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Happiness in Jersey (The Prototype Book 1) by [Howard, Jacinta]
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The only thing in Jersey Kincaid’s world that she has time for are keeping her grades up so that she doesn’t lose her scholarship to South Texas University, playing the bass in her band, The Prototype, and satisfying her coffee addiction. Oh, and the occasional random hook-up she indulges in to pass the time.

Love? Eh, not so much. Save that crap for a Katherine Heigl or Natalie Portman movie.

Jersey’s seen enough in life (courtesy of her Pops) to realize that undying romance is nothing more than a myth used to sell books and movie tickets. As she knows too well, the only thing inevitable in life is death— love is definitely not promised.

That’s why when Jersey meets Isaiah “Zay” Broussard with his soulful gray eyes, quick wit and easy charm, she’s determined to remain aloof. She doesn't have time to get sidetracked by fleeting fantasies, even if she does feel an unexplainable connection to Zay she’s never experienced before.

But when his interest in her only seems to intensify, despite her attempts to brush him off, she gets to see a side of him and herself she didn’t expect…

About the Author

Jacinta Howard is the author of new adult, contemporary romance and women's fiction. Since 2014, she's released three novels, including the well-received Love Always Series which includes the titles Better Than Okay, More Than Always and Less Than Forever. She also released the USA TODAY Must-Read Romance, Happiness in Jersey. Visit her at

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa1344d8c) out of 5 stars 117 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa184e24c) out of 5 stars "Love is an inevitable part of life" Sept. 3 2014
By Faithful reader - Published on
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While reading about Jersey and Zay, I ABSOLUTELY felt something (As Ms. Howard explains why she writes). Her words flowed into a wonderful river of a love story; the story was neither cute nor cuddly. It was a complex and difficult journey, but also a truly genuine LOVE story.
**I will try not to give away any spoilers.**

Jersey is a broken young lady, and rightfully so. Her father's harsh, abusive and sometimes drunken words rips her poor heart and soul apart. On one occasion he makes a point of acknowledging that Jersey not only inherited her mother's good looks, but emotional issues too... yup. Tears came to my eyes. What a sad, lonely, mean man! I wanted to slap him and curse his stupid, insensitive ass!
So understandably, Jersey feels alone and abandoned by both her deceased mother and her father. "Fate" had not been kind (as an old Gladys Knight song says), and she finds solace in her music and random hook-ups. Jersey was semi-content to "exist" in her small, tattered world; or so she believed. But as life often does, it slaps you right back into real life existence! And, in walks a gorgeous, gray-eyed, hot. Sexy. Driven. Tattooed young man who knows what and who he wants. He too is severely broken, but he lets her know right away what he wants, and he pulls out all of the stops! I will admit (but don't tell anybody) that I was completely and utterly engrossed in this story of young love. It brought back wonderful college memories of me and husband's bumpy start. Ms. Howard's character development and tone for each person was on point (Clearly she is a gifted, natural writer). The descriptions were vivid, and the pain was raw. The emotions were deep and heartfelt, but not overly mushy. Zay, was a just delicious. He made ME swoon with His words. Yes, he was determined and smooth. I loved, LOVED this story! Whew. So good. When he said, 'I want to hear you say my name over, and over again.' He had me! I was telling Jersey she needed to get it together!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa273e810) out of 5 stars Absolutely Loved It! Aug. 29 2014
By Carol - Published on
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Happiness in Jersey by Jacinta Howard is one of those books that your heart just wasn’t prepared for. It just grabs you and doesn’t let go. For me, the tell-tale sign is that when I wake up in the morning, my first thoughts are about the main character in the book, Jersey. I was worried about her. How is she? What’s going to happen next? Yes, in other words, I was obsessed.

Jersey Kinkaid doesn’t believe in love. The only thing inevitable in life is death, she believes. She tries to make people believe she is tough. She is a sophomore at South Texas University on scholarship, works at Aroma coffee shop and plays bass in the band, Prototype. This has nothing to do with the story but it might be that I felt so much for this young girl because my Mom was a bass player during my growing up years. The music they played was quite different, of course, but I can totally understand the workings of a musician’s mind. My Dad was also a musician and my son currently is. Ok, now that that is out of the way, I want to tell you more about Jersey.

Jersey’s growing up years were not good. Her Dad is a drunk and over her lifetime has never shown her any kind of love or support. When things get tough and Jersey can’t stand the pressure inside her chest, she will have random hook-ups with guys for sex. Or turn to music. Music was her solace. But the night Isaiah “Zay” Broussard walked in during a Prototype rehearsal, with his gray sexy eyes, everything changed.

