Monday, February 01, 2016

Release Day Review: The ‘True Love’ Solution by Julie Bozza


Title: The ‘True Love’ Solution

Author: Julie Bozza

Publisher: Manifold Press

Release: 1st February 2016

Genre: M/M (contemporary)


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Jules Madigan loves his family and he loves his job. The only thing he’s missing out on is a Happy Ever After, like the ones written by his favourite romance author Ewan Byge. While he’s waiting for that HEA, Jules indulges himself in buying Ewan’s old typewriter as memorabilia – before realising he’s been defrauded. Through the fraud case, he makes friends with Police Constable Leonard Edgar – and through Leonard, Jules even gets to meet and work with Ewan Byge Himself! But the course of True Love never did run smooth, and soon Jules has to face some harsh realities.


Mark’s Review

Talk about the worst case of being starstruck and therefore completely blinded leading to missing out on what’s right in front of your nose!!! Well yes, this is the case for Jules. Let me start however with Jules himself. Jules lives with his father and adopted sister in London. A complete hodgepodge of mismatched characters in every way but I love how Julie makes this work and you get to feel the love a family has together from Jule’s adoring and caring father Archie, his sassy and audacious adopted sister Jemima and of course Jules himself. All different but make up a happy little trio due to the love they have for each other; this is Jules’s family.

Sorry, I’m sidetracking… back to Jules. Jules practically bursts onto stage from the word go after opening the book. To say Jules is camp would be an understatement - lol - he is positively screaming and so flamboyant, he’s right in your face immediately. However, don’t get me wrong I mean this positively as he is seriously adorable. He meets every gay stereotype that was ever invented but after a while we get to see that he is a very caring and tender soul who believes in nothing more than finding The One and his own HEA with the man of his dreams.

He is the biggest romantic soul on legs and loves his romance novels. He is a complete fangirl for his favourite author Ewan Byge and buys memorabilia online. HIs most favourite novel being The ‘True Love’ Solution.

“There were romances to be read, and therefore all was right with the world.”

I think we can all appreciate that sentiment. However, the trusting soul that he is, he is soon scammed by a shady internet dealer and this leads to a police investigation, enter PC Leonard Edgar. Leonard is your typical caring detective. Yes, he actually cares about people being ripped off, however it soon becomes apparent that he probably cares a little too much for Jules and his case. A little more than professional distance would allow, therefore Leonard still plays the cool cop much to his detriment if you ask me. Due to the investigation Jules is the introduced to Ewan Byge personally. HAHA - oh my did I laugh as I could just imagine the look on Jules’s face when he enters the meeting room with Ewan Byge sat there personally. I could feel him squeeing underneath but as it’s at work in his accountancy firm he has to try and remain professional and keep things together. Yes, Jules has it bad, is starstruck and is completely giddy. Ewan asks Jules to become his personal accountant.

However, as soon as Ewan arrives on the scene I immediately got the slimy vibes that this person is shallow and a bit of a user. He may write romantic novels with HEA’s but he certainly doesn’t abide by what he writes as Jules believes. This is where Jules is taken for a second ride. Deceived online by a shady dealer and now about to be deceived again in the love department by a scummy git for an author.  Geez, this was so frustrating! To see Jules blinded by his awe for this author and not see what is in front of his face and that is the adoration from a caring detective who would do anything for him. Everyone could see this, myself, Archie and Jem. They even try to tell him this through subtle and less subtle means which had me laughing too at times as the one thing Jemima isn’t is tactful. She definitely doesn’t beat around the bush and just lays it out there whether you like it or not. But there is also a deep love and caring there for Jules too.

Well, needless to say the disappointment once Jules has his rose tinted specs knocked off his nose is big but waiting in the scenes is the ever patient and caring police constable Leonard Edgar. In many ways they are polar opposites but together they compliment each other perfectly. It takes Jules a while to realise this but Leonard's patience pays off and Jules gets his romantic HEA with The One. Now we can all sigh.

This book has no big angst factor, no biting your nails, no heart breaking break-ups, big tear jerking making up or reunion scenes and no broken characters.  It is light on the erotic but thoroughly entertaining as it focuses more on the characters, and what wonderful characters they are too. I was in immersed in this book from the beginning and thanks to Julie’s wonderful writing was introduced to another set of vibrant, lovable characters.


Meet Julie Bozza

4442817I have been writing fiction for over thirty years, mostly for the enjoyment of me and my friends (that is, fan fiction!) – and writing is my love and my vocation, so of course that’s where my dreams and ambitions are. In the meantime, technical writing (mostly eLearning) helps to pay the mortgage.

I was born in England, and lived most of my life in Australia, before returning to the UK a few years ago; my dual nationality means that I am often a bit too cheeky, but will always apologise for it. I love the Australian lifestyle, but I also love Britain’s very real sense of history, and it’s so wonderful to have the rest of Europe so close by. We enjoy roaming ruined castles and Tudor mansions, and I am delighted to visit (and even occasionally work!) where John Keats and other literary heroes lived and worked.

I am fascinated by film and television, both the product and how it’s made. I have been greatly enjoying the BBC’s most recent take on the Arthurian legends. These interests, along with my love of the English and Welsh (and indeed French) countryside and castles, have combined to form the web siteMerlin Locations.

Two bits of paper I’m particularly proud of are a Diploma of Communication and Media (multi–media strand) from the Canberra Institute of Technology (2004), and a Certificate in Social Sciences from The Open University (2006).

You will have gathered by now that I have fun with photography, web design, reading, and watching film and television – but no list of my interests would be complete without knitting and the imbibing of espresso.

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