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Plain Jayne
     

Plain Jayne

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by Laura Drewry
 
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In the debut of Laura Drewry’s funny, heartwarming Friends First series, 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

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USA TODAY BESTSELLER

In the debut of Laura Drewry’s funny, heartwarming Friends First series, 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.

Praise for Plain Jayne
 
“This romance is a tale told well—without being overly steamy—and romance readers will find themselves awake well into the night, rooting for Nick and Jayne.”Library Journal
 
“[Plain Jayne is] comical, sweet, cute and refreshingly innocent. It will grab you with its sage and witty eighties’ movie quotes . . . and keep you entertained with a great playlist sung, probably off key, by none other than Jayne, and its witty banter between well-developed characters.”—TJ Loves to Read
 
“A great friends-to-lovers story . . . If you enjoy slow-burn romance, then you’re in for a real treat.”—Girl Meets Books
 
“If you’re looking for a wonderfully romantic, touching story to curl up and enjoy, Plain Jayne is the perfect book for you.”—Tome Tender
 
“Funny, sweet and sad . . . I simply loved this book. . . . Four solid stars.”—You Gotta Read
 
“An emotional story of friendship, forgiveness, healing and the power of love.”—Red’s Hot Reads
 
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
04/15/2014
Jayne and Nick have been friends since kindergarten, but the last time Jayne saw Nick, he was kicking her out of his wife's funeral. When Gran dies and leaves her the old bookstore, Jayne must return to Newport Ridge. What she finds is a mess of a bookstore, a very unhappy welcome from Nick's girlfriend, and an unmistakable attraction to her platonic friend! VERDICT Drewry's latest is the story of two friends who work hard to stay friends when all they really want to do is throw themselves at each other. A tale told well—without being overly steamy. [Xpress Reviews, 3/21/14.]—Judy Taylor Garner, Strayer Univ., Glen Allen, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804177733
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/08/2014
Series:
Friends First , #1
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
54,319
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Laura Drewry had been scribbling things for years before she decided to seriously sit down and write. After spending eight years in the Canadian north, Laura now lives back home in southwestern British Columbia with her husband, three sons, a turtle named Sheldon, and an extremely energetic German shepherd. She loves old tattered books, good movies, country music, and the New York Yankees.

