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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Review: A Brit Unexpected by Brenda St John Brown

britunexpectedPlot: Meeting and dating a celebrity is a daydream any average girl entertains. Yet in attempt to ground the situation, there is so much focus on the Greyson’s fame and Claire’s insecurity/awkwardness there did not seem to be much story outside of that. Rather than a gradual getting to know one another, the story arc for the two main characters resembles skipping a rock –jumping from scene to scene and getting a little deeper but lacking the information that gets the pair there. The novel ended a bit suddenly, though I understand why end there as to go further would likely be a repeat of everything before that point.

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Review: A Brit On the Side by Brenda St John Brown

britonthesideSynopsis: Bea Gillespie would rather do anything than teach summer school two classrooms down from her ex-fiancé. So when her best friend, Scarlett, invites her to England for the summer to work in her family’s castle-turned-hotel, she jumps at the chance. Now Bea’s an ocean away from her problems at home, but she’s got a bigger one. Scarlett’s older brother, Jasper, is as sexy and smart as Bea remembers. Two years ago Jasper came stateside, and he and Bea shared a hot weekend  — one she didn’t tell Scarlett about. As Bea falls for Jasper, what started off as a fling begins feeling more and more like the kind of thing you’d gush about to your best friend if you hadn’t been lying to her all along…

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