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I’m Keeping You – Jane Lark – Blog Tour – 5* Review

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Today I have Jane Lark on my blog talking about top tips for romantic dates in New York, as part of her ‘I’m Keeping You’ blog tour. I’ve enjoyed reading the books in the ‘ Starting Out’ series. If it’s new to you, here are my reviews of previous books in the series. Click on the image to read my review.

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Winter Blurb

 The sequel to the US bestselling NA romance, I Found You.

The sun was warm on my hair and face. The river looked cool and inviting. I felt superhuman. I was the best mom in the world…

I’ve faced many demons in my life, but my bipolar brain is the enemy inside me. Even my fairytale knight in shining armour, my husband, Jason, cannot always be there to save me from myself – and since the day I walked into a river with our precious baby son, Saint, our relationship has changed, no matter what he tells me.

Now we risk losing our innocent boy again, but this time to his biological father, my sleazy ex, Declan. So I’m going to New York to fight for my family, but I’m scared because I have to fight myself too. I ran away from my life in New York it feels like going back could ruin everything but if I don’t go we might lose Saint. I can’t lose Saint…or Jason…

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Jason’s and Rachel’s top tips for a romantic date in New York

Underneath the Dumbo end of Manhattan Bridge is a small park with a gravel beech where you can get down close the water, and if you have kids there’s a fairground ride around the corner, it’s a place they’ll take Saint to later, and at sunset a place for a quieter more romantic atmosphere, it’s really quiet there compared to the main Brooklyn Bridge Park.

A date night dinner at Clark’s Diner/Restaurant opposite the exit from the Clark St Subway stop in Brooklyn. They serve amazing fried chicken and waffles and at amazing prices too 😉

Prospect Park a less tourist filled escape from the New York traffic than Central Park, but it has its own Zoo, and a period house, with lovely quiet romantic walks about a lake where you can be serenaded by buskers whose music echoes back from under the arches of the wide stone bridges.

A trip to Coney Island ‘the playground of the world’ – ‘down by the boardwalk’. How fabulous to be able to have a day on the beach and dip your toes in the ocean on the edge of a capital city and to ride the rollercoasters and play old fashioned fairground games, as well as getting your fortune told by Zoltar.

For a hotter night out, The Ravel Hotel, restaurant and nightclub, Penthouse808, with awesome views of the heart of New York, great cocktails, try a Blueberry Mojito, and music.

BoHo Karaoke Orchard, Manhattan, because as we all know from the first book in the series, I Found You, Rachel loves a bit of Karaoke when she’s high and Jason has become a convert and caught ahold of her excitement.

Winter My Review

Rachel and Jason love each other but living the dream is harder than dreaming the dream. Their relationship undergoes some severe tests, as they battle for the custody of Saint and come to terms with the reality of living with mental illness.

The dual points of view give a realistic insight into Rachel and Jason’s raw emotions, as they fight their own fears and an outside force that threatens their family unit. The plot is simple but the characters are complex and if you empathised with Rachel and Jason in ‘I Found You’, you will be firmly in their corner for this book.

Sensual, shocking and sleek, this story pulls you in with its angst and holds your attention with its believable characters and plot until the last word.

I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Author Bio 2016- 2

Photo - Jane LarkJane is a writer of authentic, passionate and emotional Historical and New Adult romance and author of a No.1 bestselling Historical Novel,’The Illicit Love of a Courtesan’, as well as a Kindle overall top 25, bestselling author in the United States of America.

She began her first historical novel at sixteen, but a life full of adversity derailed her as she lives with the restrictions of Ankylosing Spondylitis.

When she finally completed a novel it was because she was determined not to reach forty still saying, I want to write.

Now Jane is writing a Regency series as well as contemporary, new adult, stories and she is thrilled to be giving her characters life in others’ imaginations at last.

You might think that Jane was inspired to write by Jane Austen, especially as she lives near Bath in the United Kingdom, but you would be wrong. Jane’s favourite author is Anya Seton, and the book which drew her into the bliss of falling into historical imagination was ‘Katherine’ a story crafted from reality.

Jane has drawn on this inspiration to discover other real-life love stories, reading memoirs and letters to capture elements of the past, and she uses these to create more realistic plots.

‘Basically I love history and I am sucker for a love story. I love the feeling of falling in love; it’s wonderful being able to do it time and time again in fiction.’

Jane is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development in the United Kingdom, and uses this specialist understanding of people to bring her characters to life.

 

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5* Review: I Need You (Starting Out #3) Jane Lark

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Guilt can eat away at you, but love can cut like a knife…

Lusting after his best friend’s girlfriend is a cliché Billy knows well – it’s the tightrope he’s walked for years.
But now Jason and Lindy have broken up and Billy can’t help but be there for the girl he’s loved from afar for so long. She’s hurting.

Fighting to find a road to the future, Lindy’s heart hurts. She’s trying to escape the truth, but Billy keeps making her face it – and it’s ugly. How can she keep living when everything is made of glass and it keeps shattering?

Her one constant is Billy. Only, rebound isn’t his style and when Lindy starts to see him in a different light, he just can’t trust her. He’s no one’s second best.

