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Tell Me #2

Being Jolene

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The first time Jolene meets a mysterious man wearing flannel, it’s a case of mistaken identity. The second time, they end up against the side of a bar.

Third time’s a charm, right?

Jolene Hayes finds herself spending the summer in the picturesque mountains of Idaho in order to avoid a past fling. It’s a perfect escape, except for the one problem that keeps popping up: a sexy backcountry pilot named Ty Harrison. Jolene tries her hardest to resist his scruffy beard and flannel wearing ways, but eventually rationalizes that a summer fling would just be like the rest of them—love ‘em and leave ‘em and move on with her life.

Between these two are secrets that could tear them apart before they even get started, though. Life changes without warning, and dealing with the results leaves Jolene protecting her heart at all costs. Ty knows he is everything Jolene doesn’t want, but he can’t let go of the fiery siren.

Throw in the element of wilderness, a small town where secrets can’t hide and the past repeatedly showing up on Jolene’s front porch, the promise of a summer fling becomes complicated.


First published February 19, 2015

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Caitlin Kerry

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Caitlin Kerry is obsessed with the stories we tell. Her love of reading and writing led her to accomplish a goal she set for herself at the age of seventeen. She has a degree in History and Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration. Caitlin is an avid tea drinker, hopeful adventurer, lover of music and often finds the best medicine is the quiet of nature.

When Caitlin isn't writing or reading she usually can be found enjoying the great outdoors with her geologist husband, always looking for the next adventure. She currently resides in Idaho.

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407 reviews178 followers
March 12, 2015
“I feel so lost,” I said breathlessly.

“We aren’t lost. No one is lost. Not when you’ve been found. We’re on an adventure.”

Being Jolene is the second book in the Tell Me series by author Caitlin Kerry and while it can be read as a standalone without missing any details I highly recommend that you read Finding June first simply because it was a really great book too.

Anyway …

Jolene has faced some difficult challenges growing up and as a result she is fearful of not just commitment but really opening herself up to others. She uses sex to fill a void but never lets things get further than that. At the suggestion of her best friend June, Jolene decides to take a job in the mountains of Idaho for the summer. She is using the distance mostly as an excuse to get away from Caleb, her long-term “bedroom buddy” but what she finds in the mountains is so much more than she expected. Ty is a sexy lumberjack (not really but he wears flannel shirts and has a beard) and what starts off as a drunken hookup one night leads to a do-over and ultimately to a really beautiful relationship.

The first thing you should know about this series before starting is that both books start at a slower pace and then build as you move along. You may need to give them a little more time but in the end it is worth it.

Jolene was a difficult character to understand in the beginning. I wasn’t a fan of some of the choices she made but as the story progressed and we got to dig deeper into her past, her actions started to make sense. The book really picked up for me at about the 40% mark and I really did enjoy the progress of Jolene and Ty’s releationship. Speaking of Ty, he was great. I loved his supportive nature and the fact that he stuck with Jolene even after those stupid choices.

Author Catlin Kerry has a talent for crafting engaging stories of self discovery. Her books flow naturally and her characters have a realistic feel to them. I look forward to reading more from her in the future.

An ARC was kindly provided by the Author for an honest review.
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690 reviews14 followers
March 8, 2015
3.75 stars

The first time Jolene meets Ty, she is leaving her "friends with benefits" house. Jo has so much baggage, it is all she does...sex and she's out. The second time she runs into Ty is in a bar in a town she has landed in for the summer. They get drunk and end up having sex against the wall outside the bar. Jo knows she can't give Ty what he wants but he is relentless in his pursuit of her and determined to get more from Jo then she ever though she could give.

So I realized after I started reading this one and the side characters sounded familiar that I had read the first book in this series and did not like it. Which had me worried about this one but I am happy to report this book is much better than the first. I did have an issue with it though. As the reader, you learn a lot about Ty right away but it takes a long time to find out what makes Jo the way she is and even then, it is still not 100% clear like it is with Ty. It left me liking the hero a lot more than the heroine for most of the book which usually it is either the opposite or you end up liking both. There were also quite a few grammar issues which don't usually bother me but a couple of them made it so I had to go back and read it again to make sure I got what was being said. I did receive a review copy so hopefully these errors will be fixed in the published version.

