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The Love Square

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On the west coast…

…Nebraskan Clare Davis hates her new life managing a bookstore in LA—until she meets up-and-coming movie star Dylan Barnes. Dylan’s always been a city guy, but can’t resist Clare’s midwestern charm as he shows her the wonders of California.

On the east coast…

…Alex Popovich loves being a carefree bachelor and a minor league ballplayer in his hometown Brookl
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Kindle Edition, 313 pages
Published January 12th 2016 by Limitless Publishing (first published January 1st 2016)
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Karen Harper
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
When I read the synopsis for “The Love Square”, I couldn’t help wondering how on earth was that supposed to work out? Let me tell you ‘the love triangle’ is so passé now; let me introduce you to ‘the love square’.
Have you ever read a book which makes you want to sit down the characters and have a good talk to them? Or, if that didn’t work, smack them on the head to knock some sense into them? “The Love Square” is one of those books.
Some books are driven by the story; some are character driven.
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Carol***BeautyandtheBeastlyBooks
***ARC received in exchange of an honest review***

Unfortunately I couldn't relate to this story as much as I originally thought I would.
I was getting into it (it was kind of slow, at first for me), but then it all went to a direction I was actually expecting, but that I didn't like.
It was unfair to some of the characters and something that could have been prevented with a good heart-to-heart talk.
And then things get more complicated and there's a plot twist, that isn't really a twist for me. But
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Carole
Jan 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
An interesting story even if it was a bit unrealistic.
Sara Raynott
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Love Triangles
Shelves: my-5-star
This review was originally posted on my blog.

The Love Square by Jessica Calla was a double love story in one book. It was not a love triangle, it was a Love Square!

Synopsis:
Claire, a small town girl from Nebraska, finds herself living the dream in California. The only problem - she hates it! When she runs into Dylan, her life changes and he shows her California in a whole new light. Quickly becoming best friends, Dylan and Claire fall in love, but neither will admit it. After all, Claire has a f
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H.L.
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Love Square is a fresh take on your typical "Love Triangle. Calla's novel is beautifully written with emotion seeping off of every page. Everything from the characters to the plot all the way to the intensity level is spot on and absolutely amazing. Calla is a newer author to me as I have only read two of her other books, however if she keeps writing books like this I know many other readers will have this author on their watch list! If your in the mood for a light yet emotional read, this b ...more
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Dani
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
We have all heard about a love triangle, but the love square? Yes, this book is definitely about a love square.

Dylan and Clare meet by accident, literally. She left her home in Nebraska to move to LA. Still new to the city, she bumps into the incredibly hot and sexy Dylan Barnes. They start a friendship that slowly moves into something more. Although neither of them will admit their feelings, they continue their platonic status.

Alex and Jenna meet at a birthday party, since the moment Alex sees
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Lustful Literature
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it


Debbie's Review

This is the first book I have read by this author and probably will not be my last. The story flowed really well and all though I am not a fan of third person because I usually find it hard to connect with the characters I didn’t find that to be true in this book. The authors’ writing was on point and I had no problem connecting with all the characters involved.


The plot in this book was pretty deep and intense at times. I am not going to go into the story as I feel it is not your
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Michelle Joyce Bond
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Love Square surprised me with its incredibly inventive plot! I love high-concept books, especially those containing romance. I've read quite a few books featuring love triangles--but a love square? It was fun to explore this unique romantic complication, and I think a lot of readers can relate to the characters' struggles and near-misses as they search for "the one."

The tension between the principle couples made me want to shout at them "Just kiss already!" but in the best possible way. :)
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Laura  Redmon
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing

The Love Square is not like any other book I have read! It's sweet, spice, and everything nice. Jessica Calla has a talent for writing, and needs to continue on things like this. Romance is impeccable, and the writing is good. Plot is great and characters is developed! This may be the first book I read of Jessica's, but definitely not the last.

