Tuesday 1 March 2022

Book Review: By Any Other Name by Lauren Kate

By Any Other Name by Lauren Kate book cover

AD* | What she doesn’t know about love could fill a book.

With a successful career as a romance editor and an engagement to a man who checks off all ninety-nine boxes on her carefully curated list, Lanie’s more than good. She’s killing it. Then she’s given the opportunity of a lifetime: to work with world-renowned author and her biggest inspiration in love and life - the Noa Callaway. All Lanie has to do is cure Noa’s writer’s block and she’ll get the promotion she’s always dreamed of. Simple, right?

But there’s a reason no one has ever seen or spoken to the mysterious Noa Calloway. And that reason will rock Lanie’s world. It will call into question everything she thought she knew. When she finally tosses her ninety-nine expectations to the wind, Lanie may just discover that love By Any Other Name can still be as sweet.

Sweet, romantic, and packed full of humour, By Any Other Name is the perfect laugh-out-loud romance novel. 

The main character Lanie is a successful editor looking to take the next step with her career. The key? Bestselling romance author Noa Calloway. Noa is a secretive, private individual - in all the years of editing Noa's books, Lanie has never actually met Noa face-to-face. So, when the opportunity arises to do just that, Lanie is understandably excited and nervous in equal measure.

After discovering a shocking secret and learning that Noa's latest book is struck down by a bad case of writer's block, all of Lanie's carefully constructed plans for the future start to unravel around her. But when your life is changing, perhaps it's an opportunity to be dynamic and build a better future instead? 

Lanie is a brilliant character - she's quirky yet relatable, with just enough zest to make her an intriguing, interesting personality. Despite her challenges she always has a plan and is strongly guided by her moral principles, and of course, a team of supportive friends and colleagues.

This was a quick read but an unputdownable one; as soon as I started reading, I was instantly engrossed in Lanie's story. Her life both in and out of work was fascinating to read about, and I was sorry to get to the end of the book so quickly! But does Lanie get her happily ever after? You'll have to read the book to find out! 

Rating: 5 stars

By Any Other Name is available to buy now.

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* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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