#No Filter by Maxine Morrey – Blog Tour

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Thank you to Megan Townsend and Boldwood Publishing for organising this tour and to Maxine Morrey, Boldwood and Netgalley for a copy of this novel in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.

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Synopsis

In an Instagram world, can you find love just by being yourself…

Popular lifestyle blogger, Libby Cartwright, is being boggled by business when help shows up in the shape of gorgeous but shy, Charlie Richmond. Libby’s determined to keep it at ‘just good friends’ – she’s dated someone from ‘Corporate Land’ before and it didn’t end well. As she and Charlie begin spending more time together, Libby is starting to waver  – until she discovers something which makes her question if she’s ready for love.

Still reeling, she suffers another blow as her blog is attacked in a national newspaper, for promoting unachievable perfection. Libby knows it’s not true – but the only way to prove that is to strip off the armour she’s been wearing for years.

Is she brave enough to show the world she’s far from perfect? And will Charlie be by her side if she does…

A gloriously funny, wise, heart-warming and romantic read for all fans of Lindsey Kelk and Mhairi Macfarlane, from the author of the bestselling Winter’s Fairytale.

My Thoughts

What better story for a blogger than a story about a blogger?

Libby is a beauty and lifestyle blogger who is in the know about all things gorgeous but hasn’t got a clue about the business side of things.  When she makes friend with Charlie, who happens to know his business stuff, Libby is determined to keep things as a friendship but the closer they grow together the more she rethinks her position.  When a scathing report about her blog and the promotion of perfect is released, Libby has to begin stripping away the things she has been hiding behind for years.  Will Charlie still be interested when he sees the real Libby?

Like any of us, Libby has some major insecurities stemming form her past and has  worked hard over the years to cover them up in superficial ways.  She is written as vulnerable but with a sensitivity that really questions how quick we can be to judge others, particularly via social media and the persona they present.  In contrast to Libby, Charlie is a more relaxed, calm character that balances out Libby perfectly.  It’s a pleasure to watch their friendship grow.

The narrative moves along at a more leisurely pace which really allows the reader to completely indulge and invest in the characters and that’s perfect because this is very much a character driven novel.

Their story is the perfect friends first….will the won’t they? story.

Overall this is a cute and very enjoyable book that is perfect for those days when you just need something to take your mind off things.

Author Bio – Maxine Morrey

Maxine has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember and wrote her first (very short) book for school when she was ten. Coming in first, she won a handful of book tokens – perfect for a bookworm!

As years went by, she continued to write, but ‘normal’ work often got in the way. She has written articles on a variety of subjects, as well as a book on Brighton for a Local History publisher. However, novels are what she loves writing the most. After self publishing her first novel when a contract fell through, thanks to the recession, she continued to look for opportunities.

In August 2015, she won Harper Collins/Carina UK’s ‘Write Christmas’ competition with her romantic comedy, ‘Winter’s Fairytale’.

Maxine has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember and wrote her first (very short) book for school when she was ten. Coming in first, she won a handful of book tokens – perfect for a bookworm!

As years went by, she continued to write, but ‘normal’ work often got in the way. She has written articles on a variety of subjects, as well as a book on Brighton for a Local History publisher. However, novels are what she loves writing the most. After self publishing her first novel when a contract fell through, thanks to the recession, she continued to look for opportunities.

In August 2015, she won Harper Collins/Carina UK’s ‘Write Christmas’ competition with her romantic comedy, ‘Winter’s Fairytale’.

Maxine lives on the south coast of England, and when not wrangling with words loves to read sew and listen to podcasts. As she also likes cake she can also be found either walking or doing something vaguely physical at the gym.

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