Jane Dixon is a dating disaster. Flammable tablecloths and broken arms are just a typical evening for her unlucky companions. No wonder Jane never gets past a first date. But luckily her co-worker and new bff says he’s got loads of friends who’d date her more than once. If only she could stop thinking about how much fun he was to hang out with. And she’d never dropped a bucket of ice on his junk. Win.
All attorney Eric Blackwell has to do to make junior partner is not screw anything up for six weeks, which seems like a slam dunk until he finds himself matchmaker to the office “One Date Wonder” aka the boss’s daughter. It’s hard to stay focused when setting up the hottest girl he’s ever met with everyone but himself. Maybe he could just set her up with all the wrong men, and keep his hands off his new friend… Yeah. His promotion is toast.
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Marissa Clarke lives in Texas, where the everything is bigger, especially the mosquitoes. When not writing or reading, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, husband, and a Cairn Terrier named Annabel who rules the house (and Marissa’s heart) with an iron paw. If you love young adult fiction, be sure to check out Marissa’s alter ego, Mary Lindsey!
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An Animal Attraction Romantic Comedy
By Marissa Clarke, Liz Pelletier
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2017 Mary Lindsey
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Operation Smooth Sailing had officially entered week two. All Eric Blackwell needed to do in order to make junior partner at Dixon, Rosenbaum & Schoot was maintain the status quo for the next six weeks. Basically, he just had to stay under the radar and get the Anderson Enterprises acquisition to work out on paper without screwing anything up.
He straightened his tie and pushed the button for the fifteenth floor. Six weeks. No problem. Well, except for that little bit of bad news about some potential negative tax consequences for Anderson Enterprises that the analysis department had missed. Yeah, that.
He straightened his tie again. Being team leader, it was his task to brief Mr. Dixon on the details, and he'd been putting it off, hoping someone in his department would find some case law precedent, or a loophole, or a freaking magic spell to fix it.
The elevator doors slid open, and before he made ten steps into the lobby, a booming voice stopped him in his tracks. "This message arrived yesterday afternoon, Marcie. Why am I only now receiving it?"
The receptionist cleared her throat and slumped in her chair behind the semicircular teak desk in the lobby. "I'm sorry, Mr. Dixon. So many things came at once near the end of the day. I emailed your secretary and she said to —"
Face red, Mr. Dixon waved the paper in front of Marcie's nose. He wasn't a small man by any means, but when he was angry, he filled a room. "So, now you're going to blame someone else?"
"No sir, your secretary said to ... I ... I ..."
"There are two things I can't abide: people who shift blame, and procrastinators."
Yep, well, today probably wasn't a good day to deliver late news about the analysis department's mistake. Eric froze near the west wall of the lobby and did his best wood paneling imitation, hoping his dark suit jacket was sufficient camo to keep Mr. Dixon from noticing him. This was the last thing he needed first thing in the morning. He hadn't even made it to his office yet.
"Dixon, Rosenbaum & Schoot prides itself on reliability, punctuality, and accuracy." Mr. Dixon emphasized his statement with a palm slap on the desk, causing poor Marcie to almost launch out of her skin. "We expect all our employees to uphold this standard."
"Yes, sir." Marcie stared down at her hands.
Mr. Dixon folded the message and placed it in his suit pocket. "Well, then."
Eric held his breath as the man strode with purpose toward the hallway to his office.
Shit, shit, shit. How did he do that? He'd never even turned around. No way could he have seen him standing there. "Good morning, Mr. Dixon."
"I believe you are late delivering the financials on the Anderson deal. I'll hold three o'clock open for you. Since I haven't heard anything on this, I expect good news."
"Three o'clock." Eric's stomach sank. Yeah ... sank. Perfect. Man the lifeboats; Operation Smooth Sailing just hit an iceberg.
Once Mr. Dixon disappeared from view, Marcie covered her face with her hands. Crying did it to Eric every time — yanked his heart out and stomped on it. When he was younger, he'd do anything to stop his mother's crying, and he'd do anything now. Poor Marcie.
He took a deep breath and approached the desk. "Hey, Marcie. Sorry about that. He's really not all that bad." Well, that was a bust. It came out more like a question than a statement of fact.
