Why Do Fools Fall In Love – Louise Marley

Shelby thought she was born to be a police officer, but after a careless firearm-related mistake she loses her job and has to rethink her career. Thanks to some handy contacts she lands an interesting job with a security company, minding heartthrob actor Luke while he makes an old fashioned English movie in Bath. But when a young American drama queen is his costar and an egotistical englishman is the director it was never going to be easy- especially when a stalker gets nasty. Once the director and Luke both make a play for Shelby, her job is further complicated and life gets a little too interesting.

Kooks for your Kindle?– There are some fun secondary characters, Courtney, the American starlet is just as shopping-obsessed and vain as you might expect, but is kind to Shelby. The cast and crew are a boozy bunch, with much bed-hopping and back-stabbing, especially when Luke’s beautiful ex-fiancee joins the cast. Ross the director soon showed his true colours so I didn’t understand the attraction that Shelby felt for so long.

The Bella-Swan-Pathetically-Self-Sacrificing-Factor– Shelby starts the book with an immature attitude problem which helps lose her the police career she’d worked for, thankfully that is tamed a little in her new job. However her love life was a gigantic wreck of bad decisions. Luckily it’s hard not to like a little woman with a black belt in judo AND karate who can put a man out cold, and able to rescue the rider of a bolted horse.

Painting a picture for your paperback?– The setting and concept was great, making a classic Jane Austen-type movie in Somerset, with the glamour of the movie world, and it was an interesting insight as such. The cover and title of the book was nice and suited the romance but didn’t convey the other theme which was a little more action packed.

Nookie for your Nook?– Nothing you couldn’t get past the mother-in-law, but probably more aimed at the under thirties.

Evaluation of your eBook?– It’s a great theme for a chick-lit book, one that I’ve not come across before in the English market at least. The stalker plotline got set aside for the romantic shenanigans for a while in the middle of the book, so I forgot to have a guess at the culprit, but the who-dunnit part wasn’t too predictable. On the whole the book felt a little uneven at the start and would benefit from another proofread, there were a few minor mistakes (at this point I check this review for embarrassing mistakes of my own…). It flowed a lot better towards the end, and the dialogue sparkled a little more then. If you don’t mind your heroine making some horrific man-choices on the road to Mr Right, you’ll enjoy her calamitous foray into a new career of body-guarding.

Frothy Ranking: 3/5.

Can be obtained from:

UK: Amazon for only 77p.

US: Amazon for only 99c.