☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆
What It’s About:
Melissa Romney-Jones went from doormat to diva when she donned a blond wig, became Honey, a no-nonsense bombshell, and set up shop providing London’s most clueless men with all the basic girlfriend services — except, of course, for sex and laundry! Now, her business is booming, but when her flat-mate decides to renovate, she has to temporarily find a new place to live. Then Melissa’s dashing American boyfriend (and former client) Jonathan Riley gets a promotion that takes him to New York. There’s only one solution: an extended holiday for Melissa in the Big Apple.
Entrusting care of the Little Lady Agency to her tactless best friend and her melodramatic sister, Melissa crosses the pond and finds herself out of her depth among Jonathan’s hard-charging friends and his interfering ex-wife. Although Jonathan works all the time, he asks Melissa not to take on any new clients while she’s in his hometown. But when she’s presented with a tempting new challenge, Melissa decides to put her expertise to use. Then her project lands her in the tabloids, which sets off a hilarious and heartbreaking chain of events that could force her to choose between the man she loves and the unique business into which she has poured her heart and soul.
Irresistibly funny and full of the magic of New York, Little Lady, Big Apple is another triumph that will have you rooting for Melissa all the way!
Hester Browne is The Queen of romantic comedy. Her Little Lady Agency trilogy is just perfect. As is typical in a three-act play, the middle bit is a lot of transition and set up. Little Lady, Big Apple is fun, funny, and yet, my least favorite book of the series—but still highly recommended.
Melissa, AKA Honey, is the perfect heroine for a romantic comedy. She is delightfully charming, less than perfect physically, highly competent, and so very misunderstood. I just adore her…except for her blind allegiance to Jonathan. Her dishy roommate, Nelson, pretty much pushed her into Jonathan’s arms when he took off for an adventure and announced the shared flat was going to be under renovation for a few months…and so Melissa’s American adventure begins.
Little Lady, Big Apple provides Melissa with more business and social challenges. Her naivety is further challenged across the pond. Between navigating NYC and Americanisms, she must figure out why Jonathan is so threatened by her working (even though it is transparent to readers) and why he is having so many late evening meetings.
A delicious segue between the introduction of Melissa in book one and her eventual HEA in book three. Ms. Browne’s writing flows, the dialogue feels natural and organic. She provides the right amount of detail to paint the scenes in the readers’ minds. Her dry humor is fantastic! The Little Lady, Big Apple is a delightful, lighthearted story. I’m charmed by the new characters in this book as well as Melissa’s brilliant effort to juggle the various parts of her increasingly complicated life.
This hilarious book is the second in a series of three books, and it is wonderfully brought to life by narrator, Lara J. West.
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