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The Scent of Jade

3.17  ·  Rating details ·  145 ratings  ·  37 reviews
The Scent of Jade

From TV writer Dee DeTarsio, an action/adventure novel, The Scent of Jade.

When an ancient jade relic that holds secrets to global warming ends up in the hands of a not-so-perfect heroine, she is thrust in a fish-out-of-water adventure, lost in the Costa Rican rainforest.

“Romancing The Stone” meets “Survivor” for Julie Fraser, who was minding her own busin
Kindle Edition, 148 pages
Published 2010
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Romancing the Book
Nov 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
Review by Jen: From the blurb, The Scent of Jade sounded like a sexy romantic adventure. Unfortunately it fell flat for me. While the premise was intriguing, as the story went along, all the situations that Julie found herself in... well, each one seemed more ridiculous than the last. I'm pretty sure that the story was supposed to be funny, but more often than not I was shaking my head and wondering how much worse this could get. And then I found the climax, well, anticlimactic.

But I think what
Mar 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, adventure
Debut ebook from Dee DeTarsio was defnitely an action-packed adventure with a strong leading lady who took me through the rain forest of Costa Rica. A fabulous premise that mixes the wildlife with sex, scandal and plenty of romantic comedy, this book has a little of something for everyone. One of the things I loved most about this book was that it was always moving forward - fast forward. I felt like I was running right alongside Julie Fraser as she was being chased through the forest. On her wa ...more
Jan 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Scent of Jade was a book that I wasn’t real sure about when I started it. I have mentioned previously that I’m a reader that craves conversation. I need the interactions between characters instead of all the internal dialogue. The Scent Of Jade had a lot of that internal dialogue.

When the main charcater Julie cataches her husband having sex with a spicy Costa Rican chica on an alter…she runs for the hills. Literally. Grabbing a jade stone from the alter (for a reason I never did figure out)
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
The Scent of Jade is a fun and fast paced tale of misadventure in the Costa Rica jungle. Julia Fraser uncharacteristically decides to surprise her husband on his latest business trip in Costa Rica but their holiday idyll is short lived when Julia finds him inflagrante delicto amongst ancient ruins. Furious and upset, Julia flees into the jungle only to become hopelessly lost. After two nights in the bug infested rainforest, Julia is grateful to be found by blue eyed Juan until she discovers the ...more
Raquel Vega-Grieder
Mar 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Review Of The Scent Of Jade By Dee DeTarsio

The Scent Of Jade was such a fantastic book. It had me laughing so hard it brought me to tears many a time. I would call up my mother to read her certain passages that I thought were so funny that I just had to share with her. OMG, there is one scene with a bird in the jungle that Julie thinks is a quetzal and what happens afterwards had me laughing so hard my stomach hurt. Then there is another scene with a stoned monkey that is priceless. In this boo
Grace Krispy
Jun 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book starts off running and never quite stops. It’s one misadventure after another, and just when you think it’s all settling down, it starts right back up again. Julie spends quite a bit of the book pontificating inside her head, and these often ridiculous and sometimes insightful thoughts are what really make this book fun. Julie is a well-defined character who is easy to picture, and it’s difficult not to like her in the same way you are fascinated by a train wreck. Spoiled and self-righ ...more
Jul 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, read-2011
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. Howe
Wee Shubba's World
The Scent of Jade was like nothing I have ever read before. It was fast paced and fun with some serious issues underneath it.

It follows Julie on a weird adventure after she catches her husband with another woman. She runs to get away from what she has witnessed. However, she ends up lost in the Costa Rica jungle. Julie is very funny. I couldnt help but laugh quite a few times while reading her story. She is very down to earth and just very easy to connect with. On her weird and wonderful adventu
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
This breezy but thoroughly entertaining novel was the perfect escape for me this last week.  Boston was gray and super cold; work was long and draining.  But each night I couldn't wait for my twenty-minute escape to Costa Rica with Julie Fraser, the sarcastic heroine of this novel.  I certainly didn't envy her situation, but Detarsio plays out her plight with humor, action, and a hint of sexiness.

If we're considering The Scent of Jade's pop cultural lineage (parents being Romancing the Stone and
Ana (Owl Always Be Reading)
Mar 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Scent of Jade was a fun and cute book. When I started reading it, I have to admit that I was instantly pulled in. I truly love the way Dee DeTarsio writes. Her characters are funny and witty and really entertaining. I have to admit that the monkey was my favorite character though. LOL.

