Book Review: My Sort-of, Kind-of Hero by Emily Harper

My Sort-of, Kind-of Hero available AUGUST 21 2014

My Sort-of, Kind-of Hero by Emily Harper
Release Date: 21st August 2014
Buy: Kindle
5 star


Etty Lawrence is a bestselling romance author. At least− she would be if she could just get someone to read her books. Apparently, Amazon doesn’t consider the 500 books purchased by your mother to be ‘bestseller’ material.
When Etty’s given some simple advice from a friend − write what you know − she takes it to heart. But she’s never been in love before, and she doesn’t really have time to fall in love and write a novel at the same time. So, she convinces her slightly unwilling lifelong friend, Travis, to let her follow him around and witness real love, first hand. A third person memoir, if you will. Travis is the perfect hero for her story: he’s funny, smart, and good looking; only there’s one problem. He says all the wrong things. Does any girl really want to talk about the NHL trades? And his jokes would make a kindergarten class roll their eyes.
But the worst part is, Travis’s dates laugh at his corny jokes; the jokes he told Etty first. They touch his sweater; the sweater Etty bought him. And the way these women swoon and gush over him…they obviously aren’t leading lady material. Now Etty has to take this love thing into her own hands if she has any hope of writing a bestseller that people other than her mother will buy.


 Poor Etty Lawrence is having a tough time achieving her life-long dream of being a bestselling author. It seems as though the only people buying her historical romance novels are her parents and her best friends, Jill and Travis.

Advised to ‘write what you know’ Etty strikes gold with her latest idea. Determined to write a love story, but never having been properly in love before, Etty doesn’t know what true love really feels like. There was her ex-boyfriend Todd, who she thought was declaring his love to her when in fact he was talking to his dog at the time, and the most dramatic experience she has had to date is getting her wisdom teeth removed and trying to make out with the dentist. They wouldn’t really make for the best of stories…plus Etty doesn’t want them in print.

No, although Etty might not have experienced love, her best friend Travis definitely has. He gets loads of female attention and goes on loads of dates. All Etty wants to do is to observe him on a date, write about what happens between him and his girlfriend and BAM, instant bestseller. Etty believes that getting Travis to agree to this scheme is going to be the difficult part but that’s not accounting for all of the strange things that she starts to feel when Travis actually goes on a date. Although her feelings are purely because none of these women are right for Travis…not because she actually has feelings for him herself…no, definitely not…

Emily Harper is a new author to me but I fell in love with the synopsis for My Sort-of, Kind-of Hero, so I jumped at the opportunity to review it. The story sounded like chick-lit at its very best and that is exactly what it turned out to be…

I thought that the concept of this story was a genius idea. A novel about someone struggling to write a novel is the perfect basis for a story and it also gives you a bit of an insight into just how difficult the writing industry is, the horrors of writers block and the rather scary advice to ‘write what you know’.

I adore Emily Harper’s writing style, it flows so well and she brings her characters to life brilliantly. I was sold on Etty right from the beginning, she makes for an intriguing lead and I just loved her crazy ideas (inflatable obstacle course anyone?)Etty made me laugh SO HARD in once scene when she is hiding from Travis, waiting to jump out at him and someone else walks through the door. She has the best sense of humour and I loved her to pieces.

Ok, so it may have been obvious to everyone but Etty that she and Travis were meant to be together but that doesn’t matter one bit. I loved watching their friendship develop into more and they make the cutest couple.

A super fun, super quick read that will transport you from real life for 239 pages. This is a story that is completely different from the norm where romances are concerned (after all, Etty is desperate for Travis to fall in love with somebody else.)

I am thrilled to have discovered Emily Harper and hugely excited to check out her other novels. I love her warm, funny style of writing and paired with the witty, gripping storyline of My Kind-of, Sort-of Hero, unlike poor Etty, Emily will have no problem achieving those bestselling novels.

I would like to thank Emily Harper for very kindly sending me a copy of My Kind-of, Sort-of Hero to review.


Emily Harper has a passion for writing humorous romance stories where the heroine is not your typical damsel in distress. Throughout her novels you will find love, laughter, and the unexpected!

Originally from England, she currently lives in Canada with her wonderful husband, beautiful daughter, mischievous son, and a very naughty dog.

Emily Harper 

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