To his relief, her eyes were completely dry when she lowered her hands from her face. "Yes, he is. He's ..." But she didn't finish her thought before the phone rang. "Dixon, Rosenbaum, & Schoot, could you hold please?" Without waiting for an answer, she pushed the hold button. "I just had a million things come in at once this morning, too" — she gestured to a foot-tall stack of mail on the corner of the desk — "and I can't possibly handle all of it and answer the phones. And Mr. Dixon scares me."
Yeah, second that. His grip tightened on the briefcase containing the bad news report on the acquisition. "Is there something I can do to help you?"
"No." She adjusted her headset. "You're sweet to ask, though."
The elevator slid open, and a delivery guy stepped out with an enormous bouquet of flowers. Making a line straight for Marcie, he set the vase on the desktop and shoved a clipboard at her right as the phone rang again. She put two more calls on hold as the guy stood there, clipboard out, clearly unaffected by the harried receptionist.
"Can anyone sign for those?" Eric asked when the phone rang again. The deliverer handed him the pen, he signed for the flowers, and the guy went on his way while Marcie directed a call to the Worker's Comp Department and another to the Family Law Division.
She stood and checked the card on the flowers, and with a groan, slumped down in her chair. "I have the worst luck ever. Of course they go to the office farthest from my desk."
He turned the arrangement to find out who it was for. "Jane Dixon" was scrawled in blue ink on the undersized envelope held in place with a plastic pitchfork-looking thing.
Jane Dixon. Eric played the image of her through his head. Small and blonde with huge blue eyes — not anything like her father, the man currently waiting to kill Eric's partnership dreams. He and Jane had been in the same meetings on occasion, but they'd never spoken to each other ... just stared — well, he'd stared; she probably hadn't even noticed him.
Jane put in long, long hours, like he did. He knew this because even though she worked in the Family Law Division and he in the Business Mergers and Acquisitions Department, her office was down the hall from his. One of the highlights of his day was when she walked by his open door. On most nights, her office light was still on well after nine o'clock when he packed it in to go home.
He stared at the card, dying to peek inside and see who was sending her flowers. Maybe a boyfriend ... A strange ping of jealousy flared and he almost laughed. Jealous. He was the pitiful guy who left his door open to score a look at her. She didn't even know who he was. It wasn't like he'd ever dreamed of asking her out or anything — okay, well, maybe he had dreamed of it, but it was a ridiculous fantasy. Not only was there a strict non-fraternization policy at DR&S, she was the boss's daughter, for fuck's sake.
Jealous? Nope. Pathetic? Absolutely.
The switchboard lit up again, and the receptionist gave a frustrated huff.
"Listen, Marcie. I'm going down that hallway anyway. Why don't I just drop these off for you?" He picked up the vase.
"Oh my gosh, Mr. Blackwell. You're the nicest guy. Thank you so much."
Nice ... Yeah, being Mr. Nice Guy had nothing to do with getting a close-up look at Jane Dixon. Nothing at all. Again, pathetic. "Not a problem. I hope your day gets better."
"It just did."
Yeah, so had his.CHAPTER 2
After dropping off his briefcase in his office, Eric made his way to the end of the hallway and knocked on Jane's door, flowers in hand.
He felt ridiculous. Sort of like he had before his prom in high school, only Jane wasn't going to dance with him and the flowers were from someone else. Still, this was a chance to actually speak to her and that was an opportunity he couldn't pass up. He was about to make her day with a clearly expensive bouquet of flowers from another man. His chest tightened. So did his grip on the vase. He was beginning to think pathetic wasn't a strong enough descriptor.
"Come in," she called.
When he opened the door, she didn't look up from her computer screen, clearly engrossed in whatever she was reading. Brow furrowed, she tapped the end of a pen on the side of her monitor. Holy shit, she was beautiful — intensely focused with the sun from the wall of windows making her hair shine like gold. He'd never been this close to her before and found himself a little overwhelmed, which was ridiculous. He was head of an entire team at one of the most prestigious law firms in New York City. Nothing should overwhelm him. Get it together, Blackwell.
When she finally looked up, her eyes widened and she pushed to her feet behind the huge, shiny desk. "I'm sorry. I thought you were Marcie dropping something off."
"Well, I am ... Not Marcie, but dropping something off." Great. Just great. He groaned inwardly at how ridiculous his first words ever spoken to this woman were.
Her large blue eyes flitted from his face to the flowers and back again.
