Saturday, May 23, 2020

Jane's Team (Bizarro Universe Books #1) by Janie Marie ~ Review

Jane's Team (Bizarro Universe Books, #1) Source: KindleUnlimited.

Jane's Team (Bizarro Universe Books #1) by Janie Marie

When you’re in love with your best friend, life is complicated.

When he’s also your stepbrother, it’s a nightmare.

Jane’s apparently a magnet for chaos.

Because now she’s agreed to tutor her stepbrother’s enemy, and that sexy bad boy might have a thing for her. She might also love that a tingle surrounds her soul whenever he’s close.

Throw his two brothers into the mix, dangerous rivals looking to destroy every one of them, and parents controlling her love life. It’s safe to say she’s wandered into the apocalypse.

At least being torn between four hot guys isn’t the end of the world.

Just kidding. It totally is.

But they’ll all realize something.

Jane’s the ruler of her life. No one else.

Long live the queen . . . and her kings.

*strong language, sexual assault, sex, stepbrother romance, reverse harem romance.
Guaranteed HEA. No Cliffhanger*

Jane's Team is an alternate reality for Janie Marie's Gods & Monsters trilogy. While this is a standalone, efforts were made to bring extra smiles for established G&M readers. If you'd like to meet the gang in their original reality, that series is available. Still, the Gods & Monsters trilogy is not a prerequisite to read and enjoy Jane's Team.

*Available through KindleUnlimited!*

After reading the most recent installment in one of my favorite reverse harem series (Lost Star by Rebecca Royce--and if you haven't read the Wings of Artemis series, I very strongly recommend it), I was in a little bit of an RH mood. And then I came across the author of THIS book talking about the sequel (novella?) she's writing, and I was like hmmm. So I downloaded the sample of book 1, this book, Jane's Team. Then I downloaded the entire book. And what a wild ride it was.

Have you ever read a book, and you're aware that it's not good, and there's a lot you don't truly like about it, but you're so freaking entertained nonetheless that you can't put it down? That was me with this book. I lost sleep to read this book. I read it on my phone when I found some spare minutes at work. It was such fun brain candy, and that is my favorite thing about it.

I also tend to love the drama of it all. The girl who is *so conflicted.* The guys who want nothing more than for her to realize how amazing she is and be happy. It's all so dramatic and compulsively readable, even as it's kind of a trainwreck. But I was in the Mood for this one, and so I let it take over my life. No regrets.

My other favorite thing about this book was Ryder. He was definitely the best character. He was my favorite of the harem for Jane. And he was honestly the best one of the harem for Jane. Which the characters in the book seemed aware of...but I'll get to THAT in a moment. I was 100% here for his devotion to her. He was down for whatever she wanted as long as she was happy and actively tried to help to make it happen. And he said what he meant without lying or sounding insincere, which I have all the respect in the world for.

The things that weren't great about this story are many.
- The parents. How could David's father be so blind as to not see his son was in love with Jane before then? But also, why was he so insistent on them acting like siblings? And then, why was he so angry about the idea of what Jane was sorting out with the guys but then once Ryder has a talk with him...he kind of changed his mind? All of it put together made little to no sense.

- David. My least favorite character! He's the variety of "I've always loved you" while also sleeping with someone else and then being confused as to why Jane would be upset about it. Such garbage. Jane was *right there* the whole time. All he had to do was twitch a finger in her direction and she would have caved. But *he* pushed her away and then *he* acted like some rejected martyr and slept with someone else. I hate that so much. (That was not a spoiler, btw. It's something that comes to light early on in the story)

- While I do like Tercero and Luc...I'm kind of unsure as to why this one was RH. Because Ryder was clearly the best one for Jane. They could have been perfectly fine and happy together if their relationship had been left alone. These two kind of feel like after thoughts. Especially Luc. The story feels like it forced the four together into a harem just because. Just so it could be RH. Which is not something I ever say because I'm always here for reverse harems. But this one time...I think I would have been okay with just Jane and Ryder being the cutest couple. That said, maybe I feel this way because we barely get any page time with them all being in their RH relationship, settled and decided and working out? I'm totally going to read the sequel when it releases so we'll see how I feel then, I suppose!

- There's more that wasn't great about this story and that weren't handled in a way I liked, but for the sake of not going into actual spoiler territory and because I feel like I've nailed down the things that bothered me the most, I'll end this list here.

Overall, Jane's Team was total brain candy, and I will definitely be picking up the sequel. It's fun and dramatic and I really did love Ryder. I don't recommend this if you're looking for a genuinely good RH, but if you're looking for something that's just a dramatic good time I say give this book a shot and see how hooked you get! ;)

*Oh, and small note: I have not read Janie Marie's Gods & Monsters trilogy. I know this is like an AU of that, but I have no idea how that plays into the story or anything and it has no bearing on my thoughts. I can say that Jane's Team does standalone solidly, though!*

3.5 stars - Not the best, but super fun & entertaining!

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