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Count The Roses Paperback – June 8, 2016
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Jackie Weger is a traveler of the good earth by foot, boat, bus, plane, train and pickup, but usually only gets as far as Walmart.
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The overall story had a lot of potential however the relationship between the main characters was not well developed . I'm not real sure how they got from the fussing to the bedroom anytime they communicated it was with sarcasm. Over all I felt the idea for the story was there but it was just thrown together.
Adrien Merrill is 100% proud Cajun. He loves his land, cattle, crops, friends and family. He owns an old New Orleans hotel, but wishes he didn't. He should have never married his now ex-wife. Two years is long enough to mourn and regret. It's now time to begin again, but carefully. After all, aren't all women the same? The moment he meets Jennifer, all his per-conceived notions begin to fade into the background as she slowly turns his Cajun world upside down
I love Jackie Weber's beautifully descriptive writing style. With Counting the Roses, I was drawn into and immersed in Adrien's Cajun Bayou culture, even as it clashed with Jennifer's independent New York perspective. I must admit to being a bit annoyed with personality traits in both Jennifer and Adrian. However, as their guards lowered and their true personalities emerged, I liked them both. Their chemistry was always simmering, but the author left the details to my imagination. Their friends were delightful and the villains detestable. This stand-alone novel was filled with humor, angst, joy and wisdom as it ambled towards a HEA ending.
All in all this is a clean and loving novel that I can recommend to any reader.
Adrien has been hurt. He married, only to find that his wife hates the bayou country he calls home, and she eventually walked out. Jennifer has been hurt. Her fiancee used her to get a job with her father, and as soon as that came through, he walked away. Jennifer leaves New York and moves to New Orleans, taking a job at a local boutique hotel. Here, she meets Adrien. He more or less blackmails her into a date, even though she isn't supposed to date guests. They develop a hot and cold relationship. He gets her to come out to his home on the bayou and host an important business weekend for him. Both Adrien and Jennifer have been badly burned by love in the past. Will they take a chance on a new love? Will either of them bend in their independence, or will they break their own hearts with pride?
Lots of interesting supporting characters. Bertie. Henri. Leddy and Etienne. All of the goings on a the hotel. Ms. Weger writes with a really nice flow to it. Mostly, it feels like the words flow along, only occasionally getting a little stagnant before breaking free and moving again. Things were wrapped up fairly well, although they did seem a little rushed in the end. Enjoy!
The secondary characters and their lives were fascinating. I don't blame Adrien for being cautious with a new relationship. But I don't think Jennifer wrong in her demands about the relationship either. I'm so glad they found their way go an HEA. The ride was well worth it.
However, I'm sure you noticed that I only gave it four stars. The reason was I found the first 35% to 40% was a little slow. Basically, the author described everything in too much detail. Maybe it as the mood I was in. Don't let that stop you from reading this book.