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Review: Irrepressible You by Georgina Penney


Irrepressible You
by Georgina Penney

Published by Penguin UK
on 2014-02-14
Genres: Fiction, Romance
Pages: 367
Review: Irrepressible You by Georgina Penney
You don't become a notorious British celebrity without rubbing a few people the wrong way, which is why writer and comedian Ben Martindale has decamped to Australia until the latest media frenzy dies down. When he meets Amy Blaine, a perky blonde who dresses like a 1950s pin-up girl, he knows he's hit the satirical jackpot. He begins to fill his weekly London column with snarky observations about her life, clothes, and even their most intimate moments. It doesn't occur to him that Amy, who is letting her guard down for the first time in her adult life, might be upset - after all, it's hilarious, and his readers love her! It isn't until Amy discovers the extent of his betrayal that Ben begins to realise just how badly he's cocked up the best thing that ever happened to him. But is it too late?

This is another arsehole-to-lover story. I really struggle to wrap my head around these. But maybe you like them?

The heroine, Amy, is wonderful – I loved her. I’m quite a fan of competence porn, and she has that in spades, from her salon to her style. There is a good examination of various aspects of domestic abuse and child abuse (which is explored more in the prequel, Unforgettable You). There is, however, a complete pillock of a ‘hero’ who I hated from beginning to end. What part of an ‘unforgivable’ transgression did you not understand, Ben?


“He made a large part of his living off anecdotes from his private life and any woman getting involved with him knew that. Okay, so Amy didn’t know much about his career other than what he’d shared, but was that his problem? One search on Google would reveal all there was to know about him. Come to think of it, one search on Google at the moment would bring up Marcella’s tell-all story. If anything, that’s what he needed to worry about.”



‘I don’t want to see you.’ It hurt so much right now, there was no way she was going to touch him.

‘Well, I’m not going anywhere.’



…but this writer is otherwise terrific. I will still read more. Why why why?


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