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A Brit on the Side (Calder Castle #1)

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Bea’s English escape plan:
• Work in a real British castle
• Quality time with bestie
• Figure out what spotted dick really is
• Fall for bestie’s older brother. Hard.

Bea Gillespie would rather do anything than teach summer school math two classrooms down from her ex-fiancé. So when her best friend, Scarlett, invites her to England for the summer to work in her family’s cast
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Published August 15th 2016 (first published August 3rd 2016)
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Brenda Brown Yes! The next book is Claire's book and it's called A BRIT UNEXPECTED. I'm still finalizing details, but looking to release it at the end of…moreYes! The next book is Claire's book and it's called A BRIT UNEXPECTED. I'm still finalizing details, but looking to release it at the end of March/early April.(less)
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Jul 11, 2016 Jennifer rated it really liked it
3.5 “Ace” Stars

Trematon Castle, Cornwall, England:

à la Mode St. » fashion

I was a moon to your star. Wherever you were, I was painfully aware of your orbit. Painfully being the key word.

à la Mode St. » fashion

This is such an easygoing book, and it swept me away. If you are looking for a book to escape into, this is it. It was relaxing to read this book. I just wanted to sit in a corner window with some English Breakfast tea and disappear into this book. This book is “ace.” *giggles

My Jasper:

Nice size...of men's frames:

My Bea:


Jasper, Jasper, Jasper. I loved him! Jasper is…intense. Jasper is Bea’s best
Jaime Arkin
I want to go to England and spend the summer working at a castle… and falling for my friend’s brother. I need to know how to make this happen.

I’m a huge fan of Brenda St. John Brown, and A Brit On The Side only solidified that further for me.

Bea Gillespie’s only plan for the summer is to spend time with her best friend Scarlett, not feel guilty about dumping her fiancé and get out and see England. There’s a slight hiccup in her plan when she arrives at the castle she’ll be staying at only to f
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Brenda St John Brown knocked it out of the park with her 2014 New Adult debut, Swimming to Tokyo, and she’s done it again with A Brit on the Side. Being obsessed with all things British, I couldn’t wait for this book, and it didn’t disappoint. Right from the beginning, I wished I could be at Castle Calder with Bea and the gang, working for the summer and falling for a cute Brit.

What I love best about St John Brown’s books is the complex,
Allison (Crazy Something Maybe Reviews)
Brenda St. John Brown is my FAVORITE. I know I'm going to love anything she writes so I'm always super excited when I see she has a new novel coming out. She never disappoints me and this time wasn't any different.

A Brit on the Side is a lighter read than what I’m used to from Brenda, but it's SO incredibly well done. I was totally sucked into Bea's story from the first page. Bea's recently broken off an engagement to Theo. Theo's a great guy, but kind of like vanilla ice cream- delicious, but d
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review

This was such a fun and romantic read. Bea has just broken up with her ex-fiancé and she just wants to get away from it for a bit, so she gets to stay the summer in the UK at the castle her best fiend Scarlett her parents own. What she didn't count on was that Scarlett her brother Jasper would be there too. They shared a hot hook-up years ago that Bea never told her best friend about. I really enjoyed this book, it was a great read.

This is mainly
Sep 10, 2016 M A R I G O L D rated it did not like it
Incredibly boring. DNF.
This was almost a 4 star read but I had some issues that held me back. Overall it was an enjoyable read and I'll be checking out the next in the series.

Quick Rundown: Well, the wedding's off. To quote the Queen Bey, "somethin' aint right" so Chick breaks off her engagement and heads off with her British Roomie to her "home" in England for the summer holiday so she won't have to work with her ex. Home is actually a castle, a bed and breakfast if you will and Chick is anxious to discover that her
Aug 01, 2016 Michelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: second-chance, arcs
3.5 stars. I was intrigued by the blurb of Bea coming face to face with a former, casual hookup that is the older brother of her best friend. Not to mention that Bea never said a word about it to Scarlett, Jasper's sister, so the situation has awkward written all over it.

I really liked the storyline because it was the perfect setup for Bea to have to face some hard truths while trying to figure out who she was and what she wanted. Bea herself is intelligent, caring and realistic. She knows her
Jennifer Pierson
Aug 15, 2016 Jennifer Pierson rated it really liked it
Bea Gillespie called things off with her boyfriend, who looks perfect on paper. So instead of teaching summer school, two classrooms down from him, she takes the invite to England, her best friend Scarlett extends, to work in her family's castle turned hotel, for the summer. And although, she thought she left all of her problems across the ocean, a bigger one is waiting for her in England. Two years ago, Bea hooked up with Jasper, Scarlett's brother, for the best weekend of her life, but it was ...more
Brenda Brown
May 10, 2016 Brenda Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Bea’s English escape plan:
• Work in a real British castle
• Quality time with bestie
• Figure out what spotted dick really is
• Fall for bestie’s older brother. Hard.

