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Just As You Are

Just As You Are - Kate Mathieson

Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.

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.