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As Good As New (A Something New Novel) Mass Market Paperback – March 29, 2016
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Jennifer Dawson grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated from DePaul University with a degree in psychology. She met her husband at the public library while they were studying. To this day she still maintains she was NOT checking him out. Now, over twenty years later, they’re married and living in a suburb right outside of Chicago with two awesome kids and a crazy dog.
Despite going through a light FM, poem writing phase in high school, Jennifer never grew up wanting to be a writer (she had more practical aspirations of being an international super spy). Then one day, suffering from boredom and disgruntled with a book she’d been reading, she decided to put pen to paper. The rest, as they say, is history.
These days Jennifer can be found sitting behind her computer, writing her next novel, chasing after her kids, keeping an ever watchful eye on her ever growing to-do list, and NOT checking out her husband.
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Jennifer Dawson has quickly become one of my favorite authors, she's definitely an auto-buy for me! She writes so beautifully, telling such an amazing story with each new book. I know that (especially with this series) that I'm going to laugh, my heart strings will be pulled and that there will be steamy, steamy scenes.
Penny and Evan have known each other since childhood. After a few situations in their teenage years, Evan pulls away, goes to college, onto pros signal football, etc. Once he returns home after injury, Penny is still right there in his family life. Watching them cope, learn each other again, find out secrets - it was all perfectly written.
I can't recommend this series highly enough for fans of contemporary romance. All of the characters are great, even the secondary ones. I can't wait to read what comes next from Ms. Dawson!!
I also didn’t get how dearly beloved/soon departed, dear old dad pulled Evan aside and lectured him about giving up Pen (when he accidentally saw them together) because his upcoming NFL career was going to lead to even more random girls. Where was a stern talking to about becoming a real man by respecting women/not using them and respecting himself enough not to continue to be a man whore? At least an “I expect better from you, son” speech was in order. You would think this strong knit family would have wanted to instill their family values upon Evan. If nothing else, lecture him about unwanted pregnancies and STDs. No, he seemed to get a pass, because he was destined to live the life of a football player, on and off the field, and all its unavoidable entitlements…money and loose women.
Not surprisingly, he dumps Pen after being her first and flaunts/parades other women in front of her for years. Again, Dad, thanks for nothing! We are supposed to buy into his excuse he sincerely thought it was for her own good. When he finally does make a permanent play for Pen, she’s supposed to be consoled by the fact he always thought of her while being intimate with countless supermodels/bimbos. Oh, isn’t that sweet…not! Even going so far as to tell her specifics about one of his multiple person sexcapades (because he needed to get the guilt off his chest). Yeah, that play/decision didn’t work out so well for him, folks.
So we, along with his family and friends, are supposed to feel sorry for him because he can no longer play football due to a concussion. I say it was too bad he wasn’t kicked in the groin instead, my romance book loving friends. Maybe a blow to the family jewels would remind him of the concept of karma. As much as I liked Pen’s feistiness and determination not to be hurt by Evan again, I found myself thinking she could have used a knock to her noggin a time or two to bring her to her senses, as well. Though she would often verbally put him in his place, she was always too quick to forgive him, because, after all, he was so hot and under her skin.
Being the good girl she is, Pen does swallow her pride/pain and tries to rescue Evan from himself, since his family has been unsuccessful. We learn he has always loved her, partly because she wasn’t attracted to him just because of his football skills. But apparently not enough to give up his groupies, huh?
Yes, there was tons of angst…lots of chemistry/very steamy scenes…a hero who is honestly, sincerely, desperately redeeming himself…a family who doesn’t even want them together due to his past pattern of behavior and self-centeredness…a feisty heroine who becomes so insecure in her worry about the same notions she keeps pushing him away…The ending result was a rather exhausting read without any significant dramatic events to push it along.
Here’s to hoping you can forgive and forget better than this reviewer. I’m still holding a grudge, against him and dear old dad. I’m glad Pen got her HEA though and the hero is no longer a player. I have a feeling Shane, Evan’s older brother, will make certain it stays that way. Otherwise, he won’t have any qualms about using his fists, not just words, to protect Pen.
Title: As Good as New, Series: Something New (Book 4), Author: Jennifer Dawson, Pages: 320, stand-alone, HEA, feisty but insecure heroine, hero was a player on and off the field.
Book 1 – Take a Chance on Me, 2/4/14, Pages: 352 (Maddie & Mitch)
Book 2 – The Winner Takes All, 12/2/14, Pages: 368 (Shane & Cecilia)
Book 3 – The Name of the Game, 9/29/15, Pages: 352 (Gracie & James)
Book 4 – As Good as New, 3/29/16, Pages: 320, (Penelope & Evan)
(This review is based on ARC generously provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest, unbiased opinion. No compensation was paid to the reviewer nor is there any affiliation between the reviewer and author/publisher.)
Penelope and Evan have known each other their whole lives. Evan’s little sister is Penelope’s best friend and she always loved hanging around their house since it was so full of people and loud, unlike her own home.
Penelope and Evan share something while still in high school but it abruptly ends and they start avoiding each other. Penelope and Evan are very much in each other’s lives after all these years but they have an unspoken agreement never to look at each other or be alone together. None of Evan’s siblings seem to notice, since whatever they shared when they were younger was a secret. Evan is at a low point in his life and can’t seem to make himself crawl out of the whole that he’s dug for himself. Penelope shows up to pull him out with some tough love. After that encounter, Evan refuses to back down and sets out to win Penelope once and for all.
They both have to work through their fears and uncertainties in order to allow themselves to be happy with each other. Evan needs to find a new path for his life and Penelope needs to let go of the notice that she’s not good enough for him and that he won’t stay.
Penelope is strong and confident in every aspect of her life, except where Evan is concerned. She doesn’t believe that he truly wants forever with her and can’t make herself believe him no matter how much he tells her.
“Someday you’ll trust me. Believe in me. All I can do is prove it to you every day that this is worth sticking out.” - Evan
I love Evan’s brothers!! Even if they are tough on him at times, they do love him and support him and believe in him. I love even more that they see Penelope as family and are unwilling to let her go even if things with Evan don’t work out. She’s made a space for herself in this family and losing them is not an option for her, which also factors into her fears about Evan. I loved getting a little bit more of James and Gracie in this book, they are one of my favorite “opposites attract” couples.
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