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Called Up

(Calling It #2)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  247 ratings  ·  90 reviews
There's one thing Max "Deke" Deacon can always count on besides his old high school teammates: Angelica "Fitz" Hawkins. But no matter how much Deke might secretly fantasize otherwise, a relationship with his best friend's sister is off limits. Until one unexpectedly smoldering encounter has Deke and Fitz giving in to the feelings they've both been fighting for far too long ...more
Kindle Edition, 242 pages
Published August 29th 2016 by Carina Press
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Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Having enjoyed the first book in Jen Doyle's Calling It series, reading Called Up was really a no brainer; I love the best-friends-to-lovers and best-friend's-sister tropes, and the seed had already been sown nicely between Deke and Fitz.

"Two weeks ago he’d made her judge a burping contest in which extra points were given for substance and tone...How was she possibly finding him even close to attractive?"

This was a book of two halves for me. I found the first slower and a little clu
4 Stars!

Not as good as the first book, a little too much back and forth between the characters. It was mostly Fitz that was the cause of reading "whiplash". Deke was awesome...loved him. Enjoyed being back in Inspiration, Iowa and I'm really looking forward to Lola and Jack's book. Wondering how the author is going to pull their story off considering Jack's back story with Nate.
Jaime Arkin
I read book 1, Calling It, in this companion series… wait no, let me be honest… I devoured book 1 in this series in about a day last week and as soon as I finished it I went on the hunt for book 2. Yes, that’s how much I loved it… and that’s how much anticipation I had for Called Up.

I had huge expectations.


I’m here to tell you that all expectations were met and more!

Max Deacon is known around town as the fun guy… he’s not looking for a relationship, but if you’re down for some fun, then
Susan (susayq ~)
Why hadn't I heard of this author and series before? I'll be going find book 1 in just a few minutes.

I really liked this! Fitz and Deke have been friends for years. Best friends. What we find out is that they both crushed on each other when Fitz first moved to Inspiration. Fitz was hurt by letting her crush be known to the wrong people and Deke pushed his away when he found out she was the half-sister of his best bud, Nate. But that crush made it's self known again and it was sweet watching them
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, so I was excited to read the next one. Sadly, I struggled with this. Hard.

The first half of the book is Fitz and Deke thinking about kissing, then actually kissing and swearing it can never happen again, only to continue to think about kissing. It was exhausting. When they actually had their shit together, they're adorable. They have a fun, friendly relationship and I would have loved to see more of it instead of the constant push and pu
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
There's something so sexy about a guy's guy who's not afraid of letting his softer side out around his woman, even as all (or most) the women in his past still adore him and share nothing but a good memory of a hot night. Go Deke!

As the sister of his longtime best friend, Angelica "Fitz" Wade Hawkins is absolutely, unequivocally off limits. So what if he's noticed her more feminine...assets...lately? Max Deacon has to forget about anything his lizard brain might want. Even if she seems receptiv
Suze Lavender
Sep 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Deke and Fitz are good friends and they spend a lot of time together. Deke has quite a reputation when it comes to women. His friends have made it clear that he can't date anyone close to him, because that would end in disaster. Fitz has never been in a serious relationship and her wish is that this will never happen to her either, because of the pain losing someone can cause. She has a big wall around her heart. Deke and Fitz are attracted to one another, only they shouldn't act on their feelin ...more
Nadwa @PainfullyFictional
3.5 stars
[I was generously provided with a free review copy by the author in exchange for an honest review; that doesn't affect my review in any way]
I read the third book in the series a couple of months ago, and it instantly made it to my 'favorites' shelf. That being said, my expectations were super high for this one. I think it would've definitely made it to that very same shelf if it weren't for a couple of -what I'd call- shortcomings within the book.
Fitz is seriously a character I'd add t
Elizabeth Horbaczek
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
this book was given to me for an honest review.

