Saturday, August 15, 2015

[Pat's Review]: "English Ivy"

English Ivy by Betsy Talbot
Publisher: ES Scott Publishing (August 15, 2015)
Series: Late Bloomers, 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Finally, contemporary romance for women over forty! 

After a solid career as an economist working at the US Embassy in London, forty-two-year-old American Ivy Cross is ready to jump to the bigger paycheck of the private sector and finally make time for a relationship. 

Madrid-based tech superstar Ruben Alegre both infuriates and intoxicates her, and if he only lived closer she'd consider risking her heart. 

When the opportunity for an incredible new job in Berlin arrives in the form of sexy Christof Brandt, she wonders if the offer is too good to be true. Her Late Bloomer friends are split down the middle, offering support but no clear decision. 

Will she find a future with Ruben? Start a new life in hip and gritty Berlin? 

There are no easy answers, but Ivy can't deny that her life is about to change in a very big way.

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Reviews of Talbot's Previous Novels:

Wild Rose (#1) -- Pat
Unfolding -- Pat

Pat's Review:

Another delightful read in the Late Bloomers series, and get ready for Ivy Cross! Ivy is "a breaker of rules and hearts and has crossed the threshold of middle age and lost her spark."  She is tired of her job as an economist for the American Embassy even though she is being offered an unexpected promotion. She needs a big change. One of her options is Ruben Allegre. A very handsome business man from Madrid who is best friend's with Mateo, Rose's lover now fiancĂ© from Wild Rose. Ruben is a charming, flirtatious ladies man who has set his sights on Ivy. He wants her to stay in London or come to Madrid where they can spend time together. Ivy is attracted to Ruben, but is not interested in a relationship and dodges his every move.

Along comes Christoph Brandt, a serious business rival of Ruben's and he sets his sights on Ivy, offering her a very lucrative job in Germany, with a BMW to sweeten the deal. Ivy is very tempted, but Ruben's determined to not let her go. The scenario is very well written and keeps you guessing; will it be Ruben, or Christoph and Germany, or something not yet in her sight?

The Late Bloomers are an amazing group of five best friends, more like sisters, all have different personalities, dreams and hopes, but I think Ivy and Rose could not be any more opposite!  If you haven't read Wild Rose, you should!  The characters are delightful, the locations beautiful, and the stories will warm your heart. I can't wait for the next.


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Pat received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for her honest review.

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Thanks for the review, Pat!

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Until Next Time,


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