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4 Young love dies hard starsI adore the Undone series by Jennifer Dawson and when I saw this title on NetGalley, I couldn t help but ask for it This one is nothing like the other series, but i liked it equallyI liked that it wasn t reminding me the other series and i liked that it waslightThe only thing that i didn t like was that while i was reading it, i was wondering about the previous books and now, I m dying to learn all of the other Donovan s stories The only4 Young love dies hard starsI adore the Undone series by Jennifer Dawson and when I saw this title on NetGalley, I couldn t help but ask for it This one is nothing like the other series, but i liked it equallyI liked that it wasn t reminding me the other series and i liked that it waslightThe only thing that i didn t like was that while i was reading it, i was wondering about the previous books and now, I m dying to learn all of the other Donovan s stories The only sure thing is that Jennifer Dawson knows how to create beautiful characters and god, she knows how to built the sexual tension between the two main charactersI mean, i was going wild with all this sexual atmosphere Penelope was a very organised and workaholic woman Every aspect of her life was in order, except her own heart Since she was six years old, her heart was drumming wild for her best friend s brother, Evan Twenty five years had passed from that time, and her heart is insisting to tremble near to Evan, even though from outside, she seems very composed whenever she is around him Her secret is safe since nobody knows about this crazy infatuation of hers.After all, she knows very well that she and Evan are miles apart Except that, she doesn t appreciate his ways of lifeShe d always made rash decisions where Evan was concerned Clearly age hadn t cured her Later, much later she d contemplate her actionsEvan Donovan is a football star who is living for his sport, women and partying He was always the black sheep between the rest of his family and he was keeping add fuel in the fire Also he loved to get in the nose of his sister s best friend, Penelope and to stay away from her as far as possibleHe had too many regrets in his life Too many bright promises unfulfilled He didn t know what was going on between them, but he couldn t afford anymistakes with her He at least wanted a chance to make some sorts of amendsAn accident in the field will force Penelope and Evan to come closerEvan after his accident and the ending of his career, he is so depressed and he is spending his days with a bottle of alchool to keep him company His family is so worried about himPenelope whom by an unwriten rule, she is a part of the Donovan family can t stand this situation longer and she is deciding to take the matter in her hands After all, she knows Evan better than everyone elseThis was the last time she d put herself in this situation After tonight, she d work on forgetting She d forgotten once, she could forget again.She just needed to make it through this night untouched.Because, if he touched her, she was finishedThe only thing that she could never imagine was that Evan would take an u turn and that he will decide to rebuilt the past Their secretly past The one that nobody knew except from both of themThat turn scares her and excites her at the same time, even though that she is refusing to admit it.Evan was her dream boy after all, but in the past, he had hurt her so damn much How can she trust him This is what you need to understand, Pen, what you never did get All that power I had over you, that s exactly the power you had over meEvan, from the other hand, knows his mistakes toward Penelope too well But he can t deny longer his feelings Feelings that never got away even though his huge efforts Now, he is ready to accept them and to chase before the only person that means something to him.But how can persuade Penelope that his feelings are real and that he won t bail away from her, for once again The battle is too difficult, but he is determined to not give up So will he manage to rebuilt the past I m doing what I should have done all along I don t know what that means It means I m going to fight for you, and I m going to winWell, i loved very much Evan and PenelopeYep, Evan had made mistakes in the past, but he had good reasons for that No, he didn t copy well the last fifteen years and he made many stupid things, but i loved him in the presence.From the moment that he accepted that Penelope was the one for him, he was so determined to show her the depth of his heart He wanted to prove her that he was worthy of her And i liked this determination and his patienceShe looked like the girl he used to know and this strange, mysterious woman she d become.Like everything he d loved about the past, and everything he feared about the future.She looked like sex and life.Like something too wild to contain and too addictive to let goWhy I liked Evan s patience Well, Penelope was making it really hard for himYep, she was heartbroken but all this thinking of hers was doing only bad She just couldn t let go of the past and she was being unfair to Evan She was very insecure in everything that had to do with him and she wasn t making any efforts and that was pissing me offIt was so much easier when he was some wild, out of control jock who cared about nothing but partying and football Who treated her like she didn t exist That was a man she could hate.But since his injury he d changed Now he waslike the boy from the basementWell, those two together were like an electric discharge Everything around them were catching fire when they were in the same room And the sex was wild Yep, organised Penny was like a wild cat in her private momentsBahahahaha.Finally, i would like to say that i loved all the Donovans and their loved ones I liked the way they