All That Jazz: A Butler Cove Novel by Natasha Boyd
on January 1st 1970
“CAN YOU HEAR THAT EAR-PIERCING SOUND?!?! That is me screaming because ALL THAT JAZZ by Natasha Boyd is finally coming and it is available for pre-order!!!” ~ Natasha Tomic, Natasha is a Book Junkie Blog
There’s something totally inconvenient about falling for your best friend’s brother. Especially when he’s turned into a pompous, arrogant, albeit annoyingly sexy A-hole that you’d like to punch or kiss to death at any given moment.
Jazz Fraser learned her lesson early on that men can’t be trusted to stick around. First her father, and then her first love. Finally over her childhood infatuation with Joey Butler, her best friend’s brother, she’s looking forward to the end of college and fulfilling her dream of travelling the world. She’s determined that experiences and relationships wil be fun, casual and easy. But when her best friend gets herself into a relationship with a celebrity, Jazz has to do the one thing she never thought she’d do, call Joey and ask for help.
Joey Butler is determined not to hold anyone back. Least of all his sister’s best friend. And one thing he knows is that he’s never been as attracted to someone as he is to Jazz Fraser. Even though she presses his buttons and drives him crazy. He just has to keep hiding it. He knows she deserves better than him. Her free gypsy spirit and her talent should be shared with the world, not be shackled to a small town guy. He saw firsthand what being married to his father did to his mother, and no matter how much he wants her, he’ll never do that to Jazz.
Repeatedly thrown together, Jazz tries everything she can to protect her heart and not fall back in love with Joey. But when Joey finally admits that Jazz is the one he’s always wanted, all bets are off.
Series: Butler Cove Novel
All That Jazz is a spin-off novel from the brilliant Eversea duet. It can be read as a standalone, but I really recommend reading both Eversea and Forever, Jack before it. They are too good a read to miss and it will give you just a bit more about the setting and its characters making it All That Jazz an even better read in my opinion.
So we are back in Butler’s Cove, but this time we are here to spend time with Jazz Fraser. If you have indeed read the previous books you will know her as the funny and very loyal best friend of Keri-Ann Butler. I had always wanted to know more about her, in particular the relationship that seemed to simmer under the surface between her and Keri-Ann’s older brother Joey. Now we get the full tangled web and let me tell you it doesn’t disappoint.
I am not going to go into too much of a storyline overview so as not to giveaway any spoilers. But this book starts in the same time frame as the original books. Jazz is gearing up for a move away from Butler Cove to take up a placement in a luxury hotel when Joey reappears after 3 years away studying. The attraction is very much still there between them, but we quickly learn that this is very much combined with a bitterness about the past. What is the story? And will they be able to move past it and find a way to be together?
I have to say that this book was a perfect tonic for me. After reading an incredibly sad book before it, it really did uplift me. That is not to say that this book is all sunshine and roses; it isn’t. The connection between Jazz and Joey is both perfect and complicated. We get to go back into the past and learn all about the highs and the lows and the family issues they both have had to deal with, on top of their attraction that as always burned, but that has always been extinguished before it has had chance to really set ablaze. It really is a story of finding yourself and following your dreams and not settling. It is humorous, romantic and angsty, but it also has its heart-breaking moments. Let me tell you, it had me gripping my kindle extra tightly hoping they could resolve the mistakes of the past.
If you love the original books, this really will capture your imagination. Natasha Boyd’s writing pulls you into the story, its characters and the backdrop so quickly, you can almost taste the sea air. It was like visiting old friends and after two pages I was all in and wasn’t putting this baby down until I’d finished it. Her talent of setting you inside a little Butler Cove bubble is amazing, it left me wanting to live there; I seriously love these guys.
For fans of Eversea, this is one book you will not want to miss. A brilliant romance with the highs and lows of real life, I was sad to have to say goodbye once again.
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