Jana Aston is back and I for one am very excited. I really enjoyed The Next Mrs. Russo! This is the story of Audrey Gibson, who has moved to Albany, New York, after inheriting an old brownstone from her aunt. Unfortunately, said brownstone is definitely old and in need of repairs, like plumbing (to begin with). It’s going to be a lot of work but she is still excited because owning this place means she can open up her dream job, a vintage clothing store. Of course, this is not just any vintage clothing store. Audrey spends considerable time and effort in repairing and updating the garments that she finds. She is struggling to build a clientele but she really hopes that the woman who keeps coming to her store, a Mrs. Bianchi, will finally buy the dress she has been eyeing. Well, Mrs. Bianchi does buy the dress. She also introduces Audrey to her crush, one New York Governor Warren Russo.
Warren needs a date for an evening function and Audrey agrees to go with him, under no illusions that this is anything but a last minute date for the sake of expediency. That doesn’t mean she doesn’t send a few signals that she is willing to make out with him. Warren doesn’t take her up on that but he does invite her to another event. And when the plumbing situation at her house gets even worse, he invites her to live in the Governor’s mansion with him while he repairs the ceiling. And things definitely take off from there.
Truly, only from the mind of Jana Aston can a story this fantasy like work. And it does work. I really liked Audrey. She has been in a bad relationship and isn’t expecting anything with Warren. She is just trying to get her new business off the ground and putting her all into it. It is clear the author either does this type of thing on the side or did a good amount of research because I found Audrey’s skills to be authentic. It doesn’t read like a tract on repairing clothing, but it sounds professional and skilled and works into the text well to match Audrey’s personality.
And yeah, I liked the wish-fulfillment side of things too. It was nice to see Audrey fall in love with her crush and him in return. Warren could definitely use some help in the communication game but overall he shows Audrey through actions how he is feeling.
And…. it is sexy. There is, as the author writes, much “Big Dick Energy” in this book and it comes through for me as a reader time and time again. The Next Mrs. Russo really has it all for romance readers: super sexy hero who takes the heroine estate sale shopping, pets, pet psychics and a growing relationship that is powered by Audrey’s zany personality.
The Next Mrs. Russo is available today! Go forth and binge-read the heck out of this book.
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I was not looking for a date.
Another questionable relationship was the last thing I needed.
Because trust me, they were all questionable.
But through a series of unfortunate events involving my cat and
his poor decision-making skills, I agreed to a set-up.
Except… the set-up is with the governor.
I am not political girlfriend material.
For one, I’m a little bit crazy.
For two, I have secrets.
But I also have a big crush on the governor.
About the Author:
Jana Aston likes cats, big coffee cups and books about billionaires who deflower virgins. She wrote her debut novel while fielding customer service calls about electrical bills, and she’s ever grateful for the fictional gynecologist in Wrong that readers embraced so much she was able to make working in her pajamas a reality. Jana’s novels have appeared on the NYT, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists, some multiple times. She likes multiples.
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