"These are for you," he said, awkwardly holding them out.
"Oh ... um ..." She circled her desk, moving closer. "Wow. Thanks."
"I'm Eric Blackwell." He cleared his throat. "From Mergers and Acquisitions."
She smiled, flashing straight, white teeth. "Yeah, I know."
She knew? His heart hammered harder, which seemed impossible. He cleared his throat again. "Marcie was swamped and asked me to deliver these for her."
"Oh ..." She glanced at the flowers, her smile fading slightly.
"Yeah, she had a bunch of stuff come in at once, and I was already heading this way, so ..."
She nodded. "That was nice of you. Thanks." With her hair pulled into a knot on the back of her head, her eyes looked huge.
Eric placed the vase on her desk, taking a deep breath. Shit. She even smelled good. Maybe it was the flowers. "These are nice. You must have an admirer." And his morbid curiosity wanted to know who it was so he could direct his irrational jealousy appropriately. He pulled the envelope from the arrangement and handed it to her, hoping not only to extend his time this close to her but also get some intel.
He gritted his teeth as she pulled out the card. This level of interest was incontestable proof that he was working way too hard and playing way too little. Since his break up with Shannon almost a year ago, he'd done nothing but work. No wonder being this close to a woman was the highlight of his day. He had to fix this. Quick.
No. He needed to hold tight until after he made junior partner. That had been his goal from the start. It was important he get that promotion. The money would be nice, but really, it was all about the security, something he never had growing up.
Jane's face clouded as she studied the card. "Who does this kind of thing? What kind of ..." She waved a hand in an exasperated motion. "What kind of jerk uses a romantic gesture as a way to deliver a message like this. Really?"
And here he'd thought dropping off the flowers would associate him with something positive in her mind. Today sucked.
"I thought I'd gotten a date right for once, you know what I mean?"
Nope. Not a clue. How could a woman like this — obviously smart since she worked at one of the premier law firms in NYC, and gorgeous on top of that — get anything wrong on a date? Eric had an overwhelming urge to hunt down and beat the shit out of the prick who sent those flowers.
When she turned, her eyes brimmed with tears. Not the stream down your face kind, but controlled and held in. Oh God, not tears. They made him feel helpless and "holdy." That's what his mother had called it. His solution for tears was to hug, which he absolutely under no circumstances could do to Jane Dixon. The image of holding her soft body against his harder one, made him ... well, harder. He clasped his hands behind his back to keep from taking Jane in his arms. "I'm sorry. I ..."
She blinked, pushing the tears back before they could fully form. "No, I'm sorry. You were just doing something nice for Marcie. You had no idea you'd been thrown in the room with the One-date Wonder."
"Maybe I should —" He stepped backward toward the door.
She threw her hands up. "Seriously, how I can screw it up every time? Every. Single. Time." She paced to the edge of her desk. "Do you know that I haven't had a second date since I graduated law school?"
His day had just gone from pathetic to surreal. All he could do was shake his head.
She paced to the potted plant in the corner and then back to her desk. "Oh yeah. Loads of first dates. Never a second. And you know what?"
Hopefully that was rhetorical, because no way in hell could he possibly guess what would come out of her mouth next.
"I'm so done. I'm never going to find a guy to ask me out twice. I should swear off men forever. Men suck. Dating sucks." She took a shuddering breath. "I suck." And then one of the tears she'd held back this whole time escaped — only one — as she stood perfectly still and silent.
As if on auto-pilot, he crossed to her and folded her in his arms like he'd done with his mother so many times in his life. This wasn't anything like those hugs, though, and his body made that fact painfully clear as she circled her arms around his waist under his jacket and leaned her cheek against his chest. And it was definitely her and not the flowers that smelled good.
After a few seconds, Eric's heart hammered so hard he was certain Jane could hear it. There wouldn't be enough lifeboats in the world to save Operation Smooth Sailing if he continued to rub his hands up and down his boss's daughter's back. Reluctantly, he loosened his grip, pulled away to create some space between them, and gave her shoulder an awkward, platonic pat.
"Sorry." She straightened his lapel and brushed it, stepping back to arm's length. "I ..." She took a deep breath. "... got a little emotional on you there."
Eric remained frozen in place, only a couple of feet from her, completely clueless what to do or say. He needed a how-to manual for this kind of thing.
