Published by Selfpublished on September 27, 2020
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Suspense
Source: Kindle Unlimited
I didn’t realize Out of Love was a spinoff from JEAnn’s Jack & Jill series until it was too late. But even though I gave myself a spoiler for that series, it didn’t ruin this standalone and I’m determined it won’t ruin the series for me either. I’ve been wanting to read JEAnn since 2018, I think, when a friend and fellow blogger recommended her. I’m sorry to have put her off but oh, so happy I finally gave her a go. I’ve already lined up the Jack & Jill series so I can catch up. 😉
Emmy is a complete spitfire and I adored that about her. Curious beyond safety, smart, strong-willed — she did often get herself into situations. LOL But never ones where she needed rescue, even if her dad might disagree. College life has provided her with the distance from her father she wanted and she’s mostly kept herself out of trouble. Then Slade and his dog show up in class. Slade, who’s an absolute enigma, and Jericho who seemingly loves Emma equally as much as he does his owner. Slade never stood a chance with his quiet, asshole-ish behavior. He tried keeping Emmy at arm’s length which only made her more determined to figure him out.
The romance between these two was a slow-burn, to say the least. I mean, the guy called the police on her! Slade had his secrets and he really was a jerk to her until Emmy wore him down. But secrets tend to fester and come to a head. Watching as Emmy took him down, brick by brick, moment by moment, was fascinating. I though I had things figured out, that I knew all that Slade was hiding. I was wrong.
The supporting cast was mostly background noise. I did enjoy meeting Emmy’s dad and aunt, who helped me formulate all the incorrect theories. Slade’s boss was a piece of work and also added to the tension as I tried to puzzle out everything. Jericho, the German shepherd, stole the show as far as secondary characters go. He was smart, well-behaved, and so loyal. And he loved Emmy despite her insistence on calling him Jerry. LOL
Out of Love was excellent romantic suspense as well as an excellent way to get acquainted with JEAnn. Her style is gripping and her characters were engaging. Slade & Emmy’s story brought a lot – suspense, feels, a dog. 🙂 Gut-wrenching emotion that left me feeling satisfied. I’m eager to learn more about this world and Emmy’s family as well as other backlist reads from JEAnn.