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Book Review + Giveaway: Jenny’s Blue Velvet


Jenny’s Blue Velvet by Angela Carlie


Jenny’s stuck.

She’s tried just about every occupation she can think of and will be digging out of student debt for a very long time, but has nothing to show for it. Her everyday routine feels like a prison. And her marriage? Well, let’s just say it’s been a little one-sided lately and the money she threw down on the toys from Lover’s Erotic Store was well worth it and then some.

Jenny decides her next big step is to become a romance writer. Romance books are flying off the virtual shelves, after all. This will be her big break, her escape from the prison, and a way to freedom. Self-publishing is all the rage these days. She’ll be a best seller in no time. JBV

When Jenny makes friends with a woman named Cassandra from the gym, she instantly decides that her new friend will make a perfect main character in her upcoming book. After the first chapter, real life begins to resemble the fiction she’s writing. Her friendship blossoms, sex with her husband turns into a daily feast, and her job gets more interesting with each chapter written.

Out of the blue, a person who is a close friend with her husband and who is dating Cassandra disappears. As the mystery behind the missing person unfolds, Jenny wonders if she might be responsible for his possible death. And if she is, what will be the consequence? What has this writing business gotten her into?

JENNY’S BLUE VELVET is a dark, humorous, romantic thriller for adults only.

“I’m going to write a romance novel. I’ve never really read one, but they seem to be selling like bonbons to housewives on a hot summer day. My romance novel is going to be a bestseller. Once I figure out what it’s going to be about.” – Jenny

My Take

I must admit that the main reason that I selected Jenny’s Blue Velvet was the book cover. It’s all lovely and blue and shiny. [My book spirit animal must be a bird that is attracted to shiny objects. Call me Magpie.]

Jenny’s Blue Velvet is a romantic thriller. The cover is so lovely that I focused more on the word romantic and not thriller. This is definitely a psychological thriller.

At around 100 pages, the novella is two stories in one. It alternates between Jenny’s real life (which appears to be in a rut) and Candy’s Obsession, the romance novel that Jenny is writing (which appears to be very exciting). When the stories start to intertwine, the overall plot takes a number of wild twists and turns. I don’t want to say too much and spoil the story for you.  Seriously. The synopsis above summarizes it perfectly. My advice to you: read it in one sitting and pay close attention. You could get lost before you know it. When I finished it, all I could say was, “Well, damn.”

Novellas tend to be hit or miss for me.  I often end up disappointed and wanting more action and detail. Not the case here. This novella packs quite a punch with minimal reading time.  Jenny’s Blue Velvet is a roller-coaster ride that makes your stomach drop.  After it’s over, you’ll want to do it again. [I look forward to reading more of Carlie’s work.]  Consider Jenny’s Blue Velvet as a little something to break up your reading monotony. It’s is funny, romantic and… kind of creepy.

I am still trying to wrap my head around it. I will never look at blue velvet the same.

Check out the first chapter of Jenny’s Blue Velvet on Angela Carlie’s website.

Recommended for:

  • Fans of romantic thrillers
  • Fans of dark comedies
  • Fans of novellas (and maybe short stories)

NOTE: This book contains some profanity and graphic sexual content.

This post is part of the Jenny’s Blue Velvet Book Tour (September 9 – September 14) hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Be sure to enter to win a copy below. See the Tour Schedule for additional stops.

Author Bio

4699787I’ve lived in the state of Washington my entire life. Sure, it rains a lot, but that’s what makes it so beautiful here. I’d like to say it’s the most beautiful place on the planet, but I have yet to travel the world. Someday I’ll know for sure.

I write fiction involving young people. Mainstream publishing would label my writing as YA or middle grade. Since I’m an indie author, I can skip over the labels and tell you that each one of my stories is unique, can be read and enjoyed by all ages, and almost always has a young person as the protagonist. Authors write what they know and I don’t know old yet. I may someday write about older people, but that’s so far in the future that I can’t see it yet.

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2 responses to “Book Review + Giveaway: Jenny’s Blue Velvet

  1. I’m the same with novellas so it’s great this one was such a great ride! Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  2. Pingback: A Very Scandalous Holiday: Review + Giveaway | A. Literary Mafia

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