REVIEW – JONQUILS FOR JAX (The Rousseaus, #1) by Katy Regnery

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SYNOPSIS:

Did you fall in love with The English Brothers? Were you hot for the Winslows?

Katy Regnery’s Blueberry Lane series continues with The Rousseau siblings!

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 Thibodeaux. 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.

*****

Jonquils for Jax, The Rousseaus #1 – available 8.5.16

Marry Me Mad, The Rousseaus #2 – available 10.21.16

J.C. and the Bijoux Jolis, The Rousseaus #3 – available 11.29.16

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

”I’m goin’ to fall for you, Duchess. Hard. Don’t know if it’s just for now or forever, but if it’s not okay with you, tell me now.”

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This story was sweet, sexy, and had just a dash of angst, making it a perfect summer read. The series revolves around several families that live in an affluent neighborhood in the suburbs surrounding Philadelphia. The first installment of The Rousseaus, centers around Jacqueline “JAX” Rousseau.
Jax has returned to the family’s summer home, Le Chateau, for her older brother’s wedding. She’s also running away from her life back in L.A. After producing Hollywood’s latest blockbuster movie, Jax was thrown into the spotlight and became the paparazzi’s latest obsession. She never expected to have every aspect of her life splashed all over the tabloids and all Jax wants is to stay in the safe cocoon of her family’s summer estate. On the night of her brother’s wedding she ends up trying to fight off the unwanted advances of a family friend and her neighbor’s gardener comes to her rescue.

 

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Gardener Thibodeaux is an ex-cop, who was forced into early retirement after being injured in the line of duty. The incident left his vision severely impaired. He is almost completely blind. Gardener can only see things that are in extreme close proximity to him. His condition has left him a little bitter and he’s moved to the area in order to live a solitary life, away from family and old friends. He’s lost his passion for life, until he meets the beautiful and exasperating, Jax.

The attraction between them is electrifying. No matter how hard Gardener tries to fight his feelings, it becomes clear rather quickly that he is no match for Jax’s sweet and charming nature. They actually end up being perfect for each other. Both needing that push to get back on the right path and finding that the love that develops between them is just what they were looking for.

 

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I have a soft spot for damaged Heroes and early on I was swooning hard for Gardener. My heart ached for him because he never wanted to appear helpless and the times that his lack of vision required him to lean on others for assistance seemed to break his soul, piece by piece. But Jax never once showed pity and always offered her encouragement and love.

The Rousseaus series is off to a smashing start and I can’t wait for the next installment!

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LIVE – JONQUILS FOR JAX (Blueberry Lane 3, The Rousseau’s #1) by Katy Regnery

Jonquils for Jax, The Rousseaus #1 by Katy Regnery

Date of Publication: August 5, 2016

Blurb

Did you fall in love with The English Brothers? Were you hot for the Winslows? Katy Regnery’s New York Times bestselling Blueberry Lane series continues with The Rousseau siblings in Summer 2016!

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 when he saves her skin, she realizes that something about Gard intrigues her…and if she can find her way through the armor that surrounds his heart, she might finally find a love that won’t let her down.

THE ROUSSEAUS

Jonquils for Jax, The Rousseaus #1 – available 8.5.16
Marry Me Mad, The Rousseaus #2 – available 10.21.16
J.C. and the Bijoux Jolis, The Rousseaus #3 – available 11.29.16

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About Katy Regnery

Katy Regnery, award-winning and Amazon bestselling author, started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract for a winter romance entitled By Proxy.

Now a hybrid author who publishes both independently and traditionally, Katy claims authorship of the six-book Heart of Montana series, the six-book English Brothers series, and a Kindle Worlds novella entitled “Four Weddings and a Fiasco: The Wedding Date,” in addition to the standalone novels, Playing for Love at Deep Haven and Amazon bestseller, The Vixen and the Vet.

The Vixen and the Vet is included in the charity anthology Hometown Heroes: Hotter Ever After, and Katy’s novella “Frosted” appeared in the Jan ’15 anthology, Snowy Days Steamy Nights. Additionally, Katy’s short story, “The Long Way Home” appeared in the first RWA anthology (Feb ’15), Premiere.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, and two dogs create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.

