1.15.2014 | Wednesday


category: Book Reviews

Wishingtitle: Wishing
author: Jennifer Zane
series: Crazy in Love #4
published: 3 January 2014
publisher: self-published
genre(s): romance, thrillers
pages: 238
source: author
format: eARC
buy/shelve it: Amazon | B&N | Goodreads

rating: five-stars | series rating: five-stars

the blurb

Violet Miller is a teacher savoring her summer break until she's been called in as emergency reinforcements—of the dating kind. She volunteers to help an old flame by pretending to be his girlfriend. In Alaska. At a family reunion. Since the guy is a handsome, lumberjack-sized doctor she's never quite forgotten, faking a relationship won't be hard work.

Mike Ostranski is a desperate man on vacation. His mother wants grandchildren and sees a crazy Alaskan woman as a candidate for daughter-in-law. Mike needs Violet by his side to deflect the lady's advances.

A week in Alaska as boyfriend and girlfriend should be easy for them. They grew up together, even had a brief fling. What could go wrong?


Note:  This book was originally titled Liar, Liar, Hearts on Fire.

my review

I love these books, just plain love them!  I read a lot of YA, a lot of science fiction, a lot of fantasy, a lot of paranormal fantasy, and not nearly as much contemporary romance.  Zane combines the best of romance with a little mystery and a whole lot of humor and the result is fantastically fun series to read!

Each book focuses on someone new, but we get to revisit all of our favorite characters from the other books in each subsequent book.  This time we are following Violet in her adventures in romance, which take her all the way to Alaska.  We met Mike in a previous book and now he is front and center with Violet in what has to be the weirdest courtship in the history of romance.  And, he is not her only chance of “love”…!

As with all of these books, there is romance.  And the romance is REAL.  It’s not overly glamorized or made “Prince Charming” perfect.  There are ups and there are downs and I love that.  And it isn’t all about the romance, either.  Just as important as the romance is the mystery.  I love a good mystery!  And the humor… oh, my!  There are some hilarious, LOL moments, particularly in any conversation with Goldie who is and always has been one of my favorites in the series.  She rocks!  And, of course, there is the gnome, popping up in the strangest places!

Let’s see, in this book, we have… overly amorous twin brothers who speak no English, an eccentric Uncle with questionable taste in fashion, a crazy blonde who has no trouble getting naked, word porn, fake G-men, a somewhat flamboyant older lady with a keen interest in sex toys, and a gnome.  Does this make you wonder?!  Well, it should… and, surprisingly, this isn’t an erotica story, although there is some steamy goodness to be had here and there! A must read, BUT you should read the others first to get a fuller experience!

About Jennifer Zane

Jennifer Zane has lived all over the country–from Georgia to Maryland, New York to Colorado, including an exciting five years in Montana. Her time in Big Sky country was the basis for this book. When she’s not writing, she savors the insanity of raising two boys, is figuring out how many meals she can make with a pressure cooker, and teaches a pretty mean karate class. She currently lives with her family in Colorado.

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