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IT’S NOT EASY LIVING IN YOUR BROTHERS SHADOW. Jack Dryden-Jones is easily the worst rugby player on the field—when he moves to The States to follow in his brothers footsteps, he has no idea how he’d hate the game. He’s so horrible he considers faking an injury to take himself out of the game. Jack is a quick-witted, comic book loving gentleman—not an athlete. DO NOT DATE YOU IT’S NOT EASY LIVING IN YOUR BROTHERS SHADOW. Jack Dryden-Jones is easily the worst rugby player on the field—when he moves to The States to follow in his brothers footsteps, he has no idea how he’d hate the game. He’s so horrible he considers faking an injury to take himself out of the game. Jack is a quick-witted, comic book loving gentleman—not an athlete. DO NOT DATE YOUR ROOMMATES CRUSH. When her roommate brings home a random stranger, Eliza is shocked when he makes himself at home; he’s strapping, strong and watching a movie at the end of her couch as if he belongs there. It makes her uncomfortable in the best way possible. But if there is one thing she believes in, it’s GIRL CODE: No girl may date her friend's ex, past crush, or guys who have humiliated/used her. And she most certainly may not date any guy her friend currently fancies... DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK. Jack and Eliza are two of the good ones—it’s going to take a miracle to keep them apart.


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IT’S NOT EASY LIVING IN YOUR BROTHERS SHADOW. Jack Dryden-Jones is easily the worst rugby player on the field—when he moves to The States to follow in his brothers footsteps, he has no idea how he’d hate the game. He’s so horrible he considers faking an injury to take himself out of the game. Jack is a quick-witted, comic book loving gentleman—not an athlete. DO NOT DATE YOU IT’S NOT EASY LIVING IN YOUR BROTHERS SHADOW. Jack Dryden-Jones is easily the worst rugby player on the field—when he moves to The States to follow in his brothers footsteps, he has no idea how he’d hate the game. He’s so horrible he considers faking an injury to take himself out of the game. Jack is a quick-witted, comic book loving gentleman—not an athlete. DO NOT DATE YOUR ROOMMATES CRUSH. When her roommate brings home a random stranger, Eliza is shocked when he makes himself at home; he’s strapping, strong and watching a movie at the end of her couch as if he belongs there. It makes her uncomfortable in the best way possible. But if there is one thing she believes in, it’s GIRL CODE: No girl may date her friend's ex, past crush, or guys who have humiliated/used her. And she most certainly may not date any guy her friend currently fancies... DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK. Jack and Eliza are two of the good ones—it’s going to take a miracle to keep them apart.

