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Plain Jayne

(Friends First #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  1,430 Ratings  ·  205 Reviews
In Laura Drewry’s funny, heartwarming Loveswept debut, a man and a woman learn the hard way that a little bit of love makes staying friends a whole lot harder.
Worn out from the long drive back home, Jayne Morgan can only smirk at the irony: Of course the first person she sees from her old life is Nick Scott. Once best friends, they lost touch when Jayne left town at eig
ebook, 336 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Loveswept
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Lady Heather

An arc was provided by Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

In my opinion this is the best friends to lovers book I've read in a long time!

What I LOVED about this book:

The AMAZING quotes at the beginning of each chapter from my favorite 80's movies: "Breakfast Club", "Sixteen Candles", ""Ferris Bueller's Day Off", "Home Alone 2", "Pretty in Pink", and "Some Kind of Wonderful".

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The writing, story, and characters.

The author had me engaged right fr
Claire Robinson
2.5 - I Loved All The 80's references, But I Would Have Liked a Story As Well Stars...

Plain Jayne had the potential to be a 5 star book, unfortunately it fell quite short of the mark and the stars dropped down as the book progressed.

Don't get me wrong, the book is beautifully written, and I absolutely adored all of the 80’s flashbacks with the music, and the film quotes at the beginning of each chapter, Bad Medicine bought back memories of playing my Air Guitar in my bedroom, with Jon Bon Jovi s
Mandi Schreiner
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
I don’t mind reading books where the hero or heroine has lost a spouse. What I do mind is when the dead spouse is disrespected or just plain dumped on. There are a lot of factors that come into play, but I for one do believe a hero or heroine can fall in love again after their spouse dies, even when they truly loved the deceased person. The deceased person does not have to be bitchy, or have some other fault that makes it ‘easier’ for the reader to fall for the new love.

Plain Jayne opens four ye
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Plain Jayne was such a sweet best friends to lover’s story. The relationship between the two friends Jayne and Nick was very sweet and funny. I think I had a smile on my face for most of the book.

Jayne Morgan left her home town right after high school graduation but now she is back fifteen years later. She has come back to take over her grandmothers bookstore after her death. With no family left, the only person she has to turn for help is her best friend since kindergarten, Nick. From the day t
Pheonix Fanfiction
Arc received by net galley in return for an honest review

My thoughts while reading;

0.0% Arc from net galley - excited! Ready for a friends - lovers story :)

8.0% "Hey!" He tried to give her a wounded look, but failed miserably when his mouth curled into a smile. "Two seconds ago, you just said I wasn't a total ass."
"No. I said you weren't a total prick. You were a complete ass."
"There's a difference?"

Starting to enjoy the friendship between these two! Their banter is really good :)

May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5-4 Stars

This is my first book by Laura Drewry, and I have to say, I really enjoyed Plain Jayne. Unfortunately, I've had this on my kindle for a while now, and I am kind of upset at myself for not picking it up to read it sooner. I know that one of the reasons that I had decided I wanted to read it was because of the title alone. There have been so many times when I have felt like a Plain Jane (Jayne), so I was curious what this character was like. Would I be able to relate to her?

The answer
Geri Reads
Mar 14, 2014 rated it liked it
3 cute stars!

This was sweet and cute but a little bit unpredictable friends to lovers story. I usually love this trope but for some reason, this one didn't really send my heart-a-flutter. Maybe because it took forever for Jayne and Nick to get together.

Nick spent majority of the book in a relationship with another woman and Jayne was a bit unlikable in the beginning. I couldn't relate to her character but I did warm up to her in the end though. And even though I had a hard connecting with both
Rashika (is tired)
Mar 16, 2014 marked it as did-not-finish
If I wasn't so tired right now, I would get up and bang my head on a wall.
I wish I hadn't wasted those precious hours reading THIS.
Hell I COULD HAVE REVISED and it would have at least preserved my sanity more than what little I read of this book did.

Sometimes a warm and fuzzy, sweet and tender romance is just the thing for a dreary or sunny day! Childhood friends since Kindergarten, Jayne and Nick have been through a lot together, only having been separated when Jayne left town after her grandmother kicked her out of the house upon her graduation. Jayne returns when her grandmother passes on and leaves her the family bookstore, now in shambles. Best friends who have had their differences, there is still that special bond between them. Every ...more
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is, hands down, the best friends-to-lovers book I've read in ages. I started off not feeling too warmly toward Nick, given the details of his and Jayne's last face-to-face encounter, but his obvious regret, plus their warm relationship, made me realize that it was more of an awful moment in his life than any sort of indicator of his normal behavior. Everybody makes mistakes. Also, this book is set in Canada. It's possible that my fond feelings toward our northern neighbor translates in ...more
This was a nice fluffy chic-lit story. Pacing was a bit off. I mean, there's only so much miscommunication I can take before I need to slap a few heads!

