Cat’s Meow~~#Reviews That Purr~~April’s Kiss In The Moonlight By Jean Joachim~~#romanceinbloom

Hi, Yall!! Welcome back to  Cat’s Meow~~Reviews that Purr!  This Month we are celebrating springtime and the month of April. I have a few good books to review for you. I am starting off with one of my favorite contemporary romance authors, Jean Joachim. This is an older book from her Moonlight series, April’s Kiss in the Moonlight

I asked Jean what her favorite thing about spring is. She offered to share some lovely photographs purchased from Bigstock  with us.

In Praise of the Mighty Crocus

A collection of early crocus (Crocus tommasinianus) growing under a bush. Lovely purple and yellow colors. This is one of the first flowers to bloom in early spring. Aka woodland or tommasinis crocus.

wildflower meadow with early spring crocus geroldsee and karwendel mountains scenic spring landscape germany

Yellow and purple crocuses in spring, The crocuses family.the first flowers of spring

Pictures bought by Jean on

The crocus is my hero.

Does that sound silly? How many people consider flowers to be heroic? I do. The crocus and the snowdrop are courageous. Why? They are the first flowers of spring to bloom. They break the ground for all others. They raise their heads proudly, risking attack by a late frost or burial under an unexpected spring snow.Death by freezing –brrr, not a way I’d choose to go. Snowdrops only promise to be white. That makes the crocus the bigger hero, adding color to the landscape for the first time in months. The crocus blooms in a variety of purples, yellow or white, and sometimes with thin stripes of color  on white. Not a large, majestic plant, they often grow in colonies, producing bursts of color.

The short, humble crocus raises it’s petals to the world, saying “Look at me!” The tiny flower begs for a drop of appreciation before the real show with the big guns begins: daffodils, tulips, irises, and tiger lilies, to mention only a few.

Hail, mighty crocus! You are the harbinger of spring. I bow to your bravery and beauty, and keep watch every March for the first signs of you pushing up toward the sun.

Thank you so much, Jean, for taking time out of your busy day to share such lovely thoughts and photographs with us.

April's Kiss in the Moonlight (Moonlight, #2)


Title: April’s Kiss in the Moonlight

Series: Moonlight book 2

Author: Jean  Joachim

Pages: 235 pages

Genre: M/F,  sweet contemporary romance,

Fresh from graduate school, April McKenna, beautiful and brilliant vows to strike out on a new path rather than return to San Francisco to take a job with her father’s firm. She meets Rusty and sets off for an escapade that ends in tragedy. Injured and alone she is taken in by Sunny Davis, a friend of her mother’s who lives in a small town in the Catskill Mountains in New York.

During her recovery, April resolves to carve out an exotic life of travel and adventure. But she didn’t count on a sexy fireman upsetting her plans. Gavin Dailey has dated practically every woman in the county, but when he meets April, he knows he’s finally found the one he wants. Only a stubborn man like Gavin wouldn’t let April’s resistance to his charm and his small town change his plans. Determined to win her, he pulls out all the stops until he encounters one stumbling block he didn’t count on. Only a near-tragedy resurrected from the past gives April the tenacity she needs to make the right decision for her life in April’s Kiss in the Moonlight.

This is a sweet contemporary romance with no explicit sex or bad language.



April has just gotten out of college in New York and is driving back home to California to a postion her dad has set up for her. She isnt looking forward to living the life her dad is choosing. She meets a hitchhiker that changes her life. Several months later her car explodes injuring her and presuming Rusty dead. Her mom’s friend Sunny picks her up and takes her to her home and helps her to heal. She meets a sexy firefighter. Could a city girl ever be happy in a small country town?

April’s Kiss by Moonlight is a sweet, fun romance. The character’s are all charming, the storyline compelling, and there are some twists along the way.
If you are looking for a good, clean romance with a touch of intrigue, sexy with no explicit on page sex this is for you.
I received a copy of this book for an honest review

How about a little more April’s Kiss In The Moonlight?

April dried her long, lustrous, dark brown hair, which fell to her shoulders in loose curls framing her bruised oval face. Her eyes, so dark they were almost black, reflected her troubles. Her black eye was turning yellow, and the bruise on her delicate chin matched it.

