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Length: 270 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 1402 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Publisher: eKensington (May 16, 2013)
  • Publication Date: May 16, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BFFOEMO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,023 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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, Picture This, and Lucky for You. 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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Pamerd on May 30, 2013
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sara Palacios on 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...

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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By seriously on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By connie gantt on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By anotherbibliophile on September 6, 2013
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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. However, after that, the story picked up, she matured, and I enjoyed the way the plot moved along. This was written with humor and a light romantic style, not like a steamy Harlequin romance. This is a much nicer story than those. Even the design aspects were interesting. Sometimes the characters were too juvenile for words, not believable thirty-somethings, but in all, this is a nice diversion; a light, quick read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Beth H on May 21, 2013
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Interior Designer hopeful, Emmie Brewster, is stuck in a job going nowhere. Her boss, Wilma, is a monster to work for and her boyfriend is cheating on her. She starts surfing her high school classmates on the web and yearns for their success. Just when she thinks she'll be stuck in this rut forever the most gorgeous man enters her office. After days of wish filled fantasies about the mystery hunk she discovers he is having an affair with the popular girl from high school that has just returned to their home town.

Suddenly something clicks and Emmie decides she is going for what she wants. The mystery man, which she learns name is Graham, tells her overbearing boss that he wants Emmie as the lead on his design project. With her quirky friends by her side Emmie struggles her way into the life she always desired. Will she have to face it alone or can she win the man of her dreams?

This was a fun, entertaining story. I enjoyed watching Emmie fight her way into the life she has always wanted. Jayne Denker wrote true friendship, strong characters and Emmie as a young woman embolden by her stagnant life. By Design was a great contemporary romance and a perfectly delightful book.

This ARC copy of By Design was given to me by Kensington Books in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication May 16, 2013.
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