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Drew in Blue [Kindle Edition]

J.M. Kelley
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Drew Doyle’s done a lot of stupid things in his life, but the biggest mistake by far was not paying attention to that 2% failure rate listed on the back of the condom box.

Drew in Blue is the story of a thirty-six year old loner unexpectedly saddled with the task of raising a baby while trying to sort out his mess of a life. Problem is, he just keeps making things worse for himself. It’s a running theme in Drew’s life, considering he never does anything the easy way. The River’s View, Pennsylvania gossip mill is watching each misstep as Drew juggles a price-gouging babysitter, a major case of artist’s block, and a best friend with an opinion to share on every bungled choice he makes.

His love life isn’t faring much better. Despite a long history of relationships that never really get off the ground, he falls head over heels for someone new, hoping that she might be the one to end his romantic bad luck streak. Things finally start looking up for Drew, until he finds out (the hard way, naturally) that this new love interest isn’t the one for him after all. Turns out, it’s actually lifelong pal, and high school girlfriend, Kristina Moser.

Drew’s feelings for Kris intensify as he witnesses her growing bond with his son, and he finally realizes where he belongs. Now all he has to do is convince Kris he’s right… and she’s just not buying it.




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About the Author

J.M. Kelley, a lifelong resident of Pennsylvania, is a writer of love stories, a painter, a painfully bad knitter, and a photographer – if the pursuit is artistic, chances are she’s dabbled in it. After a lengthy break that included adventures in accounting and coffee distribution, she returned to her passion for writing with that old adage write what you know whispering from the deep recesses of her mind. She realized that she knows how to read a book on a moving skateboard, that if you’re riding shotgun in a pick-up truck, ‘mud’ can be used as a verb, Amish traffic jams can wreak havoc on your morning commute, and Hog Maw is not to be experienced by the faint of heart. While this list of knowledge seemed random and borderline nonsensical, it led her to one rock-solid conclusion: life in the Keystone State is a rich and endless source of inspiration. And so, she sat down in front of her laptop and began to piece together a story about life in small-town Pennsylvania – something she knows a thing or two about. The result of this epiphany is Drew in Blue, a contemporary love story set in the fictional Appalachian town of River’s View, Pennsylvania, and filled with quirky characters that pay homage to the real life characters she’s had the pleasure of knowing all her life. She's a member of the Romance Writers of America (PRO), The International Women's Writing Guild, Pennwriters, and the South Carolina Writer's Workshop. Her short story, Killing Me Softly, earned a first place finish in the In Other Words Competition at the 2010 Pennwriters Conference, and her non-fiction piece, Anniversary, earned a Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Award at the 2010 South Carolina Writer's Workshop Conference.

Product Details

  • File Size: 462 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612580556
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: LazyDay Publishing; 1 edition (November 30, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004E1142O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,624 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I adore this book. So much so that I read it twice before sitting down to write this review. Simply put, it has it all--a well-structured plot, a beautifully detailed setting, a winning supporting cast, and at its heart, a unique and beautiful love story.

Drew Doyle has no desire to be a parent, and no trust in his paternal instincts. Having grown up in a series of foster homes following his mother's sudden death, he has never had a good model for how to raise and nurture a child. Which isn't a problem--until he finds himself with a son. Following an unplanned pregnancy, his ex-girlfriend leaves four-week-old Nick on Drew's doorstep and drives away. Seeing another little boy who has been abandoned by his mother, Drew vows to care for the baby, even though he has no clue where to begin. In desperation, he turns to his best friend, Kristina Moser, a fellow artist, his first love, and best friend for advice and support, relying on her to bring a sense of normalcy back into his life.

But Nick's arrival changes everything. Drew no longer has the luxury of thinking only of himself. His time and his future are now tied up in Nick--and any potential relationship Drew might pursue has to be with someone who is willing to take on the role of mother as well as partner. He sets out to find the perfect woman to fill the role, but eventually comes to realize that the person he has been looking for might be the one who's been there all along...

The relationship between Kris and Drew is brilliantly written. They are close enough to be honest with each other, even with some very painful subjects. They understand each other--sometimes even better than they understand themselves, and love each other even though they are completely aware of their shortcomings and weaknesses.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Drew in Blue by JM Kelley
* I received this ARC/book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Drew in Blue is about so much more than the brief glimpse we get in the synposis. Drew grew up in the small ltown of River's View and even though he moved away for awhile, he decided to come back home to set up roots. He's an artist with severe writer's block and hopes something will stir his creative juices because his money is about to run out.

