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Charlee Montague aspired to outgrow her lowly status at a gossip magazine and become a full fledged serious reporter The owner s daughter is her best friend and gets her into a book award party She s excited until she realizes she ll be staff, carrying drinks and food to the real guests When the party ends and she feels baited into giving her opinion about photographs from the award winning author, Rafael Fonseca Ffinch, and she finds herself playing cat and mouse with the author himself Fearing she ll lose her job, instead she is totally shocked to find she s being given an opportunity to redeem herself by pairing up with Finch The couple s personalities spark and the attraction is real Charlee is spunky and has a nose for a scoop, so she s determined to figure out what Ffinch isn t telling her about this seemingly simple assignment to take photos of a supermodel at a boot camp for brides Their fake engagement led to some comical moments, and the chemistry between them made good romance The mystery crime angle was interesting as well An entertaining romantic comedy. Sometimes I think Lizzie Lamb writes just for me All the elements that make up an enjoyable reading experience are there in her novels Likeable heroine Tick Gorgeous hero Tick Strong plotline Tick Inspiring setting Tick Yes, I know that many writers of romantic novels can tick all these boxes, but there s something extra special in Lizzie s books It was there in Tall, Dark and Kilted, her previous novel, and it s definitely present and correct in Boot Camp Bride.I found myself wondering what it is about Lizzie s books that works so beautifully and I realised there are several elements.Firstly, there is the heroine I sometimes read romantic novels and feel as if I want to shake the leading lady Some of them are so blind and stupid, so simpering or aggressive that I often wonder what on earth any hero in his right mind would see in them Lizzie writes great heroines Fliss in Tall, Dark and Kilted was fun, feisty and realistic In Boot Camp Bride, the heroine is Charlee short for Charlotte Montague, and, like Fliss, she s the sort of heroine you d happily hang out with.Charlee is the only daughter in a house full of high achieving sons Her parents are also clever and successful people Charlee was a surprise baby, a girl in a family where boys seem to be valued much , and has always felt she has a lot to prove Disappointing her mother and father who wanted an academic career for her, Charlee who is not exactly stupid, having achieved a double first in Languages and Politics has decided upon a career in journalism.She has been given a chance working on the magazine What cha but, as it is owned by a family friend, Sam Walker, she knows that people think she has been given an unfair advantage, and so has plenty to prove there, too So when Rafael Fonseca Ffinch great name, huh offers her the chance to work undercover on an assignment that could make her name, she jumps at the chance Even if it does mean that she has to pretend even to her own family that she and Ffinch are engaged.What I love about Charlee is how believable she is She really could be someone you know Sometimes she is infuriatingly stubborn, but then knowing her background and her hang ups you really understand why she behaves as she does Charlee is refreshingly honest She doesn t simper and deny any attraction to Ffinch She really, really fancies him and makes damn sure he knows it When her obstinacy, pride and anger cause her to walk away she quickly regrets it, and finds a way to wriggle out of the situation she has found herself in without losing too much face.The truth is, you can have a fantastic story and a hero to die for, but if the heroine isn t someone you care about the novel is going to fall flat on its face The whole thing starts with her, and Lizzie has the knack of creating great female protagonists who quickly get the reader onside, cheering them on.Now, the hero Well, I adored the sexy Laird of Kinloch Mara, Ruairi Urquhart, in Tall, Dark and Kilted, and wasn t sure anyone could live up to him At first I was very wary of Ffinch He seemed a bit arrogant and I wasn t convinced he was good enough for our Charlee Bit by bit I warmed to him, and as his story was revealed, layer by layer, I found myself falling for him just like his leading lady Brave, compassionate, noble and of course jaw droppingly sexy, Ffinch is the alpha male with a chink in his armour so beloved by romance readers No pushover, nevertheless there is a wound there that leaves him vulnerable, and makes your heart go out to him, longing for him to be healed and find happiness Yes, Ffinch won me over Don t worry, Ruairi, I will never forget you We have the characters What about the story and setting No fears there, either This is a tale of kidnapping, drugs, gangsters, undercover assignments, danger and mystery Columbian and Russian threads entangle and lead to, of all places, the Norfolk marshes, where a seemingly innocent bootcamp for brides to be to get fit and beautiful for their big day is a cover for what exactly A beautiful Russian model is staying at the camp, and Charlee needs to get photos of her in a place where all cameras and phones are confiscated As if that wasn t difficult enough, Charlee