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Jonquils for Jax Book Cover Jonquils for Jax
Katy Regnery
contemporary fiction, romance, humour
Spencer Hill Contemporary
August 19, 2016
170

Jacqueline Jax Rousseau is vivacious, rich, smart and beautiful but that doesn't mean she s lucky in love: she s dated doctors, lawyers, actors and politicians who've all managed to end up disappointing her. In fact, she s on a self-imposed hiatus from love when she has an unpleasant run-in with her neighbor's gorgeous new landscaper, Gardener Lenox. Jax is not accustomed to gruff, ill-mannered men that can't be charmed, but something about Gard intrigues her, and if she can find her way through the armor that surrounds his heart, she also might find a love that won t let her down. "

Don’t fall for the Help!

Lots of botanical accuracy in this light romance with frothy fun as the nouveau riche from N’awlins meets the old money from Philly.

4 for light reading

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‘Buying’ a bride?

Rock Star's Email Bride Book Cover Rock Star's Email Bride
Romance Island #2
Demelza Carlton
romance, contemporary, women's fiction, romantic comedy
Lost Plot Press
(15 Sept. 2015)

A mail order bride and a rock god: can they make fairy tales come true?
In the final year of her business degree, Phuong has her future all mapped out. Finish studying, then go home and save her family's business. Until her father dies and it all falls apart. Broke and jobless, she stumbles on a solution: find herself an Australian husband. Fast.

She's not looking for love - Phuong doesn't believe in fairy tales. Her marriage will be a business deal, pure and simple. But when she meets her husband-to-be and discovers he's a reclusive rock star living at Romance Island Resort, maybe it's time to believe a girl can live happily ever after.

A tiny taste of what's in store:

Idly, she clicked on one of the unread messages from some other man whose profile was a sculpted, headless torso, like something cropped from the cover of a romance novel.

Mr Six-Pack's message was short:

"I'm looking for a woman who knows all fairy tales are lies, but who still hopes one might come true."

Reflexively, Phuong clicked on his profile. Mr Six-Pack was a gym junkie, he admitted, who went by the name of Lucky Jason. He worked on a remote island, but it was lonely and he wanted to share his living accommodation with someone who could brighten the darkness at night. Or so he said. She laughed softly before clapping a hand over her mouth at the thought that she might wake Norman. His snores continued, like he was sawing down a tree with his nose in his sleep, so she breathed a sigh of relief and returned to ogling Jason's abs. Desire flooded through her for the first time in months.

She hit the reply button. "Which fairy tale did you have in mind, and which character are you? The big bad wolf, the woodcutter or Prince Charming?" Before she could think better of it, she sent the message.

The response came back almost instantly: "What would you like me to be? I can cut down everyone keeping you from me, carry you off to my castle like Prince Charming, then turn into the big bad wolf and eat you all up until you scream for joy."

"That only happens in books," she whispered to herself, then typed the words and fired them off.

Lucky Jason had an answer for that, too: "One day, some romance author will write books about us and a million lonely women will crave the sort of sex you only have to ask for."

Arrogant much? "No one's that good. What if I'm after Prince Charming, a man who loves me, listens to me and wants to take care of me, and I'm not interested in sex?"

"Prince Charming is a prick who'll smother you and turn jealous if you look at anyone else. He'll lock you in a tower and never let you out. And he wouldn't know what to do with his own c*ck, let alone your body. Prince where-do-I-put-my-prick. That's not me, babe."

"No? You don't get jealous? What do you do when your girl looks at another man?"

"Grin and wink at the guy while my arm's around her. He'll never be me and never have what I do, but that's cool. Not everyone's as awesome as me. Let me show you, babe."

Phoung the naive – or so she claims, needs a husband so she can extend her visa. So she finds one – although she claims she [book written through her eyes] that they were not actually married – through an  email bride site.

This ‘husband’ mistreats her and keeps her like a sex slave.

So she runs away and has several adventures.

There is a cliff-hanger at the end which really makes you want to find out what happens next.

3.5

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Sometimes the time is right

Wrong Place, Right Time Book Cover Wrong Place, Right Time
Bourbon Street Boys #2
Elle Casey
romantic comedy, romance, women's fiction, new adult
Montlake Romance
(5 July 2016)

Jenny’s single-parent life revolves around her kids and her job, which means that hours of Animal Planet and strings of computer code are about all she has time for. Not that Jenny’s looking for adventure or romance—she’s the type of woman who believes in playing it safe.

