Review: Called Up (Calling It #2) by Jen Doyle

August 31, 2016 Review 1

Review: Called Up (Calling It #2) by Jen Doyle

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.

Fitz knows for a fact that it is not better to have loved and lost. After losing her parents, she'd rather lock up her heart and throw away the key than endure that kind of pain again. If that means giving up any hope of a lasting relationship, then so be it.

But with Deke, Fitz feels dangerously close to falling in love. She can't risk another broken heart—especially if it means losing one of her best friends for good. Now it's up to Deke to convince her that the safest place she could ever be is right here with him.

Title: Called Up
Author: Jen Doyle
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Calling It
Series: Calling It #2
Published by Carina Press
Source: Publisher
Published: August 29, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
Pages: 242
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames
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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 was not sure if I was going to continue with this series. I enjoyed the first one but it was not something that really grabbed my attention. Called Up gave me hope for this series. We got to know more of Fitz and Deke from the first book, Calling It. Fitz could stand up to the guys and was even considered as one most of her life. She didn’t mind as she didn’t do well with feelings. She has taken care of herself and those around her for most of her life. Deke was one she could count on for a good time and reliability.

Both Deke and Fitz were fun characters and complimented each other well. As we got to know the Dream Team more, it is easy to see how well these friends overcome obstacles that include natural disasters as well as ones they create. I loved their dynamic and the support they shared even when they were fighting. A few things that bugged me was how Fitz did not respect Deke’s feelings nor his one request for honesty and trust. Where she fails miserably and puts her blame on Deke and her past.

Overall, I enjoyed this novel and will definitely continue this series! If you like contemporary romances with secret encounters, a reformed playboy, and a woman trying to find her place then this one is for you.


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Author InfoCalling It

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, 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 and, in addition to her work as a librarian, has worked as a conference and events planner as well as a Communications and Enrollment administrator in both preschool and higher education environments (although some might say that there is very little difference between the two; Jen has no comment regarding whether she is one of the “some”).

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“Hey, Dorie,” she heard from above her. “Do you know where Fitz wants these bottles of water?”

Speak of the devil. Fitz brought her head up a little too suddenly, banging it on the underside of the table. “Ouch!” Her hand going to the back of her head, she came up frowning, and…

Oh, God, was he this gorgeous before? Had he always smelled amazing?

Doing everything she could to keep herself immune from his physical charms, she spun on her heel. “Back here.”

Very specifically not looking in Deke’s direction so that she didn’t give anything away, she forced herself to act exactly as she always did around him. Except she suddenly couldn’t quite remember how that was. Did she flirt with him? Did she flat-out ignore him? Did she generally just go around in a state of low-level irritation? Because right now she had absolutely no clue.

She had even less of a clue as she bent down to open up the lid to the cooler and he crouched down next to her, his head so close all he’d need to do was turn it slightly to the left and his mouth would be on her breast.

And was that…?

Oh, hell, no, her nipples had not just hardened. She slapped her arms over her chest.

Because they had. And Deke, with his superhero sex god extra sensory perception, had definitely noticed. He at least had the decency to look down at the ground as he grinned.

“It’s the cold,” Fitz snapped. “From the cooler.”

Pushing the bottles down into the ice, Deke just answered, “You’d be amazed at all the bits and pieces I can warm up with my tongue.”

One Response to “Review: Called Up (Calling It #2) by Jen Doyle”

  1. Crystal, Tasty Book Tours

    Lovely review of CALLED UP! Thank you for hosting today!