Book one in the English Brothers series
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Summery 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.
Barrett English is the heir to the English investment banking firm. Emily Edwards is the only daughter of the gardener and housekeeper on the English Estate. When Barrett needs someone to pose as his fake fiancee for business dinners and parties he asks Emily telling her she is the perfect women because she wouldn’t read into it something more. Emily takes the job. When she starts having feelings for Barrett. She thinks about breaking off their fake engagement because she doesn’t want to get in any deeper but does Barrett have another reason to ask Emily to be his fake fiancee then just for business meetings?
I love Barrett even if he was in the beginning so uptight and closed off emotionally.He does kinda remind me of Mr.Darcy(a comparison Emily makes in the book). He needs someone to soften him and help him let lose a little. There is such a great person hiding under all his aloofness. I love Emily she is so down to earth and proud of were she comes from. She is sweet,smart,and has such a big heart. Both have feelings for the other but don’t think the other returns those feelings. Barrett in’t a bad boy even if he has some of the characteristics of one which was refreshing. Everyone seems to be on that kick lately and it’s a nice change. Emily and Barrett have great chemistry in and out of the bedroom. Which I love because I hate it when the couples have no chemistry anywhere but in the bedroom. The sex scenes were great and very tastefully written.
I loved having duel PoVs. I love being able to be in both characters heads. It adds such depth to the story that you just don’t get with just one PoV. When Barrett starts telling Emily how he came to want to date her(I could put it better then that but don’t want to spoil it for you)it was one of the most swoon-worthy moments ever. It was just so beautiful,moving,and perfect. Barrett and Emily are one soul seeing their other half in the other long before they knew what romantic love was. I love Emily’s view of what a healthy relationship is. Emily and Barrett have a drama free romance which was also refreshing. Highly recommended to anyone who loves contemporary romance or anyone looking for a great love story.
*I won this book in a giveaway and that is no way effected the rating or comments of my review*
Rating: 5 out of 5
Content Rating: Mature 17+
Heat Rating: Not Warm but Not Hot either
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