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Irrepressible You

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  349 ratings  ·  55 reviews
You don't become a notorious British celebrity without rubbing a few people the wrong way, which is why writer and comedian Ben Martindale has decamped to Australia until the latest media frenzy dies down.

When he meets Amy Blaine, a perky blonde who dresses like a 1950s pin-up girl, he knows he's hit the satirical jackpot. He begins to fill his weekly London column with
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Published February 14th 2014 by Penguin Books
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Book – Irrepressible You
Author – Georgina Penney
Publication Date – February 14, 2014
Type – Stand Alone
Genre – Romance
Rating – 4 out of 5 Stars

Book provided by Author in exchange for an honest review.

OMG…this book is just too freakin’ cute!! I so fell in love with Amy Blaine and her quirky ways – she is adorable with her 50’s style of dress, her outhouse, her leaky roof – just everything about Amy had me laughing and marveling at her strength and charisma!

Now Ben….oh how I hated him ----
Lily Malone
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved, loved, loved, Irrepressible You. I loved everything about it, but I'll start with the 'voice'. I haven't been a fan of chick lit, exactly, but the two recent books I've read in the genre have been Hindsight, and Irrepressible You, and I have adored both these books. One of my complaints about chick lit is that often it feels like the author is trying so hard to make the book funny, and get a laugh, that the story falls flat. The story feels too 'forced' for me.
Irrepressible You is so
Roz ~ My Written Romance
You can read the full version and my other reviews at My Written Romance.

I was provided with an ARC of this book by Destiny Romance via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

When you read this book, there are times you'll laugh, times you'll cry and there are times when you will just want to get slappy on the hero. However, for me at all times when I read this the other day, I enjoyed every step of the journey in this fresh new take on the genre.

The romance that built between Amy and Ben
Rhyll Biest
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved the dialogue in this book, sparkling, witty stuff. And the heroine is a gorgeous, stylish, fluffy cupcake, caring but troubled. Just before I had to step in and give her toughness lessons, she worked it out for herself. Hero makes a satisfying journey from self-centred to less self-centred. Many laughs in between. If you like humour with your romance, this book is for you.
Cate Ellink
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Irrepresible You is a fun read that hides a deeper, more emotional story. And this is exactly the heroine's character. Amy has a facade that hides a deeply caring, emotionally damaged woman. Ben, the hero, describes her beautifully as, "...all smooth waters over a coral reef."

Ben has his own armour, comedic sarcasm, hiding his issues. Ben and Amy come together and it's when they're together that both their armour gets in the way.

This story is set in Western Australia (Fremantle and Perth) with
Kim Beck
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This author has a talent not many authors possess. She can bring you a story with characters that shouldn't fit and end of pulling you so deep into the book you never want to put it down. She makes you laugh at the right times while making you think seriously other times. She made me fall in love with quirky Amy who loves her family, and her fifties pin up clothes and Ben who is if written by any other person a character I would hate, he is rude and blatantly disrespectful. But she makes you ...more
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved Amy and Ben's story. I couldn't put the book down! Amy is absolutely adorable and Ben is the perfect lovable cad. He makes you want to curse and swear at him for being such a fool, especially with someone as precious as Amy.

Georgina Penney's writing draws you into the scene and the story as well as making you love the characters. I just hope some of the minor characters get their own stories because I want to know more about them as well! Miss Penney gives chick lit a refreshing new
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lively, slightly tongue in cheek and hilarious while still being a cracker romance (with some seriously steamy scenes!). I really enjoyed the dialogue between the two main characters - very witty. Of course, like ay good romance story, there's a storm brewing throughout which plays out deliciously in the end!

