Author Rhoda Baxter very kindly sent me a copy of her e-book Patently in Love in exchange for a frank review here on my blog. She also took the time to answer some of my questions. Those were posted earlier this week and can be read here.
(image description: Pink book cover for Patently in Love by Rhoda Baxter showing a cartoon like drawing of a male-female couple standing close together. They’re probably kissing but she has her hand up, palm out blocking our view of their faces as though she was blocking a camera. A basic line drawing of the London skyline is in the background)
After her popstar boyfriend publicly humiliates her, Jane wants to start a new life away from media scrutiny. Maybe even find a new man.
Marshall wants a partnership in his patent law firm. He just has to prove he’s totally focussed on his work. No distractions. No office romance. Unless, of course, no one knows about it.
The last thing Jane needs is to have her picture splashed on the front page of a gossip magazine. To makes matters worse, the only person who could have told the paparazzi where Jane was… is Marshall.
I had two major problems with Patently in Love. These were 1) it wasn’t long enough for my liking and 2) the sequel, Having a Ball, is already out and I was that keen to read more about Jane and Marshall that I just had to break my “not buying any books for a few weeks” plan and buy it right now.
OK… so those aren’t really problems with the book or if they are they’re the sort I like to have when it comes to reading! It’s safe to say I really loved Patently in Love and I’m not sure I can think of anything actually bad to say about it. Or even anything a little bit critical. Which if you’ve read my reviews before you’ll know is unusual. I’m a bit of a picky reader.
The story was quite fast paced. It wasn’t too fast but equally could have been slowed down a little which would have satisfied my desire for a longer book! I think I’d have liked to have seen a bit more of Jane and her flatmate together or Marshall and his sister (although Stevie, his sister, is a key player in book two). Not that the story suffered for not having those it’s just one of those things you keep thinking might happen and then doesn’t.
There are several email exchanges between the various characters in the book. That was a device which kept things moving well and they were also fun. I loved the fact that Stevie’s email address was StevieNoWonder, it was cute. I can imagine that being the sort of username you always wished you came up with if that was your name.
This is a good book.