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Little Lady, Big Apple (The Little Lady Agency #2)

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  4,300 ratings  ·  333 reviews
Melissa Romney-Jones went from doormat to diva when she donned a blond wig, became Honey, a no-nonsense bombshell, and set up shop providing London's most clueless men with all the basic girlfriend services -- except, of course, for sex and laundry! Now, her business is booming, but when her flat-mate decides to renovate, she has to temporarily find a new place to live. Th...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published February 6th 2007 by Pocket Books (first published July 27th 2006)
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I love the depth and detail of Hester Browne's Little Lady Agency books.

Here, in Book Two, protagonist Melissa travels to New York to stay with boyfriend Johnathan and see the city for the first time. But such a simple hop over the Atlantic comes with any number of issues: who's going to cover for Melissa's Agency while she's away? Johnathan's ex, Cindy, lives in New York - how will Melissa feel about this? Can Melissa just sit back and relax and really take a vacation from work? What happens wh...more
Aug 15, 2008 JayeL rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who needs a break from real life.
Shelves: 2008
Melissa agrees to leave the Agency and go vacation in New York while Jonathan tries to impress his boss into letting him, eventually, run the company. Melissa's helpful and exuberent personality as well as the stereotype of pushy demanding New Yorkers conspire to cause trouble for Jonathan and Melissa.

I finished this book and found, overall, that it was enjoyable, but it wasn't as good as the first one. It was entertaining, but jumps all around, tries to cram too much into the book (which is rel...more
A worthy sequel to The Little Lady Agency (which I absolutely adored and found surprisingly fresh, funny and well-written). I wasn't quite as wowed by this one, though I didn't feel that it sagged too much (as middle books in a three-part series tend to do). London-dwelling Melissa is convinced by her fabulous boyfriend to join him on his home-turf in NYC for a month or so giving her a chance to relax and get away from her business and see Jonathan at home, amongst his friends, etc. There are so...more
Love Fool
I love Melissa Romney-Jones. I'm a huge a fan of her and would love to send a few men to her business. Her boyfriend sounds adorable and we all know how much I love NYC (it's my city)! So this was the perfect equation for a book. I also love drama that involves exes (maybe that's an issue I have in my life haha) and this brings it with Jonathan's ex-wife. I know this book got mixed reviews but I say give it a chance.
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Once again Melissa is doing her part to give the unkept,awkward, or simply clueless male population of London lessons on etiquette,help them shop, or give them a total makeover. This time however, she is branching out to New York as she takes an extended vacation with her new man. Well you know the drill, it is a fairly predictable scenario.... girl falls in love, couple has lots of good, cozy loving times before turmoil ensues. Again I was disturbed by how truely split her personality becomes....more
Melissa Romney-Jones transformed her blah life from being a doormat to her family and having horrible jobs to being the proud owner of a successful business, The Little Lady Agency, where she turns awkward bachelors into eligible men and scoring the boyfriend of her dreams, Mr. Perfect Himself, Jonathan (affectionately known as Remington Steele or Dr. No by Mel's friends). Business is booming and Mel is happier than ever when her flatmate and best friend, Nelson, tells her he is leaving for a fe...more
The 2nd book in the Little Lady series follows Melissa to New York City, sort of. I expected more of her charm and grace to explore the vast landscape NYC offers a London girl. Instead, it was a sort of meandering tale trying to weave together the first book into this one. Honey is gone, so to say, and only Melissa remains to deal with her crazy family, her friends, and her boyfriend. Jonathan comes across as a pompous ass, which is somewhat discouraging. Melissa seems to be even more naive than...more
I read "The Little Lady Agency" and couldn't put the book down! I was thrilled to have found a new series to read and immediately purchased Hester Browne's next two books, "Little Lady, Big Apple" and "The Little Lady Agency and the Prince."

