Bagging Alice by Laura Barnard

(Babes of Brighton #3)

Alice is used to taking photographs for a living – not having intimate pictures of herself posted for all the world to see, thanks to a disgruntled ex-boyfriend. Now her clients are cancelling appointments, and she’s almost out of cash. What else could go wrong? Oh yeah, her room mate has scarpered leaving Alice completely out of luck.

Enter Tom ‘man whore’ Maddens. Having disappointed his father one time too many, he moves to Brighton, ready for a new start. And where better to begin it than in Alice’s newly-vacant spare room? And if he tries to seduce her at the same time? Well he’s just living up to his reputation isn’t he?

But then he didn’t bank on actually falling for her. Will his reputation as a commitment phobe put a stop to any sparks between the pair? Or can Alice put aside her trust issues and take a leap of faith for Tom?


This is the first Laura Barnard book I have read.

Click here to see my blog post when I was part of the author’s cover reveal earlier this month.

I was excited to read this book as the synopsis caught my attention immediately, it seemed just my type of fun read.  I was a bit surprised by the opening chapter as it starts with a quite graphic sex scene however once I was into the story I quickly became swept along with the authors way of writing.

There are a few sexually graphic scenes and some sexual language used throughout the book but the author has written these from a fun point of view which had me smiling and laughing rather than cringing – you know what I mean!

The author has a modern, fun way of telling the story of Alice and Tom and I really did enjoy the journey of the ‘will they – won’t they’ and reading quicker and quicker to find out what happens.

Laura Barnard has brilliantly introduced all the characters in such a way that I felt I knew them well – they were not just names – and there are a lot of friends to remember.

I especially loved the character of Alice – her clothes sound fantastic and I’d love to be able to be brave enough to wear her style!

It is very much a standalone story however I feel I should now read the first two books in the Babes of Brighton series to get the back stories on the friends.

Excess Baggage (Book 1) –
Love Uncovered (Book 2) –


Thank you to Laura Barnard for the opportunity to read and review this novel prior to publication.

  • TITLE: Bagging Alice
  • AUTHOR: Laura Barnard
  • PUBLISHER: self-published
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 1 November 2018
In the meantime click here to add to your Goodreads shelf




Laura Barnard lives in Hertfordshire, UK and writes romantic comedy or ‘chick lit’ as its so often described. In her spare time she enjoys drinking her body weight in tea, indulging in cupcakes the size of her face and drooling over hunks like Jamie Dornan, Ryan Gosling and Leo Dicaprio.

She enjoys wearing yoga pants and reading fitness magazines while sitting on the sofa eating chocolate. She’s a real fan of the power nap and of course READING!

She writes not to get rich or famous, but because she LOVES writing. Even if one person tells her they enjoyed her book it makes the midnight typing worth it!

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2 responses to “Bagging Alice by Laura Barnard”

  1. […] month I was excited to be part of the cover reveal for Laura Barnard’s latest book – Bagging Alice – which is released today, Thursday 1st November (click here for more details). I enjoyed […]


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