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11 March 2022

Falling For The Competition by Jen Smith *AD gifted

I was provided with a free ebook of Falling For The Competition by Jen Smith ahead of the blog tour.

The history geek in me did a full on squee at this nerdy romance. This is the perfect YA summer romance, and was so utterly British I craved a Twix and a cuppa. 

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It’s going to be the best summer ever for ambitious, overachieving Quinn. A huge history buff, not only has she landed her dream job interning in the archives department of the local castle, but her best friend will be working there too.

However, Quinn isn’t the only one to be working in Archives this summer; Quinn’s academic rival, Patrick, is sharing her office in Muniments. They’re competing for the Letter of Recommendation (singular) from the research historian that Quinn needs to get her dream future placement.

Their emotionally-loaded and competitive rivalry turns into a reluctant friendship, as they spend every day working together in silence (and sharing the occasional Twix). Until the Re-Enactors arrive. Between Patrick and Harry – the Golden Knight of the jousting team – Quinn’s carefully planned summer is thrown into complete disarray. Meanwhile, her best friend’s relationship may look perfect on the outside, but Quinn is starting to realise that there’s more going on than there seems.

Although Quinn is determined and single minded about planning every detail of her sparkling future, she comes to discover that the best things in life are the spontaneous ones – and that some people are more important than any Letter of Recommendation (singular) could ever be.

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5 Word Review: Friendship, history, castle, family, romance. 

Take two absolute history nerds, add a dash of academic rivalry, and stir in a single letter of recommendation... Then sit back and enjoy the YA romantic comedy you need in your life. 

Quinn was hilarious in her awkwardness, even as she was intimidating in her drive. I loved her loyalty for her family and friends, and her passion for history. She knows her end goal and she will go above and beyond in her attempts to get there. 

Watching the friendship blossom between Patrick and Quinn was amazing. And those tentative first steps of romance? Adorable. 

The setting at an English castle was perfect. It seemed to make the story even more British, and every time I picked the book up I imagined a different castle I have visited as the setting. 

I loved the moment of comedy in the story. When Quinn and Patrick first see the re-enactors I did a full on cackle, even if they were very unlike the many re-enactors I know. I loved the drama of it, the introduction of friendship groups and some toxic masculinity.

Toxic masculinity was something I thought this book explored magnificently. Out of all of the characters, and yes even the knights, Patrick was probably the most chivalrous. I was rooting for him and Quinn from the start of I'm honest, mostly because I can't resist enemies-to-lovers. 

Pick this up and you will not regret it. It is sweet and heartwarming, even though it will have you gasping at times. It's a bit of a ride in the of best ways, and perfect for reading in the summer in the courtyard of a castle. 
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Jen lives in the Midlands with her husband and two children. With a Masters Degree in Medieval History, Jen loves castles and King John a little too much. Strangely un-British, she does not like tea, oranges or marzipan, but adores French cheese, guava juice and Chinese food (not together). 

When not writing, Jen can often be found pointing out historical inaccuracies in period dramas, being a Lady that Lunches with close friends and playing board games with her family. Note: her handbags are always heavy due to multiple books (just in case she needs them).  

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