were loving Penelope as was their own blood But i was a little bit furious with them that they didn t believe in Evan so much But they were having, all of them, so lovely personalities and they were so tight between them Yep, i want like crazy to read their own stories I m so curiousARC kindly provided via NetGalley for the exchange of an honest review 4.5 starsAs Good As New was a touching, heartfelt second chance love story, loved it When I read the excerpt of As Good As New at the end of The Name of the Game I couldn t wait for Evan Penelope s book, I had to know how were these two who clearly shared a history and now couldn t stand each other ever going to fall in love I can honestly say this book delivered everything it promised There was passion, angst, humor, family, misunderstandings, forgiveness and a beautiful couple who have lov 4.5 starsAs Good As New was a touching, heartfelt second chance love story, loved it When I read the excerpt of As Good As New at the end of The Name of the Game I couldn t wait for Evan Penelope s book, I had to know how were these two who clearly shared a history and now couldn t stand each other ever going to fall in love I can honestly say this book delivered everything it promised There was passion, angst, humor, family, misunderstandings, forgiveness and a beautiful couple who have loved each other for so long but didn t think they d ever get their HEA.For me this book ticked all the boxes, great characters that were complex, likable and at times totally frustrating, but all that added to my reading enjoyment In the beginning I wasn t sure I was going to like Evan, he was a jerk and his ego needed to be checked I loved how Penelope was the one to kick his butt when noone else could get through his stubborn a But as the story unfolded and we got to hear his thoughts my feelings for Evan started to change I saw this man who clearly was in love but had no idea how to get Penelope to trust him after he d broken her heart all those years ago Sigh I totally understood Penelope s fears hesitation I would have the same insecurities and I totally got her It warmed my heart watching them finally open up and communicate honestly It wasn t easy and at times it felt like they would never be able to forgive the past hurts It was truly worth it as these two belonged together, they had a great connection and their chemistry was off the charts Another plus for me was getting to spend time the previous couples, especially James Gracie from The Name of the Game LOVE these two OMG Gracie cracks me up and James still has a very special place in my heart Overall As Good As New was a heartwarming second chance love story that will keep you turning the pages, take you for an emotional ride and then leave you with a heart full of happy feels.I highly recommend As Good As New and the Something New series, each book can be read as a standalone special note to the author Jennifer Dawson Can wePLEASEget Sophie s, Sam s or Charlie s book I don t want to say goodbye to the wonderful characters you ve created Thank you Kensington Books Zebra via NetGalley for the advance copy. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Having really enjoyed all three previous books in this series, it pains this NetGalley reviewer to admit this one felt off the mark Mainly because I had issues with the hero s past character moral compass and the heroine s judgment It was hard to feel sympathy for Evan, who was with lots of other girls, starting as a teen, even while supposedly being in love and fooling around with the heroine, Penelope, in the family basement Yes, you guessed it She became his dirty little secret You see, Having really enjoyed all three previous books in this series, it pains this NetGalley reviewer to admit this one felt off the mark Mainly because I had issues with the hero s past character moral compass and the heroine s judgment It was hard to feel sympathy for Evan, who was with lots of other girls, starting as a teen, even while supposedly being in love and fooling around with the heroine, Penelope, in the family basement Yes, you guessed it She became his dirty little secret You see, Pen was a close family friend who waslike an adopted family member She made the mistake of meeting Evan downstairs, after the midnight hour, for late night chats eventual make out sessions, all while he was taking full advantage of the groupie cheerleaders who offered themselves up to him due to his high school football status They both kept quiet about it Yes, she knew about his other girlfriends So shame on her, as well I also didn t get how dearly beloved soon departed, dear old dad pulled Evan aside and lectured him about giving up Pen when he accidentally saw them together because his upcoming NFL career was going to lead to evenrandom girls Where was a stern talking to about becoming a real man by respecting women not using them and respecting himself enough not to continue to be a man whore At least an I expect better from you, son speech was in order You would think this strong knit family would have wanted to instill their family values upon Evan If nothing else, lecture him about unwanted pregnancies and STDs No, he seemed to get a pass, because he was destined to live the god like life of a football player, on and off the field, and all its inevitable entitlements money and loose women Not surprisingly, he dumps Pen after being her first and flaunts parades other women in front of her for years Again, Dad, thanks for nothing We are supposed to buy into his excuse he sincerely thought it was for her own good When he finally does make a permanent play for Pen, she s supposed to be consoled by the fact he always thought of her while being intimate with countless supermodels bimbos Oh, isn t that sweet not Even going so far as to tell her specifics about one of his multiple person