- Title: Jenn Reinvented (The Sweet Water Circle Book 2)
- Author: Grayson Avery
- Publisher: Farcical Press on April 21, 2021
- Genre: Romantic Comedy
- Pages: 354
- Formats Available: Paperback, Audio, & Digital
- Rating: 4/5
Trigger Warnings: Divorce, Infertility
Many thanks to Grayson Avery for providing me with a paperback copy of Project Kaitlyn with a request for an honest review. Thanks also to Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on this tour and providing materials for the post.
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Jenn Reinvented Blurb
Jennifer Colby-Kittler is the boss. They even call her The Jenneral. But married life is hard, even when you call the shots. When the sizzle in her and husband Russ’ romance goes AWOL, Jenn calls in the big guns. They’re going to forge ahead and have a second child whether Russ likes it or not. The only problem is that Russ is leaning toward not.
When the Kittler’s new baby mission doesn’t go according to Jenn’s plan, the tension grows, and a mutiny in their marriage unfolds. Jenn’s sister (the lovable Kait from Project Kaitlyn, book one in the Sweet Water Circle series) and friends intervene, forcing her to explore her inner being by attending yoga classes hosted by a dreamy new instructor. Jenn reluctantly agrees, needing to learn to how to let go of control before a civil war leads to divorce. But when the guru falls for her (desperately wanting to also explore her inner being) and an old flame finds out that Jenn’s marriage is under attack and attempts to plant his flag, Jenn doesn’t know which path to choose.
Can Jenn learn to let go before her life spirals out of control? Should she save her marriage before it’s too late, start over with someone new, or go it alone?
With hysterical antics, witty and humorous dialogue, and a strong character arc, you’ll love the follow-up to Project Kaitlyn. Jenn Reinvented is the second book in the hilarious Sweet Water Circle series, exploring the relationships, life adventures, and personal growth of a small circle of friends, who you’re gonna want to hang out with, which is good, because their stories are ready to be told in the rest of the Sweet Water Circle series!Provided by Rachel’s Random Resources for Tour Use
Grayson Avery’s second foray into the Sweet Water Circle, with Jenn Reinvented, took me to new depths of feeling. The friends gathered and tried to set up a new direction for their wayward buddy. But, even with their humor and grace, I had a hard time with my emotions for this round.
Jenn feels ignored. All she wants is the attention of her husband, Russ. Though, he seems rather stingy in his refusal. However, there is more to the story here. Russ wants to be an equal partner in a marriage where the Jenneral ruled for over a decade. His feelings mixed with Jenn’s are a battle neither of them can win. Or can they?
I must admit I hated Jenn in this book. When she appeared in Project Kaitlyn, her demeanor made her seem loveable and on top of things. But, the full force of her commanding attitude left me wanting to throw the book rather than deal with her. She’s not only controlling but completely selfish as well. Yet, I found myself deeply invested in her happy ending. Russ acted like a complete jerk. Even though I understand his pain, I felt Jenn’s too.
I came prepared to blast this book out of the water in anger until I read Grayson’s notes at the end. After I did that, I felt much different about what I read and my feelings toward Jenn and Russ. After reading his thoughts about Jenn’s behavior, I saw a lot of myself in her. How many of us feel ignored by their spouse? I know I did. So, instead of talking things out, Jenn and Russ let go. Jenn made horrible choices in an attempt to deal with her feelings. Russ spoke hateful words instead of trying to work things out. Jenn’s selfish choices were her way of coping. I’ve been in her shoes. Unfortunately, Jenn hurt a good man in the process.
The Circle didn’t help much either. When Kait’s trouble escalated, the Circle demanded that she cut the crap and get on with her life. The Circle didn’t help Jenn in the same way. This lack of help angered me to no end. Their friendship is a joy to read, but I wish they had helped Jenn a bit more than making her go to a yoga class. Not to mention, the yoga “Master” is a tool. I’ll let you read the book to see for yourself.
I award Jenn Reinvented 4 out of 5 stars. If you like romantic comedies, my feeling is that you will love the Sweet Water series. The humor borders on teenager territory. If you have or had teenagers, you know their minds reside in the gutter. Well, so do Grayson’s and all his characters. I mean, fart jokes are funny but not very sophisticated. That’s what I love about this series. Perfectly sophisticated people acting like irrational teenagers, and it works. I urge you to go ahead and pick up copies of this series and give them a good read. I promise you won’t regret it. I’m excited to see what’s up for Taylor in the next installment.
About the Author – Grayson Avery
Grayson Avery is the author of The Sweet Water Circle Series, a romantic comedy series that focuses on childhood friends in their 30’s and 40’s as they help each other navigate the stormy waters of dating, marriage, divorce, and a whole lot of inappropriate, naughty, and downright hysterical situations.