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Chasing Down the Dream

(Blue Collar Romance #1)

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From USA Today best-selling author Jaymee Jacobs comes a best friend’s sibling romance packed with heat, heart, and happily ever after.

When Kasey Ruggieri returns to her hometown after her fashion design business implodes, she barely recognizes the handsome guy with a smokin’ body who comes to fix the HVAC as her brother's best friend. The skinny teenager she once knew is
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Published September 3rd 2021 by Part-Time Publishing

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JESSI ☾
Aug 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021, arcs
*ARC received from author in exchange for my honest review. *

When Kasey must return home from New York to Oak Bend she is devastated. All she ever wanted to do was make it big in the city as a fashion designer but with the cost of living in New York she had to come home. Luckily, she is able to stay at her brother’s house while he is on the road, but the last thing Kasey expects is her little brother’s best friend to be hot AF! Asher was the little scrawny kid who used to be around constantl
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Michelle
Sep 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this best friend’s little sister romance. Kasey returns home with her tail between her legs because of a failing business and gets inspired in more than one way by her little brother’s best friend, Asher.

I really enjoyed how they inspired each other and supported each other’s dreams. As with most relationships, communication was an issue, but neither of them wanted the other person to abandon their dreams to accommodate theirs. And that, my friends, is love.

I felt bad for Kase
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Moondance
Sep 11, 2021 rated it liked it
Kasey has returned home to Oak Bend after working in New York as a fashion designer. Her brother's best friend, Asher, still lives in the small town working with his father after not making it to the big league in hockey. Asher has loved Kasey since he was a teen. Her return provides him an opportunity to pursue her.

It took me a bit to get into this story. I did not care much for Kasey until she started working on clothing for Asher. Her eventual plan to create clothing for athletic men and wome
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Amy M. (Amy Loves Reading Blog)
I love a good fall in love with best friends sibling!!! I’ve never read from this author but I’m always up for exploring new authors!!

Asher seemed young at the beginning and it wasn’t until after a few chapters could I see the sex coming off of him in waves! I loved that he had such a close relationship with his friend and their family and it excited me to see what would happen with his affections. I really really loved the fact that he did something so uncommon for some and took Kasey’s inspira
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Erin Lewis
Aug 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
4 Star Chasing Down The Dream by Jaymee Jacobs
 
This was a well written story and I found myself drawn in to the story Ms. Jacobs wove.
This is a friends to lovers story about Kasey Ruggieri and Asher Wallace. Having returned to her hometown of Oak Bend, Kasey is shocked to see how much Asher has changed since she was last home. I really felt for Kasey, her business is in tatters and she is really at a crossroads, confused and uncertain.

For Asher seeing Kasey again brings back the feelings he ha
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Erin
Aug 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I’m a sucker for a good brother’s best friend romance.

Asher has been in love with Kasey since he was a teenager but she never really seemed to have time for him then because she is 5 years older than him. When Asher learns that Kasey is back in town he feels that maybe he might have a chance with her.

I really loved how supportive Asher and Kasey were of each other, especially since Kasey’s parents were really not, and how Kasey pushed Asher to take another shot at his
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Julie
Aug 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite tropes in a book, brother/sister/b-friend.

Asher has a good job which he enjoys, it’s his dads company and he works hard hoping one day his dad will pass the company on to him. But Asher can’t help being a little envious of the life his best friend has, because at one time it was his dream too.

Kasey has returned home a failure, except no one knows, her big city dreams are shattered. To top it all the aircon is broken. Her brother has a friend who can fix it though, Asher.

Kasey
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Ingrid
Aug 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
**I received this book as an ARC in return for my honest review**

This was such a sweet book! Asher and Kasey are so cute together. They help each other fight for their dreams, even when those dreams change. A great start to this series, I’m excited to read the rest!

Steam: 🔥🔥🔥
Andréa Billo
(This book has been sent to me as an ARC for an honest review)

Don't let the innocuous title fool you, this book was deeper than I thought. The characters dived into subjects that hit home (chasing dreams, gender norms inside a heteronormative family, insecurity etc.). Especially now I'm taking a gap year and struggling to find my path, this book boosted me.

