Book Review and Giveaway: MAID IN ENGLAND by Brenda




Title: Maid in England
Series: The I Do Crew #1
Author: Brenda St John Brown
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 5, 2019



Blurb

TO: The guy who dumped me because of my career
FROM: The woman hired to save yours
RE: I am 150,000% over you. 

Alastair,

I’m on the 11:14 train out of London, so I’ll be there by 3:00. To make this as painless as possible, I thought it would help to establish key ground rules:

 1. No rehashing our past relationship. Yes, we were engaged, but it’s been twelve years and I’m over you.
  2. I’m very good at my job and that job is to help you shed the “reclusive” part of the whole “reclusive rock star” vibe you’ve got going on. Brace yourself.
  3. My plan is to have this wrapped up by Friday, so save your smoldering looks until I’m gone, please. (I assume you still smolder?) I’m immune now. See item #1.
 4. My cousin is getting married and guess who's a bridesmaid? Funny, huh? Almost as funny as the fiancée you dumped because you thought she was married to her job now saving yours.

Always a bridesmaid, never a bride. Except almost. That one time.
Remi

P.S. Have I mentioned I’m totally, completely 150,000% over you? 







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Review:
3 stars Maid in England is a slow burn romance with a focus on second chances, careers, and work-life balance.  The writing style was good and I liked the overall storyline.  The underlying theme of work-life balance is something that many people can relate to given our ability to be connected 24 hours/day.  I also really liked that Alastair wasn’t a typical rockstar either - he had his priorities straight and wasn’t a playboy womanizer and the book didn’t really center around him being or becoming a rockstar.  There was a big focus on Remi’s career - more so than Alastair’s it felt like. 

Upon reading the blurb, I got the impression that it would be more of a romantic comedy and while there was a little bit of humor, it was more of a serious book.  I also had trouble seeing the connection between the two characters.  I expected more chemistry and I just didn’t get that feeling.  The book was told entirely from Remi’s POV and I would have liked to have had a few chapters from Alastair’s - perhaps that would have sold me more on the relationship.  There were also moments that I felt the book dragged little bit.  Overall, it is a decent read.  The storyline is good, the underlying themes are good, but I did feel like it was lacking character/relationship development with some areas that dragged.  I received this book as an ARC I voluntarily leave this review.

Author Bio

Brenda is a displaced New Yorker living in the English countryside. She’s lived in the UK long enough to gain dual citizenship, but still doesn’t understand Celsius. However, she has learned the appropriate use of the word “pants”. And how to order a proper bacon bap/barm/buttie. Because, well, bacon.

Brenda writes contemporary romance to make you giggle and swoon. When she’s not writing, she enjoys hiking, running and reading. In theory, she also enjoys cooking, but it’s more that she enjoys eating and, try as she might, she can’t live on Doritos alone.

For more information or to connect with Brenda visit http://brendastjohnbrown.com


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