She leaned against her desk, facing him. "I'm so frustrated."
"I mean, why can't a guy just go out on a date without an agenda or strategy? And why are women held to a different standard?" Rhetorical. Please let that be rhetorical. He tried to look somewhere else, but couldn't draw his gaze away from her hands as she fiddled with the necklace that disappeared into her cleavage behind her silk blouse.
"If a guy spills ice water in his date's lap, she wouldn't hold it against him forever. She wouldn't send him flowers with a Dear John letter attached. Am I right?"
Ice water in his lap might be just the ticket right now, Eric decided, finally pulling his gaze away from the freckle on her neck peeking out from under her silk collar. "No. Uh ... I mean, yes. Yes, you're right." Right in so many ways it made him dizzy. Coming to her office had been a mistake. It had to be the ten months of abstinence in combination with the ridiculous hours he'd been putting in leading up to this merger, and the stress of blowing his promotion this close to his annual review that had him in this state.
"I guess I'm just scared I'll never find a guy who'll go out with me more than once. It's kind of a joke in my family. My three brothers are married and I can't even get a second date."
"Maybe it's just that you're going out with the wrong guys. I know lots of men who would give anything to go out with someone like you."
"You do?" Her eyebrows rose, her expression hopeful.
"Sure." He could think of one in particular, but sadly there was that non-fraternization clause he'd signed when he was hired.
"Ohmygod, you're the best, Eric!" She held out her hand. "You're on."
What the hell? He accepted her extended hand, and she gave it a vigorous handshake.
"I'm free on Fridays after seven." She scribbled on a Post-It note on her desk. "Give one of your friends my number, and we'll set up a time."
He took the slip of paper. "O — kay."
She smiled. It was a huge smile that lit up her entire face, like the sun coming out. "Great. You're the best. Really, you are."
Oh yeah. He was the best for sure. The best at mucking everything up. He finally had Jane's phone number and now he was tasked with finding another man to give it to. Perfect.
"Oh. And I have another favor to ask."
Maybe this could turn around.
She held up a finger and wagged it. "No lawyers. I will never date one. Ever. I'd rather stay single the rest of my life."
Nope. No turning this disaster around.
Numb, and not exactly sure how he'd gone from up-and-coming attorney to flower delivery boy to Jane Dixon's personal dating service, Eric shuffled out the door and down the hallway to the safety of his office. This time, he closed the door.
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I’m always in the mood for a good romantic comedy, and in the past, Marissa Clarke has entertained me greatly with her Anderson Brothers series. It’s what put her on my favorite new to me authors list in 2015 and got the third entry in that series, Chance of a Lifetime, a 2016 RITA award nomination. Dear Jane is the first entry in a new spin-off series to the Anderson Brothers called Animal Attraction and is a fun and lighthearted romance with plenty of laughs. Jane Dixon is a lawyer working for her dad’s firm in the Family Law department. The relationships she sees on a daily basis are for the most part a disaster, just like her dating life. A confirmed klutz, Jane never fails to end her dates on a sour note and despairs of ever having a real relationship. Eric Blackwell has had his eye on Jane for a while, but she’s the boss’s daughter and he is looking for a promotion so she’s definitely off limits. When he inadvertently becomes a flower delivery service for the brush off from her most recent date, Jane confides in Eric her dating frustrations and Eric blurts out that he knows lots of guys who’d like to date a woman like her. Suddenly, he finds himself in the position of date procurer instead of owning up to the fact that he’d like to ask her out himself. But Jane refuses to date another lawyer, and they work together in the same firm, so he’d be off limits regardless. Secure in their new friendship, things are going along swimmingly – except that Eric hopes that the dates he’s setting up for Jane will be dismal failures and Jane finds herself looking forward to the post-date conversations and texts with Eric more than the dates themselves. Will they admit that their true interest is in each other before it’s too late? Lots of laugh out loud moments in this one! Poor Jane has so much bad luck with each of her dates, both the ones before Eric tries to give her a hand and the ones he sets her up with that it’s easy to see why she’s discouraged. Eric’s got good intentions in setting her up with his friends, though each time she’s out with one of them (eventually he does get to take her out himself!) he’s left sitting at home doing crossword puzzles that seem to be prophetically describing his life. Gradually, their friendship leads to them acknowledging their attraction to each other, and they share some sexy scenes. Though Jane does seem to attract mishaps, unlike her other dates Eric is able to laugh them off and reassure her that they aren’t a deal breaker. But while they are able to keep their growing relationship on the down low for a little while, they are both up for partnership and if they want to date out in the open, one of them is going to have to leave the firm. The conflict heats up in the second half and leads to some surprising results and an eventual happy ending for Eric and Jane. There are some cameo appearances from the Anderson brothers (yay!) and Jane’s cat Gandalf plays a prominent role in the story as well. All in all, it’s a very enjoyable romance and I look forward to reading more in the series!
