Saturday 21 September 2019

Blog Tour: Review of A Question of Us by Mary Jayne Baker

Today I am lucky enough to be part of the blog tour for A Question of Us by Mary Jayne Baker. I have a review of the book for you today and if you like the sound of that then you can click here to order your copy now. Don't forget to check out the other stops on the tour for more exclusive content and giveaways!

Here's what its all about...

Two best friends. Eight pub quizzes. One shot at love...
There are some people who seem like they have all the answers in life. Clarrie Midwinter isn't one of them.
At the age of 26, tomboy Clarrie is still struggling to become a 'proper' grown-up. She's eternally strapped for cash, she hasn't had a date in nearly a year and her attempts to quit smoking tend to take a nosedive after the second pint. Most annoyingly of all, her ladykiller best friend Simon just won't stop asking her out. The only thing keeping her sane is her pub quiz team, the Mighty Morphin Flower Arrangers.
But when Simon bets her a date their team will win the quiz league, Clarrie is forced to confront what she really wants out of life – and love. Is it finally time for her to grow up?

Review: I have to admit, the tagline about the pub quizzes was what hooked me in a then it was like this author had lifted scenes directly from my life (I love q pub quiz) it was just so relatable. I love the fact that we had a Yorkshire setting as well, more books should definitely be set in Yorkshire. So quizzing, Yorkshire and some steamy romance-its the perfect mix!

Clarrie was an interesting main character and was definitely intriguing too. I like the fact that she is super guarded and very independent because I can relate to that and know a lot of people with that personality combination. She is very loyal to her friends though too and I loved her for that. The friendship group is a great mix of people and could definitely have been lifted right from the kind of people I went to school with. This author has got that school friendship group spot on. 

I mentioned steamy romance in this novel but you definitely have to have patience in order to get to the steamier scenes. There is quite a lot of setup of the pub quiz league during the first 20% as we establish who these characters are but the book definitely moved at a quicker pace after this initial world building. This book is also very dialogue driven so if that isn't your thing, you might not want to pick this one up. 

But onto the romance, This was a slow burn romance and follows one of my favourite romance tropes-friends to lovers. This is frustratingly slow sometimes but I really think this was a deliberate choice so that you know just how the characters are feeling-achingly slow and teasing. When we do get some action though-those scenes are HOT and i guarantee you will be satisfied with them!

Overall I loved the concept of this book. The first few chapters could have been a little pacier for me but I loved the romance at the end and I wanted to go and join their quiz team when all was said and done-if only I wasn't already tied to another team!

About The Author

Mary Jayne Baker grew up in rural West Yorkshire, right in the heart of Brontë country... and she's still there. After graduating from Durham University with a degree in English Literature, she dallied with living in cities including London, Nottingham and Cambridge, but eventually came back with her own romantic hero in tow to her beloved Dales, where she first started telling stories about heroines with flaws and the men who love them.

Thanks to much to Mary Jayne for stopping by the blog today and please remember to check out the other stops on the blog tour!

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