The Anatomy of Jane by Amelia LeFay
Series: WJM #1
Published by LLC on May 31st 2016
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JaneI’ve always been on my own. My life used to consist of nothing but work, keeping Allen out of trouble, and if I had time, sleep. Then I became their maid.
MaxEvery day more than half a million people tune in to watch my show. They trust me. I know it’s because I’m the only son of the prominent Emerson family. However, I like to believe it because I’m honest no matter what story I report on. I’m honest about everything but the man I’ve been f**king for the last four years… and now her.
WesleyI want three things: First, Maxwell Emerson and Jane Chapman both in my bed. Second, to be the best bloody chef in the country. Third, to figure out how to simultaneously get the first and second things I want without any of us getting hurt.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
This review wrote itself, which had me worried. I’ve done my best to rein it in slightly but no matter which way I tried to convey my feelings I kept coming up with similar phrases. Apologies in advance as the puns and double entendres are bound to have found their way in despite my efforts to avoid them. It would have been too easy to write the entire review as such (tongue in cheek) but to do so would have diminished the important messages underpinning this story that highlight the difficulties navigating a caring and loving nontraditional relationship.
The aspect I found the most difficult to overcome while reading the Anatomy of Jane was I didn’t warm to Jane early on. The guys were adorable, believable and their relationship alone had (I want to say a multitude of angles to pursue) sufficient issues to support a great story. Once Jane came into play (sorry, I give up) her presence began to detract from my enjoyment of getting to know Max and Wes.
By 30% I had reached the point where I needed to decide whether to continue or stop. Curious enough to sit on this for a bit…I decided to wait before I made my call. Why did I stop? The connection between Jane and the guys felt too ‘convenient’ and I was worried my eyes were going to end up dislodged from rolling. I liked Max and Wesley but Jane as their new maid didn’t work for me. Then, nearly three weeks later, I decided to give this book one last chance. Attempt two began when they were all under the same roof but not together so to speak.
The attraction was now tangible but there was hesitation coming from two of the three. It wasn’t long before this minor hurdle was a distant memory and they got over the awkward first moves. They then became an MMF / MFM and if it’s a possibility an FMM…I think you get the picture, the only prop missing was the twister mat. Now I am dismissing this all lightly but by this point, my kindle almost melted. The chemistry they were generating was believable and it was as if I was now reading a different book altogether. No longer was I concerned about Jane messing up a great relationship, she brought the guys closer together (well not literally, but you know what I mean).
While the physical side of their relationship was smoking hot, it was the emotional issues that finally started to dull their glow. While one guy’s family embraced his happiness, the other guy’s family was appalled and were doing everything they could to rid him of his partner. The relationship was the focus of the story, which was what I struggled with getting into it. The dynamics seemed impossible but the chemistry overrode the question of whether they were right for each other. Both guys were confident, successful and talented businessmen while Jane was down on her luck from the beginning. What saved Jane was her attention to detail and that she did well in whatever she put her mind to. It was her lack of self-confidence that I found frustrating plus the guys wanting to protect her felt a little overdone at times.
If you’re after a steamy read, you won’t be disappointed in this book. The surrounding story was the aspect that had me hesitant to rate this higher than 3.5 stars. Steam-wise, it was 4+ stars, but the trio wasn’t always able to be together, so 3.5 Stars it is. It does end on a cliff hanger and I will be tempted to continue to find out what will happen next.
What I struggled with:
- Going from Maid to ‘family’
- Shopping trips where there’s an expectation to spend more than you can
- Putting public opinion and self-gain above the love of a son
- Gold digging/ power hungry women
- Convenient plot situations
- The vicious mother
What I loved:
- The chemistry
- That three was not a crowd
- The agreement as to when what and with whom
- Wes’ call for timeout
- When Jane made her demands on the family to accept all three
Lily’s Rating: 3.5 Stars
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