ARC Review – Dear Jane (Animal Attraction #1) by Marissa Clarke

Dear Jane is funny, it a bit crazy, sexy and it simply stole my heart. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures 

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.

Review copy provided with no expectations

There is something I love about Marissa Clarke’s books and it’s taken me awhile to put my finger on it, but with Dear Jane I finally figured it out. I love that her characters don’t take themselves too seriously, that they can laugh at themselves, that they take time out to enjoy life, and that they aren’t afraid to make changes to do so. Dear Jane was simply fabulous; two attorneys working at the same firm, one hoping to get promoted to junior partner and keep climbing the success ladder he’s always had his eye on, the other the daughter of one of the partners who really doesn’t love being an attorney and more that than really just wants to find a guy to have a second date with. This book was funny, it was a bit crazy, it was sexy and it simply stole my heart.

Ever since he was a small boy all Eric Blackwell wanted was to be successful enough to make sure he and his Mom were financially secure and he hasn’t minded the hard work to get there and he’s 6 weeks away from what he hope will be a junior partnership. He is focused, he is quite sure he’s going to make it until he helps out the receptionist and delivers “Dear Jane” flowers to his boss’s daughter Jane Dixon and his life is forever changed.

Jane Dixon has been working for her father’s firm since she got out of law school and while she is good at what she does, she really doesn’t enjoy her work. She dreams of more in her life including a good relationship, but Jane can’t seem to get past the first date. Every first date she goes on she blows it with her clumsiness or her nervousness and getting flowers delivered by fellow attorney Eric and having him see her distress is the icing on the cake until he agrees to help her find someone perfect.

I really loved the way these two went from colleagues who barely spoke (even though Eric had a huge crush on Jane), to friends, and then to more throughout this book. Eric being there for Jane to debrief after her horrendous first dates sets the tone for this book as does his crazy rivalry with her cat.

Dear Jane was flat out fun, a bit crazy, but most of all a sweet love story with one heck of a grand gesture at the end.

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