*I received a free copy of The Next Mrs Russo from Rutherford Press via Author. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *The Next Mrs Russo by Jana Aston
Published by Rutherford Press on June 14, 2021
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Contemporary, Romance
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.
Hooray! JAston is BACK! And with The Next Mrs Russo she’s better than ever! 🙂
Oh my gosh – it was all I could have ever wished for and more!
I immediately fell for Audrey. Her quirky personality and her hysterical internal dialog was so much fun and it allowed us to really get to know her. I adored that she up-cycled vintage clothing (I didn’t know that was a thing) and that her plumbing was essentially held together with duct tape. Audrey made me realize how much I’d missed JAston’s characters. What about you?
Audrey was fantastic – I loved her stream-of-consciousness talking and thinking. I had never heard of up-cycling vintage clothing either, but that was so cool (and it made me wish I knew how to sew). I’ve definitely missed JAston’s characters, but also so much her sense of humor. *sighs* it had been a long time since I had laughed so hard while reading a romcom.
Then there’s Warren. Mr. Russo. So put-together. So stoic and all business. So HOT! All these descriptors apply and these traits really did it for Audrey. He was a little harder to get a read on, of course, but his dry delivery of his comments always had me laughing. He was young to be a governor but he had it going on. He just needed a little fun in his life. What was your opinion of Warren?
Warren was a great character, too, and I loved that he first wanted nothing to do with Audrey, but then – her quirkyness and her brutal honesty (because – hello, no filter!) – made him love her.
JAston excels at providing a colorful and entertaining secondary cast. I hesitate to name a favorite but that distinction has to go to Miller. Audrey’s unpaid assistant was hilarious and always kept it real. But Audrey’s cat, Gary, takes a close second. 😉 Warren’s mom was a hoot and I liked Warren’s daughter, too, even if we didn’t spend much time with her. She made an impression. Your thoughts on the secondary cast?
Miller was so much fun, I loved him. I hope he’ll get his own book at one point, even if he’s fairly young here. Gary was, of course amazing, and somehow made me think of another cat I’ve heard of before – but it was stated before the story began that any characters seeming like real people / animals was only coincidental 😉
The fake relationship trope – a favorite of mine – was executed brilliantly. I mean, Warren didn’t stand a chance against Audrey. She’s just that lovable! I also liked the tack that Audrey had been crushing on Warren for so long. She watched his press conferences with rapt attention because his demeanor turned her on! That’s good stuff. I felt the romance blossomed perfectly and that they both learned and did some emotional growing which I appreciated. How did you feel about their romance?
Yeah, his way of talking about climate change is what truly did it for her, right? And it was fun, plus hot and really romantic. I loved that they lived so close to each other, but didn’t even realize it at first. Then, when they got to know each other, they couldn’t stay away.
The ending, with the reveal of Audrey’s big secret and the declarations of love as well as Miller’s next steps beyond high school was GOLDEN. I firmly stand by my assertion that JAston is rom-com genius! She deftly balances the elements and always delivers a story worth re-reading. Final thoughts?
Oh my gosh, her big secret… It got me laughing so hard – and also it made me feel so bad for her. JAston definitely is a rom-com genius, her way with words is really something. I loved it all from start to finish, had some belly-laughs, and some ‘I need a fan!!’ moments.
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