Title: The Allure of Julian Lefray
Author: R.S. Grey
Release Date: June 29, 2015
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Subject: Justin Timberlake Nudes!
Lily, you predictable perv. I knew you’d open this email faster if I tempted you with a glimpse of JT's “PP”. Well, put your pants back on and grab some bubbly because I have much better news to share.
I GOT A JOB!
As of tomorrow, I’ll be the new executive assistant at Lorena Lefray Designs. I am SO excited, but there’s one itty bitty problem: I won’t be Lorena’s assistant. I’ll be working for her older brother, Julian.
I know what you're thinking- "But Jo, what’s the problem?"
Google him. Now. He’s the man in the fitted navy suit whose face reminds you that there’s hope yet for this cruel, ugly world. Keep scrolling…Do you see those dimples? Yup. That’s the Julian Lefray I will be reporting to tomorrow morning.
Lord, help us all...
Wanting to work in the fashion industry, and make in New York, is a dream for Josephine Keller. And her first break comes in the form of a job as an Executive Assistant at Lorena Lefray Designs.
Except her boss isn't the titular designer, it's her devastatingly handsome, older brother, Julian. She needs her job, which means Jo also needs to keep her hands and her mouth to herself. But...did I mention devastatingly handsome?
I'm so happy. I feel bouncy, and positive, and like I could take my yoga pants-clad butt out and find me a charming, sexy man (ignoring the fact I'm married for a second...*gulp*), and it's all because of this book. The Allure of Julian Lefray is exactly that. Alluring. It's playful and light, and so easy to get lost in, you won't release that hours have passed until you're closing the book and wishing it could have been longer.
Admittedly, there were times when I thought Jo was being a bit of a martyr, and I wanted her to be honest (with herself and Julian) about her feelings and her situation, but it worked for the overall story, so no biggie. I can deal. Because I really enjoyed Jo's character otherwise. She was perky, funny and sassy. Her little quirks, her occasional bumbling awkwardness (one scene in particular reminded me of one of my favorite movies, Love Actually) and her drive to make it all together made her the kind of gal I'd like to be friends with. In fact, I possibly am; she shares a lot of traits with some of my favorite people.
And Julian... Sigh, he was completely swoonworthy, and quite different to the plethora of jerky, asshole men that flood the romance market. Sure, he had his moments, but he was just a good, solid, smart, hot-as-hell man, and one that went all in. Gotta love that!
I'm hoping that Ms. Grey has more of the excellent secondary characters in store for us in the future. I liked getting to know nosy Dean and crazy Lily, and I'm certain that next time I am in a pit, their story would do wonders for helping me out. Please, Ms. Grey?
~ Review by Beth
I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way, I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things... everyday.
I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors include Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I'm a comedy geek and love all things "funny". Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.