Drew In Blue

General Fiction, Humor, Romance

By J.M. Kelley

Publisher : Lazy Day Publishing

ABOUT J.M. Kelley

J.M. Kelley
J.M. Kelley, a lifelong resident of Pennsylvania, is a writer of love stories, a painter, a painfully bad knitter, and a photographer – if the pursuit is artistic, chances are she’s dabbled in it.

After a lengthy break that included adventures in accounting and coffee distri More...


Drew Doyle’s done a lot of stupid things in his life, but the biggest mistake by far was not paying attention to that 2% failure rate listed on the back of the condom box.  
Drew In Blue is the story of a thirty-six year old loner unexpectedly saddled with the task of raising a baby while trying to sort out his mess of a life. Problem is, he just keeps making things worse for himself. It’s a running theme in Drew’s life, considering he never does anything the easy way. The River’s View, Pennsylvania gossip mill is watching each misstep as Drew juggles a price-gouging babysitter, a major case of artist’s block, and a best friend with an opinion to share on every bungled choice he makes.  
Drew’s love life isn’t faring much better. Despite a long history of relationships that never really get off the ground, he falls head over heels for someone new, hoping that she might be the one to end his romantic bad luck streak. After a few abysmally bad false starts, things finally start looking up for Drew. That is, until he finds out (the hard way, naturally) that this new love interest isn’t the one for him after all. Turns out, it’s actually lifelong pal, and high school girlfriend, Kristina Moser.

Drew’s feelings for Kris intensify as he witnesses her growing bond with his son, and he finally realizes where he belongs. Now all he has to do is convince Kris he’s right… and she’s just not buying it.

In 2009, I was laid off from my job after my department was eliminated. Talk about emotional upheaval. Living on my own, I was not much beyond living paycheck to paycheck, and suddenly the paychecks were gone, and I was scraping by on Unemployment Compensation, which was only a fraction of what I'd earned at my job. And you don't need me to tell you how lousy the job climate has been in recent years. I was sending out resumes and listening to the quiet chirping of the proverbial crickets in return. I figured I could do one of two things: give up or DO something with the spare time I was now cursed with. That's when I buckled down and really got to work on writing that novel I'd always wanted to write. Okay, I admit it, there were times I wanted to give up, and there was lots of panicking and crying whenever a bill came in the mail. But I wrote my book. And better yet, somebody wanted to PUBLISH it! Times are still tough. I still cringe when a bill comes in the mail. I'm still trying to get a job, since I recently relocated to an area I hope will be a little more open in terms of employment options. But I have my book. I accomplished something. When I can't quite believe it, all I have to do is run to my desktop and stare at my own ARC copy of Drew In Blue. And it feels awesome. And nothing can take that away from me. Ever.

I know this was a work of fiction, but I could have easily been reading an excerpt from someone's life story, the characters are that real. There were times I laughed out loud at Drew and Nick's antics, but there were also moments that brought tears to my eyes as Drew dealt with being a new parent and with the demons from his past. Drew in Blue is both heartwarming and funny. If you want to read a touching story filled with laughable moments, I recommend this book to you.--Books Complete Me Review

Drew in Blue is a love story; not the kind where the main characters see each other across a crowded room and are strangely drawn towards each other, but one that feels real and true ... If you're looking for comfortable read that you won't be able to put down, check out Drew in Blue. Ms. Kelley has created a real world here that is entrancing in its ordinariness. I highly recommend Drew in Blue.--Rakestraw Reads/Unbridled Editor Review

The story is executed perfectly and I was transported into the book and totally engrossed.  I found myself completely emotionally engaged in this book ... Drew in Blue is compelling, emotional, and probably one of the best character studies I have read.  Definitely not to be missed!--Booking It Review

Drew in Blue was an amazing story ... This story is very emotional and heartwarming. I did not want the story to end; I wanted to continue to follow the characters that I grew attached to.--Night Owl Reviews