Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Review: Balancing the Scales (Brits in Manhattan 1) by Laura Carter

A Hotshot Manhattan Attorney.
Drew Harrington knows exactly who he is—a legal shark with a love ‘em and leave ‘em attitude that works just fine in his cutthroat world. He’s on the cusp of promotion to named partner, but only if he can prove to his colleagues that he has a more human side.

A Sweetheart of a British Patisserie Chef.
Becky Fletcher is running from her past, so the last thing she’s looking for is love. What she does want is a friendly face in a cold city. Her sunny outlook is the sweetness Drew never knew was missing from his life.

One fateful meeting at a bagel cart.
They sound like a match made in heaven—or is it a car crash? If they have any chance of finding happiness, Drew and Becky are going to have to rethink their life plans. Until then, is there really any harm in having some fun between the sheets?

Kindle Edition
Expected publication: November 21st 2017 by Kensington Publishing, Lyrical Caress

Terri's Thoughts

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!

When I started the book it was written from Drew's perspective and I thought it would go back and forth between Drew's point of view and Becky's.  This was not the case.  The majority of the story is told from Drew's perspective and the reader only gets snippets of Becky's story as the plot unfolds.  I really enjoyed this strategy.  As the reader only gradually learns about Becky's history, it gave the story an extra layer of depth.  It also left you eager to find out what brought Becky to this point in her life.

The chemistry between "British" Becky and Drew was apparent from the very beginning.  The quick wit and banter was well written and funny at times.  For those who like their stories steamy, this book delivers in spades when the two finally succumb tot heir attraction.  What I liked is that for the most part the story didn't just focus on the physical as there was an emotional current throughout the entire story.

This leads me back to what I mentioned earlier.  I really liked how Becky's story was only given in small snapshots and the reader had to wait to really know what was going on in her life.  This made me read the story faster as I was eager to find out what made her tick.

This appears to be the first in a series.  I will definitely be keeping my eye out for the next installment as I truly enjoyed this story.  

About the Author

Laura Carter is the bestselling author of the Vengeful Love series. She writes from her beach home in the Caribbean where she lives with her husband and (gorgeous) dog. She loves all things romance, including paper hearts, flowers, chocolates and champagne (not necessarily in that order). If she isn't writing or hanging around on social media, you can probably find her watching a romcom with a tub of Ben and Jerry's.

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