Publication Date: May 15, 2015
Page Count: 174
Published by: Katharine Gilliam Regnery
Source: free on Amazon
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
This book was just okay for me. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. Barrett and Emily were fine, but there was really nothing that stood out as special about either of them. The conflict in the story was almost non-existant. I expected there to be some drama, but it only lasted a nano-second, so nothing really came of it. A major plot point is that Barrett has been in love with Emily since he held her as a newborn when he was 8 years old. That's either really creepy, or really romantic. I haven't decided which yet.
So there were 2 meh characters, no conflict, and the creepy/ick factor. The story was pretty boring until the 75% point, but even then it never really picked up enough steam to be really interesting. Nevertheless, I did finish reading this since it was quick and easy.
I have never read anything by this author before. This book was offered for free on Amazon, so I decided to check it out to see if I liked it enough to continue the series about the English brothers. Right now I'm not convinced I would enjoy continuing on with this series.
My rating: 3 stars