30 review for Jock Reign

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    1.5 stars Reading this was an equivalent of watching the paint dry and eating gravel at the same time. This book suffered from the very same problems that "Jock Royal" did, except it was somehow even worse. To be fair, there were some things I liked (or rather, could've liked), so let's start with those: ✅ Jack was not the typical jock alpha character This was refreshing - to an extent, because then he'd say something that made me roll my eyes so hard, but still...He was awkward at times, almost shy 1.5 stars Reading this was an equivalent of watching the paint dry and eating gravel at the same time. This book suffered from the very same problems that "Jock Royal" did, except it was somehow even worse. To be fair, there were some things I liked (or rather, could've liked), so let's start with those: ✅ Jack was not the typical jock alpha character This was refreshing - to an extent, because then he'd say something that made me roll my eyes so hard, but still...He was awkward at times, almost shy, and not that good at sports. He wasn't arrogant or cocky, and wasn't sleeping around. If most of his personality didn't drown in the ever ongoing "culture shock" gig, I would've been able to appreciate it way more. ✅ The romance...could've been cute? Again, this is an aspect of the story that, in my opinion, got absolutely overshadowed by the bad writing and over-the-top language barrier thing, but overall Eliza and Jack made a cute couple, and this could've been an adorable, low-on-angst read similar to "Jock Row", which I loved. Now...onto everything else - with quotes, because if I had to go through it, I'm not sparing y'all 😈 🙄 Language barrier between English and...English Similarly (VERY similarly, almost copy-pastey) to the previous installment in this series, the hero is British - from a posh family, his father is a baron, and the heroine is American. They are both the same age (20-21). And yet the dude sounds as if he's straight out of Jane Austen novel. Actually, no, that's a dig miss Austen does not deserve - but you get my drift. Again, same as with "Jock Royal", I can understand that there are SOME words and expressions that are different in British English and American English. But FOR FUCK'S SAKE, this does not amount to a language barrier! Unless all the characters in this book are so dumb that they cannot guess the meaning behind the word from, I don't know, context 🙃 I mean, I guess they are dumb, because the author made them all sound dumb as hell indeed. “No.” He manages to swallow. “I learned my manners from nannies and…” Jack pauses, taking another bite. Chews. Swallows. “At boarding school. Not really Mum.” Mum. I’d forgotten they call their mothers Mum in Britain, and I love the way it sounds. So romantic and different." "Mum" vs. "Mom"...a TOTALLY DIFFERENT word. It's not like it's pronounced almost the same. And "MUM" sounds...so romantic and different, pleaseee I want to cry 😭😭😭 “Wait,” the one named Paige says. “Are you the royal British guy?” “Am I the what?” I know what she means—I just want to hear her say it. The fumbling never gets old. “Shoot, what’s it called? Blue bloods?” She tilts her head to concentrate. “Darn it, what do they call that? Aris…the aristocksy?” “Aristocracy?” “That’s it!” She squeals with a giggle and claps. “Are you an earl or something?” This gem is not from the heroine, but still...aristocracy, that's a difficult word, isn't it 😭 “Are you blokes only calling this meeting coz you’re getting pissed?” Kaylee leans in. “Are they mad? They don’t seem mad.” “Pissed,” I say, explaining my English. “Sloshed. Drunk.” She nods. “Oooh! That makes more sense.” “I’m a Dryden-Jones. We do not quit.” Uh. “What’s a Dryden-Jones?” Is that the name of a team? Jack stares at me as if I’ve grown two heads. “Dryden-Jones is my surname.” “Your surname?” He glances up when the server comes over with my omelet, picking up his fork, ready to attack. Oh no he is not about to eat my other entrée… No. “Surname,” he repeats. “You know—my last name?” I feel my face flushing. “Gosh, I’m sorry. The hyphen threw me off. I don’t think I’ve met anyone with a name like that.” I’m a dumbass and need to stop talking." Surname vs. last name - also incredibly difficult to get. But worry not, she's not a total dumbass, because the "hyphen threw her of" (can you HEAR the hyphen, btw? just a thought). “You hunt in the park?” Her eyes are as wide as saucers, and I give my head a shake. I’d forgotten that the word park means something entirely different in America than it does in England. “Many times in England,” I explain, “a park is a large piece of land on an estate where there are fowl and stag. When I was growing up, my father used to also hunt fox for sport, but not so much anymore. Not since the animal rights activists latched onto that.” I chuckle. “Been a really long time, come to think of it—perhaps I was a young lad the last time he did.” PARK MEANS SOMETHING ENTIRELY DIFFERENT IN AMERICA THAN IT DOES IN ENGLAND, HOLD ME Also, the word Jack actually means would be "parkland" as far as I know, which is park/lands surrounding the estate. But sure, let's make it into "Me British from Mars, you American from Venus" kind of thing, because that's not painful to read at all. ALSO Jack chuckling at those "animal activists" stopping his dad from killing animals for sport, oh no, what an oppressed life he's had 🙃 "This makes her laugh. “I’m sorry I’m laughing, you poor thing.” Poor thing. No one has ever called me that, not a day in my life. Poor thing? Hardly. It must be an American thing to call someone that, and I’m sure she doesn’t mean it literally—I’m far from poor." I confirmed this with my British friend, and guess what? They do, actually, know the expression "you poor thing", it's not "an American thing" 😭 (if I'm overusing crying emoji, it's only because there's truly no other way to express my feelings about this, it's either that or sarcasm) I should also mention that above examples are only from first 1/3 of the book, but THERE'S MORE. "Jack eyes me from across the table, his leg still pressed against mine below it. “Are you playing footsie with me?” I dare to ask. “What’s footsie?” Oh god. Do I have to explain? “It’s…footsie is…it’s…maybe you should just google it.” I don’t think he actually will, but he does, reading out loud from his phone. “The dictionary says playing footsie is to secretly touch another person’s foot with one’s own foot as a way of showing sexual attraction.” He glances over at me before continuing. “Oh, brilliant. They’ve provided an example. ‘He was playing footsie with her under the dining room table.’” Jack sets his cell back down on the table. “Sounds accurate.” “I know, but…girl code.” “What’s girl code?” My brows furrow, and I’m not even trying. “Are you joking me right now? Do you not know what it is?” “No I’m not joking you—I’m from London.” Some shite just does not translate and we didn’t exactly discuss Girl Code at the all-lads boarding schools I went to. “It’s like bro code, but for females.” I’m still not following the lingo." "Footsie" and "girl/bro code" did me in, I have no strength to comment on that. Me: You have a bed in the spare room? Jack: Yes. And a desk, and a chair. Bathroom en suite. Me: En suite? What does that mean? Jack: It means your bedroom has its own attached bathroom. You won’t have to go out into the hall. I...guess the phrase might not be AS POPULAR in the US but...I mean, come on, this is ridiculous 😭 "Are you avoiding me now?” His low timbre is close to my ear. “Don’t be cross.” Don’t be cross. So poetic." He's a regular Lord Byron, alright 😭 "I know Eliza likes me as much as I like her, and there’s no doubt in my mind that at some point we would have begun a courtship—dating as they say here in the States." Newsflash, they don't have DATING in England, there's only courtship, curtsying and receiving admirers in your drawing room during tea time 🙃 I know this was a lot of examples but I just wanted to show the magnitude of exaggeration when it came to author utilizing this "cultural shock" thing. Maybe I missed the joke, but it wasn't funny - it was so utterly ridiculous, it just became tiring and eye-roll inducing. 🙄 Clumsy writing It's not only that the writing was bad, it was just so...stale? Clunky and clumsy, in that, some dialogues seem unnatural, we're offered information that is absolutely unnecessary, or there's focus on things that have no bearing on the plot. Like (yes, you get more examples, get excited xD): “Are those crisps?” Crisps. So wonderfully British. “Yeah, those are crisps.” Ngl, this sounds STRAIGHT out of my elementary English textbook ("Can you swim?" Yes, I can." "Is this a straw?" "Yes, this is a straw."). "I gingerly pick up my breakfast wrap and take a bite off one end, careful not to tip it in a way that has the eggs, peppers, and mushrooms falling out the other side. I hate when that happens. Hate having to put the thing back together when all I’m trying to do is enjoy it. Ha ha." Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. *starts laughing hysterically* “I’ve never lived with a female before (...)" Please...I beg you...stop using "female" as a noun for women! That shit might fly in fantasy (although it still makes my eyes bleed), but don't let it infiltrate contemporary romance too, I cannot take it. "I follow her back down the hallway and toward the kitchen where all the food is." I'm just so glad I got info that the kitchen is the place where they keep food, otherwise I'd get lost in this intricate plot 😭 "She’s upstairs and was taking a shower, wanting to jazz herself up a bit to meet the chap, though I can’t figure out why she’d care. Maybe she just wants to be clean, who knows." Maybe she just wants to be clean 😭 No, but please, write me an essay on why she's taking a shower right now, it's FASCINATING STUFF. 🙄 Stereotypical and low-key high-key sexist "American women, I mean—British women are easier to figure out. The ones I grew up around were always well trained and poised, their only intention to snag a titled husband—or one from a good family—and have families. Impress their friends. Live a leisurely life with nannies, vacations, and the like. American girls…want careers and to be the boss and be independent." I'll just leave it here, lord give me strength. "I can’t very well tell her that right now I’m thinking about her roommate. I can’t tell her I’m thinking that later, when the night is over, I’m going to ask to walk her home due to the likely event that I will bump into Eliza like I did last week. I can’t tell her any of this because I know how women are. She would get jealous and want to scratch my eyes out." You know how women are! SO UNREASONABLE! Getting hurt and angry over the idea of being used and deceived as means of getting into pants of another woman. The gal! There were also other things, like "not like other girls girl" trope, the stereotypical bitchy female character out to get my man etc. It was actually really confusing at times, because it seemed like the author couldn't decided on characterization when it came to Kaylee (the "bitchy" roommate). She talked as if she was 12, not 21 (which was ultra cringe), she started off cute and sweet, Eliza described her as smart and driven and not "stereotypical cheerleader" (which is ironic given that in the end, author ended up playing into every single stereotype), yet she couldn't grasp the simple concept of baron not being royalty (among other things), then she went nuclear when Jack didn't show enough interest in her...it was all a mess, really. 🙄 Not enough development Like I said, this could've been a cute angst-free love story, but in the end, there's just wasn't enough of substance, to be honest. Yes, Eliza and Jack had nice chemistry, and the slow-burn was nice I guess (though I was too busy eye-rolling to appreciate it), the main sex scene was pretty freaking hot...But in the end, there was just not enough focus on them as a couple, and once they get together, that's pretty much it, the end of the book, we don't get to see them interacting as a couple nearly enough. Not to mention, there are two epilogues, and both of them are used as means of setting up the next book. Why. TL;DR: Methinks it's time to have a nice long break from Sara Ney's books. This was just not well-written at all, and that's a huge understatement. I really felt like reading this was hard work, not entertainment.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tori

