(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)on August 15, 2016
Bea’s English escape plan:
• Work in a real British castle
• Quality time with bestie
• Figure out what spotted dick really is
• Fall for bestie’s older brother. Hard.
Bea Gillespie would rather do anything than teach summer school math two classrooms down from her ex-fiancé. So when her best friend, Scarlett, invites her to England for the summer to work in her family’s castle-turned-hotel, she jumps at the chance.
Now Bea’s an ocean away from her problems at home, but she’s got a bigger one. A British one. Scarlett’s older brother, Jasper, is at Castle Calder for the summer, too. And he’s as sexy and smart as Bea remembers. Two years ago Jasper came stateside, and he and Bea shared a hot weekend. But that’s all it was — a weekend. One she purposely didn’t tell Scarlett about.
It didn't feel like much of a secret until now. As Bea falls for Jasper, what started off as a fling begins feeling more and more like the kind of thing you’d gush about to your best friend. If you hadn’t been lying to her all along.
I want to go to England and spend the summer working at a castle… and falling for my friend’s brother. I need to know how to make this happen.
I’m a huge fan of Brenda St. John Brown, and A Brit On The Side only solidified that further for me.
Bea Gillespie’s only plan for the summer is to spend time with her best friend Scarlett, not feel guilty about dumping her fiancé and get out and see England. There’s a slight hiccup in her plan when she arrives at the castle she’ll be staying at only to find out that her best friend’s brother is also there for the summer. This wouldn’t necessarily be a problem if she hadn’t had an amazing fling with him when he was in the states. Now things are slightly awkward and uncomfortable because she can’t really deny that she still finds him attractive and wants to maybe spend the summer getting to know him all over again. The only thing in the way is Scarlett… she won’t approve of them spending time together for reasons and Bea can’t really tell her about what happened without causing a rift in their friendship.
You guys… Jasper is adorably awkward and yet endearing in so many ways. Despite some mixed messages between these two, they eventually work out what they want from each other, and I really enjoyed seeing them really get to know each other aside from the physical aspect of a relationship. The big issue is that Bea hasn’t told Scarlett and even though she knows she should, she holds back because that would mean telling her about the first time and admitting that she doesn’t confide in her best friend about things.
Obviously things eventually get revealed and it forces Bea to realize a few things about herself while in a strange city and I liked that she makes these eye-opening discoveries on her own. I also really liked that in addition to the romance there is a lot about friendship in this story. I know that this is a 3 book companion series and I’m so excited because that means more England and more Scarlett and more Claire and hopefully along the way we’ll catch a few glimpses of Bea and Jasper because I’m excited to see what the future holds for them!
If you’re a new adult fan and are looking for a new author to add to your must read list, make sure you add Brenda St. John Brown and A Brit On The Side to your ‘to read’ shelf.