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Flirting with Felicity

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  7,370 ratings  ·  695 reviews
Felicity Wright never expected to inherit the hotel where she works as head chef. But now, she’ll do anything to keep the Bancroft Hotel operating—even if that means mixing it up with the late owner’s handsome nephew, Blake Bancroft. He’s here to challenge her unexpected inheritance of the Bancroft Hotel, and there’s no way either of them are walking away without a fight.

Kindle Edition, 236 pages
Published February 1st 2015 by Montlake Romance
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Robin (Bridge Four)
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sexy
I like the premise of the story. Nice girl from a difficult past inherits a Hotel and Restaurant from a customer she was kind to for years without realizing he was the owner of said hotel. Then estranged nephew shows up to contest her getting the hotel and sparks fly.

This contemporary romance was just eh for me. I was never really invested into the characters. Felicity has a decent backstory of a family tragedy that left her caring for a father who is in an almost semi-vegetative state. Then the
Jan 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
This was a pretty terrible book. I found myself wondering how this author even got published and then I read her biography. I daresay her successes in other writing and contacts in the literary world helped her get this published.

The entire story takes place over about a week, (view spoiler)
Hard working young woman pulls herself out of poverty and inherits the hotel she works in.Meets handsome emotionally stagnant man bent on taking her inheritance. It's pretty predictable from beginning to end.
I'll admit to skimming through all the overly descriptive sex scenes. Yet there was a certain something to keep me reading.I liked both characters and while the eventual ending was visible from twenty thousand feet, there was enough on the way there that held my interest.
This was a Kindle
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Maybe it is because I don't read romance novels but I thought this book was great. I started it about 4 hours ago when a friend told me about Kindle List where I could choose a book for free. I chose this one solely on the fact I had zero interest in the others and I wanted to read a book. Simply put, I couldn't put the book down and it made me feel all the feels. Have I been more emotional reading other books? Absolutely! I still found this book engaging. Maybe all those who hate this book are ...more
It was pretty predictable but I thought it would make a good movie plot.
Feb 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
Platinum blond, naive, poor, hard-working Barbie (who doesn't know she's barbie) meets studly, heartless, baggage-laden Ken (oh he knows he's Ken) over crazy circumstances. Immediate lust, doubt, love, love, love, sex, doubt, doubt, love, love, drama, sex, love, doubt, assumed betrayal, doubt, love. All in five days. The timeline is erratic and jumpy and just doesn't make sense. She paid for her dad's operation with the money she saved by moving into the hotel. What?? She lived in a studio apart ...more
Kathleen Crowell
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
I'm curious to know what made this a Kindle First selection...? the only reason I gave it a 2 was I skimmed it till the end hoping to God that it would somehow get better. it didn't. that I kept reading is not the author's fault. I can't even critique it enough to express how unbelievable the storyline was. some word choices could've been better. it's not like GR can't write. but it was not a book I'd recommend to anyone. almost every character was a ridiculous farce. stopping now.
Apr 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
If you read this, do it half drunk on margaritas on the beach. Definitely a skimmer.
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Jan 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: bored-to-tears
That was pretty awful. I'm glad I got it for free with Amazon Prime and didn't pay for this but I wish I had gotten the disturbing European ghost story instead.

While I liked the concept and thought it would be a fun break from my usual reading list, nothing about this book was enjoyable. The writing is comparable to what an inexperienced Miss Perky from 10 Things I Hate About You would produce before she reaches the level of skill she achieves in the movie. The entire plot takes place in a week
Cindy S
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Felicity Wright has lived in Seattle her entire life, most of it in a rundown trailer park. With alot of hard work, she is currently a sous chef at the majestic Hotel Bancroft. She loves her job, and even runs a free program that teaches homeless people how to cook, so they can look for employment. After a family car accident 16 years earlier where her mother was killed, she has been paying to have her disabled father have round the clock care. Blake Bancroft is on the list of Forbes wealthiest ...more
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: freebie
I assumed that since this was a Kindle First Read selection that it would be an awesome read. Was I ever disappointed. If you enjoy a light, fluffy romance (with sex) story, this might be your cup of tea. Sadly, for me, the story lacked depth and emotional pull from the get-go and was, frankly, just plain stupid - From the H and h's meet-cute, the villainous publisher and cohort,to the insta-love. While I have no objection to insta-love (or sex scenes) in general, any story that has it HAS to ha ...more
Jan 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: freebies
Disclaimer: I don't like romance novels, and I got this for free from Kindle First this month because it promised recipes in the back.

This was the first romance novel I'd ever read, so I've no idea how typical it is for the genre, but it's pretty awful and reads pretty much like a preteen's amateur self-insertion lemon fanfic. I mostly slogged through it just to force myself to get over the no-romances mindset, and I thought it might at least be okay as trashy entertainment, but I didn't get eve
Jan 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
Kindle First
Meh. Although this started out well, it kept doing downhill for me. Felicity is a cook, and her specialty after studying in Italy? Mac and cheese! Blake takes her to Hawaii and they go on a yacht to see a Rihanna concert. Seriously, it is so ridiculous I have no words. Then there is the sex. Never mind they have known each other for two days and they are adversaries, but they clearly can't think of anything else. And then there is the dad. He hasn't spoken in years, but his first wor
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
If the pages keep turning...

I do not read as a literary critic. I read for pure entertainment. There is nothing more delightful than a book that keeps you interested in the adventures to be found on the next pages. One that invites you back after you have left your nightstand for a days work. And provides a last page that leaves you wanting more stories from it's beloved characters. Keep writing Gerry audience awaits!
Trish R.
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
2 stars for the last 20%..

