3 Stars ~ Dating 101 Lawyer style
WARNING THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
Publisher’s Summary: Jane Dixon is a dating disaster. Flammable tablecloths and broken arms are just a typical evening for her unlucky companions. No wonder Jane never gets past a first date. But luckily her co-worker and new bff says he’s got loads of friends who’d date her more than once. If only she could stop thinking about how much fun he was to hang out with. And she’d never dropped a bucket of ice on his junk. Win.
All attorney Eric Blackwell has to do to make junior partner is not screw anything up for six weeks, which seems like a slam dunk until he finds himself matchmaker to the office “One Date Wonder” aka the boss’s daughter. It’s hard to stay focused when setting up the hottest girl he’s ever met with everyone but himself. Maybe he could just set her up with all the wrong men, and keep his hands off his new friend… Yeah. His promotion is toast.
Dear Jane by Marissa Clarke is the first book I’ve read by this author, the synopsis described a book that was just my cuppa tea! Dating dilemmas mixed with a little office romance. What’s not to like?
What didn’t I like: I didn’t particularly connect with Jane, she’s an intelligent lawyer who happens to be drop-dead gorgeous. She manages to “make” time to date but never seems to get a second date. We go through the process of the author describing crazy scenarios in which Jane has physically maimed her dates on their date and they still send her flowers! For me its unrealistic, why does Jane feel that she needs a man to complete her??
Then we have Eric, who comes across well I’m not really sure how to describe him. He’s apparently super sexy but Jane’s never noticed him before even though he works across the corridor from her office within the same legal firm?! He’s had a crush on Jane for two years but has done nothing to change that fact.
Another issue I had been with it being called “Animal Attraction” so this installment is to set up the series where we finally see Jane and her childhood friends reconnecting to open their animal sanctuary something they haven’t achieve due to them having to become “grown-ups”.
Regrettably for Marissa Clarke I’ve already read Jill Shalvis‘s series Animal Magnetism and found Dear Jane dull in comparison. Eric does not come across like a strong caring macho man and Jane is not portrayed as a woman who’s had a run of bad luck.
What I liked: Eric was a true sweetheart, really putting his heart on the line to help Jane out. Even when all he wanted to do was date her himself. Date after date he’d go round and listen to Jane talk about how bad her dates are.
Jane was surrounded by good people, even when her father fired her for breaking the company policy he did it out of love. He could see that she was truly happen when she was with Eric and that her heart really wasn’t in being a Lawyer.
WOULD I RECOMMEND IT? Maybe there isn’t anything WRONG with this novel per se, it just happens that I’ve read a similar series and that had strong characters and a more believe story plot.
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