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I'm a Scot, living in New Zealand and married to a Dutch man. I write contemporary romance with a humorous bent. My Invertary series is set in a fictional Scottish town deep in the Highlands, and my London series is about friends who are from that city.
If I wasn't a writer, I'd like to be Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or Indiana Jones. Unfortunately, both these roles have already been filled. Which may be a good thing as I have no fighting skills, wouldn't know a precious relic if it hit me in the face and have an aversion to blood. When I'm not living in my head, I'm a mother to two kids, three pet sheep, one dog, three cats and an escape artist chicken. If you'd like to sign up for my newsletter, which happens sporadically - usually when books are being released - then you'll find a form on my website. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy my books!
on May 09, 2013 :
If you are looking for a break from reality, and (quite) a few giggles along the way...may I suggest The Davina Code? I was enchanted by this book from Janet Elizabeth Henderson!
Out of work, slightly disgraced ex-police officer Jack has inherited a house from his aunt, and visits in order to inspect it. Davina is the crazy tenant who is bound and determined to prevent him from entering until her 2 week notice period has expired. With nothing better to do, Jack dreams up a wild scenario of what she is trying to hide from him and decides to stick to her like glue in order to discover her secret. Of course, mayhem ensues...and eventually the secret he discovers is that they are meant to be together. The journey which takes them to this point is at times laugh-out-loud funny. Honestly, my family was looking at me like I was the crazy one as I sat giggling to myself while reading! The final scene with Ken-doll was absolutely priceless...you'll have to read it to see what I mean - I'm not going to give away anything else!
In addition to the humour, Ms. Henderson also manages to create some great romantic tension, and the heat when Jack and Davina finally connect is definitely sizzling. I'll even excuse the (somewhat) fade-to-black sex scenes - there was enough there to keep me satisfied, and the scenes really fit the tone of the book. I have to commend the author for creating the heat without feeling the need to get too explicit. I don't have a problem with explicit sex (I'm a fan of it, actually), but I found I didn't miss it here.
All in all, a highly satisfying read and a nice break from all of the angsty romances out there. This is the first book I've read by Ms. Henderson, but I'm quite sure it won't be the last! Highly recommend.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on April 25, 2013 :
★★★★★The Davina Code by Janet Elizabeth Henderson
I was given this book in exchange for my honest review
I l♥ved, l♥ved, l♥ved, this book. I did not realize it was a romance comedy, when I began reading. I was only aware that it was a romance. Within the first chapter, I was laughing so hard, I bit my lip. Then I was thinking okay, we've gotten a few funny lines in, and that would be all. Boy, was I wrong, I laughed through the entire book. By around 12:30am, I was getting pretty tired, but with only a hundred page to go, I had to stay up and finish it. There was no way, I was going to fall asleep, knowing the e-book was sitting beside me, waiting to be finished. And around 2:30am, I had to sit it down sadly, as I was finished. I want more!
This book is about Jack Miller, a drug detective, who is put on leave with mandatory psychiatric visits, all of a silly little punch. Jack is not having any part of that. He is after all, this macho, pigheaded, lovable,egocentric, protective ball of mess, wrapped in a beautiful,6'2, solid muscle package. He knows what best, and that sure as hell is not therapy.
Jack, inherits a house from his great aunt Millie, after her death. However, there is a problem, it has now in shambles, compared to how it was in its glory days, and it comes with a tenant, Davina Davenport.Just what he needs, yet another thing to throw on his pile of problems.
When Jack goes to meet the tenant and inspect the house, he gets a rude awakening, literally, with ice water. He wakes up to find, he has been hit in the head, and knocked out. To make matters worse, he has been tied up spread eagle, with scarves, on the porch. What a strange situation to be in. And top it all with the auburn haired vixen, in front of his face, he don't know whether, to be mad, or turned on, but he's not thinking with his brain anymore.
Davina, is a beautiful, eccentric woman, who seems to be all kinds of CRAZY. She is an actress, or used to be one, a vicars daughter, a night school teacher, a baker, and a runner at the local tv station. She dances to the beat of a different drum, that she might have gotten from great aunt Millie.
Jack and Crazy Davy, as he has nicknamed her, have a very volatile relationship, from day one, that could explode at any second, whether it be good or bad. She insist he is not coming in the house, to inspect for two weeks, which is the law. This gets his detective skills, racing.
What is Crazy Davy hiding, it must be illegal, and Jack is not going to stop until he finds out. She is sticking to the rule, no matter what. So he will just have to annoy her, until she gives in. But, two can play that game.
This a great easy read, for anyone looking for a good laugh. The most unlikely pair, in awkward situations, just trying to make it through the next two weeks. I say "READ IT NOW," as my recommendation. A reread is sure to brighten my day, in the future.
Thank you to the author for letting me enjoy all the crazy, that is Jack and Crazy Dazy. I'm look forward to reading your other books, Mad Love, Laura's Big Break, and Lingerie Wars.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on April 24, 2013 :
I really enjoyed the story of Jack and Davina. It was a cute romantic comedy. Davina was crazy funny and Jack, oh Jack, he was a scary, manly and just irresistible. I loved their almost surreal conversations and even crazier actions. They were complete opposites, yet they in the end they fitted each other perfectly. Their story was complemented by brilliant supporting characters - Marianne, Andy, the whole film crew.
I really enjoyed the dialogue in the novel, there more than one moments when I was laughing almost hysterically. I also very much liked the writing style - British colloquialisms and a quirky sense of humour.
My main concern was that the ending felt a bit rushed. Some lines in the plot were left unresolved. Still, Davy and Jack got a very fitting happily ever after - funny and unexpected, still very sweet.
I received a copy on this book for review.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on April 21, 2013 :
This is a contemporary romantic comedy in full order. The plot is very straightforward; it is meant to be a light, fun read and that is exactly what you get out of this book.
Jack is an ex-cop who inherits a gothic-type house in southern England. Davina is the tenant currently living there. She wants to be a famous actress, so she is filming a clandestine home-made movie with the help of a wacky teenage crew, her steadfast accountant best friend, and a loony cameraman co-worker who wants her body. She doesn’t want Jack to know what she’s doing because she’s using equipment temporarily “borrowed” from the TV station where she works. Jack senses she’s doing something illegal, so he sets siege in the property’s garden to investigate, giving her a two-week deadline until he can legally inspect the inside of the house. From testing her home-baked brownies for drugs to planting a listening device in her kitchen, Jack is all set to trap her. Davina is all set to lead him astray - while ensnaring him to act in a movie scene without his knowledge and acknowledging their mutual physical attraction.
The story is told from both their POVs and their conversations are full of wit, misunderstandings and silly humour. I absolutely loved both of them because you can clearly see they belong together. From their first meeting, the chemistry between them blazes and rages and it’s mayhem and laughs. This is the kind of story where you just sit back, relax, and let yourself be entertained, a laugh-out-loud light romance with no obscure plots or intricate scenarios. We get great secondary characters and a wonderful HEA. This was my first book by this author and I look forward to reading her other stories.
Complimentary copy received by author for review.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)