I’m welcoming Liz Bankes to Jera’s Jamboree today as part of the blog tour for Irresistible.
Irresistible is Piccadilly‘s passionate new romance novel. It is the debut from journalist and blogger Liz Bankes, perfect for readers who like their romances witty and contemporary, and their love interest steamy!
Firstly, I would like to share with you the cover and synopsis before Liz shares her guest post with readers and then finally my review.
When Mia gets a job in a posh health/country club during her gap year, she is strikes up a friendship with the laconic and funny Dan. Dan is also working in the club and keeps Mia amused. However, she soon finds herself drawn to the wealthy bad boy, Jamie. Jamie is the beautiful and privileged Cleo’s boyfriend. Mia knows that her relationship with Jamie is wrong, but there’s something so dangerously exciting about Jamie that she just can’t stop.
Irresistible heralds a new genre of passionate romance that is setting adolescent hearts racing. ‘Steamies’: it’s not about what they do, but how it makes her feel!
What makes a boy irresistible?
Creating characters like Irresistible’s Jamie and Dan made me think a lot about what is attractive in a book boyfriend. So I decided to use all the best bits of fictional men to create Mr Irresistible – the ultimate book man (I may also have got some of his bits from films sssh).
Sense of humour
This is utterly vital. Mr Irresistible needs to be funny, otherwise all he will do is stare intensely at you and move strands of hair out of your face while you slowly die of boredom. In Irresistible Mia knows Jamie is bad news, but one of the reasons she is drawn in is because his blunt, sarcastic comments make her laugh. And she immediately clicks with workmate Dan because he is always joking around. If I had to pick the perfect sense of humour for Mr Irresistible I would definitely go for Dave the Laugh from Louise Rennison’s Georgia Nicolson books.
This is purely down to Mr Darcy. To me a key irresistible quality is being grumpy at first and then revealing that you do have a secret nice side – but you only show it to people that matter, like your sister, housekeeper and Lizzie Bennet.
I mean a type of body, not just having a body. Otherwise he would just be a floating head. I am hesitant to just say ‘a muscly fit one’, because lots of muscles can look like effort. And I want Mr Irresistible to be all cool and effortless and like his muscles just spontaneously appeared. We’ll go for Brad Pitt in Fight Club, but say his muscles spontaneously appeared rather than he got them from fighting. Or Jacob from Twilight, whose muscles do grow overnight if you watch the second film straight after the first.
History is littered with men I am prevented from fancying because of bad hair, i.e. the Normans, men from the time of wigs (when you could quite easily mistake your boyfriend for your dog) and everyone from the 80s. For Mr Irresistible’s hair, I’d go for someone from an Austen novel because of the sideburns.
Bit of a beard
Stubble is essential. Somewhere between Noah from The Notebook at the beginning of the film and when he goes all mad and beardy.
Thank you for sharing with us your creation of Mr Irresistible – the ultimate book man!
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Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 306 KB
Print Length: 224 pages
Publisher: Piccadilly Press (6 Dec 2012)
Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Piccadilly Press (25 April 2013)
In Irresistible we spend time with Mia throughout the summer, which is a time of transition. She has finished her GCSE’s and the plan is for her to return to 6th form … although her dreams would have her follow a different course. It is narrated in the first person.
The story opens with Mia’s interview with owner Julia Elliot-Fox. The reader is introduced to her son Jamie while Mia is sitting there. Straight away the scene we witness outside the window portrays his character. Knocking on the window, Julia only witnesses what Jamie wants her to see. This is Mia’s first moral dilemma, does she tell Julia what she knows?
While she is waiting to hear whether she has the waitressing job at Radleigh’s Great Hall, she spends time with best friend Gabi. We learn about their friendship and Gabi’s boyfriend Max. We also find out that Mia’s relationship with ex Kieran ended in humiliation for her but we don’t know what happened that has made her so unsure of herself.
At induction, a bond is formed with Dan (I loved the humour between them …) but on her shifts, Jamie is always there in the background. Befriended by Chloe, Mia is part of their group although still at times on the outside. She witnesses another scene where Jamie is instrumental in causing pain but despite this, is still drawn and intrigued by him. Their intimacy grows during Chloe’s two week holiday which leads to humiliation for Mia.
Bankes’ writing style is engaging and humorous. I loved Mia’s character! It was interesting watching her journey from a teen whose self-worth was low to beginning to find herself and doing things because she wanted to and not what she thought others wanted. I enjoyed spending time with all the characters. Although Jamie is the ‘bad boy’, underneath his boredom there are reasons why he causes pain to others so although that doesn’t excuse his behaviour, it didn’t mean I disliked him. There’s also a redemption of sorts at the end … which surprised me. I loved that!
The language is perfect for the targeted audience as is the use of social media.
I think whether you are a teen yourself or an adult you will identify easily with the strong emotions in Irresistible … and the uncertainty they bring with them. I remember this time in my life well – a taste of freedom all wrapped up with raging hormones! when life seems to test you and you may make choices that bring pain but you ultimately learn from them and gain experience. In this, Irresistible is true to life.
I have no hesitation in recommending you add Irresistible to your basket. Liz Bankes is a debut author worth watching.
I would like to thank the publishers for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.