saying something considering I can over think Just about anything. Right from the beginning this character was not impressing me, she just came off as neurotic. Foolproof was a great traditional romance, but it was just that, a traditional romance. Or at least what I consider a traditional romance. It was fluffy smut. I like more in my reads. More angst, more actions, more drama. More everything. The story and their problems just came together too easily for me. They had issues sure but those solutions came too quick and easy for me to really enjoy it. I’d definitely recommend this book for those people who like more traditional and easy going romance books. Foolproof would be a great beach read this summer when you’re just looking for something quick an fun. Stick it on your kindle now so you have it when you need it.
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I LOVED Foolproof! From the 90′s references to office supplies jokes, this book is a great follow-up to Unethical. I enjoyed watching Jules and Ryan grow, not just together, but separately into their better selves. I have nothing but love for this book. 5/5 stars!
love2dazzle More than 1 year ago
"Foolproof" by Jennifer Blackwood was a very entertaining and fun read. Jules Carmichael has had her future planned out forever. She has planned to become a doctor, but now Jules is thinking that she doesn't want to be a doctor anymore. The last thing that Jules wants to do is disappoint her parents. When Jules meets Ryan while working at her summer job, she thinks that he is a major jerk, but she can't get over how attractive he is. Ryan DeShane was not planning on coming home for the summer but when he flunked out of college, his dad went off on him and told him that he had to come home and figure out what he was going to do with his life since he can't just sit around and hide. Ryan wants to figure out what to do with his life but the options before him don't interest him. He has the option of running is dad's store or joining the police academy like his uncle. Then Ryan's life starts becoming even more complicated. It is definitely very interesting reading how Jules and Ryan interact with each other. I think their playful banter is also a lot of fun. I loved getting to read about these two characters falling in love. I think this novel has a pretty realistic storyline, so I thought that was a nice change. Blackwood is definitely a great writer that is able to keep your attention.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
When Jules Carmichael meets Ryan DeShane, they don't hit it off. She thinks he's a jerk and he thinks that she's clueless. Talk about a love-hate relationship. Can these two work together at Office Jax without killing each other? Finding out the answer is rewarding. Both Jules and Ryan have serious emotional baggage as well as serious chemistry. It was easy to care for both of them. They are compelling characters with issues that I could understand. The dialogue was on target and sometimes snarky. It added to the story's impact. I wanted both Jules and Ryan to stand up for themselves and make their own choices. The secondary characters were interesting and helped ramp up the tension. Jennifer Blackwood wrote an amazing story. I was immediately drawn into Foolproof.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
I loved this novel. It is set at the fictional Drexler University and stars Ryan and Jules. They instantly rub each other the wrong way, each thinking the worst of each other... Eventually Ryan realizes that Jules isn't a stuck up princess, and Jules realizes that Ryan isn't just a party-boy player. They slowly become friends and lovers. I loved how the story should a normal college experience, including character growth, humor, and steamy attraction.  This is one of the best written new adult novels that I have read in the last few years, if features funny dialogue, realistic characters, and a realistic plot. I recommend it to anyone who loves a great romance!  I was given a free copy for an honest review. 
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
:  3.75 stars--FOOLPROOF is the second installment in Jennifer Blackwood’s new adult, contemporary Drexler University erotic romance series. This is former business student Ryan DeShane and pre med student Jules Carmichael.  Although FOOLPROOF is the second installment in the series, it can be read as a stand alone.   Told from alternating first person points of view (Jules and Ryan) FOOLPROOF follows the building relationship between two twenty something university students Jules and Ryan. Off for the summer break, Jules and Ryan will find themselves as co-workers at Ryan’s father’s retail office supply store-Office Jax. What follows is a nasty introduction between two people whose immaturity and indecisions play a major role in their respective dysfunctional family visits, work habits, and previous relationships. When Jules tries to befriend the boss’s son, she gets snarky attitude and a cold shoulder in return. This is going to be a long summer! The relationship between our couple begins combatively but their attraction to one another is immediate. Ryan is unhappy; his life is a mess; his girlfriend cheated on him with his roommate: and he has to spend the summer working for his dad. Enter Juliette (Jules) Carmichael-a feisty pre med student who doesn’t take any crap from the boss’s son. With her future all but planned out by her parents, Jules is on the verge of self-destruction and walking away without a backward glance. The $ex scenes are erotic, spontaneous and little bit risky! When Ryan uncovers an article about the ‘6 Ultimate Steps to the Perfect Summer Fling’, he will use this to his advantage only to have Jules discover that perhaps everything about their relationship has been based on a lie and a magazine article.  There is a playful banter between Jules and Ryan throughout the storyline-one using 90s music as the basis for many a comment or text. Ryan’s father likes to play 90s music in the store and our couple use this for fun and mutual enjoyment. The secondary and supporting characters include Ryan’s father and uncle who battle one another over Ryan’s future; Jule’s mother whose need to control her child’s future pits mother against daughter; and Blake and Payton (the couple from book one UNETHICAL)-Ryan and Jule’s best friends. The world building focuses on the friendship between our couples; family disappointment and support; as well as a summer spent falling in love. In the end, Jules and Ryan’s future plans will have changed and we watch as our couple learns that if you want something, go for it, because in the end, ‘you are the key to your own happiness.’ FOOLPROOF  is an imaginative and realistic storyline with a little bit of humor, romance, sex and fun. There are moments of heartbreak for two adult children whose parents see failure and disappointment; blended with a building romance between two lost souls who have found one another when they needed it the most. 
