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The Jake Ryan Complex

The Jake Ryan Complex
Bethany Crandell By (author)
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Amazon/Brilliance Publishing

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5.5 X 8.2 in
258 pg

FICTION / Friendship
FICTION / Romance / Contemporary


A teenage movie crush set her standards high. Now a real man needs to meet them. Fast.

Chicago obstetrician Mackenzie “Mac” Huntress set her standards for men very high early on. It’s been over twenty years since she fell for a fictional movie heartthrob, and Mac’s content to wait for the real version to come along; it’s her nagging mother who’s not happy with the timeline. So Mac falls back on her lifelong Mom-surviving skill—lying. The latest fabrication: a handsome neurologist named Michael. Pity he’s too busy to meet her friends and family. Problem solved.

But when Mac’s little sister announces her engagement, Mac is expected to introduce her elusive “plus-one” at the wedding, leaving her with only forty days to find a flesh-and-blood stand-in for the imaginary Michael. And the only potential Mr. Right comes with a big hitch.

However, it turns out Mac’s not the only one bringing secrets to the wedding. With expectations high, and shocking truths to be revealed, Mac’s left to find her own happy ending, which isn’t as simple as in the movies…though it’s definitely worth waiting for.


“As skeletons come out of both of their closets, quirky, foul-mouthed supporting characters add humor and charm. Readers will chuckle their way to the satisfying happily ever after.” Publishers Weekly

Author Bio

Bethany Crandell, author of the young adult novel Summer on the Short Bus, lives in San Diego with her husband, teenage daughters, and two destructive puppies. The Jake Ryan Complex is her first adult novel, though it still carries the heart and humor of teenage exuberance. For more information, visit Bethany online at and, and @bethanycrandell on Twitter.