    Well it seems like I’m the only one that found the ending quite abrupt, other than that this was ok. Lots of potential but ultimately pretty boring and flat.

  3. 5 out of 5

    BookishDee

    DNF. What happened to Sara Ney? Her work is regressing. She use to have witty banter, meet-cutes and steamy plots. Now it’s like she is regurgitating the same ole scenario and characters, just with different names. I wish she’d churn out one book a year of excellent quality versus 10 a year of sub-par mediocrity. I don’t think I’m going to read anything further from this author and unfollow on iG.

  4. 5 out of 5

    AJ

    4.5 stars! A fun, sweet, and laugh-out-loud funny friends-to-lovers romance, this book is all kinds of cute, and I loved it! This is the fifth book in the Jock Hard series, but like the others, it’s a complete standalone. This one actually does have some character crossover, but it’s very minor, and there’s enough background given that you won’t be missing out on anything if you dive right in. Jack Dryden-Jones is the younger brother of Ashley (hero of Book #4, Jock Royal). He is following in his b 4.5 stars! A fun, sweet, and laugh-out-loud funny friends-to-lovers romance, this book is all kinds of cute, and I loved it! This is the fifth book in the Jock Hard series, but like the others, it’s a complete standalone. This one actually does have some character crossover, but it’s very minor, and there’s enough background given that you won’t be missing out on anything if you dive right in. Jack Dryden-Jones is the younger brother of Ashley (hero of Book #4, Jock Royal). He is following in his brother’s footsteps, and has travelled from the UK to the US to attend college – living in his brother’s old house, and has even joined his brother’s beloved Rugby team. The problem with that is, Jack has no interest in the game, and no idea how to play it. He’s more of a comic book-loving, sweet and funny movie nerd. But before he even steps onto the field, he is accepted by the team as one of their own, and he embraces college life, parties included. It’s after walking a cheerleader home after a party (because he’s a gentleman like that) that he meets her roommate, Eliza, and is instantly intrigued. He joins her on the couch watching a movie, making himself right at home, and when they keep running in to each other, the two develop a fast friendship that is funny, easy and entertaining, with fantastically fun banter. But their attraction to each other makes things a little awkward given that Eliza’s roommate seems smitten with Jack, even though he has no interest – and has shown no interest – in her. But still, there’s girl-code to consider, so they do their best to keep things friendly… until they don’t. “I thought you were giving me a massage.” “I am.” “You’re shite at it, love—there is zero benefit to the rubdown you’re giving me.” “Sorry. I’m distracted.” Distracted? Interesting… That I like. I love these two together! They are sweet and quirky, and so freaking funny. From Jack’s efforts on the rugby team, their weirdly random conversations and text messages and Jack stealing every morsel of food that he can find, they are open and honest, and they don’t hide anything from each other. There is a connection there from the beginning, but their feelings for each other build slowly, and I loved watching them fall for each other so effortlessly. “I haven’t been able to stop thinking about you, and I’m not sure what that means. Actually I know exactly what that means.” I loved these characters. They’re sweet, funny and intelligent, neither of them play games, Eliza is a sweetheart, and Jack is just a genuinely good guy – he’s got this vulnerability about him that is absolutely irresistible, and I just adored him. They both have a bit of geek about them, which I loved, and they’re just so much fun together. I loved watching them find their way to each other and accept each other so openly, and though the ending was a bit rushed, the HEA made me smile. The epilogue provides some nice closure and serves as an introduction to the next book in the series, which will be the last, and it looks really good! I can’t wait. 4.5 stars! An Advanced Reader Copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Gabrieli

    disappointing and very flat characters :( i still love sara’s books but i guess i can’t enjoy them all.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Blue

    DNF @ 33%. I cannot believe that I'm DNFing a Sara Ney book. This book just felt totally flat to me in every way, characters, writing and story line. I feel the writing has been on a steady decline since the Douchebag series (one of my all time favorites and on my re-read list). I'm at a loss for words and seemingly so is the author right now. I'm hoping this is just a slump because I really love her early work. Very sad. DNF @ 33%. I cannot believe that I'm DNFing a Sara Ney book. This book just felt totally flat to me in every way, characters, writing and story line. I feel the writing has been on a steady decline since the Douchebag series (one of my all time favorites and on my re-read list). I'm at a loss for words and seemingly so is the author right now. I'm hoping this is just a slump because I really love her early work. Very sad.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Mandina

