Doing it at: 76%
Catnip: Rom Com; Cinderella Story; Banging the Boss; Sex in the City; I’m on a Boat; CoHo Exception
Shame Scale: No shame, this was like a novelization of a Meg Ryan film
Fantasy Cast: Theo James; Emily Ratajkowski
Subject: Justin Timberlake Nudes!
Lily, you predictable perv. I knew you’d open this email faster if I tempted you with a glimpse of JT’s “PP”. Well, put your pants back on and grab some bubbly because I have much better news to share.
I GOT A JOB!
As of tomorrow, I’ll be the new executive assistant at Lorena Lefray Designs. I am SO excited, but there’s one itty bitty problem: I won’t be Lorena’s assistant. I’ll be working for her older brother, Julian.
I know what you’re thinking- “But Jo, what’s the problem?”
Google him. Now. He’s the man in the fitted navy suit whose face reminds you that there’s hope yet for this cruel, ugly world. Keep scrolling…Do you see those dimples? Yup. That’s the Julian Lefray I will be reporting to tomorrow morning.
Lord, help us all…
After reading six dark romances in a row, The Caged series and the Tillie Cole Hades Hangmen books, I was ready for something fluffy. I needed a meringue of a book, and The Allure of Julian Lefray was the perfect palate cleanser. The book reads like a charming romantic comedy, and I would be all over a movie version, especially if my casting advice was followed and we got to watch Theo James in suits for two hours.
The Allure of Julian Lefray is the story of Josephine, a fashion blogger newly relocated to NYC from small town Texas, and rich business man Julian, who has taken over his sister’s fashion company while she dries out. Jo is struggling to pay rent, dodging calls from her student loan officer, and trying to land a job that is actually relevant to her design school degree. When she gets a coveted invite to the New York Fashion Gala (which I think is supposed to be like the Met Gala and I highly urge you to check out TLo’s fashion coverage) she knows she can’t squander the opportunity. When she almost doesn’t get in to the event, and is standing outside in her rented dress wanting to die, she spots the hottest guy of all the times and stares at him like a creeper. She can’t help herself, he’s hot! And Jo is kind of charmingly awkward. Once inside she discovers that His Royal Hotness is Julian Lefray, brother of Lorena, who she applied for a job with just that morning.
Julian definitely noticed Jo as well, and it wasn’t her inability to enter the event that caught his attention, it was how hot she is. Jo apparently has a super model’s face and Kate Upton’s chest. Jo’s a lucky girl, guys. When Jo approaches him and tells him she’s applied for the position and would love a shot at the job, Julian tells her the job is actually as HIS assistant. Does Jo still want the job? Of course she does. Does Julian want to hire her? Of course he does.
This book is full of so much delightful flirting and tension, Jo and Julian try to keep their relationship professional, despite how obvious it is to everyone who sees them together that they want to rip each other’s clothes off.
Lily: Fine… Did you bang your boss or are you guys still pretending to be friends?
Josephine: There’s no pretending. We ARE friends.
Lily: All right, then I’m going back to sleep.
Jo really needs this position (rent in NYC is no joke the tv and books and interwebs tell me) and has been dreaming about a job in fashion since she was a little girl. She saved up her pocket money to buy a pair of vintage cheetah print Chanel flats and waited till she grew in to them (like me Jo knows that cheetah and leopard prints are neutrals), this is her dream job. For his part Julian doesn’t want to be a complete sleaze all over his sister’s company’s ONLY employee. Even if he did answer the door in only a towel on Jo’s first day of work and the cleaning lady thought she was a hooker- this is a real business, damnit.
We get to the doing it late in this book, and we were forced to create another book rule here at My Book Shame: If you put a boat in your book there has to be sex on the boat. This joins other fine rules like menage books must have DP. We don’t make the rules (yes we do), we just enforce them. Even with no P in the V until 76% I adored this book, I liked it enough to invoke the CoHo Exception, which is kind of a big deal. The main characters were extremely likable, the relationship between Jo and her best friend Lily was delightful and funny, and the drama was light and easily resolved.
If you’re looking for something sweet, funny, and satisfying (like the book version of a Snickers ice cream bar!) I encourage you to seek out The Allure of Julian Lefray. Our heroine displays no DBB – dumb book behavior – and it has some of the best book text messaging I’ve stumbled across.
Josephine: I made such a fool of myself tonight.
Lily: Spill. It’s probably worse than you think it is.
Josephine: I told me could-be-future-boss that he didn’t have to give me an interview just because I was “practically begging for it”
Lily: So… you came onto him. Bold move, Casanova.
Plus, Julian is a very hot book boyfriend.
It moved lower and my body betrayed me. My stomach was like, “Meh, I can wait to eat,” and my girly parts were like, “HELL YEAH, this is a great idea.” And that’s the story of how Julian banged me on the floor of his closet with his suits and ties judging us from above.
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