Between Boyfriends

Between Boyfriends

by Sarka-Jonae Miller

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Overview

Between Boyfriends by Sarka-Jonae Miller

At first glance, twenty-one-year-old Jan Weston has it all: a gorgeous boyfriend, fun friends, and wealthy parents who take care of all those pesky credit card bills.

Then her boyfriend dumps her, her friendships fall apart, and her parents cut her off. Suddenly without money, without a man, and without a plan, it's time for Jan to grow up.

Determined to get her life back on track, Jan decides it's time to make it on her own. Can she find her way as a single lady in San Diego? Can she fix her friendships, her job prospects, and her hair? And can she keep her vow that she'll never date again, even after she meets a guy who just might be perfect for her?

BETWEEN BOYFRIENDS is a sexy, hilarious story of living life, finding love, and growing up... but not necessarily in that order.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620151822
Publisher: Libertary Co.
Publication date: 11/07/2013
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Sárka-Jonae is a novelist and a health and fitness writer. She has more than 4,000 articles published online and in print, and is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

Before writing full-time, Sárka-Jonae was a personal fitness trainer and massage therapist. In her free time, Sárka-Jonae likes to do flash mobs and find her way into music video shoots. She has appeared in the Michael Jackson videos "Hold My Hand" with Akon and "Hollywood Tonight." She also practices kung fu and yoga.

Sárka-Jonae is an avid traveler. She has visited Costa Rica, Canada, England, Mexico, and Paradise Island. She has also been to France and Thailand researching her next books.

She lives in San Diego with two cats and two dogs, all rescues. She is a huge animal lover and has been vegan for 14 years, ever since she learned of the horrific torture that factory farms inflict on defenseless farm animals.