    I was eager to read about Ashley’s brother Jack who we met in Jock Royal. And boy did Jack have some hilarious times in this! I mean, first the breakfast where he kept eating and eating and eating, stealing Eliza’s food? And it never said he did, but I sure hope he picked up that tab! His not being good at rugby, only sports like cricket and polo, omg, freaking hilarious. Especially when he actually got out on the rugby field and ran the wrong way. This book ended with me smiling and loving the r I was eager to read about Ashley’s brother Jack who we met in Jock Royal. And boy did Jack have some hilarious times in this! I mean, first the breakfast where he kept eating and eating and eating, stealing Eliza’s food? And it never said he did, but I sure hope he picked up that tab! His not being good at rugby, only sports like cricket and polo, omg, freaking hilarious. Especially when he actually got out on the rugby field and ran the wrong way. This book ended with me smiling and loving the relationship between these two. There wasn’t really any huge drama, it was really just an overall sweet, fun, real romance. So much wonderful banter between Jack and Eliza. Honestly the whole girl code thing was not something that was really a big deal once we found out just what Eliza’s roommate Kaylee was really like. There was no sympathy whatsoever for her not too many interactions between her and Jack into the story. So many funny things that had me laughing. A conversation about toothbrushes, part of the whole debacle where he was eating all of her food at the beginning. Jack is from England, so when he said “jack-arse”, that was amusing and fun to say out loud. And oh my gosh, the “just the tip” game, funny, but really sooooooooo hot!!!! Another one to get someone squirming in their seat as they read! Loved this one and can’t wait for the next one. Especially with who I think the ending of this one clued us into who it will star.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Domokur

    Jack Dryden-Jones, aka the sweetest thing ever, is new in town. He is following in the footsteps of his older brother Ashley and playing rugby, even if he is rubbish. When he walks a girl back to her house just to get out of a team meeting, things get interesting. You see, he isn't interested in the girl he took home, but he's instantly intrigued with the girl sitting on the couch watching cartoons. When he runs into her while trying to find a scone to remind him of home, he realizes that she ma Jack Dryden-Jones, aka the sweetest thing ever, is new in town. He is following in the footsteps of his older brother Ashley and playing rugby, even if he is rubbish. When he walks a girl back to her house just to get out of a team meeting, things get interesting. You see, he isn't interested in the girl he took home, but he's instantly intrigued with the girl sitting on the couch watching cartoons. When he runs into her while trying to find a scone to remind him of home, he realizes that she may be more than he bargained for. He's only been with one girl, and he just broke up with her before coming to the states. He's not sure what he's doing, but he knows the party hook ups aren't for him. He's looking for something bigger and more meaningful than that. Not that he hasn't tried, but nothing tempts him except Eliza. Eliza shouldn't be drawn to Jack, it's girl code, you can't steal your roommate's date. Are they even really dating though? Jack spends time with Eliza and ignores her roommate's texts. He doesn't seem interested at all, but he's still off limits, right? Lines start to blur, and someone's going to get hurt. I LOVE a good guy, and Jack delivered, in spades. I wanted to hug him and have tea and scones with him. I did wish that he would have just told Eliza's roommate that he wasn't interested instead of kinda stringing her along by not dealing with her, but he really just didn't see her as significant I guess. Not when all he could think about was Eliza. These two just .. fit.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Raine

    Not a jock I really like the fact that Jack is not a jock. He is terrible at rugby, but was on the team because his brother waa on it and was really good. I also really liked Eliza. He is a sweet, nerdy girl and she really cared about other people.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jen Zingaro

    This might be my favorite from the series. Jack Dryden-Jones is the best book boyfriend ever. I LOVE him. I want one. He is so adorably romantic and sweet. I never imagined him to be so extra adorable from Jock Royal. Eliza is a somewhat nerdy girl and they are some of my favorites. And the fact that she loves comic and superheroes is so unexpected from all of the typical college girls. The drama had me pulling out my hair for a bit because I just wanted to smack some sense into people. These two had This might be my favorite from the series. Jack Dryden-Jones is the best book boyfriend ever. I LOVE him. I want one. He is so adorably romantic and sweet. I never imagined him to be so extra adorable from Jock Royal. Eliza is a somewhat nerdy girl and they are some of my favorites. And the fact that she loves comic and superheroes is so unexpected from all of the typical college girls. The drama had me pulling out my hair for a bit because I just wanted to smack some sense into people. These two had me wrapped around their fingers. I want more. And we get a tease for the next book in the series and I am dyyyying to get my hands on it. Have I told you how much I am swooning over Jack? <3

  11. 4 out of 5

    Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)

    Amazon US / Amazon CA / Amazon UK / Amazon AU Jack's finding that coming to the States to play rugby as his brother did, was not a great idea, that rugby is really not his thing. He's grateful for it for one thing, though, it allowed him to meet Eliza, the girl who gets him, has more in common with him than any of his rugby teammates and fellow college buddies. Eliza's surprised the guy her roommate brought home doesn't seem to be interested in her roommate, rather seems more intereste Amazon US / Amazon CA / Amazon UK / Amazon AU Jack's finding that coming to the States to play rugby as his brother did, was not a great idea, that rugby is really not his thing. He's grateful for it for one thing, though, it allowed him to meet Eliza, the girl who gets him, has more in common with him than any of his rugby teammates and fellow college buddies. Eliza's surprised the guy her roommate brought home doesn't seem to be interested in her roommate, rather seems more interested in herself and the movie she's watching. As the two become friends, Eliza can't help but be drawn to him, but would never go against the girl code, which says no dating your friend's crush/boyfriend/etc. When they become friends, his offer to help her out will either be the best thing to ever happen to both of them, or it will be the worst. Will their friendship survive? Or will it evolve into much more? Jock Reign is so sweet! Jack is so unlike the average jock in college and contemporary romance, probably because he's not really a jock. He's a charming, adorable guy more interested in comics and the gorgeous roommate of the mean girl who picked him up at a college party. His and Eliza's story is a slow burn friends to lovers romance that's big on heart and has two adorable people who are perfect for each other. ARC via Wildfire Marketing Solutions for an honest review. Review / Release Blitz: Live Through Books Blog. Blog | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kahea

