Smitten by the Brit (Sometimes in Love, #2) by Melonie Johnson
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Publication Date: May 28, 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: e-ARC
Source: NetGalley, publisher


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?

*This book was provided to The Book Hookup by the Publisher via NetGalley but that did not in any way influence this review!

Come on…admit it…you love a great British accent.  Don’t we all?!?  Now, imagine that wonderful accent comes wrapped up in the body of a sexy guy who just happens to be sweet, sensitive…and a genuine gentleman!  Well, sigh!!  Definitely a great way to start a romance.  This is the second book in this series and, as always happens to me, I didn’t read the first.  However, that did not impact my enjoyment of this book.  It did, however, make me want to go back to read the initial installment.

This is really a story about battling expectations, dealing with family commitments, and, ultimately, deciding which path you’ll choose.  These two characters brought quite a bit of baggage into this story and it took a long time for them to sort through it enough that they felt comfortable moving forward.  The “lover of love” in me would have liked to move through those hurdles more quickly but the realist in me understands that the entanglements these characters face can’t always be solved so easily.  I enjoyed the banter between Theo and Bonnie and I loved watching them sort through their issues on the way to their happily ever after.

This was definitely a sweet story but many of you will be happy to know that the author brought some heat to these pages as well.  I enjoyed Bonnie’s love for all things Shakespeare and Austen and I loved her internal monologues even though I wanted to shake her sometimes and tell her to get a move-on…Theo is worth the leap of faith!  And, speaking of the the sexy Brit, I loved that he was a perfect gentleman, so caring and charismatic.  He’s everything a girl wants in her dream man.  And, the fact that he ultimately knew his heart belonged to Bonnie had me swooning!

This was a fun, quick read for me.  I love discovering new (to me) authors and I know that I’ll be reading more by Ms. Johnson.  It’ll be interesting to see if, when I read the first book in the series, I find the Scot as enchanting as the Brit.  Oh…who am I kidding, of course I will (and I know this because, of course, I met him already in this book).  I’m definitely looking forward to discovering more by this author.

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