Jun 21 2017 11:01am

Jenna Bayley-Burke’s Just Married Book Club Discussion Thread

Just Married by Jenny Bayley-Burke

If you're a fan of friends-to-lovers, marriages of convenience, and surprise babies, or any combination of the three, then you're going to love this month's Heroes and Heartbreakers E-Book Club selection, Jenna Bayley-Burke's Just Married.

Once you've finished swooning over Miranda and Callum's romance, come join us to talk about all the tropes. (If you're not ready just yet, read our Q&A with Jenna Bayley-Burke.)

Note: The comments for this post will be made up ENTIRELY of SPOILERS and is intended as a place for fans to gather and discuss the book AFTER reading it, so if you have yet to finish, steer clear of anything after the jump. Go finish the book, then come back. (There’s also a non-spoiler-y Q&A with Jenna Bayley-Burke, the author, if you're not yet ready to dive into talking about Just Married.)


***LAST CHANCE: Seriously, leave this post now if you haven’t finished Just MarriedThis is a post to discuss the entire book.***

Here's a quick synopsis of Just Married: 

Miranda and Callum have been friends-with-benefits ever since law school. It's worked for them since they live on separate coasts until an archaic clause in Cal's family trust forces him to get married and provide an heir. Who better to fill the shoes of wife than his best friend! However, after a smoking hot honeymoon, their marriage of convenience becomes incredibly inconvenient when Miranda finds herself pregnant with twins. The two must find their way towards not only making a happy family—but finding a happy ending for themselves. 

To get the conversation started, we asked Jenna Bayley-Burke some questions we were just dying to know the answers to after finishing Just Married!

Miranda’s understandably upset that Callum invites her to what turns out to be her own wedding; how would Miranda have planned their wedding?

JBB: She would have been so stunned that they were getting married, she probably would have had Helen do it. Once the shock wore off, it probably would have been quite similar with quirky Scottish touches. No to Elvis, but yes to the waffles.

Let’s pretend Cal and Mira had ended up in the same city after law school; would that have changed their story at all? If so, how?

JBB: If he’d told her about the job offer from Mickey? He would have had to confront it. Mira was fine with friends-with-benefits because of the distance, she wouldn’t have been open to it if there wasn’t a country keeping them apart. He saw her as wanting the picket fence and 2.5 kids, and he didn’t. At least that’s what he told himself. But he was scared and not ready and I doubt it would have worked  out as well.

Callum sure takes his sweet time realizing the depth of his feelings for Miranda, but what should have been his first clue that he was head over heels for her?

JBB: When his father dies. She was his support, his comfort, in a dark time. Mickey gets clued in quickly when she’s the only one Cal even considers marrying. He’s divorced from his emotions because they never served, him, were never validated. He didn’t know what to call it, just that they were more than friends.

Callum and Miranda are both the products of their less-than-ideal upbringings. Can you expand on how their childhoods shaped their very different reactions to the news they’d be parents?

JBB: As a child, Miranda had a loving home, if a bit unpredictable. She knows how that feels, especially in comparison to the distance she had with her aunt in her teens. Giving the boys that sense of love and belonging is so important to her because she craves it herself. She also knows the darkness of being unwanted, a burden, a duty. She won’t allow anyone to make her children feel the same.

Groomed to take over the businesses since before he was born, Cal’s purpose in life had been to make his parents proud.

Take us beyond the HEA: What does the future hold for Miranda and Callum and their boys? How do you think they’ll be as parents? Who’s the good cop?

JBB: I think Miranda is the good cop. I know, you’d think she’d be the heavy, but he was raised with such lofty expectations he can’t help it.

Can you tell us anything about your next book? What are you working on now?

JBB: Promotion. Kidding, it only feels that way since I’d rather be writing than pretty much anything else and it’s work that isn’t telling stories. Just released is Caribbean Cowboy, a vacation-fling, role-play, secret-affair, beach read with a cowboy. See what I mean about tropetastic? Up next is The Billionaire’s Private Scandal about what happens when your secret lover betrays you, but won’t let you go. There are dogs and flying handbags too. Right now I’m working on Discretion, which will open a series set around a group of business developers and how they mix business with pleasure. It’s always something with me!

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Heather Waters
1. HeatherWaters
I think Miranda is the good cop. I know, you’d think she’d be the heavy, but he was raised with such lofty expectations he can’t help it.

Ummmm I love this! Not what I expected at all, but when I think about it, makes perfect sense for their characters/upbringing.

Thank you very much for the enjoyable read that is Just Married! I ADORE friends-to-lovers but confess I tend to be wary of FWB-to-HEA going in, because why would it take so long if they were really meant to be and already knew the attraction/chemistry was there? But the distance between Callum and Miranda, both physical and emotional, was a realistic hurdle for them that I appreciated.
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