Mini-Reviews: My Calamity Jane by Hand and Layla by Colleen Hoover

My Calamity Jane (The Lady Janies, #3)

“For the boat rockers, the rulebreakers, and the troublemakers. No one ever became a legend by blending in.”

I had been putting this one off for so long. I will admit that because it was more of a western had me hesitant to pick it up. Thankfully, Whitney @ WhitReadsLit suggested a buddy read and I’m so glad she did! I did have a harder time with this one than the previous two. My biggest issue had to be the fact that we don’t really get a lot of the main character, Jane. This is really a lot more about Annie Oakley, who I adored. I think if this would have been about her from the get go, I would have enjoyed it a lot more. I did enjoy the modern pop references and all the wit and humor they add to these books. I am really looking forward to the next one though! Thank you, for buddy reading with me! I had a fun time. 🙂


I had a lot of reservations going into this book. I love Colleen Hoover and this is different for her. I was glad when Hamad @ The Book Prescription suggested a buddy read. I know, I’m saved again!! I haven’t come across another blogger or person that has such identical reading taste. I can’t believe it’s taken us this long to do a BR but I cannot wait to do it again! We really did agree on so much, surprise-surprise. 🙂

“It’s better to be a selfless somebody than to be a selfish nobody.”

I do really appreciate what CoHo was trying to do with this. I totally understand wanting to branch out. Unfortunately, this didn’t hit quite like her other novels. I did think that it was an intriguing story and it was hard to put down once we really got into it. The flow was really great actually. My issues were that I had a hard time with the overall romance. It didn’t grab me from the beginning and felt EXTREMELY fast, even for a romance novel. I had a hard time with a good chunk of the middle. It was so cringe-y and hard for me to take comfortably, at times. I was a little put off by the ending too, didn’t agree with that. There was a plot hole that we couldn’t ignore.

“I’d feel nothing if you punched me in the heart I’d feel even less if you stabbed me with a knife But I didn’t fall out of love with you I fell out of love with life”

Overall, it wasn’t a terrible read. I did have fun with it and I did have a hard time putting it down. We flew through this book in one day. She is still the queen at gripping you and not letting you up for air. I really enjoyed my buddy read with Hamad too! I do think that reading Heart Bones the week before and LOVING it had an influence on my comparison with this one.

8 thoughts on “Mini-Reviews: My Calamity Jane by Hand and Layla by Colleen Hoover

  1. Great review, Leslie! I really need to get on those Lady Janies books because I’ve heard so many great things about them. I get more curious every time I see a review! I’ve also heard pretty mixed things about Layla and well, I think I’m gonna give that CoHo a pass 😂

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    • Thanks, Dini! The first one is the best! haha. You don’t have to read them in order either. They are all their own story. I am really excited for the Marys though. Yeah, I think it’s safe to give that CoHo a pass. lol


  2. I had about the same feelings about My Calamity Jane. Hopefully the Marys are more like the first two Janies. Layla is on my TBR, but after seeing several mixed reviews, I may have to skip that one. 🙂

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    • Yes, I’m really hoping that the Marys are better. I’m really excited for the potential of the one coming out this year. Honestly, I don’t blame you. It’s not that I regret reading it but it didn’t wow me and I didn’t love it. So many of her other books are so much better!


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