Just Say Yes by Elizabeth Hayley #Review

Just Say Yes by Elizabeth Hayley #ReviewJust Say Yes by Elizabeth Hayley

Series: Strictly Business #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Signet on December 1, 2015
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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I almost stopped reading this several times only to find myself falling in love with these two characters. See it is the second novel in the Strictly Business Series and I haven’t read the first one. This caused some slight confusion in the beginning as the characters are friends and established already. Then everything seemed so platonic in the beginning and I was kind of bored. Once I sat down and dug in, I found myself questioning why I would give up.

When sweet guys aren’t cutting it, Quinn Sawyer has to find a way to get out of her comfort zone and find some gumption to leap out of her shell to experience life in ways she has never dared to before. Being a journalist, Quinn’s boss asks the team for a innovative story that hasn’t been done. Now Quinn has to break all her rules to experience what a good girl does when she decided to go bad. With a little help from her tattooed friend, she just might break more than a few rules.

Tim Jacobs knows all about being a bad boy. He’s lived the life of drug and alcohol addiction. One accident woke him up and he has been clean and sober for 7 years. In those seven years though, he has still not found enough self esteem to realize he is worth something and loved. Crushing on the innocent Quinn isn’t helping so he decides since he has walked on the wild side, he is going to help Quinn complete her list.

Checking off each item on the list brings them closer as they spend time together. Tim doesn’t think he is good enough, but Quinn sees the good side of him. The love builds slowly from friendship as the two reveal more and more of their personalities and what makes them them.

Tim is also a chef…can’t you imagine all the wonderful food he can make? But he makes the things Quinn likes even the weird stuff. His sweet side wins her heart as he has worked hard to become a man his brother can be proud of, but he hasn’t realized he has achieved.

The story has some very painful parts that had my throat thickening and tears burning my eyes. It is bittersweet and hard at times to continue to read, but you do because that is the respect these characters are due. I loved this story and the stupid things each of them do for love. Each check mark off of Quinn’s list is something a lot of people want to do, break out of their shell. Nothing on the list is too horrible, but you watch these two grow over experiences they share.

Love this book and now I am a fan of the author!

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!
  • How cool, that the book changed your mind and made you fall in love with it. It does sound like a good journey between friends to lovers.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      It took me a bit to get into it, but when I did I was impressed with how mature and level headed Quinn was to Tim’s emotional rollercoaster. For once he did the pushing away and not the heroine. She has such calm composure when I would have been throwing things at him.

  • This sounds like a very strong, emotional romance. I’ve never read anything by this author before, but I may have to now after reading this review. Thanks for sharing!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I haven’t read anything by them as well. The author is actually a writing team Elizabeth and Haley. They made it so seamless I didn’t know until the end it was really two people writing it. I need to go back and grab book 1.

  • Her name is Quinn? Okay, now I have to read it.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Yep, Quinn. It’s the book for you! Now if only I could find a heroine named Shari.

  • Oooh yes, I have the first book and I should read it soonish enough, can’t wait !

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I need to go back and read the first one. The hero in the first book is Tim’s little brother and the heroine is Quinn’s best friend.

  • Debbie Haupt

    Great review and Its a new to me series and author thanks!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Same here, all around new to me! Loved this book!

  • aww I love emotional reads, glad you loved it!