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Just You

(Starting Out #2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  99 ratings  ·  41 reviews
The morning after the New Year’s Eve before...

Waking up to a new year with a killer hangover and hazy memories of a seriously hot hook-up the night before leaves Portia in an awkward situation... Did I, or didn’t I? The only way she’s going to find out is by standing up to the guy in question.

With no regrets, Justin is willing to play the gentleman and save Portia her
Kindle Edition, 192 pages
Published May 2014 by Harper Impulse
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Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: net-galley, romance
This was a follow on from book 1 which I enjoyed.

Book 2 had me a little bit annoyed at the start due to all this couple could think about was sex, sex sex, nothing wrong in that, but I wanted storyline. I wanted to feel there was more to this couple.

As time went on though, it picked up for me and from the middle I started to really knuckle down and enjoy it.

It was hot heated sex, nothing wrong with that at all, but I just think it could have been HOT, then story, then HOT again. Just MHO but I
Eileen Dandashi
Jul 25, 2014 rated it liked it
About the Story: Portia, daughter of a billionaire, couldn’t stand the lie her parents lived. She left her home in California and moved to New York where she found work in a magazine publishing company. She decided not to use any of her parents’s money to live, so rented a one-room studio. She kept who she was, her past and the real Portia to herself, consequently appeared to be a snob with her nose in the air.

Justin worked at the same company and didn’t show any interest in Portia, nor she him.
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The New Adult genre has quickly taken over the bookshelves and it takes talented craftsmanship to set your book apart from the crowded field, but Ms. Lark has done that with this story of opposite's attracting in a world where kids have to grow up too fast. Readers get to watch a sweet yet sensual romance evolve between the two seemingly different main characters along with a subtle commentary on inner-city violence to keep us compelled from start to finish.

Justin had a difficult childhood where
Jul 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
***I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***

‘Just you’ is the second book in the starting out series by Jane lark and is Justin and Portia’s story. I met Justin in the first book in the series, as he was Jason's workmate, and friend, so I was looking forward to learning more about him. Justin and Portia come from two very different cultures after drunken New Years Eve hookup, something that starts out as friends with benefits leads to much more.

Jason was a good guy,
Sally Sparrow
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am kind of over the romance genre of books, as often they are too sappy, too silly, too fraught with ridiculous anxieties and insecurities. If romance novels portray real people, sign me up for the hermit life.

This book, however, this book, is a real love story. A story of two people who work together and hook up at a drunken work party. She doesn’t remember but a few snippets of the night, and hadn’t even been interested in him before then. But the more she thinks about it - the more she
Sorcha O'Dowd
I know I’m always in for a treat when I start a book by Jane Lark. I never have to worry that the writing will fall flat, or the characters will develop unrealistically, and in ‘Just You’ I was yet again swept into Portia and Justin’s story by Jane Lark’s beautifully poetic writing style and characters that I can not only relate to, but actually feel an affinity with.

‘Just You’ was the second stunning addition to the ‘Starting Out’ series. I didn’t think it was possible but Justin and Portia may
Char (1RadReader59)
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a really good interracial story. In which not only are you crossing color barriers but socioeconomic road blocks as well. Both didn’t seem too much for Justin but they were at first for Portia. She had been not only hurt by her inner most circle but they betrayed her trust.
So, when they actually started seeing each other she kept it a secret. Mainly out of protection I believe due to her English accent she came off as snobbish and just mean. When they are out to lunch and a friend
Jul 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, contemporary
A short, easy-to-read story about two coworkers who might not have given each other a chance...except for a drunken encounter in a hot tub on New Year's Eve. Just You is the second in the series, but it works well as a standalone. I have not read book one (I Found You), and except for a bit at the end where it appears a storyline that started in I Found You has some drama that will continue in a future book, nothing here really depended on having read the first book.

I found Justin to be a more
Mar 23, 2014 rated it liked it
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Jane Lark's Just You was a good, quick read. I enjoyed the way she handled not only the interracial storyline, but the socioeconomic differences between the characters as well. I wasn't sure how to feel about Portia at first, but as the story continued and I learned more about her, I respected her for her choices. It would have been easy to continue to play the spoiled rich girl card, but she was determined to make something more of herself and I
Received this book from Netgalley for an honest review!

