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Love Won (Winning at Love #1)

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McCoy Graves: Public Enemy Number One. The crusher of childhood fairy tales.

McCoy Graves is arrogant. A jerk.

McCoy Graves is my brother’s best friend…and my new boss.

Oh, and did I mention, he’s also the love of my life?

’Cause, yeah, there’s that, too.

My name is Eastlyn Hatfield, and this is a story about our feud.

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Paige
5 "Dear Diary" Stars

A fun, light-hearted and super sexy brother's best friend rom com win. Gillian Jones always makes me laugh and this book is chock full of light hearted and sexy humor. Plus food. Yes sexy food.

Love Won is the story of Eastlyn and McCoy. Growing up Eastlyn was completely infatuated with her brother's best friend. But it was obvious that he was not infatuated with her. Still the heart wants what the heart wants and she can't get him out of her head. Her diary May is proof of he
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Donna Wright
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing Funny Read


Where do I begin with this fantastic read. I loved the story and it consumed me. I ran with the emotions of it and I laughed so hard. Gillian Jones seems to have grown with her writing and the storytelling is just brilliant. This book makes you feel good.

The character are absolutely hysterical and although McCoy is a jerk you just can't help but love him and Eastley handles him like she was made to do so. The chemistry is hot from the start, you see the chemistry straight awa
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Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
Dec 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Review to come
MJ Symmonds
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying that I was tormented and taunted every time I seen a teaser or post about Gillian's upcoming book Love Won. Needless to say my pre-order was in ages ago & I'm like a kid waiting for Christmas morning because HELLO, It's a Gillian Jones book. I've been an avid fan of all things she's written since I read her first book My Mind's Eye. I've since read all her books & I'm sure I'll be reading every other book she publishes.

Love Won was such a sweet, romantic, sexy read
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Elaine
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a second chance at love and man can I tell you all that you'll want this book!!
Gillian Jones is my go to author when I need to get lost and this book was that for me!
Eastlyn has been in love with McCoy since she was twelve and now that he is back McCoy is all she can think about!
I laugh and I cried as she told her story, I felt like I was twelve again.
Gillian Jones you hit this book out of the ballpark!! I can't wait for the second of the book in this series!!!
Kelly
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love Won, the first book in the Winning at Love series, is my favourite type of book - a really good slow burner romance, with some great humour running through the storyline as well. I love the dual POV's being separated into different sections - first up is "She Said" from Eastlyn's POV, followed by Part 2 "He Said", from McCoy's POV.........and then we have "They Said"! The flashbacks to the past provide many moments of hilarity.

Poor Eastlyn! To say she has always liked McCoy is a huge under
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Tami czenkus
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
To say that I loved this story would be a MAJOR understatement!!!
If you like to laugh and love, YOU will LOVE this story!!! It's a twist on second chances and coming of age for two people that were too stubborn to go after what they wanted when they were younger.
Call it fate or the stars aligning, but the timing seems perfect this time..... ONLY if that darn stubborn streak in both Eastlyn and McCoy would take a step back and allow them to see what is standing right in front of them FINALLY!!
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Sophie
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: september-17
Oh my gah! I just got off a one way train. Destination, SWOONSVILLE. My gosh this book is so charming and uplifting! The sweet and sexy romance in Love Won left me with a huge face splitting grin, I loved this!

I loved how this novel was so simple and easy. The split of the story and the flow really helped solidify the characters connection and allow the reader to fully understand the relationship. The flash backs gave me butterflies and I couldn't wait to see how it turned out. The "she said",
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Robin
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really love Gillian’s writing style. This is a story about two people who secretly crushed on each other with Eastlyn’s brother being McCoy’s best friend.
This friends to lovers story had me hooked from the first chapter. We learn about their history through Eastlyn’s diary which was an intriguing way to go back to key moments in Eastlyns life that McCoy was a part of. You really get the full impact on how much he influenced how she feels about him and what impact his leaving had on her. Just w
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Kerry Fletcher
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gah! What a fab read! By the end of the book i wanted to clutch the kindle to my chest with happiness. A real feel good, make you smile read!

