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KarenS Capsule Review: Flirting With The Camera By Ros Clarke

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Sensuality Rating: STEAMY

This was a book that I decided to buy because I caught a random conversation on Twitter. I have no idea who the conversation was between, but I think the words “heroine with a great body image” or some such were included in there somewhere.

Anyway, here’s the synopsis from Amazon:

Hattie Bell is beautiful, brilliant and bigger than your average plus-sized model. For top fashion photographer Tom Metcalfe, Hattie is the muse he needs to help him break into the art world.

Working with Hattie is going to send his career rising into the stratosphere.

Falling in love with Hattie is going to bring his life crashing down around his feet.

The blurb is basic and really doesn’t do this story justice, but some of the things that I loved about Flirting With The Camera was the heroine. Hattie was a fun person who totally embraced her size, and knew that she was beautiful. How often do you get that in a romance? Hattie was an absolute breath of fresh air and her chemistry with Tom was on point.

I also liked Tom, he was pretty closed off, and was your quintessential tall, dark and mysterious guy, but he had real substance, and his back story was touching.

Anyway, if you fancy a read, you can download the book from Amazon.com here.


  • I’ll have to look for this one. I just tried my first Clarke book — I only own 4 :-\ — and thought it was nicely out of the ordinary. (Twelve Days.) I was actually mentioning the plot to my husband last night and he guessed at how it ended and was completely wrong.


  • Lol, I just re-read what I wrote, and Jesus I’m out of practice.


  • I guess it’s not like riding a bicycle!


  • I dunno…it always takes me a while to get comfortable with the bike, after a period of not riding it.

    (oh dear…)


  • Hey Karen,
    Sorry to comment here, but I lost your email addy. Just wanted you to know I will be visiting London in October. Can’t wait to see your beautiful city. Any tips? So excited!


  • @AztecLady I’m pretty sure it takes a while for one’s arse not to hurt when getting back to riding…



  • @Beverly Havlir: Hi Beverley, I just wrote lots of recommendations and I just managed to lose them, ugh.

    Anyway, I’ll try again:


    The London Eye
    The Tower of London
    London Dungeons (London Bridge Tube Station)

    Oxford Circus, Bond Street, all fantastic.
    Covent Garden, lots to do there, lots of tourist attractions and there’s always a good atmosphere there (if you get the underground train (the Tube) to Covent Garden, unless you’re super-fit, do not attempt to climb the stairs out of the tube station, it could bring on a seizure. The walk up is about 15 minutes long.

    Borough Market – great place to walk round for locally sourced foods etc. Everything is fresh and GOOD.

    The West End is where it’s at – Shaftesbury Avenue, Leicester Square, Victoria has lots of theatres too.

    Art Museums
    Tate Modern and Tate Britain
    The Cutty Sark at Greenwich may be open by the time you arrive, lots of history, large parts of the ship burned down a few years ago, and it’s only just recently been restored.

    Best Way To Travel
    The Tube is the least expensive way to travel and the most convenient especially as a tourist. I recommend you get day travel pass for zones 1-4. That will cover you for most of London. Zones 1-2 is just for the very centre of London. Make sure you grab a tube map, it will be a God send.

    Remember, treat the London Underground the same way you would any other underground service in the world, if you dawdle, you’ll get left behind. Londoners are a tad rude, esepcially during rush hour and will bump you out of the way to get on a train. You may need to be a little aggressive.
    NEVER get a cab during rush hour, it will cost you a limb and maybe even your first born child. It’s far quicker to get the tube.

    Places to eat
    London is NOT cheap however I can recommend The Brigade at London Bridge, the food there is amazing and part of the money goes towards getting homeless people off the streets.(It’s down on Tooley Lane near The Hilton Hotel)
    If you’re feeling monied up, the food at The Gherkin is amazing but oh so very expensive.
    London is not short of restaurants so it very much depends on what you like to eat.

    My recommendation is to find a Tesco Metro store, you can find nice food in there. It’s a mini supermarket but usually well-stocked. Especially the one down Tooley Lane (near The Brigade)

    Email me if you need more recs, my email address is hairylemony @ gmail.com (nos spaces)


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