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Boot Camp Bride

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  132 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Charlee Montague is an up-for-anything rookie reporter desperate for her big break. She dreams of something, anything, which will take her away from the daily grind at celebrity-driven magazine What’cha! When she is sent undercover to a boot camp for brides on the windswept Norfolk marshes, it seems as if all her Christmases have come at once. Posing as a blushing bride-to ...more
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Published November 1st 2013 by The new Romantics 4 (first published October 29th 2013)
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Shani Struthers
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Seriously though, I finished this book last night and I almost sobbed - I didn't want it to finish, the world that Lizzie Lamb created in the pages of Boot Camp Bridge was so much fun, I could have read on and on and on! This is the second book from this author I have read and I had to admit, I was worried - would BCB be as good as Tall, Dark and Kilted, a book I completely lost myself in. Well, it took me until Chapter 3 to realise it damn well was - every bit as good in fact! The wonderfully n ...more
June Kearns
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Lizzie Lamb's latest, is a perfect follow-up to her brilliant Tall, Dark and Kilted - with added suspense and mystery for good measure.
It's that perfect blend of excitement, romance and humour, that she seems to do so effortlessly, but so well.
The relationship between Charlee, a trainee intern, and the mysterious but irresistible Rafael Ffinch is cleverly paced, and the twists and turns of the plot keep you guessing and page-turning.
Loved the funny, quirky chapter headings, and Lizzie Lamb paint
Margaret Kaine
Nov 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Lizzie Lamb's second novel is a fast-moving read interleaved with her usual lighthearted humour. Charlee is an ambitious heroine with an impulsive daredevil streak, while the fascinating Rafael is shrouded in mystery. And while the sexual tension between them sizzles, the intriguing plot unfolds! You will not only be taken on a roller-coaster ride but be anxious to turn the pages. Highly recommended.
Patience Griffin
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book; the story hooked me in from the beginning! Charlee is my kind of girl, up for anything and always thinking on her feet. And who doesn't love a fake engagement that turns into pure magic? The language in this book is snappy and at the same time beautiful. How does Ms. Lamb do it? Thank you for a fun read.
Sharon Booth
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes I think Lizzie Lamb writes just for me. All the elements that make up an enjoyable reading experience are there in her novels. Likeable heroine? Tick. Gorgeous hero? Tick. Strong plotline? Tick. Inspiring setting? Tick. Yes, I know that many writers of romantic novels can tick all these boxes, but there’s something extra special in Lizzie’s books. It was there in Tall, Dark and Kilted, her previous novel, and it’s definitely present and correct in Boot Camp Bride.

I found myself wonderi
Cathy Ryan
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Aspiring journalist, Charlee Montague, is desperate for her big break. The story that will make people sit up and take notice, especially her ultra successful family. In the meanwhile she is an intern at the celebrity orientated What’cha magazine, owned by Sam Walker, the father of her best friend Poppy, where she is given the worst of the menial jobs.

She attends the Book of the Year Awards with Poppy, assuming she is a guest, until her boss and the bane of her life informs her she will be waitr
Georgia Rose
Jul 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Boot Camp Bride is an intriguing romantic romp across the marshes of Norfolk with the naive but enthusiastic Charlee and deliciously sexy and terribly capable leading man, Rafa.

Charlee Montague is a badly treated intern at What’Cha! Magazine and the fabulously named Rafael ‘Rafa’ Fonseca-Ffinch is a well respected, if somewhat weary, photographer who has reported from some of the most troubled areas of the world and has recently returned from Columbia where things went badly wrong. They team up
E.L. Lindley
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Boot Camp Bride is the perfect weekend read, it’s a light hearted, feel good page turner and once I’d started it I couldn’t put it down. The story sees Charlee Montague, an ambitious, feisty young reporter paired with award winning photographer Rafael Ffinch in order to pose as an engaged couple at a boot camp for brides to be. As far as Charlee is concerned the mission is about gaining an expose on a supermodel and her Russian oligarch boyfriend but it soon becomes clear that there is more to t ...more
Rosie Amber
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lizzie Lamb's characters are so lovable, Charlee became my buddy from the very first line. She was fiery unpredictable and quite honestly a delightful handful. Charlee Montague is an intern at "What'Cha" Magazine, the lowest of the low and given the worst jobs. But she has a passion to make it big and her feisty attitude nearly gets her in to BIG trouble at the book awards when she gives her honest opinion about photographs by high profile author Rafael Fonseca-Ffinch.

