Perfect Rhythm by Jae

I have taken a step back from reading for a bit, there is a lot going on and at times I find myself reading current events more than being able to zone out with a book. It hasn’t helped that the last couple of months nothing really sounds interesting to read. When I got a chance to read Jae’s newest book, it sat on my Kindle for a few days before I opened it. Can I just say, I am so glad I did. Perfect Rhythm has that quintessential Jae style. It’s focused, romantic, detailed and has that amazing quality where you come out on the other side smarter than you went in.

Leontyne Blake is a pop star. She has made it big, a household name with millions of fans and millions in her bank account. She is also just going through the motions of life, she’s burnt out, tired and needs a break from the constant travel of pop star life. She’s lost in a sea of fans and adoration. When her mother calls and tells her to come home, her dad is very ill, Leo finally has a break from music but has to face her demons of coming back to her childhood home.

Holly Drummond is Leo’s father’s home health nurse. Her job is her passion, so going above and beyond the call of duty is nothing new to her. She is a godsend to Leo’s mother. Holly is happy with small town life, loves seeing her friends and family regularly and she can’t begin to understand how Leo left her hometown and her parents behind.

These two start off on the wrong foot, they spar a bit before breaking down and communicating their misconceptions about the other. Jae keeps the tension high and then takes it from “enemies”, friends and then to romance. She does it wonderfully, the emotions that pour out in this book are amazing. I found myself hanging on every word, devouring their dialougue and loving every moment. It is a very well written romance!

While the two characters move from friends to the development of romantic feelings, Holly holds back from Leo. Holly is an asexual lesbian. Coming from poor relationships in the past, Holly is not willing to take that risk with the world famous pop star, no matter how down to earth she is. Leo is everything she wants in a partner, but the uncertainty of their future is too great to chance it. You can say angst, and it’s my favorite when done right. Let me tell you, it’s done masterfully!

Never does the book feel like a human sexuality book or preachy soapbox, this is a romance novel. The love story is front and center, Holly lets Leo know how she feels, her experiences, how she’s different but it never overshadows the heart of the book. You don’t want to miss this one, it’s a fabulously written romance that pulls at your heart strings. Thank you, Jae, for a book that renewed my faith in taking time out for a damn good book.

5 out of 5 stars

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Falling Hard by Jae

First off let me say I am a huge fan of Jae’s work. As I have said before she is an author you can count on to deliver you a quality read time and time again. With that being said, Falling Hard, her latest novel is probably my least favorite of her books thus far. Don’t freak out, this is a good book, don’t get me wrong, it really is, but overall I felt uninspired reading it. Here are my thoughts as to why…

Dr. Jordan Williams is a general surgeon how lives her life with a no strings attached look on love. You got it! Her bedroom has a revolving door of ladies. She doesn’t hide it and is honorable in the fact that she lets her lovers know exactly what to expect, a good night or two and then adios on to the next one.

Emma Larson is a recently divorced, single mother who has recently had her heart shattered by a cheating wife. Emma picked up what was left of her after catching her wife with another woman, in her own bed nonetheless, and moved from Portland to her childhood hometown of South Pasadena, CA. Emma isn’t looking for a good time between the sheets, she isn’t going to give her heart away for the second time and unless it is true love. One thing that throws everything off is she is ridiculously attracted to her new next door neighbor, Jordan.

You can basically guess how the plot is going to go. Player meets hot single mom, mom rebukes all advances, the player can’t get mom out of her head and stops sleeping around, mom falls for the player, the player falls for mom and viola and a new family is made. There is nothing wrong with that, it’s a good story. You have well thought out characters with a solid beginning, middle, and end. What it is though, is lackluster. There is nothing that sets this book apart from a dozen others that have the exact same plot. There is no tension, no angst, no thoughtful dialogue, nothing that makes the story or its characters jump off the page. It gave me no feels, and after Jae’s last novel, Heart Stop, which gave me all kinds of delicious emotions, I wanted more. This is a light sweet romance, one I am glad I read, but not one that will leave much of a lasting impression.

3.5 out of 5 stars

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Heart Trouble by Jae

Loved it….scream it out loud again…Loved it! This book had me from the get go. I was enthralled by the characters, by their story and oh yes that delicious angst. It had everything I could have asked for, and even had a little unexpected twist that made it even more delightful. You can stop reading now, just buy this book.

You are still reading? OK well here is the synopsis.

Dr. Hope Finlay is your typical uber-smart loner. She’s all work, very little play. She grew up in foster care after the loss of her mother to cancer. This tragedy and therefore background has caused her to keep everyone at arm’s length. Relationships are not her strong point. What she is, is a gifted emergency room physician.