Jayne's grandmother made it clear that she wasn't happy about having to raise another child. She kept a roof over her head, food in her belly, and didn't beat her. No birthday parties, nothing that would make her get a big head & think she was important. Jayne's childhood had two bright spots. Grandma's book store and Nick, her best friend s
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
ARC was provided courtesy of Netgalley and Loveswept in exchange for an honest review.

Plain Jayne is the story of two lifelong friends - Jayne and Nick. When Jayne returns to town after a long absence to reopen her deceased and estranged grandmother's book store, she comes face to face with... junk. Lots and lots of it. Together with Nick and under City's looming threat to condemn the building, she manages to clean it and restore it to its full glory. Along the way, she must come face to face wi
Kathie (katmom)
Happy Release Day!

Oh, goodness...there are so many heart clenching moments here. Jayne has had some tough times in her young life. The one thing that has been a bright spot is the fact that Nick is her best friend. He's been that to her since kindergarten. He knows her secrets, well, most of them.

Jayne has come back to re-open her grandmother's book store. The store is the one place she's always felt at home. When she and Nick open the door, they are shocked at all the STUFF that fills the space
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This was much better than I thought. The writing was great, and the story actually flowed. However, I felt like I kept waiting for something to happen. And when it finally did, it was close to the end and I just felt like it was rushed. I guess a faster build would have been better. But this was still a really good book.
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
An arc was provided by Random House Publishing Group via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I can easily see this book turned into a PG-13 romantic comedy with Channing Tatum as Nick, Rachel McAdams as Jayne and very sexy and funny Ryan Reynolds as Carter. It’s comical, sweet, cute and refreshingly innocent. It will grab you with its sage and witty eighties’ movie quotes setting the stage for each chapter and keep you entertained with a great playlist sung by, probably off key, none othe
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
You had me with all the 80's movie quotes and kept me with the wonderfully sweet and tender romance.

Plain Jane was a fabulously heart warming story of two best friends finding love in each other after years of life has kept them apart.

Jayne Morgan is coming home. She is coming back to run the book store her grandmother left her in her will. To say Jayne is conflicted is putting it mildly. Her grandmother through her out when she was 18 and the only place she ever felt home was the book store. W

I am looking forward to checking out Laura Drewry's backlist after enjoying this Contermpary Friends to Lovers Romance which is her Loveswept Debut.

Here is what I liked about this small town Canadian Romance:

Our heroine is a bookworm who has been in love with the hero her whole life. They are really best friends forever. I love that. She is funny. She has real fears that keep her from risking the friendship based on her childhood.

Our hero adores the heroine. I never can get enough of that. He
Lisa Gemmell
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
**I received an ARC copy from Netgalley in exchange for honest review**

4.5 stars

You'll laugh, you'll cry and maybe have a mini break down here and there but it's all good right? ...

I loved that each chapter started off with one of my favourite 80's movie quote, I loved that the characters never changed their personalities. The story never drifted even though others were involved. Loved that it was based in CANADA!!

Can your best friend really be your soul mate??? Yes, yes they can !! This book w
Heather andrews
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was so cute and I loved Jayne's blunt honesty, "so you kicked me out of your wife's funeral in front of church full of people. Big deal. It's not like it was the first time I was shown the door in this town." The green flecks in Nick's eyes darkened and his jaw tightened, but before he said anything else, she yanked the key ring of his grip and stared straight back at him." Lisa I didn't like her at all, "the other thing I know about Nick is that he's not one to sit around and wait. Wh ...more
Plain Jayne is a sweet best-friends-to-lovers romance and a great start to a new series.

Two life-long best friends, Jayne and Nick, reunite after years apart when Jayne returns to her home town to inherit her grandmother's book shop. But soon, Jayne and Nick begin to realise that perhaps friendship just may not be enough anymore.