Next day instead of being f
Charlee Montague aspired to outgrow her lowly status at a gossip magazine and become a full fledged serious reporter. The owner's daughter is her best friend and gets her into a book award party. She's excited until she realizes she'll be staff, carrying drinks and food to the real guests. When the party ends and she feels baited into giving her opinion about photographs from the award winning author, Rafael Fonseca-Ffinch, and she finds herself playing cat and mouse with the author himself. Fea ...more
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thought Lizzie Lamb's last book Tall, Dark and Kilted was good, but Boot Camp Bride is even better. The sparkling dialogue between Charlee and Ffinch had me hooked from the outset and I found it difficult to put down.

Charlee is a rebellious rookie reporter on a society magazine. Ffinch is a famous journalist, and when they first meet they don't quite hit it off. When they work together on an assignment, Charlee is kept guessing exactly what is going on, and what it is about Ffinch's past that
Michelle Connor
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic book from author Lizzie Lamb. Charlee works as an Intern Journalist in the offices of What'cha magazine. Currently her job entails researching material from a disgusting archive cupboard and where her friend Poppy finds her. Poppy is the daughter of The Boss, Sam Walker.

Poppy brightens Charlee's day by informing her she has tickets to the What'cha Book of the Year Awards as everyone has been taken ill.
Vanessa (Manager of What'cha) and her lapdog Sally (Vanessa's P.A.)inform th
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I started this book I was just in the mood for a light- hearted contemporary romance with a bit of something special to make it stand out from the crowd. This is exactly what ‘Boot Camp Bride’ delivers.
I loved the first meeting between Charlee and Rafa and the way she digs herself into a hole. It’s nervousness mixed with showing off which makes her very human and approachable to the reader who can imagine being in the same position perhaps.
Although the theme of the book is fairly standard w
Anne Harvey
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another brilliant romantic comedy by Lizzie Lamb. The dialogue between the two main characters, rookie journalist, Charlee Montague, and world-weary photographer, Rafael Ffinch is scintillating, full of repartee. As the only, and younger, sister of four hunky brothers, Charlee has always had to give as good as she gets and this stands her in good stead with Rafa. The plot was cleverly thought out, too, and includes drug-dealing, money laundering and kidnap so there are serious overtones. The pas ...more
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing

OMG!... i love lizzie lamb ..shes very amazing author

i loved this book a lott...the story was funny as hell, and so fresh..i LOL from start till end and it was romantic

charlie so amazing, i love her..shes so funny, smart and very2 genuine and i wish she is a real person ha ha ha and then rafa he he hes very much heartbroken person but when he met charlie..the world seem become so bright... i love their bantered conversation , i love how they interact and i love this sto
Sharon Lance
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is the first book,written by this lovely lady, that I have read and I am very pleased that I finally took the plunge 😁 ..Take a strong feisty heroine put her with an equally strong alpha hero and you have a match made in...well, you need to read this book to find out. Absolutely loved this book and I am looking forward to reading more soon. 5 stars and more Lizzie. Well done 😁 xxx
Sudesna Ghosh
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting characters with intense chemistry between them. Intriguing plot with lots of drama. Enjoyable read!
Sarah Houldcroft
Nov 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Set in London and on the wonderfully wild Norfolk coast of England, this book is full of intrigue and questions. It begins in London with a highly amusing dialogue between the two main characters, Charlee, a very headstrong and rebellious novice journalist and Ffinch, a well-known photo journalist with a past he wants to keep to himself. They both enjoy a challenge so when these two meet it really is, as the author says in her blurb, ‘… light the blue touch paper and stand well back!’ Some of th ...more
Diane Coto
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Charlene (Charlee) Montague’s dream after graduation had been to report breaking news from a war zone. She has high ambitions to live up to the successful careers her parents and brothers have achieved. Instead, she has to make do with her newbie reporter job at What’cha! doing grunt work for her unyielding boss, Vanessa Lloyd. But, Charlee is book-smart knowing seven languages; she’s determined; and she’s downright hard-headed. Her best friend and the boss’s daughter, Poppy, pulls her unwilling ...more
Cynthia Harrison
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, romance
Unique meets quirky in this suspense novel featuring a teasy romance with a snappy sense of humor. When cub reporter Charlee is paired with celebrated photo-journalist Rafael, she doesn’t question why a guy like Rafael would chase a story about a Russian supermodel looking less than perfect in a boot camp for brides-to-be. She’s just excited to be the fake fiance of the man who is going to take her career to the next level. Also, there’s chemistry.

Not that she’s going to let the faux engagement
Melanie Robertson-King
From the very beginning, I was hooked. The chemistry between Charlee and Rafa was electrifying. It was a fantastic light-hearted read that was perfect for the strange times we're currently finding ourselves in. I loved it!

