Review: Heart Smart by Emma Lee Jayne (Work for It #2)


Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by Smartypants Romance.

Emma Lee Jayne may have been a new-to-me author coming into this book, but now, my curiosity's been piqued and I've got plans to look through her back list, including the one under her other name, Emily McKay. Heart Smart is the second novel in the Work for It series published by Penny Reid's Smartypants Romance. For those who aren't familiar with Reid's publishing arm, there are several series that different authors are part of that have been inspired by Reid's varying book universes. You don't necessarily need to be familiar with those book universes. I speak from experience because while I have read some of Reid's work, I haven't read them all and I'm still able to enjoy the Smartypants Romance releases I've been able to get my hands on. That being said, it is fun when beloved characters from the Reid books make appearances in these brand-new romances.

Heart Smart was a smart romance with a lot of heart. See what I did there? Seriously though, I quite enjoyed Emma Lee Jayne's contribution to the Work for It series. The main characters, Dr. Maximillian Ramsey and Holly Dolinsky, were a delightful breath of fresh air, and I enjoyed getting to know them as they tried to figure out how best to work with one another. The story had somewhat of a Pygmalion-esque feel to it, or maybe more of its musical counterpart, My Fair Lady, but still with the author adding her own creativity and originality, which made it more of a standout. Admittedly, it took a couple or so chapters for me to warm up to Max, but once more of his personality and his personal history came out, the more I could see why he was the perfect fit for someone like Holly, who was such a witty heroine. All in all, Heart Smart turned out to be a 4.5-starred read.

Release Date: 04 March 2021

Date Read: 03 March 2021

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