“I turned and looked at him, this guy I’d known for just a few weeks but seemed to innately understand me better than anyone ever had. The way he affected me was so thorough it was starting to overwhelm my hesitation, tear down my carefully constructed walls. I felt naked and exposed, and I was starting to not mind it. Part of me wanted him to know me.”

But Jersey did not believe in love. Feelings would inevitably change and she would end up getting hurt. She is determined not to let him in.

“Nothing good could come of this, of these feelings I was having for him.”

“It’s better to let it go, to let him go now because the truth is, if I don’t protect myself, then nobody else will.”

Zay has had pain in his past as well. He needed this change of location, this fresh start. And the first time he laid eyes on Jersey, he knew he needed her as well. Zay plays guitar and finds a place for himself in their band, Prototype. But as tensions grow between himself and Jersey, it definitely effects the other members. Can he convince Jersey to let down her walls?

“You!” he bellowed, throwing his hands up in frustration. “You’re my problem! You’re my solution! You’re my high; you’re my low! You’re my muse; you’re my pain! It’s you. Everything! Everything I do and think and breathe is you!”

The band, Prototype, is slowly gaining momentum, gaining a following. But at the same time, Jersey is struggling with herself. She is a young woman forced to grow up so much faster than she should have, forced to be independent, not wanting to rely on anyone but herself. My heart ached for her as she was forced to re-examine everything she believed and as I watched as she denied her heart the love being offered. Zay is so patient and loving. Can he convince her that love is worth taking a chance on? I hope you’ll read this wonderful book to find out.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1708bd0) out of 5 stars Literary Music In The Key of Life - An APB Perspective Review Sept. 2 2014
By Sabrina S. - Published on
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Jacinta Howard has quickly become a contender for being one of my all-time favorite authors. Her last book, Better Than Okay was an incredibly good first effort. This book, Happiness In Jersey is no doubt a book I will read again. She hits the perfect chord with her harmonious blend of music, family dynamics, love and Southern life. While I generally don't care much for books that center on collegiate romances, Jersey and Zay's story was exceptional. What would generally be considered a story filled with way too much angst for my liking, became characters I wanted to know better. I found the issues this story addressed were based in reality, and no matter your skill-set, you'd be hard pressed to blow this off as some YA fluff. Zay and Jersey's musical, emotional and physical chemistry was just so intoxicating. Their musicianship and intensity drove the story. While I don't want to give any spoilers, let me just say that though the issues that consumed this couple might be considered depressing, this story is about love and how it can remake the same old song into something fresh, new and interesting.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa15cebac) out of 5 stars This book is blues and love, the song of Zay and Jersey's relationship was ... Sept. 1 2014
By Dharp - Published on
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This book is blues and love, the song of Zay and Jersey's relationship was like a well written song. The first time Zay lays eyes on Jersey I knew their story would be powerful and I was not disappointed. I was emotionally connected to these characters I cared and rooted for them even when they did not act as I wanted them to. They shared music and I could hear the music as the played on stage. The very first time Zay had a performance I was there too the author showed me and I loved the way he sang . When Jersey and Devin were rocking on their band I was there too and more important I went looking for the songs to be sure what I was hearing. Jersey and Zay have a musical story, a real love you through the pain even when you don't think no one can love you story , and when you finish the last page you will feel like I feel happy because this author wrote a book and it's damn good music.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1627834) out of 5 stars Good..But Not the Pager Tuner I Hoped For.... Jan. 12 2015
By Yvonne F. - Published on
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I like this author's work! However, she drags her storylines out way too long(this is 2nd book written by her that I feel is like this); by that I mean I spent the majority of the book reading about Jersey's apprehensions about getting into a relationship with Zay, and her issues with her mother and father(all valid). The plot is so long that I think the writer missed out on what could have been a decent love story/relationship between Jersey and Zay. Sometimes you can write your storyline away, and end up with a mess. She had the storyline in the palm of her hands, and let it slip away by dragging out Jersey's issues. Remember Zay had his own baggage, but he was determined not to let his past affect his present/future. Just like I know people deal with problems in different ways and in their own time. I also get that people come into relationships with baggage and hang ups, but come on this was so long it became boring in a sense. I will give her props on her love scenes, although a bit too bland for my liking! Again, if you're gonna drag a storyline out like she did, at least treat us with the bomb love scenes; at least there were two, her last book had only one. When I read a description of a romance novel, I expect to read about love, romance and everything that goes with it. Overall, it is a good book! Could it have been better? Absolutely, the storyline was good, and I like that there was not alot of outside drama that would call for her to stretch the storyline out longer than what she did! I loved Zay's character and role and everything about him. You wil not be disappointed in Zay's character that much I can say.