The Scent of Jade

The Scent of Jade
By Dee DeTarsio

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Product Description

From award-winning author, Dee DeTarsio, The Scent of Jade is an action/adventure romantic suspense novel:

“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 surprised 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.

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...

The Scent of Jade was a finalist in the San Diego Book Awards Association.

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #835492 in eBooks
  • Published on: 2014-01-12
  • Released on: 2014-01-12
  • Format: Kindle eBook

Editorial Reviews

Perfect escape, like watching a romantic action movie with a sarcastic friend. At times the heroine fell apart; then she rocked her best Angelina Jolie, with humor, action and a hint of sexiness. --Unabridged Chick

The Scent of Jade has enjoyed a fast-growing, international fan base. Clever, quirky, and multi-talented, ebook novelist Dee DeTarsio is definitely a new author you want to friend, and then you can say, you knew her when.... --The Divining Wand

San Diego Novelist Romances UK. The Scent of Jade has a killer, Hollywood logline: Romancing the Stone meets Survivor. The author takes a page from her world-traveling protagonist Julie Fraser and has connected with Brit romance fans. --Mediabistro

The novel simply reels off in your mind with its quirky characters, exotic location, a legendary idol, and more. --The Divining Wand

The Scent of an excellent blend of romance, international mystery, and lovable quirky characters that chick lit fans will love!--Chick Lit Plus

"I startled my dogs by laughing out loud (at The Scent of Jade), but I couldn't help myself. (Other) writers shouldn't be allowed to write such clever dialogue and hilarious observations about life and love." --Carol K. Carr, author of India Black

About the Author
Dee DeTarsio is an award-winning author with stories that laugh at the sadness of life. She graduated from The Ohio State University and lives in southern California with her family.

Customer Reviews

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
2Snappy dialogue BUT
By Jacqueline
This was a craaaazy mismash. Could not figure out what the author's point was? World Peace? Seriously, there's a fairly long scientific discussion of the importance of bees and polination and world devestation without them (which is cool, I follow bee health, but seemed totally forced and out of context) and a mysterious jade statue that - like a butterfly's wings flapping will make a typhoon, regulates the bees. But there's also Costa Rican jail, armed mercenaries, falls down jungle cliffs, nights spent out in the jungle by someone who would be more likely to be on the "Real Housewives" series - and a jarring disconnect as a love story rekindles and grows, and a character finds "herself." It was kind of fun until the lectures and the navel gazing revelations and the absolute crazy disconnect of glossing over what started it all. That was odd and really took away from the book, as did the focus on bees when I'd so much rather have been reading about the aromatherapy healing cures found in the rainforest - odd that that was given very little importance compared with the "man's" work! Would have been dissapointed if it hadn't been free. I was also equally confused about the message sent to women by the author, as the heroine found her personal power she also found a lot more self blame and a lot less justifiable blame. I really questioned the explanation of the opening scene as the SLIGHT SPOILER!!!

contrast between I had to do it, and I was doing it wispering Spanish endearments was jarring, and made it all the more unlikely for such a happy ending.

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
5Laugh Out Loud Funny
By M. Hartwell
One of the funniest books I've read in a very long time. The main character is the perfect anti-heroine which makes you warm to her even more. Although the situation she is in is crazy and fantastical (yes, other reviewers are correct in saying the story isn't realistic but then most romances are far from realistic - don't we read them for the fantasy element?), you can believe she is a real person, with all her insecurities and desire for home comforts, yet stoic ability to just keep going and survive her ordeal. This definitely isn't your average romance novel but the exploration of "love" is far more believeable. There are so many scenarios in this book that had me belly laughing out loud, which is rare. I hope others enjoyed it as much as I did, but don't read this if you are looking for a boy-meets-girl or steamy romance. This is a woman-disgusted-by-husband-has-adventure-and-finds-her-way-back-to-husband story, and the only steam is from the humidity of the jungle or coming out of her ears in anger.

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
5The Scent of Jade
By BigAl
A typical chick lit plot device is to thrust the protagonist into an unexpected situation where she is out of her comfort zone. She'll then make a series of questionable decisions, which make her situation increasingly worse. Although flustered, she never gives up, and eventually stumbles on a way out of the situation and finds a way of meeting whatever goal initially prompted her down this road. It's a pattern that works well.

In many ways, the plot of "The Scent of Jade" fits this formula. However, it is atypical in the kind of challenges the protagonist Julie encounters. These challenges are often much more physical, giving the book an action-adventure flavor, and the jade artifact adds a hint of mystery to the story.

I'll consider a book a solid or competent effort if the story is told well and doesn't suffer from obvious technical flaws. What it takes to elevate it above that level varies. It might be a story that pushes the right buttons. Sometimes it is a unique twist on a typical formula. This book gets partially there on that basis. What pushed it over the top were clever descriptions that made me say, this is why she is the author and I'm just the reviewer. For example, when DeTarsio described a rainstorm "as if a Paul-Bunyan-sized cabana boy was throwing swimming-pool-sized buckets of water at the house." Another was when the protagonist Julie's narration said, "my heart stopped mid-pump while my flight instinct kicked in and kicked my fight instinct's ass." Clever, smart, and funny all in one line. For that matter, clever, smart, and funny describes all of "The Scent of Jade."

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **

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