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The Rousseaus #3
The Blueberry Lane Series #14)
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Publication Date 10.7.16

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!

If the best man and maid of honor are both single, it’s practically an unwritten rule that they should pork. 

…so begins a rocky acquaintance between Jean-Christian “J.C.” Rousseau and Libitz Feingold at the wedding of J.C.’s brother and Lib’s best friend. While manslut best man J.C. is surprised when maid of honor Libitz soundly spurns his advances, his curiosity is piqued. The girl he couldn’t have becomes the only one he wants.

So, when he finds a seventy-year-old portrait in the attic of his sister’s mansion that bears an uncanny resemblance to the prickly gallery owner, he enlists her help in solving a mystery seven decades in the making. Traveling from Philadelphia to New York to Marseille, a couple who started off as enemies will discover that even cynics can find true love…and mortal man is no match for destiny.

J.C. Rousseau has a reputation as a untamable manwhore. He's made his way through most of the women in their social set. He is charming, handsome, flirty, funny, and persistent. But he is completely anti-relationship and anti-commitment. He has his reason based on his past and really doe snot he will ever be willing to take the chance.

He meets Libitz Feingold at Kate and Ten's wedding as they share wedding party duties. She is feisty, stand-offish, and totally not his usual physical type. She immediately rebuffs his flirting and charm. She has also been known to get her needs when she wants met without commitment, but she is now under pressure from her family to settle down with a certain nice Jewish boy and make nice Jewish babies.

But something about J.C. and Libitz together just creates sparks. They are alike in their reputations, passion for art, and careers. They have witty banter and quick retorts. They both are scared of even the idea of commitment, getting hurt, or hurting someone else. Kate does not want her new brother-in-law and best friend getting together and causing drama in their family. He is Catholic and she is Jewish. He lives in Philly and she lives in New York and both have ties in their respective locations. But despite all that is against them, they just can't quite stop thinking about each other.

We see these two challenge each other and grow. It begins with antagonistic banter, sparring, resistance, and sexual tension. Then they find a common interest that makes them work together and begin to explore other sides of each other. They begin on a quest that is important to them both to find answers--and along the way they begin to change and understand each other more. J.C. is beginning to try to overcome his fears in order to consider a real connection. And Libitz has to determine if he is worth the risk or if one should continue on her safe, easy path of least resistance.

They have to learn to trust not only each other, but themselves. they have to figure out if they can really change, choose their course, and work at a real relationship. But giving your heart away is scary for people used to guarding it closely. And it is hard to trust that people can truly change and maintain it. And they still have some obstacles to overcome.

This is sweet, passionate, funny, romantic, and has a bit of mystery built in. It makes you believe in fate, destiny, or that some things are predetermined.

I ended up really liking J.C. and Libitz much more than I expected. They are strong personalities but they really do complement each other. I enjoyed the cameos from their family and friends especially Ten and Kate. The timeline is the same as the other two books in the Rousseaus series but expands upon it. I cannot wait for the next spin-off series with the Story sisters.

I was gifted a review copy in exchange for an honest review. 
J.C. Rousseau has a reputation and hopes to score at his brother’s wedding, especially since he (the best man) and the maid of honor are both single. In his mind, that is the perfect pairing, especially since Kate’s best friend, Libitz, intrigues him. Libitz is not interested in a night with J.C., however, spoiling his plans and only increasing his interest in her.

Libitz is all for casual relationship and no strings nights, but knows that a night with J.C. will always have strings, simply because of the relationship between her best friend and his sister. But her family is pushing her to settle down, and her mother continues to push good Jewish boys at her.

Their shared love of art is an easy connection, and he uses it to spend time with her. When a painting is discovered in the attic that bears a striking resemblance to Libitz, they work together to uncover the model’s identity and the connection to the Rousseau family.

These two have a spark. Between their common interests and quick wits, there is never a dull moment. They go from antagonistic arguing to witty banter as the chemistry between them kindles and develops from physical interest into something more.

