Thursday, August 06, 2015

How does a #British #hero date? Review + Spotlight: THE VERY BRITISH RULES OF DATING by Lady Lara Asprey #romance

Blurb:

 How to find and keep your perfect gentleman
(and yes, he does exist!)

The Very British Rules of Dating is the first and only book that finally gives elegant ladies a glimmer of understanding into how to find and keep their perfect gentleman.

With a good dollop of British humour, it explores the answers to common questions such as:

- Where are all the quality men hiding?
- Why do they never approach me?
- Why do men only seem to ‘flirt’ after they have had a few drinks?
- How do I know where I stand when he never says what he means?
- How do I know when we’re an official item? He hasn’t said anything. - Why is he acting strangely? He suddenly just stopped messaging me!

Looking at every aspect of both traditional and modern dating, including advice for online dating, apps, and texting, this book will become your go-to guide for navigating your way through the minefield that is dating in the UK. It will give you all the tools you need to make a lasting impression on the ever-con-fusing British gentleman, to help you find and keep your Prince Charming.

My review:

I so wanted to nab this book! I mean, come on - yes, I am happily married and I'm not out to nab a man, in Britain or anywhere else. But...I'm a romance author, and many of my stories take place in Britain, with - you guessed it - British heroes! What does the British dating scene look like, and of course, what's the dating etiquette that regents this sphere? And why on Earth do men behave in the way they do??? (Eternal question, right?)

I was all set to devour--I mean, read, this book sometime soon, but then I was contacted and asked if I wanted to help with the launch of this title by posting my review today (release day!) and thus drive more exposure about this. Can anyone imagine me hyperventilating at this point?

So on I go, picking up my review e-copy and just absorbing everything Lady Lara Asprey has to say about dating in modern Britain.

And lo and behold, has this book been an eye opener! Because while British men are Alpha males...they are not the kind we all imagine people romance novels. The British man/hero is NOT someone who will take charge and just barge in right away like he owns the world and everything is owed to him (this is how we define romance tycoons/magnates/billionaires, innit?) He's an Alpha male but he does it all in his own particular way, with proper manners and etiquette, and a somewhat self-effacing streak on the dating scene though he might be eating a different boardroom every breakfast.

I really enjoyed this book and I think it should be required reading not just for all women out in the dating scene out there (the tips apply to ALL nationalities - you will always be the best woman for sticking to the rules and guides Lady Asprey delivers).

But here's the kicker - and I'm not sure this was Lady Asprey's or even the publisher's intention - this is the perfect, must-have book for every romance author who writes or hopes to write about British men as her heroes. Said author will know what to do and not do, how to go about it, and bring this much-needed accuracy and realism to her tales by looking at the ground rules and explanations featured in this book.

Definitely recommended!


About Lady Lara Asprey

Lady Lara Asprey knows that dating in Britain is anything but clear. As a Chelsea-based VIP matchmaker with many years of experience, she knows what makes British men and women tick when it comes to love and romance and is here to explain, in a very British and entertaining way, all the tools you need to find and keep your perfect man.

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From Mauritius with love,

Zee

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