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Between Boyfriends 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Lillianne More than 1 year ago
This story is about being young and making impactful decisions. Jan is the only child of two wealthy yet distant parents who pay for her college, her apartment, her fabulous clothes, her MAC makeup...basically everything! When Jan makes a pivotal decision to drop out of college and to go to massage school, Jan loses her parents' financial support. Jan has always had boyfriends. However, under these dire financial circumstances, she decides to give up on having boyfriends and focus on herself. This book is set in San Diego. The story is peppered with family secrets and the dynamics of Jan's relationships with her eclectic group of friends and her parents. I recommend this book. I read it quickly and hope for a sequel. **A special thank you to the author for introducing me to this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's super funny. A quick read and lots of fun. I highly recommend this book.
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! A funny "coming of age" story. I was disappointed when it ended and am looking forward to the next book.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite As Between Boyfriends starts we find out why Jan is between boyfriends, because hers, Mike, dumps her. If you think that’s the worst thing to befall Jan, you would be wrong. After getting dumped over the phone, she vows never to date again and starts taking up new hobbies on the advice of her best friend. These hobbies, unfortunately, don’t soften the blow because when she informs her parents that she quit college to go to massage school, they unceremoniously cut her off financially and disown her. For the spoiled and high maintenance Jan, this is the equivalent of death and now she must learn to make her own way in life. Sarka-Jonae Miller does a good job of creating a character on the cusp of annoying and unlikable. If Jan weren’t so young it would be easy to hate her as a character. She is selfish, spoiled, and lives in a self-created fantasy world where she is Queen. Even after being taken down a peg or two by a few unfortunate events, it takes a while before the Between Boyfriends heroine starts to grow up and make some changes in her life. It’s no wonder her friendships fall apart; the girl can’t even take a healthy dose of the truth from her closest pals. But Sarka-Jonae Miller does redeem Jan and she slowly becomes someone that other people might not just like, but actually want to spend time with. The story was enjoyable but the author spent a lot of time ‘telling’ us what happened than writing the action.
nlohoft More than 1 year ago
I am so excited to be reviewing this book from Sarka-Jonae Miller! I have been hearing about it and I was thrilled to get the chance to read it. I just knew she would be a fabulous writer! In the beginning of this book you are ready to roll your eyes at Jan and how whiney and immature she is. This book is no holds barred when it comes to revealing Jan’s thoughts both good and bad. We all have uncharitable thoughts that we would never actually say out loud, but still think them. I absolutely loved following Jan through her humbling journey in the book. I couldn’t wait to see where she ended up, if she would grow a conscience and start treating people decently. I am happy to say she did……eventually….. This book takes you through her struggle to learn to fend for herself and the friends that were harsh when they needed to be and helped her get back on her feet. I am so excited for the next book in this series to see where it goes from here, because I have a feeling that it will be even better! This book does not have a cliffhanger, per se, but the story is definitely not over. It has that nice wrap up with the possibility for bigger and better things! Feel free to check out more at http://joecoolreview.com
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Jan has finally decided to grow up, get her life on track and take responsibility for her destiny. Not necessarily out of a sense of “it’s what grownups do,” but because she was cut off financially by her wealthy, but distant parents. Between Boyfriends by Sarka-Jonae Miller is a slightly quirky look at one young woman’s coming of age as she sees how empty her life really was and how there truly was more to life than shopping, boyfriends and appearances. Sarka-Jonae Miller has created a light and fluffy “reality check” that, in hindsight, actually had some deep revelations and lessons in life! As she gave “life” to her main character Jan, what I saw was a flat and shallow character, but as the story progresses, Jan gains some much needed personality and dimension! It was the baby steps taken to the “new” Jan that made the story! After all, the journey of life is taken one step at a time! Filled with quirky characters, and enough emotional twists to make my head spin, I enjoyed the pace, which, at times seemed to be like a time lapse photo with words as we watch Jan morph from a self-centered plastic princess to an enchanting and strong person. Is this heavy reading, full of action and suspense? Nope, it’s a good chick-lit kind of book where the heroine doesn’t actually roar, but is definitely a stronger person for learning to live like "common folk" and look beyond herself! I received a review copy as part of the Between Boyfriends Book tour stopping at Tome Tender soon!
twirlygirl25 More than 1 year ago
** spoiler alert ** *Received book in exchange for honest review* Jan is a pampered, spoiled 20 year old that lives off her parents money as she long as she goes to college and pursues an education. What her parents don't know is that she dropped out to pursue massage school as she thought "it might be fun". The story starts with Jan getting dumped by a guy and making a resolution to never date again, earning more than a few eyerolls from her friends. When a friend from class lets it slip that Jan dropped out of State school, she is cut off of money and is forced to get *gasp* a job and support herself, growing up along the way and realizing things about herself that she never did before (like how needy she was for a prime example) and she even manages to gain some new friends on this new journey to self discovery. I read this book at a fairly fast pace as it was engaging. I have to admit, I did not like Jan for a whole and I definitely didn't like Nichole's character. It was nice to see Jan slowly make changes in her life as she realized what was important (like making money or working for a corrupt cell phone provider) and stop being the stuck up princess that everyone knew her as. I liked that the mother ended up with some backstory because I think she deserved it for the behavior she exhibited, at least I definitely wanted to know what was up with her colder than ice attitude. I think her Dad, while he does love her, stood up for too little, too late and I'm glad Jan stood up to both of her parents. And while the search for her grandparents initially was about support financially, as Jan grew up, the reason changed more into her just wanting to get to know them and reach out and be family as her kind of sucked. Which made the returned mail that much sadder to read. In short, engaging read that made me want to keep reading to find out what would happen, although I was a little let down by the ending (even though I understand the author is not yet finished with these characters) as it was just left wide open.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Between Boyfriends is a great read.  It’s got everything you’d expect in a chick-lit book:  good friends, fun, and a little romance, but the thing Sarka-Jonae adds to this story is a journey.  The main character, Jan Weston, is at first a snobby rich girl who judges her worth by what her boyfriends think of her.  She is rude to her girlfriends, wastes money, and spends way too much time looking down on others.  As the story goes on, however, you realize that Jan is the way she is thanks to a lot of blatant disdain and lack of emotional support from her parents.  