Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Romance Book Review: The Trouble With J.J.
Author: Tami Hoag
Genre: Contemporary Romance
This is one of those books readers just have to take for what it is—the very first published book, published in 1988, from one of today's most sensational suspense novelist. Tami Hoag started her career in the late 1980s as a romance writer.
Being a die hard fan of Tami's, years ago I went on hunt to find a copy of all Tami's books, including the original romances she used to put out. The Trouble with J.J. was the only one that I couldn't find a copy of, so I was excited when I found it on the shelves at my local Barnes and Noble store. This book, as with the other romance novels by her, are not anything that fans of Tami's suspense novels are used too. What I have found interesting is that as you read through all of them you can really see her talent develop before your eyes.
As romance writing Tami was decent, especially for her time, when male were more alpha and domineering then you find in similar romance style book. She has really found her calling with suspense writing and those who haven't picked up one of her many books give one a try. I'd recommend any of the following (not necessarily in any order): Dark Horse, Dust to Dust, Ashes to Ashes, Lucky's Lady, Guilty As Sin (Guilty as Sin novels were made into a movie), Night Sins, Dark Paradise, Cry Wolf and Still Waters, Prior Bad Acts, Kill the Messenger and my very favorite A Thin Dark Line. Alibi Man is on my shelf to read, but I haven't gotten to it yet.
All that aside, The Trouble with J.J. is still a good read for romance lovers. The book is heartwarming and very funny.
It took only one look for Genna Hastings to make up her mind about her new next-door neighbor, J. J. Hennessy. She knew his type all too well: Jared Jay Hennessy was tall and handsome, a man who thought he was God’s gift to women. From the pink flamingos dotting his front yard to the all-night boozy barbecues, he threatened to disrupt Genna’s peaceful summer off from teaching. But beneath his carefree smile and teasing nature, J.J. was a man as serious about the future as he was about Genna. He’d come to this quiet Connecticut town to change his life, and he challenged Genna to help him become Mr. Right. It was a challenge she knew she’d be smart to refuse . . . and one J.J. knew she couldn’t resist.