Blog Tour: Falling for the Competition by Jen Smith

It’s going to be the best summer ever for ambitious, overachieving Quinn. A huge history buff, not only has she landed her dream job interning in the archives department of the local castle, but her best friend will be working there too.

However, Quinn isn’t the only one to be working in Archives this summer; Quinn’s academic rival, Patrick, is sharing her office in Muniments. They’re competing for the Letter of Recommendation (singular) from the research historian that Quinn needs to get her dream future placement.

Their emotionally-loaded and competitive rivalry turns into a reluctant friendship, as they spend every day working together in silence (and sharing the occasional Twix). Until the Re-Enactors arrive. Between Patrick and Harry – the Golden Knight of the jousting team – Quinn’s carefully planned summer is thrown into complete disarray. Meanwhile, her best friend’s relationship may look perfect on the outside, but Quinn is starting to realise that there’s more going on than there seems.

Although Quinn is determined and single minded about planning every detail of her sparkling future, she comes to discover that the best things in life are the spontaneous ones – and that some people are more important than any Letter of Recommendation (singular) could ever be.

What I Thought:

I’m thrilled today to be posting on the final day of the blog tour for Jen Smith’s Falling for the Competition.

This book is a sweet, YA romance in which Quinn Taylor realises that there is more to life than her carefully laid academic plans – that certainly isn’t to say that she’s wrong to have a clear idea of how she wants her life to go, but it’s great to go on the journey with her as she discovers that the unexpected and unplanned parts of life can be just as good.

What I really liked about this book is that it all fell quite naturally into place. The romantic storyline was carefully built and it felt realistic that these two competitors would see a different side to each other as they are thrown into each other’s company.

There is also in this book an interesting and important storyline based around abusive relationships and stalking. As with difficult topics in a lot of YA, it’s an important topic for young people who might not realise that the relationship they’re in is not what a relationship is supposed to be, so it’s great to see it so sensitively put across in this book.

Overall, this book was a delightful surprise – I very much enjoyed it and think it’s deserving of a wide readership.

About the Author:

Jen lives in the Midlands with her husband and two children. With a Masters Degree in Medieval History, Jen loves castles and King John a little too much. Strangely un-British, she does not like tea, oranges or marzipan, but adores French cheese, guava juice and Chinese food (not together).

When not writing, Jen can often be found pointing out historical inaccuracies in period dramas, being a Lady that Lunches with close friends and playing board games with her family. Note: her handbags are always heavy due to multiple books (just in case she needs them).

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Please note: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.

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