Book review: Breaking Up with Barrett - Katy Regnery (#1 The English Brothers)

Breaking Up with Barrett is the first of five books about the Philadelphia-based, wildly-handsome English brothers who are all on the look-out for love. 

(Except Alex. He's a womanizing manwhore. And maybe Stratton, because he's wicked hot, but super awkward around girls.)

Barrett English, aka "the Shark," is the fair-haired, first-born of the English brothers, and the CEO of the oldest, most prestigious investment banking firm in Philadelphia. He rules the boardroom with an iron fist, refusing to take no for an answer and always getting his way.

Emily Edwards, a first-year doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania, grew up in the gatehouse on the outskirts of Barrett's childhood estate. The daughter of his family's gardener and housekeeper, she was always looking through the window of privilege, but forced to remember her place at the very periphery of the kingdom.

When business partners suggest that a fiancee might soften Barrett's image over business dinners, he approaches Emily for the "job" of fiancee. And while love wasn't necessarily on Barrett's radar, he begins to realize that Emily always has been. But will his take-no-prisoners boardroom tactics work on the heart of the woman he loves?

My opinion.
Another fabulous Katy Regnery romance! Again she succeeded in creating these wonderful characters you just got to love. I really enjoyed reading a love story that had been in the making for years (!), instead of the usual "love/attraction at first sight". Emily and Barrett's story is so wonderfully romantic... What I loved most, I think, is the respect, trust and patience they both had for/in each other.
Emily is such a sweet girl and I really admired her honesty with both herself and Barrett later on. She's more than just the pretty girl next door, daughter of 'the help', and I loved how she stood up for herself by staying true to who she is, with confidence and pride.
Getting to know and love Barrett took a little longer, but I ended up falling for him just the same. Like Emily said it herself, he really is her Mr. Darcy: tough exterior, misunderstood hostility, but so very sexy and romantic underneath.
As always, I'm excited for more!


All books in The English Brothers series are 50,000 words/200-pages long. The RWA classifies this length as "Short Contemporary Romance."


Breaking Up with Barrett, The English Brothers, Book #1
(available 7.22.14)

Falling for Fitz, The English Brothers, Book #2
(available 7.29.14)

Anyone but Alex, The English Brothers, Book #3
Seduced by Stratton, The English Brothers, Book #4
Wild about Weston, The English Brothers, Book #5

KATY REGNERY, award-winning romance novelist, has always loved telling a good story and credits her mother with making funny, heartwarming tales come alive throughout her childhood. A lifelong devotee of all romance writing from Edwardian to present-day, it was just a matter of time before Katy tried her hand at writing a love story of her own. As it turned out, one love story turned into a series of five Heart of Montana romances, following the love lives of the Yellowstone-based Lindstrom siblings, their friends and family. Katy is also the author of the Enchanted Places series, launching in January 2014 with Playing for Love at Deep Haven, which will be followed by an additional seven books throughout 2014-2016. In addition to contemporary romance, Katy also writes paranormal romance under the pseudonym K.P. Kelley. It’s You, the story of star-crossed lovers, takes place in northern New England and the forests north of Quebec.Speaking of forests, Katy lives in the relative-wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut where her writing room looks out at the woods and her husband, two young children and two dogs create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories of all are the messy and unexpected ones. 

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Big thank you to Katy, for the opportunity to read an ARC of Breaking Up With Barrett.
I fell in love with him and I can't wait to meet the rest of the family.
Thank you for all you've done for me as a reader & blogger, Katy.


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