Cute, sexy, and a heck of a lot of fun to read! Jane Dixon in all her klutzy glory was hilarious. Eric Blackwell is just yummy. How could you not root for these two?? Both characters work for the same law firm that has a strict no fraternization policy. Even though Eric wants Jane fiercely, he can't put his job on the line. So friends it is. When he gets pulled into setting her up on dates with his friends, he purposely sets her up for the worst dates ever. That way, she comes home early and tells him all about it and he gets to spend time with her. Keeping everything friends only.....until they don't! Don't miss this fun read, I definitely recommend it.
4 stars I loved this book! Jane Dixon is a mess, but a funny cute one. She can't seem to get a second date with anyone. She doesn't know why, but all her dates end up in a major mess. So now Jane has asked her coworker, Eric to help her get to the bottom of her doing disasters. Since Jane is his boss's daughter, he feels like he should help Jane out. But, once Eric starts spending time with Jane, he doesn't want her staying anyone else... see Eric has a thing for Jane. Her quirks and all. So what harm can come with Eric setting Jane up on dates that are guaranteed to end badly? I have never read Marissa Clarke before so this was an awesome surprise for me. After reading some reviews, I saw this was a sin off of another series. I usually stay away from those types of books, because I don't want to feel like I missed something. But the way this book was written, I didn't even know until after I was done reading it. I was shocked to learn this was a series/spinoff. Now I have to go back and read the rest! I loved this funny and quirky love story!
Ms. Clarke and her hilariously dangerous, yet endearing couple are a joy. Jane is a one woman tornado. Her love life is a testament to the disasters that are her constant shadow. The appeal of Dear Jane is that despite the odds and the accidents, love found a way. Eric found a way around Jane's imperfections and saw the beauty that hid within her soul. Thanks to Eric and Jane, Marissa Clarke delivered a beautiful message of empowerment while supplying laughs and touching hearts. Dear Jane is a short, sweet, irresistible treat.
Funny and cute. Highly recommended.....!!!!!!!!
Very amusing and enjoyable. Enjoyed reading the development of their relationship that they didn’t realized they had. Great book.
Cute story. Jane is a mistake waiting to happen when it comes to dating. Eric is a fellow attorney who works at her family's law firm. She has him set her up for dates then debriefs with him. She is funny as she tells her stories. Both are attracted to the other but because of the non-fraternization clause in their contracts they cannot act upon the attraction. Chaos ensues as Jane continues her dates. They are a cute couple. Jane's dream job is not the law nor is it beyond her reach. Her family should have supported her youthful dreams. Jane's dating stories are funny. The ending was different. I am surprised that Eric did not lose out on Jane. I look forward to more in this series.
Super cute read. This is the first book I've read by Marissa Clarke but I will be reading more. She creates wonderfully real characters. My only complaint of this book is that ended too soon! I look forward to more books in this series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
*3.5 Stars Rounded Up Cute, light, quick read! :) I really liked how Jane and Erik slowly developed a friendship after Erik got wrangled into setting his work crush up on dates. The laughably bad dates were great and Jane being accident-prone added extra charm to her already fun character. I enjoyed how she was nicely lacking pretensions and Gandalf the cat was a riot. Erik was also a sweetheart with a great sense of humor and a great fit for Jane, despite being a lawyer. The ending is pretty indulgently fantastic, with everything wrapping up with a nice little bow. This was a really pleasant and uncomplicated read, hitting the spot perfectly when I was in the mood for just such a Rom Com. :)
Dear Jane is a classic romance between a girl who is trapped trying to please her family and man she clashes with but who pushes her to be her best self. Jane Dixon is a second generation lawyer, who seems unable to connect with a person she would like to date. She has a horrible track record and unfortunately her professional life isn't much better. Eric Blackwell is the up and coming star at the law firm and is only a few weeks away from become a partner. He is attracted to Jane, but has held off because she is his bosses daughter. After one of Jane's dates goes awry, he reluctantly agrees to be her matchmaker. Hilarity ensues and a really cute romance ensues! I must confess, that while I really liked the romance, the character that stole my heart was Gandalf the cat. I own a cat with the same name and really enjoyed how realistic Ms. Clarke portrayed him. If your a fan of a contemporary workplace romance with a compelling story and an adorable cat this is the book for you! I was given a free copy for an honest review.
