Smart Move

by Melanie Jacobson

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The spark was undeniable the night Sandy Burke met the devastatingly handsome Jake. Conversation had flowed easily, so after they’d parted, she’d waited eagerly for his call. It never came. A high-powered career woman at the ripe old age of twenty-seven, Sandy feels she has had her heart broken one too many times, and now the redheaded trendsetter is facing a major quarter-life crisis. After some introspection, Sandy determines that helping others may be the key to helping herself. When she’s presented with a job offer in Washington DC as the director of New Horizons, a nonprofit organization benefiting women in poverty, it seems providential. But now that she’s moved, two major obstacles threaten the success of her first assignment. The first is her mother and her constant fog of less-than-helpful New-Age advice. Secondly, plans to build another New Horizons outreach center have come to a screeching halt, thanks to the interference of a pesky lawyer and his attempts to reverse zoning approval for the building project. After weeks of verbal sparring over the phone, Sandy is in for a shock when she comes face-to-face with her foe. The smooth voice at the other end of the line is a heart wrenching blast from the past. In this twist of fate, Sandy sees the perfect opportunity to ensure the success of the outreach center—and to enact a little payback on this man she thought she’d left behind. And so the battle of wits begins. Will Sandy’s ‘flirt-to-convert’ plot sway her nemesis’s determination to block the center, or will his charming and undeniably attractive ways convince the sassy redhead to give love a second chance?

About the Author

Melanie Jacobson

Melanie Bennett Jacobson is an avid reader, amateur cook, and champion shopper. She consumes astonishing amounts of chocolate, chick flicks, and books. After meeting her own husband on the Internet, she is now living happily married in Southern California with her growing family and a series of doomed potted herbs.

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Reviews

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(based upon 15 reviews)

Always a good read by Melanie
By , Submitted on 2019-03-12

I've read and reread this book several times. I fall in love with it everytime. I'm always a sucker for the hate turns to love stories and this one is well written.

Intricate, unique, and beautiful romance! Not your typical fall!
By , Submitted on 2019-01-31

Romance, clean; faith elements, LDS setting; stand alone read, but spin off characters from another novel.
Just re-read this and felt it deserved a written review and not just a star rating..
I rarely give 4 stars for anything. At first, I have to say that I was going to give this 3 stars, but the second time that I read it, I had to give it 4. Ms. Jacobson knows how to get us in the characters heads. It isn't just a 'he said', 'she said' story, it is the frustrations, longing, the thinking, the doing, the clever twists and turns. I will qualify and say that of all her stories, I had the hardest time with the brand names she kept dropping, but in one sense, it was part of the setting. I just don't enjoy that part of the world we live in. Jake and Sandy were opposites that attracted, and had great conversations. It was perfect that the conflict came with work, and it was great to see 'El Diablo' die in the end....
This is definitely an LDS/Mormon setting, but Ms. Jacobson is alway spot on with the romance. Clean, sweet, and longing... This is definitely a different type of faith novel. Sandy is a newer member who is definitely a different person and who is unique in her faith. She isn't a typical 'Molly'. Her unique approach to her family, her determination with her job, and her gradual fall for Jake is different, heartfelt, emotional, and beautifully complex. I loved how she and Jake danced around each other, each trying to do what they thought was best and right, and still trying to figure out how to spend time with one another, particularly Jake... His heart was definitely stolen early on. The past history was a plus! Well worth the journey that these two had to find each other.

Love this book!
By , Submitted on 2019-01-19

This is my favorite book by Melanie Jacobson and actually one of my favorite romance novels of all time. I love this book's strong heroine and the interesting conflict with her mother. Also, there is so much swoon, which is a must have.

Great companion book!
By , Submitted on 2019-01-19

I loved this companion book to Twitterpated! I liked getting to know Sandy better, and especially finding out what happened to Jake, and what about that call that she waited so long for! I loved being along for the ride as she and Jake got to know each other in the work and church settings, and I really loved their chemistry! Both having confidence, and it seemed both needed to learn how humility could help them get to where they needed to in the end. Super fun book to read!

Fun, Upbeat, and Entertaining
By , Submitted on 2019-01-19

I love Melanie Jacobson's novels because they're fun and swoony, but also clean and faith-promoting. SMART MOVE Is no exception. While it's not my favorite Jacobson novel (that would be SOUTHERN CHARMED), it's very much a light, diverting romance with all the right elements for a contemporary romance—likable characters, witty banter, an upbeat tone, and a sweet love story. It's a funny, engaging novel that's perfect for fans of contemporary romance with a Latter-day Saint twist (bonus: it's uplifting without being preachy). I definitely recommend reading this book and all of Jacobson's others.