I was expecting more of the same humor in "Little Lady, Big Apple," but unfortunately, after forcing myself to continue reading after the first couple chapters, I did indeed, "put the book down," and I haven't picked it back up. It feels that the author is tr...more
A nice follow up to The Little Lady Agency. What I love about this series are: 1) The main character, Melissa, who beneath the charm and intensity still struggles with a lack of self-esteem, 2) Just when you think you know where the story is headed, it turns the other way, 3) The language flows easily but not cliched, 4) Melissa's roommate and best friend Nelson. The guy cooks for her, comforts her, and even rubs her feet when she's tired. I still think something can totally happen between those...more
I have a love/hate relationship with this series. It's well-written and realistic and the characters are quite varied and nuanced, which is refreshing. But at the same time I find it incredibly frustrating that Mel, a character I really want to like, can be so utterly stupid and blind. WHY does she insist on wasting time with awful, AWFUL Jonathan? All he has to do is look vulnerable and tired and she goes into a witter about how handsome and perfect he is and tries to make up all these excuses...more
Melissa heads across the pond to New York to spend some time with Jonathan, except she doesn't really spend time with him because he can't pull it together and give his ex the boot, which in turn lets us see Melissa's doormat personality that she is trying to get out from under. I still enjoyed the witty and quirky writing style, but I really missed Honey. And can I just say Melissa's problems would could be solved in one word: Nelson. So on to book three...
Carolyn Takara
Not quite as good as the first book, probably because this one is set more in New York than in London and the London setting was what I really enjoyed. I was a little concerned about how Melissa and Jonathan would resolve their issues in the end and I'm not sure that it was. I'll have to read the third installment to see how that plays out.
Lyndsey Griggs
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, however, I felt this one took me much longer to get into. Melissa/Honey was endearing in this book just as she was in the previous, although her naivete could be annoying at times, or just unbelievable. What annoyed me the most about this book, and the reason I only gave the book two stars, is the romantic relationship that she has with Jonathan. He is portrayed as being too perfect in every way, from his perfect hair to his perfect kissing. It is...more
I love the Little Lady books and Little Lady, Big Apple was a fun sequel. The dialogue was always so spot on and witty! Every conversation was believable and felt effortless, never forced. I really enjoyed being inside Melissa's head. I appreciate the sarcasm, humor and the tactful ways in which she navigated tricky situations. Her character deals with difficult people with class and charm, which is so refreshing to me as a reader. I haven't read much chick-lit, but I think these books would def...more
I liked this book, but didn't love it like I loved the first one. I still like the characters, but felt like Jonathan was way too controlling and spent way too much time at his job, and that Melissa spent a lot of time just accepting it and making excuses for it. She came to New York to see him after he basically guilted her into taking time off work, and then he's too busy to pick her up from the airport on the first day she's there? That doesn't bode well. Anyway - while I understand Melissa's...more
Picked up at Gallery Espresso Coffehouse, Savannah, GA through BookCrossing. Dropped off at Soho Tea & Coffee , Wasington DC.
Noelle Huffington
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Katie Bunnell
I loved the first book! This was a huge disappointment. I felt like it made Mel seem weak with no back bone- that none of her experiences in the first book taught her anything and made Jonathan seem possessive rude with not much chemistry between them as he wasn't a big part of the story since he was always working. I was so excited for the herbal plot and idea of her in New York and didn't think the plot had much at all. I did finish it and will read the 3rd book in the series and keep my finge...more
Melissa's business is booming, her relationship with the handsome Jonathan couldn't be better, her life is practically complete. Until a few things happen in quick succession that make her rethink her life so far. Jonathan has been called back to New York to complete some business and will be gone for at least a month, and her flatmate Nelson is having the flat completely remodeled and is going on a sailing trip for a month as well.

