Perfect Timing by Jane O’Reilly

June 13th, 2014 Kimberly Review 35 Comments

13th Jun
Perfect Timing by Jane O’Reilly
Perfect Timing
by Jane O’Reilly
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

The journey from friends to lovers starts with a very brave first step. Or a catalytic event. Sometimes both. After years of putting her life on hold, musician Ruby Thorpe is finally ready to leave the small English town she grew up in. She’s got it all planned — a job with the New York Philharmonic orchestra will fulfil her musical ambitions, and a few dates with a cute American guy should sort out her virginity, which has definitely outstayed its welcome. And she’s going to stop waiting for her best friend Jason to notice that she’s a girl. But Jason has a few surprises in store for Ruby, and she soon finds herself caught in a dilemma: can the right man turn up at the wrong time?

Perfect Timing by Jane O’Reilly delivered a fresh friendship to lover’s trope with a mix of personal growth, humor and self-discovery. I consumed this easy, and predictable read in a single evening.

Ruby Thrope has been in love with her best friend Jason since high school and is finally ready to move on. She is preparing to take a leap in her musical pursuits half way around the world and audition for the New York Philharmonic orchestra. It is time to stop waiting for Jason. She meets Jason for coffee to share her decisions, and his lovable dog accidentally destroys her cello. The tale that unfolds was sweet, and funny with moments of warmth, pain, and joy as these two try to figure it all out.

I immediately liked both Jason and Ruby. It is clear these two are best friends but also that they have deep feelings for each other. Ruby experiences many firsts from losing her virginity to finding herself. Jason was strong, dependable and late to the show but when he worked up the nerve, he certainly delivered. I loved Jason’s dog. He was sweet, ornery and added humor. The banter between Jason and Ruby was hilarious and kept me entertained. They both felt genuine allowing me to root for them. While the tale is relatively short the characters were developed and showed growth.

Perfect Timing flowed easily, and I quickly became caught up in the characters. It had moments of humor and a little angst, but nothing overdone. While completely predictable, the ride to my HEA was a pleasant one, and I would try this author again. The method the author used to give us background into the character was fun and allowed me to connect. There were a few twists, but these were quickly resolved due to the tale’s short length. I would have enjoyed more details in New York, with the orchestra and the couple’s relationship but the tale came together nicely. O’Reilly has a nice flow to her writing and her characters had a natural ease to them.

Perfect Timing would make a nice beach read or afternoon escape. I enjoyed the friends to lover’s trope and appreciated the likable characters O’Reilly created.

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35 Responses to “Perfect Timing by Jane O’Reilly”

  1. Wendy Darling

    Eh, I almost always know exactly what’s going to happen in a romance novel, so that doesn’t bother me at all. I like these friendships-turning-into-love stories, though, so I’ll have to look for this one the next time I’m binging on romance!

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  2. Jenny

    YAY FRIENDS TO LOVERS! My very favorite trope after enemies to lovers:) I really like the sound of this one Kim, I need predictable in my romances because if they didn’t end up with the couple together I’d be furious. This definitely seems like a perfect vacation read since it’s relatively low on angst, so I’m adding it to my vacation list:)

  3. Livia

    Oh, Gawd, the friends to lovers trope scares the beejesus out of me, lol! But it sounds like a fun read, and I’m happy you enjoyed it. It’s already time to start planning those beach reads, huh? 🙂

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  4. Kim { Book Swoon }

    Oh, this sounds like a great book to grab for poolside time! I always enjoy romances with the trope friends to lovers. Thanks, Kimba. Have a great weekend 🙂

  5. Amir

    Sometimes, all you need is a light, sweet romance with little angst. Pleasure reading is something I do often so I can totally get in the mood for this book and I’m glad that you found both characters likable. And you can’t go wrong with an adorable dog in the story! I’m more of a fan of the enemies-turned-lovers trope but I’ve read friends-to-lovers books that I also enjoyed so I’m definitely giving this a shot. Awesome review Kimba!

  6. Dre

    Jason and Ruby’s story sounds like something that I would definitely like. And there’s a dog?! I love it when there’s a dog that actually does something, like add to the humor in the story (I love dogs!). Also, the fact that these two actually had deep feelings for each other that probably started from friendship sounds so amazing 😀 Perfect timing!

  7. Lily

    I actually like the sound of this one because it sounds like something light i’d love to read this summer! Lovely review 🙂

  8. Lark

    A light contemporary romance set in England? That sounds really appealing right now! (Although the bit about her cello getting destroyed made me wince.)

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