appears to be working on a different case to Ffinch He is keeping secrets from her, and the rumours about him keep niggling away at her as he deflects her questions and keeps the barrier between them firmly in place Is Ffinch all he seems And can Charlee really walk away at the end of her assignment, dissolving their partnership without a backward glance The mission is on and an intriguing tale it is, too The atmospheric marshlands are described beautifully, invoking a real sense of place, just as Lizzie managed with the Highland setting of Tall, Dark and Kilted.Great characters, a well paced plotline, well drawn setting, sparkling dialogue, lots of intrigue and humour yes, I m pretty sure Lizzie is writing just for me I can t wait to read her next novel @READ PDF ⚣ Boot Camp Bride â Charlee Montague Is An Up For Anything Rookie Reporter Desperate For Her Big Break She Dreams Of Something, Anything, Which Will Take Her Away From The Daily Grind At Celebrity Driven Magazine What Cha When She Is Sent Undercover To A Boot Camp For Brides On The Windswept Norfolk Marshes, It Seems As If All Her Christmases Have Come At Once Posing As A Blushing Bride To Be, Charlee Has To Get The Skinny On Supermodel Anastasia Markova And Her Oligarch Russian Boyfriend However, Every Rookie Needs A Experienced Partner As Backup And Charlee Is No Exception At Her Side Posing As Her Fianc , Is Award Winning Photographer Rafael Ffinch World Weary Rafa Has Recently Survived A Kidnap Attempt In Colombia And Is No Mood To Cut Inexperienced Charlee Any Slack Further, He Makes It Plain At The Outset Of Their Assignment That There Is No Room For Love In His Complicated Life Once The Investigation Is Over, Their Partnership And Fake Engagement Will Be Terminated From The Moment She Sets Foot In The Boot Camp Charlee Senses That There Is To The Simple Dish The Dirt On The A List Model Story She S Been Sent To Cover Journalistic Antennae Twitching, Charlee Decides To Carry Out An Investigation Of Her Own What S The Real Reason Behind Ffinch S Interest In The Boot Camp, Super Model Anastasia And Her Shady Russian Fianc How Is It Connected To Rafa S Kidnap In Colombia In Setting Out To Uncover The Truth, Charlee Uncovers Yet Secrets And Puts Herself In Danger And, As The Investigation Draws To A Close, Charlee Is Faced With A Dilemma Will She Be Able To Keep Her Promise, Hand Back The Engagement Ring And Walk Out Of Rafa S Life Without A Backward Glance I loved this book the story hooked me in from the beginning Charlee is my kind of girl, up for anything and always thinking on her feet And who doesn t love a fake engagement that turns into pure magic The language in this book is snappy and at the same time beautiful How does Ms Lamb do it Thank you for a fun read. Boot Camp Bride is an intriguing romantic romp across the marshes of Norfolk with the naive but enthusiastic Charlee and deliciously sexy and terribly capable leading man, Rafa.Charlee Montague is a badly treated intern at What Cha Magazine and the fabulously named Rafael Rafa Fonseca Ffinch is a well respected, if somewhat weary, photographer who has reported from some of the most troubled areas of the world and has recently returned from Columbia where things went badly wrong They team up when Rafa needs Charlee to infiltrate a boot camp for brides to take a photo of a Russian supermodel, Anastasia Markova In order to do this they have to get engaged and pretend to be in love However danger threatens because there are other reasons why Rafa wants Charlee at the boot camp and then both start wondering how easy it will be to walk away from their engagement Here is a delicious snippet from Vanessa, Charlee s hateful boss For the love of God, Sally, check out what each of them is wearing before you let them loose on the unsuspecting guests Most of them look like extras from the Devil Wears Primark I ve never seen so many synthetic fabrics together in one room A carelessly positioned candle and the whole place could go up Her cold blue eyes treated them to one, last hypercritical sweep before she left the room, leaving a trail of her signature lung clogging perfume in her wake Entertaining with comedic elements throughout, the pace of this well written tale rattles along at a good rate with sexual tension building from the start I found some of Charlee s reactions to be a little knee jerk at times and was surprised that no one in her family felt the need to ask her if the engagement wasn t a bit quick considering none of them had met Rafa before, or even heard of him, but those small points aside although this is a lighter read than I would normally choose I found it a lovely one to wind down on holiday with and it s definitely one to recommend. Aspiring journalist, Charlee Montague, is desperate for her big break The story that will make people sit up and take notice, especially her ultra successful family In the meanwhile she is an intern at the celebrity orientated What cha magazine, owned by Sam Walker, the father of her best friend Poppy, where she is given the worst of the menial jobs.She attends the Book of the Year Awards with Poppy, assuming she is a guest, until her boss and the bane of her life informs her she will be waitressing So Charlee is not in the best of moods when she encounters the imaginatively named