***I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***
‘Just you’ is the second book in the starting out series by Jane lark and is Justin and Portia’s story. I met Justin in the first book in the series, as he was Jason workmate and friend, so I was looking forward to learning more about him. Justin and Portia come from two very different cultures after drunken New Years Eve hookup, something that starts out as friends with benefits leads too much more.
Jason was a good guy, loved how he was committed and protective of his family, his father had left, and he was the man of the house, and did all he could to make sure his brothers didn’t get involved in gangs.
Portia seemed a little stuck up at first, but once I discover her back story I started to understand her more, and like her, she came across as independent, and thick-skinned, but there was a there was a vulnerability about her, as she had something to prove that she could make it without her parent’s money.
I like both Justin, and Portia. They had great chemistry, their relationship, sweet, and very sexy, and I liked how it developed as the more they got to know each other more theory about each other change. It’s not without its issues and hurdles as they are both from different backgrounds Jason is black, and from the Bronx, and Portia is white, and from an upper-class family so they had more to deal with than some couples starting a relationship.
Jason knows what he wants from the start, but Portia is a little more hesitate, but when she needs her, she is there for him. I loved how he handled her, letting her know what he was thinking, and that he is not going to be her secret.
Told from both POV you get to see what Justin and Portia are thinking and feeling, and I couldn't help but feel for them at times. I felt that the issue and hurdles they had been portrayed realistically, it was nice to see that Justin wasn’t a bad boy with an attitude. There was sweet ending, and I loved that Jane Lark showed how much Justin, and Portia meant to each other how much stronger their relationship had become.
Overall, I enjoyed this book it was a little slow to get going, but once it did it was a sexy romantic read. It had some great secondary characters. I loved Justin’s mum, and his little brother Dillon was very cute.
'Just You' follows on from “I Found you’ and can be read as a standalone, but if you're like me then you like reading books in order. So if you like New Adult contemporary romance, that are not just hearts, and flowers than I would, recommend this series as Jane Lark doesn’t disappoint.
“Shit, this girl had a way of crawling inside my sole….I wanted this girl I wanted her to be mine”
“The more I looked at him, the more I liked the look of him”
"My life had hit a junction, and somehow I’d slipped lanes. It was sending me down a new track. Guys like me didn’t get lucky with girls like Portia”
“You can be brave with me. I know how it feels to be on the other end of that”
“Love, longing, need….commitment…swayed around inside me”
“But now it was more that sexual itch- it was a soul deep itch. My sprite longed for her”
"She wasn’t just perfect, she was precious, and she needed someone like me to let her know it so she had the courage to step out of her jammed up terrifying world”
“We snuggled up under the comforter as he held me, and we watched old episodes of the Big Band Theory. My life felt good fro the first time ever”
Jane is a writer of authentic, passionate and emotional Historical and New Adult Romance, and a Kindle top 25 bestselling author.
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 and 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 them 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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