4.5*Book source ~ ARC. My review is voluntary and honest.Phillip and Jayne Miller were the first to buy a house on Juniper Court. Over the years they’ve seen people and families come and go, but they’ve been the rock of the neighborhood. Now that their twins are grown and off to college and they’re approaching the ripe ol’ age of 50 they decide, as loving as their relationship has always been, the sex has been a bit lackluster lately and they need to give it a kick (or maybe a spank?) in the behind. So a relationship resuscitation competition begins between husband and wife. Who will win this steamy revival of their sex life? And does it really matter as long as they’re having hot sexy fun?I’ll be honest, I don’t really read Contemporary anymore. I used to read it A LOT. But ever since I discovered PNR that genre has sorta dropped by the wayside. However, every once in a while a Contemporary will catch my eye. This one sounded interesting, mostly because my 50th birthday is next month. Next. Month. Gah! *deep breath* Ok, I’m good now. Anyway, I was not disappointed. The story flows smoothly and has larger than life characters you can really see and hear. Maybe smell. Possibly taste. There’s humor and wacky neighbors and a loving long term relationship with all the baggage that comes with it. It’s realistic. And yet it’s not a downer. Hard for any author to pull off, but Jennifer Theriot does it beautifully. Flashbacks mix well with the present to give a deeper look into Phillip and Jayne’s relationship and how they got to where they currently are. There’s sexiness, loving, caring, steaminess and, most of all, humor. The neighbors of Juniper Court make an appearance and they each have their own book in this series. I’m thinking of making an exception to my No More Contemporaries Rule and pick up their books, too. I also have to add, what an awesome idea to get together a bunch of authors to write about each house in a cul-de-sac. Bravo!
This is my first Juniper Court book, and they say you always remember your first time – in this case that’s definitely true! I consumed this story as if it were a cream cheese Danish. “Relationship Resuscitation (The Juniper Court Series)” by Jennifer Theriot is fast and fun. There was plenty of natural humor, sugar and spice to heat things up. The author also gives us sexy stories, intimate conversations and great dialog - filled with both steamy and amusing lines. I’m still laughing about when Phillip asked about something he found in the dishwasher. Loved the blog tie-in and can’t wait for more from the Millers, Phillip and jayne. And now I can’t wait to get back to Juniper Court and read more about all the neighbors! What a great time! 5 Stars
4.5 stars! They have been married for over 25 years. He is turning 50, and she is 49. They are empty nesters who need their relationship resuscitated. There are laugh out loud moments in the story, especially the prize that her husband brags about winning. And there is the mishap at the hotel, which could have turned out to big problem. That felt like some of the realistic elements in the story which made the couple endearing to me.
They were not perfect. But their love story was touching, yet typical as they drew apart over the years. I liked that she did not have a regular job, but had morphed her job from writing a column to blogging. She was not the wild one in the neighborhood, that was Valley. She was not as adventurous as Nina. She did seem to a lot like any number of wives in long term marriages where the sex has dwindled. It felt relatable, yet not dull.
They were the first home buyers in Juniper Court. They watched people move in and move out. They saw newlyweds move in, and divorced couples move out. This is the story of regular people who find their way back to the romance, hot sex, and love they still have for each other after all those years. I would love to read a longer version of this and see where this author can take this. I enjoyed her Out of the Box series a lot too.
For those of us who have been married for a quarter of a century or more, Jayne and Phillip’s story is a familiar one. Who of us out there haven’t found ourselves in a sexual slump? Doesn’t mean we don’t love the devil out of our spouses, it just means we want and need to spice up our playtime in the bedroom. Relationship Resuscitation takes us on a journey to Juniper Court where we meet Jayne’s gal pals and get intimate glimpses into their lives. They are more than happy to offer up advice and some very interesting ideas for Jayne to rekindle the fire between the sheets. Phillip is lovable and adorable. He is the epitome of a sexy, silver fox. It’s no wonder Jayne is so anxious to resuscitate their relationship. I give it 5 steamy stars! If you’re looking for a relatable romance that will melt your panties while making you laugh out loud, this is the book for you.