Thursday, November 3, 2022

Marlowe Banks, Redesigned by Jacqueline Firkins

About the Book



St. Martin’s Griffin

Release Date
October 25, 2022

Synopsis from Goodreads:

In Marlowe Banks, Redesigned, Jacqueline Firkins wonderfully captures the messiness of failure, forgiveness, and embracing a second chance on life and love.

Marlowe Banks’s life has come apart at the seams. Her engagement ended abruptly. Her latest costume design was shredded by critics. Her student loans are overdue. Her parents have never been more disappointed. Desperate to hide from her failures, Marlowe flees New York City to embrace invisibility in Los Angeles as a menial Production Assistant on a popular TV show. While sorting socks and taking care of her boss’ spoiled Weimaraner, no one can confront her poor artistic choices or the end of her engagement, the end her ex refuses to accept.

When a costume mix-up requires Marlowe to step into in a scene, the camera catches a heated look between her and Angus Gordon, the show's arrogant bad boy, thrusting Marlowe into the spotlight. As the pair is forced together on set, Marlowe learns she's not the only one hiding. Walls come down for both of them, revealing a life Marlowe isn't sure she's ready for, and when her past comes calling, she has to decide if she's going to stay invisible or if it's time for a redesign.

My Review

Life is difficult for Marlowe Banks these days.  She broke up with her fiance, lost her job, has tons of bills and her parents are not very happy with her.  She leaves New York City and heads to Los Angeles.  She gets a job as a Production Assistant on a TV show.  It’s not the career move she wants to make, but it will have to do for now.  Her goal is to be a costume designer, not someone who does personal chores for her boss, including walking her dog.

When a mix-up on the set occurs, Marlowe steps in to help.  She takes on the small role of a waitress, However, the camera catches a look between Marlowe and the leading man, Angus Gordon.  Suddenly Marlowe finds herself in the limelight.  Even social media goes crazy.  This isn’t what she wants at all, but she does find herself quite attracted to Angus.

This is a fun romantic comedy.  The characters made me laugh.  Marlowe finds herself in some wacky situations.  The romance between Marlowe and Angus is slowly building.  Their romantic scenes sizzle to say the least.  

The book subtly shows how a mere mention in social media can really turn things around.  The truth isn’t always at it appears to be.  

This is a new-to-me author, but I will be checking out her backlist.  If this book is any indication, her stories are delightful and a great way to spend an afternoon relaxing.

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a free Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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