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If you find yourself talking to Jayne Dandy, keep the conversation on Star Wars and rubber ducks—best not to mention men, dating, or S-E-X. Because Jayne is fine with the way things are: writer of obituaries and garage sale ads by day, secret scribe of adventures in distant galaxies by night. But her crippling fear of intimacy has made her the butt of jokes since forever, and hiding behind her laptop isn’t going to get her lightsaber lit.
After her therapist recommends that she write erotica as a form of exposure therapy, Jayne joins forces with pen and paper to combat the demons that won’t let her kiss and tell. Unexpectedly downsized at work, she adopts a pseudonym and secretly self-publishes one of her naughty books to make ends meet. When her adorable, long-time friend Luke, co-owner of the popular Portland food truck Luke Piewalker’s, hears she’s been demoted, he insists on hiring her to sling éclairs and turnovers at his side. Her secret must be kept, but sparks ignite between them, sending Jayne and her X-Wing into a tailspin that will either make her face down her neuroses or trigger a meltdown of Death Star proportions.
This was a fun and quick read once you get into the flow of the book, Jayne is an aspiring writer who writes science fiction and fantasy books in spare time when she isn’t writing sales ads and obituaries at work, one day she loses her job and needs to rely on her hobby to get her by. She also seems to have some issues mainly when it comes to being romantic with a man. She is afraid of sex….. yes you read that correctly she isn’t comfortable talking about it never mind actually doing it! Her therapist is the only one that she will discuss this with and has decided to write an erotica book under her pen name to try and get over her fears. She publishes it and oddly enough the book turns out to be great and is getting rave reviews.
Luke is the owner of Piewalkers a food truck that Jayne frequents every morning for breakfast, he is definitely into Jayne but doesn’t push his luck. Jayne has the hots for the pie guy but doesn’t think she is good enough for him. To find out what happens with them you need to go grab a copy of the book!!!
Neurotica flowed well and all the characters meshed well, this was a lighthearted read that had no down and dirty parts at all (sorry if that is what you were looking for). The banter between Jayne and Gretchen was great, she was cut and dry when telling Jayne what she thought just like most good friends would. Luke was sweet and patient while Jayne worked through her issues, they are definitely made for each other. Oh and I loved that his Food Truck was named Piewalkers! I loved the touches of geekiness that are weaved into the story, however I found myself wanting more for Jayne and Luke.
A purveyor of fictions, Eliza Gordon has excellent taste in books, shoes, movies, and friends, and questionable sanity in the realm of love. Best leave that one alone. www.elizagordon.com