Friday, May 24, 2013

Book Review: By Design by Jayne Denker



By Design

4 HEARTS

From Goodreads

She’s got loads of talent, a massive crush—and no confidence. Now she just needs a plan…

Interior designer Emmie Brewster is having one of those…decades. Her overbearing boss believes she’s only qualified to make coffee. Her boyfriend treats her like a booty call. And her widowed father is dating again—more successfully than she is. Then Emmie lands a client who happens to be the hottest man she’s ever encountered. Too bad Graham Cooper is already involved with the kind of woman Emmie longs to be. If only she had the courage…

Emmie’s always been content to dream—about having her own business, her own Mr. Right—but something about Graham makes her want to take action. Maybe it’s time she used her talent for creating beauty and order on herself. She has Graham’s admiration—does she dare go for more? With a little encouragement from her friends, and a lot of newfound motivation, Emmie’s ready to try…


By Design was my first book by Jane Denker and it will not be my last. This book brought all kinds of feelings in me. At times I found myself laughing out loud and other times I was yelling, inside my head, at the characters. I enjoyed it a lot!

Graham Cooper needs to get his life together. After the death of his wife he’s done all he could to be everything his little girl needs. He’s a good man, great father and a successful architect. Right now, his biggest problem is getting the beautiful, old building that he bought livable, so he and his daughter can settle in. He meets Emmie when he is ready to hire a designer and is immediately smitten. He quickly finds to make things work with Emmie he needs to make a clean break with a very unhealthy relationship that he has going on. Can he do this before he loses everything?

Emmie Brewster is a walking doormat. She allows everyone to take advantage of her and this drove me crazy. Her boss is the boss from hell. He talks to her like dirt and treats her like a minion rather than the competent designer that she is. Since the death of her mom her father just pops in and out of her life at will. Heck, she even has an ex-boyfriend, who openly cheats on her, pop back into her life whenever he wants. She has only 2 good people in her life and that is her best friend, Trish and her newest friend Avery. So, I guess it shouldn’t come as a surprise that she allowed herself to be bounced around by Graham, as he sorted out his own problems.

Seriously, there were times in this book I wanted to take Emmie and shake her. How can you just sit back and allow people treat you like dirt and then whine that people treat you like dirt? Graham comes across as such a good guy and I really think he is, but he’s just as bad as Emmie. Instead of standing up to the woman he has been seeing and telling her he’s done he pitter patters around her and allows her to repeatedly manipulate him. This drove me crazy. I just don’t understand how you can be such a successful business man in a very masculine business, yet not have the balls to stand up for what is best for you and your daughter. It just doesn’t add up.

I really wanted to hate this book since the 2 main characters annoyed me so bad, but I couldn’t. This book is really good! The characters are likeable and easy to identify with, even though they need to buck up and find their voices. The banter is hilarious. I loved how Emmie interacts with her friends. The things that they would say to one another made the book.

“So, I hear you kicked Kyle out on his ass.” “Yeah, but It’s okay. He landed on Caitlynn’s boobs and they cushioned his fall.”

I would like to thank NetGalley.com for the loan of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Hotness Rating 2 out of 5


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