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By Design [Kindle Edition]

Jayne Denker
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

She's got loads of talent, a massive crush--and no confidence. Now she just needs a plan. . .

Interior designer Emmie Brewster is having one of those. . .decades. Her overbearing boss believes she's only qualified to make coffee. Her boyfriend treats her like a booty call. And her widowed father is dating again--more successfully than she is. Then Emmie lands a client who happens to be the hottest man she's ever encountered. Too bad Graham Cooper is already involved with the kind of woman Emmie longs to be. If only she had the courage. . .

Emmie's always been content to dream--about having her own business, her own Mr. Right--but something about Graham makes her want to take action. Maybe it's time she used her talent for creating beauty and order on herself. She has Graham's admiration--does she dare go for more? With a little encouragement from her friends, and a lot of newfound motivation, Emmie's ready to try. . .

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  • File Size: 554 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Publisher: eKensington (May 16, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BFFOEMO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,265 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable contemporary romance May 30, 2013
By Pamerd
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an enjoyable romance with entertaining characters.

Emmie needs to get a backbone, she is letting others run her life and her best friend Trish, lets her know about it frequently. She is a budding interior designer with many dreams, yet seems to let her boss, whom she calls Wilma, run the show. Daily she sits at the front desk and makes coffee for clients and feels she is fading away. Trish can tell her anything and is constantly trying to boost her ego to get her to live her dream. Trish wants her to quit her job and start her own business, the first step in gaining control.

Things start looking up when she meets a gorgeous man, Graham, who comes in and asks specifically for her to talk about interior design for the house he is redoing. She starts having all these thoughts about the type of man he is until she meets him again at her "friend" Juliet's cookie party. She notices right away there is something intimate between Juliet and Graham, she is crushed.

Graham does hire Emmie to finish the inside of his house, much to Wilma's dismay, as he feels she is not experienced enough to work on the project. However others in town are also hearing about Emmie and she is starting to feel a bit more encouraged and her confidence is growing. And the story becomes even more interesting when we find that Graham is definitely interested in Emmie and yet Juliet acts like she is still with Graham when she pulls her aside and wants Emmie to keep quiet, as she is still married. Talk about complicated.

Emmie feels things spiraling out of control after her house catches on fire and Graham leaves her several times to see if Juliet is safe after she continues to call him. Yet Emmie somehow lifts herself up and gains a backbone, and starts getting her life on track.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It Was OK? September 8, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I can tell you that my review is just gonna be what it is..This book was just OK for me. There really wasn't any spark for me to get excited about in this book. Quite frankly it took me a long time to grasp it. But it could just be me.

The author in my opinion wrote an OK book it was not terrific. Emmie and Grahams story turned out to be everyone's story but theirs. The story line between the two when it actually was there was quite enjoyable but other than that it didn't work for this reader I would have liked to read more about Emmie and Graham and not everyone else.

So if your looking for a book that has a twitch of something pick up this book. But if your looking for a romance between Emmie and Graham don't get this book. The synopsis is actually better than the book. Sorry but that again is just my opinion.
It for me just took to long for the characters to get where they should have been.
Enjoy..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read January 1, 2014
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While the story behind this book was exactly what you would expect from a romance novel, the writing was really great! I thought the dialogue between the characters was hilarious and reminded me of the way my friends and I talk and interact with each other. If you want a quick, fun read, give this one a try!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. December 29, 2013
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It was well written. I got this as a free download. The story is clean. and that was refreshing to me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make me smile January 5, 2014
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Easy read. Simply a story for those who have a Hart. Romantic. It's a good read for a weekend or a road trip.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars!!! September 20, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a copy of By Design by Jayne Denker in exchange for an honest review.

Summary:

She's got loads of talent, a massive crush--and no confidence. Now she just needs a plan...

Interior designer Emmie Brewster is having one of those...decades. Her overbearing boss believes she's only qualified to make coffee. Her boyfriend treats her like a booty call. And her widowed father is dating again--more successfully than she is. Then Emmie lands a client who happens to be the hottest man she's ever encountered. Too bad Graham Cooper is already involved with the kind of woman Emmie longs to be. If only she had the courage...

Emmie's always been content to dream--about having her own business, her own Mr. Right--but something about Graham makes her want to take action. Maybe it's time she used her talent for creating beauty and order on herself. She has Graham's admiration--does she dare go for more? With a little encouragement from her friends, and a lot of newfound motivation, Emmie's ready to try...

Review:

I must say that I really enjoyed this book. It is a fun contemporary romance with a cast of really likeable and fun characters that have lead really interesting lives. I really enjoyed Emmie and loved watching her grow throughout the book. I loved the relationship between Emmie and her friend, Trish, and enjoyed their crazy banter. Graham is a really solid guy and I enjoyed him as well. Overall, Jayne does a really great job at creating a quick paced story that reads very easily. Very light for the summer time and this book would make a great read lounging pool side.

4 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Full of drama September 14, 2013
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This book was a bit to drawn out for my taste. It got boring in spots and I was just ready to get it over with in parts cause of it. It does have a lot of drama in it. I gave it 3 stars because it is well written, but wasn't my "cup of tea."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved!
Jayne Denker is a fantastic writer and I adore her characters. The dialogue is my favorite part of her books. She's hilarious!
Published 1 month ago by Melinda Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed reading it
Like the title said, I enjoyed reading this book. The characters meshed well together, and I could easily see myself being a part of the group. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jennifer Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Written and Fun
I was not too thrilled with the first few chapters, because the main character was so childish, even ridiculously whiney. I didn't like her at all. Read more
Published 7 months ago by anotherbibliophile
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertainment, By Design
This book cracked me up. Ms. Denker's talent for spinning a yarn full of quick, witty dialogue, endearingly human characters, and insanely funny -- bordering on absurd --... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kookaburra
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable!
This was a cute book with likable characters. I was rooting for Emmie to get her life together with the help of her friends and boyfriend. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Esquire
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
I really enjoyed this book. The romance was great, but I also loved the relationship Emmie had with her friends. Funny and lots of heart. Recommend! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Tater
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun way to escape from the world for a while!
It's been a while since I've had time to read anything, let alone fiction. "By Design" is the first book I picked up when I finally got some time to kick back and relax. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Connemara
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More About the Author

Jayne Denker divides her time between working hard to bring the funny in her romantic comedies and raising a young son who's way too clever for his own good. She lives in a small village in western New York that is in no way, shape, or form related to the small village in her Marsden novels Down on Love and Picture This. When she's not hard at work on another novel, the social media addict can usually be found frittering away startling amounts of time on Facebook (Jayne Denker Author) and Twitter (@JDenkerAuthor).

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