Title: More Than Fashion
Author: Elizabeth Briggs
Series: Chasing The Dream Series #3
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: July 28, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Humor, Romance
Page Count: 223
Related Books: More Than Music
They’re enemies who will do anything to win...including each other.
When pre-med student Julie Hong wins a spot on a fashion design reality TV show, she celebrates by picking up a hot English guy in a hotel bar. But too many drinks leads to a night of embarrassment and a major hangover, and wow is she glad she’ll never see him again.
Until the show starts, and he’s on it too.
Julie quickly realizes she’s out of her league among the other designers, and Gavin Bennett, with his cocky grin and sexy accent, is her biggest competition. Julie can't decide if she wants to kiss him or kill him. Or both.
After she’s almost kicked off, Julie convinces Gavin to pretend they’re sleeping together for the camera. The ploy works, but as they get closer to the show’s finale their fake relationship starts to become too real. But only one of them can win the show—and they might both end up heartbroken.
If you love Project Runway as much as I do, then you will love More than Fashion by Elizabeth Briggs, the third full length novel in her Chasing Dreams series. This is the first book I have read by Elizabeth Briggs and I am excited to say I have found a new obsession. I have read books before centered on a reality television show and usually I did not enjoy it as much as other books. Briggs brought more to table though combining different elements than just a story about a competition such as racial stereotypes, death, family, overcoming adversity, gaining confidence and —of course—romance. She didn’t rely solely on the reality television show to provide entertainment. Each individual competitor on the show was different and hysterical in their own way. They all added something extra to really make the story come alive. I loved how the story unfolded at the end. I wasn’t expecting the author to take that direction. You would expect the underdog to rise to the top, but in this case the author gave Julie room to grow and realize things about her. The progression of the story really allowed for each character to learn about them and gain different perspectives. It was different and a breath of fresh air.
Julie Hong was such a fun character to read. She has become one of my favorite female characters to date. From her give no shits personality to her nerd side, she really shined to me as a character. She isn’t your stereotypical female character that you tend to find in the New Adult genre. She isn’t wounded and closing herself from the world. Nothing drastically bad has happened to her in the past. She is just a young normal girl trying to pursue her dreams and live in the moment. She has her moments of self-doubt and insecurities, but she doesn’t let them get her down. Even with her family’s constant disapproval of wanting to design clothes and become a doctor, she pushed for her chance to show them her abilities.
Now Garret Bennett is all the things I love in a guy — British, tattooed and artistic. He was the perfect combination of sweet and hot. He knew when to be romantic such as their date on top of the roof and he also knew when to be strong, passionate and sexy. He also was the stereotypical man whore before he meets the girl of his dreams. Actually, Briggs reversed the roles. Garret wasn’t afraid of having a relationship and has had one before. Julie liked to have fun whether that meant the actual dating or just the occasional one night stand. Julie and Garret’s chemistry was intense! Even before the two of them finally got together, their sexual chemistry was extremely hot. The interaction between them as both competitors and lovers really showed how they are perfect for one another. Their banter was spot on between funny remarks, shameless flirting and even heated conversations. Their relationship progression was slow and steady giving them time to actually get to know one another and form a connection.
Highly entertaining, humorous, sweet and fast-paced, I highly recommend More than Fashion for anyone who loves a cheeky British man, a strong and fiery female character and the fashion world.
“So your name’s Julie?” he asked, his voice low enough that no one else could hear us. Except for the mic recording everything, of course.
I gestured to my name tag. “That’s what it says.”
“Sorry, it’s just a bit…anticlimactic.”
I rolled my eyes. “What did you expect, something more exotic?”
“No, but after all that build-up, I expected something a little more… I don’t know. Dramatic. Mysterious.” His gaze skimmed down my body. “Naughty.”
“Sorry to disappoint you.”
One side of his mouth curled up. “I suppose I’ll have to keep calling you ‘love.’”
“That really won’t be necessary. Julie is fine.”
“Oh no, I can’t do that. You said no names, after all.”
