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The Scent of Jade by [DeTarsio, Dee]
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Perfect escape, like watching a romantic action movie with a sarcastic friend. At times the heroine fell apart; then she rocked her best Angelina Jolie, with humor, action and a hint of sexiness. --Unabridged Chick

The Scent of Jade has enjoyed a fast-growing, international fan base. Clever, quirky, and multi-talented, ebook novelist Dee DeTarsio is definitely a new author you want to friend, and then you can say, you knew her when.... --The Divining Wand

San Diego Novelist Romances UK. The Scent of Jade has a killer, Hollywood logline: Romancing the Stone meets Survivor. The author takes a page from her world-traveling protagonist Julie Fraser and has connected with Brit romance fans. --Mediabistro

The novel simply reels off in your mind with its quirky characters, exotic location, a legendary idol, and more. --The Divining Wand

The Scent of an excellent blend of romance, international mystery, and lovable quirky characters that chick lit fans will love!--Chick Lit Plus

"I startled my dogs by laughing out loud (at The Scent of Jade), but I couldn't help myself. (Other) writers shouldn't be allowed to write such clever dialogue and hilarious observations about life and love." --Carol K. Carr, author of India Black

About the Author

DEE DeTARSIO is an award-winning author with literary talents that shine with humor and heart. 

Dee DeTarsio is agraduate of The Ohio State University and lives in southern Californiawith her family. (She only goes back to visit Ohio for two days in early October because she is equally scared of tornadoes and getting trappedin a snowstorm.)

Product Details

  • File Size: 477 KB
  • Print Length: 231 pages
  • Publication Date: January 12, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00466HRVY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #656,849 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed by Jen
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From the blurb, The Scent of Jade sounded like a sexy romantic adventure. Unfortunately it fell flat for me. While the premise was intriguing, as the story went along, all the situations that Julie found herself in... well, each one seemed more ridiculous than the last. I'm pretty sure that the story was supposed to be funny, but more often than not I was shaking my head and wondering how much worse this could get. And then I found the climax, well, anticlimactic.

But I think what really made this book a bust for me was that I honestly didn't care for any of the characters. Well, I take that back; the monkey was funny. But the rest of the cast... I couldn't seem to connect with any of them. In particular, I didn't enjoy being in Julie's head throughout the story. She whined a lot, was self-centered and I didn't see any "real" growth in her character. But what it all boils down to is that I didn't like her and for me to enjoy a book, I need like and care about the main characters.

It appears that the reviewers on Amazon disagree with me, but I just didn't really enjoy this read.
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By mitzi926 on December 29, 2011
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My idea of a romantic comedy is apparently not what others thought. SPOILER ALERT: I could never under no circumstances forgive my husband for having sex with someone else. I just could not get past this towards the end of the book to enjoy the story. There were some funny scenes in the book but I wish I had just read something else.
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This was a craaaazy mismash. Could not figure out what the author's point was? World Peace? Seriously, there's a fairly long scientific discussion of the importance of bees and polination and world devestation without them (which is cool, I follow bee health, but seemed totally forced and out of context) and a mysterious jade statue that - like a butterfly's wings flapping will make a typhoon, regulates the bees. But there's also Costa Rican jail, armed mercenaries, falls down jungle cliffs, nights spent out in the jungle by someone who would be more likely to be on the "Real Housewives" series - and a jarring disconnect as a love story rekindles and grows, and a character finds "herself." It was kind of fun until the lectures and the navel gazing revelations and the absolute crazy disconnect of glossing over what started it all. That was odd and really took away from the book, as did the focus on bees when I'd so much rather have been reading about the aromatherapy healing cures found in the rainforest - odd that that was given very little importance compared with the "man's" work! Would have been dissapointed if it hadn't been free. I was also equally confused about the message sent to women by the author, as the heroine found her personal power she also found a lot more self blame and a lot less justifiable blame. I really questioned the explanation of the opening scene as the SLIGHT SPOILER!!!

contrast between I had to do it, and I was doing it wispering Spanish endearments was jarring, and made it all the more unlikely for such a happy ending.
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A typical chick lit plot device is to thrust the protagonist into an unexpected situation where she is out of her comfort zone. She'll then make a series of questionable decisions, which make her situation increasingly worse. Although flustered, she never gives up, and eventually stumbles on a way out of the situation and finds a way of meeting whatever goal initially prompted her down this road. It's a pattern that works well.

In many ways, the plot of "The Scent of Jade" fits this formula. However, it is atypical in the kind of challenges the protagonist Julie encounters. These challenges are often much more physical, giving the book an action-adventure flavor, and the jade artifact adds a hint of mystery to the story.

I'll consider a book a solid or competent effort if the story is told well and doesn't suffer from obvious technical flaws. What it takes to elevate it above that level varies. It might be a story that pushes the right buttons. Sometimes it is a unique twist on a typical formula. This book gets partially there on that basis. What pushed it over the top were clever descriptions that made me say, this is why she is the author and I'm just the reviewer. For example, when DeTarsio described a rainstorm "as if a Paul-Bunyan-sized cabana boy was throwing swimming-pool-sized buckets of water at the house." Another was when the protagonist Julie's narration said, "my heart stopped mid-pump while my flight instinct kicked in and kicked my fight instinct's ass." Clever, smart, and funny all in one line. For that matter, clever, smart, and funny describes all of "The Scent of Jade."

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
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One of the funniest books I've read in a very long time. The main character is the perfect anti-heroine which makes you warm to her even more. Although the situation she is in is crazy and fantastical (yes, other reviewers are correct in saying the story isn't realistic but then most romances are far from realistic - don't we read them for the fantasy element?), you can believe she is a real person, with all her insecurities and desire for home comforts, yet stoic ability to just keep going and survive her ordeal. This definitely isn't your average romance novel but the exploration of "love" is far more believeable. There are so many scenarios in this book that had me belly laughing out loud, which is rare. I hope others enjoyed it as much as I did, but don't read this if you are looking for a boy-meets-girl or steamy romance. This is a woman-disgusted-by-husband-has-adventure-and-finds-her-way-back-to-husband story, and the only steam is from the humidity of the jungle or coming out of her ears in anger.
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