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Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Mr. Bloomsbury by Louise Bay

A Review by Wendy

 4.5 Multi-Layered Stars
* * * * 1/2 

Spoiler Free

Louise Bay has created a series about men who have a deep friendship despite all personal odds they have had in the past. Each of these men has been complicated in different ways, having interesting backstories causing their issues, and always knowing that this very tight group would have their backs. We have a taste of each and this time Bay's focus is on Andrew.

Oh, Andrew... A man who is driven; doesn't entertain fools, and thinks small talk is completely a waste of time and silly. He comes across as cold, curt, and some could wonder why have him as a friend.

Yet, there is another side of this man, and if it shows, one sees a caring individual.
That side is just well hidden. Andrew runs an extremely successful company that looks at other firms, sees where they are on the brink of loss and comes in, reorganizes to make them profitable. Some see this as cold and calculating but actually, he is trying to save jobs and the companies.

Now being this man's assistant is not easy and it turns out Natalie, Sofia's bestie and the flat lender has had enough. She has reached her limit of the man and walks off the job. Sofia is staying with Natalie because she is on a personal mission of her own. The problem is even with an MBA from an elite university, Sofia hasn't landed anything in London, and when she hears of the salary Natalie just walked away from, she asks if it would be ok if she went for it and tried to get Natalie's job for herself. With a blessing from her friend, she goes for it.

This combination of "New York/New Jersey Italian Sofia and British Andrew" is insane. She does not back down, he is silent, full of rules and when he does talk, he is either rude or curt.

Sofia has many plans and complications, Andrew has an interest in Sofia, and both are locked in this desire for each other fighting all the rules Andrew usually has. And if that isn't enough, there is a business issue that places Sofia and Andrew working together causing all kinds of complications.

As icing on this delicious cake is the chemistry that is undeniable between these two. Bay is not shy in her scenes when characters get together, she is an expert in sensuality. This has all of those elements and more. You have two very strong characters, no milk toasts, hurrah, and each is able to stand up and use their voices.

Louise Bay has created a very successful continuing/connected series, each with a HEA and hints as to whose next. Since it was about six men's friends, the only one left is Tristan. He is up next and I am sure, he will be the hardest to fall.

USA Today bestselling author, Louise Bay writes sexy, contemporary romance novels - the kind she likes to read.

Ruined by bonk-busters and sexy mini-series of the eighties Louise loves all things sexy and romantic. There's not enough of it in real life so she disappears into the fictional worlds in books and films.

Louise loves the rain, the West Wing, London, days when she doesn't have to wear make-up, being on her own, being with friends, elephants and champagne.

She loves to hear from readers so get in touch!

 

 

 

 

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