I quickly switched off my mic. Did Gavin not understand this was all being recorded? That the sound guys were probably listening to our every word? Or did he just not care?
I moved closer, reaching for his shirt as though I was flirting with him. He didn’t pull away, and I heard his sharp intake of breath as my fingers slipped inside his collar. I turned off his mic and kept my voice low.
“That was last night. Things have changed. Obviously.” I dropped my hand and stepped back. “And you need to be careful what you say while the mics are on.”
“Speaking of last night, how are you feeling today, love?”
“I’m fine, Gavin,” I snapped. “How are you? Get lots of sleep after you took off without a word?”
“I did, actually.” He gave me a devious grin that only annoyed me more. “I admit, I never expected to see you again. I’m quite surprised you’re here.”
“You’re surprised? You told me you were an artist visiting from London!”
“I am an artist visiting from London. You said you were a pre-med student.”
“I am a pre-med student!”
“Then what are you doing on the show?”
“Same as you, I imagine. Trying to win.”
“That’s too bad, love. Because I’m going to win.”
I snorted. “I’d tell you to kiss my ass, but you’d probably fall in love with me and then I’d never get rid of you.”
He gave a sharp laugh. “Trust me, there is zero chance of that happening.”
“Good. Because I don’t have time for complications like you.”
“Oh, now I’m a complication? You didn’t seem to think that last night when I was between your legs.”
His words sent a rush of unwanted desire through me. “Last night never happened,” I whispered, stabbing a finger into his chest. “And we’re never going to speak of it again.”
Chasing The Dream Series – Series Order and Buy Links
More Than Exes (Chasing The Dream #0.5) – FREE NOVELLA –
He wants to win. She wants to win him back.
Keyboardist Kyle Cross may look like a bad boy with his tattoos and piercings, but he’s really the good guy who’s always stuck fixing his band’s problems and never gets the girl. His band is competing in a college Battle of the Bands, but when their bassist doesn’t show, Kyle must track her down with the help of the person he least expects: his ex-girlfriend Alexis Monroe.
Kyle hasn’t seen Alexis since she dumped him in high school, and she’s dropped her preppy image for fiery red hair and a bold new attitude to match. With only hours before his band goes on stage, Kyle has to be a little bad if he wants to win both the Battle and the girl he’s never gotten over. But when their old problems resurface, the good guy might just get his heart broken all over again.
A stand-alone novella that launches the Chasing The Dream series!
More Than Music (Chasing The Dream #1)
A band trying to win it big on reality TV. A secret romance that might ruin it all.
Music major Maddie Taylor just finished her junior year of college and has a summer internship lined up with the LA Philharmonic, yet every night she practices guitar and secretly dreams of a louder life. But geeky girls like her don’t get to be rock stars. That is, until tattooed singer Jared Cross catches her playing guitar and invites her to join his band on The Sound, a reality TV show competition.
Once on the show, Maddie discovers there’s more to Jared than his flirty smile and bad boy reputation – and that he’s just as big a geek as she is. With each performance their attraction becomes impossible to ignore, but when the show pressures them to stay single they’re forced to keep their relationship secret.
As the competition heats up, Jared will do whatever it takes for his band to win, and Maddie must decide if following her dream is worth losing her heart.
More Than Comics (Chasing The Dream #2)
They’re friends online – but can they be more in real life?
Writer Tara McFadden has been friends with artist and drummer Hector Fernandez for years, long before his band became famous on reality TV – yet they’ve never met in person. They finally have a chance to connect offline when they’re both sent to Comic-Con to promote the graphic novel they collaborated on.
Hector’s secretly been in love with Tara for as long as he can remember, and once they meet, she sees him in a new light. All the years of longing lead to an incredible night of passion after one of his concerts, but neither is sure if their online relationship can translate into a real life romance – or if this will ruin their friendship forever.
Over four crazy days at Comic-Con, Hector and Tara must decide if they want a future together. But when their story seems to be over, it’s up to Hector’s entire band to make sure he and Tara get their happy ending.