Book Review – Breaking Up with Barrett

Posted July 31, 2014 by Kathy in 5 stars, Book Review, Reading Challenge / 2 Comments

Book Review – Breaking Up with BarrettBreaking Up with Barrett Series: The English Brothers #1
by Katy Regnery
Published by Self Published on July 22, 2014
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Pages: 200
Format: Ebook
Source: Purchased
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Breaking Up with Barrett is the first of five books about the Philadelphia-based, wildly-handsome English brothers who are all on the look-out for love. 

(Except Alex. He's a womanizing manwhore. And maybe Stratton, because he's wicked hot, but super awkward around girls.)

Barrett English, aka "the Shark," is the fair-haired, first-born of the English brothers, and the CEO of the oldest, most prestigious investment banking firm in Philadelphia. He rules the boardroom with an iron fist, refusing to take no for an answer and always getting his way.

Emily Edwards, a first-year doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania, grew up in the gatehouse on the outskirts of Barrett's childhood estate. The daughter of his family's gardener and housekeeper, she was always looking through the window of privilege, but forced to remember her place at the very periphery of the kingdom.

When business partners suggest that a fiancee might soften Barrett's image over business dinners, he approaches Emily for the "job" of fiancee. And while love wasn't necessarily on Barrett's radar, he begins to realize that Emily always has been. But will his take-no-prisoners boardroom tactics work on the heart of the woman he loves?


*All books in The English Brothers series are 50,000 words/200-pages long. The RWA classifies this length as "Short Contemporary Romance."

My Review 4

Breaking up with Barrett is the first book of Katy Regnery’s new series, The English Brothers. Katy has created another heartwarming series that mixes steamy romance, a sense of family unity and character growth that I love about her books.

In Breaking up with Barrett we meet Barrett English, the wealthy CEO, and Emily Edwards, the daughter of the English family’s gardener and housekeeper.  Barrett and Emily have known each other since they were children. But because of their age gap (and social status) their relationship had been cordial. When Barrett needs a “fiancée” to help with his business deals he turns to Emily (his one and only choice for the “job”). I loved seeing the sparks between Barrett and Emily. Barrett is known as the “shark” of the investment world but I got a better understanding of his character.  He is the first born son so he does have more responsibility on his shoulders. But we see a caring and loving side of him even though it is rough and intimidating.  But that is why Emily is the perfect balance for their relationship.  She is smart, caring and beautiful. Even though she is younger she is really mature and offers friendship and support while “working” with Barrett.  I loved this couple!!

This Novella may be short but it is filled with the perfect amount of drama & romance to satisfy readers. With author Katy Regnery’s books it is always the focus of the relationship between Barrett & Emily. We don’t get lost & bored with too many details of the locations or their mundane life. This had the right balance for me to get to know Barrett & Emily individually and as a couple. My only complaint is that I didn’t want this story to end! I want to spend more time with this couple and hopefully Katy will continue their story in another book.

Katy Regnery’s writing and creativity continues to flourish with each book. The heat of the passion increases but continues to emphasize the love between her characters. That’s what I love about this author. I know that I will be entertained with the right amount of drama and passion that keeps me coming back for more.

This is a great start to a new series and I can’t wait to meet the other English brothers. 



Rating Report
Overall: five-stars

About Katy Regnery

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.

Twenty-five books later, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled, New York Times and USA Today Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other standalone novels and novellas.

Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1-4, became a New York Times E-book bestseller.

In 2016, Katy signed a print-only agreement with Spencerhill Press. As a result, her Blueberry Lane paperback books will now be distributed to brick and mortar bookstores all over the United States.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.

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2 responses to “Book Review – Breaking Up with Barrett

    • Kathy

      I loved them too and I hope you get a chance to read Anything but Alex. It’s another great book in the series!