I did really like Ty and his patience with Jo. I was grateful for the parts of the book written from his point of view. The flow of this book is much better than the first and the plot line hooked me pretty much from the start.

My thoughts:

POV Switches between Jo and Ty
Quick hook or slow starter? 4 (I was hooked almost from the start)
Character development: 3.5
Level of Romance between characters: 4
Passion/Heat level: 3.5 (Jo has a lot of sex in this book but it is almost uncomfortable to read until you see her make a connection with Ty)
Angst/Heartbreak: 4 (It takes almost the whole book to learn what exactly leads Jo to be the way she is but by the end it was still a little bit unclear)
Cliffhanger?: No, there is a really sweet epilogue at the end written from Ty's point of view.

Overall, this one was just ok for me. With a little more character development of Jo, this one could have been great.

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Author 74 books1,766 followers
April 2, 2015
*Received in exchange for an honest review*

Being Jolene is the second in Caitlin Kerry’s series. I did not read the first, but would.

I’d rate this a 3.75. I am going to optimistically assume the occasional grammatical issue and typos present in the proof I received were corrected in the final version.

The beginning drew me in right away, with the opening scene leaving me wanting more. Jo meets Ty literally moments after getting out of the bed of her chronic habit, Caleb. There’s attraction immediately but there are reservations too.

Of course, none of that matters because she doesn’t think she’ll ever see him again - until she takes a summer gig in the mountains and Ty’s there too (all hot and flannelly).

Being Jolene has great reveals and twists throughout. If there was one thing missing, it would be that I didn’t love Jolene as much as I hoped I would after the first chapter. I just didn't quite 'get' her - not because she wasn't gettable, but maybe there could have been more time spent unpacking why she did and felt things, especially for the bigger surprises. There were also some scenes mid-story that could have probably been removed and I wouldn’t have missed them.

Overall recommend for those who like sweet romance, the woods or guys in flannel ;) Thanks for the opportunity to read.
June 8, 2016
3 Stars From Sammy's Book Obsession!

TITLE~ Being Jolene (Tell Me #2)
AUTHOR~ Caitlin Kerry


I was provided with a Review Copy/ARC for review.

I read Being Jolene not having read the first book in the series, Finding June. Although, I don't think it's absolutely necessary to read in order. Either way though, I'm not a huge fan. Don't get me wrong, there are good points and not-so-good points to the story. It seemed to take me a while to read because it really just didn't hold my attention and was really slow going in the beginning.

I liked the alpha-ish, outdoorsy, family, rugged man thing that Ty had going on. It was difficult for me to continuously view him that way though, because some of the things that Jolene said in reference to him, weren't always consistent.

Jolene was not my type of heroine at all. She seemed like a confused, conflicted, internally whiney, sluttish type chick to me.

Just not my cup of tea. It wasn't poorly written or anything, just not totally up to my normal standards, I guess.
188 reviews4 followers
March 9, 2015
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
I liked the first book in the series and this one even better. The characters were strong and interesting throughout. The twist was unexpected and threw me for a loop which I can't say happens often. I loved how the family was not typical and yet was. I think everyone has a circus like arena when it comes to their family but it was surprising to me to actually have it integrated into a story like this. It really made the scenario that much more enjoyable and had me guessing what was actually going to happen. This was very heartfelt and warming that I found tears in my eyes at certain points and was hoping for a miracle but glad that although there was a HEA it wasn't all rainbows and unicorns. I really enjoyed this book. Thanks for allowing me to read this.
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306 reviews10 followers
April 1, 2015
This book was ok.

First the good parts: this book was instantly engaging, drawing you in to the story. It has likable characters that seem realistic and that you can relate to. The story is sweet and simple, if not a little predictable.

The bad: I didn't care for the multiple excerpts from the old journal or the parallel they were trying to make. What was at first engaging quickly became drawn out and wordy. This book needs a good edit to take away a lot of excess. Too many thoughts and too much repetition. Too little action. And lots and lots of typos. Those really bug me.

