Brown-Eyed Girl, Lisa Kleypas
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Romance,Women’s fiction
I’ve never read any of Lisa’s novels before, and looking through there’s loads about families and these connected but stand alone novels work well for me so I was excited to get this one for review.
It’s the fourth in this series, but not having read the earlier ones didn’t affect my enjoyment, there’s enough info to give a flavour of what’s happened and its great seeing all the Travis family together. Though they are very wealthy, they’ve been brought up to respect money, to respect other people and to work hard. Joe has become a photographer, and when Avery sees him plus camera at a big wedding she’s running she mistakes him for the wedding photographer…That’s soon sorted but she’s on Joe’s radar, and when he sees something he wants he goes all-out for it – in a nice way of course!
Avery’s been burned in the past, and add in that her father was a bad example of the kind, and her mum has always warned her off men, then it’s easy to see why she runs scared. I really liked her, she’s a hard worker, kind to others, very genuine lady and I wanted her to say yes, yes, yes to Joe. She’s not very self confident though and her ex didn’t help that with his comments, so she hides behind baggy clothes, glasses, hair yanked back into a ponytail, and tries to not be seen. She’s a born organiser though, spot on and dedicated and she has the vision to make things happen. She’s running the event company with her recently found half sister, and they’re building it up slowly.
Joe manages to get one night with her, something she’s never done and she says after to herself, that’s it, nothing else between them but for him she’s what he’s been looking for. Not the socialite bimbos, the models and actresses only after his money and not him. He wants what he sees his brothers and sister have, a loving relationship full of respect for each other, and he is sure that’s what could be if Avery would only let him in. They have a bit of back and forth before he kind of worms himself into her life…clever man, he knows just how fast – or slow – to go, when to push and when to hold back.
Then something major happens, actually two big events really, and its decision time for Avery. Stick to her old ways and beliefs or take a chance at life and love? Do what’s morally right and risk her business or keep quiet? Its a tough time for her, she is risking all and I so wanted her to make the ( for me) right decisions.
There’s a host of secondary characters here, her sister Sophia, her assistants Tank and Steven, CoCo the fabulous toothless Chihuahua and of course the Travis family. Its one major romance plot supported by a myriad of minor plots that keep it interesting. Its a story I really enjoyed but I would have liked a bit more of the sad drama, a little more down emotion to wallow in. Still, its a great summer escapist read full of real feeling characters and events.
Stars: Four and a half, a light fun read. Its not one I’d reread, being a bit too light but great escape from everyday life
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers
NB: I’m a bit shocked by the price on kindle though, $14.70 or £ 9.49 – that’s expensive! I have noticed the prices on many kindle reads creeping up recently.