Review: A Brit Complicated by Brenda St John Brown

britcomplicatedPlot: This story focuses on entirely on the main characters’ relationship, with very little else happening. Secondary characters have a purely surface role as a means to keep the story from getting stuck by moving the storyline forward and to give additional information—if only revealing what is going on in Scarlet’s head.

Setting: There is a brief foray to the castle, but most interaction between the characters takes place at work in a London office. Scarlet makes London a character through her art, but it has less relevance to the story despite the exploring of town being what brings Scarlet and Bradley together.

Romance: The relationship is a bit May/December age-wise, but it is easy to forget Bradley is ten years older than Scarlet as they come across as fairly equal in maturity. While an illicit affair is intriguing in a book, sleeping with your boss IRL is not realistically advisable.

Character Development: Both Bradley and Scarlet grow as people with Bradley becoming more human and less work drone, while Scarlet becomes more humane in noticing the world around her more.

Verdict: I quite liked this novel, as all the Castle Calder books are great. I would have liked said castle to play a larger role in this book as it is barely mentioned despite being Scarlet’s home, but it is still a good read. All in all, whenever I feel like a bit of a brit I will likely be picking up this trilogy to read again.

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Author: JaimeKristal

JaimeKristal is a freelance editor and writer. She started her book review blog "Tales of a Booklover" for the enjoyment of sharing her love of reading.

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