She wrapped a towel around her body and tucked the corner in between her breasts, picked up her hair dryer, and opened the bathroom door. She walked into the living room and ran smack dab into the best looking man she’d ever seen coming around the corner. She bumped into him and grabbed her towel to secure it. He steadied her with his big hands on her elbows as his gaze met hers. They stopped and stared. April felt a sizzle, like an electric current rise her arms and shoulders from the touch of his hands.

Standing about six feet tall with a slender but strong build, the intriguing stranger, had the bluest eyes and darkest hair imaginable. His eyebrows were thick; sideburns perfectly clipped and two days growth of beard appeared on his long, narrow face. She couldn’t take her eyes off him.

Gavin’s gaze took in her glossy brown hair, lovely face, black-and-blue marks and all, then traveled down her towel-clad body slowly, stopping to rest on the swell of her breasts above the towel before sliding down to examine her lovely legs. He was obviously entranced and rendered speechless by her five feet four inches normally attractive, now painfully colorful.  His eyebrows lifted as he eyed her bruised shoulders.

“What happened to you?” he muttered, dropping his hands from her arms.

“Got in the way of an explosion,” she explained.

He nodded, then eyed the engagement ring on her hand.

“Gavin Dailey,” he said, extending his hand.

“April McKenna.”

Her hands were too full to shake his and as she looked down at them, she remembered she was wearing only a towel. Her hand flew to secure the towel’s precarious tuck at her chest while her face flamed. She sputtered something unintelligible and ran from the room, hearing the sound of his low chuckle behind her.


Gavin walked to the door; his eyes followed her outside; she was flanked by a dog on either side. He watched the sway of her hips and the bounce of her hair when she descended the half dozen steps to the backyard. The dogs took off, running. April tried to run but, obviously, the pain stopped her, and she stood still; feeling his gaze, she turned to look at him. Gavin’s eyes met hers, his breath stopping for a moment before he went back to work. April’s fingers raked her hair as she turned away from the house.

He winced when he saw her doubled over from the pain. He wanted to fold her in his arms, soothe her with kisses until each bruise disappeared. A slight heat crept into his cheeks when he remembered the engagement ring she wore. Never before had he wanted another man’s woman; this was the first time.


Meet Jean:


­­­   Jean Joachim is a best-selling romance fiction author, with books hitting the Amazon Top 100 list since 2012. She writes mostly contemporary romance, which includes sports romance and romantic suspense.

Dangerous Love Lost & Found, First Place winner in the 2015 Oklahoma Romance Writers of America, International Digital Award contest. The Renovated Heart won Best Novel of the Year from Love Romances Café. Lovers & Liars was a RomCon finalist in 2013. And The Marriage List tied for third place as Best Contemporary Romance from the Gulf Coast RWA. To Love or Not to Love tied for second place in the 2014 New England Chapter of Romance Writers of America Reader’s Choice contest. She was chosen Author of the Year in 2012 by the New York City chapter of RWA.

Married and the mother of two sons, Jean lives in New York City. Early in the morning, you’ll find her at her computer, writing, with a cup of tea, her rescued pug, Homer, by her side and a secret stash of black licorice.

Jean has 30+ books, novellas and short stories published. Find them here:

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The Moonlight Series 

Remember~~ If You Can Dream It..You can do it!

On Tour With Jean Joachim and Devon Drake Cornerback

TITLE – Devon Drake – Cornerback

SERIES – First & Ten Series
AUTHOR – Jean Joachim
GENRE – Sports Romance, Contemporary Romance

About the BOOK 

Devon Drake, star cornerback, has it all: hot super model girlfriend and pro football career, or does he? A childhood friend wanders back into his life, upsetting his ideal existence. Is it finally time to tell her the truth about what happened fifteen years ago?

Stormy Gregory is on the run from an abusive man. Her best friend offers her a safe place at the shelter for abused women and children. Grateful to be out of harm’s way, Stormy helps with a charitable event, not expecting to run into Devon Drake, her friend’s brother. Will she run again rather than face rejection?

