A review copy of this book was provided by St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review.
Earlier this year I read, and thoroughly enjoyed, the first book in the Sometimes in Love Series, Getting Hot with the Scot as an early review copy. Since finishing it, I was counting down until I could read the sequel, Smitten by the Brit. I’m happy say that this book lived up to my excitement and expectations (though it was predictable), and was even better than Getting Hot with the Scot.
DEFINITELY, MAYBE…OR LOVE, ACTUALLY?
English professor Bonnie Blythe expects her life to play out like her favorite novels, especially now that her long-term boyfriend has finally proposed. So when a shocking discovery leads Bonnie to end her engagement, she decides to close the book on love. But the plot thickens when a brand-new character enters the scene—and quickens Bonnie’s heart.
With his brilliant blue eyes, sexy accent, and irresistible charm, Theo Wharton is like a romantic hero straight out of a Jane Austen novel. When fate places Bonnie in England for a summer—conveniently close to Theo—she realizes a hot friends-with-benefits fling is exactly what she needs to start a fresh chapter. Just as Bonnie begins to believe she’s falling in love, an eye-opening revelation into Theo’s life makes Bonnie feel like she’s wandered into one of her favorite books. Will Bonnie have the courage to risk her heart and turn the page with the dashing Brit to find her true happy ending after all?
Smitten by the Brit picks up a few months after Getting Hot with the Scot ends. Bonnie is back to living with her fiance and teaching lectures at her local university. When she discovers that her fiance has been cheating on her, her carefully laid plans are thrown out the window. Enter Theo – the British duke who Bonnie met during her European adventure a few months prior. I won’t say too much more about the plot, but I will say it was predictable. Similar to the first book, there was nothing terribly groundbreaking about the story, but it was executed well and featured thoroughly enjoyable characters. It’s a fast paced and there were surprisingly few lags in the story – I found it hard to put the book down. In addition to the main plot, there was a lovely subplot focusing on Cassie and Logan, who were planning their upcoming wedding. Having them heavily featured was a nice callback for readers of the first book, and gave this story a depth that I hadn’t anticipated.
One major improvement over the first book was that the cast of characters was reduced down to a smaller core cast. Because the group was smaller, all of the characters got more time to develop and were generally more important as individuals to the plot. Bonnie was a thoroughly enjoyable main character – she was a well defined, career driven woman. It was easy to understand her motivations and to root for her – she was level headed even in the face of adversary and really valued (and supported) her friends. Most importantly, we got to see her grow from a dotting, over-trusting doormat of a fiance into a strong, independent woman who isn’t afraid of following her dreams.
Of course in a romance book, one of the most important elements is the chemistry between the two lead characters. In the case of Bonnie and Theo, their chemistry is off the charts – even from their first interactions in Getting Hot with the Scot, they had some of the best organic chemistry I’ve read in a long time. Not only did their chemistry start strong, it improved and naturally grew as they got to know each other more and more.
Smitten by the Brit did what most sequels don’t – it took the best parts of the original and was even more enjoyable. It’s a fun, romantic romp that will definitely make for a great beach read. I’d highly recommend it to fans of the first book, or just to anyone looking for a good quality romance book this summer. I look forward to reading anything else that Melonie Johnson writes. 4/5.