sexcapades because he needed to get the guilt off his chest Yeah, that play decision didn t work out so well for him, folks.So we, along with his family and friends, are supposed to feel sorry for him because he can no longer play football due to a concussion I say it was too bad he wasn t kicked in the groin instead, my fellow romance book loving friends Maybe a blow to the family jewels would remind him of the concept of karma As much as I liked Pen s feistiness and determination not to be hurt by Evan again, I found myself thinking she could have used a knock to her noggin a time or two to bring her to her senses, as well Though she would often verbally put him in his place, she was always too quick to forgive him, because, after all, he was so hot and under her skin Being the good girl she is, Pen does swallow her pride pain and tries to rescue Evan from himself, since his family has been unsuccessful We learn he has always loved her, partly because she wasn t attracted to him just because of his football skills But apparently not enough to give up his groupies, huh Yes, there was tons of angst lots of chemistry very steamy scenes a hero who is honestly, sincerely, desperately redeeming himself a family who doesn t even want them together due to his past pattern of behavior and self centeredness which they helped createa feisty heroine who becomes so insecure in her worry about the same notions she keeps pushing him away The ending result was a rather exhausting read without any significant dramatic events to push it along Here s to hoping you can forgive and forget better than this reviewer I m still holding a grudge, against him and especially dear old dad I m glad Pen got her HEA though and the hero is no longer a player I have a feeling Shane, Evan s older brother, will make certain it stays that way Otherwise, he won t have any qualms about using his fists, not just words, to protect Pen.Title As Good as New, Series Something New Book 4 , Author Jennifer Dawson, Pages 320, stand alone, HEA, feisty but insecure heroine, hero was a player on and off the field.Book 1 Take a Chance on Me, 2 4 14, Pages 352 Maddie Mitch Book 2 The Winner Takes All, 12 2 14, Pages 368 Shane Cecilia Book 3 The Name of the Game, 9 29 15, Pages 352 Gracie James Book 4 As Good as New, 3 29 16, Pages 320, Penelope Evan This review is based on ARC generously provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest, unbiased opinion No compensation was paid to the reviewer nor is there any affiliation between the reviewer and author publisher E ARC received thanks to the publisher and Netgalley.Penelope had been in love with her best friend s brother Evan for years, and for a short stint she thought they had somethinguntil Evan ditched her cue gasp in the audience Fast forward a decade or so, Evan s career was cut short, spiraling him out of control, until Penelope out of the goodness of her heart slapped him back into reality literally and dun dun dunOH MANin my The Name of the Game review I asked myself, how is Jennifer E ARC received thanks to the publisher and Netgalley.Penelope had been in love with her best friend s brother Evan for years, and for a short stint she thought they had somethinguntil Evan ditched her cue gasp in the audience Fast forward a decade or so, Evan s career was cut short, spiraling him out of control, until Penelope out of the goodness of her heart slapped him back into reality literally and dun dun dunOH MANin my The Name of the Game review I asked myself, how is Jennifer Dawson gonna top the awesomeness that is James and Gracie because YOU GUYS, James and Gracie are SO PERFECT I cannot even imagine how any couple could beat thembut Ms Dawson managed to outdone herself again because THIS is so great ughhhhhh I still couldn t give it a 5 because James and Gracie are still the King and Queen of my OTP list but Evan and Pen are Real Closebut then there s also Shane and Cecilia, whom I also love NOW DO YOU SEE MY PROBLEMok the thing I love most about Jen Dawson s books is her characters I m very invested in them in their happiness, and I can t help but to root for them Evan has his dumbass moments BOY DID HE HAVE THEM and Penelope has her frustrating ones HE LOVES YOU HE LOVES YOU , I wailed for the umpteenth time , but either way all relationships takes work and this relationship TONS I love how Evan works hard to prove himself to Penelope that he can take care of her, to get her to trust him and in their relationship I love how Penelope has to work to believe that she actually deserves a whole lotthan she thinks It just feels real to me Overall, I ve never been one to be able to eloquently express why I love a book ITried but I mthan excited to see what Jen s gonna offer next Coffee Dates with As Good As New First date Evan Donovan suffered an injury that ended his NFL career This go lucky playboy is taking it hard and his family is concerned Nothing seems to snap him out of his depression Penelope Watkins still has feelings for the boy she kissed in the Donovan basement and decides to break her own code and give him a piece of her mind The chemistry between Penelope and Evan is off the charts How the two of them have kept their hands of each other is beyon Coffee Dates with As Good As New First date Evan Donovan suffered an injury that ended his NFL career This go lucky playboy is taking it hard and his family is concerned Nothing seems to snap him out of his depression Penelope Watkins still has feelings for the boy she kissed in the Donovan basement and decides to break her own code and give him a piece of her mind The chemistry between Penelope and Evan is off the charts How the two of them have kept their hands of each other is beyond me Their denial is electrifying the city Dawson immediately had me rooting for them They belong together even if he will muck it up and she