Monday, June 29, 2015

Diary Entry #0034: Release Blitz + Review—THE ALLURE OF JULIAN LEFRAY by R.S. Grey

Title: The Allure of Julian Lefray
by R.S. Grey
Date of Publication: June 29th 2015
Genre: New Adult | Romantic Comedy

Subject: Justin Timberlake Nudes!
Lily, you predictable perv. I knew you’d open this email faster if I tempted you with a glimpse of JT's “PP”. Well, put your pants back on and grab some bubbly because I have much better news to share. 
As of tomorrow, I’ll be the new executive assistant at Lorena Lefray Designs. I am SO excited, but there’s one itty bitty problem: I won’t be Lorena’s assistant. I’ll be working for her older brother, Julian. 
I know what you're thinking- "But Jo, what’s the problem?" 
Google him. Now. He’s the man in the fitted navy suit whose face reminds you that there’s hope yet for this cruel, ugly world. Keep scrolling…Do you see those dimples? Yup. That’s the Julian Lefray I will be reporting to tomorrow morning. 
Lord, help us all... 
Buy on Amazon

I would like to thank the publisher for providing a review copy. It has not, in any way, influenced my thoughts about this book.

The Allure of Julian Lefray was so, so good...until it wasn’t.
I just started reading R.S. Grey’s books late last year. I loved some, others not so much. I’m pretty sure that this book belongs to the latter. Let’s start with the good parts. What I really liked about this book was the humor. I love, love a book that has characters who are really humorous and I found that both Julian and Jo were exactly that. I loved the lightness and ease of how their romance developed. It was very laid-back and sweet, just how I like my NA reads.

I really loved this book until at about the 75% mark. I felt like it has a potential for a good conflict, what with Julian’s bitchy mother and Jo’s unsupportive parents. But that’s where it fell short. I am not a fan of love stories that didn’t go through at least one major conflict. I don’t like it when their love for each other was not tested by internal and external forces that have the capability of driving them apart. That’s my problem with this book. It fell flat because there wasn't a major conflict. I just hoped for a little more intense drama for an explosive climax to balance the lightness of the first three-quarters of this book, but it didn’t happen.

Anyway, that’s just me. That is my own predilection and I’m sad it can’t be found in this book. Nevertheless, the earlier parts were really fun to read, and Julian will definitely allure any reader. He sure did allure me.

2/5 Not-so-alluring Stars

About the Author:

I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way, I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things... everyday.

I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors include Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I'm a comedy geek and love all things "funny". Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.


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