Book Review: What Janie Wants by Rhenna Morgan

Posted 1 July, 2015 by C.J. Burright in Books, Reviews / 10 Comments

Book Review: What Janie Wants by Rhenna MorganWhat Janie Wants by Rhenna Morgan
Published by Indie on 6/22/2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: eARC
Pages: 154
Source: Author
Amazon ,B&N ,Kobo , Goodreads
Janie McAlister should have known better than to trust her quirky sister’s taste in resorts. Instead of thatched-roof huts and designer pools overlooking the ocean, she’s landed at the one seventies throwback in the Riviera Maya with an open door nudity policy. No way is she going au naturale in public. And she’s sure not entertaining the advances of the bold young man with the delicious body daring her to do exactly that…and so much more.

Well, hello, Ms. McAlister…

Zade Painel’s a man on a mission—grab some much needed R&R at Gypsy Cove, and figure out how to reclaim his boudoir photography business. He never thought the answer would come in the form of a curvy, forty-year-old redhead and an accidental knee to the ‘nads, but Janie proves to be a force of nature with a penchant for fixing things. She’s also sexy as hell. One way or another, he’s going to help her see just that. And if he plays his cards right, it'll be a heavenly hands-on approach that lasts way past seven days in paradise.


First off, Rhenna Morgan can write some freakin’ STEAM, people. Whether it’s in her Eden fantasy series or completely contemporary, she fogs up the pages.

(gratuitous Sons of Anarchy clip for Rhenna)

So. What Janie Wants stars a 40 year old protagonist with a younger man, but I wouldn’t put her in the cougar category because she’s definitely not on the prowl when she heads off to Gypsy Cove for a getaway at the behest of her well-meaning sister. Of course, said sister “forgets” to tell Janie it’s a clothing optional joint. I think I’d get along really well with Janie’s sister. :) I connected with Janie right away. She’s recently divorced and shaken up to be single again. Basically, she’s devoted her life to her husband and now-grown children and is really trying to figure out what to do with herself now that she’s on her own.

In walks Zade. Er, actually Janie slams into a very sensitive area of Zade *cough*. He’s 26 and at Gypsy Cove to recover after a business transaction gone bad, but Janie’s age is never an issue for him. Nor are her concerns, whether it’s body image or age difference or what other people might think of them together as a couple. He thinks she’s sexy and interesting and he’s not about to let her talk him out of running along like a good little boy…and the best part about Zade? He breaks the barriers of stereotype.

I absolutely loved the ‘don’t pay attention to stereotypes’ theme of What Janie Wants.  Zade wasn’t who I initially thought he was and I adored how he challenged Janie to analyze the fears behind her perspectives too. What Janie Wants is a sexy summer romance that leaves you with a smile. And BTW, while Rhenna is one of my fantabulous critique partners, that in no way affects my review…at least not enough to count. :)

And right now WJW is only 99 pennies, so pick it up! Links are above for easy access.

Five stars


HollyRhenna Morgan writes for the same reason she reads—to escape reality.

Yes, her life rocks—two beautiful little girls, a great husband, a steady job, and the kind of friends that would take you out back if you hurt her. But, like most women, she’s got obligations stacked tight from dusk to dawn. So, when the world gets her down, she slips into something…less realistic.

Romance is a must. So is a steamy romp (or four). Nothing thrills her more than the fantasy of new, exciting worlds, strong, intuitive men, and the sigh of, “Oh if only that could happen to me.”

So, if you’re picking up one of her books, expect portals into alternate realms and men who’ll fight to keep the women they want. Romantic escape for the women who need it.

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C.J. Burright

About C.J. Burright

Hey, I'm C.J. and I write stuff. Mostly fantasy and paranormal romance with a sprinkling of urban fantasy. Supernatural's my thing (the TV show too) and if you wanna go all Medieval I'm totally there, especially if there's a weapon involved. But I like guns too. I'm okay with violence, especially if it's deserved. And I'll choose the anti-hero every time.


10 Responses to “Book Review: What Janie Wants by Rhenna Morgan”

  1. My, my, that’s a racy little clip (umm, ummm) The book sounds good. I’m going to add it to my TBR pile.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

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