will deny it Second date Penelope has no one to confide in, and there is no one to meddle or nudge this brewing romance.that is until one of my favorite characters spots the elephant in the room I laughed watching Penelope squirm Evan is determined to reconnect and Penelope who practical melts when he touches her insists they return to friends shakes head When these two finally give in to their physical needs and Evan claims her, the screen on my kindle melted It was all that I wanted andThe Something New series has a small town vibe to it, and I loved all the updates on past couples and family When this clan gets together, you never know what will happen Third date One of the things I love about Dawson is the depth she brings to her characters as she puts them through growing pains Even though Evan knows what he wants, he fumbles the ball a few times and Penelope was as nervous as a new kitten The story was low on angst despite Penelope s fears and while I wanted her to be as strong in her personal life as she is in the boardroom I understood her fears A weekend get together with all the Donovan s and their friends had me flipping the pages towards our HEA and I ended this date grinning like a fool Copy provided by publisher, This review was originally posted on Caffeinated Book Reviewer No way in hell See No way in hell See Excuse the abbreviated review Just adopted a puppy my boy EJ and as of right now, I have the attention span of a puppy, so I m going to keep this as succinct as possible Still loving Ms Dawson s writing and her ability to take standard romantic tropes and write the ish out of them Evan and Penelope s chemistry is crazy hot There s a scene where they re building up to kissing not even kissing, mind you and I needed a fan When it finally gets to sex, it was top notch Evan has his dumb Excuse the abbreviated review Just adopted a puppy my boy EJ and as of right now, I have the attention span of a puppy, so I m going to keep this as succinct as possible Still loving Ms Dawson s writing and her ability to take standard romantic tropes and write the ish out of them Evan and Penelope s chemistry is crazy hot There s a scene where they re building up to kissing not even kissing, mind you and I needed a fan When it finally gets to sex, it was top notch Evan has his dumb bunny moments but I did love his sincerity For the record Evan, telling your girl about sexploits in an attempt to show it s always been about her is NOT a bright bulb move Penelope is hesitant but after what Evan did to her, essentially emotionally gutting her then walking away 15 years ago, I get why The trust had to build and Ms Dawson did a fab job of doing that.Incredibly chemistry and strong characters made this a standout in the series and another enjoyable romance from Ms Dawson I continue to be impressed with her writing and I m looking forward to her next book ARC provided by publisher via netgalley for review Forreviews, visit What a disgusting pig for male MC Don t even want to think about itSelf note What a disgusting pig for male MC Don t even want to think about itSelf note (DOWNLOAD KINDLE) ¸ As Good As New º He was the high school hottie She was the teacher s pet But in private, none of that mattered At the tender age of six, Penelope Watkins fell for her best friend s brother, Evan Donovan, future hunk By the time they were teenagers, they were having heart to hearts and hot and heavy top secret make out sessions All that changed when Evan s father suddenly died Abruptly, Penelope lost him to grief and to his true love football But now an injury had ended Evan s NFL career The notorious bad boy was in a depression no one could penetrate, except maybe the one woman who still knew him best and still wanted him most Penelope is the last person Evan wants to witness the wreck he s become So when she shows up at his door he s less than welcoming even though the sight of her brings back the same old rush of desire As a teenager, the emotions overwhelmed him Now, when he wanted to be overwhelmed, Penelope wasn t playing She was telling the golden boy it was time to man up It may have taken a concussion for Evan to realize it, but that s exactly what he wants to do starting with her Praise for Jennifer Dawson Witty repartee, memorable secondary characters, and powerful attraction skillfully handled will have readers eager for the next in the series Publishers Weekly on Take a Chance on Me As Good As New is not my first book by Jennifer Dawson but it was my first from the Something New series and I can honestly state that it is indeed readable as a standalone novel.After reading Crave last year it was no question for me that I was going to like this authors writing style unless she would have changed something significantly So it was an easy decision to pick up this book as the plot seemedthan interesting.And I was not disappointed.I am honestly not sure if I As Good As New is not my first book by Jennifer Dawson but it was my first from the Something New series and I can honestly state that it is indeed readable as a standalone novel.After reading Crave last year it was no question for me that I was going to like this authors writing style unless she would have changed something significantly So it was an easy decision to pick up this book as the plot seemedthan interesting.And I was not disappointed.I am honestly not sure if I really liked Evan very much in the beginning he seem superficial at best.But Penelope was an easy likeable character I loved her from minute one.And I wanted to high five her when she read Evan the riot act in his apartment to set him straight.If a book features a second chance love I would like it to be like this strong characters that show their ability to grow and change without loosing themselves in the process.Recommendable readForReviews subscribe my Blog like my FB Page