5 stars

I love sports romances. Everything about them give me chills, but this one actually sent me on a new high. This is not your typical sports romance, that we are talking about pros and how there are so many woman that they can't decide, or when the do decide they found the one. This book had a lot of depth to begin with. Both characters Deke and Fitz are a match that you can not deny. Deke is not you pro athlete. He runs a bar and runs a little
Gokce ~Muslin Myst~
I don’t think falling in love with your best friend had ever been this sexy or sweet. I firmly believe this because this book was those and more. I fell in love a little bit with Deke myself every time he appeared. My heart broke for Fitz, so much so that I wanted to get inside the book and try and become another friend to her. And when I’m this invested in the characters, their lives, it’s a no brainer I’ve enjoyed this story. So so much. How can I not? Not only was I already crazy looking forw ...more
Christi Snow
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My Review:
I was worried going into this second book from this author because the first book was so good, but I should have had more faith. This book was fabulous, too...and that was in no small part to the character that is Fitz. Gah...everything about her story broke my heart. She has been through so much and still holds her head high. She's such a strong person.

And even better...this is a friends to lovers story...which I adore. Fitz and Deke have been best friends for years, but suddenly thin
Lynn (Ellesea Loves Reading)
Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I've previously read Calling It, book one in the Calling It series, so I dived straight into Calling Up; a much anticipated second book, where I'm instantly drawn into the plot by the familiar characters from Inspiration!

Angelica 'Fitz' Wade Hawkins is baseball player Nate Hawkins' half-sister. At thirty-two years old, she runs the Iowa Dream Foundation set up by her brother in Inspiration, the town where she's lived for seventeen years...if only it felt like home. After an incident during high
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, jd-read
4 Stars, 3 Flames
After years of being best friends, Max Deacon aka Deke and Angelica Hawkins aka Fitz, nothing can really tear them apart. They spend every chance they can together and nothing has ever been nothing but platonic. However, one night that all changes. Deke knows that being with her in any way besides friends is all kinds of wrong. Being right is so overrated! Over the course of a few months’ feelings grow deep; friends with benefits will no longer be enough.

After the first book, I
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

Even without the professional sports glamour, I enjoyed the second book in this series even better than the first. The whole town of Inspiration remains a little too sweet for me, but Fitz and Deke are thankfully a little more caustic than Nate and Dorrie in the first book.

Both of these characters are fantastic. Deke is the laid back town playboy who finally finds out some long kept secrets and actually falls for a woman for th
Becky Burciaga
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved every heartwarming, crazy funny, sigh worthy moment of this second book by this wondrous breakout new author. Having read the first book in the series, Calling It (giving it five stars no less), I didn't think Ms Doyle could out do her debut book, but she's definitely surpassed that with Called Up. With what I now see as her signature wit and snappy dialogue, Ms Doyle has once again brought to life such memorable characters that stay with you long after the last page is read.

Brought back
Ruthie Taylor
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

I really enjoyed Calling It (book 1) so it was with great delight that I embarked on this newest book in the series. Nate and his friends were very engaging, so I was sure that this would be a good read.

This time we get Deke and Fitz's stories, and story. Their lives have been intertwined since Fitz (Angelica) was first fostered by the Jensens, and then adopted by Nate's Mom (Mama Gin). As we rejoin the gang and get to
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was my first book from Jen Doyle and I really enjoyed it. Although when I started reading, I didn't realize that Called Up was the second story in this series and while I was disappointed I didn't have some of the back story - I couldn't stop reading about Fitz and Deke. I will definitely go back and read Calling It.

Long time friends, these two are as close as a male and female can be without it being sexual. They've always acted like their are only platonic feelings for one another between
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
Sometimes they say the backstory tells it all. In this case having backstory was necessary to move forward with Deke and Fitz. Their past shaped their present and was making waves for their futures. This friends to lovers had more than just being friends to connect them. There was so much more behind it all and it was needed to make their bond so complete. I believed that neither took it lightly when they made that step to become more than just friends.

This coming together has witty banter, a d
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Friends to Lovers is one of my favorite Troupe and this one takes the cake as one of my favorites.

Fitz and Deke have been friends forever. Deke was one of the only people that made her feel as if she wasn't the outcast in their tiny little town - although she totally was. Even her own half sister couldn't stand to be around her.

Now 17 years later, things are starting to change between the two. Deke is starting to notice more things about Fitz that he never felt before. I mean come on! She's prac
Bette Hansen
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved this story! From the first page to the last I was captivated. It's a classic best friend's little sister trope but it is very well done and the characters of Fitz and Deke make it fresh and unique.