It was also great to read an Aussie romance set in my home town of Perth, Western Australia. Overall, an entertaining read - looking forward to the next one!
Juanita Kees
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Cute, witty and totally loveable characters. Looking forward to book 2. Great work, Georgina Penney. You made me laugh and cry. Set in my favourite place in Western Australia...Fremantle.
This is now titled The Barbershop Girl by Georgina Penney .
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

Parts were cute. Parts were funny. Parts had feels. But parts also felt incomplete/not fully fleshed out.
Ali Hickling
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It made me laugh more than I have in a long time in a book. Frequent bursts of uncontainable mirth bubbling out of me. So much so, my bf stopped asking what I was laughing at. The answer was the same every time: “this book, it’s just so awesome.”

I knew I was going to love the book when I was swept off my feet on the first and second pages by stunning narration, and dialogue that was sharp, setting up the hero and heroine flawlessly.

The sharp and deliciously witty dialogue from our hero, Ben, was
May 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
At First Sight: Ben Martindale, a successful comedian and writer, decamped to Perth, Australia, partially to live down the scandal his latest fling with a reality tv 'star' brought down. One night, he was hanging out with a friend at a bar when he happened to meet Amy Blaine.

Amy owns a barber shop called Babyface, likes to dress up like a 50's pin up girl and is a generally nice and sunny person, even if her persona can be a little over the top. She and Ben don't like each other and at first,
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First off, I received this book from NetGalley as an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC). The cover was too cute for me to not request.

After all the non-plot books I've recently read, it is nice to read a book with an actual plot with a dose of romance mixed into it. Irrepressible You follows a woman (Amy) who, is really living in the wrong era as she, dresses in flowery dress, hair with big curls, legs sheathed with stockings and completed with Mary
Jeannie Zelos
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Irrepressible You . Georgina Penney
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I didn't recognise the authors name, so looked up to discover this is her début book. What a great start to her writing career. I loved this book, a mix of irreverent humour and bitter-sweet romance. I'd read the description so I knew what was coming and it was like watching a car crash, I could see things building up and was just waiting for the collapse. I enjoyed Amy, she was so full of love for everyone and she's
Anna Clifton
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A copy of this book was received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

'Irrepressible You': fast-moving, original, sassy, paced, suspenseful. The characters leaped from the page with their quirky individualism and colour. Amy was adorable: fun. warm, motherly, professional, and yet at times, infuriating. Ben too, was a stand-out with a Bridget Jones blend of 'cynical wag Daniel Cleaver meets insufferably arrogant but good-hearted Mark Darcy'. The secondary characters hovered around
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Love Love Love.
Honestly, i went into reading this book having really high expectations and i was hardly disappointed.
It has been such a long time when i explicitly liked the heroine as much as i liked Amy. I admired her so much. I'm a person who has a really bad temper, i don't know how to forgive as easily as i would like but i admired Amy for having that kind of compassion and being able to forgive. I read previous reviews where some said that she had a flaw and it was being able to forgive
Dean Mayes
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There is something addictive about Georgina Penney's story telling.

Actually - there's plenty that's addictive about Georgina Penney's story telling and it has certainly entrapped me since I entered her world through the doors of "Fly In Fly Out" which serves as the prequel to this title. I greedily gobbled Irrepressible You up over the past week, gleefully returning to the world of the Blaine sisters Jo and Amy. Where Jo took centre stage in the previous novel, the one thousand watt Amy gets
Irrepressible You
By Georgina Penney
Rated 4 out of 5

I was provided with an ARC of this book by Destiny Romance via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I loved this book which is full of wonderful catchphrases with an Aussie bent. You will smile, laugh (several people stared at me whilst I was reading) and cry through this story.

Amy is a firebrand who runs her own businesses, ‘Babyface’ and ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’. She dresses and lives in the 50’s, even her business is a homage to the
Jul 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Ever since I saw the synopsis of this book I had wanted to read it. And recently I managed to take out time to strike this book from my to-read list.But sometimes, unfortunately, reality does not meet any expectations and leaves us feeling confused.

