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The Jake Ryan Complex

D a flesh and blood stand in for the imaginary Michael And the only potential Mr Right comes with a big hitchHowever it turns out Mac’s not the only one bringing secrets to the wedding With expectations high and shocking truths to be revealed Mac’s left to find her own happy ending which isn’t as simple as in the moviesthough it’s definitely worth waiting f Mac and JT Meet in a normal way but as they get to know one another things take an abnormal turn and the rest of the events follow This book was hilarious and omg I had some super emotional moments My heart hurt and felt for each one at different times as they both navigate their relationship Things are easy and with his past and well current future JT is doing the best he can to be the best boyfriend he could be Mac is trying to be her best self but that’s not easy when her family can’t see how truly amazing she is I loved the awesome Hughes references his movies will forever be some of my faves sorry not sorry and they definitely added to humor and over all romantic feel of the book JT and Mac are relationship goals because they believe in one another and hold on to their love like no other No love isn’t perfect like in the movies but it’s messy and in the end worth it So take a chance on a hilarious romance that will have you swooning in no time

Summary The Jake Ryan Complex

H the timeline So Mac falls back on her lifelong Mom surviving skill lying The latest fabrication a handsome neurologist named Michael Pity he’s too busy to meet her friends and family Problem solvedBut when Mac’s little sister announces her engagement Mac is expected to introduce her elusive “plus one” at the wedding leaving her with only forty days to fin 35 starsI love a good John Hughes movie so I couldn’t resist this synopsis and an added bonus is that I loved Bethany’s YA book so I was eager to read I liked Mac She’s smart and loyal and it was easy to root for her JT has potential but I’m not sure we really got to know him as he’s skewed through Mac’s POV and her constantly comparing him to Jake Ryan There are a good amount of characters but this is firmly Mac’s story and how she navigates her life and familial relationships Plot wise it didn’t uite feel settled There are a several moving parts and the time jumps weren’t always clear to me Yes yes there are countdowns at the top of the chapter but that doesn’t mean anything when it’s a few days or weeks later The entire relationship felt rushed and I would have liked to have seen conversation between Mac and JT as the chemistry wasn’t uite thereOverall I know this review doesn’t sound like I enjoyed it but I really did There were several charming scenes funny family members and a whole lotta heart I can’t wait to see what Bethany comes up with nextFYI homophobic comments several scenes with a character being called a Nazi Huge thanks to Montlake for providing the arc free of charge

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A teenage movie crush set her standards high Now a real man needs to meet them FastChicago obstetrician Mackenzie “Mac” Huntress set her standards for men very high early on It’s been over twenty years since she fell for a fictional movie heartthrob and Mac’s content to wait for the real version to come along; it’s her nagging mother who’s not happy wit I think those of us who grew up in the 80s will have a soft spot for this story I was at my great aunt Dorothy's house the first time I watched Sixteen Candles It was appropriately racy for the time and I was a tween who thought it was the coolest movie ever I loved all the Brat Pack movies but this one was always my favorite While I didn't necessarily have a crush on Jake Ryan aka Michael Schoeffling I still thought this book would be a fun trip down memory laneand I was right Don't get me wrongthere is nothing high brow here it's a simply written novel meant to bring back the spirt of the 80s It had me laughing out loud a couple times and those who really know the movie well will see all sorts of little conversations and connections hidden throughout the story It was a hoot I saw another reviewer mention feminists not liking this book but that's simply not true I'm a feminist and I thought it was all in good fun Not everything needs to make a statementespecially not books meant to be fun and light hearted I recommend this to all 80s kids who loved John Hughes movies 35 starsAvailable January 26 2021 My sincere thanks to NetGalley and Montlake for my review copy


About the Author: Bethany Crandell

Bethany lives in San Diego with her husband teenage daughters and two destructive puppies She firmly believes that laughter is the best medicine prayer solves problems and that Jake Ryan is going to show up on her doorstep any day now



10 thoughts on “The Jake Ryan Complex

  1. says:

    I think those of us who grew up in the 80s will have a soft spot for this story I was at my great aunt Dorothy's house the first time I watched Sixteen Candles It was appropriately racy for the time and I was a tween who thought it was the coolest movie ever I loved all the Brat Pack movies but this one was always my favorite While I didn't necessarily have a crush on Jake Ryan aka Michael Schoeffling I still thought this book would be a fun trip down memory laneand I was right Don't get me wrongthere is nothing high brow here it's a simply written novel meant to bring back the spirt of the 80s It had me laughing out loud a couple times and those who really know the movie well will see all sorts of little conversations and connections hidden throughout the story It was a hoot I saw another reviewer mention feminists not liking this book but that's simply not true I'm a feminist and I thought it was all in good fun Not everything needs to make a statementespecially not books meant to be fun and light hearted I recommend this to all 80s kids who loved John Hughes movies 35 starsAvailable January 26 2021 My sincere thanks to NetGalley and Montlake for my review copy


  2. says:

    Okay you got me Just attach the name of everyone’s favorite fictional ‘80s heartthrob to the title of a book and reel me right in I similarly fell for last year’s WAITING FOR TOM HANKS and unfortunately this is a case of fool me twice shame on me THE JAKE RYAN COMPLEX is a fairly benign PG 13 romance about a woman figuring out at the ripe old age of 39 that she’s still single because she’s held every man up to the standard set by the romantic lead in “Sixteen Candles” Naturally her younger sister is getting married and she’s made up a boyfriend since it’s absolutely mortifying that a woman could be 39 and still single Not just any woman a successful obstetrician who’s great at her job is independent and volunteers during her extra time But she’s not married gasp Needless to say this is not a book I’d recommend to those who identify as feminists I think the story of a professional woman looking for love is one worth telling but the story told here just reeks too much of desperation and cliché for me as the reader I wish I had liked this one and maybe you will if you go in just looking for a bit of nostalgia Heck it even takes place in the suburbs of ChicagoThe expected US publication date of THE JAKE RYAN COMPLEX is January 21 2021 Many thanks to NetGalley and Montlake Romance for the ARC in exchange for an honest review


  3. says:

    I have to read this book I had such a huge crush on Jake Ryan I wanted to be Molly Ringwald


  4. says:

    I'm a lucky critiue partner who read this title before it even sold The plot is as fun nostalgic and romantic as the 80's inspired title implies But there's also an unexpected amount of depth and growth to the characters especially within the complexities of the familial relationships that elevates the story to a whole new level of relatable authenticity I loved it and can't wait for the world to read it


  5. says:

    35 starsI love a good John Hughes movie so I couldn’t resist this synopsis and an added bonus is that I loved Bethany’s YA book so I was eager to read I liked Mac She’s smart and loyal and it was easy to root for her JT has potential but I’m not sure we really got to know him as he’s skewed through Mac’s POV and her constantly comparing him to Jake Ryan There are a good amount of characters but this is firmly Mac’s story and how she navigates her life and familial relationships Plot wise it didn’t uite feel settled There are a several moving parts and the time jumps weren’t always clear to me Yes yes there are countdowns at the top of the chapter but that doesn’t mean anything when it’s a few days or weeks later The entire relationship felt rushed and I would have liked to have seen conversation between Mac and JT as the chemistry wasn’t uite thereOverall I know this review doesn’t sound like I enjoyed it but I really did There were several charming scenes funny family members and a whole lotta heart I can’t wait to see what Bethany comes up with nextFYI homophobic comments several scenes with a character being called a Nazi Huge thanks to Montlake for providing the arc free of charge


  6. says:

    Being a woman of a certain age I remember Sixteen Candles and Jake Ryan fondly Although I didn't see the movie twenty years ago like our leading lady Mackenzieit was like thirty five for me As soon as I saw the title and cover of this book I knew I wanted to read it Oh to be Molly Ringwald in a John Hughes film sigh


  7. says:

    The idea and cover were interesting but execution was terrible to meMac has a behavior of 12 year old girl not grown women and absolutely no character development in end Romance and romantic interest were both bland and not interestingOther characters were cardboard just basically nothing worked for me 𝘈𝘙𝘊 𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘭𝘺 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘷𝘪𝘢 𝘕𝘦𝘵𝘎𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘪𝘯 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘩𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸


  8. says:

    Mac and JT Meet in a normal way but as they get to know one another things take an abnormal turn and the rest of the events follow This book was hilarious and omg I had some super emotional moments My heart hurt and felt for each one at different times as they both navigate their relationship Things are easy and with his past and well current future JT is doing the best he can to be the best boyfriend he could be Mac is trying to be her best self but that’s not easy when her family can’t see how truly amazing she is I loved the awesome Hughes references his movies will forever be some of my faves sorry not sorry and they definitely added to humor and over all romantic feel of the book JT and Mac are relationship goals because they believe in one another and hold on to their love like no other No love isn’t perfect like in the movies but it’s messy and in the end worth it So take a chance on a hilarious romance that will have you swooning in no time


  9. says:

    Sweet funny and definitely gave me John Hughes vibes as the title suggests ; It’s on the fade to black spectrum of romance so don’t go into it expecting sexytimes on the page but if you’re looking for ridiculous movie like awkward scenarios because of the heroine’s antics and some epic family drama mixed in with an adorable senior dog a sexy love interest and some dates gone wrong then you’ll love this It’s also perfect for anyone who like Mac loves Jake Ryan from Sixteen CandlesIt reminded me of Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey with the rom com goodness and Man Hands by Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby for the handyman hotness ; Highly recommend for anyone looking for a sweet funny rom com with a super sweet HEA


  10. says:

    DNF at 49%I loved the film Sixteen Candles so I loved the premise of a woman desperately seeking her very own Jake Ryan complicated by the fact that she's told her overbearing mother that she has a boyfriend who is also a doctor Maybe that second bit should have been a warning signal?Mackenzie Huntress is an obstetrician who struggles to find a guy to date than once even when her so called friends set her up with guys they turn out to be cry babies or open mouthed eaters or over users of innuendo Mac's younger sister is getting married and now she has to produce her fictional boyfriend in less than two months to avoid her mother creating a scene and ruining the weddingSo there were three things that made me give up with this book1 Mac is a doctor with her own practice but she acts like a tweenager2 Mac is comparing every man to her teenage crush who was a fictional character I get having a soft spot for a swoon worthy character but not comparing every man to him3 the ludicrous way Mac's mother decides that a man she's never met can babysit an awkward aunt at the wedding FFSI'm almost halfway through and the characters are grating so I'm giving upI received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review


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