Aug 6, 2015

Review Post for Jay Walking by Tracy Krimmer


Chelsea Wyatt, a single-mom trying to build a life for her and her son, is sick of the body she sees in the mirror. A daily diet of Cookie Crisp cereal is not doing wonders for her mood or her figure, and it’s time for a change. Setting out to get fit, she commits herself to a daily walking plan, forcing herself to give up her all-sugar and carb diet, a difficult task at her donut obsessed job.

But her plan goes sideways when a stumble on the ice puts her in the arms of Jay, an attractive young man out on a run. They grab coffee together, and Chelsea finds herself thinking about him long after their short meeting. The thought of dating again hadn’t crossed her mind in years, and she doesn’t even know if Jay is available, or if he would be interested in her despite her unfit body.

Just when she has a handle on her new routine, her past catches up with her, throwing her blossoming relationship with Jay and the rest of her life into chaos. Can Chelsea hold onto the people she loves most, or will a wrong turn set her up for failure?

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My Review

"I love James more than anything, but the past few years my attention has been one-hundred percent devoted to him. I never do anything just for me."

This book hit the motherly heart inside of me. Moms always put there kids first (which is great!), but then forget about themselves in the long run. I completely related to the book in this way!

We are first introduced to Chelsea in Caching In (Pastime Pursuits #1). She was a crazy character of sorts because she was the loud best friend that you didn't want to like, but in the end, you fell in love with her too.

She was left in a tough situation at the end of that book--which leads to the telling of her story.

Chelsea was screwed over-pun totally intended- by Daniel. He left her pregnant and on her own. Flash forward two years and now she's a single mom doing everything she can for her son, James. Even if it means putting her life, and love, on the backburner.

Chelsea comes to the realization that she wants to better her lifestyle, so she decides to start walking. She wants to get rid of the pregnancy weight she still carries and to become more active to keep up with her active toddler. Who would have thought that her first day out on the sidewalk would result in a fall and the person she never saw coming?

"He's so sweet, but I want him to get to know Chelsea The Woman before introducing him the Chelsea The Mom."

Jay. As I was reading the description of him, I could completely see how Chelsea fell for him so quickly!! I mean, who doesn't love a fit man, sweating from running, with chraming good looks, AND interested in you?! Come on!!

It was an instant attraction, for sure, but I like that Chelsea was still a little hesitant before jumping right into a relationship. She still puts her son first, but gives herself the freedom enough to do this on her own.

When you're out of the game for a while, it's hard to get back in. But for Chelsea and Jay, taking things slow was exactly what was needed. 

"I'm so afraid of falling. Mostly of falling in love with this man. My heart is fragile."

But like every good story, there's always a conflict. This conflict comes in the form of Chelsea's past who comes knocking-or texting- at her door.

Oh, I do not like Daniel what so ever!!! He's a jerk and a meany head. Yes, I just said that! I have to say that I sided with Chelsea's dad a lot with dealing with the jerkwad. (You'll have to read it to understand. Hehe) Not only was he invading her life again, but he was setting her back from her goal of finally feeling good about herself.

This story also deals with self image. I, myself, being a mom understood the feelings she had about her body and not feeling attractive in a sense. Of course, any person can find this relatable as well. It's a common thing, but Tracy executes the issue well throughout this book.

Another reason to love Jay...

"My body isn't what it used to be."
"I don't care what it used to be. I don't even care what it is now. You are beautiful inside and out."
"You're not going to like what you see. I'm not skinny."
"You're perfect."

Goodness me!! Love him. Even though I did want to kick him in the tushy a few times. Believe me, you'll want to do it to;)

This book pulls at the heartstrings! You have the story of a single mom trying to better her life and the life of her son--learning as she goes, but still fighting the past that won't go away. 

There were times where I wanted to hug her, sometimes I wanted to smack her and say, "What are you doing?!", and then others where I wanted to give her a high-five and tell her "You did it."

Another great story from Tracy Krimmer!! I really enjoyed reading Chelsea and Jay's story:)

"Sometimes people who find the gold at the end of the rainbow keep searching for something more, as though what they found isn't good enough. I need to recognize the positive aspects in my life."

About the Author



Books have always been a part of Tracy Krimmer’s life. When she was a child, her Book It! pin was filled with stars and she won many personal pan pizzas from Pizza Hut. Her writing passion began young, around fourth grade, when her class made a notebook of short stories. She still has that notebook to this day. She published her first book, The Jealousy Game, in 2012. Her second book, Pieces of it All will be published in May 2014. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, napping, or eating popcorn.

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