Monday, March 15, 2021

Learned Reactions by Jayce Ellis

Carlton & Deion must decide if there’s any chance they could be a family for real.

Carlton Monroe is finally getting his groove back. After a year playing dad to his nephew and sending him safely off to college, it’s back to his bachelor ways. But when his teenaged niece shows up on his doorstep looking for a permanent home, his plan comes to a screeching halt. Family is everything, and in the eyes of social services, a couple makes a better adoptive family than an overworked bachelor father. A fake relationship with his closest friend is the best way to keep his family together.

If things between him and Deion are complicated, well, it only needs to last until the end of the semester.

Living with Carlton is a heartbreak waiting to happen, and once the adoption goes through, Deion’s out. He’s waited two decades for Carlton to realize they’re meant for each other, and he’s done. It’s time to make a clean break. But it’s hard to think of moving away when keeping up the act includes some very real perks like kissing, cuddling and sharing a bed.

Even the best charades must come to an end, though. As the holidays and Deion’s departure date loom, the two men must decide whether playing house is enough for them—or if there’s any chance they could be a family for real.

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Learned Reactions by Jayce Ellis

Book 2
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I’m not a big fan of romance stories with fake relationships but by the time the assumption is made that Carlton and Deion are a couple, things between the men are already so complicated, I actually thought playing house might help. These two are just circling around each other, Carlton terrified to admit that he loves and needs Deion, and Deion openly admitting how he feels but not prepared to force the issue.

I loved Deion, but it killed me that this wonderful 38-year-old had effectively been pining after his friend all his adult life. This made it unlikely that his dream of marriage and family was going to happen. That made me sad. I wanted more than anything for Deion to be happy. When the story switched to Carlton’s point of view and we get to experience how he feels about Deion, it gave me a little hope that Deion had a chance with Carlton. Carlton is a really good guy. He looks out for others, takes over the parenting of his niece with no notice, and he does love Deion, he just won’t admit it.

This was a story that tugged on my heart strings big time. Sometimes my feelings were warm and fuzzy and other times they were being crushed by heartache. As the story progressed, Carlton started to frustrate me. I just wanted to smack him in the head and tell him to get his act together. But by the end of the story, the frustration at Carlton and the troubles between him and Deion were totally worth it. The ending to this story is so romantic.

For me, Learned Reactions was a wonderful, emotional, and at times, frustrating romance and I totally loved it.



Author Bio

Jayce Ellis has three loves: her husband and her two turtles. Hubby loves her back. The turtles she’s not so sure about, but they do love their sports (Oakland/Bay Area teams FTW!). She still hasn’t figured out why she lives in Northern Virginia, where there’s weather, instead of her home state of California, or even Mr. Jayce’s Florida, where it’s just... pretty. Jayce spends her days breaking up happily married couples (or so she’s been told, but really, what do exes know anyway?), and her nights talking maniacally to herself. Thankfully, the recorder catches her rumblings and turns them into words on a screen. Magic! Because really, painting nails is way easier when you don’t actually have to type, and with well over 500 polishes to get through, there’s a lot of painting going on.

Notwithstanding her no-good, very bad, horrible day job, Jayce seriously believes that true love conquers all. Even Maleficent said it. Sure, she was having an epic Mean Girls moment at the time, but she was right. The only thing Jayce loves more than writing about it is hearing from readers who feel the same way. Drop her a line; she’d love to hear from you.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Learned Reactions (Higher Education #2) by Jayce Ellis to read and review.

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