Thursday, February 15, 2024

Owen Bailey Needs Advice by Jen Atkinson: Book Review

 *Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

Dear Ask Annie,
I know my best friend is THE ONE. But how do I tell her that?

Annie Archer has a problem… She can’t get one email—one mind-boggling letter from her advice column out of her head. The one? Does the one even exist?

She should be able to answer this question, just like all the others. Except, she doesn’t have firsthand experience with 
the one. In fact, except for those few months back in tenth grade when she went temporarily insane and fell for her best friend—she’s never been in love. But then, her advice is based on research and facts, not experience.

So, time to research. Convincing Owen to be her hands-on experiment isn’t too difficult. She’ll set him up, use her guaranteed advice, and find him the girl of his dreams. It’s a foolproof plan… until everyone around them—including half her readers–start asking why 
she isn’t dating Owen.

Yep—Annie has BIG problems. At the top of the list—falling for her bestie.

Owen Bailey has—you guessed it—a problem. He’s found the one. He fell for his best friend a long time ago, even if she doesn’t know it. He’s been watching Annie go out with guy after guy, only to never be The Guy. And now she wants him to date other women? As in—not her?

He’ll do anything for Annie. But he doesn’t have to like it. Doesn’t she see that they were meant for each other? How can he convince her that he’s 
the one?

If he’s going to show Annie that it’s time for her to abandon her plans and see what’s right in front of her, he’ll need advice.

Lucky for him, he knows exactly who to ask.

Jen Atkinson has been dreaming up love stories and writing them down since she learned her ABCs in elementary school. While Jen has written a variety of genres, from romantic suspense to laugh out loud romcoms, all of her novels contain three things: a love story, a happily ever after, and all are sweet, closed-door reads! If you want to feel all the feels and get a little light head from swooning over cinnamon roll heroes grab one of Jen's books.

When she isn't writing... or editing... or creating fun graphics about books to share online, Jen is dating her husband, hanging out with her children, and teaching elementary kids.

To learn more about Jen, follow her on Instagram at @authorjenatkinson.

Owen Bailey Needs Advice is the second book in the Another Bailey Brother series. Though we do meet these characters in the first book, this can definitely be enjoyed just fine as a standalone as well. 

Oh my goodness, this was such a fun read! I enjoyed Owen's character in the first book, so I was really excited to see him get his story... and it most definitely did not disappoint. I love a story where 'he falls first'... and Owen definitely fits that well. His dedication to Annie despite her hesitations... oh, I just loved it so much. There were definitely a few times I wanted to shake Annie out of it... but really, I just loved these two together so much... and I loved the meddling from everyone around them from his family (whom I just absolutely adore!) and students to her sister... and her grandma? She had me cracking up! Their story was the perfect blend of laugh out loud moments and swoony ones and I absolutely loved every single minute of it. As much as I enjoyed the first book in the series, I think I enjoyed this one even more! 

Owen Bailey Needs Advice is a closed-door romance, with nothing beyond kisses and no language. 

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