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Happiness in Jersey (The Prototype Book 1) by [Howard, Jacinta]
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A longtime journalist and lifelong music lover, Jacinta Howard resides in the Atlanta area with her daughter and husband. She finds happiness in the pages of a great novel, on the beach, listening to good music and hanging with her family. Since 2014, she's released six novels, including the well-received Love Always Series, the USA TODAY Must-Read Romance, Happiness in Jersey, and its follow up, the emotional new adult romance, Finding Kennedy. Her most recent release is the contemporary romance, Blind Expectations. Visit her at jacintahoward.net

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Finding that one person in life who makes you a better person is never easy. Love takes time and patience. It also takes two people willing to make it work. But when your soul has been trampled on and beaten down to the point that you don’t feel as if you deserve the happiness they can give you, it makes for a tough and rocky relationship, even if you know that relationship can be everything you want it to be. Such is the story of Jersey and Zay.

Emotionally broken and carrying around a ton of baggage, Jersey is a tough character to like in the beginning. Her past is truly heartbreaking and you so badly want to understand and sympathize with her, but at the same time, smack her upside the head for some of her actions. Living with an emotionally and verbally abusive father after losing her mother, hardened her in ways no one should have to be. Mentally she tries to come across tough, but we all know it’s those types who are usually hurting the worst and it’s only a matter of time until they fall apart.

Zay is perfect in every aspect. I mean, I totally fell in love with him. He’s beautiful, talented, flawed, tough and just about the sweetest damn man on earth. Dealing with his own issues, he’s been where Jersey’s at, so he understand where she’s coming from and through that understanding, he commits himself to helping her work through her past. But, please don’t take his sweetness and confuse it with being a mushy pushover, because he’s anything but. Jealous and opinionated, he has alpha tendencies without being severely dominating. He’s patient, kind, but also more than willing to call Jersey out on her actions and feelings.
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Jacinta Howard has quite the knack for writting lovable men.I would gladly take a 'Zay' or a Brian or Dorian (from the 'Love always trilogy').I demolished this book in a day.Her writting really is unputdownable.The characters are fully formed and rich.If you're looking for a 'realistic' romantic read that isn't too taxing after a day at work then I recommend this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good..But Not the Pager Tuner I Hoped For.... 12 Jan. 2015
By Gutcheck 71 - Published on Amazon.com
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I like this author's work! However, she drags her storylines out way too long(this is 2nd book written by her that I feel is like this); by that I mean I spent the majority of the book reading about Jersey's apprehensions about getting into a relationship with Zay, and her issues with her mother and father(all valid). The plot is so long that I think the writer missed out on what could have been a decent love story/relationship between Jersey and Zay. Sometimes you can write your storyline away, and end up with a mess. She had the storyline in the palm of her hands, and let it slip away by dragging out Jersey's issues. Remember Zay had his own baggage, but he was determined not to let his past affect his present/future. Just like I know people deal with problems in different ways and in their own time. I also get that people come into relationships with baggage and hang ups, but come on this was so long it became boring in a sense. I will give her props on her love scenes, although a bit too bland for my liking! Again, if you're gonna drag a storyline out like she did, at least treat us with the bomb love scenes; at least there were two, her last book had only one. When I read a description of a romance novel, I expect to read about love, romance and everything that goes with it. Overall, it is a good book! Could it have been better? Absolutely, the storyline was good, and I like that there was not alot of outside drama that would call for her to stretch the storyline out longer than what she did! I loved Zay's character and role and everything about him. You wil not be disappointed in Zay's character that much I can say.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Love is an inevitable part of life" 4 Sept. 2014
By Sister wife #2 - Published on Amazon.com
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While reading about Jersey and Zay, I ABSOLUTELY felt something (As Ms. Howard explains why she writes). Her words flowed into a wonderful river of a love story; the story was neither cute nor cuddly. It was a complex and difficult journey, but also a truly genuine LOVE story.
**I will try not to give away any spoilers.**

