Review: The Scent of Jade by Dee DeTarsio

The Scent of Jade by Dee DeTarsio
Publication Date: October 5, 2010
Publisher: Just Publishing
Source: ebook provided by author for review

From TV writer Dee DeTarsio, a new novel, The Scent of Jade. When an ancient jade relic that holds secrets to global warming ends up in the hands of a not-so-perfect heroine, she is thrust in a fish-out-of-water adventure, lost in the Costa Rican rainforest.

“Romancing The Stone” meets “Survivor” for Julie Fraser, who was minding her own business, living her life as snug as a bug in a rut in San Diego, California. As the least adventurous person she knows, Julie finally whooped it up one day to jet off and surprise her husband, who was on a business trip in Costa Rica. Reeling from the discovery that her husband wasn’t who she thought he was, she accidentally steals an ancient artifact and is chased through the wilds of the rainforest, not knowing where to turn, literally, or whom to trust. She knew she should have stayed home.

Can a monkey, a blonde Juan, a foreign scientist, a mysterious ‘love potion’ and the jade stone itself (that may hold secrets to global warming), help Julie on her mission to find and forgive her husband?

The stolen idol catapults her on a quest, as she discovers truths along the way about herself and her place in the universe. The Scent of Jade is creative and unique with surprising twists–in turn suspenseful and heartbreaking, combining humor and romance to reach the payoff ending. Original characters keep the pages turning.

The Scent of Jade spins its story with wit and wisdom, drawing those who love mystery, suspense, romance and adventure. While there are no vampires, readers are invited to enjoy the intrigue…


Review:  From the blurb, The Scent of Jade sounded like a sexy romantic adventure.  Unfortunately it fell flat for me.  While the premise was intriguing, as the story went along, all the situations that Julie found herself in… well, each one seemed more ridiculous than the last.  I’m pretty sure that the story was supposed to be funny, but more often than not I was shaking my head and wondering how much worse this could get.  And then I found the climax, well, anticlimactic.

But I think what really made this book a bust for me was that I honestly didn’t care for any of the characters.  Well, I take that back; the monkey was funny.  But the rest of the cast… I couldn’t seem to connect with any of them.  In particular, I didn’t enjoy being in Julie’s head throughout the story.  She whined a lot, was self-centered and I didn’t see any “real” growth in her character.  But what it all boils down to is that I didn’t like her and for me to enjoy a book, I need like and care about the main characters.

It appears that the reviewers on Amazon disagree with me, but I just didn’t really enjoy this read.

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