Review: More than Fashion by Elizabeth Briggs

23484850More than Fashion
(Chasing the Dream, #3)
By: Elizabeth Briggs
Publisher: Self-Published
Published: July 30, 2015
Genre: New Adult Romance


They’re enemies who will do anything to win…including each other.

When Julie Hong wins a spot on a fashion design reality TV show, she celebrates by picking up a hot English guy in a hotel bar. But too many drinks leads to a night of embarrassment and a major hangover, and wow is she glad she’ll never see him again. Until the show starts, and he’s on it too.

Julie quickly realizes she’s out of her league among the other designers, and Gavin Bennett, with his cocky grin and sexy accent, is her biggest competition. Julie can’t decide if she wants to kiss him or kill him. Or both.

After she’s almost kicked off, Julie convinces Gavin to pretend they’re sleeping together for the camera. The ploy works, but as they get closer to the show’s finale their fake relationship starts to become too real. But only one of them can win the show—and they might both end up heartbroken.



1thoughtsJulie was lucky enough to win a spot on the reality designer show, Behind the Seams. As one last hurrah the night before she’s to check into the show, Julie decides to have one last fling. However, when she brings the sexy guy up to her room, she’s so drunk that she kinda sorta passes out. Thus, putting a stop to the festivities. Well, it turns out that the sexy Brit she almost picked up at the bar is none other than a contestant on the show as well.

Julie was a hard character to get behind. On one end I really liked her because she didn’t walk like your typical girl character. She drops f-bombs and swears like a sailor. However, on the other side of things she’s a little mental. I mean, she hates Gavin for no good reason. I mean, he doesn’t tell anyone that they’ve previously met, he doesn’t talk about how he almost hooked up with a complete hot mess. He is nothing but a gentleman to her, and yet she is nothing but a complete bitch to him. Well, that is, at least when she doesn’t have her tongue down his throat. She was so wishy washy that I am surprised I didn’t get whiplash. Another thing that threw me was her attention to other women’s boobs. I get that she’s a designer and must look at body types to envision what fabric and design would work best with her model but does she have to compliment everyone’s boobs? I would not have been surprised if Julie turned out to be bi-sexual with how often she was thinking about how great everyone’s boobs were. It was a bit weird.

Gavin. Gavin… Gavin… Gavin… He is perfect. I mean, if you looked up the definition of “gentleman” you’d see his picture right there. He does everything by the book. I found him a bit boring and yet refreshing at the same time. It’s hard to explain. There was no rawness to him. He picks up a hot chick in a bar, goes to her hotel room only to realize she’s drunk and refuses to go any further with her. He reunites with said chick at this reality show that he’s worked his butt off to get on. Instead of focusing on himself, he sort of keeps an eye on her and is there to support her, even though she’s a complete bitch to him. He wore his heart on his sleeve and it was hard to believe that Julie didn’t see his intentions for what they really were instead of some sort of scheme to make it to the finals. He was someone that while I liked his character, I wanted more from him.

I will admit that it’s been a very VERY long time since I watched a designer reality show. We’re talking like the first season of whatever Heidi Klum was in. So, with that being said, I cannot said whether it resembled a particular show or not. I will say that I found it entertaining though. I liked reading about the curve balls the show threw at the designers or the internal conflict and the fact that the show was kind of rigged. I mean, are we really surprised that reality shows aren’t really reality? No!

The author definitely have a way of writing that speaks to me. I’ve read every book in this series so far and I’ve enjoyed each of them. I’d say More than Comics is my favorite followed by More than Fashion. I’m interested to see what happens with Carla since I’m sure she’s the next one up on Chasing the Dream. (Carla is Julie’s BFF and her model during the show)


1favequote“It was worth it. No one looks back and remembers the nights they went to bed early.”




Previous reviews from Chasing the Dream
More than Comics


10 Thoughts on “Review: More than Fashion by Elizabeth Briggs

  1. I have to admit after reading your review I had to go back and look at how many smiley faces you gave it, was a bit surprised. Gavin must have been one of its saving points. It is odd that she is so into boobs even if she is a designer, and her being all over the place would probably make me loose my mind lol

    • It was so hard to review but I felt like I really enjoyed it even though there were certain things that bugged me. But then again, some of the things that bugged me were also things that I appreciated from the book. I’d say if I had a half rating I’d have given it 3 1/2 stars. I think the saving grace for me was the author’s writing style. I’m able to just dive into the story and it feels like I’m right there with them.

  2. I like the idea behind the book. It’s been a long while since I watched Project Runway (is that it’s name??) lol Great review Kristin

    • Yes! Project Runway! I could not for the life of me remember what it was. I kept thinking America’s Next Top Model but knew that wasn’t it. The first book in the series dealt with the characters going on a TV show very similar to The Voice. While it’s not a show that I’ve previously watched, after reading the book I will have to try to catch a season. 😉

  3. I haven’t even met him but I’m already slightly in love with Gavin

  4. Gavin sounds great, I love a gentleman

  5. Oh well he sounds like a fantastic hero. 😀

    • He was certainly a breath of fresh air given the fact that a lot of male MC’s are big Alpha types and Gavin is definitely fine with hanging back and letting the girl take the lead.

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