For a more detailed discussion of the book, see my review at: http://www.blogginboutbooks.com/2012/10/like-melanie-jacobson-then-youre-going.html

Love!
By , Submitted on 2019-01-19

I always look forward to reading a book by Melanie Jacobson! As usual, I loved it!

Loved this amazing romance!
By , Submitted on 2019-01-19

I knew as soon as I read the first chapter of this book it was going to be good. It not only was good, it was amazing! I love the way Melanie Jacobson writes, her books are so romantic and they never go anywhere they shouldn’t. I love the characters, Sandy’s mom is so out there! Jake is such an awesome male character and Sandy, I can picture myself being friends with Sandy. She’s such an individual. I was really worried about the ending, Sandy is so stubborn, but was thrilled with the way it worked out. This book is a stand alone book, but to really understand Sandy’s backstory, you might want to read Twitterpated first. I can’t wait for the next book by Melanie Jacobson, I know it will be romantic and amazing!

Reading this books is a Smart Move
By , Submitted on 2019-01-19

Loved the book. Love the author.


By , Submitted on 2019-01-19

I was super excited to read this after Twitterpated. I loved the characters and was excited to see more of Sandy’s background and story in her own novel. Though not my favorite Jacobson book, I really did love the story. It’s not two awe/love struck people who immediately have a connection and then the story is all about that. I loved how raw and...’real’ their relationship was. I also love witty banter and this novel has it in spades. Overall I enjoyed the book and would recommend (especially if you read and enjoyed Twitterpated).

Melanie Jacobson does it again!
By , Submitted on 2019-01-19

Melanie Jacobson is one of my favorite authors right now. She writes banter like no one else, and great kissing scenes as well! Smart Move is the story of Sandy, the roommate from her earlier book Twitterpated. (I read them on the opposite order and felt like I knew, understood, and liked Sandy more after reading the little bit of backstory in the first book.) The basic premise of Smart Move is this--how do you proceed when you find out that the man making your work life a misery is the same man you've been longing for for the last year? Is there a way to make it work? The other storyline of the book was about Sandy's troubled relationship with her flaky mother, and I loved this character arc as well. So many reasons to like this book, but especially the satisfying ending. I started reading Jacobson's books by getting them from the library, but I've started buying them so that I have copies of my own for my own library!

I honestly liked this one!
By , Submitted on 2019-01-19

I loved the chemistry between the two and how he was willing to go after her regardless of their differences because of their connection. I love stories of fate! And this one nails it on the head! I like how she got her own happy ending after doing so much for her friend from twitterpater! And I love the quirkiness of her mom! I loved the intensity that the characters had almost from the beginning and throughout the book. Didn’t have to wait to long to get to the good stuff!


By , Submitted on 2018-01-27

It’s hard to like a main character who is so rude.

Clever and fun
By , Submitted on 2016-05-16

Just re-read this and felt it deserved a written review and not just a star rating..
I rarely give 4 stars for anything. At first, I have to say that I was going to give this 3 stars, but the second time that I read it, I had to give it 4. Ms. Jacobson knows how to get us in the characters heads. It isn't just a 'he said', 'she said' story, it is the frustrations, longing, the thinking, the doing, the clever twists and turns. I will qualify and say that of all her stories, I had the hardest time with the brand names she kept dropping, but in one sense, it was part of the setting. I just don't enjoy that part of the world we live in. Jake and Sandy were opposites that attracted, and had great conversations. It was perfect that the conflict came with work, and it was great to see 'El Diablo' die in the end....
This is definitely an LDS/Mormon setting, but Ms. Jacobson is alway spot on with the romance. Clean, sweet, and longing...

Conflict and conflicted.....but oh so worth it!
By , Submitted on 2015-03-21

Just re-read this and felt it deserved a written review and not just a star rating..
I rarely give 4 stars for anything. At first, I have to say that I was going to give this 3 stars, but the second time that I read it, I had to give it 4. Ms. Jacobson knows how to get us in the characters heads. It isn't just a 'he said', 'she said' story, it is the frustrations, longing, the thinking, the doing, the clever twists and turns. I will qualify and say that of all her stories, I had the hardest time with the brand names she kept dropping, but in one sense, it was part of the setting. I just don't enjoy that part of the world we live in. Jake and Sandy were opposites that attracted, and had great conversations. It was perfect that the conflict came with work, and it was great to see 'El Diablo' die in the end.... She characterizes the LDS characters so well. Sandy isn't typical, and her mother is a hoot! Loved the forgiveness, healing, and of course the resolution in the conflicts!
This is definitely an LDS/Mormon setting, but Ms. Jacobson is always spot on with the romance. Clean, sweet, and longing... Clever and light hearted story line. Loved the setting in DC and with the work conflict.

Did not enjoy
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I really did not enjoy this book. I have read other books by this author and thought they were great. But this book had too much complaining and fighting. I wish that I had been able to read a good review of this book before I purchased it.

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