Jack

Jack

by Julia London

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Jack by Julia London

Former Marine Jack Carter has left Afghanistan behind, but after a close encounter with a suicide bomber, he now battles a hidden enemy. Ashamed that he succumbs to heart-stopping panic attacks, he refuses to leave his house and makes excuses for failing to meet up with his best friends. He's got the perfect set up-his job allows him to work from home, he hires out the dog walking and grocery shopping and he has subscribed to a meal delivery service that comes complete with a cook. Jack expected a lunch lady, but he gets Whitney. She's bubbly, she's way too chatty, and his dog loves her more than him. But he forgives her all of that because she's sexy as hell and a bright spot in an otherwise lonely day.

Whitney Baldwin has been groomed to follow a long line of highly successful lawyers into an equally successful family law firm, but she'd rather bake a cake than read a tort. Her dream is to open her own patisserie. To say her father is disappointed in her career path is an understatement-if she can't pull this off, she'll have to head home with her tail between her legs. In a last bid to make her dream a reality Whitney accepts a job with Dinner Magic and lands an insanely handsome client in Jack Carter. His crazy good looks captivate her, but it's something about his hyper-awareness of her combined with a vulnerability that is an irresistible recipe.

The smoldering attraction between Jack and Whitney quickly turns molten. But when he makes an important promise that he can't keep, Whitney can't fathom how this relationship is going to work. Will Jack ever be able to conquer his worst fears for true love?

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780999332115
Publisher: Julia London
Publication date: 11/23/2017
Pages: 226
Sales rank: 376,758
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Julia London is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly best-selling author of more than forty romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Highland Grooms historical series, including Wild Wicked Scot, Sinful Scottish Laird and Hard-Hearted Highlander. She is also the author of several contemporary romances, including the Homecoming Ranch Series and the Suddenly series, including Suddenly Dating, Suddenly in Love, and Suddenly Engaged.? Julia is the recipient of the RT Bookclub Award for Best Historical Romance and a six time finalist for the prestigious RITA award for excellence in romantic fiction. She lives in Austin, Texas.

