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Blog Tour: Marry Me Mad: Katy Regnery


MARRY ME MADThe Rousseaus #2
(
The Blueberry Lane Series #13)
Katy Regnery
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Publication Date: 9.2.16


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 and experience.

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.


Madeleine Rousseau's night started out as one of her worst, but turned into magical and life changing one. Her attempt at forgetting pain inflicted by her soon-to-be ex leads her into a bar with a seductive, tatted, piano player who happens to be someone she used to know. Cort Ambler...the boy she grew up with, who she had a crush on, who dated her twin, and broke her heart.

Cort is protective, understanding, and kind to her, but is off limits! She needs to deal with her break up, but more importantly there is the sister code she can't break. Cort has had feelings for Mad since they were teens, but screwed it up by dating her sister and hurting her. She she has always been the girl he compares every woman to. The were a young love story with potential that was never realized due to a cluster of events and missed opportunities.

Now they have intense chemistry and a magnetic pull that can't be denied. He gets her--understands that she projects this prim and proper librarian facade, but underneath she has fire and a bit of a wild side. Most everyone sees her as the sweet, dependable sister and Jax as the sassy, spirited one. He is determined to finally get his chance with Mad, but she is loyal to her sister and is plagued by guilt. She is dealing with life changes, and has trust issues and insecurities. But Cort is adamant that they can make this work and that they are meant to be.

Even as he begins to show her that they could be good together, there are barriers and a time limit. Her worries and issues are not going to just disappear by ignoring them. But Mad is scared to face them and risk hurting her sister. And she still has to deal with her ex as well. But her denial and indecisiveness just keeps hurting her and Cort.

Will Mad find the will to stand up and fight for Cort or are they destined to be kept apart again?

I absolutely adored Cort. He is down-to-Earth, hot, loving, and romantic. His unwavering care and devotion to Mad touched my heart. He looks like a bad boy, but has a heart of gold. Mad is caring and likable, but her fear and indecisiveness frustrated me at times. But this is also Mad's journey of figuring out who she is, who she wants to be, and what she really needs. And there are some secrets that have not been fully revealed. So it is all a process.

This takes place in the same time frame as Jonquils for Jax so there is a bit of overlap in events. We get more with her siblings J.C., Ten, and Jax, as well as Cort's sister, Sloane. I swear that this series and the spin-offs are addicting. One page and I am sucked back into this extended group of family and friends, but it can easily be read as a stand-alone. These stories bring on the feels and the characters have such strong chemistry.  This is a delightful, charming, sexy, and heartwarming second chance love story with just the right amount of tension and drama. 

I am looking forward to more in this extended series with more of the families and also the last one in this sub-series, J.C. Rousseau in J.C. and the Bijoux Jolis.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Madeline “Mad” Rousseau’s not having a good night, and the dive bar she finds seems as good a place as any to drown her sorrows. Running into her former neighbor and childhood crush was not what she expected when she heard the French music from the street. But it doesn’t matter how nice Cort makes her feel, he is absolutely off limits. As her twin sister’s boyfriend in high school, there are lines that cannot be crossed in Mad’s mind. She can never have Cort, or Jax would be heartbroken.

They have an immediate chemistry and Cort is absolutely swoon-y. But Madeline refuses to cross any lines with Cort because of the relationship he had with her sister in high school, and their ugly breakup only makes Mad more determined to keep things from escalating with Cort. These two just get each other. They have so many similarities as they get to know each other as adults. But Cort and Jax in high school continues to to get in the way, despite Cort’s assertions that Jax wouldn’t mind, that Mad really needs to talk to Jax, because there is more to their breakup than Cort is willing to share, secrets he keeps for Jax.

There were times I wished she could have talked with Jax to sort out what Cort was protecting, but at the same time, the tension created because of that secret was a perfect driving force for a lot of the drama in the story. I’m not a big fan of drama caused by miscommunication, but this wasn’t a miscommunication, this was Cort being loyal to a promise he had made, no matter the repercussions.

So much of this story felt dreamy and romantic as they navigated their relationship. The pull between them defied logic, tempted fate. Their shared love of music played a large role in some of my favorite scenes from the book.

Marry Me Mad takes place during the same time period as Jonquils for Jax, and sheds light on what Mad was doing in the background. The side characters are those readers have come to love throughout this extended series with the most input from the Rousseau siblings. It doesn’t take long and I am back in the Blueberry Lane world. All these characters are so unique and their stories are as different as each of them.

This was a sweet, fun return to Blueberry Lane. I love the way I quickly sink back into the world and don’t want to leave with each new book that I read. 

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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.”

JONQUILS FOR JAX 

Publication Date: 8.5.16

Did you fall in love with The English Brothers? Were you hot for the Winslows?

Katy Regnery's Blueberry Lane series continues with The Rousseau siblings!

Jacqueline “Jax” Rousseau is vivacious, rich, smart and beautiful…but that doesn’t mean she’s lucky in love: she’s dated doctors, lawyers, actors and politicians who’ve all managed to end up disappointing her. In fact, she’s on a self-imposed hiatus from love when she has an unpleasant run-in with her neighbor’s gorgeous new landscaper, Gardener Thibodeaux. 

Jax is not accustomed to gruff, ill-mannered men that can’t be charmed, but something about Gard intrigues her, and if she can find her way through the armor that surrounds his heart, she also might find a love that won’t let her down.

J.C. AND THE BIJOUX JOLISThe Rousseaus #3
(
The Blueberry Lane Series #14)
Publication Date 10.7.16
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Jean Christian “J.C.” Rousseau’s reputation as a charming flirt has been well-established in Philadelphia, and he’s never had trouble winning a woman’s heart. So, when Libitz Feingold, the best friend of J.C.’s sister-in-law, Kate, comes to Philly to help out during Kate’s final weeks of pregnancy, J.C. is shocked to discover that the prickly New York-based gallery owner and jewelry designer is completely immune to his charm. Recruited to help her set-up a local gallery, it’s not long before he starts to fall for her, but he’s going to have to rely on more than mere flirtation if he wants a shot at winning her heart.



THE WORLD OF BLUEBERRY LANE

Artist: Paul Siegel
Based on the bestselling series by Katy Regnery

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Katy Regnery, award-winning and Amazon bestselling author, started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract for a winter romance entitled By Proxy.

Now a hybrid author who publishes both independently and traditionally, Katy claims authorship of the six-book Heart of Montana series, the six-book English Brothers series, and a Kindle Worlds novella entitled "Four Weddings and a Fiasco: The Wedding Date," in addition to the standalone novels, Playing for Love at Deep Haven and Amazon bestseller, The Vixen and the Vet.

The Vixen and the Vet is included in the charity anthology Hometown Heroes: Hotter Ever After, and Katy's novella "Frosted" will appear in the upcoming (Jan '15) anthology, Snowy Days Steamy Nights. Additionally, Katy's short story, "The Long Way Home" appeard in the first RWA anthology (Feb '15), Premiere.

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, and two dogs create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin 

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