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
Title: Jonquils for Jax
Author: Katy Regnery
Publisher: Katy Regnery
Published: August 2016
Format reviewed: eBook
Main characters profession: Ex-cop, gardener and Award winning Movie producer.
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.
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:
Book Buy Links:
Jonquils for Jax (Book 1)
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About the Author:
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.
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Reviewed by Bharti