Series: The Heart of the City
Author: C.J. Duggan
Genre: Contemporary New Adult
Cover Design: Keary Taylor
Like so many of her friends, Kate Brown is London bound, but unlike her friends – who had the chance to enjoy the beer, sights and attractions of the UK – Kate is instead visiting her grandmother (who may or may not be the devil).
Wanting nothing more than to be a normal, independent twenty-something living it up in ol’ London town, Kate finds herself a prisoner in her grandmother’s Kensington terrace, daydreaming about the holiday that could have been. But when Kate is almost run over by posh,smirking playboy Jack Baker, it leaves her wondering if being out and about is such a good idea after all, especially when she catches herself laughing at his jokes.
One thing Kate knows for sure is that she has to avoid Jack at all costs. But with her balcony facing his, you can pretty much guarantee Kate’s London adventure is going to be anything but boring.
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What I Thought
Kate (Katherine) Brown is bubbly and enthusiastic. Her hobbies are handbags and shoes, fashion, places, overall glamour, and she would love to turn her hobby of all things fashion and travel in to her dream career. Blogging. Travelling around the world. Living the highlife. When an opportunity to move in with Nana Joy, her mother’s mother, in London, rent free arises, Kate jumps at the chance. Who wouldn’t? From the moment Kate arrives at Nana’s and meets the almost soul destroying woman, she wonders if she has made a huge mistake but tries to remain optimistic. Nana Joy is strict and bad tempered and Kate is not sure she will be able to take very much of her verbal abuse and may have to leave her blogging dream behind and return home.
Jack Baker and Kate don’t get off to the smoothest of starts with him nearly running her over in his posh Aston Martin and not affording her with an apology. He makes Kates blood boil. He is cocky. He is arrogant. He is……frustratingly gorgeous and sexy. He seems a little young to be able to afford the car he drives around in and to own the property next door to Kate’s Nana’s house. Jack Baker is quite aloof, he remains a man of mystery for a while in the book. He’s all sexy with his smirking and smart comebacks to Kate. He can handle Nana Joy, she’s practically a puddle on the floor when he is around, so despite us gradually learning more and more about Jack, you are still, from the very beginning lured in by the #JackBakerEffect.
The discovery of a secret room at nana’s and an encounter with Jack down the local pub after a disastrous trip to try the English fish, chips, mushy peas with a cider tradition, has hope soaring for Kate that maybe things will work out for her after all. Is she just being optimistic though? Is nana Joy really going to allow Kate to have a life? And do we learn….. Just who is Jack Baker?
I loved reading a story that is based somewhere that I actually know, somewhere that I have visited. This only highlighted even more the images created in my head from Cj’s Creative writing. And I can indeed verify that a traditional Fish and chips down the local is pretty damn awesome!! It made me think of some of the things over in the UK that tourist’s love that I completely take for granted and made kind of proud to be able to say I live here.
So London Bound is a quick read I would say. You are instantly hooked and fly through it. Flawless writing yet again from Cj. It is again written from the female point of view, which helps maintain the mysteriousness to Jack Baker, but despite this, after each appearance from him in the story, you are definitely left swooning and wanting more.
I thought London Bound was quite a cute story, in a sexy way ha ha. You definitely experience some anticipation throughout the story but I also found myself giggling in places to.
I know most people will probably dislike Nana Joy and how she is towards her granddaughter, but I love old people. I find grumpy grandparents hilarious but I always felt there was something more from Nana Joy, like maybe it was all a front. She also wasn’t resistant to the #JackBakerEffect. I think no one could be immune
Again the third book in the Heart of the City series holds the Aussie elements. Kate has moved from Australia and the gardens near to where Kate and Nana live are called the Onslow Gardens. I actually ended up googling this to see if it was real. Indeed it is. ( This now has made me want to re-read The Summer Series )
I won’t lie, I wouldn’t have complained if Jack had of featured a little more in the story, but I was still completely satisfied with what we were given.
Overall a fun plot with well developed characters and insightful writing that leaves you feeling enchanted and wanting more. If you love a romance read, that sucks you in and has you fantasizing of following your dreams, encountering a successful, sexy man and immerses you in a beautiful setting, then London Bound is the book for you.
About The Author
C.J Duggan is a number one internationally bestselling Australian author of seven independent titles of her popular New Adult Summer series. In addition to her chart-topping indie novels, C.J has published two titles with Hachette, Australia with her Paradise Series (Paradise City and Paradise Road)
C.J lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia. When she isn’t writing books about swoony boys and 90s pop culture you will find her renovating her hundred-year-old Victorian homestead or annoying her local travel agent for a quote to escape the chaos.
Other books in the series….
#1 PARIS LIGHTS
Release Date: November 20, 2016
The first standalone book in CJ Duggan’s HEART OF THE CITY series – a very sassy, super sexy New Adult romance from the internationally bestselling author of the SUMMER and PARADISE series.
‘You’re breaking up with me!’
He was silent.
‘Under the Eiffel-fucking-Tower!’ I screamed.
Twenty-five-year-old Claire Shorten had looked forward to spending a romantic weekend in Paris for as long as she could remember, and now it was here – three blissful days of strolling through cobbled streets arm-in-arm with her beloved, eating copious amounts of baked goods and soaking up the culture through each and every pore of her body. Well, at least, that was how she’d pictured it . . .
Even after her boyfriend dumps her rather unceremoniously in the most romantic place on earth, Claire is determined not to give up on her dream altogether – with or without a boyfriend. She finds herself a job in the kitchen of a small hotel; Michelin-starred it most certainly is not, but somehow Claire makes a place for herself amidst the dirty dishes and the foreign misfits who run the place.
When the restaurant attracts the attention of the enigmatic – if not slightly terrifying – tycoon Louis Delarue, and Claire manages to survive his high-powered business luncheon from hell, she knows that she can survive anything, surely. But all bets are off when Louis makes a game-changing decision: he’s coming back for a second course . . .
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#2 NEW YORK NIGHTS
Release Date: February 1, 2017
Sarah Williams is a spirited, independent Aussie who has always dreamed of New York City. So when a job opportunity arises to become an au pair for a successful businessman in the heart of Manhattan, Sarah jumps at the chance to follow her dream.
What she didn’t bet on was a beautiful newborn and a distant, abrasive man whose eyes hold a million anguished secrets. Determined to care for his daughter and face the challenges of the impossible Ben Worthington, Sarah was always prepared to follow her heart; she just wasn’t prepared to lose it to a complicated man like Ben.
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