Called Up – 4 Stars

called up

Jennifer Doyle

A Calling It Novel

Release Date: August 29, 2016

Carina Press


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book blurb
There are two things Max “Deke” Deacon can always count on: his old high school teammates and Fitz Hawkins. But no matter how much Deke might secretly fantasize otherwise, a relationship with one of his best friends is off limits. Until one unexpectedly smoldering encounter has Deke and Fitz looking at each other in a whole new way.

Angelica “Fitz” Hawkins knows for a fact that it is not better to have loved and lost. After losing her parents, she’d rather lock up her heart and throw away the key than endure that kind of pain again. If that means giving up any hope of a lasting relationship, then so be it.

With Deke, Fitz finally feels like she’s back in the land of the living. But she won’t risk another broken heart—even if it means saying good-bye to Deke for good. It’s up to Deke to convince her that the safest place she could ever be is right here with him.


“Hey, Dorie,” she heard from above her. “Do you know where Fitz wants these bottles of water?”

Speak of the devil. Fitz brought her head up a little too suddenly, banging it on the underside of the table. “Ouch!” Her hand going to the back of her head, she came up frowning, and…

Oh, God, was he this gorgeous before? Had he always smelled amazing?

Doing everything she could to keep herself immune from his physical charms, she spun on her heel. “Back here.”

Very specifically not looking in Deke’s direction so that she didn’t give anything away, she forced herself to act exactly as she always did around him. Except she suddenly couldn’t quite remember how that was. Did she flirt with him? Did she flat-out ignore him? Did she generally just go around in a state of low-level irritation? Because right now she had absolutely no clue.

She had even less of a clue as she bent down to open up the lid to the cooler and he crouched down next to her, his head so close all he’d need to do was turn it slightly to the left and his mouth would be on her breast.

And was that…?

Oh, hell, no, her nipples had not just hardened. She slapped her arms over her chest.

Because they had. And Deke, with his superhero sex god extra sensory perception, had definitely noticed. He at least had the decency to look down at the ground as he grinned.

“It’s the cold,” Fitz snapped. “From the cooler.”

Pushing the bottles down into the ice, Deke just answered, “You’d be amazed at all the bits and pieces I can warm up with my tongue.”


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about the author
Jen Doyle

jen doyleA 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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my review

4 Stars

This was my first book from Jen Doyle and I really enjoyed it. Although when I started reading, I didn’t realize that Called Up was the second story in this series and while I was disappointed I didn’t have some of the back story – I couldn’t stop reading about Fitz and Deke.  I will definitely go back and read Calling It.

Long time friends, these two are as close as a male and female can be without it being sexual.  They’ve always acted like their are only platonic feelings for one another between them because they each believed that was all the other wanted.

As they discover that is not the case, I wanted jump for joy.  It was so much fun to read.  I loved their banter and stolen kisses.  Their lust for one another was barely controlled in some scenes and I was giddy for the moment when they surrendered to it.

Getting their happily ever after is a bit rocky but that’s what made Fitz and Deke’s book such awesome reading.  Their story moved at a fast pace – it’s jammed packed with lots of drama and hella hot sex. I devoured it in one afternoon.

Called Up a highly entertaining friends to lovers story, full of quirky characters whose lives and loves are worth experiencing.  I absolutely suggest grabbing a copy of this book.




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