4.5stars Dear Jane was a lovely funny read. I enjoyed reading every page of this great love story between Jane and Eric. Both characters great developed with amazing chemistry between. Jane was so funny with all her embarrassing things that she does when she is nervous. Interesting to me was Eric because he didn’t seemed so much alfa male determent possessive but never the less he did had some great seaxapeal and he made Jane feel special. I couldn’t wait for them to get together and was hot and amazing. They were also tears in the story some sad and in the end some happy. Loved it. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
4 “Stare-down like a pro” Stars Dear Jane was a sweet, funny and light read with lovable characters and hilarious dialogue. Eric has been solely focused on making junior partner at the law firm where he works a gazillion hours a week. He’s only a handful of weeks away from his yearly evaluation and the promotion he’s been working so hard for. His only problem is he’s been secretly crushing on Jane, the boss' daughter and his colleague, but because of the strict no-fraternization policy he has satisfied himself with just watching her from afar… Jane is the absolute worst at dating, blundering her way through date after date, never scoring a follow-up date. She becomes friends with Eric, and he finds himself in the unenviable position of setting up the girl of his dreams with other men, then consoling her when it doesn’t work out. Soon, Jane and Eric are spending lots of time together and as their feelings for each other begin to grow, so would the obstacles in their way. I found both Jane and Eric very likable, and they were sweet and kind of dorky together in a super cute way. I loved how Eric took care of his mom and was adorkably in love with Jane. I wish Jane had been a little more self-reflective about what truly made her happy and gone with it, but I could understand where she was coming from. She was a funny girl and when she could relax and be herself with Eric it was like magic. Filled with funny moments, sweetness and sexy shenanigans Dear Jane was a truly entertaining and enjoyable read. *I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book*
4 stars Dear Jane was a quick, sweet, and entertaining read, I really enjoyed it. The characters were fun and I found myself connecting with them both. I enjoyed watching Eric and Jane come together, they made me smile, they made me swoon and they had great chemistry. Overall, a lovely afternoon's read and I highly recommend it.
A wonderful, light-hearted romance. Jane Dixon, smart, funny, is the daughter of one of New York’s most prominent attorneys. Yep, she’s also an attorney in his firm. Considered one of the best in her field, she hates her work, but excels as a matter of family pride. Eric Blackwell has worked his butt off for two years trying to make junior partner in his dream job. With two weeks to go, he just needs to make one last big deal happen. When an impulsive urge puts him face to face with the woman he’s lusted after, he finds he can’t deny her anything, including setting her up with one of his buddies for a date. This is the first book I’ve read from Marissa Clarke but won’t be the last. The interaction between these two characters was incredible. I love light-hearted banter and this author gives it in spades. Scene after scene flowed seamlessly while the characters reacted to each other and the occurrences within their environment. I’d wanted to read this over a couple of days, but unfortunately, the characters had a different idea. It was easy to identify with their situations in the real-world feel. Supporting characters were great and played their parts well. I hope to read more from this author. Five stars.
