‘Owning It’ is the 4th book of ‘It Girls’ series by Leah Marie Brown. This was my first Leah Marie Brown book and I really enjoy her style. Now I will have to go back and start reading from the beginning of the series 🙂 Before getting into the story let me tell you couple of my favorite things about the book. I loved ‘Laney’s Life Playlist’ which is the playlist given at the beginning of each chapter that gives you the feeling of the chapter. Also at the end of the book, there is ‘Tour of Artistic Paris’ info and I am definitely planning to use it when I visit Paris 🙂
Back to ‘Owning It’. Our heroine is Delaney Lavender Brooks, a.k.a. Laney, who is free spirited, talented, smart, funny and beautiful 25 year-old artist. Everything changes for Laney when she gets evicted from her house and wrecks her car. Because she doesn’t have a stable income, she moves back to her parent’s house. Both of her parents are professors and according to Laney’s mom being an artist is not a career. Deep down Laney always thinks that she is a failure and embarrassment to her parents and she feels really insecure about herself. Her parents thinks that because there are always there to support her, Laney will never grow up and act like a responsible adult that is why they gave Laney three months to get her life in order and move out. While she tries to figure out what she wants in life, her life takes a new turn with an acceptance letter she receives from a prestigious art gallery in Paris for an internship. Because she doesn’t have her parents financial support or any money in her bank account, in order to reach her dreams for the first time in her life she acts like a grown up and takes responsibility of her life.
When Laney moves to Paris for the internship, the story gets more fast paced. She will meet with Gabriel Galliard, a.k.a Monsieur Tall, Dark, and Hot at Gallery Cadre. Gabriel’s family owns Gallery Cadre and just like Laney, he is not really fitting his family. He is hot, smart, sweet, sophisticated and talented photographer. From the moment he sees Laney, he is attracted to her and he is not afraid to show his attraction and pursue her. It was really cute and sweet to read how their relationship evolves in one of the most romantic cities in the world but if you want more details about their relationship you need to read the story 🙂
I love the secondary characters Theo, Fanny, Vivia and Rigby, who are Laney’s close friends. First 2 books of the series is about Vivia and the 3rd one is about Fanny so I am glad that I will be able to read their stories and I hope to read Theo and Rigby’s stories in the future 🙂 In some parts Laney’s insecurities were really annoying and you feel like shaking her so that she can see how dumb she is being. Also, I think it would have been nicer if reader could read what Laney wrote in her e-mails to her family and friends and not just the e-mails she received.
All in all, I enjoyed being part of Laney’s journey, while she proves herself to her parents, reaches her dreams and finds the love of her life. If you are looking quick read that will put a smile on your face, you will enjoy ‘Owning It’.
- Would I recommend this book: Yes.
- Would I re-read this book: Maybe later.
- Would I read future books by this author: Yes.
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e-ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.