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.
Having enjoyed Unexpected Eden it was a no brainer for me to pick up What Janie Wants and I’m happy I did. It is a quick, fun and flirty read with not only likeable characters, but ones I could relate to that had me hooked from start to finish.
Janie has had the rug pulled out from under and while she isn’t broken by the detour her life has taken, she is bruised and trying to figure what her next step should be. While I can’t relate to the circumstances that had her venturing to Gypsy Cove, I could relate to how she saw herself as a woman. After what she has gone through it’s easy to see how she could look at herself and only focus on the not so great parts of herself, but what I liked about her is that regardless of how she may see herself it wasn’t able to dampen her fiery personality. Zade definitely proves that age is only a number. He’s charming, sweet, open and determined. He goes with his gut and yet isn’t impulsive. What I enjoyed the most about him though was how he viewed the world. Having friends who are photographers it’s true that they see beauty in things that others may miss, or simply ignore because it’s not right in their faces, but not Zade and he saw Janie when she was unable to see herself.
I enjoyed how Zade and Janie’s budding relationship progressed and didn’t fall into the whole insta-love realm, especially because this is a novella length story. What there is, is an attraction between two people story and they decide to act on it and find after spending time with each other, in and out of bed, that there may just be something more going on and have to decide if they are willing to explore it back in the real world. Then there is the whole older woman/younger man-cougar thing and well, as I said, Zade proves that age is only a number in the end.
The Bottom Line: If you’re looking for a fun, sweet read about two people taking a chance on each other then this one is for you!
~ I received the ARC from the author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
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.