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REVIEW – DARK SEXY KNIGHT by Katy Regnery

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SYNOPSIS:

From New York Times bestseller Katy Regnery comes another timeless tale of love everlasting!

Loosely inspired by the legend of Camelot, Dark Sexy Knight tells the story of dinner theater knight Colt Lane, who meets down-on-her-luck Verity Gwynn on the worst day of her life. Evicted from their home, Verity and her special-needs brother, Ryan, must find jobs or risk being separated. Colt, who is the furthest-possible thing from a white knight in real life, comes to their unlikely rescue, quickly cementing his place in Verity’s heart.

Colt has dark, deeply buried secrets that keep his smile hidden and his eyes down, which has kept people away . . . until he meets Verity, who seems immune to his gruff manners and taciturn ways. The more time Colt spends with her, the more he longs for her sweetness in his life and yearns to be the knight in shining armor she so desperately needs. Certain he will lose her if she learns the truth about his past, he must decide if he can trust her with his yesterday in order to build a beautiful tomorrow.

**Contemporary Romance. Due to profanity, mild violence and very strong sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.**

All novels in the ~a modern fairytale~ collection are written as fundraisers.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Dark Sexy Knight is part of the ~a modern fairytale~ collection, which includes six standalone, completely unrelated novels inspired by beloved fairy tales:

The Vixen and the Vet (Beauty & the Beast) – available now
Never Let You Go (Hansel & Gretel) – available now
Ginger’s Heart (Little Red Riding Hood) – available now
Dark Sexy Knight (Camelot) – available June 2016
Don’t Speak (The Little Mermaid) – available 2017
Swan Song (The Ugly Duckling) – available 2017

 

 

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****5+++++++++ STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

“Suddenly, for the first time in my life, I had good luck. No, I had the best luck. I had you. And it was like all those touch knocks were worthwhile because you were the prize. I had to have all that bad luck so the scales would be cosmically balanced when you came along.”

 

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This is the third book I’ve read in the series and it is, BY FAR, my FAVORITE. Each book is a standalone and is loosely based off of famous fairy tales. This one centers around the tale of Camelot, specifically with Lancelot and Guinevere. Don’t worry it takes place in present day and the characters just happen to work at The Legend of Camelot, which is like a Medieval Times for those of you who have been to one of those dinner theater shows. I just loved this one so much, and it had nothing to do with the fact that I have always been fascinated with the tale of King Arthur, Camelot, and the Knights of the Round Table. It just had everything to do with the main characters and the breathtaking love that they had for one another.

Colton Lane is the dark and brooding Viking Knight at TLOC. He has a body made for sin and a very masculine alpha appearance. He’s not what you would consider handsome but something about him just oozes sexuality. Women who come to the show end up throwing themselves at him and he’s been known to take some of them back to the horse stables a time or two for some hot schmexy times. Colton is at a job fair with his boss, trying to recruit new employees for TLOC. He runs into a beautiful young woman and her special needs brother and normally he doesn’t go out of his way to socialize with others or to offer help but something about this woman draws him to her. He finds himself going to bat for the two with his boss to get them both jobs at TLOC. Not only does he end up helping them land jobs, but he ends up opening his home to them when they are evicted from the seedy motel they had been calling home for the past month. He just can’t seem to stop being their savior.

 

 

Verity Gwynne is the young woman that finds her knight in shining armor in Colton. She recently lost both of her parents and has been left the responsibility of caring for her older brother who suffered a head injury when he was young and is now mentally disabled. She’s never been given a break in life. Her parents spent most of their time caring for her brother because of his disability and left her to fend for herself. Since their deaths life has been a huge uphill battle for her until the day she meets Colton.

 

 

Colton has also had a rough start in life and because he had explosive, violent outbursts, which was termed intermittent explosive disorder, and it led to some trouble in school, he was sent away by his parents to live with his Aunt. The outbursts would only be triggered when someone he cared for was being threatened or harmed. He lived a better life with his Aunt and before she passed away she had asked him to look out for his cousin, Melody, who suffers from Down Syndrome.