Bea and Jasper's story is coming August 2016! I had so much fun writing this book and I can't wait to share it with you. There are plenty of smiles and swoons -- and a hot moment or three on a not-so-deserted country lane. :)

This is book 1 of 3, so make sure to sign up for my newsletter to keep up to date with all new releases and s
Heather andrews
Aug 01, 2016 Heather andrews rated it it was amazing
Jasper could be an *** at times, but then there were those times he was thinking of his woman, "Jasper kisses my forehead. “Well, I couldn’t let you go off to London sexually frustrated, could I?” I really loved this book, I'm hoping to see Claire and Scarlett to get their own books.
Aug 17, 2016 Pam rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
3.t srars...cute and sweet if a little slow at times.
Nov 06, 2016 PaulaReader rated it liked it
**I received a copy of this book in exchange of a honest review**

First of all I really enjoyed the place this story took, like hello LONDON, castles, nature. Oh and the plot line just great. In this book we have Bea, a beautiful young woman with her own emotional struggles, the unconformity with her weight, a girl trying to find her own voice.

There's also Jasper, the typical hot older brother (of Bea's best friend). He's like a super genius, at least in science because in people, he still has a
Jan 17, 2017 Blanca rated it really liked it
***3.5 STARS***
Complimentary Copy kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!


Title: A Brit on the Side
Status: book #1 of series
Author: Brenda St. John Brown
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary
Chapters: 36 chapters


Bea has it rough back home in America. So when her best friend give her chance to work in her family’s hotel, she sure as hell accept it. Everything goes as planned. She works at castle, enjoys the summer and
Nov 06, 2016 Ashleigh rated it it was amazing
Bea Gillespie is willing to do anything to spend the summer away from her ex-fiancée. So when Scarlett, her best friend, invites her to England for the summer, she cannot get on the plane quick enough. Working at a castle-turned-hotel that is owned by Scarlett’s family can’t be that bad, can it? Even in a different country, Bea finds herself with man trouble. This time it’s in the form of a British one, who just happens to be Scarlett’s older brother. Jasper is just as smart and sexy as Bea reme ...more
Tina Lynne
Jul 22, 2016 Tina Lynne rated it it was amazing
Brenda St. John Brown has a way of taking me by surprise. If you have not read any of her books, you need to start now. Overall, her writing is well thought out, smooth, and invites you to join in on a story that will take you places you never imagined you would go. There is emotion, both the good and bad kind, friendship, love, family, and real issues in her writing. So naturally, when A Brit on the Side popped up on my radar, I was beyond excited to read this book. It was everything I expected ...more
Lindsey (Linz Readz)
Aug 13, 2016 Lindsey (Linz Readz) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, kindle
*Grateful to have received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

This was a perfect summer escape across the pond!

Can I please go to England, anytime of the year, not just the summer and work in a castle? Maybe just move and live in a castle permanently? Who do I need to talk to in order to make that happen? This list at the beginning of the book's synopsis is what did me in:
Bea’s English escape plan: 
• Work in a real British castle
• Quality time with bestie
• Figure out what spotted dick real
Nov 06, 2016 Heather rated it really liked it
Bea decides after dumping her fiancé to follow her best friend to England to work for the summer. Problem is she might have slept with her best friends brother who is also there for the summer.

I really liked the themes for this book. It was a coming of age book where Bea’s dealing with her feelings for her best friends brother, how that would impact her relationship with her best friend, and body image issues. Bea’s also struggling finding her voice after letting her ex-fiancé make all her deci
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As much as I enjoyed Brenda St. John Brown's Truth series, I've been waiting for her to write another new adult book because I loved her first one so very much. (That's Swimming to Tokyo, in case you didn't know. You should read it. Really.) And you know what? It was worth waiting on because A Brit on the Side was so flipping good.

I've always had a love affair with England and I'm a huge fan of the best friend's brother trope, so this one had my na
Oct 21, 2016 Cathy rated it really liked it
This book makes me want to go to a castle and explore all over England, just because. It was so very sweet and endearing and really if you think hard about it, totally realistic. This could happen, maybe not to me but it can definitely happen. Brenda St. John Brown really did a great job bringing all these characters to life in a beautiful setting that is fairy tale like, but realistic. I adored this book and everything about it.

