The Me I Used to Be by Jennifer Ryan

The Me I Used to Be

In New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Ryan’s bold new novel, Evangeline Austen returns to her family’s sprawling Napa Valley ranch, determined to rebuild her life and expose the shocking truth about the past.She’s not the naïve girl she used to be… After serving time for a crime she didn’t commit, Evangeline returns home to a cold welcome. Her mother blames her for her father’s death, and her brothers want her out of their wa...

Details The Me I Used to Be

TitleThe Me I Used to Be
Release DateJul 2nd, 2019
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Adult

Reviews The Me I Used to Be

  • Debbie Oliphant
    I really enjoyed this book!!! I read this in one sitting because I could not put this down. There are a couple storylines woven into this story and it fits nicely. The story begins with Evangeline facing a parole board after serving 4 years in prison for a crime she did not commit. She is released but is escorted out by the officer who arrested her, Chris. Chris makes her a deal to expunge her prison record and she agrees. He escorts her home to ...
  • Sabrina
    NOW LIVE!Amazon US * Amazon UK The Me I Used to Be was a crazy intriguing story with a lot of heartfelt moments. The book follows Evangeline after she's released from prison where she served 4 years for a crime she didn't commit. There's no going back to her life from before she was in prison, so now she'll have to figure out how she's going to navigate this new life post-jail time. But with one major obstacle in the way - catching the real crimi...
  • Skippypeanuts
    2.5. I REALLY wanted to like this book, I did. The concept was interesting and the setting was relatable. But I just couldn't get my head around it. Evangeline spends 4 years in prison pretty much getting the crap kicked out of her then the cop who helped put her away shows up. She makes a point of saying she's afraid of him and the power he has over her life, then BAM she can't get enough of him, can't stop thinking about him, and gives him MORE...
  • Seema Rao
    Captivating ~ Enjoyable ~ Satisfyingtl;dr: Post-conviction daugther returns to family farm to fix things. This book is like a Romance writer scripted the afterlife for the character from Orange is the New Black. The story has so many expected tropes: jealous siblings, insta-tropes, heart-of-gold lawman. Yet, Ryan seems to turn the expected into something surprising. This fast read is incredibly satisfying. The main characters are appealing, certa...
  • Erika
    I don't typically read fluffy romance, most of my romance involves demons, dragons, aliens, vampires, or werewolves. But I received a copy of this book from a Goodreads contest and was more than happy to try it out. The book was cute and told a very simple and straight-forward story. I think I disliked two major things--first, the author over-explained tremendously. She would take paragraphs talking about how a character felt, but I think that by...
  • Miki
    After four years in prison, Evangeline is up for parole. Imagine her surprise when her arresting officer enters the hearing room! A whispered conference with the parole board and she is immediately released on compassionate grounds. Immediately. Right now. Hit the road. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200, and do not go through official channels for release. And don't let the door hit you on the way out.That is just the first of a slew of improba...
  • Dorine
    Rated 4.5 - THE ME I USED TO BE by Jennifer Ryan is a breath of fresh air for romance readers in need of the unusual mixed with the unexpected.Anyone who follows my reviews understands I’m an eclectic reader, but do you know that my core prefers romance? Not the same-old-same-old we’ve come to expect. There is a formula romance authors follow to give us what we want. Romance readers don’t always like it when an author meanders away from tha...
  • Elle's Book Blog
    Release Date: July 2, 2019 Genre: Women's Fiction. Romantic Suspense. Actual Rating: 4 starsJennifer Ryan can write sexy romances and intriguing mysteries as proved by The Me I Used to Be. I found this book to be intriguing, original, frustrating at times, and intense. When I say frustrating, I mean I HATE how Evangeline was treated. I also don't like the fact that she served time in prison after being wrongfully accused, but that IS the poin...
  • Kim
    2.5 stars ✨
  • Jennie
    This is not a happy book because it is about Evangeline who has spent the last four years in prison for a crime she did not commit. She said she did it to protect someone else. At her parole hearing, she is released because of a family emergency. Her father has died. The arresting officer, Chris is there to drive her home. She has been put in charge of determining the fate of the family farm. Everyone is at odds about the future of the land. Ever...
  • Rajababoo
    Initially I liked the family drama but it kind of fizzled out in the end, and the ending was too perfect and unrealistic for my liking. The heroine was far too nice and forgiving to her family; I feel like she should of held more bitterness and resentment towards them. They all acted like she's a mass murderer when all she did was steal some wine, personally I don't think that's reason enough to abandon and hate your family, call them stupid? Sur...
  • Bookgasms Book Blog
    From start to finish, The Me I Used to Be drew me in and kept me riveted until the last word. This is a story of deception, fractured family issues, forgiveness, and embracing the future. The Me I Used to Be is a quick read with a compelling storyline and characters you’ll fall in love with. You’ll find yourself at the edge of your seat as Evangeline works through the secrets and lies that put her in prison in the first place. You’ll find y...