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Plain Jayne 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
burns_erin More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. This author appears to have a slight obsession with John Hughes and the 80's, as the chapters start with movie quotes, he's referenced several times throughout, and hits from the 80's were featured prominently. Personally, I found it all amusing but younger readers are likely to be a bit confused. This is a saccharine sweet friends to lovers story. Nick and Jayne have been best friends since kindergarten, but while Jayne has always loved Nick, he gets to win the prize for most clueless human being on the planet. Nick has spent the past 25 years seeing Jayne as his best bud and for 80% of this book he's in a relationship with another woman, a perfect, sweet beautiful woman just like his deceased wife. Jayne is long-suffering and doesn't do a thing about her feelings, but that's somewhat understandable considering her family history. That's actually the party of the story that worked for me-the resolution of her family background. When Jayne moves back to her hometown she finds a new perspective on the grandmother who raised her and as she makes friends she changes and grows. It was really lovely how the thing that seemed to be the most spiteful from her grandmother was actually meant to be a kindness, and that the bad parts of her life let her be there for one of her friends. Frankly, I almost wanted Jayne to realize she was perfectly fine without a man, even Nick. While I found the pacing to be overly slow and repetitive, it was still a well-written book, and if you like a slowly developed friends to lovers saga that's not sexually explicit in the slightest this may be the book for you. I struggled on rating this because I think some of my issues are more because it's not my cup of tea than because of any inherent problem or inadequacy in the book itself. Nevertheless, in the end, no amount of 80's greatness could pull this up further than 3 stars, and I'll be honest, one of those stars is because of the 80's greatness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always been a big fan of the whole friends to lovers story line. I felt the ending was more than a little rushed,well alot rushed!! But it still was a sweet love story. Looking forward to Carters story.
Summergirl1846 More than 1 year ago
Great book! This my first time reading this author's book and I really enjoyed it, I enjoyed the little references to John Hugh's movies as well! I'm already ready the 2nd book and love it even more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this story of friendship leading to something different. Nice to read a book that focuses on the character dynamics, instead of the "bedroom".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Happy story, happy friend, enjoyed the read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderfully sweet romance of best friends in love. And Laura Drewry is a new author for me. I enjoyed her style and voice...especially the 80's music references. Brought me back! Jayne and Nick have been friends for 25 years! They know each other better than they know themselves. This is a very slow simmer build up to their culmination of exposing their hearts to each other. What a beautiful story. There is so much sweetness going on between them that it melts my heart. But as the omnisciant reader I have the urge to smack Nick upside his head so many times for being so blind. But as living proof of friendship turned marriage I know how long it takes for a person to realise what they have in front of them. Seriously, I can not smile enough. It is that good! AND it's the start of a series! Even better!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book - easy and entertaining.
Bethany_G More than 1 year ago
This is first book I have read by this author and I can say I'm officially a fan. I really enjoyed the writing style and way the background of these two very likable characters was set up for the reader. I really enjoy a good friend to lovers book but this one was great! Although Nick and Jayne don't get their acts together for a while, it was worth the wait in the end! Great read!
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s0177378 More than 1 year ago
Romance..... sigh i liked the characters but i feel like it was a teen book. i read that many pages for.... a kiss? no sex scene? it took that long in to the book to have him make a move ? I felt that the book wasn't balanced it took to long to get to the climax of the book and it was cut off too short its like the author spent more time on the before than the during and after... i think the author should rewrite it because the book and characters really do have potential... and i have read a lot of romance novels
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutly love this book. I found the plot good and the story it self wonderful and unique. I finished this book in one day so i found it very hard to put down. I loved every charecters personality, i found them very unique and they all seem to fit the discription. The language was mild and i really like that. I am a 14 year old christian girl so i dont like to see terrible cuss words to be used but i also dont like to hide them because it is part of the world and everyone is exposed to it. Also the book never got detailed about sex so i would difinatly reccomend it to a young teen such as myself. SPOILER ALERT: (the only thing that i didnt care for was how it wasnt until the end of the book when Jayne and Nick got together but i also understand why the author did this and that that was just the way the story went.) The topic of the book really opens you mind up to new ideas of love. But over all i enjoyed it i would recomend it to ayone reading a romance novel.
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
Plain Jayne by Laura Drewry was a simple, and sweet friends to lovers story. Jayne Morgan and Nick Scott were best friends from Kindergarten until Jayne left town at 18. Jayne was raised by her grandmother who made it clear to her that she was unhappy about raising another child. She never abused her but she never showed Jayne love and affection either. Nick, on the other hand, was raised in your typical family with a lot of love and affection. Jayne comes back to the small Canadian town that she left at 18 because her grandmother has passed away and left Jayne her bookstore. The first person that she sees when she drives into town is Nick. She thought they were best friends but he had escorted her out of the church during his wife’s funeral because the families didn’t think she should be there. Jayne thought she had finally achieved her dream when she found out that she had inherited her grandmother’s bookstore. She has packed up her entire life and returned only to find out that the bookstore is a shambles. It’s filled with junk and trash. Then she finds out that she is on a tight schedule to get the place cleaned up and updated to code by the city. Nick jumps in to help her . Luckily, for her, he’s a contractor and can provide the kind of help that she needs to make her dream come true. Nick is currently dating another woman; and he honestly doesn’t realize that he is in love with Jayne. Jayne, on the other hand, knows how she feels about Nick but doesn’t want to take the chance of losing their friendship. Throughout the book, you get to see how their relationship grows in the normal day-to-day situations of life. This, for me, was the best part of the book. However, it was also the longest part of the book because it was almost the end of the book before Jayne and Nick FINALLY realized what they had together. I will definitely be looking forward to more books from Laura Drewry in the future. I was provided an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher Random House/Loveswept in exchange for an honest review. Thank you NetGalley and Random House.
ssmommie75TB More than 1 year ago