    ***5 'Scones' Stars*** I loved, or ended up loving, Ash and Georgia from Jock Royal, so finding out that Ash’s baby brother Jack was going to get his HEA? Well, grabby hands happened and I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed the ride Jack and Eliza took me on. It was fun, sweet, a little geeky and adorkable with a touch of drama that definitely kept things interesting and me turning the pages until the very end. Jack and Eliza. Jack honestly surprised me, especially considering how Ash is, but i ***5 'Scones' Stars*** I loved, or ended up loving, Ash and Georgia from Jock Royal, so finding out that Ash’s baby brother Jack was going to get his HEA? Well, grabby hands happened and I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed the ride Jack and Eliza took me on. It was fun, sweet, a little geeky and adorkable with a touch of drama that definitely kept things interesting and me turning the pages until the very end. Jack and Eliza. Jack honestly surprised me, especially considering how Ash is, but it was a good kind of surprise. He’s a little goofy, a little charming and despite doing things that he doesn’t really want to do, he is a really good man. Eliza was a lot of fun. She’s sweet, sassy and totally comfortable with who she is and what she’s into and doesn’t feel the need to do something just because everyone else is. Their journey to their HEA was a lot of fun to experience. Their first meeting wasn’t a huge collision or anything, but there was interest and a spark. The second meeting, well that was definitely an interesting one, but it showed just how well these two flowed for me. I loved watching their friendship grow, as well as their attraction to each other as they find that they have similar interests. There is a bit of a roadblock to them moving beyond being friends, but once that is taken out of the equation, it doesn’t take long for them to figure out that they both want more. I will admit that their “ending” felt a bit rushed BUT, I’m not mad about it because I do like that things didn’t get dragged out unnecessarily. As I said, this was a fun read. There isn’t a lot of angst or OTT crazy drama, there is drama, but nothing too nuts. As for the supporting cast of characters. I loved seeing how much Jack loves his brother and the rugby boys were a lot of fun. Eliza’s friends...I definitely liked one more than the other (we’ll just leave it at that) and as for that epilogue...I’m here for it. Definitely here for it. ~ Copy provided by the author & voluntarily reviewed ~

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Sara Ney’s newest hero, Jack Dryden-Jones, is my kind of male lead. He’s British, enough said, and with his wit, gentlemanly behavior, and nerdiness, he’s everything any college girl would be lucky to call hers, even when the girl code comes into play and some lines threaten to be crossed on numerous occasions. It’s clear, early on, how perfect Eliza is for Jack and vice versa. Her quirks match his, their chemistry is there from the start, so the roadblocks they have to work around are quite fru Sara Ney’s newest hero, Jack Dryden-Jones, is my kind of male lead. He’s British, enough said, and with his wit, gentlemanly behavior, and nerdiness, he’s everything any college girl would be lucky to call hers, even when the girl code comes into play and some lines threaten to be crossed on numerous occasions. It’s clear, early on, how perfect Eliza is for Jack and vice versa. Her quirks match his, their chemistry is there from the start, so the roadblocks they have to work around are quite frustrating but it also speaks to the kind of person Eliza is for her unwillingness to break the code, even when she knows what she wants and just how good it would be. Sara Ney’s trademark banter and humor resonate from the pages of Jack and Eliza’s story. One would think that with the complex circumstances surrounding them, there would be a ton of over-the-top drama, but there’s not because Ney is crafty with how she plays that part of the story line out and while parts of it frustrated me because a conversation could have fixed most of it, I understood why it didn’t happen and why it unfolded the way it did. I always enjoy Sara Ney’s stories and Jock Reign was no exception. 4 Poison Apples

  14. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    Jock Reign is Ney's 5th book in Jock Hard series. I absolutely adore this series and Ney's writing. I can see her quirky side come through and find it refreshing it. The blurb truly gives you all to need to know about this book. But what makes it endearing, is all the interactions between Jack and Eliza. These two were made perfect for one another. I love their banter and how one was always able to one-up the other. Jock Reign is a nice slow-burn romance, as it should be for college kids. There is Jock Reign is Ney's 5th book in Jock Hard series. I absolutely adore this series and Ney's writing. I can see her quirky side come through and find it refreshing it. The blurb truly gives you all to need to know about this book. But what makes it endearing, is all the interactions between Jack and Eliza. These two were made perfect for one another. I love their banter and how one was always able to one-up the other. Jock Reign is a nice slow-burn romance, as it should be for college kids. There isn't any huge spark between but rather a gradual progression towards things. Jack was quite the surprise and I loved his character so much. Same with Eliza – I wish I had more confidence like her when I was in college. I could have seen myself being really good friends with her. I digress. Jock Reign is another great college romance story that is sure to make readers laugh, smile and enjoy the sweet romance.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kodie Mackay

    It's a slow build but it packs a punch. Jack is the brother of our hotshot brit Ashley from Jock Royal. Jack is most definitely not his brother. In fact they could not be any more opposite if they tried. Did I love Jack maybe even harder than his brother... absolutely. He was a doll!. Charismatic, funny and genuine. He blew me away with his brutal honestly on his lack of skills at rugby. I adored the patience he had when wooing his woman. Honestly he was truly a breath of fresh air and so differ It's a slow build but it packs a punch. Jack is the brother of our hotshot brit Ashley from Jock Royal. Jack is most definitely not his brother. In fact they could not be any more opposite if they tried. Did I love Jack maybe even harder than his brother... absolutely. He was a doll!. Charismatic, funny and genuine. He blew me away with his brutal honestly on his lack of skills at rugby. I adored the patience he had when wooing his woman. Honestly he was truly a breath of fresh air and so different to the stereotypical Jock. Sweet salty Eliza is my kind of chick. A little awkward, a whole lot of sass and just the right amount of sweet. I loved that she's a bit of a introvert with absolutely no interest in the jocks or trying to make a good impression with any guys. I adored her loyalty, even to those who didn't deserve it. She's true to herself. I feel like her character is so relatable and very easy to love. I do love me a strong woman. Their journey is uniquely different to most because whilst they have an attraction to eachother, their romance definitely is a real slow burn. But the best thing about the slow burn is really getting to watch these characters get to know eachother on a different level. They had natural chemistry and a comfort thats normally savourd for best friends and long time lovers. They had banter in spades and bickered like a married couple. But it also felt new and exciting at the same time. It was fun and felt more like a friends to lovers even though they weren't friends for long. Sara just has a way with story telling that allows the reader to feel like they are truly are apart of this journey with the characters and I felt that. I was invested in their growth. I rooted for them to give into their desires and man did I laugh so hard so often at their antics. It was sweet and relatable in all the best ways and I found myself totally immersed in them and their crazy ride. I also loved getting to hear from our beloved Ashley too. Now I'm very curious about our awkward soul Rome and Lilly. I feel like that one will be another shining star in this fabulous series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    BookishlyNomes

