Love ad Lib, a review by Sherry

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Love ad Lib
Evie Alexander

444 pages
Emlin Press
published June 13, 2023

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I read a lot of thrillers, so the author’s rom coms are the perfect break in between all the death and murder.  She writes such great characters and I always laugh out loud at least a couple of times each book.

Henry’s family is rich and very eccentric.  They throw sex parties, and his parents fully participate in these parties and have quite the reputation.  Libby thinks she in love with Lucas and is in debt trying to help his art career.  I don’t want to call this a Pride and Prejudice retelling as it’s been quite a while since I read the original and I am not sure how close it sticks to the plot, but it is definitely inspired by it.  There are so many references and the characters even discuss which screen version is their favorite.  I really liked Henry and Libby and even early on when there were other potential love interests, I was rooting for them.  They are lovable and relatable.  And no matter how closely this story does or doesn’t mirror Pride and Prejudice, Henry and Libby really are the epitome of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy.

I love fake dating and this is done quite well as Henry hires Libby to play his girlfriend at the out of town weekend activities surrounding his birthday.  What could possibly go wrong as he is surrounded by family and friends?  Of course as Mr. Darcy, Henry is definitely grumpy to Libby’s sunshine personality.  I love how generous Henry is when it comes to anyone he loves.  I am a fan of romances tell the story from both main characters POVs as this one does.  It allows insight to how both characters view each other and the events happening.  And don’t let me forget to mention the reward you get as the characters come to their senses and open their hearts.  Some spicey love scenes that showcases their love for each other and some awesome banter.

This is my fourth or fifth book by the author and I’ve loved every one.  At the time I am writing this, there aren’t any ratings on Amazon that are less than a 4!!!  What are you waiting for?  I see this has a second book coming out in the series this fall.  You need to be ready.

About the book

Fake it till you fall in love…

Shy and reserved Lord Henry Foxbrooke is the reluctant heir to his eccentric father’s estate. His outrageous family want him back in Somerset and settling down, but he wants a stress-free life in London. Facing a weekend of celebrations for his thirtieth birthday, he needs a fake girlfriend to get them all off his back.

Free-spirited ray of sunshine Libby Fletcher is down on her luck. Teaching improv workshops isn’t cutting it when she loses her home and savings… and her pregnant business partner’s about to pop. When Henry offers her the acting gig of a lifetime, she leaps.

But when they arrive in Somerset, neither is prepared for what his family have planned. As their worlds collide, friendship blurs and faking it starts to feel real. When disaster sends their house of cards tumbling down, Henry and Libby are forced to face some home truths. They may be lying to the Foxbrookes, but are they also lying to themselves?

Love ad Lib is a grumpy/sunshine, fake relationship, one bed, opposites attract, steamy romantic comedy with a healthy dose of Jane Austen and all the feels. There’s no cheating or cliffhanger, but you’ll definitely laugh and swoon your way in this modern Regency romance to the grandest of gestures and the happiest of endings!

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