 

 

Colton and Verity feel an instant attraction to each other but they’re both a bit clueless and can’t see what’s going on between them. Once they finally admit their feelings the steam factor is OFF THE CHARTS!!!! I think every woman needs a Dark Sexy Knight in their lives!!!!

 

 

As with every fairy tale, there are some villains who threaten to tear the two young lovers apart forever. Will Colton and Verity be able to face their challenges head on and keep their relationship intact?

 

 

This story was the complete package for me. I was absolutely engrossed in it from the very first page to the end of its amazing epilogue. I have enjoyed the two other books I read by Ms. Regnery but never did I feel blown away until this one right here. Now I am adding her to my list of MUST READ authors. She has won this reader over indefinitely!

 

 

DARK SEXY KNIGHT is available now. If you haven’t one-clicked this yet, I highly recommend that you do! 

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LIVE – GINGER’s HEART by Katy Regnery

 

Ginger’s Heart by Katy Regnery

Date of Publication: March 22, 2016

Blurb

“I finished Ginger’s Heart last night, and I am completely and utterly in love.” –Mia Sheridan, NY Times bestselling author

Once upon a time there were two cousins:
one golden like the sun,
one dark like midnight,
one a protector,
one a predator,
one a Woodsman
and
one a Wolf…
both owning equal,
but different,
parts of a little girl’s heart.

In this modern retelling of “Little Red Riding Hood,” the woodsman and the wolf are cousins, and Little Red is the girl with whom they both fall in love.

Beautiful Ginger McHuid, daughter of Kentucky’s premiere horse breeder, grows up on her family farm, best friends with Cain Wolfram, the son of her father’s Stallion Manager, and Cain’s cousin, Josiah Woodman, son of a local banker. Throughout their happy childhood, the three are inseparable friends, but as they mature into adults, complicated feelings threaten to destroy their long history of friendship and love.

Ginger’s Heart

*****

This is a standalone novel inspired by Little Red Riding Hood. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to profanity and very strong sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

(The next standalone a modern fairytale novel, Don’t Speak, inspired by The Little Mermaid, will be released in 2017.)

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About Katy Regnery

Katy Regnery, award-winning and Amazon bestselling author, started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract for a winter romance entitled By Proxy.

Now a hybrid author who publishes both independently and traditionally, Katy claims authorship of the six-book Heart of Montana series, the six-book English Brothers series, and a Kindle Worlds novella entitled “Four Weddings and a Fiasco: The Wedding Date,” in addition to the standalone novels, Playing for Love at Deep Haven and Amazon bestseller, The Vixen and the Vet.

The Vixen and the Vet is included in the charity anthology Hometown Heroes: Hotter Ever After, and Katy’s novella “Frosted” appeared in the Jan ’15 anthology, Snowy Days Steamy Nights. Additionally, Katy’s short story, “The Long Way Home” appeared in the first RWA anthology (Feb ’15), Premiere.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, and two dogs create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.

Find Katy Regnery Online

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Excerpt from Chapter 12 of Ginger’s Heart, a modern fairytale, by Katy Regnery. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

An hour later they stopped by the Glenn River, eight miles downriver from Ginger’s house and two from the distillery where Cain had partied last night.

“We should water them,” he said, reining in Thunder and dismounting with the ease of a lifelong horseman.

She reined in Heath, who nickered in protest, and grinned down at Cain who reached up for her. His hands lingered for an extra moment on her hips as she slid down the front of his body. Leaning her head back, she stared up at him, daring him to pull her closer, to kiss her, to admit that this whole “friends” thing was bullshit on fire. But, he clenched his jaw, cleared his throat and dropped his hands.

“Thanks,” she murmured, her voice husky in her ears as he stared down at her, his eyes flinty and dark.

Taking Heath’s reins with a grunt, he turned away from her, leading the horses to the river’s edge and leaving her to follow behind. She leaned down to pick up a flat stone and skipped it across the slow moving water.

“Not bad,” said Cain.

“You were always the best.”

“Nah,” he said. “Woodman was better.”

