Jane Austen’s Emma made a habit of meddling in other people’s lives, but Melanie Abbott has turned it into a cottage industry.
As “modern American royalty” living in Abbott’s Bay, Massachusetts, a town founded by her ancestor, Melanie Abbott feels it’s her right—even her duty—to employ her uncanny knack for knowing exactly what everyone needs to improve their lives. She eagerly shares her wisdom and insight with her friends and neighbors . . . whether they ask for it or not. If only Conn Garvey, her dearest friend, agreed with her.
Connacht Garvey has been keeping an eye on Melanie since they were kids. A bit older, far more level-headed, and infinitely patient, Conn feels it's his duty to pull Melanie back from whatever cliff’s edge she’s about to wander off. Conn thinks Melanie is egotistical, self-centered, irritating, infuriating, relentless, ridiculous . . . and irresistible. Not that Conn’s confessed to that last one. Yet.
When Melanie impulsively starts up a new advice-giving business, it’s an instant hit. Conn doesn’t approve, as usual, which is too bad, because Melanie’s convinced he needs her VIP package. (Of advice!) His coffeehouse is showing signs of financial trouble, plus his toxic ex is suddenly sniffing around, acting like she’s having second thoughts about their breakup. Will their friendship be blown to bits because of Melanie’s meddling . . . or will it become something more?
What critics are saying about Jayne Denker's books:
"Love the story! Five stars!"
—Sandra's Book Club
"Definitely a light read that is great for summer! There were some scenes that made me laugh, some that made me swoon, and a few that made me want to cry – the author did a great job of giving me feels ;)"
—The Slanted Bookshelf
"I would recommend...to romance readers who want to be entertained enormously, and feel that heart squeeze only great main characters can give you. Four stars!"
—Harlequin Junkie Reviews
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About the Author
Jayne Denker divides her time between working hard to bring the funny in her romantic comedies and raising a young son who's way too clever for his own good. She lives in a small village in western New York that is in no way, shape, or form related to the small village that's the setting for her Marsden novels, Down on Love, Picture This, and Lucky for You. When she's not hard at work on another romcom, the social media addict can usually be found frittering away startling amounts of time on Facebook and Twitter. Stop by her blog and say hi.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by K M Steele for Readers' Favorite Melanie Abbot, the self proclaimed “it” girl of Abbot Bay, is a successful real estate agent and compulsive dispenser of her own brand of social and personal wisdom. When she helps a new girl in town, Hannah, change her image, the imagination of the local population is galvanised. A good portion of the townsfolk and summer visitors decide they too could benefit from her intervention, and Melanie begins to offer advice and “best friend” help for money, until the venture rockets out of control. One of the highlights involves Melanie taking a stuffed pet ferret, that she is transporting for a grieving owner, for a final drink at the bar owned by her friend Conn Garvey. Melanie and Conn have so much history they are more like brother and sister than a romance waiting to happen. That is, until Conn’s ex-wife, Sacha, returns to Abbot Bay. When Sacha and Conn’s old friend, Jack, arrive, the dynamic between Conn and Melanie changes. Your New Best Friend by Jayne A Denker is a light-hearted, enjoyable romantic romp with a sharp-as-a-whip leading lady and an attractive leading man. Your New Best Friend is an easy-to-read contemporary romance with comedic elements, and believable characters and situations. There is plenty of sizzle and a dash of romantic suspense, but Melanie Abbot shoots straight from the hip, so the reader is never tortured by unnecessary misunderstandings. If you are seeking the escape of a happily ever after romance, Jayne A Denker’s Your New Best Friend will not disappoint.
Jayne Denker is one of my favorite authors. Her books are filled with charm, humor, and just the right amount of steam. Knowing what was in store for me, I couldn't buy this one fast enough! From the first chapter, I found myself captivated by the scintillating combination of Melanie's sass and Conn's grumpy smolder. Ms. Denker keeps you hooked with a delightful cast of characters, a beautiful setting, highly entertaining antics, and the uncertainty of the fate of Melanie and Conn's relationship. Once you sit down with this marvelous book, you won't want to get up! So, grab a cup of espresso (Melanie demands it!), find yourself a comfy high-backed chair, and prepare to lose yourself in the wonder of Abbott's Bay.
A fun romantic comedy. Very enjoyable!
A perfect light hearted book for a day at the pool or beach. I could not put it down!
If you are looking for an entertaining romance, especially when you need an escape, pick up this book. The story is about Melanie and Conn. Melanie is all about giving advise , whether you want it or not. Sometimes getting into trouble for doing so. Conn is her dear friend and her opposite. He is one of those older and wiser characters that seems to have appointed himself as her rescuer. He ends up being a project for her when she decides to start an advise business and he needs her VIP package. To add more to the “pot” in the midst of all this, his ex is back and causes conflicts. It’s a fun book , that will have you laughing, but also a sweet story that will make you fall in love with both Melanie and Conn. I was gifted this copy. The opinions expressed are solely my own.