mysticrosetiger More than 1 year ago
This book is a good read. Jules and Ryan story is follow your heart and do what's best for you.
nancylm More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Drexler University Series, but can be read as a stand alone. It's Jules story after her rehab stint. Jules is now working at Office Jax for the summer. She is trying to sort out whether to go to med school as her parents wish or study what her heart desires. Ryan, the owner's son shows up one day after flunking out of college. His father gives him no choice but to work the summer at Office Jax and have a decision by summer's end as to what he is going to do with his future. Jules and Ryan clash at first. After noticing a magazine article in the break room about summer flings Ryan decides to follow the steps and Jules  is his target. Jules and Ryan's chemistry is hot and their banter is very entertaining.  **ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great NA romance! Fun, light-hearted, and very steamy. 
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This new adult romance is the story of Jules and Ryan. Working at his dad's company Office Jax for the summer isn't what Ryan had hoped to be doing but quitting college left him with few options. When he meets Jules there, they get off on the wrong foot (though he is attracted to her), until he finds a magazine article that gives him the plan to have a no strings summer fling with Jules. The plan works a little too perfectly, and suddenly he finds that things are becoming more complicated than he expected. But when Jules finds out about his plan, will she confess to her own burgeoning feelings or call it quits? Though this story started out a bit rocky for me, I did get more interested in it as it went along, and ended up quite enjoying it. The difficult start for me was that I didn't care for either character - Ryan acted like a jerk and Jules wasn't particularly attractive to me either, so it's hard to be vested in a romance where you don't like the main characters. However as the story progressed I found that the characters grew on me and started acting more like a couple that could have a chance at a relationship. Ryan admitted to his failings and that went a long way to making him more likeable to me. This is definitely one of those stories where you have to appreciate the characters ages and how it makes them act - sometimes like spoiled brats, sometimes like adults who are learning what they need to do to make it in this world. Both characters have complicated family dynamics to deal with and that was a large part of the story and added some definite tension to the plot. When they do finally get their act together, the love scenes between them are steamy and emotional. One overall theme that I really liked and found quite amusing was how Jules and Ryan would work song titles into their texts and notes to each other. Overall, once I got past my initial misgivings, I did enjoy the story and I found it an entertaining read. 4 stars.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book! Completely enjoyed this group of characters and loved the fact that Ryan uses a magazine article to help him get the girl. Great writing kept this story moving along while letting us really get to know the characters. Couldn't help but pull for Jules to find her own way. This is definitely one I would recommend.
