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Marlowe Banks, Redesigned is the latest book by none other than my amazing book dress designer, Jaqueline Firkins. As soon as I heard about this read, I had to get my hands on it. I messaged Jacqueline as soon as she posted information about it. She not only sent me a copy, but sent extras to some of my contributors.

Synopsis:

This story centers around Marlowe Banks. She designs costumes, but unfortunately for Marlowe, things aren’t looking great. Her latest design is not a critic favorite. She owes a lot in student loans and now they are overdue. On top of all that, her parents are disappointed in where Marlowe is in life.

Marlowe decides to start fresh and heads for Los Angeles. There Marlowe takes a job as a production assistant for a popular TV show. She hides behind sorting socks and other things, while taking out her boss’s Weimaraner. But she can’t hide forever with cameras all around.

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The TV show’s well-known bad boy, Angus Gordon, approaches Marlowe after there is a costume mishap. This leads to the cameras spotlighting their ‘moment’ and making everyone take notice of the two of them. No matter how hard Marlowe tries to fight it, neither can stop the walls they’ve built around relationships up.Marlowe isn’t sure she’s ready for a change and must decide if she’s ready for a totally new sketch of her life.

Review

Rating

My favorite part about this book was Marlowe. She really carried the story and I fell in love with her on page one. I really enjoyed her background as  a costume designer, and I enjoyed how that thread remained constant throughout the book. My second favorite part was the chemistry between Marlowe and Angus. I love a read where the love interest is the “bad boy,” and I thought Marlowe and Angus balanced one another perfectly. While I, perhaps, would have liked to see this book written in first person POV, the third person narrative grew on me. I’d definitely recommend giving this book a read. 


Marlowe Banks, Redesigned

Genre: Fiction/Romance

This story follows Marlowe who moves to LA and starts working as a costume designer on a TV show. But when Angus casts more attention on her than she bargained for she must decide if it’s time to move on with this new life.

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Contributor Natalie B with Marlowe Banks, Redesigned!

Natalie B.

I really enjoyed reading this book. I felt that the characters were relatable and honest. I loved how the author showed many different sides of Angus. It’s so easy to judge a book by its cover, but Jacqueline did a wonderful job of allowing us to see past the walls he built up. Although it wasn’t directly mentioned, Marlowe was coming out of a toxic relationship and I felt that her journey to regaining self confidence accurately depicted what real women go through when they leave an emotionally toxic relationship. Her clumsiness and insecurities made her real and three dimensional. The small romantic gestures between Marlowe and Angus were swoony and they brought a smile to my face. 

While I loved how romance didn’t take up the entire book, I would have loved to have more special moments between Marlowe and Angus. Jacqueline did a fantastic job of building the tension between them while also allowing them their own space to grow individually. 

Throughout the book, there were some slight misinterpretations of what was said and the way they were handled shows just how important it is to not jump to conclusions without getting all the facts. While I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the third person dialogue and some of the pacing is why I ended up giving it a four star rating. The storyline flowed very well, but third person dialogue doesn’t really work for me. If you like romance novels that have complex characters and involve cutesy romantic gestures, then you will love getting to know Marlowe and Angus.


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Contributor Kara with Marlowe Banks, Redesigned!

Kara V.

Marlowe Banks, Redesigned offers a fun, behind-the-scenes look at how things run on a TV show set. Marlowe is a PA and is often running crazy errands for her demanding boss and working all hours of the day. I have never considered all the little details that go into television shows, but this book made me stop and appreciate all the hardworking people behind the cameras. 

One of my favorite parts of Marlowe Banks, Redesigned was Marlowe herself. I found her incredibly relatable, and I enjoyed her growth throughout the book. She is hardworking, thoughtful, and struggles with her self worth at times. She is often dressed in sweats with messy hair, and she doesn’t have time for laundry. It was like reading about myself in a book! She felt real, personable, and I couldn’t help but root for her throughout the book. I loved her character arc as she finally decided that loving herself was more important than what other people think of her.

