Just Say Yes

Just Say Yes

by Alyssa Goodnight

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ISBN-13: 9781943336951
Publisher: Entangled Publishing;LLC
Publication date: 08/04/2015
Pages: 332
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.74(d)

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Just Say Yes (Entangled Select Contemporary) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
HollyF More than 1 year ago
Just Say Yes is quirky but sexy, and reminded me geeky fun isn’t just for the “cool kids”. When her daughter uses a hard-earned “yes” to drag her into an unfamiliar café, “Operation Jan Moran Needs a Man” officially kicks off with more than just quinoa buns and sweet potato fries on the menu. Max doesn’t just look like Neal Caffrey—he’s got the charm, too, and with a little push from the self-touting “Witch in the Kitchen” guru, Jade finds herself suddenly considering a remodel of her utterly outdated kitchen over a basket of hamburgers. But as the intensity heats up in the kitchen (and out) Jade worries she’s making a mistake. Can she get past Max’s track record and lean in to what they’ve started, or are things with her ex going to spell the end of the relationship before it begins? It’s going to take more than just chocolate and ginger (and perhaps a little cinnamon) to nudge things back where they belong. Ignore the slightly predictable “ex-husband drama”, and the at times overly anxious Jade and just enjoy it.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
A fun and quirky read! I loved both Jade and Max. Neither one was looking for a relationship--heck, Max wasn't even looking for a new contracting job, yet not only did he take one on, he only gave himself two weeks (!) to completely redo her entire kitchen--but they found themselves unexpectedly drawn to each other anyway, in spite of themselves. The secondary characters--Jade's daughter Evie, Max's grandmother Yia Yia Cleo and his sister Tessa especially--were as much fun as the MCs. There were so many references to things I love--Anne of Green Gables (seriously, Anne and Gilbert just don't get enough page time as a classic romance couple; I have no idea why), Gone with the Wind, Firefly, Veronica Mars, Lizzie Bennett Diaries, various superheroes...the list goes on and on. Seriously, I was wearing my Captain America hoodie (okay, one of my two) while reading about Jade in her Cap t-shirt. We could be besties. A warning: all the little excerpts from the Book of Kitchen Witchery and Witch in the Kitchen made me more than a little hungry--and oh so tempted to give kitchen magic a try. Especially the chocolate cherry blurberry bark. I'm not sure if the "magic" is real or not, but it sounded delicious and definitely worth a try either way! :) This was my first book my Ms. Goodnight, but it absolutely will not be my last. So much fun! Rating: 4 stars / A- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
csingh More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars! I've been a fan of Alyssa Goodnight's writing for some time. She wrote these amazing modern magical re-tellings of some of Jane Austen's novels that I absolutely loved. They really opened my mind to the idea of realistic magical elements in contemporary fiction. Then there was nothing from her for a while so I was super excited and happy to see she was publishing Just Say Yes. Max and Jade make a fabulous couple. They might not have found each other either without the meddling of Evie, Jade's thirteen year old daughter. Neither of them is looking for a relationship but the attraction to each other is stronger than their misgivings. I loved being in both of their heads and watching them try to be logical and play it safe about their feelings. I liked how Jade was more open minded than she thought. I loved how she was with Evie. She was firm as a parent should be, but she gave Evie lots of love and the understanding it was okay to try new things. I loved the role family played in this book. It wasn't just Jade and Evie, but Max with his grandmother and sister too. Yia Yia Cleo was a firecracker and I loved her. I loved how Max took care of them even when they it wasn't what he wanted to do. I loved how even though he had misgivings about what his sister was doing with her life, he still loved her. I loved how Max was with Evie. He was kind and friendly, yet also offered her support. He treated her as an adult and respected her wishes. I really didn't like Evie's father and his fiancee. In a way they were sort of responsible of Max and Jade meeting. However they didn't have very many redeeming qualities between them. Now coming to something unique. I love how food is used in this story. It's sort of like extra whipped cream on your piece of cake or pie. I've always loved food and stories that feature them in some way. I've read very few stories where the food plays an equally important roll as the characters. I definitely can not think of other books where the meaning and characteristics of foods have been discussed. It really made me think about the foods I like to eat and how they might be impacting my life and decisions. The first part of the book was a little slow. A little over a quarter of the way in, it picked up and I was hooked. I loved how there was a little bit of a book within a book. I would've loved to read more of it. I loved seeing Jade and Evie interact with their neighbors, Elena and Zoe. I loved the descriptive language Alyssa used. The Moran household is bright and colorful and I could almost see it in my head. I'm sincerely hoping this book evolves into a series because I would love to read more about Opal the kitchen witch, and others Jade and Evie met. I can already sense a number of interesting couples. If you're looking for a book that you'll surprise you with how great it is, this book is for you. I hope you read it and experience the magic for yourself!
Blsfan68 More than 1 year ago