Fortunately Jonathan invites her to go with him to New York. Onc...more
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Again, we join Melissa but this time she is goes to NYC. She is dating Jonathan who is our transplant from the last book. read it to figure out how she pulls that one off. He is called back to work there and while the flat where she is living is remodeled Melissa goes to visit him. Leaving her company in the hands of her sister and best friend. Though she is asked by Jonathan not to take on any jobs while she is in NYC Melissa being Melissa gets into helping a friend and trouble ensues. Melissa...more
I think this was a second book in a series because all the blurbs were regarding another book, same author. Girl runs some sort of all around help business that mainly caters to men, because they need the most help with the randomness in their life. Apparently she met Boy through the service and they are dating now. Boy is American and has to go to NYC and work on some project at work and asks Girl to come with him. He seems super controlling because even though she is on vacation, she owns and...more
The sequel to Little Lady Agency finds Melissa, aka Honey, living with her boyfriend, Jonathan, in New York. She's constantly trying to juggle her life, Honey's life, Jonathan's life, her family life, and her business. It's exhausting and Mel's patience are running thin.
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As readers of The Little Lady Agency know, Melissa Romney-Jones makes her living by offering helpless London bachelors "every girlfriend service a man could need, except sex and laundry." Her clients k...more
Chev E
When the Little Lady Agency left off, Melissa had just gotten together with her crush, Jonathan, Nelson and Gabi were another new couple, and Melissa's Agency was hopping. Little Lady, Big Apple starts off with Melissa in her now fulfilled life, until she's kicked out of her apartment for a few weeks while they do construction. With nowhere else to go and convinced into wanting a vacation, she follows Jonathan to New York where he had to return for business. There she has to deal with the stress...more
The One Sentence Review

Characterization: The protagonist remains quite a pushover in this novel, and as her love interest plays a more significant role in this novel, the reader may be taxed by his overbearing and less-than-communicatory nature.

Setting: Set partially in London and partially in New York, this novel contains fewer references to the locations and more characterization than the first novel.

Plot: The major plot in this novel involves the protagonist’s battle to maintain her identit...more
2.5 stars
I did not enjoy this book nearly as much as the first in the Little Lady series, primarily because Jonathan went from being a predictable love interest to a pompous jerk. It's an old standby that many problems in books, movies, and real life would be solved if only people would talk to each other, but it seemed to be even more egregious and annoying in this book. (view spoiler)...more
Membaca bab² awal dari chicklit ini pertamanya buat aku asik² aja, tapi kemudian berlanjut lembar demi lembar mulai kerasa boring dan sedikit banyak ngebikin aku mengernyit. Kalau di seri pertamanya bu Hester Browne menggambarkan sosok Melissa Romney-Jones sebagai fun, fearless and independent woman nah di seri keduanya ini tiba² aja sosok tersebut hilang, digantikan menjadi seorang wanita yang manja, selfish, disorientasi dan tidak punya pendiriah hanya karena dia 'dikondisikan' beradaptasi den...more
Mirella Grace
Bab bab terakhir pas Melissa dilamar ma Jon plus kaburnya Melissa dan baliknya Nelson bagus banget... hal ini yang bikin aku ngasih 4 bintang. Tadinya sih, cuma 3 bintang doang.

Tapi yang pasti, happy kalo Melissa bisa merit sama Jon. Yaaa, setelah di buku satu aku lebih suka Mel jadian ama Nelson, di buku ini aku kudu bilang Mel emang cocok ama Jon. Si Nelson? Ya, hubungan doi ma Mel emang mirip kakak adik or sahabat deket gitu ya. Baru ngeh dan nyadarin hubungan Mel ama Nelson pas si Nelson ku...more
I actually read the first and third books in this trilogy repeatedly before getting this one. I sort of figured that I didn't need the middle part once I had seen how it all turned out; the summary made it sound like it would be repetitive. Oh, her boyfriend doesn't like her business! Oh, he gets jealous about it and stuff!

But actually, it was interesting, fun, and did a good job of setting up the relationships and situations for the denouement without seeming at all repetitive. I love the stor...more
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Hester Browne was born in England's Lake District, read English at Trinity College, Cambridge, and worked as a fiction editor before leaving publishing to write full time. She enjoys Scottish reeling, driving, baking, and trawling eBay for estate sale bargains. She doesn't enjoy hot weather, tax returns, or any talent programme where people have to plead to be allowed to juggle flaming chainsaws o...more
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