Let's talk about what I enjoyed:

✔ The characters are well developped. They reflect on their own actions and they communicate. Although I love
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Gmr
Sep 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
It's a classic boy met best friend's older sister, harbored a HUGE crush for years while she barely new he existed...at least, until ten plus years later when BOTH their worlds are going through some changes, and the chance they never thought they would have, just might come to pass. Unless history repeats itself and dreams get in the way. But just like life changes, SO CAN DREAMS...it all depends on the dreamer, and sometimes those changes can be remarkably sweeter.

I liked the faster pace of th
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Gwendolyn Leeder
Sep 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this best friend’s siblings romance book. I haven’t read anything by Jaymee Jacobs before but I am planning on checking out some of her other books. Kasey has returned home from New York after her dream of being a designer in the fashion world is shattered. She’s staying at her brother Owen’s place as she just wants to lay low but when a hottie shows up to take a look at the air conditioning it’s definitely more than the house that is heating up. Kasey can’t believe this is Ashe ...more
CLorraine Kibler
Aug 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Chasing Down the Dream: A Best Friend's Sibling Romance by Jaymee Jacobs is the first installment in the new series Blue Collar Romance Books set in Oak Bend. When designer Kasey Ruggieri returns home after failing to launch her fashion design business, she is only looking for a haven to hide and watch her dreams dissolve. Instead, she becomes reacquainted with her younger brother’s best friend, Asher Wallace. Asher was in and out of their home while growing up, subsequently, Kasey was aware of ...more
Tina
Sep 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Kasey and Asher have known each other for years. Asher has had a crush on Kasey for as long as he can remember. Being her brother's best friend and five years older than Asher, Kasey has always thought of him as "her brother's friend." Until the day when she returns home after several years and she needs him to fix her AC. Shirt off, chest glistening, Kasey instantly realizes that he is no longer only her brother's friend. Can their two worlds now meld into one or will life's challenges keep the ...more
Sarah Nielsen
Sep 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received this as an arc from the author and I’m voluntarily leaving my honest review

This was a blue collar/ small town romance. This was my first book by the author so I didn’t know what to expect but from the start I was captivated. I loved how it featured a slightly older woman and a younger guy as it’s so often the other way around. Asher and Kasey had really great chemistry and I loved how he didn’t let her push him away. I loved this story.
Isha Coleman
Sep 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
A second look is all it takes to spin the heart on it's axis. Jacobs awakens the emotions with a story of what ifs and maybe this time. Chasing Down the Dream gives the road less traveled a second look with intoxicating characters and a captivating storyline. Kasey and Asher are more than a little clueless, but no less irresistible. A fresh pair of eyes, an open heart and a sprinkle of humor will put this romance at the top of any must read list. ...more
Valerie
Aug 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Chasing Down the Dream is a swoon worthy best friend’s sister romance. I love love small town romances! Asher was such a good man. He always had feelings for Kasey, but between the age difference and his best friend’s sister, Asher didn’t stand a chance. That is until circumstances forces Kasey to move back to her small town. Asher gets his second chance and he waste no time proving to Kasey he no longer the young boy she grew up with. Both Asher and Kasey want to pursue their dreams but what wi ...more
lowkeyreader
Sep 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
The first book I've read by the author for me and I enjoyed it. I didn't know what to expect from the author but Kasey and Asher's story was a good read. They are good characters and had really great chemistry. But Kasey can come off as indecisive sometimes even though she's older, while Asher is more certain. But I'm glad that Asher didn't let her push him away. This is one fast-paced and sweet read. ...more
Jamie
Aug 25, 2021 rated it liked it
This book was ok. It was a quick and easy read. I think the problem for me was I just didn't buy into Kasey and Asher's relationship. Kasey is 5 years older than Asher and I felt like she was really immature for being 30. Asher really deserved better I thought.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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Aug 10, 2021 marked it as to-read

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Carmen Rodríguez
Aug 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
It's my first book by Jaymee Jacob's, and I 'm sure it won't be my last. The characters are relatable and well constructed. Asher is not your typical book boyfriend. Their story navigates between such sensitive and introspective things as failure, fear of not fulfilling your dreams, and perseverance. Although it ends in a HEA, it's quite realistic and maybe a little bittersweet. ...more
Debbie
Aug 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2021
A good read with childhood fantasies, love, dreams and failures.