When Jenny is called upon to do some consulting for the Bourbon Street Boys—a New Orleans private security firm—she knows she should stay away. They conduct surveillance on known criminals and put themselves in harm’s way pretty much every day, so No is the obvious answer…Problem is, there’s a guy on the team with a body to die for and a dimple that just won’t quit luring Jenny in, tempting her to throw all caution to the wind.

Will Jenny take the risk or will she do what she’s always done—play it safe and wait for the right time?

 

As a mother of 3 herself, author Elle obviously know something of the chaos that 3 children bring – and as a grandmother of 3 myself, I am very familiar too. And thus the story really rings true about the children’s activities and behaviour and attitudes. There is always one in trouble, or who needs extra attention, or is sick or fallen over or lost something and if you have a single mother with a demanding job, then…  It is really tricky to cope and Jenny is finding out the hard way. Her douche of an ex-husband isn’t helping. So perhaps a change can be beneficial?

An amusingly written story with the glass ceiling well illustrated and some nice romantic touches.

I hadn’t realised that this was book 2 in a series until I went to find out how the story continued.

I bought books 3 and 4!

 

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Er, last night?

About Last Night ... Book Cover About Last Night ...
Catherine Alliott
women's fiction, humour, romantic comedy, rural life
Michael Joseph
March 9, 2017
400

The funny, enthralling and heartwarming story of a woman who gets a second chance in life - but will she have the courage to take it?

Molly has moved from London to rural Herefordshire chasing the Good Life. Swapping the tube for the saddle, she is living the country dream.

Apart from it isn't really her dream. It's her husband David's. And David is, well, rather dead now.

Then a distant relative of her late husband kicks the bucket, leaving a London townhouse in her possession, and Molly dares to consider chucking it all in. Quitting the Good Life and going back to her good life.

But there's a problem. A rather tall, handsome problem. In the shape of a man already living in Molly's new house. And when a face appears from her past, Molly is more confused than ever.

Will Molly's London dream replace her muddy reality? Do any of the men in her life really have honourable intentions? And has she said goodbye to country life too soon?

So David wants to live the ‘Good Life’ and moves his family down to a small holding raising sheep and getting muddy and cold and wet and…

But he dies and leaves his widow without enough means to live on – she learns to be a sheep midwife; she learns to be a rather shady horse dealer; she sells sexy knickers by post and by every possible means tries to keep the bailiffs from her door. Luckily the main bailiff is her friend from the book club!

All the time a rather irritating vet hovers around telling Molly what she is doing wrong.

The main action however happens when Molly receives an unexpected inheritance and thinks about moving back to her old London life. And romance enters her life from an also unexpected source.

A feel good, jolly, amusing, enjoyable story of just how chaotic life a life can be, and how women cope when left in rather sticky circumstances through no fault of their own.

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Who to Follow?

Follow Me Book Cover Follow Me
Corrupted Hearts
Tiffany Snow
romance, contemporary, women's fiction, suspense
Montlake Romance
October 4, 2016
291

Brilliant, quirky twenty-three-year-old computer prodigy China Mack is totally satisfied with her carefully ordered, data-driven life. But then things start to get a little unpredictable. Jackson Cooper--her company CEO--assigns China to a dangerous and highly classified government defense contractor project. And, her sixteen-year-old runaway niece suddenly arrives in town. And then there's her sexy but oddly unsettling new neighbor, Clark....

A rather different heroine here – small, with glasses that keep slipping down her nose and an IQ over 170. Yes a bona fide genius – in computing and who finished 2 UG degrees and 1 Masters at MIT by the time she was 19 and was snapped up by a very prestigious software firm.

So we start to learn about China. China also has some OCD issues and loves routine – each day and night is programmed into its activities and food. Now China and I would so get on, as I totally agree that Firefly should never have been cancelled. I really liked that TV programme. And she likes so many other TV and Sci Fi that I like too.

So when I started reading this book I was immediately inclined to like the story as I liked the main character and how she was drawn up. I also liked her mathematically brilliant niece and know one or two people myself very like these characters from my interaction with MENSA members.

I did like the story line too and thought it moved fast and was complex enough to hold my attention and sufficiently detailed and in depth that I bought the next book in the series.

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