Friday, October 28, 2016

Marry Me Mad - The Rousseaus #2 (The Blueberry Lane Series) -by Katy Regnery


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Did you fall in love with The English Brothers? Were you hot for the Winslows? Katy Regnery's New York Times bestselling Blueberry Lane series continues with The Rousseau siblings in 2016!

For as long as Madeleine “Mad” Rousseau can remember, she’s been the “sweet” twin to her sister Jax’s “sassy.” But after an especially painful break-up, Mad decides she’s had enough of being sweet. Children’s librarian during the day, she begins visiting Philly’s seedier nightspots on a quest for adventure.

When Cortlandt “Cort” Ambler, the ex-boyfriend of Mad’s sister, Jax, saves her from disaster on one such evening, an unlikely friendship is born between the rebellious librarian and the moonlighting pianist…and two broken hearts begin a journey toward being whole again.

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*All books in The Blueberry Lane Series can be enjoyed as standalone novels.*

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- ARC Received by the author for an honest review -

This story is about Mad, sister to Etienne who married Kate English and twin sister to Jax. The description on this story is a little weird in that it was different to what happened in the book. Mad is the good twin. She is ladylike, is a childrens librarian and has been in a relationship for 3 years. Growing up her wealthy, french father cheated on her much younger mother and they stayed together. So Mad was always the peacemaker, the good twin and tried to cause the least amount of trouble.

At 17, ten years before, Jax dated Cort but on the night of prom he broke up with her for a very serious reason. He let her make up a reason and she told everyone it was because she would not put out. Mad, as Jax's twin sister hated how Cort treated her sister and since then did not have positive feelings for him.

Meanwhile Cort has always had a thing for Mad. In fact the reason he ended up dating Jax was he thought he had kissed Mad until Jax showed up the next day and shared that it was her. He sort of ended up in a high school relationship with her that ended at the prom at age 17. Since them he became a musician and is now back in town performing with his musical partner Victoria.

On the night the story begins, Mad gets a promotion at work and calls her boyfriend to share the news. Instead she found out his flinging with his intern and she dumps his ass but is devestated. That is how she ends up at a bar where Cort and Victoria are performing.



She gets smashing drunk and throws up and thats when Cort comes to her rescue. He has always dreamed about her and no one measured up and so he spends the night re-getting to know Mad. Unfortunately for him Mad only sees him as a friend because she can never get involved with her sisters ex even if it was ten years before.

I for one HATE sister exes romances. Sisters having a boyfriend in common. Yuck. But in this case it did not bother me. For one Jax and Cort kissed. There was no sex and everyone knows there was never anything more than petting and kissing. Add in 10 years and it wasn't a big deal for me. On the other hand Jax and Mad are twins and well a guy being into both of them at the same time that was kinda ick but he was 17 and it was ten years before so I could totally let it go.

I loved that even though Mad says they cannot be, well she was just as  into Cort as he was with her. She really cannot stop thinking about him and cannot stay away. This book is really how she gets past a very immature and inconsequential relationship her sister had with Cort for this amazing and big relationship she can have with Cort.


I did have two issues with this book. One is Jax. I read her book and I loved her story and I loved her. In this book she is extremely unlikable. First she comes off very self centered at first. She cancels on her sister and runs off. Then she ends up staying with her sister and its really all about her. The second reason I did not like her is a big spoiler and I am not going into spoiling that but suffice to say 10 years before she was even more self centered and in the end it should have been Jax asking forgiveness rather than Mad asking for permission for a relationship with Cort.

My other issue is that I liked Mad a lot for most of the book. I really did like her but around 80% she just turned into this big coward. Had Jax not forced the issue I am not sure she would have ever told her about the relationship with Cort and I felt Cort deserved more than a coward. Near the end she finally starts facing things but for a portion I really didn't like her at all for her cowardice.

As to Cort I absolutely loved him. This author has a gift for creating these wonderful male characters and Cort OMG he was  sweet, sexy and 100% about Mad from day one and who doesn't love that in a man. I also really loved the scenes with him, Merit and Mad. I also totally loved Sloane. I loved that she told Cort the truth whether he liked it or not.

EXCERPT:

She stood on the sidewalk facing him, a sweet smile on her lips.
Cort gestured to his front door with a flick of his chin. “Want to come in?”
“Yes. But we have to talk first.”
“What happened to ‘Take me to bed’?”
She sighed. “Fresh air cleared my head.”
He glanced down at his swollen cock, all but bursting against the zipper of his jeans. “I’m dying a little here, baby.”
Her eyes followed his, dancing with mirth when she looked back up at him. “So I see.”
“I’m not alone either,” he said, dropping his eyes to her nipples, which strained against her thin, billowy blouse.
“No,” she said, her voice slightly lower, her smile giving way to a hotter, more needy look. “You’re not.”
“So let’s talk inside.”
She shook her head no. “Here.”
Cort sighed, hitching her flowered bag a little higher on his shoulder, waiting for her to continue.
“No talking about Jax or Thatcher,” she said. “If you talk about Jax, I won’t be able to stay. I’ll feel too guilty. And if you talk about Thatcher, I’ll feel too angry. Promise?”
“I promise.”
She took a step closer to him. “And this one’s big…No falling in love with each other. We’re just about impossible, you and me, so we can’t—you know—bring that sort of emotion into this. We can enjoy each other, but that’s all, Cort. Promise.”
He flinched as she finished. He could feel the involuntary muscle reaction that narrowed his eyes and told him that it was too late. It was a lifetime too late to tell him not to love her, because he’d loved her for most of his life. Her gentleness, her quiet grace, the peace he’d always found in her presence now combined with the scorching chemistry between them that couldn’t be denied. Over and over again throughout his life, he’d looked for her, tried to find someone like her, but his heart had fixed on hers so long ago, it was all but impossible for him not to love her. The only way he could promise her was to promise not to “fall” this weekend, only because he’d already fallen years before.
“I promise not to fall.”
She smiled at him, though the smile had lost a bit of the lightheartedness it had held minutes earlier. “Do you need any promises from me?”
He nodded, closing the distance between them. “Yeah, I do.”
Her eyes widened, flaring with heat, the black of her pupils obliterating the green of her irises as she pressed her breasts against his chest.
“Promise to leave nothing on the table, Mad. Give me everything you’ve got for twenty-four hours.”
“Except…” Her voice broke. “Except my love. I promise.”
His heart clenched at her omission, and it made him want to push her out of her comfort zone a little. “Promise to touch me everywhere with your hot little mouth.”
“I promise,” she murmured, her throat moving as she swallowed.
His eyes narrowed. “Promise to open your legs so I can slide inside of you as if I’ve been doing it all my life.”
“Cort,” she whimpered, her eyes fluttering closed as she looked down at where her chest heaved into his. “I need you.”


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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