Title: The Reason
Author: Jen Andrews
Series: Just Say Yes #1
Release Date: March 29, 2014
Zoey James is in a funk. She has been through more in her twenty-three years than most people have experienced in their entire lives. After her ex-husband tries to take everything she’s worked so hard for, she makes one rule: Never date someone she works with.
When her father’s newly hired mechanic moves into the apartment above their family-run business, Zoey’s lonely life is flipped upside down.
As a teenager, New Zealand native, Andy Tate’s family is tragically killed in an accident, and he is taken in by his aunt and uncle. Andy is pulled away from the only place he’s ever known as home, and moved halfway around the world to Northern California.
Ten years and one failed marriage later, Andy finds himself living in a new city, with a new job at James Racing, and living in an apartment next door to Zoey, his new boss’s beautiful and damaged daughter.
After an interesting chain of events over one weekend, Andy and Zoey form an unexpected bond. Even though he’s the only one who can get through to her, she will do all that she can to keep him at a distance and not break her one rule.
Will Andy be the reason for Zoey to start living her life again, or will she continue on her downward spiral, until she finally hits rock bottom?
The Reason was just the sweet, refreshing read I needed! This story is layered with emotion and bursting with unbridled attraction that had me rooting for Zoey and Andy right off the bat. Zoey spent her childhood not belonging to anyone and lives in fear of being unwanted. Andy’s world was rocked by sudden tragedy, leaving him haunted by feelings of losing love. Together they are an apprehensive mess, but their connection won’t be ignored so easily.
I adored the voice Jen Andrews created in Zoey. The book begins with a young Zoey and moves to current day, maturing the voice of a child to one of an adult rocked by the experiences life has brought her. Jen did a great job maturing Zoey’s voice as she grew in confidence with Andy. I could feel every bit of the emotional growth Zoey was experiencing. Andy is book boyfriend perfection. His patience and loyalty are incredibly attractive. Jen makes the connection between these two absolutely electric from the moment they meet. I couldn’t help but be anxious to see them finally get together.
The storyline is an excellent balance of fun and flirty with emotional turmoil and a past that won’t stay in the past. Zoey and Andy’s journey has its ups and downs, never leaving me complacent for too long. Since this is the first book in a series, there is no resolution to their story. The Reason ends and questions remain unanswered. I honestly had to pick up the second book immediately after finishing because I just couldn’t be left hanging. Jen Andrews will definitely take you on an emotional ride with this one. I can’t wait to see what she has in store next for these two!
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Check out the rest of the Just Say Yes series:
Just Say Yes (Just Say Yes #2)
Beautiful With You (Just Say Yes #3)
Running Away (Just Say Yes #4)