When his ex drops off his son and says "here you go" he is dumbfounded and doesn't know what to do. He grew up in foster care and is determined to be a father to his son, no matter how many times he screws up. With the help of Kris, his best friend, he bumbles his way through it.

Kris falls in love with the Nick a little more each day. She is there whenever Nick and Drew need her, no matter what. She and Drew have been best friends since they were little kids and she would do anything for him, except date him again.

Drew is a very complex character, even though it doesn't seem that way when you first meet him. He doesn't have any family and has a handful of friends. He displays his artwork at the studio in town that Kris owns and he lives a simple life. He is forced to grow up and take stock of where he is in life when Nick becomes his responsibility. He fumbles through it like any new dad would but finally gets the hang of it.

His has bad luck with relationships but manages to remain friends with his ex girlfriends. When he meets Valerie, he is sure things will be different this time, but they're not. While on vacation with Nick, he does a lot of thinking about his past relationships and why they didn't work out. He draws one conculsion, none of the girls measure up to Kris.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great first novel! April 12, 2011
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I loved this story. I'd call it a page-turner, but in reality for me it was a page-clicker. A great romance without the wishy-washy harlequin style. It's basically a best friend become amazing partners thanks to a totally unexpected event. I recommend this book to anybody. Such a fun read!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Drew in Blue December 26, 2010
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Drew in Blue was the story of a single man who has his infant son dropped on his doorstep after the baby's mother decides she does not want him. Drew goes through the trauma of being a new single dad while trying to come to terms with losing his mother at a very young age and never knowing his own father.

I enjoyed Drew in Blue. The characters were real, I agree with the other reviewers on that opinion. Drew was seemingly a normal guy who by the end of the book completely endears himself to the reader. The interaction between the characters was also very enjoyable and again "real", and I thought the overall plot and the delivery of it was good.

Where my negative points come into play, first of all the author advertised this book in the romance forum on the thread "have you written a romance book". I really wouldn't categorize Drew in Blue as a romance. It is about a 30 something man trying to learn how to be a dad. Drew does establish other relationships with women in the book, including a romance blooming with his best (female) friend, but in my opinion Drew in Blue does not center around a romantic relationship. There also was no climax that the story built up to. The end came a bit abruptly and it ended on a "let's see how it goes" kind of note.

Overall I really did enjoy the book, I just was expecting something a bit different based on the reviews and the author's advertisement.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
Son is dropped of at his dad's. He has no clue how to raise a child. His friend steps in to help get him started.
Published 2 months ago by Anna
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read.
I usually find straight romances very predictable with formula plots and characters. I was very pleased to find this was not the case in this story. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Liz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I seem to get "stuck" buying the teenager-type romances and then despise the characters so I enjoyed the more adult theme... Read more
Published 14 months ago by KB
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
I don't normally go for romance novels, but this was different. Gentle humor, dealing with a painful past, all while adjusting to unexpected fatherhood made for a delightful tale. Read more
Published 20 months ago by B. Sisk
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written, thoughtful story
This is not the typical formulaic romance novel. This story is as much about Drew learning how to face and deal with the hurts that have influenced him since he lost his Mother as... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Cici
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
Good story line. Enjoyed it. It was nice to read a story about a single father. Often they go unnoticed.
Published 24 months ago by anita
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Great read! Drew in Blue is my first book by this author. Will be reading Daddy's Girl next! Can't wait!
Published on February 3, 2013 by Anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
I love being able to purchase books for my kindle. This is a very good book. A few parts were a little adult, but very good.
Published on January 12, 2013 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read!
This was a great love story not only between man and woman but parent and child. It kept me page turning!
Published on December 28, 2012 by Mandy
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy and enjoyable read!
What a great read! Although the end is given away in its description, the story was never boring. The dialogue was entertaining and the characters real in their flaws. Read more
Published on November 10, 2012 by Novice critic
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Three years ago, native Pennsylvanian J.M. Kelley packed her bags and moved south. Now, the wannabe Carolina Girl can't speak a single sentence without adding the word y'all at the end of it, and regards a blast of snow flurries as a doomsday-level event. When the day job allows, and when she can pull herself away from George Takei's Facebook fanpage, she likes to go on writing jaunts to her favorite lake, or a local coffee shop with delicious shakes and questionable Wi-Fi connections.

J.M. Kelley is a proud recipient of a Carrie McCray Memorial Literary award, and is a member of The South Carolina Writers Workshop and Romance Writers of America (PAN). Readers interested in more information may visit her website at www.jmkelleywrites.com

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