“Nope,” she countered, picking up another stone. “Woodman was good, but you were better. Remember that Fourth of July that you skipped eleven times? Eleven times. It was a record.”

Satisfied that the horses were calm and drinking their fill, Cain leaned down and grabbed a rock of his own, skipping it over the dark water.

One-two-three-four-five-six-seven…

“Wow!” she said, clapping lightly. “You’ve still got the touch!”

He turned to her, grinning. “You always get excited about the littlest things. What’s it like gettin’ a kick out of everythin’, Gin?”

“What’s it like gettin’ a kick out of nothin’, Cain?” she asked, her voice full of sass.

“I’m gettin’ a kick out of you right now, princess.”

A charge zapped between them as the words left his mouth, and her breath hitched and held for just a moment, but she looked down and picked up another rock. She was enjoying today too much to go back to Awkwardland.

She skipped her rock, which sunk after three measly hops.

“Remember when you saved my Cabbage Patch doll from certain doom in this river?” she asked him.

He screwed up his face as her. “Wasn’t me. Must have been Woodman.”

“It was you!” she insisted. “Not Woodman!”

“Savin’ a dolly? Please. That has Woodman written all over it. I couldn’t have cared less if it drowned.”

“But I cared,” she said softly. “Which is why you saved it.”

“Fine. Have it your way,” he said, sitting down on a large rock near the water’s edge.

She sighed, squatting down to wash her hands in the clear water before looking back at him. “Why do you do that?”

“Do what?”

“Let Woodman take credit for all the good things?”

He shrugged, looking away from her, out at the water. “I don’t.”

“You just did. Twice.”

He sighed, giving her a long-suffering look. “If somethin’ good happened, chances were, it was Woodman’s doin’.”

“How do you figure?”

“He’s the better man, Gin,” said Cain, his eyes severe, his words deliberate.

She stood up slowly, turning her body completely to face him. “Do you really believe that?”

He looked away. “It’s the truth.”

“Cain. Cain, look at me.” Her words didn’t feel like enough so she beseeched him with her eyes too. “You’re just as good a man as he is.”

“Ha!” scoffed Cain, standing up and moving away from her. “Not in this life, princess.”

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PRE-ORDER: GINGER’s HEART (A Modern Fairytale, #3) by Katy Regnery

Ginger’s Heart by Katy Regnery

Date of Publication: March 22, 2016

Blurb

 

In this modern retelling of “Little Red Riding Hood,” the wolf and the woodsman are cousins, and Ginger is the little girl who claims both of their hearts.

Cain.

Woodman.

Ginger.

When three children grow up together in the rolling hills of Kentucky horse country,

One becomes a predator

One becomes a protector

And one becomes prey.

Ginger McHuid has been in love with the “Dub Twins” – Cain Wolfram and Josiah Woodman – for as long as she can remember. And for as long as the cousins can remember, they’ve each loved Ginger in their own all-consuming ways.

One will win her

One will be cast away

While one follows her heart.

Ginger’s Heart

This is a standalone novel inspired by Little Red Riding Hood. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to profanity and very strong sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

(The next standalone a modern fairytale novel, Don’t Speak, inspired by The Little Mermaid, will be released in June 2017.)

*****

Ginger’s Heart is part of the a modern fairytale collection, which will include four standalone, unrelated novels:

“The Vixen and the Vet” (Beauty & the Beast) – available now

“Never Let You Go” (Hansel & Gretel) – available now

“Ginger’s Heart” (Little Red Riding Hood) – available March 22, 2016

“Don’t Speak” (The Little Mermaid) – available June 16, 2017

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About Katy Regnery

Katy Regnery, award-winning and Amazon bestselling author, started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract for a winter romance entitled By Proxy.

Now a hybrid author who publishes both independently and traditionally, Katy claims authorship of the six-book Heart of Montana series, the six-book English Brothers series, and a Kindle Worlds novella entitled “Four Weddings and a Fiasco: The Wedding Date,” in addition to the standalone novels, Playing for Love at Deep Haven and Amazon bestseller, The Vixen and the Vet.

