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It's Love, Dude (Jardin Bay) by [Schwartz, Jenny]
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Length: 129 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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From our favourite short story writer comes a debut full-length novel about sand, sun, small towns, and surfing...

Zane Carlton is a World Champion surfer. Molly Georgiou is a shy, small-town girl. They have nothing in common except an instantaneous attraction and an impossible quest for a rare, endangered Australian marsupial. But Zane is determined to make it work, and invites Molly to take a step into his world. But Molly isn’t ready for the spotlights and attention — she loves her town, its quirks, its characters. Opposites attract, but can two such different people find both a woylie and forever?

Praise for IT'S LOVE, DUDE:

'A light and fun read, catch this wave!' — Sam Still Reading

'It is a fun, warm and sexy romance for all comers.' — Delighted Reader

‘This is a warm read, complete with enjoyable and comfortable characters you would gladly like to have as friends.’— Harlequin Junkie

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 496 KB
  • Print Length: 129 pages
  • Publisher: Escape Publishing - Harlequin Enterprises, Australia Pty Ltd (1 October 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EVAV73E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #210,311 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Lily Malone TOP 100 REVIEWER on 11 October 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
I loved that this didn't have that angsty (sometimes contrived) edge of 'will they get together, or won't they. When bloody will they?' This frustrates the heck out of me and I see it in so many romances.
I love when an author shows the H&H have the attraction and the chemistry (which Molly and Zane have in spades), and just let them go for it. Sure they have their ups and downs, mostly due to Zane's fame as a celebrity surfer and his globe-trotting surfer lifestyle, and Molly's small-town sense of not being up to his league.
But I also love how Molly goes from shy, sit-at-home passive heroine to risk-everything tigress (while still keeping in character),when she gets on a plane to surprise Zane at his hotel room where he's competing in a Gold Coast surf comp.
In most romances, Molly's arrival at the hotel is the moment where 'heroine' happens to find 'hero' kissing his sister's cheek or something... anything to engineer a conflict (or should I say, dude, misunderstanding).
So huge congratulations Ms Schwartz for making lovely Molly bigger than that, and for making Zane a genuine surfer hero. The sex between these two is sizzling and I loved this. Loved it.
Well done!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's Definitely Love, Dudes... :) 8 March 2014
By Danni L - Published on
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It’s Love, Dude is a story about a couple who on the surface are two very different characters. Zane is an outgoing surfer who’s learned to live and thrive in the spotlight. Molly, on the other hand, is a shy, quiet woman who works behind the scenes for Jardin Bay’s political representative. Zane’s learned how to stand on his own after a rough childhood with only his grandfather’s influence as guidance. Molly’s caring nature ensures she stands up for those who can’t do it for themselves though she’s not too sure how to handle herself when the spotlight is on her. That contrast of strength and sweetness is what Zane finds so irresistible. She’s a refreshing change for the life he’s led. And while he starts the chase, it’s Molly who steps out of her comfort zone to follow his lead, first to the other side of Australia, and then to the other side of the world as she pursues her chance at happiness. Add to that the fact that they both have such strong family values and a growing commonality to protect both their community and a certain cute and cuddly critter known as a woylie (an endangered Australian marsupial) and you have the makings of a relationship that definitely works.

I love how honest Ms Schwartz’s characters are. There’s no game playing. They’re adults ready and willing, if perhaps a little uneasy, to pursue an adult relationship. They don’t compromise their morals or themselves, but they are always willing to work at their relationships and allow themselves to be vulnerable at that crucial moment. I also love how the woylie’s presence was weaved throughout the story and brought it full circle. I must also add how wondrous Jardin Bay (where the story is set) sounds and, fictional or not, I want to live there. And did I mention Zane has a brother? Stay tuned. I have to find out where Brodie fits into the scheme of things too. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 refreshing stars from me. 4 November 2014
By TrishaAnn - Published on
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I went to an online FB party and discovered this new author. Who would have thought that me sitting in the US in my PJ's at night could find an Australian author this way. Well I did and I'm so happy because her writing was a breath of fresh air. Loved this book and the characters Zane and Molly. I don't do spoilers but I will say if you are looking for something light, fun, refreshing with relatable characters this is the book for you.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun in sun and surf! 24 February 2014
By Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd - Published on
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Sexy, quirky and funny. This story of a small town girl and a surfer dude is off-beat and humorous. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's Sweet, Dude 19 October 2013
By paddlefoot1397 - Published on
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It's Love, Dude is a sweet romance about opposites attracting.

Pro surfer Zane Carlton returns to home town in Western Australia for a promo visit, and meets shy but beautiful assistant to a politician, Molly Georgiou.

