Title: Just Say Yes
Author: Jen Andrews
Series: Just Say Yes #2
Release Date: July 28, 2014
After an accident lands Zoey in the hospital, her life, once again, takes a turn in the wrong direction.
Andy starts acting differently and won’t talk to her about what is bothering him. He’s distant and broody, and the closer it gets to Zoey’s upcoming vacation, the more unsettling Andy’s behavior becomes.
Once Zoey leaves for vacation, life doesn’t get any easier for her, until she begins to volunteer at a local horse ranch. There she meets Josie, a former therapist, who spent her career helping orphans. While she is working at the ranch, unbeknownst to her, Josie is helping Zoey better herself and heal.
Zoey and Andy both realize they have issues from their troubling pasts that need to be dealt with during the month that Zoey is gone, and they agree to work on them. By the time she comes home, they’ve both succeeded at putting their previous tragedies behind them and are looking forward to their future together.
On what should be the happiest day of their lives, Andy is completely blindsided by disturbing news from his past. While Andy is away and trying desperately to find out if the information he’s received is true, Zoey suspects a life changing situation that could either ruin her and Andy, or make them completely whole.
Can their relationship survive Andy’s devastation, or will their lives fall apart forever? Will Zoey find it within her newfound strength to hold them together?
Picking up where The Reason left off, Just Say Yes continues Andy and Zoey’s story. Jen Andrews left us in a place of uncertainty, ensuring that Just Say Yes would start off testing my emotions. As Andy and Zoey’s journey continued, they are forced to deal with the unexpected ups and downs of their relationship. Jen kept me constantly wondering whether or not these two could make it through everything and come out strong. Emotions run strong as two perfectly broken people fight to love again. Once again Jen had me invested in this book, feeling deeply and holding out for that happily ever after. I was absorbed in the highs and lows of this couples relationship, unable to walk away without knowing where they’d eventually end up.
“If I wake, I will never tell him no. I will always say yes to him. If I can make it through this, I can make it through anything.”
I continue to adore the characters in this book. Andy is still absolutely swoon-worthy. His words and actions win me over every single time. I’ll admit that some of his behavior surprised me and left me feeling upset with him – a sure sign that Jen Andrews has successfully attached me to her characters. As much as I wanted to slap some sense into him, I understood the emotional toll of the things he was experiencing. So instead of hating him, my heart simply ached for him. Zoey undergoes a pretty significant transformation in this book. She wasn’t in the best headspace when the story began, but Jen Andrews has been slowing nurturing this character into a vibrant and confident woman. She took her time finding her way, but the journey was satisfying and felt completely genuine.
“He is my reason for being, my reason for living, my reason for everything.”
The storyline moves a little bit slower in the beginning as we watch Andy and Zoey settle into their relationship and take the time necessary for self-reflection. As always, there are plenty of steamy scenes to keep our couple busy, as well as sporadic instances of amusing banter and lighthearted fun. As things picked up, the story really took off running. Jen kept me on my toes and one thing after another had me on an emotional rollercoaster with this couple. As many resolutions as this book brings us, it serves up just as much room for insecurity in the future. Jen Andrews seems to enjoy torturing me, so she left us at an absolutely heartbreaking place in Andy and Zoey’s story. I’m impatient for book 3, needing to know how the journey ends for this lovable couple.
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Check out the rest of the Just Say Yes series:
The Reason (Just Say Yes #1)
Beautiful With You (Just Say Yes #3)
Running Away (Just Say Yes #4)