Rafael Fonseca Ffinch, author and journalist, at the end of the evening Their exchange isn t exactly friendly and Charlee is amazed when she is called into Sam Walker s office the next day and partnered with Ffinch for an undercover assignment on the beautiful Norfolk coast She soon realises there s muchto her task, and Ffinch, than he is letting on And not just the fact he survived being kidnapped in Columbia and feels dreadfully sad and guilty that members of his team didn t.Charlee can t understand why Ffinch would be interested in supermodel Anastasia Markova s stay in a boot camp for brides Is it something to do with her Russian fianc Charlee is determined to find out the truth and gets muchthan she bargained for.All the characters are vividly drawn, including the secondary ones I love the very amusing banter between Charlee and Ffinch and the way they spark off each other Charlee s prickly attitude is entirely understandable after meeting her mother and brothers The relationships and family dynamics are built realistically and had me firmly in Charlee s corner.A very well written and engaging storyline with lots going on intrigue, mystery, an undercurrent of danger, romance, likeable and rounded characters and wonderfully humorous dialogue Not to mention the beautiful descriptions of the Norfolk coast Ffinch s VW camper plays its part in the story, I always fancied having a VW camper van and wouldn t complain at all if there was a Ffinch to go with it Boot Camp Bride is the perfect weekend read, it s a light hearted, feel good page turner and once I d started it I couldn t put it down The story sees Charlee Montague, an ambitious, feisty young reporter paired with award winning photographer Rafael Ffinch in order to pose as an engaged couple at a boot camp for brides to be As far as Charlee is concerned the mission is about gaining an expose on a supermodel and her Russian oligarch boyfriend but it soon becomes clear that there isto the assignment than she knows In Boot Camp Bride, Lizzie Lamb has created a wonderful protagonist in Charlee She is every bit the gutsy, contemporary heroine and I loved her immediately Charlee is a fiercely ambitious over achiever and we are given an insight into why when Lamb introduces her difficult, hard to please mother Charlee s enthusiasm is the perfect foil for the jaded, been around the block Rafael More used to working in gritty environments and, having just survived a kidnap attempt in Columbia, Rafael is not impressed by Charlee s perky approach And this conflict is where the true delight of the novel lies as the two of them engage in deliciously witty repartee Lizzie Lamb s skill as a writer shines through in her clever and often hilarious use of dialogue The novel succeeds on many levels it is a light hearted romp, interlaced with mystery and danger to keep the reader guessing At the same time both the central characters and background characters are believable and likeable If you re looking for a bit of escapism from real life then this book delivers in spades. Lizzie Lamb s characters are so lovable, Charlee became my buddy from the very first line She was fiery unpredictable and quite honestly a delightful handful Charlee Montague is an intern at What Cha Magazine, the lowest of the low and given the worst jobs But she has a passion to make it big and her feisty attitude nearly gets her in to BIG trouble at the book awards when she gives her honest opinion about photographs by high profile author Rafael Fonseca Ffinch.Next day instead of being fired she s given the chance to redeem herself with a story about a young Royal playing away from home But she has a partner and she must face Ffinch Her best friend Poppy fills her in on Ffinch kidnapped in Columbia by the Aguilas Negra, he was left to die, until he was rescued by antribe Now he s putting all the proceeds of the book in to a hospital boat and Charlee must eat humble pie.The short story piece is only the tip of the iceberg and Charlee finds herself going the extra mile to get her scoop Faking an engagement and booking herself in to a Boot Camp for Brides, Charlee s fulfilling the role, but what is it that Ffinch isn t telling her Frustrated Charlee threatens to find the truth herself and just how long will it take for her to also see what else is standing right before her eyes Lizzie Lamb s latest, is a perfect follow up to her brilliant Tall, Dark and Kilted with added suspense and mystery for good measure.It s that perfect blend of excitement, romance and humour, that she seems to do so effortlessly, but so well.The relationship between Charlee, a trainee intern, and the mysterious but irresistible Rafael Ffinch is cleverly paced, and the twists and turns of the plot keep you guessing and page turning.Loved the funny, quirky chapter headings, and Lizzie Lamb paints as beguiling a picture of the magical Norfolk marshes,as she did of the Scottish Highlands. Lizzie Lamb s second novel is a fast moving read interleaved with her usual lighthearted humour Charlee is an ambitious heroine with an impulsive daredevil streak, while the fascinating Rafael is shrouded in mystery And while the sexual tension between them sizzles, the intriguing plot unfolds You will not only be taken on a roller coaster ride but be anxious to turn the pages Highly recommended.