christokes More than 1 year ago
This book is incredible! I enjoyed UNETHICAL, the first installment in the series featuring Payton and Blake and their second chance at romance. UNETHICAL put Jennifer Blackwood on my TBR radar and Foolproof, the second installment, blew me away! Foolproof is the story of Jules and Ryan. Jules is in the first book, introduced as Payton’s best friend and roommate. Ryan is Blake’s friend from high school. When they meet, it is a chance encounter and anything but sweet. There is angst, drama, innuendos, and frustration between these two in the work place. Yet as the summer continues they cannot deny their attraction and something sparks between these two characters. It all comes down to this: is it just a summer fling or something so much more? How do I even begin to describe this book? Let’s start with the humor. There are some books that make you smile with their jokes and humor, but Foolproof drove me to snorting laughter that would, no joke, spontaneously come out of my mouth. The humor would always take my by surprise and the jokes were hilarious. The references to the 90s, both musical and cultural, was an incredible bonus while reading this story! The humor and fun made this book my favorite read so far in 2015. Those golden nuggets added a whole new level of perfection to this story. I will never be able to look at office supplies the same again! Ryan and Jules are two characters with a lot going on emotionally in this story. Ryan is struggling with plans for his future and trying to find out what his options are and which one he will ultimately take. He is the sexy flirt that seems to not have a care in the world, when he is really just trying to stay afloat in life. Jules is on a career path she wants nothing to do with and it is slowly eating her happiness alive. She has overcome some major issues and is attempting to put her life back together. She is strong and sweet, learning to trust herself again. The drama and angst from those situations is perfectly portrayed in such a way that is well portioned and not over the top or overwhelming. Their struggle is real and their strife and confusion draws the reader into their lives. I was cheering these two on, wanting them to embrace their future and run after the things they wanted to do with their lives. One of my absolute favorite parts of this book was the growth that took place in Ryan and Jules. They grew together, but more importantly they had personal growth. These two were wandering in life with no clear direction of where to go. They had to make the hard choices for their future, and what I appreciated most, is that they did it for themselves and not for each other. They both had so many powerful moments of self-discovery, which made them stronger and more equipped to deal with their life ahead. Being together may have been the catalyst to finding the strength to make these hard choices, but in the end, it was all about who they were individually and what they wanted. Foolproof is a story of self discovery but it is also a story of love. I could not get enough of Ryan and Jules. Their flirting was epic and their fling turned love story was perfect. There were sweet moments and sexy moments. Their connection started as something to pass the time but grew deeper and stronger as their personal problems and drama weaved their lives and emotions together. These two make each other better and I loved that! Jennifer Blackwood has given us another incredible story in the Drexler University series, filled with new characters, weaving in and out with our old favorites. I am ready for whatever she has next and attempting to wait patiently. With both UNETHICAL and Foolproof under her belt, the sky is the limit for this wonderfully talented author!
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It had everything I love about New Adult and about romance in general. We have a couple that is obviously into each other, but they just don't want to admit he. He's coming out of a bad relationship and just doesn't like girls right now. She's overwhelmed with a demanding family that is pushing her into something she doesn't want to do. Their solution? A summer fling! Now this wouldn't be much of a romance if the fling didn't go somewhere - so don't worry it does. But along the way we get a flashback to 90's music, apologies on both sides, and crazy ex, and some amazing friends to help out. I really do think the 90's music and the "love letters" passed at work were some of my favorite parts. I wish I'd had a romance like that when I was in school - but that's the point of the book right? To let you experience something new and amazing. This is book two, and I bet I know who the couple in book one are. So I'm going to be putting that one up as my next non-request/TBR pile read because I really want to read more by this author. *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable, easy read story! I enjoyed the first book in this Drexler University series and after reading it said I would be looking out for future novels by this author, so when offered an ARC by the publishers in exchange for this, an honest review, well I just had to say yes! The first book told the story of Payton and Blake, both of whom have significant roles in this story which actually focusses on the best friends of both of them! However, I don’t believe you need to have read the first book (‘Unethical’) to enjoy this sequel. Jules was so determined to keep up a high work rate and succumbed to temptation, being conned into taking drugs to help her do so by her boyfriend at that time. She now realises the stupidity of her actions, has come out of rehab and is trying to get her life back into gear working at Office Jax for the summer before studying a pre-med course. Her Mum is always on her case, checking up on her and nothing Jules can do ever seems good enough for her. Ryan has been thrown off his course – even though he was so near to the end of it! He had a traumatic break up with his girlfriend, Lex, who now is forever texting and calling trying to get back with him. His Dad has made him work at his store – Office Jax. The first day there he is obnoxious and rude to Jules, who doesn’t understand why. Later he finds a woman’s magazine which includes an intriguing article entitled “Six Ultimate Steps to the Perfect Summer Fling”. He thinks this is a brilliant idea – and the target of his summer time fling is Jules! The characters are generally well portrayed, the parental expectations (without consultation with their children) and their impact on their offspring are explored. There’s plenty of angst, turmoil, misunderstanding and indecision in this story which is told from the points of view of both Jules and Ryan as they try to determine their future both as individuals and, eventually, as a couple.