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Claiming Victory is a funny contemporary romantic comedy that will appeal to every woman who still believes fairy tales can come true… ..."So let me get this straight Admiral. Your plan is to somehow get the most famous actor in the world, to fall in love with your daughter Victory, who we both love dearly, but - and please don’t take offence Sir - who you yourself admit iClaiming Victory is a funny contemporary romantic comedy that will appeal to every woman who still believes fairy tales can come true… ..."So let me get this straight Admiral. Your plan is to somehow get the most famous actor in the world, to fall in love with your daughter Victory, who we both love dearly, but - and please don’t take offence Sir - who you yourself admit is built generously across the aft, and whose face is unlikely to launch the Dartmouth ferry, let alone a thousand ships…" Victory Shackleford is a spinster, or at least well on the way to becoming one. She is thirty two years old, still lives with her father - an eccentric retired Admiral, and the love of her life is a dog. She thinks her father is reckless, irresponsible, and totally incapable of looking after himself. He thinks his daughter is a boring nagging harpy with no imagination or sense of adventure and what’s more, he’s determined to get her married off. Unfortunately there’s no one in the picturesque yachting town of Dartmouth that Tory is remotely interested in, despite her father’s best efforts. But all that is about to change when she discovers that her madcap father has rented out their house as a location shoot for the biggest blockbuster of the year. As cast and crew descend, Tory’s humdrum orderly existence is turned completely upside down, especially as the lead actor has just been voted the sexiest man on the planet… Full of romantic humour, Claiming Victory is a must for fans of funny love stories - especially quirky British Romantic comedies. ...

Title : Claiming Victory
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ISBN : 23819561
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 208 Pages
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Claiming Victory Reviews

  • ShaniceRhynd
    2019-03-20 01:44

    I was really enjoying this book and its characters, especially the Admiral and Mabel. Tory is just a normal girl who isn't stick thin and by the way a size 14 isn't considered fat, chubby, chunky or even plump...the word is curvy and I felt the author made us believe she was practically obese by the way people described her. I was gobsmacked when eventually we found out she was a size 14. I felt kind of insulted even though I'm much smaller than a size 14, to me size 14 ain't fat. Men like something to hold on to honey. I was laughing away at the story and enjoying the building connection between Noah and Tory and then BAM! They have sex, they're together and are falling in love. I felt it was rushed to the point where it confused me and I had to stop and work it all together. Plus I would have liked more sex or at least a little more descriptive, everyone loves a good sex scene. Anyway I felt the last half was rushed and it pee'd me off I wanted to read loads more about the two of them.

  • Joanne
    2019-03-23 03:56

    Short and sweet this was a nice light predictable story. I enjoyed the vivid descriptions of the settings and the animals. I thought the characters were well written and very amusing. I enjoyed the simplicity of the story and would only criticise the shallowness of the relationships as they could have been slightly more complex in places. A nice holiday read but for me I think its the end of the road as I won't be buying the next in the series as there was just a bit of originality missing for me.It was a clean story with nothing offensive except the constant references to the heroine's fat. This did start to grate after a while and I think it could have been excluded with very little difference to the pleasant little story.

  • Deborah
    2019-03-22 07:34

    This is a delightful quirky British comedy romance which will have you hooked after the first couple of pages, I was and I ended up reading it in one sitting, partly because I just couldn't put it down and partly because I knew I had to finish it before bed since my husband would never sleep with me trying hard not to laugh beside him.It's funny, hilariously so at times I was laughing out loud with tears rolling down my face. The Admiral has decided that his bossy daughter Victory Brittannia Shackleford needs a man, after all she's nearly thirty three and even though 'She might have an arse the size of an aircraft hanger' she's not all bad and the Admiral is still a man in his 'prime' with a girlfriend, so the scene is set and not one to do things half measure he sets his sights on the worlds most famous actor.'So , let me get this straight Sir. Your plan is to somehow get Noah Westbrook, the most famous actor on the entire planet to fall in love with your daughter Victory, who we both love dearly, but - and please don't take offence Sir - who you yourself admit is built generously across the aft, and whose face is unlikely to launch the Dartmouth ferry, let alone a thousand ships.''Well admittedly, I've not worked out the finer details, but that's about the sum of it.'If you like humour with your romance then it's really worth giving this a go.## My dad is an 85 year old Yorkshire man very set in his ways, a few years ago I gave him my old kindle and I now put crime thrillers and westerns on for him, he loves it especially being able to change the print size anyway I put this book on for him I did warn him, repeatedly that it was primarily a romance since that's not his genre at all but I thought he might like the Admiral, I didn't expect him to read the whole book just the first part but he surprised me not only did he read it all, first romance ever apparently but he loved it, thought it was there you go.

