Can I just say, I love R.S. Grey?! When life sucks with entirely too much adulting going on (hello, responsibility), Grey’s books are a welcome distraction and escape from reality. Her writing is always fun, easy to get lost in, and witty.
The Allure of Julian Lefray was no exception! I enjoyed being able to buddy read this story with Sabrina and laugh together at the comical one-liners. We both agreed Julian was one of the dreamiest book boyfriends we’ve read of. He has practically no flaws, always thinks of the right thing to do and say, not to mention he’s Josephine’s hunky boss – ding, ding, ding, Jo hit the jackpot!
Josephine Keller is a Texas girl who leaves behind her sleepy town for the hustle and bustle of New York City to follow her dream of becoming a somebody in the fashion world. She runs a super cute blog called “What Jo Wore”, featuring advice for the regular girls wanting to look trendy without breaking the bank, and is always signed XOJO. We follow Jo’s journey and struggles through expensive NYC – hey, shoebox apartment and student loans. Despite the difficulty of the city, Jo’s determination lands her a job working as the personal assistant for the chisel-jawed, alluring Julian Lefray, brother to the fashion powerhouse, Lorena Lefray. Julian’s good looks and sometimes less than professional behavior leave Jo teetering on a dangerous line between the physical attraction she feels for Julian and the need to make a name for herself in the elusive fashion industry.
Josephine’s inner monologue was hilarious and refreshing. She’s a total knockout, but doesn’t have a clue because she is one hundred percent down-to-earth; she’s the perfect girl next door trying to make her way in the big city.
I wiped the chocolate icing from my mouth and discarded the donut box in the trash. I took extra care to get rid of all the evidence of the sweet doughy deliciousness because that’s how denial works. No proof, no calories. Ha.
To me, she’s the epitome of the cool girl who doesn’t know she’s cool. What could possibly be more endearing?
The secondary characters in this story couldn’t be better friends to the main characters. Their humor is perfectly timed, and makes me wish I had friends like Lily and Dean to hang out with. I cracked up over Josephine’s and Lily’s texts and phone calls.
I love that we’ll get to read about what happens in their journey also, so be on the lookout for our upcoming shared review of The Allure of Dean Harper soon.
Though this book was published in 2015, we are only just now finishing it. If you’ve yet to read R.S. Grey’s books or haven’t dug into this series yet, I’m sure we both agree it is a must, especially if you’re looking for a light and funny read for the weekend. I think we both want to make our way through all of Grey’s books we missed out on before our reading and blogging took flight. We’d love to have you join us in picking up her novels, and let us know what you think as well!
RS Grey became one of my favorite authors in the past year. Ever since reading Scoring Wilder last summer, I am hooked. Grey’s characters, writing style and her mostly drama-free storylines make for a fun, entertaining and feel-good read. And this time was no different.
A few months ago, Ashley and I decided to buddy read this book and it was the best idea ever. It is one thing to read and laugh about the characters’ funny behavior and monologues, it is another to read and experience a book together with a friend. We were texting constantly and laughing about the situations both Julian and Jo put themselves in. Since I read The Allure of Julian Lefray as a paperback and not as an ebook, it was at tad bit difficult to highlight all the funny quotes in this book. Somehow I managed and it’s safe to say that the last 20 pictures in my iPhone camera roll consist of semi-great exposed book pictures.
Nope. No. Don’t go there. You need a job and he’s looking for an assistant. Nothing more, nothing less. Ignore the tall, dark, and handsome vibe. Book boyfriends exist for a reason.
The setting of the storyline was the cherry on top of this hilarious book, since I love books that are set in NYC. Although I’ve only lived in New Jersey in a town about 5 min by car from the City, I could relate to Jo’s struggles: I was chronically broke myself, because food, coffee and even the subway rides were expensive as hell.
I don’t see myself as a fashionista. I wear clothes that I like and think are comfortable so it’s always fun to read about characters who are totally in love with fashion.
As all of Grey’s characters, Jo and Julian were genuine and real. At first glance, their lives seem perfect and flawless, but they are actually far from it. This authenticity makes the story and characters more approachable and relatable. Their crazy life reminds you of your crazy life and you just want to become friends and have a drink with them.
If you are in a reading slump, lying sick in bed or spending the rainy weekend at home, The Allure of Julian Lefray is a great distraction from life and adult responsibilities. To say it with Jo’s words:
Being an adult sucks.