***I received a ARC for this book in exchange for a honest review***

Laura Redmon
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Ginny Deffendall
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh what a tangled web we weave.... Dylan is into Clare. Clare likes Dylan too, but Clare is engaged to Lucas. So when Dylan visits his childhood friend, Alex, he hooks up with his friend, Jenna. The problem? Jenna is totally in love with Alex! He loves her too but has commitment issues. Let me introduce you, readers, to The Love Square.

I enjoyed this one a lot. I’ve read Calla’s Sheridan Hall series and I really enjoy her writing style. In The Love Square she gives us four really likable charac
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Lynn
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Clever, fresh, witty & quirky fun—squared. Loads better than the usual “love triangle”, hands down. You fall in love with the characters quick. It’s easy to get mad at them for going in different directions than you want them to go. The tension is palpable & I kept yelling at them to “spill it”. You wonder if they're ever going to get it right & are so happy when they finally figure it out.
“The Love Square” just works on so many levels.
Maria
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Timing is everything in life and in love. A fact Clare, Dylan, Alex, and Jenna find out the hard way. Filled with laugh-out-loud moments, fun characters, and a lovely story of finding love. I'm looking forward to reading more by this talented author.
Reading with 2 book lovers
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ms calla had me from the title of her book, I love a great love triangle so what's better add a fourth person to the mix, these 4 characters really gave me all the feels and I devoured this story.
Casey
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Find this review and more at Ramblings From This Chick

I have to admit that I don't really know where to start with this review. The Love Square is my first book my Jessica Calla and it won't be my last. I went into this one not really knowing what to expect, and yet the blurb sounded really interesting. I can tell you that this book will not be for everyone. As the title implies, this is way more than a love triangle and there are many players here. If you don't like angst, drama or complicated
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Michelle Mina scheiber
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Be still my heart...

If you're looking for a book so good you can't put it down, then look no further. The story of Jenna, Alex, Clare, and Dylan took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions...and I loved every minute.

Do yourself a favor and READ THIS BOOK!! I promise you won't regret it.
Sara Schoen
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars out of 5
Schoentheworld
*given a copy for an honest review*

I have to say when I read the synopsis for “The Love Square” I was intrigued and confused because I just couldn’t help wondering how this would work out. And let me tell you, I'm so sick of reading love triangles now that I hate them with a burning passion, so the ‘the love square’ was a new take I never considered and I enjoyed it.

The new take on complicated love was a breath of fresh air after countless books decided love trian
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Erica
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Spoilers to follow

This book was a little on the unusual side. We've all heard of a love triangle, but a love square? There were so many way this book could have gone wrong and spiraled into some torrid, sex for the sake of revenge disaster. But I think the author did an amazing job keeping it classy.
From the very beginning you know who is going to end up together, but when Jenna and Dylan get together it'll throw you for a loop because they really do seem to fall-obsessively-in love with each o
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Ashley
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I would rate this more like a 3.75. Which is a weird rating for me but.... I loved Clare and Alex. They were wonderfully flawed. Each of the 4 had some flaws but those two came across as more endearing. In my opinion they were the better people. I loved the individual friendships on opposite coasts but when they all came together it was just off. Now I need to insert my spoilers, (view spoiler) ...more
Megan | A Page to Turn
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
My rating: 4

The concept behind this plot was what made me want to read it. It was interesting and I really wanted to see how the author pulled it off! This was my first book by Jessica.

The story is very character driven and it wasn't hard to enjoy these people and to relate to them! Clare and Dylan meet by accident... when she literally smashes her truck into his tiny new car! The banter between these two was so fun! She was new to the city, and allowed a friendship to grow with Dylan who did th
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Jo Anne
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked this book. It was romantic and funny without turning into the boilerplate porn story that so many romances are these days. Here's the background: Dylan is a movie star who meets Clare who has just moved to California from Nebraska to run a bookstore. She has a fiancé back in Nebraska. She and Dylan become best friends. Alex and Jenna are best friends. She's a dancer, he's a baseball player; they live in NYC. There's some mild sex, longing glances, a few misunderstandings and then, all's ...more
Trisha Madley
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*NOTE: I received this book from the author for a fair and honest review.*

