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Boot Camp Bride: a touchingly funny novel where love conquers all Kindle Edition
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Charlee Montague is a badly treated intern at What’Cha! Magazine and the fabulously named Rafael ‘Rafa’ Fonseca-Ffinch is a well respected, if somewhat weary, photographer who has reported from some of the most troubled areas of the world and has recently returned from Columbia where things went badly wrong. They team up when Rafa needs Charlee to infiltrate a boot-camp for brides to take a photo of a Russian supermodel, Anastasia Markova. In order to do this they have to get engaged and pretend to be in love. However danger threatens because there are other reasons why Rafa wants Charlee at the boot-camp and then both start wondering how easy it will be to walk away from their “engagement.”
Here is a delicious snippet from Vanessa, Charlee’s hateful boss.
“‘For the love of God, Sally, check out what each of them is wearing before you let them loose on the unsuspecting guests. Most of them look like extras from the “Devil Wears Primark”. I’ve never seen so many synthetic fabrics together in one room. A carelessly positioned candle and the whole place could go up.’ Her cold blue eyes treated them to one, last hypercritical sweep before she left the room, leaving a trail of her signature lung-clogging perfume in her wake.”
Entertaining with comedic elements throughout, the pace of this well written tale rattles along at a good rate with sexual tension building from the start. I found some of Charlee’s reactions to be a little knee-jerk at times and was surprised that no one in her family felt the need to ask her if the engagement wasn’t a bit quick considering none of them had met Rafa before, or even heard of him, but those small points aside although this is a lighter read than I would normally choose I found it a lovely one to wind down on holiday with and it’s definitely one to recommend.
When feisty rebellious trainee journalist Charlee first meets fully fledged reporter Ffinch, complete with all his hangups and baggage, the fireworks begin. The dialogue between the two is funny and at times I laughed out loud. Before long the two reporters are on the trail of . . . well they are on the trail and come to Norfolk where Charlee ends up in the boot camp of the title. The dark secrets of Ffinch kept me guessing, and at one point I couldn't read it quickly enough, unable to put it down.
Well done, Lizzie, and I look forward to your next adventure.
I've since read all Lizzie's books, and highly recommend each one - try them, you won't be disappointed.
From their hilarious first encounter through a midnight picnic in a skip in a London Club’s courtyard to the spectacular fireworks at the end of their assignment, the reader is titillated by this duo’s will-they-won’t-they association. Boot Camp Bride, however, is no straightforward Rom-Com. Ffinch has a sinister past, and hidden agenda. In cold and dark mid-winter, he drives them in his VW Camper Van into danger and menace at the isolated Boot Camp on the edge of the Norfolk marshes.
But, what’s not to delight in Charlee Montague’s and Rafa Fonseca-Ffinch’s double-act? Read Boot Camp Bride and see if you agree.
I really liked Charlee. I thought she was believable and down-to-earth and I particularly enjoyed her smart, sassy dialogue.
Author Lizzie Lamb manages to create lots of romantic atmosphere as the tale unfolds. Right until the end the temporary nature of the fake engagement is sustained and the reader is kept on tenterhooks throughout.
Boot Camp Bride is a well written and very amusing romance novel which would be ideal for a holiday read or a long winter night in front of the fire.
I loved the first meeting between Charlee and Rafa and the way she digs herself into a hole. It’s nervousness mixed with showing off which makes her very human and approachable to the reader who can imagine being in the same position perhaps.
Although the theme of the book is fairly standard with the reader hoping for a happy ever after, the plot most certainly isn’t. This is one fast –paced, page-turning story if ever there was one with the reader being swept along for the ride.
When Charlee goes undercover at the Boot Camp, the story takes on a whole new dimension and Anastasia is another interesting character.
A thoroughly enjoyable well-crafted book that gets my vote!
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Charlee is. Certainly giving Rafael a run for his money.
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