Monday, September 5, 2016

Virtual Tour - CALLED UP (Calling It, #2) by Jen Doyle

Called Up
Calling It, #2
by Jen Doyle
Releasing August 29th 2016 
Carina Press

From The Book Junkie Reads . . . Called Up (Calling It, #2) . . .
Sometimes they say the backstory tells it all. In this case having backstory was necessary to move forward with Deke and Fitz. Their past shaped their present and was making waves for their futures. This friends to lovers had more than just being friends to connect them. There was so much more behind it all and it was needed to make their bond so complete. I believed that neither took it lightly when they made that step to become more than just friends.

This coming together has witty banter, a delicate sweetness, and a rich passion that focuses in on the two and all they had between them. After traversing the past to the present things work in favor of both Fitz and Deke. They had a connection that just could not go unclaimed.

This was my first read from Jen Doyle and I have mixed emotions to go along with this read. I was feeling a little like I missed something with the story. There were so many characters thrown at me during the beginning I was not sure I was in the right book. Then as I progressed further and move beyond all the tangled webs I was able to see the story being presented to me.
**This ARC was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Calling It series:
Calling It – Calling It, #
Called Up – Calling It, #2

There are two things Max “Deke” Deacon can always count on: his old high school teammates and Fitz Hawkins. But no matter how much Deke might secretly fantasize otherwise, a relationship with one of his best friends is off limits. Until one unexpectedly smoldering encounter has Deke and Fitz looking at each other in a whole new way.

Angelica “Fitz” Hawkins knows for a fact that it is not better to have loved and lost. After losing her parents, she’d rather lock up her heart and throw away the key than endure that kind of pain again. If that means giving up any hope of a lasting relationship, then so be it.

With Deke, Fitz finally feels like she's back in the land of the living. But she won’t risk another broken heart—even if it means saying good-bye to Deke for good. It’s up to Deke to convince her that the safest place she could ever be is right here with him.
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“Hey, Dorie,” she heard from above her. “Do you know where Fitz wants these bottles of water?”
Speak of the devil. Fitz brought her head up a little too suddenly, banging it on the underside of the table. “Ouch!” Her hand going to the back of her head, she came up frowning, and...
Oh, God, was he this gorgeous before? Had he always smelled amazing?
Doing everything she could to keep herself immune from his physical charms, she spun on her heel. “Back here.”
Very specifically not looking in Deke’s direction so that she didn’t give anything away, she forced herself to act exactly as she always did around him. Except she suddenly couldn’t quite remember how that was. Did she flirt with him? Did she flat-out ignore him? Did she generally just go around in a state of low-level irritation? Because right now she had absolutely no clue.
She had even less of a clue as she bent down to open up the lid to the cooler and he crouched down next to her, his head so close all he’d need to do was turn it slightly to the left and his mouth would be on her breast.
And was that…?
Oh, hell, no, her nipples had not just hardened. She slapped her arms over her chest.
Because they had. And Deke, with his superhero sex god extra sensory perception, had definitely noticed. He at least had the decency to look down at the ground as he grinned.
“It’s the cold,” Fitz snapped. “From the cooler.”
Pushing the bottles down into the ice, Deke just answered, “You’d be amazed at all the bits and pieces I can warm up with my tongue.”
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Author Info
A big believer in happily ever afters, Jen Doyle decided it was high time she started creating some. Jen is a member of the Romance Writers of America, as well as a member of the New England, New Jersey Romance Writers and Music City Romance Writer chapters of RWA. She is represented by Sarah E. Younger of the Nancy Yost Literary Agency. She has an M.S. in Library and Information Science and, in addition to her work as a librarian, has worked as a conference and events planner as well as a Communications and Enrollment administrator in both preschool and higher education environments (although some might say that there is very little difference between the two; Jen has no comment regarding whether she is one of the “some”).
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