I know Lizzie has written more books since this one (which languished on my kindle for WAY TOO long before I read it), so I'll be getting caught up with her newer offerings.

If you've not read anything by Lizzie Lamb yet, you're missing out.
Emma Bennet
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance

Rookie reporter Charlee Montague is desperate to be given a chance to prove herself on the job. However, when she's asked to pose as a bride-to-be at a bootcamp for brides as part of an undercover assignment, Charlee knows the hardest part of the job will be dealing with hardened phot-journalist Rafael Fffinch, who's supposedly her fiance.

Fffinch makes it abundantly clear that things between he and Charlee are to remain strictly professional, but it soon becomes apparent that this is one rule th
Nikki Bywater
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ambitious rookie reporter Charlee Montague is looking for her big break in journalism. Handsome award winning photographer Rafael Ffinch may be her chance to achieve her dreams of becoming a top hack, when he offers her the chance to work undercover posing as his fiancée at a boot camp for brides. Incognito as a bride to be so they can take photos of the supermodel Anastasia Markova.

Not long into their assignment Charlee begins to have her doubts about Ffinch, and why he would need a rookie like
Well written and edited stand-alone book. This was really a 3.5 for me, but I rounded up.

I read the author's other book Tall, Dark and Kilted and really enjoyed that. That book took me a few chapters to get connected with the rhythm of the author and the dialog, but after I did, I thought it was cute and funny. Unfortunately, in this story there is a high usage of British slang, and I find it hard to slog through some of it. I actually had to use Google to look up several words I wasn't familiar
Katherine Hetzel
Feb 12, 2014 rated it liked it
This was OK - started off promisingly enough and was reasonably predictable in a girl-hates-boy-but-he likes-her kind of way.

I was disappointed as I got nearer to the end though, because *spoiler alert* everything gets tied up really nicely...AND WE DON'T SEE ANY OF IT HAPPENING! A convenient phone call pulls the police in at the right time, the heroine leaves the terrible situation...I was left wanting a final showdown with the escaped baddie to ruin the bliss of the heroine - and it never hap
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Charlee Montague is an aspiring reporter who is looking for a big break. After a seemingly chance encounter with an experienced photo-journalist she's on course for a scoop.
I really liked Charlee. I thought she was believable and down-to-earth and I particularly enjoyed her smart, sassy dialogue.
Author Lizzie Lamb manages to create lots of romantic atmosphere as the tale unfolds. Right until the end the temporary nature of the fake engagement is sustained and the reader is kept on tenterhooks th
Lynn Dixon
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Charlee Montague, a novice reporter, is assigned to work on a spy operation with star author, Rafa Ffinch. She must observe Anastasia Markova, a top Russian model who is attending a Bride Boot Camp for her hen party and Charlee is fluent in Russian. Charlee’s sassy ways make it difficult for Rafa to give her instruction and they get off to a rough start. But once it becomes clear that this is a secret and dangerous operation, teamwork is essential. Will they make it? What is really going on at t ...more
Adrienne Vaughan
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This eagerly-awaited novel by one of RomComs' rising stars, Lizzie Lamb, does not disappoint. Following hot on the heels of her acclaimed debut Tall, Dark & Kilted, Boot Camp Bride delivers a feisty , fast-talking heroine, a deliciously erudite yet taunted hero, rollicking through all sorts of high jinks in the wilds of North Norfolk. A real page turner, with laugh out loud banter, a dying to know what happens next tale, drizzled with some sizzling sex! A touch Sophie Kinsella, a tad Jilly Coope ...more
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Charlee is a rookie reporter ,Ffinch a well travelled photo-journalist . She is an only girl in a houseful of brothers . He is carrying the emotional scars of a work-related tragedy. So what did Lizzie Lamb do ? She sent them both on a mission to a Bridal Boot Camp . The upshot is a humorous/ sad story as only Lizzie can tell it – with the added bonus of beautiful descriptions of the Norfolk coast. A very enjoyable read.
Alex Gutteridge
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is Lizzie Lamb's second romantic novel and she has really got into her stride. She writes dialogue well with some especially sparky passages between her two main characters. She has also honed the art of constructing a delicious and enigmatic hero. Charlee, her heroine, is an impetuous trainee reporter. Throw in difficult parents,mysterious Russians and going undercover in Norfolk and you have some great ingredients to add extra interest to this romantic, holiday read.
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After teaching her 1000th pupil and working as a deputy head teacher in a large primary school, Lizzie decided to pursue her first love: writing. She joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers’ Scheme, wrote Tall, Dark and Kilted (2012), quickly followed by Boot Camp Bride. Although much of her time is taken promoting her novels she published Scotch on the Rocks, which achieved Best ...more

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