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The Reason

(Just Say Yes #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  353 ratings  ·  99 reviews
Zoey James is in a funk. She has been through more in her twenty-three years than most people have experienced in their entire lives. After her ex-husband tries to take everything she’s worked so hard for, she makes one rule: Never date someone she works with.

When her father’s newly hired mechanic moves into the apartment above their family-run business, Zoey’s lonely life
Paperback, 275 pages
Published March 30th 2014 by Jen Andrews (first published March 29th 2014)
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***4 "Say Yes" Stars****


Just Say Yes and go read The Reason by Jen Andrews. There is no reason not to read this terrific debut book. What I love about this book is how Ms. Andrews was able to integrate music into the storyline. Song lyrics played an instrumental role in how Zoey James and Andy Tate communicated and expressed their feelings. They say music heals.Well in this case, it not only healed a broken spirit but it awakened it to finally
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Complimentary copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Zoey is in her early twenties and is recently divorced. Rob, her ex, was a mechanic at Zoey’s family’s business, where Zoey also works. She could have easily lost so much more in the divorce settlement, however the only thing she lost was her pride and joy, the Chevelle hot rod her brothers restored for her. Is Zoe willing to put herself out there again and risk entering the dating pool?

Andy is new in town, having just ac
Janett The Pleasure of Reading Today
This book grabs your attention within the first pages. What I read in the first couple of pages completely broke me and left me teary eyed.
Zoey James is your typical 23 year old on the outside, on the inside she's fighting depression.
She was taken from her mother at an early age due to neglect, she bounced from foster home to foster home until the age of 14 when she gets adopted by the James' family. Zoey works at her dad's garage and also is the owner of the auto part store next to the garage.
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book, and a great start to the series! I loved every bit about the book, and Andy quickly became a favorite bbf!
Zoey is going through a personal funk when Andy walks in, quite literally. He's from NZ, has a sexy accent, and is covered in tattoos. Perfection. But he's got a lot of pain in his past too.
As they get to know one another, Andy is always by her side and is more than happy to lend a hand when her ex causes trouble. They both have feelings for one another, but Zoey refuses to
This Coull Chick
This was an great debut novel for Jen Andrews; I really liked the writing style and found this to be an enjoyable way to spend the afternoon!!


This is book one of three for characters Zoey and Andy.

Zoey James is in a funk. She has been through more in her twenty-three years than most people have experienced in their entire lives. After her ex-husband tries to take everything she’s worked so hard for, she makes one rule: Never date someone she works with.

When her father’s newly hired mec
Kat DM
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing

*on behalf of Give Me Books Blog*

The Reason is part one of the Just Say Yes trilogy. I thought the book started out kind of slow but after a few chapters that's when it got more interesting.

Zoey is in her early twenties and is recently divorced. Rob, her ex-husband was a mechanic at Zoey’s family’s business and that's also where Zoey works. She could have easily lost so much more in the divorce settlement but the only thing she lost was her pride and joy, the Chevelle hot rod her brothers resto
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars!

Nice and solid read, but that's all ...
The beginning of the book was great, but after that nothing much happened until the end ... and it left us with a cliffhanger ...
Overall it is a good book ...
Penny Zenner
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and can not wait for boot two Just Say Yes!!!!
Stephanie Marshall
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was a refreshing romance of boy meets girl and what could be considered love at first sight or fate. Zoey James is just living; at this point she is not really experiencing life. She has had a lot of bad luck in life, stemming from her childhood growing up in the foster care system, to her divorce from her first husband. Zoey keeps herself busy with her business with her family. She has been distancing herself from her friends and family, slipping into a deep depression. Then one day s ...more
Neilliza Swaffar
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
**Reviewed on Behalf of Give Me Books**

This book started out a little shaky for me, I wasn't sure what to expect. It started out with an 8yr old Zoey, not being cared for by her drugged out mom. It was a very heartfelt start of the book. Zoey spent her life in and out of adoption, until she was adopted by a loving family. A family that loves her as their own. In the process, she also gained brothers who all love her the same. The whole family are in garage business fixing cars, which Zoey learne
Monica Cullip
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
This story was gifted to me in exchange of an honest review.
Zoey's mother neglected her horribly as a child, never showing her any love, attention or for the most part nevery having any food in the house. She spent the next few years in foster care before being adopted. A young marriage also ends badly and her ex-husband Rob tries to take the business that she and her adoptive father have started. She vows never to marry again and also to never ever ever get involved with anyone that works at th
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Reason is book one in the Just Say Yes series by Jen Andrews. I was quite shocked by this book. It was absolutely incredible! The moment you open the first page and start reading the prologue, you will be hooked.

The character were well developed and so incredibly well written that I felt every single thing they were going through, whether it was good or bad. For an author to have this ability is rare and Jen Andrews, definitely has it. The plot will leave you on the edge of your seat due to
Anny hernandez
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was provide a copy of the book by the Author/Publisher for an honest review.

I just finish reading this book and I love it, O.M.G. I couldn't get enough of it I want more, I love the characters, love the way they communicate with each other, and love it how they both open up to a second chance at love, I am gone keep this short since I don't want to give anything away.