Everyone believes Zane's bad boy personal that is perpetuated by the media, but is this really him? Can Molly break that down and get to know the real man?

Brought together through his grandfather and a little known endangered animal (hey, I am Australian and I had never heard of a woylie!! But have since Googled and they are adorable), attraction blossoms into long distance romance and maybe love?

Outside forces try to break them up, but will their feelings be strong enough to survive long periods of separation.

I loved the secondary characters - Grandpa Tom is ornery and mouthy, Mrs Li is in a world of her own.

This is a well written, enjoyable story. I enjoyed that I could picture some of the places that are written about, got the glitz of the Gold Coast down pat - though may have been a bit too kind to it!!

This is the first I have read of Jenny Schwarz, but I will definitely check out more.
4.0 out of 5 stars Champion Surfer and Small Town Girl Get a Chance at Love 10 November 2013
By Sophia Rose - Published on
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Torchy hot surfer at the top of his game, small town girl who enjoys getting mixed up in the local resident causes, nasty reporters looking for the next headline, interfering relations and friends, hunts at night in the local swamp for an elusive endangered marsupial and a chance at romance for two unlikely people? Count me in.

I was already predisposed toward this book when I saw the hero was a surfer since I grew up near the sea and my dad surfed when he was younger. Not that one has to have any knowledge of the sport to appreciate this story. It is a fun, warm and sexy romance for all comers. What I found was a fab surprise because it was written by an Aussie author and set in Australia. I've never been to Australia so it was great how the backdrop was so colorfully drawn and made me feel like I was there.

The story opens when Zane Carlton, champion surfer and home-town celebrity, returns for a brief appearance back home to be the big name at the opening of a skate park. It is at the opening that he spies Molly Georgiou who is handling the press release. He is taken by her beauty, but even more so by her whole-some goodness and innocence. The glamorous world and people he moves in these days is far from what Molly has to offer, but that is exactly what attracts him to Molly. He won't be a competitive surfer for much longer and he has a dream for his future that doesn't include a fast paced globe trotting life in the spotlight. Then his daydreaming is interrupted when his own crotchety grandfather shows up to rescue Molly from the media hounds who are surrounding her.

Molly can't figure out why the hottie surfer, Zane Carlton, suddenly grabs her away from his grandfather who has rescued her from those annoying and pervy members of the press. Later he comes to her office in a snit and wants all sorts of information about her interaction with his grandfather. While she understands his need to know what is going on, she doesn't feel comfortable discussing his grandfather's business. She tells him what she can about the fight with the developers that is common knowledge, but hides the latest venture she, his grandfather and several others are engaged in.

Zane is hurt that his grandfather hadn't shown a lick of interest in his life and seemed emotionally detached, but seems to have no trouble getting close to Molly. Then he discovers what the two have been up to in their local campaigns against the developers. Instead of being put off, he is more attracted than ever toward Molly. He knows what the score has to be as does she, but somehow it bothers him when his grandfather warns Molly about getting involved with Zane and tells Zane to stay away from Molly.

Just a few moments with Zane and a string of emails and texts are enough for Molly to realize that she is in deep already and definitely in over her head. One surprise visit and one steamy night are enough to show them both that things have gone beyond what they ever anticipated. They move in two different worlds and probably want very different things. She can't be the woman a man like Zane needs her to be and she can't expect or ask him to give up all that he has worked for to come home to her. It all seems so hopeless.

The story has an engaging plot and a nice pace. The romance split between the setting of their small coastal home town and the glitz of Zane's celebrity world. It was a nice contrast and help show what they're up against if they want to be together. Their connection is fast and heats up quick, but I wasn't put off by it because it is allowed to simmer before they do much plus they are both at an age where they know what they want.

The two main characters are the best part of the story. Zane has had his time living the glam lifestyle, but he knows exactly what he wants and needs. Molly isn't wild, but there are hints that she isn't repressed either particularly when it comes to Zane. She too knows what she wants and decides to step out of her comfort zone to have it. I loved these two together. They were uncertain, but they were also very mature- so refreshing! I kept waiting for insecurities to bring the story to a standstill and stall out with all sorts of inner monologue and recriminations at each other, but it didn't. The barriers were there and they dealt with them according to their personalities.

The secondary characters were a fun addition too. I loved the scenes with Zane's grandfather and Mrs. Li. Molly is so great the way she respects these elderly people and goes right along with their schemes. Poor Zane has no idea what he has stumbled into with this gang of people that add so much humor to the story.

All in all, I recommend this to Contemporary Romance lovers who enjoy the idea of a surfer hero, small town characters, and a spicy romance.

My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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