About Jen Doyle
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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Review by Suze
Deke and Fitz are good friends and they spend a lot of time together. Deke has quite a reputation when it comes to women. His friends have made it clear that he can't date anyone close to him, because that would end in disaster. Fitz has never been in a serious relationship and her wish is that this will never happen to her either, because of the pain losing someone can cause. She has a big wall around her heart. Deke and Fitz are attracted to one another, only they shouldn't act on their feelings or should they? They have everything against them, but maybe something beautiful is hiding underneath all the obstacles they have on their way.
Called Up is a great romantic story about two people who aren't experienced when it comes to relationships. It was interesting to see the friendship between Fitz and Deke evolve into something more. Deke owns a bar and he's good at listening to people. He's kind and is always willing to help out. Fitz had a difficult childhood and there are many things that are still bothering her. My heart ached for her sometimes. She's a strong woman though and she tries to conquer her fears. I liked that about her. Deke and Fitz are suddenly attracted to each other on many different levels and because of their close friendship Jen Doyle could give their relationship a lot of depth. I enjoyed reading about the strong connection between them. They're different when it comes to sex, but the result is the same, they've never been in love before and the first time is special straight away, which is such a romantic idea for a story.
Jen Doyle writes about bonds between people in a fascinating way. I love how she explores the relationships between her main characters, she's writing about love, family and friendship in an open and honest way. She's giving her characters clear values and she describes their personalities in detail, so it's easy to get to know them well. There's a lot of pushing forward and pulling back between Deke and Fitz and that's being done realistically and beautifully. I understood why it happened and it was definitely interesting to see the emotional developments. It's what I enjoyed most about Called Up.
In Called Up the main characters of Calling It appear from time to time. It was lovely to read about them again. It isn't necessary to read Calling It before Calling Up though. The books can easily be read as standalones. I love the warm group of friends Jen Doyle has come up with. The main characters belong and that is something precious and heartwarming. I really like this series and enjoyed reading Called Up very much.
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