I probably could have finished faster, but I had to stop and rest my brain, if the heroine could have functioned better. Good grief, she couldn’t stay on topic, concentrate more than 3 minutes or hold a conversation without giving over to the lust she felt for Blake. I like sexual tension but not on every damn page of the book, not to where the heroine stared off into space lusting after Blake when someone was trying to talk to her, or when she was supposed to be teachi
Jul 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, audiobook
Felicity, after losing her sweet restaurant "patron" Vern, is bequeathed the Bancroft Hotel where she has been working as the head chef.  Finding out that Vern was the hotel owner all along leaves her frustrated, sad and intimidated.  What else doesn't she know?  She is a sweet, caring, and genuine woman who cares about her new employees and wants to see everyone succeed, having fallen on hard times herself in the past.  She struggles with the fact that her father needs basically round the cloc ...more
Katherine Davis
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
a nice story

Really enjoyed this story of Felicity, hotel chef who inherits Seattle's Bancroft Hotel after the owner passes away - an elderly resident she befriended, who she didn't know was a billionaire. The romance comes in when his nephew Blake, himself running the multi-billion dollar Bancroft empire, comes to town to claim his rights to it. I like that it wasn't a typical haughty, all powerful bad-boy billionaire blusters in to town to be nasty and force his way into getting what he wants.
Jan 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Very enjoyable, light and fast read. I was sucked in by the title itself, flirt in the title or blurb and I want it! But there wasn't much flirting. Yes, there was attraction, on both parties but true flirting did not come across. Even with out that I enjoyed Blake and Felicitys banter and their disagreements. 100% lust and physical attraction??? - FOR SURE!

I did however enjoy the premise and what actually brought these two characters together.

I do believe the peak was rather rushed and in no t
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
I found this book to be quite boring. It had many of the elements of a good book but they did not blend well. I did not feel any real warmth between the main characters. They were more like sister and brother than lovers. The most enjoyable parts of the book centered on the father's recovery. Although I personally would not get on a plane and leave my father two days after he had life-altering surgery. Wtf?

The situation with Destiny ended in the most unfulfilling and unbelievable manner. And wh
Jo Anne B
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
I couldn't stand the main male character Blake. In order to truly enjoy a love story you have to like both those involved. Felicity was just way too good for Blake despite her supposedly bringing out the good in him. He was an arrogant, pompous idiot that if I were Felicity and had just been willed a Hotel and Restaurant by Blake's grandfather would have just gotten a lawyer and stuffed it in his face. Blake had no claim to that Hotel and he walks right in saying to Felicity his deal is to see w ...more
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: amazon-freebies
Firstly, take this for what it is: a romance novel review from a mystery novel reader. I received this book for free knowing nothing about it.

This books is utterly average in every way. You know those faces that are so nondescript that you forget them five minutes after they leave? That was this book. It was interesting enough to finish, but that's as far as it went. A simple romance, mundane love scenes, and an outcome that you can assume from page one. If quick, light, forget-me-when-your-done
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Letting go is the hardest lesson of love....

I was immediately drawn into the world Russell created for Felicity and Blake. Seattle with it's seaport, history and culture was the perfect setting for this her first contemporary romance. There are multiple layers to the storyline and the blend beautifully as Felicity and Blake grapple with their pasts that lead them towards a future neither dared to dream could be a reality.

Well done! I look forward to the next contemporary from the author. Highly
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It held my attention throughout and I liked the characters and their storylines. I found it to be a good plot line. I was disappointed in the ending with what I thought was a way to quick of a finish towards the resolution especially with Destiny's character. That was pretty disappointing to me. Other than that, a good chick lit book from the Kindle Free collection
Jan 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Just okay...

This story, or rather the telling of this story was just okay for me. It was too unbelievable that the changes within their personalities happened within a day, or four. Things just seemed a bit rushed for me to really get engaged in the characters. I liked the idea of the plot, but the execution could have been better... I think it needed more depth to really sell the story.
Jan 20, 2015 rated it liked it
This book was picked off of Amazon's free books to prime members so I knew very little about it.

It is a total chick lit book!! I did enjoy the storyline and characters and wanted to know what happened to them. But I was bothered by the sexual tension between the two main characters. It was a main focus of the book and I thought the storyline was great without soo much emphasis on that topic.

Valerie Waters
Mar 31, 2015 rated it did not like it
Well. I thought this was a book my goodread friends had read and rated highly so I was exited about it. Until I realized it has detailed intimate moments that we don't read. And I realized none of my friends has read it. So I had to put it down. Ugh. I wish I would have looked into it more before I started reading it.
edwina hamby
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
Flirting with predictable

This was another Amazon prime get a book free for the month choices. I choose this book because of its good rating. This book is very predictable all the way to the epilogue. And, this is just my opinion, I find it hard to believe that two strangers could fall in love so quickly.
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great story, great plot, great characters.I fell in love immediately with Blake and Felicity. The marriage proposal and wedding was SO romantic and all along, I could just imagine Uncle Vern watching over them with a big smile on his face.

This is the first book I have read by this author. I am anxious to read more of her work.
Helen Whipple
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great read!!!

Can you believe that someone would go to these ends to make things right. It gives you faith that good will triumph over badness. And, to top it off,there are some good recipes at the end of the book. And, the ending is perfect and it makes you believe that good will triumph over evil and that comprise is always better than an absolute.
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