Asher enjoys his job working for his dads company, he hopes one day to have it passed down to himself, he is happy in the small town he lives, but envious of the life his best friend lives, as it was, at one time, his own dream.

Kasey has failed, her dream is shattered and she has come home with her tail between her legs, except no one knows. When the aircon is broken her brothers best friend comes to fix it, and it just happens to b
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Susan S.
Sep 11, 2021 rated it liked it
I was excited to learn of a new series to be written by several different authors. Each book will be a stand alone about blue collar people. Frankly, I good use a change from all the "billionaires" in the world. (Are there really that many?) Anyway, "Chasing Down the Dream" is the first in the series. This was also the first time I had read anything by Jaymee Jacobs.
Overall, I liked this book. I found it clever the way Jacobs created a role reversal for the two main characters. Kasey (h) is the
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Reading With Lola
Sep 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Chasing Down the Dream - Jaymee Jacobs

ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

::: SPOILER-FREE REVIEW :::

Rating: 4 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐

It was a rainy day, which made it the perfect reading day. I spent the last few days struggling to get through 60 pages of any book. I decided to put all of the books on hold and pick Chasing Down the Dream and I’m so glad that I did because I read it all today!⁣

This was my first Jaymee Jacobs novel and it certainly won’t be my last.

Kasey left her small town to be a
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Tracy Broemmer
Sep 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Chasing Down the Dream is my first Jaymee Jacobs book!

While I also have a book in this Blue Collar Romance Series, I found it fun to read about Oak Bend, Michigan through Kasey and Asher’s eyes. I loved the references to Gino’s and Farm Barn. I also loved that Asher was a hockey player, and that Ms. Jacobs used his hockey career and dreams in the plot.

I don’t live in a small town, but I have lived in my town all my life. I love it here. So, I found Kasey to be an interesting character. Kasey Ru
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Stephannie's 4 Star Review: Kasey Ruggieri returns home after failing as a fashion designer in New York.  She comes home with her tail between her legs and tries to regroup because she isn't giving up her dream. Asher Wallace has changed a lot from the young boy Kasey remembers. She remembers her brother's best friend having a crush on her but he wasn't even a second glance then. Now he is all man and grown-up and she wonders if he might still feel anything towards her. 
 Asher has always had a m
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Kim
Sep 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Kasey has just moved back to her small-town home after living in the city for a few years. She feels crushed and defeated, in her mind she's a failure. She didn't make it as a fashion designer, and returns with her tail tucked between her legs. In fact, she doesn't even let her parents know she's back, opting to stay with her brother.

When there's a mishap at the house, her brothers best friend Asher comes to her rescue. Asher who works for his family's company. He's content and happy living the
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Sue Wallace
Sep 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Chasing down the dream by Jaymee Jacobs.
Blue colour romance book 1.
When Kasey Ruggieri returns to her hometown after her fashion design business implodes, she barely recognizes the handsome guy with a smokin’ body who comes to fix the HVAC as her brother's best friend. The skinny teenager she once knew is gone, and when Asher strips off his shirt to work in the boiling heat, Kasey can't take her eyes off his glistening, muscular chest. Now she needs more than air conditioning to cool her desire
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Connie
Sep 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy of this book and I am voluntarily reviewing it.

First let me just say that this author is new to me. I LOVED this story. The plot was well written and flowed very nicely. I also loved the fact that it was written in a dual POV format. Getting that glimpse into the characters' thoughts really help me to connect to them and to relate and understand them better.

Kasey is forced to return to her hometown as she hit one too many roadblocks in her quest for fulfill her ca
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Jaymee Jacobs is a USA Today best-selling author, and author of the Dallas Comets series. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in English literature and a psychology minor.

Her books have the same two themes: hockey and the "millennial" experience. The first is because she's a die-hard fan (particularly of the Pittsburgh Penguins). The second is because she felt
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