    Jock Reign is the fifth book in Jock Hard series and another fantastic addition! I absolutely adore the author, Sara Ney, and can't get enough of her quirky, often outrageous, fun, romantic sports comedies. Jock Reign follows on from Jock Royal, book four in the series, with the hero being Ashley's younger brother Jack. Despite the continuance, each of the books in this series can be read as a standalone. Jack is so over-the-top British and an absolute delight! Seriously. Many times throughout th Jock Reign is the fifth book in Jock Hard series and another fantastic addition! I absolutely adore the author, Sara Ney, and can't get enough of her quirky, often outrageous, fun, romantic sports comedies. Jock Reign follows on from Jock Royal, book four in the series, with the hero being Ashley's younger brother Jack. Despite the continuance, each of the books in this series can be read as a standalone. Jack is so over-the-top British and an absolute delight! Seriously. Many times throughout this story, I stopped and thought to myself 'I really want a cuppa with this lad'. The heroine, Eliza, was sweet, introverted, and 'nerdy' in the best way possible. Basically, she's someone I would definitely want to be friends with. I really loved all of the contrasting themes in this book. There were cultural differences between the Brits and Americans, and social differences between those athletically-focused and those who aren't. Not to mention, Jack and Eliza's relationship (and attitudes towards relationships) compared to most others featured within the book. It made for a really fun, entertaining story. Obviously, I don't want to give too many of the details away and the book's blurb really does sum things up really well; but I will point out that Ney's writing and storytelling only gets better with every book. This story is laugh-out-loud funny, and features a fun cast of characters and a sweet but steamy romance between Jack and Eliza. I absolutely loved this book and recommend it to everyone who enjoys new adult romance, romantic comedies, and/or sports romances! And if you love all three, then you're really in luck! Also, while you're at it, check out Ney's other series too - especially The Trophy Boyfriend and How to Date a Douchebag series which are also favourites of mine. As an additional side note, that storm scene was 🔥 Disclaimer: I received an arc in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Flavs is Mrs David Gandy♥~♥’

    4.50 Stars I love love stories with geeky type of guys. Its always ends up being such sweet romances and I loved Jack. He was funny, sweet and so goofy I had lol moments reading his story. Jack and Eliza were so perfect for each other that you will not regret reading this story. Their banter was freaking hilarious at time and just what you would expect from this author’s dialogue. Jack was so not the athletic type. But he wanted to fit in and also he had his brother’s legacy to uphold right… So he 4.50 Stars I love love stories with geeky type of guys. Its always ends up being such sweet romances and I loved Jack. He was funny, sweet and so goofy I had lol moments reading his story. Jack and Eliza were so perfect for each other that you will not regret reading this story. Their banter was freaking hilarious at time and just what you would expect from this author’s dialogue. Jack was so not the athletic type. But he wanted to fit in and also he had his brother’s legacy to uphold right… So he goes to a party to fit in with is teammates hoping to meet a girl. But when he offers to take her home, to get out of the team meeting (lol) he meets her roommate Eliza. And immediately he is infatuated with her Eliza is an introvert and enjoyes being home and enjoys drawing and watching movies So when her room mate comes home with her latest crush she cant help being intrigued with him. As he is so not your typical jock. But she cant be attracted to him because ‘girl code’ right… But when her room mate kicks her out she has no place to go and then Jack offers her a spare room at his place. And never mind what rules are put in place lines are crossed… You will definitely not be sorry reading this story. It was funny, sweet and totally charming. You will fall in love with Jack from the beginning. Him trying to fit in with playing rugby was hilarious. Eliza I loved her and the two of them together was amazingly perfect. Definitely a perfect Rom Com if you in the mood for a good laugh 😊

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kate ☕

    This Jock Hard didn't work for me. It started out boring - the chemistry between MCs was poor. The only banters were British vs. American English differences (I really thought that words like loo / flat or shag are notorious), and the only struggle these two MCs had was heroine's pathetic roommate and something called a "Girl code". It was ridiculous because the said roommate didn't even date the guy. She brought him once home, when he had no intention in sleeping with her or anything similar, a This Jock Hard didn't work for me. It started out boring - the chemistry between MCs was poor. The only banters were British vs. American English differences (I really thought that words like loo / flat or shag are notorious), and the only struggle these two MCs had was heroine's pathetic roommate and something called a "Girl code". It was ridiculous because the said roommate didn't even date the guy. She brought him once home, when he had no intention in sleeping with her or anything similar, and since then he didn't show the slightest interest in her. She even texted him more than 10 times in one evening, and after not receiving a single response, she didn't get the hint, still. After she found out (roommate) about heroine and her "closer friendship" (relationship still at the beginning), she kicked heroine from their place. Leaving her with no other choice than to move in with the Hero... Two and half stars, which is very generous. Jock Royal didn't thrill me either, and this one was even worse. Still desperately hoping for Jock Romeo 🙏 (Rome seems like a very sweet guy 😍)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Trish