She’s only twenty-one and has already been written off in her parents’ eyes. As a result of a comment made by her ex-boyfriend, plus the fact that studying bores her to tears and she’s convinced herself she’s destined to fail anyway, Jan drops out of college and enrolls in a massage school instead.  Neglecting to mention it to her parents, who are footing the bill for her tuition as well as for her over-the-top lifestyle, Jan gets herself in a bind when they find out her little secret.  Jan is cut off, and now she is not only boyfriendless, but she’s also penniless and hopeless. We start to see a real transformation happening in Jan, starting with her promise to herself to stop the madness of dating to focus on herself, her friendships, her studies, and her future career.  She’s humbled time and time again by horrible bosses, bad hair days, and her dwindling bank account.  Jan finally realizes that to get anywhere in life, you have to give of yourself and put others first, which is a foreign concept in her family. I highly recommend this book.  Jan is a little hard to take at first, but give her a chance.  She’s got a long way to fall from her lofty pedestal, and the ride down is a bumpy one.  The good news is that every time Jan gets knocked down, she gets back up again stronger, and with a little help from her friends, she finally finds a happy place…Between Boyfriends.
literate2 More than 1 year ago
Let's face it we all know a Jan Weston and most of us don't like her. The problem is, we're in the wrong and Sarka-Jonae Miller does a great job of teaching that lesson in her book, Between Boyfriends.  The book starts out from the perspective of the soon-to-be ex-boyfriend and let's just say, he doesn't paint a pretty picture of the main character. I admit that after reading that I thought, "Good Lord I hope no ex-boyfriend ever thought of me that way." I suspect a few did.  Once we got into Jan's side, things started to look a little different. Initially she came off as snobby, self-centered and almost annoying but quickly Miller began to show us that might not be the case.  There is a major scene in the beginning of the book that, for me, made me sense the main character wasn't going to be what I expected and she wasn't.  Jan quickly comes to realize she can't depend or rely on anyone else. It's a lesson everyone learns to some degree at some point in their life.  There are some big issues tackled in this book and while I think further exploration of some of them would have added to the book, not having that extra depth to them didn't take away from the story.  Not everyone can come to a place of self-reliance and I suspect it's particularly hard for young women like Jan who have underlying baggage and self-esteem issues and have never really had to do the hard work.  Miller makes it happen for her main character by giving her strength and the ability to trust herself.  If I were to say one thing that bothered me about this story I'd have to say I was slightly disturbed in the beginning when Jan is going through her bathroom, finding items that belonged to ex-boyfriends.  Some of them were from men she'd dated a year before and being anal retentive and a clean freak, I found myself cringing at the thought and wondering, when was the last time she'd cleaned?
ChickLitCathy More than 1 year ago
Jan was a prissy, stuck up, shopaholic, boy obsessed, little rich girl who dropped out of school, lied to her parents, and didn't value her friends. When her rich parents disowned her for lying to them and dropping out of school. She changed herself for the better. She focused on herself, massage school, and her friends. She learned how important it was to have a job, friends, and family. This was a great coming of age story with a little humor and romance thrown in. Hoping the author with write a follow up, I'd love to read more about Jan (and Juan)as she continues to grow up.
Kaliha More than 1 year ago
I read this book and really enjoyed it. I could not wait to see how Jan would grow in each chapter. I loved how how Jan grew from a self-aborsbed person to caring, giving, and mature woman. She learned to face her personal and family issues head on e en when it was rough and uncomfortable. I loved how the authored described San Diego as more than Sea world and beaches. As a San Diegian I really appreciated that. I mus say that I could not stand Nicole. Through the book she was mean and unsupportive. She didn't want Jan to change. She almost seemed mad that Jan changed and grew as a person. I can't wait for the next book.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
This was a cute book, the character Jan is a rich spoiled girl and expects people to do everything for her. She is finally forced to be responsible when her parents cut her off. She is forced to get a job and she learns to be a "real friend" to those around her. I am looking forward to reading part 2, hopefully Jan will continue to grow into a more mature person who is responsible and likable. I enjoyed how Jan made a complete turnaround and changed how she acted.
Sarka More than 1 year ago
Amazon Reviews May 4, 2012 By Margaret (Literary Chanteuse) I'm always pleased when I start a chick lit book that contains sassy characters and witty humor and this book has that in abundance. The heroine carries a great deal on her shoulders which lends a lot of emotion to the story as well. I was expecting a bit more of a fairytale ending and for it to be just a wee bit shorter but otherwise a great choice for chick lit fans. Look forward to another book from this author. January 2, 2012 "A" for AMAZING and "E" for EXCELLENT By Hope Caree Bromley I downloaded this off of barnesandnoble.com for NOOK for my Android and I have to say, I have gotten to the middle of Chapter 4 and get deeper into Jan's daily transformations. When I am able to take a few minutes or so out of my hectic days to read another page or two, I get really antsy wondering what is going to happen to Jan next. I have found a bit of humor, revenge, and strength in Jan and she is also a fighter. With this book being an eBook, it is totally PORTABLE and you can read it when you wait in line at Starbucks, the grocery line, stop lights (like I have) and anytime you need to "do something" for those short stalls in your day. You get to follow Jan as she becomes more of an independent woman and get over her ex and "give up on dating" as she calls it. It takes place in San Diego where I live and I am familiar with some of the locations mentioned and that was surprising. I can't wait to read another few pages on my NOOK copy to find out what Jan is thinking next....get a copy for your mobile, Tablet. NOOK, Kindle, iPad or whatever device you use to read books and publications. You will not be disappointed!! Goodreads Reviews Lisa Knapp It's super funny. A quick read and lots of fun. I highly recommend this book. Lewis Funny and fun chick-lit. Sarka Jonae is a writer to watch. She is very entertaining and has a good command of language. I found the novel a fast and interesting read. Book-shelf Shelf A good read that will be enjoyed by all. The characters are real and bring laughter to the reader on most pages. Shelley I know the author. She's smart and has a good sense of humor. I'm very much looking forward to reading her new book on my next vacation! Smashwords Review January 1, 2012 A Fun Read By Alex I will start this review out by being honest. I bought this book on behalf of being a friend of the author and wanted to help her out. I usually read a lot of Sci-Fi, out of the realm of reality books like Tolkien and Arthur C. Clark, but you know what? I'm really, really enjoying this book. It's got excellent characterization. Just about every character in this book is based on someone who you are/know, personality-wise. The interactions between everyone is priceless. The humor is laced with perfectly fitting undertones that make you say, "Wow, these are REAL people." Even though this is based toward a female audience, I'd recommend this to anyone who'd like a humorous/slice of life book to mentally chew on for awhile. 'Tis a great read.Klejackson Loved the book, it's really a great read. I'll be looking forward to the next book. Keep up the great work for us girls.