The story begging with a very young Zoey, she is only eight years old and she's at home by herself, when something happened, she
Karen Peacock
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Zoey was a very smart girl that invests in a garage with her father. Andy is a mechanic that comes to work for Zoey's father in the shop. For the two of them, it was an instant attraction. They began a journey to get to know each other and explore their feelings. Both of them have had emotional journeys to get to the place they are today. This heartfelt book is filled with pain, compassion and ultimately love.

Jen has a way of weaving an emotional story so that you are sucked i
Dayreader Reviews
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was provided an ARC by the author to provide an honest review.
I really enjoyed reading this debut novel by Jen Andrews, this is the first book in her trilogy Just Say Yes. She really grabs your attention quick and doesn’t let it go until the very last page. I quickly got wrapped up in this novel; I connected with Zoey and felt empathy for her. After being neglected most of her life and a series of bad decisions, she finds herself in depression. I loved her inner dialog with herself. This felt
Sandra Love
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
NOOOO!!!!! That didn't just end the way it did, didn't see that coming!! Holy Moly cliffhanger. This is Jen's debut book and boy did she do a fantastic job. I very well loved this story line, the characters, all of it.

Zoey is my favorite in this book, she went through so much stuff and in my opinion she came out swinging and showing her weaknesses and strengths. At the beginning I was in tears because of what her mother was doing. No mother should abandon their children. She ends up meeting a h
Melissa Miller-Mattern
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Reason is part one of the Just Say Yes trilogy. There is a cliff-hanger at the end of this book (Ms. Andrews is currently working on editing book two). I thought the book started a little slow but after reading the whole book, found it had been necessary to set-up the all of the back ground about Zoey’s life. I fell in absolute love with the character of Andy (and he has tattoos to boot-swoon); he has officially found his way onto my BBF list. I thought the author did an excellent job develo ...more
Karrie Mellott Puskas
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
ARC provided for my honest review:

Zoey and Andy wow what can I say without giving spoilers! You have 2 broken souls who just have that chemistry that you hate to see them not get together. Zoey has her ex psycho husband who won't leave her alone. Andy won't stop till she says yes to giving a relationship a go! Andy is this hot Kiwi living guy with an accent that melts you. Zoey is fighting the attraction to Andy and seeks refuge to her parents and helps with her decision. The Reason is clear and
Shawna Ortega
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
ARC was provided for an honest review!

This series was named perfectly! Just say YES! Jen Andrews did an amazing job on The Reason, the characters were great and the story flowed nicely together! It does leave you hanging at the end but that just keeps you wanting more and more! Zoey and Andy are great main characters! I hope to see more of Zoey's brothers through out the series!
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! I literally could not put it down. This was such an amazing debut novel and I can’t wait for the next 2 books.
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Love. Love. Love. I need the next one now!!!!
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SNS Rating: 5.0

~~~~~~~~~~Tracy's ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review~~~~~~~~~~

Zoey James has not led the best life and it has left her heart emotionally scarred. So when the new mechanic shows up in her family's shop, she puts up walls between them and what could happen between them. Andy has known huge losses in his life but when he meets Zoey and her family he feels like he just fits. Andy will do anything to push and destroy Zoey's walls. While fighting with her ex, jealous women and the scars of the past will Andy
Apr 26, 2014 marked it as dnf
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Advance Readers Copy (ARC) given to my blog for an honest review provided by the lovely author

I was honored that Mrs. Andrews messaged me to review her debut novel The Reason. Because I honestly enjoyed it and felt very connected to the characters while read and it was also a fast pace book which I like as well.
But I did feel that Zoey was a little childish at time which just got on my nerves a bit but what heroine really doesn't these days. And Andy Tate, my god where do I even begin?
He was s
Ajs  Book Reviews
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Zoey had a crappy life. Her mother neglected her and her neighbor saved her. She grew up in foster homes until she was adopted by a loving family and their children. She doesn't trust very easily after her ex was a complete jerk.

Andy is the new guy helping out at the shop. He has very little family and is starting over. He is instantly attracted to Zoey and can't help but wanting to be close to her, especially after a run in with her ex.

Zoey is still dealing with demons and is scared she'd going
Karen S
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved every page of this book. It drew me in from the very first sentence and never let me go.
It's a beautiful love story between 2 extremely likeable characters. Both with heartbreaking pasts who you are constantly rooting for. The book is really well written and so easy to lose yourself in.
The ending left me in tears and clamouring to read the sequel, hope I don't have too long to wait!
This book has it all and I didn't want it to end.
May 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amazing and heart felt. I cried for Zoey's younger years, but cheered for her as she moved past them and was a part of a loving family.
Zoey's love life was a bit of a train wreck, but when her dad hires Andy as a new mechanic, can that be changed?
I can't wait to see what book two has in store for Zoey and Andy!
Awesome read that shows you CAN persevere over turmoil.
Maureen Mckenzie
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved Zoey and Andy. My heart broke for young Zoey, but glad she finally has a family that loves her, and totally understand her reluctance in moving forward with Andy, but she deserves him and am anxiously awaiting to read more of their journey together. Great job Jen. Love it and am recommending to everyone. Thank you.
Julie Brammer
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful story and I know so many readers will be able to relate to Zoey's issues & then drool over Andy. Enjoy!
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love this series and the author!
Andy & Zoey 4-EVER!
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