If you like to read love triangles you're going to love The Love Square. This is Jessica's debut novel and she has done a wonderful job making me fall in love with all four characters. This story put me through a roller coaster of emotions. I laughed, got mad and even shed a tear - everything I love in a contemporary romance novel. I connected with all the characters and got three great love stories in one novel. I can't w
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Melissa Chambers
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was totally hooked by the concept of this book. With four people and three romantic pairings among them, I had no idea how the author was going to give all of these characters their happy ending. The book reads like a romance novel but without the predictability which I found fresh and unique. I've honestly never seen a book like this. I loved seeing two such strong male/female plutonic (somewhat) relationships blossom as these did. I think if you love movies like When Harry Met Sally, then yo ...more
Sue
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dylan, Alex, Jenna and Clare. They are the four corners of the love square. As the story unfolds, and the couple's lives become entwined, I literally wanted to yell at them not to do things, and wanted to cheer when things were going the direction I wanted them to. I think that's a sign of a great story, and a sign of an exceptional debut. I can definitely recommend this book.
Please note that I received a free copy of this book and I have in turn left this honest review.
deborah hill
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Unique well written

I fell instantly in love with Clare and couldn't put this book down. Each character was likeable and interesting. I was surprised by the ending, I couldn't live in a love square but overall enjoyable well written story.
Marsha  Bernabe
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Liked it!

I liked this a lot. I found the story hard to follow at first, but really connected to the characters. Good read!
Megb
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
* I received this book in exchange for an honest review from NABC*

First let me start of by saying I loved the characters in this book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

Dylan is just absolutely perfection! He’s sweet, loving, caring, kind, and also a movie star (bonus!) I loved his character and how much he cared about everybody else in the book.

Clare was sweet, slightly innocent, and adventurous. I enjoyed her and Dylan’s friendship but at the same time couldn’t truly understand it.

Alex was
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Lucie Paris
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Basically, you know everything by reading the synopsis of the book. :)
Not a bad read, as the atmosphere is cool and the characters all different. The emotions are present and you can be drawn to the story.

At the same time, a movie star, a ball player without an ego? Who can still behave like the "guy next door" even with fame, media circus and fame around the corner? No corruption, no craziness, no caprice?
Just too awkward handsome guys who don't know how to express their love? Come one... (Roll
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Simona Klipa
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Didn’t connect soon with the characters and had some initial perplexity on the construction of the story, but kept reading and was a crescendo I didn’t expect. Clare, Dylan, Alex and Jenna the four points of square, the main characters of the story, bound together and intersect building an original and intriguing plot. Prioritizing love or friendship? Hard choise, that’s why often the protagonists have sinned with repressed feelings and actions. A summer read to take into consideration. Receive ...more
Bookworm Bells
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant standalone!
I really enjoyed this from start to finish, loved the characters and where it was set, there was a bit of ‘will they won’t they’ which was a little frustrating but in a good way, you were actually willing the characters to be together. I loved how there were 2 stories blended into 1. I’ll be reading more from this author!
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New Adult Book Club: Jessica Calla RI&RI with Giveaway ~THE LOVE SQUARE 36 94 Jul 16, 2018 04:20PM  
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Jessica Calla is a contemporary romance and women's fiction author who moonlights during the day as an attorney. If she's not writing, lawyering, or parenting, you'll most likely find her at the movies, scrolling through her Twitter feed, or gulping down various forms of caffeine (sometimes all three at once). A Jersey girl through and through, she resides in the central part of the state with her ...more
“Do you know what I thought that first night I saw Jenna?” She tried to move again, but he blocked her path. “I saw a beautiful woman I wanted to spend the night with.”
“Do you know what I think when I see you? Every single time?” he asked softly.
“I see a beautiful woman who I want to spend my life with.”
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