Published by Self-Published on 3/22/16
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
There's something totally inconvenient about falling for your best friend's brother. Especially when he's turned into a pompous, arrogant, albeit annoyingly sexy a-hole that you'd like to punch or kiss to death at any given moment.
After a stupid favor that blurred the lines from friends to lovers the summer she turned eighteen, Jazz Frazer accidentally lost her heart to Joey Butler. For three years they’ve pretended there’s nothing between them anymore. Jazz is finally ready to move on with the rest of her life. She's determined that experiences and relationships will be fun, casual and easy. After all, she learned the hard way that men just don’t stick around anyway. But when her best friend gets herself into a relationship with a celebrity, Jazz has to do the one thing she never thought she'd do, call Joey and ask for help.
Repeatedly thrown together, Jazz tries everything she can to protect her heart and not fall back in love with Joey. But when Joey finally admits that Jazz is the one he's always wanted, all bets are off.
This is a full length, standalone contemporary, friends to lovers and second chance romance. It is a spin off from the Eversea series and may therefore contain minor spoilers. This book is recommended for ages 17+ due to strong language and sexual situations.
I’m a huge Natasha Boyd fan. I fell in love with the Eversea series and it’s still, to this day, one that I think back on fondly. I gaze lovingly at them on my bookshelf frequently. Except for the fact that my mother-in-law took the first book (signed! *gasp!*) hostage and I’ve yet to get it back. Don’t fret, I’ve threatened her life so we should be alright. Anyway, you get what I’m saying. That series holds a special place in my heart. I was admittedly a little afraid that All That Jazz wouldn’t live up to my expectations or hopes, but let me assure you, those fears were pointless and unfounded.
For one, it’s been so long since I’ve read Eversea that it was a lot of fun to get to experience pieces of it again in this book. But also, it didn’t ever feel like it was in “competition” with the series that it spun off from, but more like it was just another piece of a story that I already loved. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a continuation and it can absolutely be read as a standalone (though why you’d ever dream of skipping Eversea, I’ll never know), but it just sort of felt like coming home. The places and the people all felt familiar and comforting, while also standing on its own as a very solid and separate story.
Let me also just say that I’m not a crier. Every once in a while a book will hit me in the feels, even fewer and further between will I tear up. Rarely do I ever have tears stream down my face. This book made me cry not once, but twice! And very nearly a third time. It’s not an especially heavy book but Natasha does a great job of pulling you into the story and I felt all of Jazz’s feelings so strongly. I also did a lot of laughing and smiling and getting angry, not to mention the soul-deep swooning.
The story is told in a present-past-present pattern that really gives you an understanding of Jazz, who she is, why she is the way she is, and all that she’s been through. Not to mention the dynamic between her and Joey; it really made you understand the true level of angst that existed between the two of them.
The characters are all very well developed, the dialogue authentic, and the story progression organic. Nothing ever felt forced and I felt completely immersed from the beginning. I experienced everything right alongside Jazz and really ached with her.
You absolutely cannot pass up this book. If you haven’t read the Eversea books yet, I will first refrain from smacking you and then seriously urge you to read them. If, for some reason, you’re inclined to skip over them and read this one first, it’s not advised, but it can be done. And if you’ve read Eversea, you have no excuses! for not reading All That Jazz. Seriously.
This is the first book that I’ve read this year that I really and truly loved through and through. I haven’t felt this way about a book in a long time and it was long overdue. Natasha Boyd is a true artist and this masterpiece is a must-read.