3.5 stars I really enjoyed the Anderson brothers series, so I was pretty excited to see a new series from Marissa. I really liked Jane and Eric. They're both genuinely nice people and it was easy to root for them to work out right from the beginning. Not to mention, their chemistry was fantastic. I was surprised by a few things and the ending was adorable. My main complaint is that I wanted more. Overall this was a sweet and quick read with a couple of delightful cameos. I can't wait to see if there will be more. **Huge thanks to Entangled Lovestruck and NetGalley for providing the arc free of charge**
4.5 Stars ~ Laugh out loud funny! Dear Jane, the first book in Marissa Clarke’s Animal Attraction series provides to be laugh out loud funny, and heart touching all at the same time. Jane Dixon is a date disaster magnet. She hasn't had a second date in two years. Honestly, she barely makes it through first dates. But she keeps trying. She’s driven by the Dixon name and the expectations put upon her by her family. Eric Blackwell is living his dream. He has the job he’s always wanted, he’s able to take care of his mother, and he has money in his bank account. He’s six weeks away from making junior partner at Dixon, Rosenbaum & Schoot, the prestigious law firm he works for. His life is sweet. All that’s missing is a social life. In all the time Eric has worked for the law firm, he’s had a slight crush on Jane. But the company prohibits fraternization amongst its attorneys. When Eric unknowingly delivers a breakup bouquet to Jane, the two strike up a friendship, with her convincing him to help her find dates. Of course, these two end up striking up more than a friendship along the way. Marissa has this incredible ability to write characters who are so easy to fall in love with and make you want to get to know. Jane and Eric are funny together. Eric is extremely sweet. Their budding attraction is charming and romantic. I can’t wait to see what else she has in store for this series.
This book is so huggable! I wish I would have read the print copy! I would seriously hug this book. Dear Jane is fluffy and so cute. We meet Jane, whom we also instantly feel bad for her. She is super clumsy, and never gets second dates. Ever. Something bad always happens on the dates. She kind of reminds me of Laney Boggs from She's All That (the 1999 movie). Except they're both is super attractive! Anyway, I instantly fall into Jane's quirks and start roRate 4oting for her. She gets set up into date after date, all failing miserably. I wanted to wedge myself in between her and Gandalf and eat the popcorn too! But Eric. Oh, swoon!!! I was captivated by how well the sparks flew between them. While this has the famous trope, friends to lovers, that did not slow the story down. It held its own, and flew high! I will definitely be reading more by Marissa Clarke! I need more cuteness!
Some novels you pick up and they grab you immediately and you don’t put them down until you’ve finished reading them. Dear Jane is just such a novel. It opens from the point-of-view of Eric, a hard-working attorney, who has been infatuated with Jane Dixon for the two years he has worked at the law firm. He has kept his door open so that he could watch her walk by. I immediately liked Eric. He seemed like a nice, humble guy, which is odd for a lawyer (ha). He also had Jane’s interests at heart since he was willing to matchmake even though he wanted to be the one she dated. Despite the fact that she’s gorgeous, Jane is also a down-to-earth character, whose flaw is that when she’s on a date, everything goes wrong. Like Eric, she is hard-working although she recognizes that she doesn’t really love her job. Dear Jane ran through a bevy of emotions for me. I laughed, smiled, sizzled, and then teared up at the end. This book is what you read when you need a gentle pick-me-up, like comfort food or chocolate. It made me feel good and wish to read even more about Eric and Jane even after their story ended. Everything about it worked for me. The writing flowed naturally. I loved both Eric and Jane. Even the supporting characters brought their own magic. The one moment of “drama” was logical, based on a misunderstanding, which worked for me. In response to Eric’s suggestion she try online dating, Jane says: “Oh, hell no. Been there, done that. I go back and forth online with some guy who seems perfect, and when we meet up, he turns out to be two decades older than his picture and his ‘platonic roomie’ turns out to be his mother, whose picture he carries in his wallet next to a condom of questionable vintage.” Ya gotta love it! I can’t recommend Dear Jane enough! And I can’t wait to see what else Marissa Clarke brings us in this series! I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Marissa Clark is a new to me author, but I absolutely loved her story about Jane Dixon! All of Jane dixon's dates end after the first one. She can't figure out why. She asks her Co-worker, Eric fir his help to find out why all her dates end in diasters. Eric decides to help her, since she is the boss’s daughter. Spending time with Jane leads to him wanting her, quirks and all. Whats the harm in setting her up on dates that are doomed to fail. This was a great story about how even the quirkiess of women can find love. ****I voluntarily reviewed this advanced reader copy.**** Laura Redmon Cutting Muse Blog Review
I voluntarily reviewed this book from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.This book was a fast fun read.I really enjoyed it. I can't wait for her next book.
