Friday, July 3, 2015

Book Review - The Talented Mr. Maxwell

The Talented Mr. Maxwell

by Julia Harlow

4 out of 5 Stars


Dorrie Applegate just stumbled into a career-launching opportunity. The small-town Kentucky girl landed a gem of a position at Omni Publishing in New York City. Her first major assignment—writing a biography of one of the most sought-after male models in the world.

Grant Maxwell is at the apex of his career. Unfortunately the end of his run looms before him. At thirty-four, scores of younger, hungrier models nip at his heels, vying for his spot at the pinnacle of the fashion realm. And he has no earthly idea what to do next.

In the midst of an unlikely and tumultuous love affair with Grant, Dorrie is suddenly forced into making an agonizing decision. It’s a decision that shatters Grant’s heart.

Step onto the volatile runway of fashion modeling packed to the hilt with clashing egos, impossibly gorgeous men, backstabbing, and biting jealousy. And caught in the snare of the dramatic intrigue? Dorrie Applegate and Grant Maxwell.


Note: I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review of the book.

Dorrie Applegate gets the chance of a lifetime to write a biography and prove herself as an author. However, all too quickly her experience with the man she is interviewing, Grant Maxwell, not only starts off rocky but immediately becomes extremely intimate. Dorrie's life gets turned upside down as she is drawn closer to this man who she is supposed to be writing the life story of. As she follows this beautiful man through different photo shoots, she experiences the life of a model on the road. One wrong choice changes everything and puts it all in jeopardy.

Carly Thomas has a secret past, but knows what she wants for her future. She wants Grant and all he can give her - meaning money. She almost has him convinced when a mysterious person from Carly's past comes back to try and ruin everything.

Julia Harlow's book had a few things that made it difficult for me to follow - a few things I would've written differently. But, this isn't my book, and I didn't write it. Harlow wrote it the way she did because it is her book and she had her reasons. It was a good story and one that was easy to follow. I liked the characters and related easily to them.  The intimate scenes were steamy and thought out.  The best part of this book was that the main character wasn't some thin girl that wears a size 2.  Where that may be some men's ideal, that's not what the majority of us are.  I am appreciative that helps the book be more believable.  
I look forward to more books by this author and what she has to offer!


  1. Thanks for the thoughtful and well-written review!

    1. You are very welcome! I can't wait to read more of your writing! :)