Title: Plain Jayne
Author: Laura Drewry
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: April 8, 2014
Rating: ♨♨♨♨ 4 of 5 (This is just Some Kind of Wonderful, Jayne could be Pretty in Pink, but in cut offs and a ball cap she still catches Nick's undivided attention. Her birthday surprise was no Ferris Beuller's Day Off but The Breakfast Club with Nick was the best. An excellently written debut novel, this is a keeper along with your Sixteen Candles DVD!)
In Laura Drewry’s funny, heartwarming Loveswept debut, a man and a woman learn the hard way that a little bit of love makes staying friends a whole lot harder.
Worn out from the long drive back home, Jayne Morgan can only smirk at the irony: Of course the first person she sees from her old life is Nick Scott. Once best friends, they lost touch when Jayne left town at eighteen, but nothing could keep them apart forever. Jayne has returned to take over her grandmother’s bookstore, determined to put all her bittersweet memories and secret disappointments strictly in the past—until, that is, Nick insists she bunk at his place.
Nick never did care what people thought about having a girl for a best friend—or the “scandal” she caused by showing up to his wife’s funeral four years earlier—so he’s got no problem with the gossips now. Jayne was always the one person he could count on in his life. Now Nick is starting to realize that he never wants her to leave again . . . and that being “just friends” isn’t going to be enough anymore.
Plain Jayne was a wonderful surprise. I knew it was going to be a best friends to lovers story but I never knew that it could be this sweet and poignant, heartwarming, frustrating,romantic and best of all had a happy ending (that wasn't a spoiler it was a given). Despite the ages of the protagonists (nearing their thirties) this would have been considered a young to new adult romance, there was something about the simplicity in the story that just tugged at your emotions. Both Jayne and Nick were characters that when you started reading seemed nothing too special but by the first chapter you started getting invested in them. Some readers would be very frustrated with the plot devices used for Jayne and Nick's relationship development however it seemed fitting in the theme of how something so beautiful and special could blind you so much you tend to miss the significance of it. For Nick, Jayne was everything and more but he couldn't seem to go beyond the next step until he realized that he could lose her. Jayne has always loved Nick but couldn't see herself as anything special for him, just his best friend and she was content with that until she felt that she deserved more. This is one romance worth reading and a very good debut novel. The unique chapter headings was quirky; quotes from famous movies of the '80s with the friends to lovers theme just added that special something. And I will never look at another Dandelion again without remembering this book.
*The ARC for this novel was provided by the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review*