by Jen Moyers (@jen.loves.books)
I absolutely loved Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things and How Not to Fall in Love, Jacqueline Firkins’s first two books, so I was so excited to read her new book, Marlowe Banks, Redesigned. It did not disappoint—what a fun, amazing book.
Marlowe is living and working in L.A. as an assistant to a costume designer on a long-running tv show. Marlowe’s on the run from a series of failures: she’s disappointed her parents, failed in her career, given up on the promise she once felt she had. She’s utterly defeated.
She feels like she’s treading water, just existing on the most basic level. There’s no refuge at work—her boss is petty and demanding—but she has befriended another assistant who warns her against any kind of meetup with the stars of the show . . . particularly Angus Gordon. So it’s Angus, of course, who she keeps running into (sometimes literally!).
Things start changing when, because of a costume issue, Marlowe has to fill in as a secondary character on the show. The camera captures some major chemistry between Marlowe and Angus, and fans demand to know more.
I loved everything about this book. Firkins excels at writing romance—the banter and chemistry between Marlowe and Angus are so vivid—but also at just writing characters. Marlowe’s journey feels so real, and watching her grow and take chances and become more confident is a beautiful thing. As a big tv fan, I also really enjoyed all of the backstage details about the show that’s at the center of the book.
Do yourself a favor and order Jacqueline Firkins’s Marlowe Banks, Redesigned . . . and anything else she writes!
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