Such a sweet read! Dear Jane is the first in the Animal Attraction series, which is a spin-off of Ms. Clarke's Anderson Brothers series (one of lawyer hero Eric's bigger clients is the titular Anderson brothers). As such, it's a fine place to start reading Ms. Clarke's books, and of course sets up the new series nicely. (That said, knowing the name of the series acts as a spoiler of sorts when you're about 2/3 of the way through the story, when one character says something and the reader can pretty quickly figure out how one aspect of the story, at least, is going to end. It's not a big deal, but it was a definite ah ha! moment.) I really liked both Eric and Jane, both as characters and as friends (and later, as a couple). Jane's dating disasters were amusing--I can just imagine how much fun the author had coming up with them!--and Eric's accidental slide into her friend/dating consultant was really cute. Eric had been aware of Jane for two years at the start of the story but never pursued her (boss's daughter!), a history of sorts that made their kind-of-quick relationship here (the novella's just over 100 pages long) fairly believable. Things move really fast at the end--that part could have been expanded, but still worked pretty well as is--and left our characters in a good place, a place I'm looking forward to visiting again as the series continues! Rating: 4 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Dear Jane by Marissa Clarke is Book 1 of the Animal Attraction Series. This is a very cute and heartwarming novella that is the perfect bit of everything all rolled up into one fantab read. Most definitely a must-read for any contemporary romance lover. An ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review of which this is both honest and completely voluntary.
Dear Jane is a fun and quick read. It’s perfect for curling up on a cold day. Office romances are always fun, especially when you aren’t supposed to date your coworkers. I love that this wasn’t an insta-love situation. One person has been crushing on the other for quite a while, and they build a friendship first. Jane is a hot mess when it comes to dates. She’s clumsy but also really easy to relate to. Eric is a workaholic that doesn’t think he has time for relationships. Both of these characters have some things they need to figure out. And I loved every second of it.
It isn't just anyone who can make lawyers sexy :) Jane is on her way to a partnership at her family's firm but that doesn't mean that she's happy. Eric is also on the fast-track, but all work and no play hasn't exactly left him a lot of time for a relationship. And the only woman who has caught his eye lately is one he can't have. While their jobs may not allow for inter-office dating, once they start spending time together Eric & Jane discover they may have a connection that is hard to resist. This isn't a very long book but it is definitely jam packed full of fun. I kinda wish we'd gotten to see a few more of Jane's bad dates just because they were so disasterously funny :) And the friendship (and maybe something more) that Eric and Jane develop as they bond over those mishaps has all the feels you could ask for. While there may roadblocks standing in the way of them committing to each other, there are also issue that keep them from being true to themselves. I love the way that they are able, even indirectly, to help each other find a better course in life. At about 100 pages Dear Jane is a fast read but that doesn't mean that it scrimps on the heart. The characters feel real, as do their troubles, and the pacing is well done. The writing keeps it from feeling rushed for being so short and helps deliver a swoon-worthy romance for the reader. Jane has a couple of friends who are sure to make an appearance soon and I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of trouble Clarke dreams up for them. (Surely it can't be as good as setting fire to your date.) *** I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s. ***
Dear Jane by Marissa Clarke, is a well-written novella with engaging characters, an amusing plot that sizzles, and a twosome that are perfect for each other. This is the first book from the author's brand new series, Animal Attraction. Jane Dixon hails from a long line of very smart, successful attorneys. She is working diligently towards being promoted to junior partner, even though her heart is not in it and she dreams of owning her own pet sanctuary. Because of her workload, she has an extremely limited social life. Jane only goes out on Friday evenings, and due to her clumsiness and/or nervousness, her date usually ends up physically harmed in some way. Thus, a second date is never in her future. Attorney Eric Blackwell is also on the path to junior partner, so secretly pining for Jane, who is also his boss's daughter, is not an option. Yet somehow he finds himself in the role of Jane's matchmaker. So not only is he working very hard to secure deals for his clients, he is also fixing Jane up with his single friends. Each one of Jane's dates ends with a debriefing after the evening's fiasco, with Eric in her apartment, watching a movie and sharing a bowl of popcorn. Jane and Eric share a chemistry that is dynamic both in and out of the bedroom. In order for them to be together, they have to decide on how to proceed with their respective futures, because fraternization is not permitted at their firm. This is a fun and lighthearted novella. I found Jane and Eric's friendship to be a little odd at the beginning, since the only interaction they had was passing each other in the halls and attending a few of the same meetings. Overall, Ms. Clarke combines professionalism, flirting, and love, to create this exciting, fast-paced read. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.