Review (#giftedbook): Marlowe Banks, Redesigned

Up today: Marlowe Banks, Redesigned by Jacqueline Firkins

Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for this free digital copy in exchange for an honest review. This book is available now!

First, three cheers for this book because it was one of two books that helped me get out of a major reading slump. I’ll be honest–I downloaded Disney’s Dreamlight Valley for my Switch and could not focus on a book for almost two weeks. Thankfully, the Dreamlight Valley mania I experienced has chilled a bit and I am back to my regularly scheduled reading. However, things have been so busy at work (end of the school year blahs) that reviews, posts, etc have not been a priority. Here we are though, so yay me!

I was actually a little surprised that this story gave me all the warm fuzzy feelings. I’m not sure what I was expecting–maybe more of a women’s lit than a romance? Happily, a romance is what I got. I found Marlowe incredibly relatable and also her career? Costume design? So so cool. When this story starts, Marlowe has fled New York after some (in her mind) failures, and is working as a Production Assistant for a woman who gave me “Devil Wears Prada” vibes. As the story progresses we get to see her take more control of her life and really own what she wants out of it. Also, I don’t know if it was supposed to, but the show she worked on gave “Riverdale” vibes. But, I’ve also only seen half of a season of Riverdale, so what would I know?

I absolute adored swoony actor Angus Gordon, even if I hate his name. Angus? It’s just not a sexy name. The more I say it the worse it gets. Sorry not sorry. HOWEVER, his character is wonderful and sweet and well-read and caring and…just another for my long list of book boyfriends. I love how hard he worked to get Marlowe to really see him, but also how much he stood up for himself when he thought she was wrongly judging him.

The banter was adorable, chemistry was đŸ”„, and the conflict understandable. I definitely recommend!

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