  • Alison
    2019-02-28 09:42

    This was a book of two halves. I loved the first half, Tory's appalling father decides to try to marry her off so that he can move in his (70 year old) floozy. Trouble is, Tory is an English size 14 and just normal looking. His chosen groom? A world-famous American actor who is filming in Dartmouth and whose film crew is using their home, The Admiralty, for filming.Poor Tory is mortally embarrassed by her father's loud, drunken and blatant match-making (usually in the form of a terrible insult to Tory) but Noah (the afore-mentioned actor) appears charmed.Now we can all see where this is going, right down to the stunning beautiful (but cold inside LOL) actress/former girlfriend who just happens to be the female lead.I was really enjoying this until about half way when suddenly (I think) the author wasn't sure how to get Noah and Tory together and so there was a (very) short dream sequence and TA DA! Having spent half a book setting up a gentle romance the author then seemed to skip quickly along - suddenly weeks have past they are in love etc. It's as if she had a page count and had to cut the second part of the book to stay in line.The angst seemed particularly contrived and just out of step with the first half of the book - it is not an uncommon plot device in these kind of books (super hot famous guy and Ms Ordinary) but it was a disappointment after the great beginning.Also, maybe dry January is kicking in, I like a drink (or three or four) but Tory's drinking in this book seemed concerning, especially drinking a client's opened bottle of wine whilst waiting for them to return home (I know plot device). Drinking in the morning, drinking in the afternoon, excess drinking at important social events!!!Could have been a solid four but the second half dragged it back to a three.

  • Julie Woith
    2019-02-23 09:34

    I think I found a new favorite author It's very refreshing to have humor and romance without vulgarity. Victory was a woman I could identify with and Noah was hunky and human enough to be "dreamy". It's was fast paced and very, very funny. The only thing keeping it from 5 stars, in my opinion, was the lack of relationship development. Since it was done diary style I didn't see much emotion till the end. But it was a fast paced, hilarious story that made the unbelievable believable. I highly recommend it.

  • Caroline
    2019-03-09 01:57

    In a single word...charming! Claiming Victory was a delightful romance that provided the happily ever after romance readers want but with some extras. The setting and premise were unique - always a plus. Noah was to swoon over - and I'm usually a pretty hard sell on men that handsome and charming. Tory was a fun heroine with a father who said things that makes you gasp and grin at the same time. My hat is off to Beverley Watts for writing such a lovely read.

  • Roz ~ My Written Romance
    2019-02-28 07:48

    When 55% into a romantic comedy gets no laughs and constant harping about how large the heroine is, I have to pull up the anchor and zoom away.

  • Charla Lamberth
    2019-03-08 07:42

    Not for me

  • Lyndi
    2019-03-07 05:55

    Ugh. What the fudge. Who uses apostrophes instead of quotation marks for all their dialogue?!

  • Mandy Dubiansky
    2019-03-03 08:36

    So unhappy with that ending. I knew they would eventually get together but he did nothing to redeem himself after abandoning her and treating her like crap. Just walk in, say ‘I love you’ and everything is ok?! Sorry, doesn’t cut it for me. I was expecting more. Really good story up until that point.