This is the first book I have read from this auther and I was not dissapointed, a quick read with a storyline taking place in New York.

Portia lives in a small attic apartment in New York by herself estranged from her parents, who are once again off jet setting in Europe. her family has money but due to her estrangement she chooses to not touch any if it and make due on her own.Portia pretty much keeps to herself with the exception of the
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone 18 and older
Recommended to Micky by: This was a NetGalley ARC
I almost put Just You on my DNR (do not read), CF (cannot finish), PC (pure crap) shelves because the first quarter of the book all Justin and Portia seemed to do, think about or talk about was sex. Not all 20 somethings think only of sex. Not to mention each and every time they were intimate Portia climbed mountains, saw stars and went to the moon and back. Ummm….what? Where does that happen every time? Women know this is just not realistic. Even women who are head over heels in love with their ...more
This was a wonderful little novella about an interracial couple.

Justin is a black, twenty-two year old living in the "ghetto," where he has worked hard to avoid the life of drugs and gangs. He is also the "man" of the family; taking care of his single-mother and three younger brothers.

Portia is white and comes from a wealthy family. Her parents aren't present in her life, and she has never received any type of love from either of them.

They both have many hurdles to pass through before they can
Jane Hunt
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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'Just You' is the second in the Starting Out series. This is Justin and Portia's story. It starts with a question, which Portia desperately needs the answer to. Did they actually do it at their boss' New Year's Eve party? Portia has to find out since it was Justin's friend, Jason she really wanted to connect with and he left the party early with his new girlfriend Rachel. If you have read
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Cute story -
This one starts off the day after New Year’s - Remember in the first book when Justin, Jason and the girls from work were looking for a pool at the Penthouse where their boss lived?

Well Justin and Portia found the pool and went for a swim. In their drunken haze, things got a little hot and heavy, too.

But Portia couldn't remember all the details. Monday at work, things were a little tense. She didn't know how to act. Finally she asked Justin to lunch with her so they could talk it
I really enjoyed this novella. It's pretty long and perfectly balanced. Sexy, sweet and alarmingly addictive. Starting on New Year's Eve, at the party where an important event in I Found You took place, it zeroes in on a new couple. We briefly met them in the previous novel as Portia and Justin. Now, we can really learn about their impossibly antagonistic backgrounds and seemingly incompatible personalities.

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Looks are deceiving, though. They
Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Just You is a spin off from Jane Lark's New Adult Romance, I Found You, however it could be read as a stand alone. The story is about Justin and Portia, two people who are so different from one another but who also find themselves hooking up at a work party. Once the drunken haze has dissipated, Portia finds herself wondering what in the world happened. Snippets of Justin and her filter thru her foggy brain but then she starts realizing how in the world is she going to deal with this. Justin has ...more
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Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Justin is a wonderful guy. Brought up by a great mom in a poor neighborhood and trying to be everything for his brothers his escape is work. Work where he meets the rich girl Portia. Portia who he thinks is shallow and snotty. Portia thinks Justin is a douche. Both have parts of their lives they wish to change. Portia wishes her parents accepted her and weren't so rigid. She also wishes she could not conform to what society wants from her.

At a New Year's party these two have a moment. One moment
This was another good read from Jane Lark. It was well written with great characters and a decent story line. A lot of emphasis was on sex which irked me a little, because story is king for me. But regardless she did a good job with this book. As per usual she captured the emotions very well in this book.

Justin has been brought up in a poor neighborhood by his amazing mom. He is a stand-up guy, lovable and at sometime just adorable. And romantic when time calls for it. He tries to do his best
Paula  Phillips
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Remember Jason from Book #1 I Found You and his now wife Rachel. Well Book #2 follows on from that story and features Jason's workmate and close friend Justin. Just You is a story of Cinderella in the modern age with a twist as Justin happens to be a Black kid from the Bronx and is the father of his household , trying to keep his three brothers from the gang life that they are exposed to every single day while his mum works to provide for the family. Portia who works with Justin at the Sports ...more
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In this new Starting Out story, Jane Lark brings two people from different worlds together. But not only Jane Lark handled perfectly the one night stand that has the potential to be much more
Jo Hughes
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When we first meet Portia she is a little hungover from the New Year’s Eve Party the night before, unsure of what happened and not wanting to face up to what she may have done she decides to ignore the situation until she goes back to work (I’m sure we have all done this at some point in our lives).

