Friday, June 25, 2021

Blog tour: The Next Mrs. Russo by Jana Aston



Release Date: June 22nd









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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.

5 Fantastic Stars!

Review by Lisa Kane

Let me start this review by saying I adored this book! The main characters, secondary characters, scene stealing animals, yep, loved them all! 

Audrey owns a vintage dress shop in the rambling, falling apart house she inherited. She is barely surviving, but has talent out the wazoo. She buys hidden gems in vintage shops, pieces that are stained, have holes, things most people pass on. But Audrey has the soul of a romantic and she sees the potential in these once expensive garments and has the talent to transform them into one of a kind creations. The only thing holding her back-no one really knows about her shop. That is until Mrs. Bianchi comes in. She's a bit eccentric, but Audrey knows that she will appreciate a dress she is creating for her. When she comes in for a fitting, there is silence from the dressing room. Audrey thinks she is going to try to negotiate the price. But Mrs. Bianchi actually sees Audrey in a new light and knows Audrey has talent, real talent. 

Poor Audrey, right when Mrs. Bianchi is telling Audrey all about her son who has problems dating, Audrey's cat, Gary, drags in a live mouse. Anxious to get rid of her customer, she agrees to go on a date with her son. It's a free meal and Audrey loves a free meal, especially if there's cake at the end. 

Audrey meets Mrs. Bianchi at the Governor's mansion, why she wants to meet there is beyond Audrey. Turns out her son who has problems with his love life is the Governor. The same guy Audrey has secretly been crushing on. She watches his press conferences, just to get a glimpse of him. 

Now let's talk about Warren Russo. He reminds me a bit of JFK Jr. (oh how I loved that guy, gone far too soon) He's reserved and aloof but really passionate about his position. Audrey would like to get a little passionate about any position with him. When they meet he is a big annoyed at his mother, but she is a hoot. She has a "very good feeling" about Audrey. Warren will fall into line. Just give him time. 

This all happens pages into the story. This sets up the story. This book is so funny and the thoughts that Audrey has just fall out of her mouth. Even when she doesn't realize she's saying them. 

Audrey has a high school student, Miller, who hangs out at her shop. He doesn't work for her, and yet she fires him on a daily basis. This kid needs his own book. He has a flair for fashion, is highly talented and knows Audrey like a book. He constantly calls her on her stuff and does all he can for Audrey to take chances and live life. 

Animals can sometimes be distractions in stories. Not this one. Duke, Warren's dog is a belly loving, big teddy bear who lets himself be second banana to Audrey's bullying cat, Gary. There's even a chip monk who plays a part in a scene with Warren and Audrey and unbeknownst to Audrey, this is neither Chip nor Dale and she's about to find that out the hard way. 

There are so many good things about this book. It's just one of those stories that carries you away into a little world where the heroine is real and genuine and you fall in love with her nerdy, quirky self. The hero is straight laced, but such a good man, trying to do the right thing. Audrey just wants him to do her. And she sets about trying to accomplish this in a multitude of ways. Just hilarious. 

It's been a while since we've had a new book from Jana Aston, and man, this one is so worth the wait! 



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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