Jersey is a broken young lady, and rightfully so. Her father's harsh, abusive and sometimes drunken words rips her poor heart and soul apart. On one occasion he makes a point of acknowledging that Jersey not only inherited her mother's good looks, but emotional issues too... yup. Tears came to my eyes. What a sad, lonely, mean man! I wanted to slap him and curse his stupid, insensitive ass!
So understandably, Jersey feels alone and abandoned by both her deceased mother and her father. "Fate" had not been kind (as an old Gladys Knight song says), and she finds solace in her music and random hook-ups. Jersey was semi-content to "exist" in her small, tattered world; or so she believed. But as life often does, it slaps you right back into real life existence! And, in walks a gorgeous, gray-eyed, hot. Sexy. Driven. Tattooed young man who knows what and who he wants. He too is severely broken, but he lets her know right away what he wants, and he pulls out all of the stops! I will admit (but don't tell anybody) that I was completely and utterly engrossed in this story of young love. It brought back wonderful college memories of me and husband's bumpy start. Ms. Howard's character development and tone for each person was on point (Clearly she is a gifted, natural writer). The descriptions were vivid, and the pain was raw. The emotions were deep and heartfelt, but not overly mushy. Zay, was a just delicious. He made ME swoon with His words. Yes, he was determined and smooth. I loved, LOVED this story! Whew. So good. When he said, 'I want to hear you say my name over, and over again.' He had me! I was telling Jersey she needed to get it together!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anxiously Awaiting the Next Book in the Series 6 May 2016
By Sarah - Published on Amazon.com
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Jacinta Howard can WRITE. I loved Jersey and Zay's story so much. Their love reminded me so much of Black music: beautiful, heartbreaking, and all around wonderful. Both Jersey and Zay have suffered from tremendous loss, but Zay's family has been far more of a support system to him than Jersey's has to her. Jersey and her father have a complicated relationship, and since their tenuous bond could break at any second, she's weary of letting people in, holding people close. Both Jersey and Zay were really well developed characters; the plot moved at a perfectly steady pace, and the energy between them was strong (despite Jersey's constant denials...). There were times I was frustrated with Jersey; Zay truly had the patience of a saint. But then I remembered how incredibly young they both were. For such young characters, I must admit that they were both mature and self-aware. What I especially loved about the book is that it didn't feel angsty and riddled with the miscommunication trope. Even as Jersey and Zay struggled to find a way to make their relationship work, they were honest, transparent, and communicative. As a bonus, the setting of the band / incorporation of music throughout the story was just wonderful. I found myself digging up old OutKast songs as soon as I finished! My only wish is that the story had been entirely set in New Orleans! New Orleans is the perfect city for a love affair between Black musicians....I'm anxiously awaiting the next book in the series, and I hope we'll get a drop in on Jersey and Zay!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Have Patience 11 Sept. 2016
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This was recommended to me several times by different people. I've read Jacinta's work before and loved what she'd done. I knew I wanted to read Finding Kennedy so I wanted to read this first.
I want to be completely honest. I did not like the first half of this story. I generally know what I will rate a book by the fifth chapter and I kept thinking this was a solid 3. I did not care for Jersey at all. I mean at first, I thought she was funny and super sarcastic but then she began to wear me down. She was such a dark and pissy character. I get why she was like that, but it weighed the story down. I kept trying to find the good in her and surmised exactly what her father had about her even though he was the main cause of her character flaws. Listen, all characters don't have to be light and fluffy but I want to get them in some way.
So the second half of this book really took it up a notch. I really did become emotionally involved. There weren't many light and funny moments which I think would've helped balance this more but Howard did manage to make me want the best for Jersey and Zay.
On the technical side Howard can structure and end a chapter with ease. This was not a difficult read. I read this effortlessly. I wasn't bugging out about the chapters being so long etc. When that happens I know an author has roped me in. The structure of a chapter and inevitably a story can make or break it and Howard has that down.
I will say that these are college students, second year to be exact and they seem to be much older. I went to college and considered myself pretty mature. I think Zay and Jersey especially Zay seem to be in their late twenties to early thirties. College guys don't really surmise the way that Zay did in this book. This is possibly a good thing for readers who may think that the characters may be too young for them to relate.
I look forward to reading Finding Kennedy and anything else by Jacinta Howard.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jersey and Jay, two old Souls 7 Sept. 2016
By CHE Loves to Read! (pronounced She) - Published on Amazon.com
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I first came across Happiness in Jersey because my on-line book club, Building Relationships around Books (BRAB), selected book two, Finding Kennedy for a book chat. I thought it would be good to read book 1 first and I'm glad I did. When I first read the synopsis I thought; a Romance book about College Kids... ok.

The book focuses on Jersey and Zay (Isaiah) and they are both old souls in my opinion. I didn't feel like I was reading about College students. Jersey has a tough, aloof exterior in order to protect herself. There were things that happened in her life, beyond her control, that she continues to be blamed for and impacted by. Jersey and Zay are in a band, Prototype and they along with the other Band members are very talented and really a Family. I'm interested in the secondary stories as well.

Zay was coming from a place where he was just starting to live again. Zay knows he wants Jersey but because of her issues, she won't let him in. He was really persistent and didn't give up. I read the book hoping that Jersey would see that she can live her life a different way and be happy, instead of being indifferent, aloof and basically unhappy to her core.

I like the Authors writing style, the way she told the story and sucks you in. I felt like I was there and could see the scenes. I also liked how she incorporated the songs and the reader could listen to them and feel the vibe that the Band felt as well. I would recommend this book. Time to start book 2!
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