NOW LIVE! Bagging Alice by Laura Barnard
[ I received a digital ARC for an honest review]
Bagging Alice by Laura Barnard is the third book in her Babes of Brighton series but can be read as a standalone.
Alice Watts hasn’t had the best luck when it comes to picking men. After literally choking on her ex, he destroys her life by posting private intimate photos of her online for revenge. This leads to her loosing her photographer job and ruining her reputation. When her roommate up and leaves without notice she is on the verge of loosing her home. The last thing in the world she wants is to live with Tom ‘man whore ‘ Maddens, but she is desperate. Tom may have a gorgeous body but Alice can’t stand his slutty ways and how he acts as if he is gods gift to woman. Tom is less than thrilled at his new living arrangements, but he just needs to make it through the trial period at his new job and he will be out of her hair.
Alice and Grant surprisingly mesh quite well. Quickly they learn more about each other and the more they learn the more they care. But they are destined to crash and burn because of lies and reputations. If they want to be together they have to be able to forgive and accept.
I found Alice’s character a hot mess and totally relatable. Tom was charming and ended up having way more depth and emotion than I ever expected him to have. I loved the tight bond between the cast of characters. Alice and the girls were always looking out for each other and had each others backs. However, I struggled to get into the writing style, it wasn’t until about 30 percent into the book that it started to flow for me. I also felt that the characters were a bit too crass and sometimes it wasn’t necessary. I felt like it negatively impacted the story at times.
Overall, Bagging Alice is a quick fun enemy to lovers, roommate romance. I would be interested in reading more books by Laura Barnard in the future.
” Damn it, what is it about a big burly man carrying a small dog that has me feeling all tingly? It must be the lack of sleep doing strange things to my mind. That’s all his fault.”
‘That’s where you’re wrong, Alice.’ He takes my face in his hands. ‘You are worth it.’