Book Review: Blind Date Diaries by Brenda St John Brown

blind date diariesSYNOPSIS: Dating? Lower than a bikini wax on my list of priorities. Blind dating? Let’s just say I’d rather have a Brazilian – and not the hot soccer-player variety. So the fact I’ve agreed to do a blind-date feature for Pink, the magazine I work for, and write it all up Bridget Jones style means one thing – Pink is in dire straits and this is my best shot at saving my job. Make that my only shot because date number one is with Jack Reese – the son of the publisher of Pink – and he dislikes me as much as I dislike him. Or at least I thought he did. (book blurb)

COVER: I have been told the author had three requests for the cover image – that the girl is curvy, the guy look similar to a particular actor, and the background should be pink. At first, I thought perhaps the author just likes the colour, and even considered it might be part of the millennium pink craze, but then decided it suited because the magazine the FMC works for is called Pink (which actually kind of brings us back to why pink?). Considering I have an ARC copy that is without a proper cover, I cannot actually give further detail than that.

WRITING STYLE: While I do enjoy the author’s writing I was a little surprised to turn to the second page and already have a sex scene. For the storyline it makes sense, but I generally like to get to know the characters a little better before following them into the bedroom… or in this case, on the kitchen counter. Continue reading “Book Review: Blind Date Diaries by Brenda St John Brown”

Book Review: Happy New You by Brenda St John Brown et al.

happy new youSYNOPSIS: 10 Resolutions. 2 Friends. 1 Shot At Love. When Allison Gottlieb overhears her boss say she doesn’t have what it takes to make partner at the law firm she works for, she has a drunken meltdown in the middle of a New Year’s Eve party. But with the help of an old school friend (who she also had a crush on years ago), Allison decides to make some changes in her life and makes a list of ten resolutions that will help prove her worth to the firm. Over the course of a year Allison steps out of her comfort zone, encouraged by Mateo, but will she have to choose between her career and her heart?

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Release Days!

Two of my favourite authors release new books this week! I was incredibly lucky to have received early copies of both of these novels (Thank You!!!) Marie asked me to do a beta read last year and her book is adorable as she always has hunky guys with swoon-worthy accents! Brenda sent me an ARC of her new novel for review, and I shall be posting that just before Valentine’s Day… That way I won’t give y’all any spoilers and you will have plenty of time to have your own blind dates in preparation for cupid 😉  In the meantime, I have another book review on a novel Brenda co-wrote called “Happy New Year You” that I shall be posting this month as it fits the whole new year/new you theme. I can hardly wait to hear what you think about both of these novels and be sure to check out the back cover description below! Continue reading “Release Days!”

Review: Maid in England by Brenda St John Brown

maidinengland Synopsis: The last thing publicist Remi expected was to be assigned to her college sweetheart, but the reclusive musician needed to revamp his image to move from a songwriter who performs at country pubs to a rockstar drawing crowds to concert. Twelve years ago he ended their relationship due to her workaholic ways, but now her talent was going to save his career… but can they keep from falling in love again?

Author: Brenda St John Brown is a New Yorker turned Brit who writes contemporary romance novels, and loves to have the occasional American character transplanted to England (much like herself).

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Teaser Tuesday (MiE)

Maid In England by Brenda St John Brown

“I’ve become a full-on workaholic,
but dressed it up and called it ambition.”

“…that makes my lack of date feel more dire, too.
I have incredible faith in Vera, but I’m not sure she can
magic up someone suitable in less than two weeks.”

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In My Mailbox (MiE)

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One of the wonderful things about being friends with an author is that author introducing you to her author friends and their books. Through her I have discovered so many great writers and, sometimes, I even get lucky enough to be sent an ARC! (If only because she tells me of when a request form is available online for a book I really should read). This is the case for the latest Advance Reader Copy I had the pleasure of receiving:

“Maid in England”
by Brenda St John Brown

 This novel hits the shelves this week, so be sure to come back here all this week for teaser quotes and my review!

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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.

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