Confusing the reader seems to be a theme that is followed throughout the book. The story seems to be quite fast-paced and many sub-plots arise but are not visited properly by the author. Also the MCs seem to fall in love quite fast and it all feels
Suze Lavender
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The British satirical writer Ben has moved to Australia after a bad break up and the media attention that came with it. There he meets Amy, a small, cute woman with an exceptional dress style. She's working as a barber and hairdresser and she always looks impressive because of her fantastic fifties style. Ben immediately likes her and she becomes his muse. He writes satirical columns for a newspaper and describes their meetings. His audience loves what he's writing about Amy. In the meantime Amy ...more
Robyn Koshel
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Set in the sunny port city of Perth, Australia, this stunning debut has style. I loved Amy. I thought she was funny cute, sassy and clever. I am a big fan of the 1950's style of dress and wished I had her wardrobe.

Everything has such personality in this book, from the outdoor plumbing to Gerald, the dog and his testicle implants.

There are plenty of false starts for Ben and Amy and at times it feels as if someone poured a bucket of water over you. When they do get together it is very saucy. In
Sarah Belle
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was an absolute pleasure to read. It had everything that I love in a great book- humour, humility, wit, warmth, life-like characters and a fast pace. Every scene was a page turner and I found myself staying up late, reading through bleary tired eyes simply because I didn't want to stop.
The characters were real and not contrived to fit the story. The conflict and 'will they, won't they' storyline grew organically out of the characters personalities and added extra dimensions to the
Elizabeth Smith
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This stood out from any other romance novel I have read because of the beautifully drawn characters. Amy, the main character, is such a strong heroine in her own right, not just through her romance with Ben and discovering the hidden depths to her character made me keep turning the pages. The other characters were also intriguing, especially Amy's sister Jo, and their relationship was particularly well-drawn. Of course the main relationship is between Amy and Ben and doesn't disappoint, but ...more
Lisa Ireland
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book. Georgina Penney has a warm and engaging voice, one that draws the reader in and invites them to stay in her world for awhile.
All the characters in Irrepressible You were well drawn and convincing. Amy is not your stock standard romance heroine - she's a wee bit quirky, which I loved!
Ben is simply gorgeous - he's got just enough "bad boy" going on to make him interesting (and sexy!) but he's really a sweetheart underneath.
This book is warm and funny on the surface,
Mariel Hoss
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
***ARC from NetGalley in Exchange for an honest review***

While the beginning of this book made me seriously doubt I wanted to continue…a little too slow, a little too much detail, I am heartily glad I finished it. Once Amy and Ben came together, the story flowed so much better. The dialogue (loved the internal ones) was droll, engaging and intriguing. Both Amy and Ben, and heck, most of the supporting cast of characters, have deep issues and glaring flaws BUT they talked through it, grew through
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing

wow, this book made me lol a lot...i love had good humour, drama, heartbreaking and a little suspense...but overall i love amy character,shes very smart, good heart, full of compassion, lovely and one of a wonder she cought ben eyes...but ben was a jerk, selfish, arrogant but very rich and competent..hes head over heels toward amy...for amy, he changed all his personality..i guess love could conquer all he he he
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book!
Amy and Ben are such awesome characters.
And it helped that I completely identify with Amy's character. I love Bernie Dexter dresses, Some Like it Hot (it's my 2nd favorite Marilyn Monroe movie, actually), her mad cooking skills, her eclectic decor sense, etc.
And Ben was such a likable bastard :)
Hope to read more from Georgina Penney!
Eva Jiang
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
quick easy read; a good pick-me-up romance after a series that will mindfuck you into nonexistence. i feel that the ending with amy and liam could have been better and more substantial but a good filler book nonetheless
Amanda Knight
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Full review to come - fantastic book... A must for a giggle, some introspection and a dash of naughty thrown in!
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Hello There,

So wonderful of you to drop by!

I am no longer writing novels under the name Georgina Penney but you can find all future releases published under the name Evie Snow. All Evie Snow books will be set in the same 'world' with characters you've already met in my Georgina Penney books.

Why the change in name? It's largely because I want to acknowledge how much my lovely husband Tony (AKA The