Saturday, August 29, 2015

Book Review for What Janie Wants by Rhenna Morgan

Clothing optional....
Janie McAlister should have known better than to trust her quirky sister’s taste in resorts. Instead of thatched-roof huts and designer pools overlooking the ocean, she’s landed at the one seventies throwback in the Riviera Maya with an open door nudity policy. No way is she going au naturale in public. And she’s sure not entertaining the advances of the bold young man with the delicious body daring her to do exactly that…and so much more.
Well, hello, Ms. McAlister…
Zade Painel’s a man on a mission—grab some much needed R&R at Gypsy Cove, and figure out how to reclaim his boudoir photography business. He never thought the answer would come in the form of a curvy, forty-year-old redhead and an accidental knee to the ‘nads, but Janie proves to be a force of nature with a penchant for fixing things. She’s also sexy as hell. One way or another, he’s going to help her see just that. And if he plays his cards right, it’ll be a heavenly hands-on approach that lasts way past seven days in paradise.


Fans of the older woman/younger man theme will want to add this to their list of enjoyable reads with its likable characters and steamy encounters.  It's a pleasant read, set mainly in an exotic locale, that charmed me even as it addressed the familiar issues surrounding this favorite theme of mine.

Janie's on vacation after signing divorce papers from a husband who cheated on her with a younger woman.  For twenty years she devoted herself to her family, never going after what she wanted.  Coming to an island full of sun and surf has her vowing to relax and decide what she wants out of her new life.  Meeting the sexy and younger Zade helps her embrace the fun life has to offer and has her seeing herself in a whole new light, a womanly light where her vibrancy calls to him.  Though she has concerns over their age difference she can't deny how supportive he is of her, how good he makes her feel, and how much richer life is when he's in it.  With their time on the island coming to and end will she go with her heart or let other's preconceived notions take away the other half to her soul that Zade's become.  Janie's a strong-willed woman who's not as bitter as most divorcees as she can admit she's excited by this recent change in her life. She's a bit leery of Zade at first but their crackling connection soon wins her over.  Her concerns about age are understandable but an altercation towards the end of the story felt a bit manipulative and overly dramatic and left me disappointed in Janie.

Zade may be young but he's wiser in years than most young men his age which will come in handy as he has to use every ounce of charm to win over Janie. It's a fortuitous meeting between two apparent opposites as he too is on the island to reassess his life.  Before now he's never had trouble getting women but Janie's initial low self-esteem has her leading him on a merry chase and him using charm, sexiness, and playfulness to win her over.  Zade's the quintessential hero as he says and does everything right.  He compliments Janie at every turn, supports her and inspires her to live life wholeheartedly.  Through his artistic talent he shows her her true self-worth even as she lets his age blind her to the truth of their feelings for each other.  He's sweet, sexy, and caring and you can't help but fall for him.

This was an enjoyable read with a delightful hero and admirable heroine.  The setting is exotic and romantic and helped bring these two people together through fun and flirty encounters.  The sexual interludes were scorching at first and got even more fiery and frantic as their time together came to an end.  The issues surrounding their age difference are familiar and dealt with in a mostly believable manner with the final confrontation feeling a bit over the top.  The ending too was wrapped up a bit too quickly as I wanted Janie to be the one to chase after Zade for a change.  On a whole though this was a fun and flirty read with a drool-worthy hero that's still invading my dreams and I recommend it as a decadent diversion to the stresses of the day.

My rating for this is a B+

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

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