The Job Blower by Melinda DeRoss #AfternoonDelight

The Job Blower by Melinda DeRoss #AfternoonDelight
The Job Blower

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Genres: Comedy Romance, Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on June 10, 2016
Pages: 166
Format: eBook
Source: Author

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Camilla Jackson hasn’t quite found her niche in life yet, but she hasn’t stopped looking.  Along the way, her adventures in working, life, and romance are a painful, humorous, and heartwarming.  I enjoyed this romantic comedy that begs the reader to laugh with it and not take it too seriously.

Camilla is humiliated and emotionally bruised as she leaves her job at the law firm.  What will she do now?  With an incomplete education in law, no real marketable skills, and a tendency toward unforeseeable accidents, work will be hard to come by.  A job is a must.  She could live at home with her family, but the pitying disappointment from her parents and smug snarky teasing from her sister are not worth it.  Camilla has enjoyed living on her own in her little apartment even if it comes with a pervy old man neighbor.

Right, so first things first.  Pity party with the besties and then a brief, but fateful encounter with a handsome hottie in the park.  But the hottie wore a ring and it’s time to earn some money.  Pet shop?  Why not!  But no, that didn’t take long.  Waitress, well alright.  And there she encounters Mr. Carter Evans, investigative journalist and grieving widower again.  Only this time, he asks her out.  And Carter doesn’t see her as a misfit and failure.  If only he can let go of his past.

Life is interesting working at a hair salon (Yep, she’s done it again), helping Carter interview and investigate a local high profile kidnapping, and working on a relationship.  Is Carter right?  Or will she blow it again?

This was a light, fluffy story that was a fast, engaging read.  I felt sorry for poor Camilla and her mishaps even as I chuckled over each mess she got into without even trying.  She’s giving and well-meaning so it makes it easy to cheer her on.  Her dilemma of not quite having come into her own when surrounded by friends who are already settled makes her endearing.  The romance with Carter was quick, but I did love seeing her help him heal and make him laugh again while he gave her confidence because he liked her just the way she is.  They are a passionate pair, but the author teased things out and didn’t have them tumbling into bed too soon.  The mild suspense plot was a nice touch to make things interesting.

All in all, this was fun and a nice distraction for a hot summer afternoon.  Those who enjoy romantic comedy, light contemporary romance or cozy mysteries should take a look at this one.

My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.


  1. This sounds like a fun read! Sounds like she has multiple different jobs over the course of this book. And it’s nice there is a bit of romance and suspense as well. I already feel bad for Camilla and her bad luck, although it does sound comical to read about. Great review!

    1. Oh yes, this poor girl couldn’t seem to catch a break. I think the way you love animals that you would appreciate her pet store experience and then her bringing home a pet from the experience. 🙂

  2. I’ve got to admit that the title is super catchy, and I like a story about life’s mishaps that doesn’t take itself to seriously. Laughter makes the world go round, and loved your review! Hugs…RO

  3. Thank you so much, Sophia, for the lovely review! I’m glad Camilla and her (miss)adventures brightened your day. 🙂