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Blog Tour and Book Review: Make It Up To You by Lucy Keeling

What do mascara wands and gardening shears have in common?

Absolutely nothing! At least that’s what wannabe beauty influencer Sophie Timney thinks when her friend Polly suggests involving her brother Marcus in Sophie’s make-up tutorials. She needs more views, Marcus needs promotion for his gardening business – in Polly’s mind joining forces will help them both. Sophie isn’t so sure.

Because Marcus Bowman has a habit of getting under her skin in a way that no exfoliating face scrub ever could. But, as the views and comments on her videos begin creeping up, it becomes increasingly obvious that Sophie’s subscribers like Marcus, and what’s even worse is that Sophie might be starting to feel the same way …

My Review:

Desperate to turn her fledgling social media makeup channel into a career, Sophie is fully prepared to work herself to the bone to make her dreams come true. She really doesn’t have time for a love life, but somehow, landscape gardener Marcus is managing to insinuate himself into her heart as well as onto her vlogs.

Sophie and Marcus are very believable as a couple, and Sophie has a wonderful group of supportive girlfriends in Mya, Paige and Polly. I know absolutely nothing about makeup or vlogging so probably can’t comment on how ‘legit’ that aspect of the story was, but it read fine to me as someone who is ignorant of either.

Charming and rather funny, though not really enough to fit into the romantic comedy classification, I’d call this a light-hearted contemporary romance. The only place this book was at all let down was in the line editing. The dialogue felt at times quite clunky and I noticed a few misplaced commas, extra ‘that’s which could have been dispensed with, and several times ‘pallet’ used in place of ‘palette’. I enjoyed the read; the storyline was fresh and interesting, but the editing did bring this one down to a four star rating for me.

Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book via Rachel’s Random Resources.

Author Bio:

Lucy Keeling is an author writing fun, sexy, stories with all of the happily ever afters. When she’s not typing at the kitchen table, she's arranging and then re-arranging to see her friends for the occasional spot of day drinking. Lucy is currently writing the third book in a Contemporary Romance series, the first of which has been Shortlisted by Choc-Lit 'Search for a Star' Competition.

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