A very sweet, innocent romance. There is no sex in this one, because they truly are just friends throughout the book (as opposed to friends with benefits), so there's ju
Bette Hansen
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved, loved this book. If you enjoy small town romances this book is for you. An amazing friends to lovers story that you don't want to miss. This is the first book I have read my Laura Drewry and I was completely captivated. I am pretty sure this is the first in a new series, if it's not it needs to be. The secondary characters scream for their own stories. I am looking forward to reading more of her books!
Camille Flores
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.. much love...

The story in a nutshell…

After years away, Jayne Morgan returns to her hometown once more determined to take over her grandmother’s bookstore. Upon her return, she discovers that a lot of things have changed, e.g., the bookstore that no longer looks like a bookstore, and a lot of things that have not changed, e.g., her best friend Nick Scott.

What worked for me?

This was such an engaging story about these two people who have been best friends since kindergarten. Since kind
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Original review found at

I received an advanced readers copy of this book from Random House Publishing Group- Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank You!

Just when I was craving a super cute read I found one! It was one of the better friend to lover books that I have read in a while. I won't re-tell the story because I don't want to ruin it for everyone, instead I will share my thoughts on it.

What I liked...

Each chapter began with a
Karina Ramirez
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, adult-i-guess
4 No huggin' Stars

First off I may have been born in 92' but the quotes at the beginning of each chapter from the 80's movies: "Breakfast Club", "Sixteen Candles", ""Ferris Bueller's Day Off", "Home Alone 2", "Pretty in Pink", and "Some Kind of Wonderful" were by far my favorite! I LOVE those movies!

When Jayne comes back to her smaller than small town twelve years later to run her grandma's book shop what she doesn't expect is for it to be filled with JUNK lots and lots of JUNK, and strangely n
4 stars!
I love reading novels that most people don’t know or don’t even think about reading. I like doing it because 1) every author deserves to have his/hers book read and 2) because you can find precious stories, just like this one.

I think that the blurb here at GR does not do justice to the story. It goes far beyond.
Jayne thinks she’s just a Plain Jane because that’s what she’s been told and treated her whole life. Nobody has told her how important and loved she was. Not even the only person
Monica Cullip
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Plain Jayne
Laura Drewry
Jayne Morgan was raised by her grandmother after her mother died. Unfortunately Grandma was a bitter old lady and Jayne had a horrible childhood, never experiencing the love of a family. She leaves town at eighteen on only coming back once for her best friend Nick's wife's funeral.
Jayne and Nick had been buddies since kindergarden, they were the best friends ever and he was the only family that she had. He was the only person that she had ever said those three little word
Michela Walters
Thanks to NetGalley & Loveswept for an ARC copy of this in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this story. Once I picked it up, I didn't really want to put it down. It was one of the better 'friends to lovers' kind of story I've read. Perhaps because I had a best guy friend growing up and all my boyfriends never understood or accepted it. I really connected with that part of the story.

Plain Jayne is about lifelong friends, NIck & Jayne. Nick is a successful contractor in a sma
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 Stars and star added for all the John Hughes Film references

It has been a long time since Jayne has been back to her home town. Now she is back to reopen the bookstore her grandmother left her in her will. Shocking that Gram left it to her as she seemed to hate Jayne, but Jayne was the only family she had and better Jayne take the store over than the city. The last time she was home her best friend walked her out of his wife’s funeral. Imagine her surprise when Nick walked up to her and gave
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Are you a fan of those friends to lovers stories? I am... :) Are you a fan of all of those 80's flicks?? You know.. Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles... ?? If so, you will love all of the movie quotes!
I love a romance that isn't always about the steam and focuses on the emotional growth and connection between two characters. Nick and Jayne have been best friends since Kindergarten, Nick has always looked out for Jayne. Nick was the only person that ever showed her any real aff
Kristine Arnold
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A love between friends that spans 20+ years........could it turn into something more? This is a super sweet love story between Jayne and Nick. Jayne comes back to her home town after inheriting her grandmother's book store. The very grandmother who brought her up feeling less than perfect and who kicked her out on the very day she graduated high school. The first person she sees is Nick, her childhood best friend. A lot has happened between kindergarten and now but their feelings for each other ...more
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“There was no denying Lisa always looked great. She was like one of those houses the hospital lotteries were always giving away, made up so perfectly you couldn't help but want it. Jayne on the other hand...well, Jayne wasn't anything like a shiny new house.

She was home.”
“...that feeling like his heart was going to bust his ribs if it swelled any bigger, like he'd been punched in the solar plexus and his next breath depended on her and her alone...” 2 likes
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