42 Rue de Jardin by Lucy Lit 1

The streets of Savannah have stories to tell…
 What happens when your romance novel fantasies collide with your reality?
Forty-something Cullan Davis almost has it all. Loving family, friends, successful business, community activist.
And no sex life.
A chronic, disfiguring skin disease and past abuse left physical and emotional scars that prevent her from believing in relationship possibilities. Resigned to being alone, she compensates by living vicariously through the heroines in
her beloved romance novels. When her real-life lust from afar notices her, panic sets in. She cannot possibly get involved. Her scars are too deep. No man wants a self-proclaimed freak, do they?
Royce Jacobson is a wealthy philanthropist, single parent of a twenty-year-old daughter and womanizing player. Practicing his own version of tantric sex, he subscribes to the love ’em and leave ’em satisfied mentality. He wants to add Cullan to his conquest list but discovers vulnerability in her, touching a part of him he didn’t know existed. She’s an enigma. And Royce excels at solving puzzles. He’s convinced tantra can break through her reserves… if only she
would cooperate.
When they end up on opposite sides of a high-stakes business venture, sparks fly professionally and personally. How far will Royce go to get what he wants? Can Cullan learn to love herself and trust in a man?
One determined (and detached) Alpha male. A woman whose faith in love is shattered. Tantric sex. Could be a disaster or just maybe… a path to healing.
The address of 42 Rue de Jardin is a complete novel with no cliffhanger – First in the Sultry Savannah Series.
Readers who value older characters proving that love and sex are timeless will enjoy the journey of Cullan and Royce.
This romance is for mature audiences only due to explicit content and language.
42 Rue de Jardin is the first novel for this new author and she totally blew me away with her talent.  I am already begging for her next book because she gave us characters that not only can you relate to, you will fall in love with.  Each have their own personality that brings a touch of life to this story.
Cullan is a middle aged woman who due to a disfiguring skin disease believes the closest thing to romance she will ever find is in her eBooks.  The desire to feel that emotional connection to another person is so strong and isolating; she focuses her attention on her business which proves to be very successful.  Wanting to make her town stronger for the community and those who live there, she takes on a huge project that will force her to go head to head with Royce Jacobson for a piece of land that he also wants to advance his career.
The instant attraction is there for both, but she refuses to believe she would stand a chance with him.  Royce has confidence though, he knows what he wants and he is going to get her, even if he has to have her investigated to see what Cullan is all about.  Once the two meet and begin building something together, he realizes the secrets she is hiding and the insecurity she blankets herself with, knowing with his training in his own version of tantric sex is just what she needs.
This story is just so beautiful; it is set for the middle aged reader who still believes life can happen for them.  Lucy gives us a story of acceptance, belief and love with Cullan and Royce, one that will stay with the reader for a long time.  She gives us a story with a taste of the South, with Cullan’s taste in clothing and behavior.  Royce being the gentleman and protector will come to Cullan’s assistance on more than one occasion leaving the reader sighing over his southern gentleman ways.
I LOVE this story, I am so happy to have found Lucy Lit and her book and I look forward to more in the future.  These characters became like a family to me and it was nice to sit and read a romance novel that felt real and created for the middle aged generation.  We didn’t have this over the top dramatics that goes on in books these days, yet she gave us hot scenes that will guarantee the reader a great read and a reminder that they are not dead when over the age of 40.
Lucy tackles some very sensitive issues such as the skin disease, molestation, rape and insecurity, all topics approached with respect, dignity and seriousness that are due for such discussions.  She gives us a pure form of love where you put the others needs before your own goals, and a sense of forgiveness not only for yourself but for those who have hurt you.  Cullan might be insecure but she is a very strong female character that made me proud.  Make sure you get your copy of this book and keep an eye out for Lucy’s new releases coming soon.  


Lucy Lit came to writing late (really late) in life. Unlike many authors, she wasn’t born with a pen in her hand, nor spent her youth scribbling in journals. A voracious bookworm, her mother claims Lucy read cereal boxes in her high chair. She irritated her father during family vacations by burying her nose in a book rather than viewing the scenery. Once she progressed from Nancy Drew to swiping her mother’s historical romances, there was no going back.
She continued her affinity for romance through stints in corporate life and business ownership. After reading a string of unsatisfying romances, she decided to write what she wanted to read and the next phase of her life was born.
Lucy lives in South Carolina with her husband (Garage Guy), a persnickety feline who rules the roost, and dotes on her grand-dogs.  Her quirky lifestyle means she does not wear stilettos in her spare time, but she does wear them when she writes.
includes information about future works and extras including the playlist and recipes from this book.
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