I loved the little snapshots from the past, telling the story of the painting that links JC and Libitz. They aren’t enough to be a complete story on their own, but as a background for the painting itself and the woman in the portrait, they are a beautiful connection to the past.

Once again, Katy Regnery has pulled me into Blueberry Lane, created a story and characters that are all engrossing and entertaining, and made me wish I could live in this world just a little bit longer. Though J.C. is the last of the Rousseau siblings to find his soul mate, the Story sisters are up next. Something tells me these fiery women will have strong opinions and some roadblocks to overcome!
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
“You must be the famous Libitz,” he’d opened, taking his assigned seat beside her, and flashing his sexiest grin. 

After all, if she was his chosen conquest for the weekend, there was no time like the present to work his wiles. Wearing a simple black sheath dress with aqua circles, 70s-style mod make-up and oversized silver and crystal chandelier earrings that almost brushed her thin shoulders, she’d turned to him and blinked those wide, all-seeing eyes. 

“And you…must be kidding.” 

Taken aback, he’d stared at her for a second before chuckling. “Wha—I mean, how’s that?” 

“Let’s start over,” she said, cocking her head to the side. “Here’s your line, Romeo: “Hi, I’m Étienne’s brother, Jean-Christian. It’s nice to meet you.” Want to give it a try?” 

He cleared his throat, his smile fading. “Hi, I’m Étienne’s brother, Jean-Christian. It’s nice to meet you.” 

She locked eyes with his, her lips neutral, neither tilted up nor down. “Hi. I’m Libitz Feingold, Kate’s best friend…and it’s not cold enough.” 

“What?” asked J.C., feeling completely turned around. 

"It’s not cold enough in hell for me to fall for someone like you,” she said, then shifted back around to talk to the person on her other side. 

Well, fuck  me, thought J.C., taking another gulp of beer as he tried to figure out if he was insulted or impressed. After a moment, he nudged her in the side with his elbow and she looked at him over her shoulder, her expression annoyed. 


“I hear the temperature’s dropping there,” he said casually, then added, “because they’re expecting a visit from you.” 

"Ha!” she chortled, a genuine grin brightening her eyes for a moment before she quickly reigned it back in to practiced ennui. “Is that right?” 

He shrugged, tipping his bottle of beer back as he held her eyes, challenging her to come back at him with something clever. “So I heard.” 

“From all the friends you’ve got there?” 

He almost spit his beer out. Damn, but she was quick. 

"Truce?’ he asked, placing his beer on the table and holding out his hand. 

She stared at his hand for a moment, then looked away, leaning forward to pick up her champagne glass and bringing it slowly to her lips. “No, thanks. Mama didn’t raise no fool.” 

“You’re unreal.” She shook her head, that bored look still in place. 

"Nope. I’m real. I’m just not a good target for charming scamps looking for trouble.” 

"A target? Shit. Who got to you?” he asked, feeling a little abused by her insta-judgement of him without actually getting a chance to know him in person. Not that she was wrong exactly. But getting into trouble with the right person could be a hell of a lot of fun. 

“The list is long and distinguished,” she shot back. 

His eyes widened and his lips wobbled. 

“Oh, God,” she said, shaking her head as her cheeks bloomed an appealing pink under her make-up. “I walked right into that one didn’t I?” 

“Yes, you did,” said J.C. with what he hoped was a disarming grin. “All together, now…” 

“So’s my Johnson,” they said at the same time, quoting the rebuttal line from Top Gun. 

“Hey, look at that,” he said, still smiling at her. “You do know how to have fun. I was beginning to worry.” 

Her smile instantly faded. “You’re not as cute as you think you are.” 

"Yeah,” he said, nodding as he finished the last of his beer. “I am.”
JONQUILS FOR JAX, The Rousseaus #1 

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.

MARRY ME MADThe Rousseaus #2
The Blueberry Lane Series #13)
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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.


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

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Katy Regnery  

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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