What happens when a dyed in the wool Jersey go-go girl buys a house, almost sight unseen in the little Scottish town of Invertary? Janet Elizabeth Henderson brings our girl Jena to Invertary to a broken down near-ruin of a house, a town obsessed with her long line of disastrous first dates and the wanna-be mobsters who followed her over. Please read on for my review of
A break up with her long term boyfriend after his extracurricular activites with the staff members at his new strip club, Jena sold everything, bought a house in Invertary on the internet and flew across the pond to resettle in Scotland after a brief foray in Paris. Now with a house in disrepair, few funds to pay someone to renovate and few DIY skills but a pink toolkit, Jena is struggling to make her place and find a way to support herself in her new home.
Enter Frank with two enforcers in charge, Joe and Grunt, and his determination to bring Jena “back home”. Deciding to take refuge in the local church, the town’s only officer, Matt, is sent in to talk her out. When he sees what a state Jena is in, and her belief that the enforcers with her ex Frank are from the New Jersey Mob, he decides to use his friend’s talents and his own stubborn determination to get to the bottom of things. Oh, and provide round the clock bodyguard services for Jena until they get Frank gone.
Now, Jena is adorable- with plenty of her own baggage. A mother who was less than ideal, an unknown father, a cheating ne’er do well ex and a huge heart. She’s so against hurting people who are bold enough to ask her out, that she never says no to a first date. Unfortunately, these dates often end in disasters: so much so that there is a running betting board on the ‘next’ disaster to befall one of her dates.
While Matt is adorable, he’s also a control freak with an aversion to chaos and a serious interest in Jena. But, no interest in a relationship. But when things go left (and around the corner, down the hill and into a ditch) and the ‘goons’ with Frank actually turn out to be the good guys, Jena and Matt actually have moments to see just how right they are for one another.
I really enjoy the playfulness and fun in this series – the touch of humor that is more than offbeat, characters and situations that seem just too out there to be true, until someone is JUST like another you know, you’ll want to read on even if people are wondering why you are laughing. Grab this series for some lighthearted laughs and fun.
I purchased a copy of the title for my own library with no expectations of review. All conclusions are my own responsibility.
Title: Calamity Jena
Author: Janet Elizabeth Henderson
Series: Invertary #4
Also in this series: Lingerie Wars, Magenta Mine
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Published by: Self-Published
Published on: 18 June, 2016
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Jena Morgan, Atlantic City’s favorite go-go dancer, may have overreacted when she found her boyfriend balls deep in a stripper called Candy. Instead of washing her eyeballs with bleach, she drank a bottle of tequila and bought a house off the internet. A house far away from her cheating, criminal of an ex-boyfriend. A house in Scotland. As soon as she turns up to claim her new home, Jena finds out exactly why you shouldn't 'one-click' houses while falling-down drunk. It was a dump. With no money, and no skills outside of shaking her booty, Jena does the only thing she can do—she throws herself into the biggest DIY project the Highlands have ever seen.
Since Jena’s arrival in town, Officer Matt Donaldson’s workload has tripled. The woman is a menace, gorgeous yes, but definitely a few sandwiches short of a picnic. Her only discernible skill seems to be causing chaos wherever she goes. She attracts trouble like honey attracts bears. Which is why Matt isn't surprised when her ex-boyfriend turns out to be a member of the New Jersey mob. Although Jena’s ex has come to Scotland to win her back, she wants nothing to do with him—a reaction the mobster does not take well. Overnight, Matt’s job morphs from hunting missing cats and breaking up fights at the old folk’s home, to chasing down the mob and keeping Jena alive. And he's trying to do it all while remaining professional enough to keep his hands off his sexy, but crazy, American charge.
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