Published June 2015
Series: The Allure #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
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Subject: Justin Timberlake Nudes!
Lily, you predictable perv. I knew you’d open this email faster if I tempted you with a glimpse of JT's “PP”. Well, put your pants back on and grab some bubbly because I have much better news to share.
I GOT A JOB!
As of tomorrow, I’ll be the new executive assistant at Lorena Lefray Designs. I am SO excited, but there’s one itty bitty problem: I won’t be Lorena’s assistant. I’ll be working for her older brother, Julian.
I know what you're thinking- "But Jo, what’s the problem?"
Google him. Now. He’s the man in the fitted navy suit whose face reminds you that there’s hope yet for this cruel, ugly world. Keep scrolling…Do you see those dimples? Yup. That’s the Julian Lefray I will be reporting to tomorrow morning.
Lord, help us all...
The Allure of Julian Lefray is the story of Josephine Keller, who is a recent New York transplant from Nowheresville, Texas. Josephine wants to make it big – she is the author of the blog What Jo Wore, a fashion blog that she wants to take to the next level.
Until her breakthrough, she has applied to work with Lorena Lefray, an upcoming NY fashion designer. Unfortunately, it turns out that she will not be working alongside Lorena, but her brother Julian Lefray. No biggie, right? If only he wasn’t that smoking hot…
“White button down – not cute. Fitted black jacket – ew. Who thinks defined arms and a broad chest are attractive? No one.”
The Allure of Julian Lefray is definitely a book for all audiences, and reads a bit like a rom-com, with a hint of The Devil Wears Prada (that being said, I only know the movie) because obviously it is immersed in the fashion world.
Ultimately, the only thing that was missing in this book – according to me – is the added difficulty. Although there was a lot of tension and sparks between the h and H, I didn’t feel like there was more difficulty to the whole story than the fact that Jo had to be careful not to mess things up with her job.
The other thing that was missing was the steam, since I am probably too used to reading steamy scenes. But then again, it wasn’t something that took away my enjoyment at reading this book.
“I’d been two seconds away from reaching the pinnacle of Nirvana, and White Wine Wendy couldn’t hold her pee for a minute longer. We were on a boat. Pee off the side, dammit.”
I loved Julian as a character: he was refined, polite, good looking, down-to-earth, and had a great sense of humour. But you know what i liked most about him? He was not an annoying caveman alpha: although he was quite possessive of Jo (at least in his thoughts), he never acted this out. That made him a wonderful book boyfriend. Josephine was a pretty great heroine too, since she was determined, hard-working, and positive even when she was flat-broke and about to lose everything.
The book was written in alternating POVs, and the glimpse into Josephine and Julian’s minds were just too funny. The book definitely held a lot of humour, and that made it so much more realistic. There were however a lot of editing mistakes (names spelt differently from one page to the other, and also a couple of typos), which is a shame for an otherwise very well-rounded book.
“It turns out that Nike shorts and leggings were originally intended for cardio, not Ubering to the cupcake shop.”
All in all, The Allure of Julian Lefray was a very nice read and it made me want to discover the next book in the story, about Jo’s friend Lily and Julian’s best friend an restaurant-mogul Dean!
|All the feels|