Just As You Are

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I'm giving this 3 stars because it started off SO well, and then kind of just fizzled...

It was full of humour and I kind of liked the romance, I can't really decide D:
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Not a fan of the main character's voice or personality, and the way the mother acted from the very start was...ugh. I'd love to see a book where a mother isn't a walking cliche, trying to wed her child off immediately. There's fun banter, and props to the author for having a main character who isn't super thin! But I just wasn't really feeling this.
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Overall this book was fun, lighthearted and an easy going read. A little predictable in places. If you enjoy chick lit with a bit of sex and sass then you'll probably enjoy this one. 

Thanks to netgalley for the advance ebook in exchange for an honest review.
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This book reads as review of different places and countries that the main character visited.  After reading for a while I had to stop. I gave it two tries. *******I received an ARC for my honest review *******
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A sweet, easy to read story about leading an authentic life, It's about being unapologetic about who you are. Emma has been travelling for seven years, but feels at 34, it's time she settles down into a steady job, making a home and finding a partner. As she blags her way into a PR job she is wholly unqualified for, she bumps into an old flame, Nick, who she spent one night of passion with in Fiji. She is mortified, and yet can't help but feel an enduring connection between them. As work begins to consume her, and she becomes more and more unhappy, a series of misunderstandings, lead her to believe nothing can ever happen between her and Nick. With her life imploding she is offered a job in Alaska and jumps at the opportunity. But as in all good romance novels, there is a heartfelt scene at the end of the book that will leave a smile on the readers face.
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I really wanted to enjoy this book - I love the cover and the description really drew me in. Unfortunately, I just couldn't get into it!
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Unfortunately I struggled with Just As You Are. I found my mind wandering while I was reading and couldn't get in to the story.

I do appreciate that Mathieson had a size 14 herione!!
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Just As You Are, started off light, fluffy, romantic and juicy.. then it kind of just fell flat?  The mid and end sections just felt like a different book.  At the start there was chemistry, even when the two were just talking, then it just fizzled and felt like different people.  Not my favourite.

Thank you to the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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***I received a copy through NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.***

I really enjoyed this read! It was light, humorous, and kept me entertained. I wish there would have been more development in Nick and Emma’s relationship, it felt a bit forced. The ending was rushed, but still was enjoyable. I think the description of the book is a bit misleading, seeing as Emma didn’t do much dating and the focus was really on her reinventing herself and her life. Despite all of that, I really loved the banter that Nick and Emma had, I only wish there was more of it.
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I am happy that I stuck with this book.  I have to admit I almost gave up early on.  Emma is 34 years old and has been traveling for the last 7 years after an event that didn't go as planned (I don't want to spoil it, so no more details).  She has finally decided to come home.  She spends a few days in Fiji and has a one night stand.  This is where I almost stopped- it was pretty explicit and pretty early in the book and made me think it was representative of the rest of the book.  I am glad I persevered because the book did go in a different direction.  I enjoyed the flow of the middle of the book best.  Emma got an interesting job, and is trying to conform to the life she thinks she should have.   

I wish I had a better sense of Emma.  I have to say I was never sure if I really liked her and sometimes found her kind of annoying. I didn't really dislike her, but wasn't really rooting for her.  I also would have liked more detail of her job and how she did it.  Emma had a lot of strengths that I didn't feel I got to connect to because they weren't the focus of the story; I think if I'd been able to see her doing well, I would have liked her better and it might have balanced out the soul-searching parts.  It is coming of age story, and I am sure some people will connect to it.  

Thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins One More Chapter Publishers for an advance digital copy of  this book in exchange for an honest review.
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This was overall a fun read. After being stood up at her wedding, Emma has a fling with Nick in Fiji and goes back home to a new job. The first half of the book is mostly getting to know Emma and he insecurities, it's ok, but I found myself skimming, I think it could have been established in less pages. Then the plot takes an interesting turn when Nick comes back into the picture. So, it's a fun plot, there are some good humorous moments, but the pacing could have been improved with more editing.
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A witty and charming view of dating! This book came at the perfect time in my life, as I'm going through the same things as the main character, Emma. As miserable as dating can be, this book was the perfect romantic comedy to break the ice, and I was completely enthralled.
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Another absolutely gorgeous read from @onemorechapterhc @harpercollinsuk 
A huge thank you for this ARC which is released Jan 20th. 
I have loved this book. It has been an absolute pleasure to read and I haven’t been able to put it down. This is one of those books which will literally make you laugh out loud. This is a light and funny read which has been perfect to shut out reality with at the end of a busy day. Definite five star book for me.
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Just As You Are by Kate Mathieson is a delightfully funny contemporary romance novel. Emma Londstown set off on a journey around the world after being left standing at the altar and seven years later tired of waitressing in a Mexican restaurant in London, decides to head home to Sydney, Australia and figure out what she wants to do with her life. A brief stop in Fiji on her way home leads to a wonderfully sexy one night stand and although he gives her his number and asks to see her again her fears make her think that he’s too good to be true and decides to save herself some heartache by deleting his number from her phone. Back in Sydney living in a tiny flat, going on lousy dates and working in a job at Maker PR agency that she got with some audacious tweaking of her CV Emma is feeling out of place and in way over her head when she arrives at work to find out her new boss is Nicholas Taylor naked swim guy from Fiji.  Nick’s head is spinning the woman he’s pretty sure he fell in love with on Fiji doesn’t appear to be the same person who is his new employee and the major event she’s been working on seems to have all the makings of a disaster for the firm. This is a perfect story to curl up with on a cold, gloomy day for a comfort read. I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. Medium Steam. Publishing Date January 20, 2020, #NetGalley #JustAsYouAre #KateMathieson #ContemporaryRomance #HarperImpulse #OneMoreChapter #HarperCollinsCanada #bookstagram
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Just not for me this, I found the main character to be self absorbed, childish, irritating and perverse. The story was over the top at times and once I reached the first sex scene I had enough (I am not a prude, I read lots of steamy and hot romance ) this just was t for me, it’s cringeworthy humour and I just didn’t find it funny, sorry.

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
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This book is a light, Australian romance.  I almost gave up on it after the first few chapters as it really took a while to get going.    However, once I made it past that, it was an easy, quick read.   It was certainly a book where I had to suspend my disbelief as much of the workplace situations were completely unbelievable.  The main character was a bit whiny for my taste.     

However,  with those negatives being said,  I thought the romance was cute and i enjoyed that aspect of the book.  

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review;  al opinions are my own.
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This is light, funny Australian chick lit about Emma, a woman who left home after her heart was broken and now wants to settle down.  Not so easy or so fast.  She meet Nick on a last fling in Fiji, has a hot night with him, and never expects to see him again.  HA!  Emma's new job in PR includes a rotten boss who, lucky for Emma, is fired but then who comes in to replace her- Nick.  You know what's going to happen, don't you?  Emma's a fun character who has some nice friends and, thankfully, a good sense of humor.  Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.  It's an easy read that will make you smile.
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Well that was a slog and a half. Fair warning, the book takes a while to get going. I started to lose interest after the first sex scene and my interest dwindled from there. There are some bright parts of the book though (hence the 3 stars) but not enough to actually get me that invested in reading something from this author again anytime soon. Not a bad romance, just needs to be more tightly edited. 

"Just As You Are" is about Emma Londstown who finally returns home to settle down (get married, get a home, have kids) like all of her friends have done. However, she meets a man along the way who may derail her plans.

Emma could have been interesting, but the first part of the book just flits around with her traveling the world for 7 years and then returning home to Australia. I think I would have liked the book more if we got to see her in those places. When she stops for a quick trip before heading home she meets a man named Nick and the romance felt ham-fisted to me from the word go. Most of the book is about her new job and reading about someone's job is not that exciting. 

This book takes place in Sydney, but it felt too "American" to me by and large and I kept forgetting that Emma was supposed to be Australian.
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This is a light & funny chick-lit book. It is a perfect beach read. 
It is a book you will enjoy reading but will soon forget all about it. 
No drama, whimsical heroine, some misunderstanding, "don't have time to confess the truth" plotline. 
So, is that a read you are looking for?  This book is for you. 

As long as you know what you are getting. It is an okay read. 
Cute cover! 

Thanks to Netgalley & to the publisher for the copy of the book for an honest review.
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The book takes a while to get going, I was beginning to feel annoyed with the slow plot after only twenty-two percent of the way through. One of the most important parts of a book is the hook, and this book unfortunately didn't grab me. I really began to lose interest after the first sex scene and intrigue dwindled from there. I like some parts of the book, I found the idea intriguing, but I didn't enjoy the main character which makes it difficult to continue. I thought that the main character was annoying, and her mother was also irritating, but I did enjoy the writing style and the idea was good.
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