⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ REVIEW: The Next Mrs. Russo by Jana Aston

The comedy in this lighthearted rom com is a WIN… but the romance is a definite fail. I’m being generous with this rating, because the writing style is unique and vibrant enough to (mostly) make up for the (many) deficits in the relationship development. The writing is fresh, fun, and exceedingly low angst, making this a quirky and interesting story. It’s heroine-focused, with a hot mess as the lead. She keeps things playful and light – and the pages fly by because of that. But we don’t get the hero’s perspective, and he seriously only speaks during the steamy scenes, so we really only know that he’s a hunky, somewhat sweet, governor (whose real life inspiration is kinda obvious). We don’t hear ANYTHING about some parts of the relationship development – do they sleep in the same bed after hookups? Do they share any intimacy? Does he actually speak to the heroine when we’re not watching? Because like 90% of this is just the heroine’s thoughts and actions (conversation is infrequent), so it’s kinda hard to see where the love is coming from. Despite that, I can honestly say that I enjoyed this.

The story follows Audrey, a clothing designer who doesn’t really have her life together. Her career is starting to look up, but everything else around her is chaos. Or maybe that’s just her, lol. When one of her clients suggests that she go on a date with her son (who has trouble getting his own dates), Audrey has to hide her eyeroll. But it turns out that the son who struggles with dating is actually the sexy governor that Audrey has had a longtime crush on. She’s entirely inappropriate for him, but they soon find themselves in a (maybe) fake relationship that includes her living in the governor’s mansion. As time passes, the two get closer – but Audrey is careful not to bring up their relationship status, so that reality doesn’t come crashing in.

If you’re a rom com lover, then I see no reason why you won’t enjoy this. Yes, the romance has some issues. And, yes, I could voice several other things that bugged me. But the vast majority of this is good; it’s so low angst and fun that it’s easy to binge. The writing style is very unique – I love it, and more dialogue would’ve made it awesome. It feels like the author is getting her groove back, and I can’t wait to see what’s next. With a stronger romance, I’m betting that I would’ve loved this. As it stands now, it’s certainly not a bad way to spend the day. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this quirky rom com.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3zXrWuK


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.
One little date can’t hurt, right?
Spoiler: it can.

My big crush is going to end in big trouble.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3zXrWuK

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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