Ellie Somerset is a great advertising copywriter going nowhere fast - a boyfriend who is always at work, a tendency to dress like a short-sighted bag lady and a Creative Director who rejects her fresh ideas - they all conspire to keep her just treading water. Even her Great Aunt Edith, a demon at filthy scrabble, has a better social life than she does.
All that changes when Jack Wolfe becomes her boss. Whilst everyone else at the agency thinks he's Heathcliff in jeans, Ellie just sees a stalking, scowling Alpha male with a nasty redundancy plan up his sleeve. As Jack makes it his mission to smarten up Ellie's attitude and her appearance, it's time for her to prove herself. But that means getting closer to this very sexy, very wicked man, and as she does Ellie discovers that this particular Heathcliff has an awful lot to hide.
This is Hazel Osmond's first book which is quite hard to believe as it really is a wonderful book and a great style of writing. This is one book you cannot walk past in the shop for although you wouldn't have heard of this author before the stunning cover alone will call out to you, the twinkling purple title will have you entranced.
The book starts off at a comfortable pace introducing us to our characters of which there are not many, this I found perfect for the book as it made the book fully focus on the strong characters Hazel Osmond creates without us becoming too distracted with minor characters. Although there are very few characters in this book the characters we do have each provide us with different character traits from eccentric Edith to the loveable Ellie, and the strong, handsome Jekyll and Hyde character of Mr Wolfe himself, Jack.
I could hardly put this book down as it was a real page turner. It was a beautiful storyline and I loved the build up to Ellie and Jacks relationship which seemed to flow like a rollercoaster ride. There is a great sense of down to earth humour which at one point made me spurt my cup of tea out as it was so unexpected!
There are strong sex scenes half way through the book which I know some of you have said before you do not like but in this book it is all done in a very tasteful way so you won't feel like you need to skip the chapter.
I would definitely recommend this book it easily gets the full 5 stars from me. I will be putting Hazel Osmond's next book on my to be read list I am looking forward to see how she can improve on her debut book.
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Ellie Somerset is a girl who had her life set out in front of her. She loves her job as a copywriter at an advertising firm, working alongside her best friend Lesley, and also loves her career-obsessed boyfriend Sam very much. But when things start going wrong between the pair, Ellie oddly starts to find herself attracted to her dark and brooding new boss, Jack Wolfe. He isn't the type of man to have an affair with one of his employees, but Ellie can't help her feelings and starts to wonder whether she's just imagining the looks she is getting from Jack across the meeting room. However, Jack Wolfe isn't all he seems, and soon secrets start to be revealed which shock Ellie to her core. Is Ellie really afraid of Mr Wolfe, or is it he who is afraid of her?
If I'm honest, I received this book some time ago but I just put it on myself as I hadn't heard of it and it wasn't a priority for me to read because of that. However, when I came to choose a new book, something about this jumped out at me so I decided to give it a try. I am so glad I did because this book is an absolute gem, and certainly hasn't got the publicity that it deserves. It is truly a modern love story, with a strong heroine, and a handsome dark and brooding "hero" and I loved everything about it. The glittery purple, blue and white cover is gorgeous,and I really hope my review puts this book on more people's radar because it is a joy to read.
There aren't many characters in this book, but I actually prefer books like that. We meet Ellie Somerset, a young woman stable in her job and relationship but soon things start to go awry for her. Enter Jack Wolfe, her new boss at her advertising company, and someone all the women in the workplace love to ogle at whenever he's around. The only downfall is that he doesn't seem to be a very nice person, something Ellie wants to try and remedy when she develops a bit of a crush on Jack. Ellie is a fantastic character, she isn't driven by her relationships with men, she has her own life, her own friends and if she has a boyfriend, that's a bonus. It's refreshing to see such a character in the chick lit genre, and I instantly liked her, and she made me want to continue reading.
Jack was a fantastic character, and I adored him simply because he seemed to be one thing but I was convinced he was something else entirely! Osmond keeps us guessing about him throughout the book, throwing us the odd curveball and I liked how the relationship between he and Ellie was constantly evolving, it certainly kept me on my toes. Another character I loved was Edith, Ellie's eccentric aunt who she lives with. She's hilarious and rude, certainly not a relative I'd love myself but she sure made for funny reading! I love that Osmond has such a wide range of characters, there's is definitely someone in there for every reader to relate to or just like.
The book is written in the third person which I felt worked well for this particular book. Although we don't at any point follow anyone except for Ellie, I really liked Osmond's writing style, quite informal with a friendly tone that keeps you reading. The language used is perfect for the book, and I just found it to be a very pleasant reading experience. There are some sex scenes throughout the book, which are quite prolific in the middle third of the book, and while I found they were perfectly acceptable in the book and didn't feel too crude and out of place, they may not be to some readers tastes so do be aware of these, but as I say, compared to a lot of sex scenes in chick lit, they are quite tame and sit in the story very well.
As you can probably tell, I really loved every page of this book and really didn't want it to end. I liked how Ellie was a strong female lead character, how Jack was more than a one dimensional male love interest and there is plenty going on in the book to keep the reader entertained and intrigued in the book. One of the most touching things in the whole book was the relationship between Ellie and her elderly aunt Edith, it is so well written and beautifully done, and I liked how this ran equally alongside the main story, right up until the end. I really did enjoy this book so much, I can highly recommend it to anyone and think Hazel Osmond is a new talent to get really excited about if this book is anything to go by!
ISBN: 978-1849164184. Published by Quercus Books in April 2011. Pages: 400. RRP: £6.99.
Thank you to the publishers for sending me a copy to review for http://chicklitreviews.com, where this review first appeared.
Thank you for reading.