    “Jock Reign” was such a fun and sweet story and I had fallen for Jack from the very first chapter. The banter and the angst between Jack and Eliza was absolutely entertaining and I devoured this story in just a couple hours. Jack is a transfer from London and he is following in his brother’s, Ashley, footsteps. Although he has no desire for sports, he signed himself up for the Rugby team because that’s what his brother did. Jack has put himself into his brother’s shadow because of a bad break up “Jock Reign” was such a fun and sweet story and I had fallen for Jack from the very first chapter. The banter and the angst between Jack and Eliza was absolutely entertaining and I devoured this story in just a couple hours. Jack is a transfer from London and he is following in his brother’s, Ashley, footsteps. Although he has no desire for sports, he signed himself up for the Rugby team because that’s what his brother did. Jack has put himself into his brother’s shadow because of a bad break up back home in England. He feels since his brother found his wife there and had an amazing experience, that he will too. At a party one night, he meets a girl who is obviously interested in him for his accent and background. But he walks her back to her apartment and there he meets her roommate, Eliza. Eliza is an artist and loves comic books. Jack is instantly drawn to her because he has the same nerdy love. The two develop a friendship while trying to ignore how they feel about each other. Jack is a big, goofy, nerdy, loveable Brit who will steal your heart from the beginning. I loved how he came to America for a fresh start but was definitely a little culture shocked. England and America are two different worlds when it comes to a lot of things. Jack is so adorable with his mannerisms and quirks. Eliza is a favorite of mine too. I love that she’s an artist and not completely boy crazy like a lot are when in college. These two developed a friendship first before anything happened. I loved them teasing between the two and things between them never felt rushed or forced. The little teaser for the next book has me anxiously awaiting for it to be published.

  20. 4 out of 5

    1-Click Addict Support Group

    Friendship and love could mix… If done right. And I think Eliza and Jack’s story showed how well it could be done. Jack was an English fish out of water as he settled in to university life playing… rugby? I loved how he really didn’t have a clue but muddled his way through. He was funny, nerdy (in the best of ways) and found Eliza to be more than his match. How Eliza stuck to the girl code – though glad she did – was a mystery lol… Eliza was a warm, welcoming character as well. Together, they didn Friendship and love could mix… If done right. And I think Eliza and Jack’s story showed how well it could be done. Jack was an English fish out of water as he settled in to university life playing… rugby? I loved how he really didn’t have a clue but muddled his way through. He was funny, nerdy (in the best of ways) and found Eliza to be more than his match. How Eliza stuck to the girl code – though glad she did – was a mystery lol… Eliza was a warm, welcoming character as well. Together, they didn’t cause over the top, crazy drama but tickled all the funny, emotional spots while keeping things interesting. Good chemistry, wonderful dialogue and a story that was just a pleasure to read… New characters, already loved ones, they were all here and I can’t wait for more. That epilogue was a teaser… ~Diane, 4.5 stars

  21. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Machado

      ***Review copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMGReads Blog*** Jock Reign is book five of the Jock Hard Series. This is a friends to lovers romance that can be read as a complete standalone. This journey focuses on Jack Dryden-Jones and Eliza. Jack is a British transfer student looking to follow in his brothers footsteps and to also sow his wild oats now that he's single. He's sweet, funny, and stubborn. Eliza is caring, creative, and low maintenance. She's easy to be friends with and she'   ***Review copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMGReads Blog*** Jock Reign is book five of the Jock Hard Series. This is a friends to lovers romance that can be read as a complete standalone. This journey focuses on Jack Dryden-Jones and Eliza. Jack is a British transfer student looking to follow in his brothers footsteps and to also sow his wild oats now that he's single. He's sweet, funny, and stubborn. Eliza is caring, creative, and low maintenance. She's easy to be friends with and she's loyal to a fault. The story was entertaining, easy, light hearted, and funny. There's witty banter and some drama but nothing over the top. Though there wasn't a whole lot of progression in the plot, it was still a fun read. I'm sure we will be seeing these two in the next book, Jock Romeo.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ga Books LoverX

    Gah, I freaking love the Jock Hard series! To me it is just as enjoyable as the How to Date a Douchebag series! Jock Reign is about Jack, who is Ashleys's brother from Jock Royal (the 4th book in the series). Now we had a quick intro to Jack in the previous book, but there is so much more to this guy and I enjoyed every second of getting to know this sweet and freaking adorable guy! I loved seeing the connection grow between him and Eliza and just how easily they meshed together. All in all, this Gah, I freaking love the Jock Hard series! To me it is just as enjoyable as the How to Date a Douchebag series! Jock Reign is about Jack, who is Ashleys's brother from Jock Royal (the 4th book in the series). Now we had a quick intro to Jack in the previous book, but there is so much more to this guy and I enjoyed every second of getting to know this sweet and freaking adorable guy! I loved seeing the connection grow between him and Eliza and just how easily they meshed together. All in all, this is DEFINITELY a book for you to read! It is fun and enjoyable, while still including the seriousness of growing connections and relationships. I totally give it 4.5 outta 5 stars FOR SURE and recommend you reading it now! PS: Thank you to Sara Ney and Wildfire Marketing Solutions for allowing me an advanced copy of the book to read and review honestly.

  23. 4 out of 5

    World Of Books 65

    I adore a Sara Ney story, she delivers great swoon-worthy, slow-burn page-turning must-reads. Jack and Eliza's story had been hooked from the beginning. I adored Jack, loved how this not so good rugby player, comes across the pond and settles himself nicely in the middle of Eliza and her friend's life. Well done to Ms Ney for her writing skills in truly getting inside Eliza's head, how she thought she was going to be able to keep away from the loveable Jack was beyond me, but to be fair she trie I adore a Sara Ney story, she delivers great swoon-worthy, slow-burn page-turning must-reads. Jack and Eliza's story had been hooked from the beginning. I adored Jack, loved how this not so good rugby player, comes across the pond and settles himself nicely in the middle of Eliza and her friend's life. Well done to Ms Ney for her writing skills in truly getting inside Eliza's head, how she thought she was going to be able to keep away from the loveable Jack was beyond me, but to be fair she tried especially as her best friend likes Jack too, but our British hunk was having none of it. Another great read, another great story by Sara Ney.

