In an Instagram world, can you find love just by being yourself…
Popular lifestyle blogger, Libby Cartwright, is being boggled by business when help shows up in the shape of gorgeous but shy, Charlie Richmond. Libby’s determined to keep it at ‘just good friends’ – she’s dated someone from ‘Corporate Land’ before and it didn’t end well. As she and Charlie begin spending more time together, Libby is starting to waver – until she discovers something which makes her question if she’s ready for love.
Still reeling, she suffers another blow as her blog is attacked in a national newspaper, for promoting unachievable perfection. Libby knows it’s not true – but the only way to prove that is to strip off the armour she’s been wearing for years.
Is she brave enough to show the world she’s far from perfect? And will Charlie be by her side if she does…
A gloriously funny, wise, heart-warming and romantic read for all fans of Lindsey Kelk and Mhairi Macfarlane, from the author of the bestselling Winter’s Fairytale.
What readers are saying about #No Filter:
'Maxine Morrey has easily become one of my favorite authors. I love the characters she creates in her books.'
'A glorious love story for the modern age with a message we all need to hear....be wholly and authentically you. I loved every word.'
'Loved ever second of this book!!! What a sweet and wonderful story.'
'I definitely laughed a lot while reading and throughly enjoyed reading it.'
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About the Author
Maxine Morrey is a bestselling romantic comedy author with eight books to her name including Winter’s Fairytale and the top ten hit The Christmas Project. She lives in West Sussex. Her first novel for Boldwood, #No Filter, will be published in November 2019.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Libby Cartwright is an effervescent lifestyle blogger who is more than a little bit accident-prone. Charlie Richmond is a reserved corporate suit who seems to have everything figured out. As their unexpected friendship grows, the real question becomes whether or not opposites attract. Maxine Morrey’s ‘#No Filter’ has a lot of funny moments; it’s light and fizzy like the bubbles in champagne. There are parts of the novel that really work, and parts that really don’t. I didn’t like that Libby was always falling over something or being otherwise accident prone; the constant use of this device made it feel overwrought in places. There are some interesting topics that are addressed (such as dealing with the loss of a loved one, and whether or not the curated images we share via social media are helpful or harmful) and they’re handled in an authentic, if not slightly superficial way. However, I appreciate the dialogue that Morrey is trying to engage with. I found myself becoming mired in some of the slower parts of the novel, and I had a difficult time believing that both protagonists were oblivious to their feelings for each other for such a long time. I do appreciate the slow burn of chemistry between Libby and Charlie, and that theirs is a romantic relationship that is built on a substantive friendship. But, in my opinion, the ending is quite abrupt and is in desperate need of an epilogue. **I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. **
I absolutely loved this book. It was a lovely take on the friends to lovers trope. What made it different is that the reader gets to follow along as Libby and Charlie first meet each other and become friends. Usually, in this sub-genre of romance novels, we meet the H and h when they’re already friends. I really enjoyed seeing the friendship develop between these two characters who are different but whose differences fit each other. I liked that Charlie is shy and Libby is extroverted. He has built a business in risk management consulting - a career choice that says a lot about what type of man he is. Libby runs a lifestyle blog where she posts on fashion and cosmetics. But once they meet when Charlie helps her fill out her tax forms, they become solid friends. We know where this relationship is headed, but it was a lot of fun going along for the ride. I found myself hoping that the book wouldn’t end because I just enjoyed their interactions so much. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book that I received from Netgalley; however, the opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for my review.