I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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74 reviews12 followers
February 17, 2015
Loved this book! Jolene's story breaks your heart. She had a tough life and keeps her heart closed off. That is until she meets a sexy lumberjack. Ty is exactly who she needs, but it's a tough road to convince her of that.

It's a great story and would totally recommend reading. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series!!
17 reviews
April 2, 2015
*I was kindly gifted a copy of Being Jolene to read in exchange for an honest review.*

My Review: 3 out of 5 Stars

Being Jolene is the second book in the Tell Me series, and while it can be read as a stand alone book, I would highly recommend reading the first book, Finding June first as it provides a bit more information on Jolene, there are a few references to events in the first book, and just because it is a great book (my favorite between these two).

Caitlin Kerry has a way of writing books of self discovery - beautiful writing style. I was very excited to read Being Jolene since I really enjoyed the book preceding this one. I really enjoyed Jo in Finding June and was excited when I first found out she was going to have her own book! Ty is a great lead, very supportive and understanding, and has a matured outlook on life which he uses to help Jolene figure out who she is. Also, there’s something about a man in flannel that is quite pleasant...

Jo’s story is one that has ups and downs, heartbreak, romance, self discovery--everything I love in a book. Handling personal issues, I believe that it was very relatable and realistic. Sometimes life doesn’t always work out, and sometimes it does. I believe there was a very good balance here.

Because I loved Finding June so much, I really wanted to love this one. Unfortunately, rather than reading Jo’s story, I felt like I was reading a story that paralleled June’s a bit too much due to the writing style and essentially the character’s inner dialogue as this is in first person POV. The POV splits between Jo and Ty, and there were times when I couldn’t remember who’s perspective I was reading from as their voices were so similar.
Also, Tyler’s perspective on life was very similar to Reece’s perspective and it was a bit disappointing. As Jolene was more of a “go where the wind takes me” personality to June’s over-analytical one, I was hoping for a male lead with a bit more of a spark to fight back against Jo when reining her in, not a duplicate of Reece in his patient and understanding ways. Don’t get me wrong, Reece is AMAZING (up there with Darcy, Blythe, etc. for favorite hero/love interests in a book). It’s just that I had high hopes Ty would be equally amazing, but in his own way.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a story that delves deeper into self discovery with a beautiful writing style, while still getting an enjoyable, feel good romance.
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438 reviews37 followers
July 16, 2015
**Received this book in exchange for an honest review**

"Let me be there for you. For every season, for every second, no matter what happens."

It's no secret that Jolene likes men (especially if you have read the first book Finding June). Caleb is the only one that she has keep around for longer than a month and she knows it's time to run in the other direction. After waking up in his bed, she hears who she thinks is Caleb in the kitchen, and she walks out in what she has on, which isn't much. It doesn't take her long to realize it's not Caleb, it's a "sexy lumberjack" helping himself to a bowl of cereal. He says his name is Ty and he's a friend of Caleb's. What Jolene doesn't know yet, is that he might just be the one to turn her world upside.

This is the second book in the Tell Me series, but it can be read as a standalone. I enjoyed this book even more than the first one. The nature scenes are descriptive and relaxing. It makes you want to jump in the car and go camping for a weekend just to get away.

Jolene seems to be a very headstrong character on the outside, but she's really just covering up all the hurt and anger that she has dealt with her whole life. Her going to the mountains was probably an escape all on its own, but finding something there she never thought she would have, it was beautiful and refining.

When I thought of Ty based on his description, the only person that kept coming to mind was Nathan Parsons (Jackson from The Originals). He just seemed to fit really well. I don't normally add pictures to my reviews, but I just have to...


Ty was someone who had been through tough times himself, but he always had a positive attitude. He is loyal, he doesn't give up on people when everyone else does. That was one of the things I really liked about his character.

This story show us that sometimes, all we need is for someone to break down the walls we put up around us and see the real person on the inside.

Recommended to fans of New Adult! (or romance in general)
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712 reviews8 followers
May 29, 2015
I received this book in exchange for a honest review.

This is the second book in the series ‘Tell me’. I must confess that I haven’t read the first book in this series. But I didn’t think it was problem for reading this book.