The only thing I would change about this book was the romance aspect. I loved Marlowe and Angus together, and I would have really enjoyed more scenes with the two of them. Their conversations felt real and they had great chemistry. I would have enjoyed seeing more of it on the page! All in all, I really enjoyed Marlowe Banks, Redesigned, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a sweet, fun romance.


Sarah with Marlowe Banks Redesigns
Contributor Sarah with Marlowe Banks, Redesigned!

Sarah B.

I absolutely loved this book. I picked Marlowe Banks, Redesigned  based on the cover and went into it blind.   This is the perfect rom-com and I loved the characters and their witty banter.  

I love so many things in this book, including the behind the scenes view of wardrobe for a TVproduction, and the banter between Angus and Marlowe. I enjoyed learning more about Angus slowly and how he wasn’t what we all expected. I loved seeing Marlowe grow and become a stronger version of herself. I am always here for a woman growing throughout the story and being able to stand up for herself in the end. I highly recommend this book!


Jennifer with Marlowe Banks Redesigns
Contributor Jennifer with Marlowe Banks, Redesigned!

Jennifer G.

Marlowe Banks, Redesigned is such a fun twist on the celebrity/normal person romance trope, which will always be one of my favorites! This is probably because I grew up in the ‘90s when magazines like Tiger Beat and Teen Bop still graced the grocery store checkout lanes. I still remember daydreaming about what it would be like to have a celebrity boyfriend. In Marlowe Banks, Redesigned, we see how stardom often comes with a price, both for the celebrity and those in their inner circle. 

This book still has all the glamor and backstage drama of Hollywood, but I appreciated a more realistic take on what it’s like to actually live that life and date someone in it. On the outside, Marlowe and Angus seem like complete opposites. But on the inside, they are kindred spirits who long to feel worthy, accepted, and loved for their true selves. 

Marlowe is such a loveable character. I enjoyed watching her grow and find her voice with the support and encouragement of Angus and her friend, Cherry. One of my favorite scenes is when Marlowe finds the courage to stand up to her manipulative ex, Kelvin. We see all her conflicting emotions as she struggles to find her voice. When she does, it’s not a perfect, rehearsed monologue, but it’s honest, authentic, and relatable. I wanted to hug her!

Overall, this is a light, heartwarming romance with depth. I loved how the author made her expertise and passion for costume design a part of the story. At times, some of Marlowe’s will-she-or-won’t-she thoughts about Angus started to feel a bit repetitive and I lost interest. But the ending was fantastic and completely satisfying! I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for a fun twist on the celebrity/normal romance trope!


Contributor Chandler with Marlowe Banks, Redesigned
Contributor Chandler with Marlowe Banks, Redesigned

Chandler M.

I absolutely adored Marlowe Banks, Redesigned! This was my first book by Jacqueline Firkins, but it will not be my last. Once I got into this book, I could not put it down and finished it in less than 48 hours! 

Marlowe Banks is fun, quirky and relatable. She is that kind of character that I wish was one of my best friends. She and super star Angus (not the beef) might not start off on the right page, but over time they warm up to each other. The flirty banter, inside jokes, and butterflies that were clearly fluttering everywhere between these two was perfection. Another thing I loved about this book was Marlowe’s relationship with Cherry. It’s always important to have a friend on your side. 

I loved how Marlowe grew throughout this book. She grew braver and more flexible, which is no easy task. While we all may struggle to some degree with what others think about us, this book is a good reminder that other people’s opinions do not matter. You have to live your life the way you want to! 

This book did take a few chapters for me to get hooked. It started off a little slow. I also wish there had been more scenes with Marlowe and Angus, to make it a little less insta-love. I LOVED their relationship and would have enjoyed seeing more of their chemistry. However, I still loved this book and it was a four star read for me!

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