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Series: Jardin Bay #3
Published by Escape Publishing on October 8, 2014
Genres: Coastal Romance, Contemporary Romance
Revisit gorgeous Jardin Bay with Jenny Schwartz’s fabulous new novel. The town may look like paradise, but for one nurse it represents only broken dreams.
All Cassie Freedom wants to do is save the world, and she could, if only she were able to. But her dream of nursing in Africa is shattered, and she returns home to Jardin Bay, where familiarity, security, and a sense of her own failure threaten to drown her.
Dr. Theo Morrigan knows a thing or two about responsibility, leaving his own medical practice to take over a family business. He knows his mind, his future, and how he wants to live his life – until an old secret resurfaces and rocks his whole world.
Suddenly, the man who needed no one needs a broken-hearted nurse, and a nurse who thinks she’s too weak will find her own strength.
Back to Jardin Bay we go, for the third in Jenny Schwartz’s Jardin Bay series, Kiss It Better. This is an October release from Escape Publishing.
There is something about Jenny’s stories, and particularly the Jardin Bay series, that just makes you want to smile. I’ve come away from reading all three with a real sense of happiness and a goofy grin on my face.
So, what did I think of Kiss It Better?
Even if you haven’t read the previous Jardin Bay books, there will be no problem sliding in to read Kiss It Better. It can happily stand alone (but as always, I’m a fiend for reading whole series, so….).
This was such a sweet and enjoyable read. I liked that the romance that develops between Cassie and Theo isn’t all “crash bang, let’s get freaky and the get all indignant for no reason” – it develoos quickly, yes, but I didn’t feel as if they rushed into it all.
Both Cassie and Theo get some crazy big shocks throughout the course of the story, and their reactions and behaviour was just as I would’ve expected in the circumstances. That’s something I love about how Jenny writes her characters – there may be drama in their lives, but there are no drama queens.
I love the glimpses of the locations – Jardin Bay and my town, Melbourne – both quite different, but equally important to the story. The secondary characters are wonderfully real, and often will invoke a real reaction – ooh, Leighton, I am referring to you!
I’m not sure if there is anything further planned for the people of Jardin Bay, but I can tell you I’ll be certain to read it if there is.