  • Megan Middleton
    2019-03-07 03:44

    Cute romantic comedy! Victory learns to just live her life in the moment and love despite her embarrassing father's behavior and realizes he just wanted what was good for her. Even in his ridiculous way of showing it.

  • Kimberly
    2019-03-22 01:55

    I got this book for free on my kindle, and I decided to finally read it. A cute little romance but also quite funny at times. I loved Victory's father. He seemed like such a riot! Nice, quick, light read. I enjoyed it!

  • Allison
    2019-03-08 01:45


  • Cassandra
    2019-03-20 03:00

    Love the storyTory and Noah will have you believing in love again. Definite must read and recommend to your friends and family

  • Barbara Watkins
    2019-03-18 08:39

    Good love storyCute story about two people from totally different life styles. It was nice to hear about a different country's lifestyle and town.

  • Deann Kachelmeier
    2019-03-04 01:46

    Don't miss this bookI didn't know this author but I took a chance. This is such a comedy with the secondary characters. It has angst laughs and cute doggies what more could you want. I love books about Hollywood and this has just enough realistic characters.

  • Trish
    2019-03-03 04:39

    I read this book last year and apparently forgot to record it. When last year ... not sure. Sometime after April 12th when I downloaded it, probably in the Nov/Dec timeframe. It was okay for a freebie, but it was almost too British in it's setting in story for me to completely enjoy it.

  • Noelia
    2019-03-06 01:30

    So over-the-top unbelievable that it was funny from start to finish.

  • Stolie77
    2019-02-28 06:57

    I wanted so badly to like this book. Unfortunately I was not won over. The premise is very good though and the concept is cute. It should have made for a delightful read. There are a few things I just couldn't get over: 1. This book is set in England, and it was very clear the author is English as well...problem is, her American characters are using British slang, and wording, and terminology just like the rest of the characters. Reading it I kept cringing. I couldn't imagine an American saying half of the dialogue. I didn't buy it at all. 2. There was absolutely zero redemption for the big blow up. There was no groveling, no grand gesture to warrant forgiveness. Nothing. It fell flat. I can't get behind a character that has no spine. I spent a vast amount of time rooting for her to then just feel let down. BooAll in all I would say it was a nice read to loose yourself in, but ultimately this one will not stay with me. For a book about celebrity meets regular girl try Lick by Kylie Scott. Much better execution. She is also from Australia and still makes Americans sound like Americans.

  • Cynthia
    2019-03-15 03:36

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Victory (Tory) is a 'leaving young adulthood,' generously proportioned British woman living a quiet life managing her rambunctious ex-admiral father and small dog. As a side remark, I loved the scene-stealing dog. Tory's father gets it in his head that she should be married off so he can begin the next phase of his life with his current love. Its his great luck that an America film is being shot in the area and the director requests to use his house as one of the sets. Of course, he believes that the handsome leading man (considered to be one of the handsomest men in the world) would be the perfect suitor for his 'differently beautiful', 32 year old daughter. He sets off to make it so. The story follows the developing relationship, complete with father, friend and dog interference. This is a romantic comedy with witty dialogue and head musings that will keep you smiling and feeling hopeful. It has the ups and downs of this genre but the story is so well crafted that it is enjoyable even when predictable. The ending was just what I needed after my last very dark book choice. This is a feel great book. Read it.

  • Angie Taylor
    2019-03-10 03:32

    This story had such a great start. The characterization of Admiral and Jimmy was so engaging. They made me laugh. And the writing and descriptive imagery pulled me in. I also fell in love with the setting. I'm a sucker for any story set in England with characters who possibly have a British accent. But then as the plot developed I realized I had already read two other books that had such similar storylines that made the reading experience cliche and predictable. I also wanted a cleaner romance that focused on falling in love rather that lustful attraction. The author tried to make me believe the couple had fallen in love. But there wasn't enough "showing" of that happening. So the romantic elements appeared cheap and flimsy rather than substantive.