Jolene Hayes is a young woman who doesn’t believe in relationships or at least that is something that she doesn’t do. Her best friend June can have a very loving relationship but that’s nothing for Jolene. She believe in have sex with a guy and then leaving him. The only exception is Caleb. They have been having sex for the last year. But Jolene knows that nothing more will come of this. It’s after one of those nights that she meets Ty Harrison for the first time in Caleb’s apartment. Talk about bad timing!

The second time that she meets Ty, Jolene has decided to get away from Caleb for the summer. She has realized that although she knows that their ‘arrangement’ isn’t a relationship, she isn’t so sure that Caleb knows this. So she decides to work this summer in a little town in the mountains of Idaho. It’s here that she meets Ty again, this time at a bar. At the end of the evening, they leave the bar together and are having sex outside, up against the wall of the bar. Jolene leaves with the thought that that’s the end of it, like it always is. But she didn’t counted on Ty and his feelings for her or his determination of proving her wrong, that there can be more between them. Although Ty isn’t her type of man (he wears flannel shirts and has a beard), he does something to her. He brings her peace.

Now Ty has one summer to prove to Jolene that this thing between them can be more than a summer fling. That she can count on him to stay and that she doesn’t have to do everything alone. The question is … will Jolene let him in her heart or will she leave him after summer?

‘Being Jolene’ was a sweet story but I must confess that this story didn’t move me in a big way. It was a nice story but it didn’t held my attention the whole time. There were also many write errors in this story. I do love the setting (in the mountains).
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149 reviews8 followers
March 25, 2015
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

This is was a STRONG 3.5

I didn't hate it... There was something about it that I couldn't 100% connect to...

The book starts with meeting Jolene.. she likes one night stands.. she does anything in her power to remain detached from men... she is in a "booty call" situation when she meets Ty... a mountain man... tall bearded flannel wearing man.. who happens to be her "booty call" friend...

Fast forward where she decides to spend the summer in the mountains as a manager.. in walks mountain man Ty... who she hooks up with then they decide to take the relationship slow and then fall for each other...

The ending seemed rushed and I did not like how Ty took the blame for so much... this is another female character I wanted to shake some sense into...

Their story was cute... but there was something missing... although it was over the course of summer it felt like insta love.. granted she fought their relationship mentally but physically she was all about it.. her mental struggle was up and down when it came to Ty... she used sex as a way not to deal with her issues... and she had issues... but the book only scratched the surface of it...

I don't know... I wanted more... there was a lot of filler when it came to how the characters mentally felt.. details about what they were doing when they were a lone and not enough development.. in my opinion...


Being Jolene had good bones.. it was a good idea.. I just wished there was more to the story and less random filler...
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13 reviews
March 18, 2015
Being Jolene is a really sweet story recommended for everyone, looking for a quick read.
Jolene, who was mainly raised by her father, doesn't like commitment. She doesn't want any long-term relationships with men, unless it is casual like the arangement with her friend-with-benefit Caleb.
Caleb and Jolene seem like they would make a perfect couple, but both are too broken from past issues, to help fix each other. At least, Jolene beliefs that, until she meets Ty. Although the way they first meet, doesn't seem like a great start for a relaionship, Ty fights against for a chance of being with Jolene, just to see her smile, since she is the first woman he wants more from than a one-night-stand in a long time.
Their attraction for each other is what brings them together and gives Ty the chance to help Jolene see that she is not broken, and that with time, she will be able to forgive and forget, by giving her new perspectives in life.
With the help of Ty, Jolene finally confronts the real issue, why she always feared to be in a relationship. And once you'll find out as well, you will feel with Jo and what she went through in her past all by herself, and why it took so long for her to deal with it.

I read this book as a stand alone but I am looking forward to reading the first book in the Tell Me series, Finding June, since it is about Jolene's best friend June and how she found the perfect guy in Reece and I can't wait for the third book in the series, Seeing Hannah, to learn more about Caleb and his past that turned him into a sad and hurt loner.

