Monday, 10 February 2014

An Autumn Crush- Milly Johnson

The Blurb
After a bruising divorce, headstrong Juliet Miller invests in a flat and advertises for a flatmate, little believing that in her late thirties she'll find anyone suitable. But along comes self-employed copywriter Floz, raw from her own relationship split, and the two woman hit it off. And when Juliet's twin brother Guy meets Floz, he is overcome with a massive crush. But being a shy, gentle giant, he communicates so clumsily with her as to give her the opposite impression.
Guy's best friend Steve has always had a secret, unrequited crush on Juliet. After a night of too much wine, Steve and Juliet end up in bed, after moaning about the lack of sex in their lives. Convinced that Juliet doesn't feel the same way, Steve agrees to a 'just-sex' relationship, until they can both find other partners.
Floz has never had much love in her life and is obviously thirsty for affection. She loves the whole Miller family, from Juliet and Guy's warm, loving parents, to their ancient one-eyed black cat. But can Guy turn Floz's affection for his family into something more – into love for him?
The Review
I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed An Autumn Crush!  It had absolutely everything you could hope for in a book- good humour, likeable characters, romance, escapism...and of course being written by Milly Johnson it is obviously a top drawer 'chicklit' read.  Her books are always fast paced and snappy, and An Autumn Crush is no exception. 
For me the strength of this book lies in the portrayal of the relationships between characters.  As human beings we are ultimately affected and affecting by and of others, and Milly Johnson makes this very obvious throughout the book.  I was absolutely rooting for love to reign and there were moments where I had tears in my eyes-always the sign of a good book!
I liked how the plot was believable and 'real' and the characters were just ordinary people living their lives.  Sometimes authors seem to think they need to create outlandish characters, yet Milly Johnson's tend to be warm, caring, often vulnerable people in need of love and friendship.
Another wonderful read!
An Autumn Crush is out now, published by Simon and Schuster.
I am also happy to say that the winner of the rafflecopter competition from last week has now been contacted- thank you to everyone who entered-it was certainly a popular one!

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