Julie the “Potpourri Princess” decides to go to Costa Rica and surprise her husband who is there on a business trip. Little does she know that she was in for the ride of her life. She will discover who her hu
Feb 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Julie the “Potpourri Princess” decides to go to Costa Rica and surprise her husband who is there on a business trip. Little does she know that she was in for the ride of her life. She will discover who her husband really is and in the process get shot at, talks to a monkey, gets arrested, meets a really hot Spanish guy and all to save the planet. Pretty funny huh? The story is really cute. I love the way the author keeps the pace up through out the whole book and throws in a few surprises. Oh an ...more
Nov 23, 2010 rated it liked it
On pg 103 and 440 and I am lovin' this book! I have laughed out loud and been completely drawn in. Seems to be a really entertaining read and very, very well-written. So far so good!

I loved the first part of the book but it then took a preposterous turn in the plot and at times really seemed ridiculous. Character development was great and I could really visualize everything described. I just really didn't like the last half nearly as much.
Kimberley Troutte
Jan 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Scent of Jade ia a great adventure into the jungles of Costa Rica. Julie is adorable, funny, stretched to her limits and then stretched some more. I love how her character grows stronger AND more emotionally vulnerable as she tries to solve an ancient mystery while saving herself and her cheating husband. She is the true hero of this book. I also loved the satisfying ending. I'll be looking for more books from Ms. DeTarsio. ...more
May 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Dee DeTarsio has a fresh and fun way of telling a story. There were so many times throughout the book that I actually laughed out loud! A couple twists and turns in the plot definitely help keep the reader guessing and interested. Can't wait to get my hands on another one of this author's books!! Highly recommend! ...more
Klaudyna Z.
May 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
This book was a quick read but very enjoyable. It was one of those that you didn't want to put down. It was pretty fast paced but the author didn't drag the story out like in some books. The ending was also enjoyable. I would definitely recommend this book. ...more
Jun 13, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
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Dee DeTarsio
Oct 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I think it's fabulous--since I wrote it, ha ha! Please read and review--I'd love your feedback! ...more
Apr 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
quick novel very face pace.
Jun 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Love the writing style. Very funny. The love story is a bit hoakie.
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-books
Dec 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
For a 99 cent book I really liked it! I enjoyed the plot, even though it was pretty far-fetched, it was still a good read :)
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was an awesome short story one that I didn't want to put down. I felt as if I was in the jungle. GREAT BOOK!!! ...more
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this book! The story draws you in at the first page and leaves you wanting more at the end. The ending is perfect! I will definately read this again.
Aifric Walsh
Dec 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Unexpectedly loved it.
Feb 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I'll be honest-I spent the first half of the book thinking this was going to be a romance-adventure type book. Once I realized it was not a romance, I started enjoying it a lot more. Julie Fraser is tired of her same old boring routine and decides to surpise her husband with a visit while he's on a business trip in Costa Rica. He was surprised alright~she finds him with another woman at an ancient temple, and for some reason steals a jade stone that was there. Julie is so shocked at finding her ...more
Samantha March
Feb 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Julie Fraser is unadventurous, happy and content in her mundane day to day activities in San Diego. But when all signs point to surprising her husband on his business trip in Costa Rica, Julie decides she must follow them. The trip turns out disastrous, leaving Julie fighting to stay alive Survivor-style in the Costa Rican jungle after accidently stealing an ancient artifact. Julie must figure out if she is leaving her husband, how to get rescued and return to the stone, and if she’s losing her ...more
Dec 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: free-books
I told myself I wouldn't finish this book but then, I did. It turned out to be pretty wild and not was I expected. That is not to say I liked it. It's OK, sometimes a laugh but mostly the tedious moanings of a character I imagine as a less likable Carrie Bradshaw. Seriously. Julie loves to whine, and her woeful tales span the majority of the book. Nothing really happens in the first few chapters. She also spares no details but usually you don't want to hear them. And she thinks she's cleverer th ...more
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
Not a typical romance, this one kept me reading because I really wanted to figure out where it was going with it's plot, but in the end I wasn't happy with the outcome. I can't tell you the major reason I didn't enjoy the book without giving away a spoiler, but I can tell you that I was half way through the book and still wondering it is was really going to turn into a romance. The heroine had some good points in that I liked how she handled herself at first, but I felt like halfway through her ...more
Oct 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
I was excited to win the Kindle version of this book. Overall I would say that it was okay. Some of it was very beautiful written and interesting. Parts of it I just found too unbelievable and full of vulgarity. I wouldn't read this particular story again although I would be open to reading other things by the author. ...more
Aug 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Were it not for the last 10 chapters I would have enjoyed this book much more.
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DEE DeTARSIO is an award-winning writer living in southern California. After growing up in Ennui, Ohio, and graduating from The Ohio State University she vowed never to be cold again and ended up in Tucson, Arizona, producing the news for the CBS affiliate, oddly enough called KOLD-TV. She moved to San Diego where she worked in the SeaWorld entertainment department as a producer/writer. (Penguins ...more

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