Book review: Having a Ball by Rhoda Baxter – Blog Tour + Giveaway


When the going gets tough, the tough throw a party.

Stevie has always relied on her brother to bail her out of trouble. Now she needs to prove to him that she can be independent and mature. When she takes a job organizing a charity ball for some slightly barmy retired academics, she’s not expecting to fall in love with the rambling old house, the even more rambling family that lives there and Tom, the boss’s son. If she can make the ball a success she could show the world, and herself, that she’s her own woman. She doesn’t need anyone else. Nope. Not anyone. Not at all.

Review quotes

“Another thing that stands out with this book is the author’s obvious knack for dialogue. It’s quick, witty, descriptive and certainly packs a punch.” The Romaniacs

“A fun page turner that will pull you in from beginning to end.” 5/5,

Book buy links:


All other formats (including non-DRM PDF) from the publisher’s site

Our review

Twenty-two-years old Stevie has to grow up. She is mature enough now to live on her own and get the job of her dreams. She has always relied on her brother, her only family since their parents died. But now he is married and has a family of his own, so Stevie can’t call him in the middle of the night when she has a nightmare.

Starting the job of her dreams, Stevie has to organize a charity ball. With no money for the organization, she has to use all her skills to do this as good as she can. The lady that organizes the ball is very nice. But, there is a catch. Her son is Tom, a friend of Stevie’s brother from college. The very same guy that she embarrassed in front of when she was thirteen. She got drunk in his room and tried to seduce him.

Now, Stevie has grown up. She is responsible person and very good at her job. She makes good choices. But, Tom is so cute, would she be able to resist him?

At first I didn’t like Stevie much. It is childish (at least for me) to get mad just because you are not your brother’s number one anymore. He has a family on his own now, a family that depends on him and comes first. But, after a while I could actually see Stevie change and grow up as a character. She respects herself and knows how to gain respect from others. She shows that she is not someone’s one-night-stand and knows she deserves more. So, page after page, Stevie did grow on me. She is responsible and a totally cool person with so many creative ideas. She also can handle any situation, and I was impressed with this part of her character.

As for Tom… well he seems to be more reserved. He keeps his feelings all to himself. You can’t see that behind that arrogant look is a man who wants a house, a wife and children. Maybe, Stevie can change that.

So, overall, really enjoyed this book. I had no idea that organizing a ball can be so fun. And Stevie and Tom are such a cute couple. So, if you are looking for a light and fun read (lots of e-mail correspondence and ice cream included), then this is a book for you.

My rating: 3.5/5


About Rhoda Baxter

Rhoda Baxter started off in the South of England and pinged around the world a bit until she ended up in the North of England, where the cakes are better. Along the way she collected one husband, two kids, a bit (ahem) of extra weight and a DPhil in molecular biology. She has a day job working in intellectual property and writes contemporary romantic comedies in whatever spare time she can grab. Her first novel Patently in Lovewas shortlisted for the RNA Joan Hessayon award 2012. Her third novel will be published by Choc Lit in 2014. She can be found wittering on about science, comedy and cake on her website, Facebook and twitter.


Rhoda Baxter is giving away 2 e-copies of Patently in Love and this giveaway is open Internationally! Enter through Rafllecopter form and good luck guys!

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Posted on January 22, 2014, in blog tour, review and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on Rhoda Baxter and commented:
    HainvgThe Having A Ball book tour has begun! The tour is organised by the fabulous Shaz at Fiction Addiction Book Tours. There will be 5 stops, spread over 2 weeks. An in each one you can enter to win one of two copies of the prequel, Patently in Love.

    Without further waffle from me. Here’s Marina’s review on This Chick Reads.

  2. Fab review Marina.

    Thank you for hosting on Rhoda’s tour.


  3. Thanks for the review, Marina! I’m so glad you enjoyed the book. Thank you for having me on your blog.

  4. Great giveaway! Thanks ladies ❤ xxx

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