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Jack 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
SaraBetty More than 1 year ago
A series of Seven Short Stories ( 150+ to 180+ Nook Pages) about seven young men who have served in the military, most special ops, and who have now returned home to their home town to find and secure their future... Each is by a different author so each has its own vibe meaning I liked some better than others but would recommend all... These were perfect stories for me since I am recovering from two knee replacements in a cold Northeast winter... I loved the characters and the decisions that in some cases were hard to make.. I loved that in spite of their military experiences they all came HOME even when they didn't think they wanted to... Worth the read...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a veteran and am married to an active duty serviceman. While I really liked how this story presented the struggles someone with PTSD or other mental health issues go through and the issues with VA accessibility and the side-effects of drugs perscribed for mental health treatment... I am really irritated with the way the female character expected a quick fix after a few weeks from when she was told about his illness and became a whiney self-centered chick expecting him to get over his illness because she was having issues with how it effected her life when it was something he had been working on for years. I really questioned if she was right for him. She gave more time to the business she wanted to start and had still only had a potential customer list after months of work but expected him cured after a few weeks or she couldn't continue the relationship and it was all his fault? Really? This actually emphasized the problems indiviuals suffering mental health issues face, especially guys. Too many people think that way when mental health issues are a lifelong struggle that require a full life committment to maintaining a fully functioning life. I finished reading this last night and am still furious about that. Otherwise, this was an excellent addition to the series.
gypsydi72 More than 1 year ago
Jack is the 5th book in a 7 book series. The book series is about 7 friends/soldiers and their roads to happiness I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC for my honest opinion. Jack has spent the last 2 years a recluse. During his second tour in Afghanistan he was injured during a suicide bombing in a market. He saw people that he cared about injured and dead. While initially the only thing that was wrong with him was the shrapnel to his leg, in the months following he started showing signs of PTSD. Now 2 years later he doesn't leave his apartment. He has someone else walk his dog, deliver his groceries, and cook his meals. He talks to his therapist through Skype. If his sister wants to see him she has to come to him. But that is all about to change, because he is about to meet Whitney. Whitney has moved to Seattle to open her won coffee and pastry shop. She is the only one in her family that is not a lawyer or doctor, and though she finished law school she decided not to take the bar exam. Currently she is looking for a space to rent while cooking for Dinner Magic, but so far nothing is right. Now she is stuck cooking for Jack Carter who won't even come out of his office to acknowledge her, but that is about to change when she suddenly turns around and he is there. No one told her he was such a hunk. As the two begin an awkward friendship you can't help but be endeared to Jack. He so wants to be normal and feels that his condition makes him less of a man. Whitney cannot believe that this man has not been snapped up. Yes, he is a little weird...but it is endearing. As the two get closer and Whitney finds out that Jack cannot leave his apartment, she becomes his inspiration to get out. As he is making strides to getting better he still refuses to completely follow the doctor's advice. ' Whitney starts to get frustrated with Jack. She feels that she has become a crutch for him and when he breaks a promise to her, she realizes that she needs more. Now Jack has to prove to her that he is willing to make changes in his life to meet the woman he loves at least half way. He can only hope that it is not to late. Great story. Love the characters, especially Jack. You can almost feel his anxiety coming of the pages as you read it. Definitely makes you think about all our soldiers that struggle when they come back from war. Can't wait to check out more of this series.
KerryACroucier More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed these Characters! Jack Carter made it back from his two tours in Afghanistan in one piece physically, but mentally turns out to be a different story. Upon his return he started having nightmares, that started triggering panic attacks soon after. Everything outside his apartment was a threat, so it was just better to stay in, especially since he has someone to walk his dog and someone else bringing food and cooking meals. Even his job can be done without leaving his apartment. Whitney Baldwin moved to Seattle to pursue her dream of opening a bakery out of the eye of her disapproving father. Her job with Dinner Magic is temporary, something to give her some breathing room while she searches for the perfect location. One of her customers strikes her as odd: he orders the same thing, every week, and she never sees him. An unexpected encounter gives both thoughts of something bigger, but Whitney can't figure out what exactly is wrong with her client. Something just niggles at her. When Jack finally admits what he is suffering from, can they find a way to make it work, or are their issues too numerous to overcome? This was an interesting read, the hero wasn't a typical one, Whitney was the strong pushy one there to save the hero. My heart broke for Jack and all his struggles. I found myself rooting for him, hoping that he could slowly overcome his anxiety and have a new lease on life. Whitney expected Jack to try and be at her side during important events. The question left is whether these two had enough love for each other to overcome their obstacles. This was an enjoyable read that kept me turning pages. I have not read any of the other books in the series, so it can definitely be read as a standalone title.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really shows struggle of PSD for a romance novel. I thought the book was good and worth reading.
bookaholicAD More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book in exchanged for a honest review. My heart melted for Jack. Jack is a veteran dealing with the residual effects of 2 tours in Afghanistan and Whitney is a baker trying to open her own shop. They are perfect for each other. Their road to HEA is not smooth, but they learn to trust, then love one another along the way. I started this book and had to finish it the same day. Great book, well done!
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Jack Carter has come home from Afghanistan a changed man. He sufferers from intense panic attacks which keep him a prisoner in his home. Will he ever be able to beat his demons? Julia London has written an emotionally intense story. Jack is a good man who is ashamed of his perceived weakness. It bothered me that he felt the need to hide his condition. I was glad when he meets Whitney Baldwin, his cook. She's a breath of fresh air. She's loving and caring. She's working toward her dream to open a bakery. I was happy to see these two form a romantic connection. They both deserve someone good in their lives. I just wish that Jack had confided in her rather than making excuses for his life style. I never realized the toll that PTSD takes on the family and friends who are trying to help. This is an eye opening story. Julia London has written relatable characters that I quickly cared for. The dialogue, setting and the plot pulled me in. I'm looking forward to more stories about these soldiers and the women in their lives. I received a copy of this book which I voluntarily read and reviewed. My comments are my honest opinion.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Julia London created a powerful tale of impactive characters. Jack is realistic, informative and inspirational entertainment. A smile goes a mile. Those words kept popping into my head throughout Jack and Whitney's intense relationship. Bruised by life and wounded by a traumatic event, Jack closes himself off from the rest of the world. It takes an optimistic baker and a persistent attraction to open his eyes and reawaken his heart. Jack takes on PTSD with a remarkable sensitivity that is enlightening, inspiring and full of hope. Empathy can move mountains, change lives and inspire faith.