Our other main character is Laleh Samadi. Laleh is a second generation Persian American, who in her parents’ eyes is an underachiever. Underachiever in the sense she passed on college because her passion was working in her family’s restaurant. Also, she refuses to marry without finding true love. Neither of her parents can understand Laleh’s actions and they do rib her about it, but overall they are a loving bunch.

So a heart condition brings these two characters together and a little mishap intertwines them into a roller-coaster ride of emotions. I won’t ruin it with too many details. These two lives become intertwined and it is funny, witty and straight up sexy. Hope and Laleh have banter too, which I am a huge sucker for dialogue, so this made my heart sing. I adore this book. Easily one of the best I have read this year. Jae is a writer that you can always count on to deliver a fantastic book and you always come away with a little more knowledge.

5 out of 5 stars

Shaken to the Core by Jae

I am a huge fan of Jae’s work. I wholeheartedly believe she is one of the best at creating well rounded stories and interesting characters. Her newest novel is no exception. Set in San Francisco under the backdrop of the California earthquake of April 18, 1906. This earthquake ranks as one of the most significant earthquakes of all time, and thus caused ninety percent of San Francisco to catch fire. The historical aspects of this novel are riveting, but what really makes this story jump off the pages is the characters of Giuliana Russo and Kate Winthrop. Their interactions, their story, their adventures just felt real, they grabbed your heart and just would not let go.

Giuliana Russo is a migrant of Sicily. Giuliana and her older brother left their homeland to seek a better life. They didn’t dream of coming to California to become rich or famous, no they just want to provide enough money to send home so their mother and young siblings have enough food to eat. Work a few years in America, save up and then head back to their homeland. Her older brother, Turi, works the boat and Giuliana helps him sell his catch. Unfortunately their plan for a better life and a chance to return home is destroyed when Turi become deathly ill and suddenly passes away. Giuliana is now alone, and forced to find any work she can, and that is where she will meet Kate and becomes the maid to the Winthrop family.

Kate Winthrop is seriously wealthy. Her family owns a large shipping company and Kate has never wanted for anything that money can buy. She does however want her freedom. Kate is not happy buying fancy dresses, or entertaining the fancies of a suitor. No, this independent, spirited woman wants to make her own mark on the world. Photography is her passion, and she is dead set on working for a newspaper. Her photographs will speak for themselves no matter her gender.

Kate and Guliana become fast friends and allies. Both women are struggling to find their place in the world and they see that in each other. They also see beyond the veneer of poor immigrant and rich socialite. As their friendship takes off, so does the raging fire. These two women are thrown into perilous situations and adventures that are heart-pounding and quite frankly scary as hell. Their relationship is breathtakingly beautiful, timid but also very brave.

You cannot go wrong reading this one. This book is amazing! The historical aspect, the adventure and the romance are all done marvelously. Jae hits it out of the park with this one! For what its worth, Jae if you read this humble review, please write a book about Dr. Lucy Hamilton!

I was given this book by Ylva in return for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

Shaken to the Core
by Jae
Link: https://amzn.com/B01GEWY5XA

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Just Physical by Jae

Just Physical by Jae stole my heart. This is the third novel in The Hollywood Series. While the book is a stand alone, if you have read the previous books, especially Damage Control, you meet up with some familiar characters. Just Physical is a star studded romance that you do not want to miss.

Jill Corrigan is a tough, hard headed, stubborn actress. She is fiercely independent, which is a double edge sword when you have been recently diagnosed with MS. Jill is a hard character not to fall in love with. Her strength in the face of adversity is admirable. She is a character that will undeniably pull at your heart strings.

Kristine “Crash” Patterson is a Hollywood stunt-woman. She has come onto the set of Jill’s newest film, to do all the action scenes Jill has been deemed unfit physically to do. She is a hotshot, daredevil, who is eager to do what it takes to make it in the male dominated world of stunt doubles. One thing about Crash, she has a heart of solid gold, and it doesn’t take much for that heart to be stolen by Jill.

Up until reading this book, I knew very little about MS as a disease. Jae did an outstanding job of informing me, the reader, about the struggles of living with MS. She did it in a way that only a skilled writer could. Jae applied it to her characters, and their lives, weaving this information into the story, without breaking character I guess you could say. I never felt like the author was getting on soap box, or the story becoming like a medical journal.

Oh the character development, how fine it was. This is what sets this author aside from so many. She brings characters to life in her stories. They are so well thought out, and well developed. Not only can you see them through the story, but you are able to really understand emotions, reactions and why they are the way they are.

Overall this a great book. The romance is there, the characters are fantastic, and the story evolves in way that holds your attention to the very last page. Jae hit a home run with Just Physical. She is an author that you buy the book automatically, guaranteed time an time again to produce great work.

4.5 Stars

Just Physical (The Hollywood Series Book 4)