Smitten by the Brit (Sometimes in Love) – ARC Review

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Smitten by the Brit
by Melonie Johnson
Release Date:  May 28, 2019
Publisher:  St. Martin’s
Book #2 in the Sometimes in Love series
Number of pages:  382
Kindle Edition
Source: Net Galley ARC
Contemporary Romance M/F
Rating: NC-17
Read 5/9/19 to 5/11/19

 

English professor Bonnie Blythe expects her life to play out like her favorite novels, especially now that her long-term boyfriend has finally proposed. So when a shocking discovery leads Bonnie to end her engagement, she decides to close the book on love. But the plot thickens when a brand-new character enters the scene—and quickens Bonnie’s heart.

With his brilliant blue eyes, sexy accent, and irresistible charm, Theo Wharton is like a romantic hero straight out of a Jane Austen novel. When fate places Bonnie in England for a summer—conveniently close to Theo—she realizes a hot friends-with-benefits fling is exactly what she needs to start a fresh chapter. Just as Bonnie begins to believe she’s falling in love, an eye-opening revelation into Theo’s life makes Bonnie feel like she’s wandered into one of her favorite books. Will Bonnie have the courage to risk her heart and turn the page with the dashing Brit to find her true happy ending after all?

When I read the first book in this series, Getting Hot with the Scot, I was excited to get my hands on books 2 and 3 of the series.  I couldn’t wait to read more about this group of friends.  Of course, I was also proceeding with caution, knowing full well that just because a series starts strong doesn’t mean it will remain strong.  Well, peeps, I liked this story even more than the first!

Bonnie and Theo had chemistry since they first met when their best friends hooked up in the first book of the series.  That chemistry was still there, and then some.  I appreciate the author being very careful about how the two interacted with one another throughout that story and the beginning of this one, while Bonnie was most definitely in a serious relationship. She didn’t ignore the fact that her characters had sparks flying, yet she stayed true to their personalities and only had them push their flirting so far.  Then even wrote in the guilty feelings one would feel in such a situation, even when they hadn’t done anything wrong.

Who wouldn’t swoon over Theo? He’s such a gentleman when it comes to manners and just being an all-around great guy.  Throw in the fact that he’s an actual Duke and he’s irresistible.  That’s exactly why he keeps his “profession” to himself.  With Bonnie’s trust issues, this causes some problems.  But Bonnie is also rational and able to talk her way through her feelings for Theo and if it was truly important for him to tell her everything while they were still pretty much mere acquaintances. 

In fact, Bonnie plays things right through much of this story by thinking things through.  After getting out of such a long relationship, it was important for her to know which of her feelings were sincere and which were knee-jerk reactions to her situation. 

While Theo and Bonnie had some fun and funny times, their relationship is extremely charming.  They both have a certain level or decorum yet were ravenous when around one another.  I loved it!  And, let’s not forget that Bonnie has been with the same boy/man since she was an actual child.  So, her connection to Theo is a sort of sexual re-awakening for her.  Which is both sweet and funny at the same time. There are some conversations between Bonnie and her girlfriends about sex that I will never forget.  Great writing!

So happy there are still more books to come in this series.

4 stars

**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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