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3.41  ·  Rating details ·  338 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Emmie Brewster has a few choice words for whatever demon spreads the notion among women that life is over if you don't have everything locked down by the time you're 30. Its insidious message has gotten to her, because at mumble-mumble-mutter-something past that deadliest of deadlines, Emmie feels like she's about to turn into a turnip.

Lousy job? Check. Although she's an i
Kindle Edition, 268 pages
Published May 16th 2013 by eKensington (first published January 1st 2013)
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Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Interior Designer hopeful, Emmie Brewster, is stuck in a job going nowhere. Her boss, Wilma, is a monster to work for and her boyfriend is cheating on her. She starts surfing her high school classmates on the web and yearns for their success. Just when she thinks she’ll be stuck in this rut forever the most gorgeous man enters her office. After days of wish filled fantasies about the mystery hunk she discovers he is having an affair with the popular girl from high school that has just returned t ...more
Tina "IRead2Escape"
By Design was my first book by Jane Denker and it will not be my last. This book brought all kinds of feelings in me. At times I found myself laughing out loud and other times I was yelling, inside my head, at the characters. I enjoyed it a lot!

Graham Cooper needs to get his life together. After the death of his wife he’s done all he could to be everything his little girl needs. He’s a good man, great father and a successful architect. Right now, his biggest problem is getting the beautiful, old
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
his is an enjoyable romance with entertaining characters.

Emmie needs to get a backbone, she is letting others run her life and her best friend Trish, lets her know about it frequently. She is a budding interior designer with many dreams, yet seems to let her boss, whom she calls Wilma, run the show. Daily she sits at the front desk and makes coffee for clients and feels she is fading away. Trish can tell her anything and is constantly trying to boost her ego to get her to live her dream. Trish w
Jessica Terry
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I finished this book last night and I have to say, I enjoyed it. Emmie Brewster was a regular woman with a life that was fine but kind of monotonous, and after meeting the captivating Graham (and reuniting with the still-frustratingly all-together former high school classmate Juliet) she starts to shake things up a bit.

I loved the humorous tone of the book; that helped to make it a much easier and more enjoyable read. One thing that intrigued me was just how 'every day' Emmie was...she was attr
May 18, 2013 added it
Shelves: dnf, contemporary

I intially requested this title for review because the blurb sounded like a female empowerment romance. You know, the ones where the woman is tired of being in a rut so makes some positive changes in her life. After which a wonderful man enters the picture and enhances (not completes) her new life.

And this book may have been exactly that, but I don't know. The heroine was too whiny and self-absorbed in these pages for me to like her and I ended up stopping around page 60 on my iPad. I seriou
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book a lot. It was a very enjoyable read with a great main character who I could not help but root for from the very beginning.
Emmie is looking for a life filled with love and happiness, and it seems to her that everyone around her has what she wants, not noticing they are all as flawed as she is, and in some instances, even more so. Emmie, however, has some issues in the confidence department and does not think she has what it takes to get what she wants out of life, and as a resu
Apr 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
This is a new to me author and I like her voice. The heroine is fun. Her friendship with her BFF made me laugh. There are some really well done scenes in this one.

The hero at the beginning is nice and sexy but he becomes a total weenie when he has to deal with an ex-lover. AND that lover is married. (bangs head). Granted - he didn't realize but then he did. And he SOOOO needed to grow a pair when dealing with her. UGH. The resolution with this is very weak too.

Oh - and no sex. Not even a make-ou
Nadine Christian
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Firstly I have to say that this author is a fellow writer who is with my literary agency, however, that did not taint my view on this book -- either in a good or bad way.

I loved this right from the first chapter -- because Emmie is an every-girl. She acts and says things just as I would, and is thoroughly beleiveable, althought I did want to kick her butt a few times for letting herself being walked over. In saying that, I loved her, and laughed my way through the book. Jayne has a great sense o
Romantic Reads and Such
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
By Design is an engaging story not only about finding love, but also about finding yourself. - Full review available at http://romanticreadsandsuch.wordpress... ...more
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love Jayne's books! They're light-hearted and funny with realistic characters. ...more
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
holy doormat of a heroine! I just couldn't get passed that - the writing wasy good; hero was a bit of a DB and Emmie - well, ugh ...more
Mary Warnock
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nice, clean romance. Easy read

I enjoyed reading this book. The characters were likable and I laughed out loud many times. My only issue was how it read on the kindle - there weren't separations within chapters which made it confusing.
Sep 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: romance lovers
Recommended to Liz by: bn free friday
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Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I can tell it's summer when I start a book one day and finish it the next. A quick read about a 30 something year old who seems to be stuck in a job where there is no prospect of moving up, with no relationship to speak of and certainly no grand kids to make her family and friends happy. Until, she meets Graham and Juliet who will change her life in so many ways.

My only problem was the Juliet/ Kevin follow up at the end. It didn't seem like a strong solution though I did like other conclusions,
Sep 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a cute story. I liked it but only 3 stars because the heroin starts to get a little annoying. I know everyone has their "ditzy" moments but I get annoyed when she just takes what is thrown at her and says "oh well" ugg! The so called "great guy" just starts making me want to punch him and I start wanting the girl to just dump his a&&! It's a good quick easy read and funny at times and cheap so I don't regret reading it. It was just okay. ...more
I liked the author's voice, but the hero spoiled the book for me. He is supposed to have a hero complex, but in my eyes he came across as seriously weak. So did the heroine at first, but least she grows some at the end of the book.

The book reminded me a bit of another book, btw: The Boat Builder's Bed by Kris Pearson. At first I thought I had read this book already.
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
The friendships in this novel were great, but the various pairings just didn't ring true to me. (view spoiler) ...more
Paula Bothwell
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Violence: none
Language: some swears, including deity; FBombs <5
Sex: only referenced post fact; descriptive kissing
Super cute story. I realized after reading how quick to judge and pigeonhole a character I am. Definitely in this book, things are not always as they seem.
Diane Wachter
Mar 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Jayne Denker, NookBook, @ 2013, 9/13. Romance novel about an interior designer stuck with a crumby boyfriend, a crumby boss who does not let her design, and a depressing period of her life, when her ex-boyfriend burns down her house. Okay.
Julie Smith
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a cute book. It started off kind of slow but once it started moving I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed it. ...more
Rebecca Raeske-Grinch
Sep 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
3.5 stars. Good light reading before bed.
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lendmebooks
A freebie from B&N Free Fridays. An okay read, but not one I would pay to read.
Felice Foster
Sep 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Sweet story. A little slow at times, but sweet.
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Quick, lighthearted romance novel. Got it through Free Nook Fridays, and it's a LendMe, if anyone would like to borrow. Enjoyed it. ...more
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a free Nook book and decided to read it after the summary caught my attention. I really liked this book and the story has humor, romance and a believable story. I was glad I read it.
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
'Twas free. Seems like a young version of chick lit. Wanted to smack a few people, but they are young, so maybe they need to go round the block a few times... ...more
Oct 12, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a free Friday nook book....Cute but the love interest was a little bit of a jerk in the beginning of the story......
Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
No need for the F word!
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
To slow, not easy to follow
Jan 03, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a very predictable little, love story. The language was a bit offensive for me in parts, but it was a quick, easy, little read.
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Jayne Denker is the author of romantic comedies. When she's not hard at work on another novel (or, rather, when she should be hard at work on another novel), she can usually be found frittering away stupid amounts of time on Facebook. Check in with her there (“Jayne Denker Author”) or on Twitter (@JDenkerAuthor), or at her blog, ...more

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