Title: More Than Fashion
Author: Elizabeth Briggs
Synopsis: They’re enemies who will do anything to win…including each other.
When Julie Hong wins a spot on a fashion design reality TV show, she celebrates by picking up a hot English guy in a hotel bar. But too many drinks leads to a night of embarrassment and a major hangover, and wow is she glad she’ll never see him again. Until the show starts, and he’s on it too.
Julie quickly realizes she’s out of her league among the other designers, and Gavin Bennett, with his cocky grin and sexy accent, is her biggest competition. Julie can’t decide if she wants to kiss him or kill him. Or both.
After she’s almost kicked off, Julie convinces Gavin to pretend they’re sleeping together for the camera. The ploy works, but as they get closer to the show’s finale their fake relationship starts to become too real. But only one of them can win the show—and they might both end up heartbroken.
Rating: 5 stars
Review: I’m gradually dipping my toes into the New Adult genre, and this one caught ny attention, so here I am.
I give this book a whole raging five stars – whoo! What a thrill ride this book was. It’s the third in a series, but is also a standalone book. Think of Stephanie Perkins’ books – characters overlapping in each book, but each book with their own storyline and separate plot. This book follows Julie as she takes part in a show not unlike Project Runway, but throughout the book we meet her roommate Maddie (who has her own story in More Than Music), the girls’ other roommate Carla who is going to get her own story this year.
Julie’s been invited to compete in one of the most prestigious fashion designing competitions in the world – think, Project Runway – and the night before they are due to start, she has a few too many drinks, and picks up a hot British guy at the bar. The next morning, he’s gone before she wakes up, but he just so happens to be one of her designer opponents on the show. From there on, it’s the life of a reality show star. Or is it?
This was a very easy read – I read it in just one sitting, and absolutely loved it. Elizabeth Briggs definitely has the knack for balancing out the sex scenes with the rest of the plot; there weren’t too many that it seemed unrealistic, but just enough to keep the lust alive.
It wasn’t insta-love. It was more like lust at first sight, which really makes it seem realistic. I’m just as much a fan of love at first sight as the next girl, but sometimes you just look at someone and really want to just have your wicked way with them, and I really want to have my way with Gavin Bennett….
Gavin is the main male protagonist (no love triangles, thank god), and he’s so sexy I just wanted to drag him out of the novel and into my bed. He’s hot, he’s British, and he can design some awesome clothes.
Julie, while occasionally a bit of a bitch, was a character whose narrative wasn’t that bad. I enjoyed reading it and feeling her emotions and hearing her thoughts throughout the book. As a reader, I went along with her for the ride, and loved almost every moment.
I got all caught up in the action and drama of ‘More Than Fashion’, and I can’t wait to read the other books in the series. A whopping five star rating from me.