The Talented Mr Maxwell by Julia Harlow
Released: May 31, 2015
Genre: Contemporary romance
Reviewed by Sarah
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Dorrie Applegate just stumbled into a career-launching opportunity. The small-town Kentucky girl landed a gem of a position at Omni Publishing in New York City. Her first major assignment—writing a biography of one of the most sought-after male models in the world.
Grant Maxwell is at the apex of his career. Unfortunately the end of his run looms before him. At thirty-four, scores of younger, hungrier models nip at his heels, vying for his spot at the pinnacle of the fashion realm. And he has no earthly idea what to do next.
In the midst of an unlikely and tumultuous love affair with Grant, Dorrie is suddenly forced into making an agonizing decision. It’s a decision that shatters Grant’s heart.
Step onto the volatile runway of fashion modeling packed to the hilt with clashing egos, impossibly gorgeous men, backstabbing, and biting jealousy. And caught in the snare of the dramatic intrigue? Dorrie Applegate and Grant Maxwell
We jump right into meeting Dorrie who is on a plane for work where she has instant chemistry with the man seated next to her. Once at her magazine assignment things go awry courtesy of the man from the plane, which in the short term keeps things moving but still doesn’t save the first 40% of the book from seeming to be a bit slow. Following a couple of small obstacles there’s a bit of insta-love for our heroine and hero, Grant. Subsequently—and around the halfway point—the sweet, intelligent, and sometimes feisty Dorrie makes a questionable decision regarding her problem at hand. Not everyone will like this decision, nearly no one will love it but I did. It’s unexpected but not in a gimmicky way. It doesn’t follow the typical rules of a romance which is refreshing. It’s exactly the punch this story needs to take something that would be forgettable and makes it memorable. With renewed tension, we see how Dorrie and Grant deal—or not deal—with adversity in the wake of her choice which proves detrimental as all the feelings of love and security fall by the waist side. Suddenly what was a predictable story becomes a new adventure.
For the most part I enjoy the writer’s style. It is mostly written in third person but sometimes slips into first person which makes it feel a bit disjointed. Also there is an entire chapter introducing Carly which at the time came out of nowhere; in fact, I wondered if it was an accidental insert in the arc. After a few chapters the insert of the character makes sense. Overall, the push and pull between Dorrie and Grant is spot on and creates the tension needed for the storyline to work. The details showcase the attraction between the two, especially in between the sheets. This story has some rough edges and could use a little polish, but it’s still an engaging and gratifying read.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.