Friday, July 3, 2015

Romance Book Review: Katy Regnery's Breaking Up with Barrett

Author: Katy Regnery
Series Connection: The English Brothers, The Blueberry Lane Series
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Katharine Gilliam Regnery

Purchase Link: Amazon

Emily Edwards was falling in love with Barrett English, but that was never the plan. She was an old family friend, or to be exact the gardener and housekeeper's daughter and Barrett paid her to be his go to dinners with him and pretend they were engaged. Now she knew if she were to keep her heart in tack, Emily needed to break the fake engagement.

When Barrett finds out that Emily wants to break off their arrangement he'll do anything to keep her, because there is more to their being together then a simple employee/employer relationship and he needs time for Emily to understand that.

Shades of the old Sabrina movie in this well written book, even if it was a bit predictable. I am encouraged for the rest of the series. Since the author says that these are stand alone books I've already started reading the others a little out of order. I'll give this story 4 Hearts.

Breaking Up with Barrett is the first of six books about the Philadelphia-based, wildly-handsome English brothers who are all on the look-out for love. 

(Except Alex. He's a womanizing manwhore. And maybe Stratton, because he's wicked hot, but super awkward around girls.) 

Barrett English, aka "the Shark," is the fair-haired, first-born of the English brothers, and the CEO of the oldest, most prestigious investment banking firm in Philadelphia. He rules the boardroom with an iron fist, refusing to take no for an answer and always getting his way. 

Emily Edwards, a first-year doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania, grew up in the gatehouse on the outskirts of Barrett's childhood estate. The daughter of his family's gardener and housekeeper, she was always looking through the window of privilege, but forced to remember her place at the very periphery of the kingdom. 

When business partners suggest that a fiancee might soften Barrett's image over business dinners, he approaches Emily for the "job" of fiancee. And while love wasn't necessarily on Barrett's radar, he begins to realize that Emily always has been. But will his take-no-prisoners boardroom tactics work on the heart of the woman he loves? 

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