Monday, June 22, 2015

What Janie Wants Blog Tour +Giveaway +Review

What Janie Wants
by: Rhenna Morgan
Publication Date: June 22, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance


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.

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Told in Janie’s Point of View:
Janie froze. Every muscle locked up and her breath hitched. The only thing actively working was her heart, which after its initial stumble, had taken off at a gallop.
“…make damned sure the only thing you can do is feel.”
So tempting. So terribly tempting.
The shadows around him accented the sharp angles of his jaw and nose, and his voice dropped to a grumble. “Talk to me, Janie.”
And tell him what? That she wanted what he wanted as bad as he did, but she was terrified to give the green light? That she wasn’t sure she could take the disappointment in his eyes if things got serious and he saw what a quality sundress could hide? “What do you want to know?”
“Tell me what you want.”
Touch. Passion. Contact. Skin. It all rushed in at once, clogging her throat and seizing her thoughts.
“One word.” His hand tightened on his lap, not so subtly gripping what looked to be a powerful erection. “One thing at a time.”
She swallowed and tried to catch her breath. The request leapt to her tongue, ready for launch. Damn it to hell, she was a living, breathing human, not some freakish deviant. Why couldn’t she say what she wanted? Own it. It was one night. One chance she may never get again. “A kiss.”
He stared at her. Quiet.
Her lungs burned, the air so thick she could barely breathe.
He stood and padded to her side of the bed.
With every step, her heartbeat surged a notch. Her thighs pressed so tight together it was a wonder the bed didn’t shake.
He unhooked his watch. One of those chunky ones her son had begged her for two Christmas’ ago. Somehow the silver looked right on Zade. Manly. Effortless and stylish without being overblown.
It clunked against the nightstand as he sat it aside.
He’d rolled his sleeves up, tanned skin and prominent veins peeking from beneath the crisp blue fabric. The top two buttons of his shirt were open, leaving his neck on display. And his eyes, bright blue and bold as the hottest flame, framed by his loose blond bangs.
He scanned her body stretched out on the bed, put a knee to the mattress, and straddled her thighs. Rooting his hands on either side of her head, he held his body over hers, yet not touching. “A kiss.” He dipped closer. Slow, inhaling deep. “Want to point out, you didn’t put any restrictions on your request.”
He traced the line of her lips with his own, close enough to tickle and tease, but not nearly enough to give her what she craved. “You didn’t say how…” His warm breath fluttered against her face. “…or where.” He licked her lower lip and lifted his gaze to hers. “I’ll take that to mean I get to taste all of you.”


My Review

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  It was funny, yet romantic and steamy at times.  Janie is a recently divorced woman who also just turned 40.  She has spent the last 22 years making sure all her husbands and children’s needs have been meet.  Now she finds herself divorced and unsure of what to do.  Her sister books a trip to a resort in Mexico for her to find herself.  This resort is a little different.  It’s not as fancy or up to date as most resorts plus they have a clothing optional policy.  Janie is about to leave when she literally runs into Zade and when they land she winds up kneeing him in the nuts.  While trying to recoup on the floor Zade can only think about how attractive this woman is.  He talks her into staying and meeting him for dinner.  Zade is upfront about the fact that he finds Janie attractive and would like to get to know her in more than one way.  Janie if conflicted mostly because of the age difference.  Besides what could he find attractive about her in comparison to girls his own age.  Janie decides what could a vacation fling with a much younger man hurt, no one will know but them.  Neither one anticipated the feeling they would have for each other.  Could they make a relationship in the real world work?  What would people think of Janie?  Will Janie be willing to take the risk or will she let other people opinion deprive her of something that could be great?  Both Janie and Zade are great characters.  Janie was very relatable.  Who wouldn’t be worried about what others would think.  A man with a younger woman isn’t anything new but a woman with a younger man is still frowned upon.  To me age is just a number just as gender doesn’t really matter.  You are attracted to who you attracted to.  Zade may be much younger that Janie but he is very mature.  He has a life plan and knows what he wants.  There is no playing games or telling her what she wants to her just so she does what he wants.  I would love to read more about Janie and Zade.  This is the first book by Rhenna Morgan I have read but I look forward to reading other books by her in the future.


Meet the Author

Rhenna Morgan writes for the same reason she reads—to escape reality. Yes, her life rocks—two beautiful little girls, a great husband, a steady job, and the kind of friends that would take you out back if you hurt her. But, like most women, she’s got obligations stacked tight from dusk to dawn. So, when the world gets her down, she slips into something…less realistic. Romance is a must. So is a steamy romp (or four). Nothing thrills her more than the fantasy of new, exciting worlds, strong, intuitive men, and the sigh of, “Oh if only that could happen to me.” So, if you’re picking up one of her books, expect portals into alternate realms and men who’ll fight to keep the women they want. Romantic escape for the women who need it.

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  1. Thank you so much for hosting me today and helping me share Janie & Zade's story. More importantly, thanks for taking the time to craft such a lovely review.

  2. I have not read Rhenna's work before and cant wait to read What Janie Wants!!