- by Julie Wright
- Series: Proper Romance
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Shadow Mountain (November 7, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1629723428
- ISBN-13: 978-1629723426
Ever since Emma read Pride and Prejudice, she’s been in love with Mr. Darcy and has regarded Jane Austen as the expert on all things romantic. So naturally when Emma falls for Blake Hampton and he invites her home to meet his parents, she is positive an engagement is in her future. After all, Blake is a single man in possession of a good fortune, and thus must be in want of a wife.
But when it turns out that what Blake actually wants is more of a hook-up than a honeymoon, Emma is hurt, betrayed, and furious. She throws herself deeper into her work as CMO of Kinetics, the fastest growing gym franchise in the nation. She loves her work, and she’s good at it, which is why she bristles when her boss brings in a consultant to help her spearhead the new facilities on the East Coast. Her frustration turns to shock when that consultant turns out to be Blake’s younger brother, Lucas.
Emma is determined not to fall for Lucas, but as she gets to know him, she realizes that Lucas is nothing like his brother. He is kind and attentive and spends his time and money caring for the less fortunate.
What she can’t understand is why Lucas continues to try to push her back into Blake’s arms when he so clearly has fallen as hard for her as she has fallen for him.
Realizing that her love life is as complicated as anything Jane Austen could have dreamed up, Emma must find a way to let Blake know that it’s time for him to let her go and to let Lucas know it’s time for him to love her back.
I rarely read contemporary novels but after reading the description, I knew I wanted to read it. Immediately, the title is going to grab any Jane Austen fan but as the main character questions, can you really break up with Jane?
I was completely engaged in this book and didn’t want to put it down. Each character was multi-dimensional and I felt for them and was invested in their lives.
I liked the strong female characters and everyone seemed to have real emotions and the relationships felt realistic.
There is a theme of feeling broken due to Emma and Lucas’ pasts and their struggles to get beyond that. Like Mr. Knightley and Emma, we all have our faults but we want to find someone who looks past us and loves us anyway.
I recommend reading this and am interested in more from Julie Wright.
So, can you really break up with Jane? I think the real question is, should you even want to? 🙂