A Brit Unexpected by Brenda St. John Brown | Release Blitz, Review, & Giveaway

A Brit Unexpected by Brenda St. John Brown | Release Blitz, Review, & GiveawayA Brit Unexpected by Brenda St. John Brown
Series: Calder Castle #2
on April 10th, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 251
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
Amazon US

How do you know when a fake relationship turns into a real one? #AskingForAFriend

Claire is not:
- A natural athlete
- Very good with mornings
- Greyson Vaughn’s real girlfriend

But she pretends to be his girlfriend on television. And Twitter. And the gossip websites that question Every. Single. Thing. about his movie star existence. Including the question on everyone’s lips — #WhosThatGirl?

Enlisted by her grandmother to act as Greyson’s “mysterious English girlfriend” during a weekend at Castle Calder, Claire agrees to help the Hollywood hottie combat rumors of stalking his pop-star ex. She needs a distraction — from grad school, bills and her dull-as-dishwater love life — and, well, it’s only for a weekend.

Until Greyson asks her to continue the ruse through his upcoming London premiere. And another trip to Castle Calder for a sexy weekend escape. Where there are no cameras and no reporters. Nothing but the two of them and a “fake” relationship that’s starting to feel very, very real.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Mature Content

When Claire Dyer traveled back to Castle Calder for the weekend to spend time with her family, she didn’t expect to meet Hollywood heartthrob Greyson Vaughn let alone pose to be his fake girlfriend to fight off rumors that he’s stalking his pop star ex. But that she did. Now, not only are people wondering who she is, she’s accompanying Greyson on the red carpet as his date. And it’s not just for publicity. The two found a connection when they were in Castle Calder, and they want to see if what they have isn’t a fluke.

Fake relationship stories are my favorite! Doing it for publicity? Sprinkles on top of Nissa’s ideal trope cupcake. A Brit Unexpected was my first read by the author, and I enjoyed it very much. We have two reluctant people in a ruse of a relationship, often wondering if what they’re doing is an act and if their feelings are more than what they planned it to be.

I like how Claire fangirled over Greyson at the beginning. It felt very realistic to have a heroine who isn’t totally immune to a famous celebrity’s star factor, especially since Claire was a fan of his. Despite that, she still preferred he didn’t flirt with her unnecessarily. When they’re not putting on a show, she’d rather avoid affection and endearment because she’s honest she might not know if it’s real or not.

And Greyson is the sweetest! He knows exactly what to say to make a girl’s heart (and panties) melt. He goes into defensive mode when he thinks his privacy is being threatened and can tend to be a d*ck about it, but Claire calls him out on it and doesn’t let him off the hook.

I also loved their banter, especially when they were in Calder Castle. It was easy to see when they were getting comfortable with each other. Who knew a conversation about capers could be so engaging?

However, when I first started reading A Brit Unexpected, I honestly thought they were in their early twenties. Their dialogue had an air of youth I didn’t expect from a twenty-eight-year-old guy like Greyson. If you asked me Claire’s age, I still wouldn’t be able to give a sure answer.

Other than that, I still very much enjoyed A Brit Unexpected. Who hasn’t imagined being in a relationship with their celebrity crush? Makeovers, paparazzi, red carpet premieres? It’s like the author saw my doodles when I was still crushing hard on Tom Felton back in the old Half-Blood Prince, Deathly Hallows era.

A Brit Unexpected is the second standalone in the Calder Castle series and is told in Claire’s POV. It was a fast-paced story with a slow burn romance, fun banter, and low angst; perfect for a weekend or light read.

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About Brenda St. John Brown

Brenda is a displaced New Yorker living in the English countryside. She writes novels about teens and twenty-somethings kissing. Her characters do other things, too, but there’s always kissing.

When she’s not writing, Brenda enjoys hiking, running and reading. In theory, she also enjoys cooking, but it’s more that she enjoys eating and, try as she might, she can’t live on Doritos alone.


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