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Jonquils for Jax by Katy Regnery, Book Review

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We are back on Katy Regnery’s Blueberry Lane for The Rousseau’s this time. Kicking off the Rousseau family series with Jacqueline Rousseau popularly know as Jax by everyone.

Jonquils for Jax is book 1 in the Rousseau’s with 2 more to release – Marry Me Mad and JC for Bijoux Jolis. There is a healthy sprinkling of French in the story especially for sweet nothings, nicknames and a few choice swear words. Trust moi they all sound chic and naughty, I specially like merde & Mon coeur. You will find out the literal meanings when you read this gorgeous love story.

It’s Monsoon in India and JonquilsForJax is a perfect read while it rains and is gloomy outdoors. There’s plenty of sparks, warmth and color in this story to keep you occupied for atleast a quarter of a day in one go. I finished it in one sitting, pages turned with ease and excitement 🙂 glad I read it in one go.

Now a bit of the book’s technical details.

About the book

Jonquils for Jax

Book

Title: Jonquils for Jax

Author: Katy Regnery

Publisher: Katy Regnery

Published: August 2016

Format reviewed: eBook

Rating: 5/5

Story:

Jonquils for Jax is the first of three books about the Philadelphia-based, French-born Rousseau siblings who are all on the look-out for love.

(Except her older brother, Etienne. He fell head-over-heels for Kate English, a la Romeo & Juliet, about five books ago! And J.C., who hasn’t even met Libitz yet…)

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. 

Main characters profession: Ex-cop, gardener and Award winning Movie producer.

My thoughts:

The Rousseau’s with Jonquils for Jax are off to a great start. Though technically the first story of the Elder Rousseau sibling is in  Kiss me Kate which is Book 6 of the English Brothers,  the story of Jax’s elder brother Etienne Rousseau & Kate English, cousin of the hot English Brothers of the Blueberry Lane.

You might wonder what’s jonquils got to do in the story; our hero is a gardener so you can understand him referring to a flower which reminds him of our sassy, french speaking, emerald beauty Jax. To satisfy your curiosity here’s what a Jonquil looks like, read the book to find out how it reminds Gardener of Jax.

Jonquils

The image is not mine, it’s sourced from Pinterest

Our hero, by the way, by profession is a Gardener which is also his first name, so a Gardener named Gardener; you will have quite a few chuckles and heartwarming smiles once you read about the names, flowers and other small details which we usually speed read through or ignore in the stories.

I absolutely loved the story, it was a great mix of lightness and emotional feels, a refreshing story with not many complications. Yes, there are a few demons chasing our lead couple but nothing which will make you feel heavy or pull you down. It’s something they manage and you too, will be able to when reading about it.
Every time I read a Katy Regnery story, there is a sense of excitement and giddy anticipation about how that particular story will play out. The reason being the characters are familiar to me, I’ve read or had a sneak peek about them in other stories in the series which sets the stage for their individual stories. The great thing about Katy’s books are if you pick one out randomly there is enough of a background that you can read it standalone, but I bet you will pick up her other books any ways once you read any one of her stories.
Back to Jax & Gard their story is simple yet complex, like the right amount of bitterness in a delicious, perfectly made caramel sauce.  Jax is amazing, I saw so much of myself in her that it was inevitable for me too, to fall for Gard. What won me especially, all over again is how Gard is legally blind, I love how Katy dares to write characters with disabilities & does so convincingly.

To make it simple for you, it’s a story of 2 people who are emotionally lonely, fighting the demons of the world. It’s a story of 2 broken people with intense attraction and loneliness coming together and  mending each other in a beautiful way. It’s something that is realistically possible and simple with love at it’s centre.

I was moved emotionally at their adorable conversations and protectiveness about each other. It made my believe firm about how love should be simple yet strong.

With all the goody feels, toe curling kisses, adorable protectiveness and Gard n Jax supporting & sassing each other, I wanted more and was left a bit lonely when the story ended. Which makes me anticipate Book 2 fiercely.

Now, here’s my favorite teaser:

 

JonquilsforJaxTeaser5

 

Book Buy Links:

Jonquils for Jax (Book 1)

Amazon India  |  Amazon US | Apple Barnes & Noble | Kobo

About the Author:



Katy Regnery

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.

Twenty-five books later, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled, New York Times and USA Today Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other standalone novels and novellas.

Katy’s first modern fairytale romance,The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1-4, became a New York Times E-book bestseller.

In 2016, Katy signed a print-only agreement with Spencerhill Press. As a result, her Blueberry Lane paperback books will now be distributed to brick and mortar bookstores all over the United States.

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, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.

Connect with Katy

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Reviewed by Bharti

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