This was my first time reading Ms.Goodnight's work and I was pleasantly surprised. This is a cute, fun, quirky story with likable characters and great banter. The secondary characters add spice and humor. This is a very enjoyable book and would be a great beach read. If you are looking for a light, flirty story, this is it! ARC received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
gigiluvsbooks More than 1 year ago
Single mom Jade Moran isn't ready for any big changes in either her horrible '70s kitchen or her romantic life. Her ex did a number on her, and she isn't interested in getting hurt again. But when she meets a super-hot contractor, she wonders if avocado appliances are on the way out and romance is on the way in. Max Gianopoulis doesn't have a clue why he's so enchanted by Jade. She's almost as big a mess as her kitchen, and he's a guy who likes to keep things simple. But Jade has turned up the flirty heat - and he can't keep his hands off her. With everything moving too fast and coming too easy, Jade's insecurities kick into high gear. She's not sure she can trust another man again - and she definitely doesn't believe in happily ever afters. Review: This to me is what you think of when you picture yourself sitting on the beach with a fun, sweet romance. This is a cute contemporary, with a hint of magical thrown in. Magic in the form of Opal, who calls herself the Kitchen Witch. A happenstance meeting between Opal and Evie sets about a change reaction where Jade and Max meet and ultimately fall in love. Jade, Max and the rest of the characters are fun and likable. I did want to smack some sense into Jade when she was wibbly-wobbly about Max and then when she let her Ex dictate her life, but something had to get in the way of Max and Jade or it would have been a rather boring book...lol The book did seem like a set-up for a series especially concerning Opal's Supper Club and the cast of extras. This is a sweet heat book, so if you are looking for something on the hot side of the scale, this ain't it. This was a fun, flirty romance, perfect for when you want something lite. I would definitely read more by this Author. 3.5 Stars *Received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
With a matchmaking 13 year old daughter seriously involved in “Project Jade Moran Needs a Man” this is a hilarious recipe for romance from the moment they meet Opal and encounter her food magic and are introduced to Max Gianopoulis. Most chapters start with some culinary advice regarding the magic properties of certain foods and how eating them can impact on relationships but this is no straightforward recipe with a guaranteed outcome. The mix of characters, their reactions to each other and the plot as a whole makes this a laugh out loud story that is enchanting from the very beginning and has so many twists and turns along the way it is totally magical! Jade has been a single Mum for thirteen years. Her daughter Evie is trying to act as matchmaker with considerable assistance from her new friend Opal who runs a restaurant with some magical food choices. Opal introduces them to Max, just the man to help remodel Jade’s avocado seventies style kitchen which is desperate need of a total makeover. As they get to know each other, the attraction between Jade and Max grows but trust issues and an interfering, threatening ex-husband are conspiring to thwart their relationship. Can magical foods really help them overcome the obstacles to their achieving their HEA? You’ll just have to read this fantastic fun book to find out for yourself! You may well be tempted to try some of the magical ingredients to test them for yourself :) Thanks to the authors, publisher and NetGalley, too for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
FizzaYounis More than 1 year ago
It was an interesting, funny, romantic and quite magical read. It made me laugh out loud a few times. Plot was good and it was well-written. I liked all characters but most of all I liked Max. As far as romance novels go this one was among the best. Although sometimes a Little too dramatic but overall a good book for pleasure reading. Jade is single mom and she hasn't dated anyone in thirteen years, after the betrayal of one man she had trusted. Now her teenage daughter thinks that it is time to date again. Evie has taken matters into her own hands and she is determined to find someone for her mom. She used her "yes" and took Jade for lunch where they meet Max. Soon he is being hired by Jade to work on her kitchen. One thing leads to another and they both realise that it is time for them to give relationship another chance. It was not going to be easy but they are willing to gamble on it.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
With Just Say Yes, Alyssa Goodnight has created a bewitching tale that is refreshing, delightful and unpredictable. Full of heart and encompassing characters that are well written and entertaining I would recommend to any reader of feel good romance. This is a story taking chances, letting go and moving on. Stuck in a rut due to past hurts and parenting Jade is unprepared for Max and all he makes her feel. Max is equally feeling Jade and wants a chance. Can these two come to an understanding? Will they love in? I received an ARC of Just Say Yes and found it to be the type of story I never expected but really liked.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
A very enjoyable read with some really funny moments and a great group of characters! A sweet romance between single mom Jade Moran and her contractor Max Gianopoulis. Jade's not sure she's ready for all the changes, to her home and her life, but between her teenage daughter Eve and a host of quirky town characters she doesn't stand a chance. Max is sure why but he is drawn to Jade and her crazy daughter. So maybe the reno work he's doing might take a bit longer to finish.... This is one I highly recommend.