Fitz never plans to open her heart to love again. After the terrible loss of her parents she never wants to risk feeling that pain again. So when she starts seeing her friend Deke in a new and scary way she tries her best to push those feelings and Deke away. Deke's not going away that easily t
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Chapters read: 8

The first one wasn't fantastic but it was cute. I'm struggling with this one because the trigger for Fitz and Deke to go from friends to lovers is basically nonexistent. I don't feel where their new feelings are coming from, which sticks because that's the best part of this trope for me.
Cocktails and Books
Sep 08, 2016 rated it liked it
This review was originally posted on Cocktails and Books

I always like a friends to lovers romance.  CALLED UP gives up just that.

Fitz and Deke have been best friends for a long time.  The hang out and understand each other.  But when they both start feeling something other than friendship "love", both of their worlds get turned upside down.

Fitz hasn't had the easiest life.  Her parents died in a tornado and she found herself being raised by the one woman who should hate most of the t
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I absolutely adored Calling It when I read it over a year ago. Jen's writing was a breath of fresh air and I loved her take on baseball romance. (Which isn't always my favorite because baseball isn't my favorite sport.) I blew through the first book and was so excited to learn it was not, in fact, a standalone, but the first in a new series. I couldn't wait to read this one when I got my hands on it. Unfortunately, I struggled a bit when I firs
Tales Of A Bookbug
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, contemporary
Review: In the second book in the Calling It series from Jen Doyle, we have Fitz Hawkins(Nate' sister who we met in Calling It) and Max Deacon a.k.a Deke one of their best friends.Though this book can be read as a standalone it would certainly be more enjoyable if you read Calling It before this one.

Fitz and Deke have been best friends for a long time and Fitz used to have a crush on him in high school which was used against her in an incident instigated by Peggy.Lately, Deke has been giving her
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4.5 stars

When I read Jen Doyle's Calling It, I knew we'd have a long author/reader relationship. There was something so fresh, exciting and comfortable about her writing that she drew me immediately in and she's done it again with Called Up. Maximillian "Deke" Deacon and Angelica "Fitz" Wade Hawkins are the best of friends and one night that changes when they both begin to see each other in a new light and that light burns brightly, no matter
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

I had no idea when I started reading the book that it would even surpass Calling It. If I loved Calling It then I heart Called Up. This book is much more than the first. The author continues to rock the readers with her awesome story-telling skills.

This book is an extension of the previous one. All the characters are present from it and it focuses on Fitz and Deke and oh my hotness, this is one complicated relationship. The tropes of best f
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-blog
Called up is a friends to lovers romance that left me craving more.

Fitz and Deke have been friends for almost two decades. One tragic event made their paths come crashing together. Although they were both attracted to each other from the moment that they met, it would be a long long time before either of them acted on it.

Fitz's whole life came crashing down when she was a teenager. Everything that she had taken for grated was ravaged and disintegrated in the blink of an eye. She moves to a town
Bette Stanek
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 Uncomplicated, Just Friends Stars. I’m a sucker for people who’ve grown up together, her big brother’s best-friend, his little sister is off-limits, kind of story. This one has all of that going for it. Add in the Iowa Dream Team aspect and a healthy dose of baseball and you’ve totally got me. This is the second of the Calling It series by Jen Doyle and it’s every bit as good as the first book.

Max “Deke” Deacan has protected Fitz, his best friend’s younger sister, since the day he met her. It
Jennifer Pierson
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Angelica "Fitz" Hawkins' childhood wasn't the easiest. After losing her parents, she moved to Inspiration, where she becomes the towns' target to bully. She had a group of guys that she became close to, but they didn't know the extent of trauma she went through, as she never complained to anyone. Now with her locked up heart, she is ok with being alone the rest of her life, instead of suffering the all encompassing pain that happens when she loses them. Deke has been one of her best friends for ...more
Mindy Bigham
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Max “Deke” Deacon is the bartender and knows all the secrets to his hometown. He can also count on his friends and family for any support that is needed. When he learns of a dark secret that his best friend is holding in he realizes that he might not know her at all.

Angelica “Fitz” Hawkins was known her entire life by her fathers choices. Losing her mom and dad as a teenager, learning that she has two siblings and being adopted by her siblings mother has changed her life. One thing she can alwa
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A big believer in happily ever afters, Jen Doyle decided it was high time she started creating some. Jen is a member of the Romance Writers of America, as well as a member of the New England Chapter, New Jersey Romance Writers and Music City Romance Writer chapters of RWA. She is represented by Sarah E. Younger of the Nancy Yost Literary Agency.

She has an M.S. in Library and Information Science an

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