*Many thanks to the author, Caitlin Kerry, and the 'New Adult Book Club' for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
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Author 8 books162 followers
August 3, 2016
Being Jolene is book 2 in the Tell Me series but can be read as a stand-alone. Having read Finding June, prior, I LOVED seeing June and Reese pop up with some sweet moments.

Jolene isn't like your average heroine and I loved that about her. She sleeps around. A lot. She doesn't think of anyone but herself so she's going to do what she wants to do.

Ty is the guy you'd want to run into while you're in the woods, having some you time. He's holding onto some serious secrets which can get annoying until you figure them out but he's romantic and hot and oh so delicious.

There were moments were I didn't feel a connection while reading. One big one was when Jolene's past comes to light. It was brought up and brushed away so fast that I didn't get time to fully feel anything. And I wanted to. Ty's secrets...well, you'll have to read the book to figure them out. ;) These two have some things to work out before 'something more' can happen. Ty says, "One foot in front of the other." and that's exactly what you'll see.

I can't wait for Hannah and Caleb's story in Seeing Hannah because the glimpses of Caleb that the reader gets is heartbreaking. I need more of him ASAP!

Complimentary copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
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383 reviews
February 24, 2015
Do you read the dedication written at the beginning of a book? I’m glad I read this one: “To the ones who are brave enough to challenge their happily ever after”. That was when I had an inkling that Being Jolene might be an emotional read. It was a big of highs and lows.
It took me a while to get into this book, but it wasn’t too long before I was invested in this story. “Being Jolene” is full of secrets which can be both annoying and titivating at the same time. Wanting to know those secrets ensured that I read this book as fast as I could.
I fell in love with Ty and I really wanted him to win Jolene’s love but there were so many obstacles guarding her heart, I had my doubts that he would succeed. Jolene frustrated me at first until I learned about her past. It’s not often that you read a book in which the woman finds it difficult to commit but the man wants more.
I absolutely loved Ty’s family!
Being Jolene contains a story and characters that slowly creep on you and wrap you in their warmth. A bit like flannel. BTW, I will never look at flannel the same way and neither will you, if you read this book.
I gave Being Jolene 4 stars.
Written by Karen from A Thousand Lives Book Blog.
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1,101 reviews32 followers
January 27, 2015
I received this book as an ARC copy, in exchange for an honest review.

I did enjoy this story. Jolene is a strong female character, something you don't see much of. She does have a good head on her shoulders. Jolene has issues from her past that still haunt her in her twenties. She meets an outdoorsman, Ty who is friends with her sex buddy. Ty is instantly attracted to Jolene. Jolene has mixed emotions about Ty. Jolene has made herself believe that she can't be happy. Jolene like everyone can find happiness and can find their dreams again.

What I didn't like was that Jolene acted out her life frustrations through random sex with strangers. She runs away from her problems instead of facing them.
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71 reviews
March 16, 2015
I fell in love with Ty from the get-go! I just did not care so much for Jolene's character. I felt that her charcter was a bit shallow, using men for simple distractions. I suppose if the man is on par with her plan then her behavior was fine, but from what she said over and over again, she would let these men develop feelings her and THEN she would flee. Just a bit bitchy IMO. The ending was a bit glossed over..their time after the summer, moving to Boise and then jumping to the Spring. I would have rather the author ended the book when they made their relationship permanent, and then maybe the she could have shed a few bits and pieces of their time in Boise in the next story in the series.
146 reviews
February 28, 2015
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

All in all I enjoyed this book. Jolene has issues from her past that prevent her from believing she can be happy. Instead she relies on random hookups with strangers and her one friend with benefits. It's while she's at her friend's apartment that she meets Ty. Ty is instantly attracted to Jolene but Jolene doesn't make things easy.
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32 reviews6 followers
March 13, 2015
when I start to read I get messup because jolent is kinda mess in other hand tye is some kind of person I think is a good man. Like any man in this world but a conservative cause who wants to help a messup girl in this world or care about her like no one else?
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29 reviews19 followers
March 8, 2015
I really enjoyed this book! The characters were very likable and it had a great story too. I didn't want it to end!!
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323 reviews101 followers
March 9, 2015
I really liked Jolene's story and I would recommend the book to everyone.
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