Eastlyn has been in love since the first day she met McCoy Graves. He never gave her any indication that he had feelings for her so she kept it a secret. Well... a well known secret. Her parents knew. Her Brother Keaton, McCoy's best friend knew Her best friend Kami knew. But he never showed her any interest and the day he moved away he broke her heart. She
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Domini
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book has everything you could want, it's funny, quirky, hot & will make you swoon!!!
Eastlyn is such a cool chick, her inner monologue is some of the most cleverly written stuff I've read, she's so funny and clumsy. She is such a treat to read!
McCoy (how sexy is that name) is a jerk but jeez you'll love him in the end. He's hot and makes East's life very interesting!
These two together are the perfect storm, they push and pull, they laugh and argue but they are so perfect for each other a
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Tammy
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing book. I usually don't care for dual pov books but not having it is this book really ticked me off, I wanted to know what Coy was thinking so bad . Then it's like Ms. Jones could read ur mind and half way thru the book turned into Coy’s pov, which I loved! This book takes u from high school crush to Real adult love, I am suffering from a major case of book hangover this morn cause once I hit 50% in the book I could not put it down. Coy can be my boss any day especially after the c ...more
Phyl
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had the absolutely privilege of reading this book early and after the first chapter I was hooked. I love a good rom com. I absolutely love Eastlyn and McCoy. Her quirkiness and uniqueness makes her lovable. Her stalking abilities also needs to be applauded and I quietly need to step up my own game. McCoy, how sexy is this guy. This is just a great read with great characters. Kami and Keat, the bestie and the brother are next. So excited to see what's in store for them.
Sheryl
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was so looking forward to reading this book and I couldn't be happier with Eastlyn and McCoy's story! I loved it!

What a great second chance story! It was so much fun to read. I loved how all of these familiar places were worked into the story. And the banter between the characters was great!

I can't wait for the next book!
Pam
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Ms. Jones has pulled out all the stops and brought out her funny girl. I was caught more than once laughing out loud as I read.

Easton and her quirky habits are funny but clearly she uses them to hide her insecurities. It is hard when she fell in love with the one guy she can't have so young, her brother's best friend. All these year's later and she still hasn't moved on.

McCoy has worked hard to meet his achievements. Moving home to work at her school is a
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Linda Diamond
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was so refreshing, from the moment I opened this book until the very end I had as smile on my face!! There were actually laugh out load moments, trust Gillian to write something as awesome and amazing as this!! The one thing I love so much about this book is the characters seem so real, almost like your reading someone biography! I know as a reader I have a tendency to get emotionally caught up in the characters and their lives! I think that's what makes Gilliam such a fantastic story ...more
Mandie Rebel
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well what can I say! We all have that burning flame hidden and in East's case it's McCoy

This books brings laughter joy and full fills that happy read we all want.

Gillys writing in this book makes you laugh out loud on many occasions. Makes you walk nearly into lampposts because you can't put it down and in my case kept reading it whilst walking (not a good idea lol)

I was fortunate to read this as it was being written and can I say it's still great for 6,7,8 time

I'm not gonna give any spoilers aw
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Reading with 2 book lovers
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
wow another great read by Gillian Jones.
Love won is the story of Eastlyn and McCoy who have known each other for years as McCoy is Eastlyns brothers best friend.
it seems everyone in this story knows how the main characters feel about one another, funny thing is Eastlyn and McCoy don't!
The secondary characters in this story play a great and funny role.
to see how Eastlyn and McCoys story plays out give this great story a read.
I volunteered to read a copy of this book
Gloria
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gillian has done it again!!!!! I was so excited when I received Love Won. Months of anticipation and it was finally in my kindle. This book had me feeling giddy the whole time 😁 I so loved Coy and Eastlyn's chemistry. Coy *swoon* that man is sexy! I might have just found my new book boyfriend! 😉
April
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
ARC received for an honest review.
A super manic book rambling brought to you by April;
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6 'I don't call it the whirlwind for nothing.' Stars

Gillian Jones is definitely #Winning at Love when it comes to the first installment in her new series! Love Won is comprised of ALL! THE! THINGS! that makes me want to climb inside a book, wrap myself in it's pages, live and breathe the story; to become one with everything there is to it's full capacity... and then some *wink* Wha
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Torrie
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gillian Jones is a multifaceted author. I’ve had the honor of reading all the books that she’s written throughout her career and I’ve seen her grow by leaps and bounds. Gillian has the ability to hit on hard topics not many authors would dare to touch on, but then, she can easily switch to a lighthearted Romantic Comedy like she did in Love Won.