Plain Jayne had a good story line,  however the book seemed to move really slowly.  It is also a fairly clean book, with just a few minor   language scenes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cutest story ever......loved loved loved it!!!! I stayed up way too late to finish this book because i just couldnt stop reading! A truely wonderfu love story!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best romance books I've read in quite some time. I always love stories that focus on best friends falling in love; Drewry knocks this cliche storyline out of the park! Nick is the classic, all around great guy and Jayne is the typical off-beat and cute girl. (I realize they are 30 in the story...I'm from Texas and girl is pretty generic term for a female.) The supporting characters are written just as well. The believable everyday happenings made this story feel very genuine as opposed to the billionaire whisking a girl away that typically appears in a romance. I'm not sure if this would've taken away from the story if it wasn't present (it certainly added to the story) but the inclusion of quotes from the classic John Hughes movies was really fun. It certainly was nostalgic and I have this urge to watch Some Kind of Wonderful and Pretty in Pink like you wouldn't believe! One thing I especially appreciated was how tame this story is without sacrificing a building awareness between Nick and Jayne. There are toe-curling kisses and implied intimacy yet it was refreshing to not have the aspect written out over a handful of pages. SPOILER - possibly.....Nick does have a girlfriend at the beginning of the story. Unlike typical romances, she was very likable and Nick handled the ending of that relationship with great integrity. The only drawback for me was the large amount of curse words used; this isn't enough for me to deduct stars as the story was wonderful but it does bear mentioning and would be a caveat that I would have to add when recommending. This book is definitely going to be one of my favorites that I will read again. I enjoyed it so much, that I just went and bought a personal copy!
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JackiesBookWorld More than 1 year ago
Plain Jayne is a heartwarming story of two friends struggling to accept that their relationship is far beyond a friendship one and that they might just belong together after all.  After leaving town to start a new life for herself, Jayne Morgan has returned to take over her grandmother's bookstore. She is determined to move past her childhood struggles and start over again where she once grew up. But Jayne wasn't expecting to see Nick, her childhood best-friend so soon, especially after he chased her out of town four years earlier. Coming back home also means that the town will be talking about her and her relationship with Nick, after being criticized for their friendship and the scandal that she caused by showing up to his wife's funeral couldn't have helped with how the town now sees her as. Now finding out that her grandmother, the women who practically ignored her as a child has left her the bookstore (the place that Jayne has always loved) comes as a surprised. She finds out that repairing it will take some time, and Nick has offered her to stay with him while they fix the bookstore. Having no other choice, Jayne accepts but at the biggest risk of all. The more time they spend together, she knows that she is risking her heart and that one of them will end up getting hurt.  Nick isn't one to care about what other people think of him and his friendship with Jayne, but after what he did to her, he feels the need to help her in hopes that she forgives him for not treating her well when she came to his wife's funeral. The problem now is that, the more he spends time with her, the more he realizes just how much he wants her to stay with him and that being “just friends” isn’t going to be enough anymore.  I absolutely loved reading Plain Jayne, the author did a good job with the pacing of the story and it was also very well-written. The chapters themselves have quotes of various movies, that completely fit with the chapter. The character development is also one of the things that I really liked, it did took the characters a bit more to realize their feelings towards each other, but the various obstacles that they had to go through to get to that point tied the story very well. I found myself liking Nick's character the most, he is a genuine friend that anyone would love to have. He is also overprotective at times, which gave the story more excitement. Overall, the characters had great chemistry and it works out in the end. I highly recommend it.  *ARC provided by NetGalley and publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Sailon More than 1 year ago
You had me with all the 80's movie quotes and kept me with the wonderfully sweet and tender romance. Plain Jane was a fabulously heart warming story of two best friends finding love in each other after years of life has kept them apart.  Jayne Morgan is coming home. She is coming back to run the book store her grandmother left her in her will. To say Jayne is conflicted is putting it mildly. Her grandmother through her out when she was 18 and the only place she ever felt home was the book store. Why would her grandmother leave her something when she hated her so much... Jayne soon discovers the book store is in shambles and packed with junk. Grasping onto her dream of reopening the book store, dealing with the scars of her past and facing a bleak future without finding true love is sitting all on Jayne's shoulders. Nick was always Jayne's rock. When they last saw each other, Nick threw Jayne out of his wife's funeral. Now he wants to make amends, so he pulls out all the stops to help Jayne find her dreams.  The romance is bittersweet, while Jayne is sure of her feelings for Nick but never acts on them. Nick is in denial, while everyone around him can see it plainly...everyone but Jayne. If your looking for a wonderfully romantic, touching story to curl up and enjoy, Plain Jayne is the perfect book for you.
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gromine49 More than 1 year ago
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a sweet, friends to something else romance.  It slowly and sweetly develops with so many moments of discovery that I savored every word in this book.  There are so many secondary characters that are yelling for their story to be written.  Looking forward to more books from this author.
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
As a fan of the friends to lovers theme I was immediately drawn to this story and enjoyed the sweetly nostalgic journey towards romance and ultimately a HEA. Jayne and Nick's deep connection was forged at an early age and weathered many storms of life and death to keep the happiness and love that was right in front of them from coming to fruition. This struggle made their coming together richly rewarding and cheer-inducing and is what kept me on the edge of my seat as each page was turned. Jayne is a likable heroine who hasn't had it easy. She's desperate to find some small crumb that her Grandmother cared about her, but each small glimmer results in disappointment and left me aching even more for her. She's always felt alone and been denied affection growing up, except that which Nick gave her. Because of his care and concern she saw him as her hero and couldn't help falling in love with him. She knew they could never be together in a romantic way as he didn't see her in that light, and therefore friends would have to be enough. The more time they spend together as adults has her deciding it's not enough and it will take a bold step to shake things up. Nick is an admirable hero who was always there for Jayne giving her subtle bits of affection and support. Their relationship started with childlike wonder and has slowly evolved into something stronger and more deep-seated in adulthood. Throughout each of his relationships he's continued to be intertwined with Jayne which has us rooting for him to finally take the plunge and accept the inevitable. Nick is the quintessential hero in his care and support of the emotionally stunted Jayne. Though I was frustrated by how long it took to claim her the wait was worthwhile as their journey to HEA was funny and heartwarming. Throughout it all there was a slow-burn to their relationship that culminates in a sensually sweet ending. Along with an engaging main couple is a colorful cast of secondary characters with larger than life personalities. Small town living is vividly depicted and adds to the nostalgia that the author already brings to the beginning of each chapter with the 80's inspired quotes. Though this book's overall storyline has been seen before, Ms. Drewry has made it her own through heartwarming intimacies and nostalgia. This was my first time reading Ms. Drewry, but as I still have a smile on my face, it won't be my last and I look forward to what she has planned next.