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I Need You: HarperImpulse New Adult RomanceI have read and enjoyed all the ‘Starting Out’ books. This one is the most poignant and realistic and therefore for me, the most enjoyable. ‘I Found You’, the first book in the series introduced Billy and Lindy and neither came across as particularly likeable. ‘I Need You’ is their story and you don’t have to read very much of this book to realise why they both acted so badly in the first book.

Billy loves Lindy. They met at school and he accepted her friendship, no matter how painful it was, rather than lose her when she hooked up with his best mate Jason. Lindy is angry and desperate when Jason dumps her for his soul mate Rachel but her pain is more complicated than Billy first surmises. Billy puts his life on hold to stop Lindy’s downward spiral but she doesn’t share all her pain with him and the time they spend together takes its toll on his tender heart.

The chemistry between the two friends is a slow sizzle and their love story is full of pain, fear and humour. Billy truly awakens Lindy to her full potential, in every way but is it enough for them to be together, or is Lindy’s need to escape parts of her life too much for Billy to repair?

The story unfolds beautifully and it highlights the importance of forgiveness, envy and how hard you have to work to find true love. Lindy is the character that travels the furthest in this story and the one I admired the most at the end.

‘I Need You’ is a lovely feel good read.

I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Here’s my review of I Found You and Just You the first two books in the series.

4* Review: I Found You
5* Review: Just You

 

I Need You: HarperImpulse New Adult Romance by Jane Lark

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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5* Review: Just You – Starting Out #2 – Jane Lark

21462694The morning after the New Year’s Eve before…

Waking up to a new year with a killer hangover and hazy memories of a seriously hot hook-up the night before leaves Portia in an awkward situation… Did I, or didn’t I? The only way she’s going to find out is by standing up to the guy in question.

With no regrets, Justin is willing to play the gentleman and save Portia her embarrassment. Only then he gets a text saying, come over… and he’s not gonna lie – this is friends with a lot of benefits!

But no matter how good the sex is, there’s one thing Justin’s not down with: being this shallow rich girl’s dirty little secret..

 

Just You (Starting Out #2)My Review

‘Just You’ is the second in the Starting Out series. This is Justin and Portia’s story. It starts with a question, which Portia desperately needs the answer to. Did they actually do it at their boss’ New Year’s Eve party? Portia has to find out since it was Justin’s friend, Jason she really wanted to connect with and he left the party early with his new girlfriend Rachel. If you have read book one in the series ‘I Found You’ Jason and Rachel will be familiar. They are the couple that connect all the books in the series.
Portia on first acquaintance appears snobby and unapproachable but Justin found her less the ice queen and more the hot diva when she came onto him at his boss’ New Year’s Eve party. Ever the gentleman he spares her blushes until she insists he tell her what happened. She withdraws and he chalks it up as one of those hook- ups when suddenly she thaws and seems to want him in her life at least in a physical sense.
Justin is a character with real depth. He knows the value of family and is prepared to make the sacrifices necessary for his brothers and mother. Portia is the archetypical poor little rich girl but she too has hidden qualities and they prove to be Justin’s salvation when a tragedy occurs.
This is a gritty, fast paced romantic story told through Justin and Portia’s eyes. An absorbing read.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

 

Check put my 4*review of the I Found You the first book in the Starting Out series

 Rachel and Jason the couple that links the series together.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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4* Review I Found You Jane Lark

I am a fan of Jane Lark’s Historical Novels and now I’ve  also enjoyed  ‘I Found You’  her New Adult Romance story. The first in the ‘Starting Out’ series.Here’s what you can expect:

On a cold winter night, Rachel and Jason’s lives collide on Manhattan Bridge. She’s running from life, he’s running toward it. But compassion urges him to help her.

His offer of a place to stay leads to friendship and trouble. There’s his fiancée back home in Oregon and a family who just don’t trust this girl from the wrong side of the tracks.

But when the connection between them is so electric, so right… everyone else must be wrong. And as the snow begins to settle on the Hudson, there’s nothing but the possibility of what could be – of this, right here, right now. Them.

My Review

 Written in the 1st person from Jason and Rachel’s point of view ‘I Found You’ is a poignant, engaging story with immediacy and rawness which hooks you in from their first traumatic meeting.
Serendipity has Jason running on the Manhattan Bridge at the exact same time Rachel is in danger of ending her young life. This moment in time is an extraordinary occurrence in two ordinary lives which change them forever, a catalyst for an enduring love story.

Rachel is at rock bottom and her life is full of secrets most of which she won’t share and would rather forget. On a downward trend since birth and coupled with an illness she barely understands meeting Jason on the bridge is opportune. The more time she spends in his care the more she depends on him and wants to share her true self but is the risk too great?

Touched by Rachel’s predicament and vulnerability Jason’s small town values and upbringing make him considerate, he has to help her. Jason’s acceptance of Rachel ‘as seen’ goes a long way to healing her trust issues and gradually she begins to share her traumatic past with him and heal.

Jason’s life in New York is not what he imagined. Meeting Rachel he sees the city differently she makes him try new things which force him to mature and understand what he wants from life. His relationship with Rachel challenges everything he holds dear.

The sensual connection the couple have dominates the story and their lives and makes them feel invincible as only love can. The plot is page turning as life intrudes on their romantic idyll. The ending is worth struggling through the angst but don’t breathe a sigh of relief too soon.

I received a copy of this book from Harper Collins UK Harper Impulse via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.