Thursday 23 February 2012

Book Review: We'll Always Have Paris by Jessica Hart

Score: 4 out of 5

"I’ve done it! Thanks to my awesome powers of persuasion, elusive-but-dreamy TV star Simon Valentine is presenting our new romance documentary!
It wasn’t easy, though – Simon thinks his status as prime-time financial guru turned pin-up is ridiculous! He says he now steers well clear of affairs of the heart, but surely he must have one romantic bone left in his price-indexed body?
Much as I’d like to find out first-hand, I’ve sworn off men after a disastrous ending with my last boyfriend. Must remain professional – though it won’t be easy…we’re filming in the most romantic city of all…
Clara x"

I felt very privileged and thrilled to find a copy of this book on my doormat from Jessica Hart today and I am delighted to be able to review it. I read the book over the course of the next few hours, only putting it down in order to do the school run, picking it up again as soon as I got back.

I took to the characters instantly, being quirky and believable, coming to life off the page so that I enjoyed following their story, rooting for them throughout. The locations were fun and I could almost imagine I was there with them, the descriptions conjuring vivid images and bringing back memories of my own. I even felt like singing along at times LOL and could happily fall for the not-so-typical-alpha hero myself.

I wavered between giving a rating of 4 and 5, falling somewhere in-between, but I don't get to do halves. The story-telling, characters and plot were excellent but I found the change of perspective a little jarring, often having to backtrack and check for the switch. This is perhaps more to do with me not being used to the style of switching point-of-view than the writing itself though, and is something I could probably get used to. (NB: the ratings on Goodreads and Amazon differ slightly, hence it being a 4 on here and Goodreads but a 5 on Amazon, all three meaning 'I really liked it'.)

Although I do own another title by this author, it is part of the 'Loving Our Heroes' anthology that I haven't got around to reading yet, so this was my first introduction to her writing and I would happily seek out Jessica Hart books in future.

Overall, this was a thoroughly enjoyable read that prompted a few laughs and leaking eyes. I would happily recommend this book for a light-hearted, warm & fuzzy, enjoyable read and a pleasant escape.

Available on Kindle now or pre-order the paperback, due April 2012

As an aside, I much prefer the Harlequin Romance cover on the right (the one I have, yay!), being much more how I imagine the characters, plus I find it classier in general than the UK/RIVA version on the left.

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