Cracks in his perfect world threaten the cornerback’s starting lineup status. An unwelcome surprise short-circuits Stormy’s attempt to build a new life. Can they pull together or will the secret that separates the former friends keep them on a downward spiral?

A little extra glimpse  

But the last thing Stormy wanted was to hang around Devon Drake any longer than necessary. He had filled out since high school with pure muscle. Like Chutes and Ladders, Devon Drake had taken the big ladder from handsome to gorgeous. Hanging around might mean the revival of old feelings, leaving her vulnerable to rejection again. It was destined to happen, since he had a hot, high-powered girlfriend. Stormy needed to watch her step. He wasn’t available, but nobody had told her heart that.

He sat up, his gaze glued to her. She hummed the tune “The Stripper” as she unzipped and peeled off her jacket. The man slid his chair closer to the window. She began to dance slowly. Out of the corner of her eye, she could see people on the sidewalk had stopped moving. She took a deep breath and eased her sweater up as slowly as possible.

Now, the man in the headphones was gesturing and talking. The others in the room turned to stare. Stormy kept humming and dancing. She was getting into it. Ignoring the cold, she pulled her sweater over her head, twirled it around, and flung it at a man standing nearby. He caught it and applauded.

My Review


Stars of the Show–oops– I mean book: Devon Drake, of course, is the leading man. He is a sexy cornerback that has been distracted and not focusing on his game. He has put on some weight  and losing speed on the field. He needs to get his head back in the game but how?

Bring in Stormy the leading lady. She grew up with Devon and his sister Samantha. Devon is surprised to see Stormy in Monroe in the women’s shelter. Will she be able to get him back in shape or will she just be another distraction?

There are lots of other characters in this book. I do love multi-character stories and bringing these in from the other books and giving us more of their stories add to the realness of the story. so if you have read the other books but not this one yet…here is good reason. If you haven’t read any, read this then I promise you will want to go get the other three!

Characters that stole my heart:  I have a thing for animals so toss one in and I am a sucker. Brody is a pug that Stormy rescues and I can see how he stole her heart.

I also like older characters and we have a very interesting pair here.  Buddy has a widowed mom that helps him out and Griff’s dad came to help out Lauren. Hmmm…is there more to this story? Another good reason to check this out!

What I thought About Devon: I thought Devon was arrogant, selfish and stubborn. He treats his sister like a baby. Yes, being protective is good but overprotective? Though he shows this he is not unlikeable. You can see he has a good heart. I love a man that needs to redeem himself and man does he in a big way.

Memorable event- Stormy: I think Stormy stole the show when she went to the TV station to clear Devons name. The scene is the excerpt above so read it and see what an amazing woman this girls is. She corners the market on what a girl would do for the man she loves.

Memorable Event-Devon: I have to say this man redeem himself in a big way. When he let go his feelings man did he let go. I think his proposal was one of the cutest I have ever read.  What do mud pies have to do with a proposal? You need to read this book just for this!

The one thing that I didn’t like so much: There is a lot of technical football stuff. There are two games that has a lot of play by play action. Yes, I do agree the scenes need to be there and are very vital to the book, I just felt they could have been a little bit shorter like just one vital play per scene. I did skim through these two scenes a little.If you are a real big football fan this will not bother you at all.

This is part of  a series. Each book stands alone pretty well, but I will warn you this one has scenes from all the other books. They are done well enough you do know who they are and able to follow that part of the story.

If you love a good sweet, sensually sexy romance, sports romance pugs, and football this is definitely for you!


Meet Stormy

Stormy Gregory – Life hadn’t been easy for Stormy Gregory. The fighting between her parents drove her to seek the friendship of the two kids down the block, Samantha and Devon Drake.

Stormy continued her friendship with Devon and became Samantha’s shadow in high school. Until he broke her heart. They went their separate ways.

After getting her degree in nutrition, Stormy found a job far from home in Bolton, Illinois. She worked part-time in two senior centers, planning meals. She found success and friendship there with the older crowd, and a little romance with the director.

An old acquaintance from high school looked her up, seeking help finding a job and a new start. She did what she could, but resisted his advances. He became hostile, then violent, forcing her to flee.