  • Ruth Hastings
    2019-03-05 08:53

    Got this cos it was free on kindle. Decided a few pages in that this was definitely a 2 star book and I'd never get through it! But it slightly grew on me! Still, it was so far fetched, unbelievable and slightly ridiculous! Yet I still found myself reading on to see what happened next! Story of fat, plain, frumpy girl wins Hollywood heartthrob over the slim, gorgeous, evil Hollywood actress!! Just too much for me, but despite the obvious outcome, still quite enjoyed reading how it got there! Was also a bit confused about why American words were thrown in, even by the English characters...purse not handbag, etc. but annoying.

  • Crazycowgirl
    2019-02-21 05:49

    I liked this book more than I thought I would but there a couple of things that bothered me. I'm guessing the author was trying to aim for the message that size truly doesn't matter, but I feel failed miserably on that score. If that's the case, then why make constant references to it? And the ending was little rushed - can't say I would have forgiven so easily - either the dad or the male lead. Still, it raised more than a few chuckles so it gets a solid 3 stars and I may even try the follow on book.....

  • Sandra Franco
    2019-03-16 05:35

    Absolutely marvellous!!! Beverley Watts writes in such a breezy, natural way that I imagine it's impossible to dislike it! The story is heart warming, the characters are great (Especially the Admiral!) and relatable, the descriptions of the surrounding area made me want to holiday there. I love the way she picks up on some of my favourite British traits as would be seen by an outsider. The tone reminds me a bit of Bridget Jones, but there's something very down to earth in the writing which makes me actually prefer Claiming Victory. Loved it.

  • N.R. Spratlin
    2019-03-09 01:36

    It was delightfulI love to loose myself in stories and it seemed eat to do in this one! Tory is a funny well rounded character and I loved her humor. I just wish she would have had a tid bit more self confidence but I loved the support her friends gave her. Noah is dream worthy for sure but I wish we would have learned a little more about him and maybe some corresponding email returns from his sister. Over all I have this book a for stars because I enjoyed her style of writing and will most likely read some more from the author especially if it's a quick read like this.

  • Kathy Temean
    2019-02-27 09:40

    Have to give this book 5 stars. It was funny (was laughing so hard, I woke up family members in the middle of the night). It is a heart warming story with great characters, and the problem was not contrived. The other great thing is it is a series, but this book had a beginning, middle, and satisfying ending. It can be read as a standalone. Thank you Beverly for that. Also, I loved the emails the actor writes his sister.

  • Janeiowa
    2019-03-14 08:52

    The meddling Admiral/father just was too, too much...boring and repetitive. I tried to get into it, but it seemed too "slapstick" for my taste.The insults from the father about his daughter's size and her intellectual and social abilities...."not the sharpest knife in the drawer,' 'social hand grenade" said more about him than Victory. He was an egotistical bore and the one with intellectual and social problems!

  • Ashley
    2019-03-20 08:33

    This was a Knotting Hill wannabe. It was a fun quick read. I just couldn't get ver one part in the book. Noah says something really snarky to Tory about if he threw a ball would she go after it. And then she went on like he hadn't said anything. Why did the author even put that in? So confused. Plus I couldn't STAND her annoying dog! Can't believe she'd let him jump all over people and lick them about every other page.I will add the word 'tart' to my vocabulary though.

  • Riika
    2019-03-05 05:56

    I downloaded this directly from the Amazon Kindle store as part of the Kindle Unlimited program and all three books so far in this series are improperly formatted by using a single quote instead of a double quote for dialogue. And the formatting is not correct for most paragraph structure. It is highly frustrating to read a book with these errors. The story itself was cute, but highly predictable.

  • Ashley
    2019-03-01 06:59

    Too much detail!!!!!It shouldn't take 5 kindle fire sized pages to describe a garden. I'm sorry, but I was bored to tears. There's no comedy or romance. It's so dry. The constantly switching povs made this book not only confusing, but also frustrating. I don't want to read the father of the h's pov. The style that it was written felt old and stuffy. I'm sorry, but I do not recommend this book.