Mr. McCoy Graves and Miss. Eastlyn Hatfield… Boy – Oh – Boy.

This book had me from the first sentence – maybe even by the first chapter heading. I laugh
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Neringa Neringiukas
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Honestly, I'm not sure how I feel about Eastlyn obsession with McCoy. And that exactly what it was. Obsession. It didn't lasted for weeks or months. It was since she was 12 year old. And it was bordering on crazy. On some moments with Eastlyn I wasn't sure to be abashed or laugh. Maybe both. And Eastlyn was full of contradiction where Coy was concerned. She would say it's not healthy how she felt about Coy for so long and needs to move on, but the next thing you see she's at his feet worshiping ...more
Brandy Roberts
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Love won and it's also a plus because the author is Gillian Jones who I'm such a huge fan of and when I read the blurb there was a need for me to get this story like right away . We get lovable characters that are relatable , story line that has you hooked , hilarious moments , meddling parents / friends , leaves you waiting for the next couples romance , and some pretty steamy scenes . Liked how the author did half of the book in the heroines Point of view and then the other ha ...more
Sarah MacDougall
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*ARC was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

A semi-enemies to lovers/boss and employee novel is the outline of Love Won. Eastlyn Hatfield has always been in love with her brothers best friend. Someone who always picked on her and teased her never deterred her from loving McCoy Graves.

Her love for him only grew as the years went on. Even after he left to live in another city with his girlfriend, she never stopped loving him. Now, four years later, he is back and he's going to be the
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Carla
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Carla's Four Star Review

Love Won is the first book in the Winning at Love series, and it is McCoy and Eastlyn's story.

What a fun read! Unlike her last book, Tainted by Love (which totally rocked my world), Love Won is light and refreshing. In my opinion, this just demonstrates how versatile Gillian's writing is. You know how some authors just stick to one genre like MC romance or paranormal? Well, that's not Gillian. She is truly on
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Nikki  Malan
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love Won (Winning at Love Bk1) by Gillian Jones
Eastlyn has been in love with her brothers’ best friend, McCoy Graves since she was a child. All through their childhood he has been nothing but an arrogant jerk to her. When he moves away she thinks it will be the opportunity she needs to get over him. At age 26 she is still single, still facebook stalking him and she clearly has not gotten over him. What happens when McCoy moves back to town? Can Eastlyn survive him? This book is told in dual POV.
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CrazyDaisy
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-arc
5 Crazy Ass Must Read Stars!!!!!

We have been having some unseasonably warm weather over the past week and I have been itching all week to just sit poolside and read. I'm so glad I chose to read this because it was the perfect book to relax with. It was fun, hilarious, and had just a touch of tears to offset all the laughing. I was glued to my kindle. Thankfully I have a waterproof case on my kindle so I was able to jump into the pool to cool off without having to stop reading for long.
Gillian d
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Jamie Guellar (IScream Books)
Love Won by Gillian Jones is now my favorite book she has come out with.

One of my fav genres, Brothers best friend, made this a fun and easy read for me. I believe any of us who have an older sibling had a crush on one of their friends and know the heartache when the feelings aren't reciprocated.
Eastlyn (love that name!) has had the biggest crush on McCoy, her brothers best friend for as long as she can remember, and is heartbroken that he never felt the same way about her.
McCoy goes away to c
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Sharon Jones
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well this is my first book by Gillian Jones and I cannot believe it has taken me this long to read anything by her before.
I love it when an author writes such believable characters that it feels like that I actually know them. This is how I felt reading this book, especially when you get to see the parts of Eastlyn when she was younger and had such an enormous crush on McCoy. There were parts that made me remember my teenage years and first noticing boys. All the uncertainty, the second guessing
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Amanda
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received the ARC in exchange for a honest review.

At first, I thought this was going to be a regular high school romance. But it blossomed into something more! At times I was a little bored which is the reason I gave it four stars but as it went on, it got even better! I love how unique the character names were. Eastlyn and McCoy are both great. I didn't like McCoy at first but it really did get better. The plot definitely picked up. I definitely hope there's more to come from Gillian! Great s
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