Justin can’t believe what happened at the party with Portia and determined to have no regrets he is a gentleman that doesn’t kiss and tell.

Jane writes the book form both Portia and Justin’s point of
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was immediately pulled into the story, firstly by the need to know what had happened between Justin and Portia and then by the need to know what would happen between the pair.

It’s a mesmerising story based around the age old truth of never judging a book by it’s cover. Jane Lark gracefully charts the journey of these two young people from polar opposites of society as they begin to bare their souls to one another. You can’t help but be drawn to Justin’s strong character, his sense of
DJ Sakata
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult
Favorite Quotes:

“She looked like a different girl, a girl who might actually play a game of tonsil hockey in a pool with a guy about thirty steps below her on the social scale.”

“’I love you.’ She said it like it was a discovery.”

“’I think I’ve felt it for ages,’ she whispered, her eyes shining at me. ‘But just now, the words leaked out of my heart and they were everywhere. I love you Justin, seriously. I hope we last… You’re all I want.’”

My Review:

Jane Lark’s Starting Out series wove an
Fatmata Sankoh
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this book after reading the third in the series. Even though its the second it made no difference as I still enjoyed it. The author's portray of Justin and his family was great although they had a shitty dad and tough start in life, they were able to rise above it. And her letting the readers through Justin's eyes to see the norm in his world was brilliant. It was suttle but the point was made and as a black reader I was happy about that. It was a fantastic read and I fell in love with ...more
Gabby (What's Beyond Forks?)
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Just You is book two in the Starting Out series by Jane Lark. Justin and Portia have some great chemistry. You can feel it gushing off the pages. They definitely let their hormones carry them away, but I think that plays well into the story as their real emotions start to become more important. I'm not sure why Portia wants to keep Justin hidden. I don't get the impression it's a rare thing for her. I think she's just been alone so long, and she has this
Daydream Books
Just You is my fifth Jane Lark book. I really like her style of writing but if I had to choose I prefer her Regency tales over her modern. Having said that the first book in this series, I Found You was a great read. It was gritty and dealt with solid social issues via Rachel's mental problems but I felt that Just You lacked something. Portia and Justin just seemed to be either thinking, talking or having sex the majority of the time rather than delving deeper into the underlying issues of their ...more
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Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I really enjoyed this book a lot. It was prob my favorite of the three. I really like how Justin was true to himself and didn't let Portia get away with keeping him her dirty little secret.

Portia and Justin start a friends with benefit relationship, and at first Justin was enjoying it,till he began to felt like her little secret. Portia soon realizes she likes Justin and gets her mm back.

I love how real and refreshing justin and Portia where with each other. She was there for him and he for
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hot-romance
Having received this from Netgalley I took a chance on a new-to-me author. Portia is a very wealthy young lady trying to make it in NYC without family money. She works with Justin, young poor and a father figure to his 3 brothers. Both having judged on appearances they never hit it off until a drunk incident at a New Year's party. It takes off pretty quick from there and they have passion and chemistry pretty quickly. A family tragedy brings Portia closer to Justin and a reality check on her own ...more
Jul 10, 2014 rated it liked it
3.25 out of 5 stars
Initial Reaction: Jane Lark does an amazing job again in creating beautiful and delicate relationships that transcend stereotypes to deliver a beautiful story. I did enjoy Just You a lot, but it was waaaaaaaay too sexual and I spent the majority of the book skimming over scandalous scenes. I wanted to connect with the characters deeper but it was so hard because all they could think about was rolling around with each other. (You know what I mean?) I would've liked a little
Lisa Gemmell
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
From Netgalley for an honest review

I really enjoyed this book, It might of been a short read but it had everything that makes me enjoy in a book. The characters seemed real, and it was such an insight for the way things turned out for everyone. There was some emotional situations that had me drawn to each page, both main characters Portia and Justin were absolutely enthralled in some unknown chemistry. Can two people from different worlds work? Does someone race, wealth really matter?

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