Title: Jane Doe
Author : Victoria Helen Stone
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publication Date: 08/01/18
Jane’s days at a Midwest insurance company are perfectly ordinary. She blends in well, unremarkably pretty in her floral-print dresses and extra efficient at her low-level job. She’s just the kind of woman middle manager Steven Hepsworth likes—meek, insecure, and willing to defer to a man. No one has any idea who Jane really is. Least of all Steven.
But plain Jane is hiding something. And Steven’s bringing out the worst in her.
Nothing can distract Jane from going straight for his heart: allowing herself to be seduced into Steven’s bed, to insinuate herself into his career and his family, and to expose all his dirty secrets. It’s time for Jane to dig out everything that matters to Steven. So she can take it all away.
Just as he did to her.
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“After all, everyone knows that women are responsible for how men behave. If we’re not careful, they might decide to take what they want. They can’t help it. But somehow I’m the one with the psychological impairment.”
So this novel centers around the main character, Jane’s, passion for “righting” a wrong that was done to ‘her’ (someone she loves) by a chauvinistic, complete-pig of a man named Steven. And man is she passionate about getting revenge–this girl is relentless, and I loved it!
This novel has very strong feminist vibes– or really more of anti-male-chauvinism. Our main character has some strong emotions (as she should) toward the way woman seem to make themselves smaller in order to appease men and the way that our slut-shaming culture treats women and women’s sexuality. I did so much highlighting on my Kindle as I read this novel because there were so many great and valid points about societal, gender, and sexuality issues (including some strong points made about negative attitudes toward homosexuality thrown into the mix!).
These strong opinions and just downright-savage nature of Jane made her a very likable character to me, despite her self-declared sociopathy (“I’m not a movie sociopath, just a regular one”). While she lacked (the typically seen) emotion of the general population, she looked at the world through eyes that contained such rational detachment that she’s able to see through all the cock-and-bull of society and the way people treat one another. I would really enjoy reading another novel from her point of view because I loved her personality.
“It wasn’t shyness. It was fading. She dimmed her light to make a certain kind of man feel vibrant.”
There is some moderate, ‘true’ romance in the novel as well. Jane comes across an old friend, Luke, and there seem to be some sparks between them immediately, which definitely throws a monkey-wrench into her plans for revenge with Steven and requires some tip-toeing around in order to not disrupt her end-game–but ultimately, this relationship/friendship added a little extra dimension to the novel that I really enjoyed. Luke is a very likable character and has some lines in the novel that I really, really loved–which was a nice contrast to Steven’s character and really solidifies that not all men are as nasty, abusive, and degrading as he.
I thought for a second that the ending was going to leave me a little dissatisfied, but at the last minute it really turned itself around and became a very solid ending. This was my first novel by Victoria Helen Stone, but I have already downloaded Evenlyn, After through my Kindle Unlimited subscription to read very soon (it gets fantastic reviews as well)!
***I always like to note when a novel is a Kindle Unlimited title for those who subscribe. This is a title I would purchase for myself outside of my Kindle Unlimited subscription, so I’m always excited to find these gems that are available at such a deal with the KU subscription! (**I am in no way sponsored by Kindle Unlimited… just an avid Kindle reader and lover of the KU option for our devices)T
Thank you to the author, Victoria Helen Stone, and Lake Union Publishing for providing me with an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review. All opinions presented are my own.