  24. 5 out of 5

    •Cici• Theory of A Dreamer Book Blog♥

    Having read the previous books in the Jock Hard series I’ve been looking forward to this fifth installment! I picked it up as soon as i could and got back into this world. I enjoyed this story! Having read Jock Royal I was so glad that Jack was getting his very own story! Eliza and Jack’s journey got my attention quickly. I really liked how i wasn’t sure how everything was going to play out in this story. I felt many things with these two throughout! With Jock Reign, Ms.Ney has created such a good Having read the previous books in the Jock Hard series I’ve been looking forward to this fifth installment! I picked it up as soon as i could and got back into this world. I enjoyed this story! Having read Jock Royal I was so glad that Jack was getting his very own story! Eliza and Jack’s journey got my attention quickly. I really liked how i wasn’t sure how everything was going to play out in this story. I felt many things with these two throughout! With Jock Reign, Ms.Ney has created such a good read! I am so looking forward to the sixth installment, Jock Romeo! *I volunteered to read and review a copy of this book from Wildfire Marketing Solutions / the author*

  25. 5 out of 5

    Vivien Parry

    King of Campus! When Jack Dryden-Jones moves himself across to America after splitting up with his girlfriend he tried his best to fit in. Walking home a girl.One night, he meets her roommate and becomes intrigued by her. Eliza admits she is a nerd, she loves comic books and avidly draws. Becoming friends with Jack isn't on her agenda but they grow close. What happens when her roommate discovers the friendship? Can Eliza stick to the girl code or is the attraction between her and Jack too intense King of Campus! When Jack Dryden-Jones moves himself across to America after splitting up with his girlfriend he tried his best to fit in. Walking home a girl.One night, he meets her roommate and becomes intrigued by her. Eliza admits she is a nerd, she loves comic books and avidly draws. Becoming friends with Jack isn't on her agenda but they grow close. What happens when her roommate discovers the friendship? Can Eliza stick to the girl code or is the attraction between her and Jack too intense? This was a great read by Sara, giving characters you love and having some comedy thrown in! Can't wait for the next book!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Loredana

    Man, I struggled with this one. I love, like totally heart Sara Ney and her writing. Every time one of her books comes up, I snag it without reading the synopsis. I loved Jock Hard #4. Ashley totally stole my heart. And it's not that Jack didn't; he's such a romantic character and so charismatic that you can't help but love. My issue was the structure of the story. Let me explain... It's very clear who Jack is and how he has finally connected to his brother but is still in his shadow. No doubt at Man, I struggled with this one. I love, like totally heart Sara Ney and her writing. Every time one of her books comes up, I snag it without reading the synopsis. I loved Jock Hard #4. Ashley totally stole my heart. And it's not that Jack didn't; he's such a romantic character and so charismatic that you can't help but love. My issue was the structure of the story. Let me explain... It's very clear who Jack is and how he has finally connected to his brother but is still in his shadow. No doubt at all that he's one of those rare diamonds. Where everything started to fall apart for me was at about 70% in. The premise was playing out well, but then things felt like they were rushed and all of a sudden we've reached the end but I'm still looking for character and plot development. I was left feeling like there needed to be more story, more interactions...just more. So, I still loved the writing, the characters, and the story, but I just felt like it was incomplete. For this reason alone I can't give the story more than 3 stars. But don't think this will stop me from scooping the next story. Oh no, there will be future one-clicking!

  27. 4 out of 5

    A.BookNerd.Bookseller&Bibliophile.Blog

    Jack feels like a Brit out of water as he embraces his big bro life in all aspects in America. Meeting Eliza while walking another girl home was never his plan. Eliza is all the sweet fun girl, he has been missing in his life. Jack is the giant bear who makes her laugh with his inane sense of humor or dry wit. Jack's a bottomless pit and loved reading his focus on his meals. Eliza was allowed to be herself and that brought out the slightly nerdy Jack. Ney sense of guy humor was all over this boo Jack feels like a Brit out of water as he embraces his big bro life in all aspects in America. Meeting Eliza while walking another girl home was never his plan. Eliza is all the sweet fun girl, he has been missing in his life. Jack is the giant bear who makes her laugh with his inane sense of humor or dry wit. Jack's a bottomless pit and loved reading his focus on his meals. Eliza was allowed to be herself and that brought out the slightly nerdy Jack. Ney sense of guy humor was all over this book. Can't wait to read more of Jock Row. ~Alex💜

  28. 5 out of 5

    SCBookAddict

    This was a fun, sweet read! Jack Dryden-Jones was so much fun! He's the brother of Ashley (Jock Royal) and where he has more charisma/ charm/quirkiness than his brother, he flat out sucks at Rugby. This was a cute story that has a slow build but only because these two are actually good people and Eliza doesn't want to break Girl Code. Their interactions were so much fun! Between Jack trying to eat all of Eliza's food, too the text exchanges, everything they did to each other put a big smile on my f This was a fun, sweet read! Jack Dryden-Jones was so much fun! He's the brother of Ashley (Jock Royal) and where he has more charisma/ charm/quirkiness than his brother, he flat out sucks at Rugby. This was a cute story that has a slow build but only because these two are actually good people and Eliza doesn't want to break Girl Code. Their interactions were so much fun! Between Jack trying to eat all of Eliza's food, too the text exchanges, everything they did to each other put a big smile on my face. The thunderstorm scene was both sweet and sexy. I love this series and highly suggest reading it if you are looking for a fun, light comedic read that embraces the college experience - the good and bad, the fun and embarrassing.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    Hmm will this one be worth the read? I guess we’ll find out. I’ve not been happy with the last couple Sara Ney books, so I’m hesitant. Her books can be so good and then be ruined by an absolutely rushed ending that just comes out of nowhere

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michele McMullen

    Sara has once again given us a great addition to the Jock Hard series with Jack and Eliza. They are wonderfully funny, sweet, have great smart witty banter oh yes they will bring on the sexy. This couple is real, have struggles and yes they are so lovable. I enjoyed getting lost in their world and having some of my favorite characters come visit me while I was there! ~~Michele McMullen ~~

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