Welcome to my tour stop for this awesome book!
pic taken from blog tour info, description taken from shadowmountain.com
Ever since Emma read Pride and Prejudice, she’s been in love with Mr. Darcy and has regarded Jane Austen as the expert on all things romantic. So naturally when Emma falls for Blake Hampton and he invites her home to meet his parents, she is positive an engagement is in her future. After all, Blake is a single man in possession of a good fortune, and thus must be in want of a wife.
But when it turns out that what Blake actually wants is more of a hook-up than a honeymoon, Emma is hurt, betrayed, and furious. She throws herself deeper into her work as CMO of Kinetics, the fastest growing gym franchise in the nation. She loves her work, and she’s good at it, which is why she bristles when her boss brings in a consultant to help her spearhead the new facilities on the East Coast. Her frustration turns to shock when that consultant turns out to be Blake’s younger brother, Lucas. Emma is determined not to fall for Lucas, but as she gets to know him, she realizes that Lucas is nothing like his brother. He is kind and attentive and spends his time and money caring for the less fortunate.
What she can’t understand is why Lucas continues to try to push her back into Blake’s arms when he so clearly has fallen as hard for her as she has fallen for him. It isn’t until Lucas reveals to Emma that he was adopted into the Hampton family that she begins to understand his loyalty to Blake as well as his devotion to the child April-she is Lucas’s biological niece.
Emma opens up to Lucas about the feelings of abandonment she has harbored ever since she was a child and her mother left the family. As she helps Lucas deal with his past demons, she is able to exorcise some of her own.
Realizing that her love life is as complicated as anything Jane Austen could have dreamed up, Emma must find a way to let Blake know that it’s time for him to let her go and to let Lucas know it’s time for him to love her back.
MY REVIEW / THOUGHTS:
Again, Proper Romance hits it out of the ball park. This was an absolutely delightful read. I am in love with the cover.
While I was reading this I got a "While You Were Sleeping" feeling, which is wonderful, because that is my favorite movie of all time.
Let me start by saying that I love all things Proper Romance. They are such amazing, clean, entertaining and well written books. If you want to see more books in this series you can go here. I have read every single one of them and each one has been amazing. I mean, A MAY ZING! This book is no different.
Emma thought she was in love with Blake Hampton. A young, wealthy bachelor who chose her. Emma was getting more responsibilities at work, that she had worked very hard for. Blake invites Emma to his parents house for the weekend, but Emma doesn't feel like she can go. She tells Blake she won't make it, but her team encourages her to have their work meeting, and then drive out to meet Blake and surprise him.
Emma's team is convinced it is going to be a marriage proposal. When Emma showed up at the Hampton's Estate, it was she who got the surprise not Blake. It was then Emma realized she loved Blake more than he loved her.
While leaving the Hampton house Emma upset, and angry, she realizes she doesn't have a way to get back home. When she stomps down the driveway, a car pulls up and asks if he can help. When Emma realizes it's Blake's brother she doesn't want to have anything to do with him, but also realized she would never make it back home without his help.
Making it home, sad, disappointed, and hurt, Emma decides she is just going to focus all on work from now on.
Then she gets put in charge of finding new locations for her business and they bring on someone new to help out. Of course, you guessed it, Lucas Hampton. Emma was NOT happy about the new companion she would have to deal with while trying to get over her ex. Now she is expected to find new locations, and work with her exes brother.
A comedy of errors (okay maybe not comedic errors, but you'll get it) , and misunderstandings happen from that point on. Emma loving Jane Austen so much has decided she lied about how men were, and was going to give up on them and break up with Austen. Little by little she sees that her resolve is waining, and she is finding Lucas agreeable and easy to work with.
I don't want to say much more because I want you to go and read it for yourself. The writing is beautiful. I felt as though I was a fly on the wall whenever Emma was around. I love it when a book pulls me in that way. If you like Jane Austen, then you will love this book. Like I said at the beginning it gave me a "While You Were Sleeping" feel, and it was FAN FREAKING TASTIC!
I took this book in all in one day, because that is how much this book grabbed me. Forget dinners, kids, responsibilities, I mean who can deal with that kind of stuff when your in the throws of love, and hurt. hehehe. Okay, I wish I could say I was kidding about ignoring everyone and everything, but I am not. That his just how much I loved this book. Pick it up, you won't regret it!
Source: I was given this book as part of a blog tour, in return for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way for this review. These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.
this book deserves my +1!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
pic and bio taken from here
Julie Wright wrote her first book when she was fifteen, and has since written twenty-three novels. She has a husband, three kids, a dog, and a varying amount of fish, frogs, and salamanders (depending on attrition). She loves writing, reading, traveling, speaking at schools, hiking, playing with her kids, and watching her husband make dinner.
A SPECIAL THANKS TO:
for the opportunity to review this amazing book!