Taking the plunge…
Lacy Caldwell’s mermaid gig at a cheesy roadside beach bar provided much-needed income while she pursues her graduate degree. That is until the beloved owner dies and her greedy nephew announces he’s cashing out by closing the bar and selling the property to a developer who’s going to replace the kitschy charm of the Mermaid’s Purse with ocean-view condos.
Cameron Sanders can’t believe his good luck. Struggling financially, he’s thrilled to find out some random, ancient aunt he hardly knew died and left him an inheritance that’ll help take the money monkey off his back. He’s ready to go to the mat in battle when some annoying mermaid from the bar tries to throw a wrench in his plans. But things get complicated when he realizes that she’s a woman he’s started to have feelings for.
About the Author
Thank you so much for reading my books! I hope you'll find some that keep you from doing the dishes, or vacuuming, or maybe even cause you to stay up later than you'd planned to (although I covet my sleep, so I'd feel guilty if I was to blame for that too often!).
I'm the author of SLEEPING WITH WARD CLEAVER, winner of Romantic Times/Dorchester Publishing's American Title III contest, bestseller SLIM TO NONE, the IT'S REIGNING MEN contemporary romance series, including SOMETHING IN THE HEIR, HEIR TODAY GONE TOMORROW, BAD TO THE THRONE, LOVE IS IN THE HEIR and SHAME OF THRONES (book 6, THRONE FOR A LOOP, comes out in March); ANYWHERE BUT HERE; WHERE THE HEART IS; the memoir BITE ME: A PARROT, A FAMILY AND A WHOLE LOT OF FLESH WOUNDS; the essay collection NAKED MAN ON MAIN STREET; two contemporary romances as Erin Delany: ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE, & COMPROMISING POSITIONS. I have a funny dog story in I'M NOT THE BIGGEST BITCH IN THIS RELATIONSHIP. And I've got many more novels in the works!
I've had pieces appear in Ladies Home Journal, the Washington Post, Marie-Claire.com, and on NPR's Day to Day. I honed my fiction writing skills while working as a publicist for a US Senator. Other jobs I've held have included: an orthodontic assistant (learning quite readily that I wasn't cut out for a career in polyester), a waitress (probably my highest-paying job), a TV reporter, a pre-obituary writer, and a photographer (once being Prince Charles' photographer in Washington!). Oh I'm also the volunteer coordinator for the Virginia Film Festival, which is a great one!
I live in Virginia with my husband and a small menagerie; we have three grown children, one of whom lives in Australia and I dream of visiting her there. I love all things Italian, regularly fantasize about traveling to exotic locales, and feel a little bit guilty for rarely attempting to clean the house.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Mermaid and the Starving Artist. Love Jenny Gardiner's writing style. This is the third in the Falling for Mr. Wrong series. While it is part of a series, it can definitely be read as a stand alone book. This was a quick read. The story of Lacy and Cam is so sweet. Lacy the graduate student working part-time as a Mermaid at a tiki bar, and Cam a starving artist trying to find his way. Circumstances throw them together, and it was interesting to see their relationship evolve, especially when circumstances arise that can cause a rift. You'll fall in love with the characters from the tiki bar. I would never have thought about mermaids at a bar - so bravo to Jenny for her creative thinking! Lots of laugh out loud moments, but also moments that show you vulnerability by Lacy and Cam. Loved it.
This is a fun and sexy book that I just loved! Lacy is working her way through school as a mermaid and finally ready to get back out dating after breaking up with a horrible loser. Cam is, almost literally, a starving artist who is secretly lusting after a girl at his gym. Unfortunately, he doesn't think he has anything to offer to a girl so he hesitates to ask her out. Circumstances with a bit of serendipity bring them together in a very sexy tale that made me smile. If you enjoy the genre you will love this book. The author is on my must read authors' list.