The Vixen and the Vet is included in the charity anthology Hometown Heroes: Hotter Ever After, and Katy’s novella “Frosted” will appear in the upcoming (Jan ’15) anthology, Snowy Days Steamy Nights. Additionally, Katy’s short story, “The Long Way Home” appeard in the first RWA anthology (Feb ’15), Premiere.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, and two dogs create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.

Find Katy Regnery Online

Teaser

Excerpt from Chapter 1 of Ginger’s Heart, a modern fairytale, by Katy Regnery. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Just about everyone called Woodman “Woodman” except Gran and sometimes Cain. Gran insisted on calling him by his Christian name. Cain used “Josiah” and “Woodman” interchangeably with no real rhyme or reason that Ginger could follow.

“Rumor is you’re gonna marry Josiah someday,” said Gran, her sixty-something blue eyes merry. “But what do you say?”

Ginger giggled self-consciously, thinking about her grandmother’s question, something clenching in her twelve-year-old heart as she thought about marrying sensible Woodman and abandoning her wild feelings for his cousin, Cain.

“I don’t know,” she said, feeling her forehead crease in confusion.

“Or maybe you’re thinkin’ you want to marry…Cain,” said Gran softly.

Cain, with his jet black hair and ice blue eyes, appeared like a vision before her, and Ginger’s heart thumped faster. The way he’d run off to see Mary-Louise Walker this afternoon made her brown eyes spitting green with jealousy. The way he swaggered made her breath catch. Woodman was so predictable, so safe in comparison.

Then again, Woodman hadn’t exactly been predictable this afternoon, had he? He’d surprised her with the gift and even more with his words. His body had been hard and warm when he’d held her, the embrace awakening something new and foreign within her. Something she wasn’t sure she wanted. Something that didn’t feel safe and even scared her a little bit. She pulled her fingers away from the charm bracelet and faced her Gran.

“What do I do if I love them both?”

Her grandmother’s eyes, which had been mostly teasing, flinched, and her mouth tilted down in a sympathetic frown, which made her face seem so serious and sober.

“Choose, dollbaby,” said her Gran. “Someday you’ll have to choose.”

The same feeling that she’d had in the barn, when Cain had yelled, “Jump to the one you love the most, darlin’!” flared up within her—a fierce refusal to love one cousin more than the other, to give up one in lieu of the other.

Choose? Her memories skated back through a dozen years on McHuid’s Farm that had always included Cain and Woodman. When they were little children, they played together, swimming buck naked in the creek and racing over the green hills and pastures in impromptu games of tag. As the boys grew up, they started working with Cain’s daddy, Klaus, who was her father’s right-hand man, mucking out the stables and grooming the horses. She’d run down to the barn every day after her lessons to see them, working right along beside them until they were all covered in hay, dust and barn grime.

Though the Wolframs weren’t generally included in the McHuid’s active social life, the Woodmans were, which meant that in addition to seeing Cain and Woodman on the farm, she also saw Woodman at every holiday and birthday party…and they always managed to slip out unseen with some smuggled sweets for Cain.

They were the Three Musketeers of McHuid’s Farm and Ginger knew both boys as well as she knew herself—Cain’s smirking, hot-headed, impulsive ways, and Woodman’s level-headed patience, caution and kindness. Regardless of their differences, she also knew that as the only children of twin sisters, Cain and Woodman were much closer than most cousins. Genetically speaking, they were half-brothers, and while they surely liked to tease and torture each other, they wouldn’t hesitate to jump into front of a train to save the other’s skin either.

In Ginger’s mind, she envisioned them like two halves of the same coin that she held carefully in the palm of her hand.

She loved them both desperately.

Choose?

No, her heart protested. Impossible.

“What if I can’t?” she whispered, leaning back and resting her head on her grandmother’s comforting shoulder.

“Then you’ll lose them both,” said her grandmother softly.

Ginger’s shoulders fell, relaxing in surrender as she closed her eyes against the burn of tears.

“But don’t let’s think about that now, dollbaby,” said Gran, leaning her head upon her granddaughter’s, the constant tremble of her unpredictable body almost soothing to Ginger as they rocked side by side in the twilight. “You’re just twelve today. You’ve got your whole life ahead of you.”

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