Meet Phillip & Jayne Miller, original homeowners on Juniper Court. He's a successful attorney; she's a flourishing blogger. Head over heels in love and approaching 50, their relationship needs a little jump start. With the Miller's twin girls married and moved away from Sunview, Phillip and Jayne decide it's time to focus on resuscitating their relationship, complete with spicing up their neglected sex life. When competition between the two sets in, it becomes a full out game to see who can one-up the other trying new things. Ah, yes. Life on Juniper Court gets interesting... and sometimes embarrassing. Be careful what you wish for and where you stick your nose. Sometimes keeping up with the Joneses--or in this case, the Sullivans can have consequences.
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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite
In her comments on Relationship Resuscitation, Jennifer Theriot warns reader/reviewers of “explicit language and sexual situations”. If you’re going to select this book for a light afternoon read, don’t say you weren’t warned, and if you’re not comfortable with in-your-face descriptions of a husband and wife enjoying each other in bed, don’t choose this book. But on the other hand, if in fact you’d enjoy reading something that touches on the nitty-gritty of lovemaking between mature married couples, then reach for Relationship Resuscitation…and you might just come away with some great ideas to spice up your own stale married life.
Jennifer Theriot delights us with her story of how Philip and Jayne Miller met, fell in love, married, had children and were one of the first families to buy a home in Juniper Court where neighbours become so close and friendly they share intimate details on their sex lives. Prepare yourself for some of the very intimate moments between Philip and Jayne as they work toward resuscitating their sexual relationship, along with some hilarious results when the best laid plans are interpreted differently by local law enforcement.
How this Juniper Court Series of stories came into existence is fascinating. One of the writers in this series decided it would be fun to have a group of her writing associates each pen a story about each of the families living in Juniper Court. All of the writers involved read each other’s stories and advise if and when needed. Writing a series this way is quite possibly far more interesting than having one writer tell a group of stories about each family in Juniper Court. If you’re intrigued by this approach, you’ll be pleased to know there are 6 books in this series, each by a different writer. Worth checking out the rest if you liked Relationship Resuscitation.
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Relationship Resuscitation: The Juniper Court Series is a sizzling contemporary romantic comedy written by Jennifer Theriot. Phillip and Jayne Miller seemed like they had it all. His law career was a successful one, and her blog was wildly popular and personally fulfilling. As the first ones to move in, they lucked into the best lot on Juniper Court, and their home had become the place to go for parties, especially because of their pool. But something was missing from their lives. Their careers and raising their twin daughters had kept them extraordinarily busy, making leisurely romantic interludes a thing of the past. Could they reignite their original heady passion now that they were nearly fifty? Jayne’s best friend, Nina, had been wondering the same thing about her own relationship with her husband, though her ideas were just a bit more adventurous than what Jayne might go for. Would they succeed?
Jennifer Theriot’s sizzling contemporary romantic comedy, Relationship Resuscitation: The Juniper Court Series, is a humorous and entertaining look at life and romance -- after the kids have fled the nest. Jayne Miller is a marvelous character, and one can only wonder just what she’ll dream up to spice up her marriage and how her attorney husband will respond. Theriot’s story also addresses the challenges women in particular face when trying to make career and family work, with the all-too-common outcome of women trying to be super-moms. As someone who’s well aware of the time sacrifices lawyers in the best firms have to make, I could feel the tension rising between Phillip and Jayne until they finally decide to get domestic help. Theriot’s story is fast-paced, edgy and a lot of fun, and her characters are well-defined and authentic. Relationship Resuscitation: The Juniper Court Series is most highly recommended.