  • Cindy
    I enjoyed the beginning part of this book until in the blink of an eye the main character Evangeline all of a sudden, after stating she didn't trust anyone at all, was in love with and trusted the cop that put her in jail. Then it was over the top with wanting him etc etc. And then the villain Darren immediately trusted her to get right back into helping him steal... no suspicions or anything that she was trying to get back at him. I skimmed over...
  • Sandy Nikolas
    This was ok for me. I like most of Jennifer Ryan’s books, but there’s not much romance here.the big secret is revealed a bit too soon and the effects of her time in prison are not delved into much, just scattered about the surface.
  • ♡AbbyBooks♡
    So many emotions going throught me right now. This is the best book I have read in a while.
  • Sandra
    This book started strong as the reader experiences what Evangeline is going through as she sits in front of her parole board and then faces her family, who is convinced she betrayed them and broke the heart of the family patriarch, sending him to an early grave. There's a powerful buildup as readers recognize that Evangeline is holding some big secrets close to her scarred chest. I was engaged, my heart pounding and hurting for this woman. And th...
  • Iris Howorth
    I won this in a Goodreads giveaway, and I wish I had paid closer attention to the description before entering. The plot looked interesting and the reviews were good, so I thought it would be a fun read. And I will say it fits the bill of fun, fluffy read, but that's about it. Overall, the dialogue was unrealistic and cheesy. Whenever there was a scene where something would be revealed, there was no real build up to it before the reveal. None of t...
  • Kristen
    This was silly. Great premise for a novel, but it was sexist as hell. It moved slowly and it was repetitive.
  • Michelle (Undeniably Book Nerdy)
    Originally posted on Undeniably Book Nerdy book blogRating: 4.5/5 starsI was very eager to pick up this book because I don't remember ever reading about an ex-convict heroine--it's usually the heroes who serve a stint in prison. I was very curious how it will play out in the story and I have to say, it did not disappoint! Actually, The Me I Used to Be has a very interesting premise altogether...We have a young woman, Evangeline Austen, who had se...
  • Georgia
    The author used the phrase "closed the distance" six times. What is it with romance novels and this phrase? Here it was used even in non-romantic situations. Just stop, romance writers. Get a new phrase! In other news, this book started off great — good family drama, compelling nice girl turned ex-con, stern but regretful cop as romantic lead — and then the pacing took some unexpected turns and not always in a good way. I particularly despise...
  • Sharon Grow
    As soon as I read the summary of this book, I knew it would be special and that I needed to read it. I was so right, very special and a pleasure to read! Evangeline Austen is being released from prison, due to the death of her father, after serving four years for a crime she did not commit. While in prison, she was attacked several times and is now a very different Evangeline, tougher, smarter and determined to get justice. Lt. Chris Chambers, th...
  • Sheila Samuelson
    This was my first time reading a book by Jennifer Ryan and I absolutely loved it!! It was mainly a Contemporary with a lil bit of YA and Romance thrown into to. I felt bad for Evangeline through the whole book. What she endured was horrible but I see her dad did it for all the right reasons even tho it cost his daughter 4 years of her life that she can't get back. I will definitely be reading more book by Jennifer in the future!!!
  • Beth ~ Panda & Boodle
    I wasn’t sure what to expect with Jennifer Ryan’s latest—it appeared to be skewed more toward women’s fiction than romance, had the air of angst about it, and its cover was cowboy-and-abs free. But I should’ve known I’d love it. After all, I have all of Ms. Ryan’s other books. (Side note: I’m not that invested in abs on covers, but it’s noticeably different from the usual style of this author’s titles.) The Me I Used to Be isn...
  • Carrie
    This was okay. I liked the beginning a lot but then it sort of petered off after that. WOW—I just figured out that there are two authors named Jennifer Ryan, and I thought this was written by the other one! No wonder this was so disappointing !!I feel so betrayed... authors should have to add a middle initial or something if there’s already another author by the same name...
  • Liz Sergent
    This was the best book I have read in a long time. Evangeline was convicted of a crime she didn't commit and spent four years and is up for parole when the officer who sent her to jail comes into her parole hearing with a request she gets released due to a death in the family. The grief that Evangeline felt, the way she was treated was so real, this author did an amazing job conveying that. I wasn't a fan of Chris but this book still was fabulous...
  • Rmsooon
    Ive read " the me i used to be " ,, i hoped the romance would be better but the story was nice i enjoyed the spy thing ,,i gave it 3.75 out of 5
  • Arlene
    Enjoyed this one.
  • Sonya
    Horrible writing. Everything was so obvious and it sounded like a 12 year old wrote it.
  • Leslie
    Sit back and enjoy this read (or listen as will be available as an audio book as well). The description gives you a basic overview, but it is so much more. Once you get started be prepared to lose track of time and all else that is going on around you. It is a compelling story that leaves you with so much to think about. Evangeline is a strong, smart, incredibly loyal loving friend, daughter and sister who spent 4 years and 27 days spent in priso...