We meet Scarlett and Bea as they are off to spend the summer in En
Jennifer Shiels
Sep 08, 2016 Jennifer Shiels rated it really liked it
This was a really great read. Bea Gillespie goes with her best friend to England for the summer. She needed to get away from her ex-fiance and just get away. One thing she never told her best friend was one weekend that she was away and Scarlett's brother and her had one hot time.

Bea loves her mother but her mother has put all these thoughts and things in her head about her weight. Then her ex-fiance also made her feel like her body needed work. The chance to get away from all her worries and s
Aug 10, 2016 Nancy rated it it was amazing
*got an ARC*
Bea is maths teacher, after breaking her engagement with her boyfriend, she accepts her best friend invitation to work on hers parents castle in England so she won't spend time working with her ex, the only thing that Bea doesn't know how to deal is that she keeps a secret from Scarlet, the little adventure she had with Jasper( Scarlett's brother) 2 years ago.
Jasper is a scientist, brilliant, nerd and British( you got the mix?, hot!), 2 years ago he had one of the best nights of his
The Smutbrarians
Aug 14, 2016 The Smutbrarians rated it really liked it
Shelves: earc
Panty Scorching – 4.0
Storyline – 5.0
Angst – 2.0
Tissues – 0
Value – 5.0
Overall – 4.25
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Robin

Bea has just ended her engagement to Theo and would just like to escape working beside him all summer. Thank goodness for her best friend Scarlett who invites her to work in an English castle that’s turned into a hotel. Waiting on posh British families and working in the kitchen might be just the distraction she needs if it weren’t for her best friend’s brother Jasper
Heather Roonan
Oct 27, 2016 Heather Roonan rated it really liked it
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

Who doesn't love romances set in far away lands? It's every girl's dream to spend a summer away in a foreign country and fall in love with a gorgeous local with a sexy accent. (They never mention his accent in this book... but he has one right? I mean, he has to. I will accept nothing else.) The local in this case is Bea's best friend's brother... whom she's spent one sex-filled weekend with a couple years ago. Oh and her best f
Jul 07, 2016 Erica rated it really liked it
"[...] most things are a lot less complicated than you and me."

I need MORE!

After breaking off her engagement to "nice," "good guy" Theo, Bea heads to England for the summer to work at Castle Calder, a castle-turned-hotel owned by her best friend's (Scarlett) parents. She hopes that this trip will give her time to get back to herself, and she is looking forward to the experience...

...until she sees Jasper, Scarlett's brother, whom she had a hot weekend tryst with 2 years ago.

"I can't seem to fi
Karen Gagnon
Jul 02, 2016 Karen Gagnon rated it really liked it
This second chance romance is delightfully sweet, and sexy. It is about friendship, trust, loyalty, and learning to believe and accept yourself. Bea wanted to get away from her ex. fiance and her mothers encouragement to take him back. He was perfect on paper but the pressure he put on her to also be perfect was just too much. So Bea decides to escape for the summer to England with her best friend, Scarlett, and her family. But Bea hadn't planned on Scarlett's brother, Jasper to be there as well ...more
Felicia Eddy
Nov 08, 2016 Felicia Eddy rated it liked it
Here is a sweet story about second chances and finding someone to love you for who you are.

Bea is looking forward to spending her summer with her best friend Scarlett and working at Scarlett's family B&B castle in England. After breaking things off with her fiance Bea needs a break and the timing couldnt be better. When she gets there she finds Scarlett's brother Jasper spending the summer with his family as well and now she has to face her past and the weekend 2 years prior the she and Jasp
SassyCat's Book Review
Jul 27, 2016 SassyCat's Book Review rated it really liked it
A Brit on the side is about Bea who had one of the best experience of her life with a Brit several years ago and now she and her roommate are traveling to the UK to start their summer adventure. But that summer adventure didn't include to see her roommate's hot sexy Brit brother there as well.

The very same Brit a few years ago . . .

With Bea, I'm surprise on how little she sees herself. But with jasper, I think he would help see her true self and be just her.

Jasper, apparently is your version o
Michelle Brace (Wicked Babes Blog Reviews)
This was my first book by Brenda and I don't think it will be last either. Brenda did a great job giving us a light and refreshing read that was a welcome reprieve from the dark and serious reads that I usually read. Her talent for writing the character's relationships and personalities are ones that will make you a fan. They are relationships are real and they are ones that you can actually see transpiring in real life. You will be hooked from the very beginning of this book!

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I'm a displaced New Yorker living in the UK. I lived in London for nearly six years, but now I'm living in The North, in a tiny English village. I like running and Doritos, not necessarily in that order. I also like libraries, old churches and Paris. One day I'm going to write a novel set in Paris, which will necessitate lots of trips for "research."

My novels are about teens and twenty-somethings
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