Not knowing where to turn, Stormy contacted her old friend, Samantha Drake. Sam made space for her friend in the shelter where she volunteered. During an event, she bumped into Devon Drake.

Stormy hadn’t expected the encounter. It had been fifteen years since she’d seen him. Instead of hating him for past hurts, warm feelings resurfaced. Stormy pushed them down, figuring she couldn’t compete with a super model. Simply being near Devon Drake made her pulse jump. She needed to get away, but the man who had hit her showed up at her door. She had nowhere to go, or did she?

10  Things You  don’t know about Devon but do now

Chocolate or vanilla? Strawberry, actually.

Airplane or train?    Airplane. Love the take-off, kind of like sex. Can I say that?

Walking or driving? Driving. Preferably a Maserati.

Red or Blue?              Blue, like the ocean.

 Country or Rock?     Rock. 80’s rock.

Dog or cat?                 Pug – Brodie. Smart, obedient pup.

Lemonade or Iced Tea?  Texas Iced Tea.

Vodka or Whiskey?    Gin. Or vodka.

Mounds or Almond Joy? Who’s mounds? (laughs)

 Action movies or Thrillers? Bruce Willis or Will Ferrell movies.

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Meet the Author Jean Joachim

I asked her what top 10 favorite places to visit and why

These are all places I haven’t been:

Italy/Spain – No one needs a reason to visit Italy! After seeing “Under the Tuscan Sun”, I’ve been dying to get to Italy. What a beautiful and romantic place! Spain is also beautiful and after having studied the language for umpteen million years, I would love to go there and practice.

Ireland/Scotland – I’m drooling to see the gorgeous countryside, eat the great food and mix with some of the nicest, friendliest people on Earth. Never heard a bad thing about these two countries. They are tops on my list, even though I might need a translator!

Alaska – Though I hate the cold, I love the beauty of the snow and ice of Alaska. How wonderful to take a cruise and sail by the glacial art all around you. I’ll bundle up, sit back and be transported into another world.

Israel – My Jewish roots and the amazing struggle and resilience of Israel call to me. The history,  antiquity of the land are fascinating. And how strange and wonderful to be in a place where those who believe as I do are in the majority.

New Orleans – I love Dixieland music and to see where it all began, the birthplace of jazz is a must.  The food, the culture, the music entice me. It seems a romantic place where there might be a story or two waiting for me.

Buenos Aires – Speaking of stories – Buenos Aires has always been a place of mystery in my mind. It’s a place where post WWII spies and war criminals went to hide out, start over and disappear and those who hunted them crept in, seeking justice. See? Already I have stories swirling. I must visit and see if I can find any mysterious places to start a book.

Monaco – I’d guess that for sheer elegance, there’s no place finer to visit than Monaco. The center of grace and style in Europe, this legendary fairyland has called to me ever since the beautiful Grace Kelly became the reigning Queen. I’ll be careful not to bet heavily. I’d be more interested in observing the people than losing my money.

The Riviera – Again, wealth, beauty, gorgeous scenery, the Mediterranean, how could you think your travels complete without inventing a few tales on the Riviera coastline?

The Galapagos – Swim with the dolphins, observe the turtles, tortoises and all the wonderful wildlife there. I’m a serious nature lover and this trip is definitely on my schedule.

South Africa – I’m so curious to see where diamonds come from and where there was so much racial strife that brought about equality. This land is steeped in history and, from what I hear, beauty.

These are only ten places I wish to visit. I have at least that many right here in the U.S.A., too.  I’m going to have to live at least two lifetimes to see them all. But oh, what fun to be traveling and checking another one off my list!

Jean Joachim is a best-selling romance fiction author, with books hitting the Amazon Top 100 list since 2012. The Renovated Heart won Best Novel of the Year from Love Romances Café. Lovers & Liars was a RomCon finalist in 2013. And The Marriage List tied for third place as Best Contemporary Romance from the Gulf Coast RWA. She was chosen Author of the Year in 2012 by the New York City chapter of Romance Writers of America.

Married and the mother of two sons, Jean lives in New York City. Early in the morning, you’ll find her at her computer, writing, with a cup of tea, her rescued put, Homer, by her side and a secret stash of black licorice.

You can stalk–oops–follow Jean


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