This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Re Beyond Compare Penny Jordan takes the opportunity to give us another sneaky Alpha H pretending to be a Beta to get his girl The poor H has been in love with our cuddlesome baby bunny h since she was 16 But unfortunately our h is also as befuddled as a baby bunny and thinks she is in love with another guy But PJ makes the h sweet and winsome enough to avoid a lot of exasperation with her, as the h later says, she didn t know anything else at the time.This one opens with the 22 yr old inte Re Beyond Compare Penny Jordan takes the opportunity to give us another sneaky Alpha H pretending to be a Beta to get his girl The poor H has been in love with our cuddlesome baby bunny h since she was 16 But unfortunately our h is also as befuddled as a baby bunny and thinks she is in love with another guy But PJ makes the h sweet and winsome enough to avoid a lot of exasperation with her, as the h later says, she didn t know anything else at the time.This one opens with the 22 yr old interior decorating stencil specialist h crying on her very kind boss s shoulder about how her long term boyfriend since school has dumped her for the local rich mean girl back in her home village The boss wisely doesn t comment except to say the h can do a lot better in the boyfriend stakes, but she privately thinks the h has no clue and it is only propinquity and continuity that makes the h think she loves this guy The h, on the other hand, thinks her world has come to an end In the usual PJ style, the h is a virtual orphan as her parents have emigrated to New Zealand to live near her brother The h is a lovely little black haired curvy pixie and very charming and sweet She is womaning herself up to attend her ex s engagement party back in the home village, he so thoughtfully included an invitation after making sure she was free to attend The befuddled h thought he was going to propose, then she got the big shock that she was dumped and he was marrying the local rich witch instead Naturally the h has accepted and now feels forced to attend, her boss suggests taking another man along as an escort, but the h doesn t know any other men She has always dated the cheating slime slurper and worked very hard on her career The weekend arrives and the h duly drives herself down to her home village, there is glass on the road and the h drives over it, puncturing two tires The H, who is a hunky color blind farmer and wears green socks with his evening clothes, happens along and rescues her He convinces her to stay at his farm instead of the local pub and finagles the garage into keeping the h s car longer so he can be her escort around The H is near 30 and had to leave school at 16 to take over his dead father s failing farm This is a very smart H tho, and he soon turned the farm around and got an education Now he drives a Range Rover,plays the stock market and can afford pricey designer stone washed jeans He also does magnificent woodwork and redid his house in examples of his craft.He isn t much good at decorating tho, so the h immediately offers to do the finishing designs on his kitchen in repayment for him letting her stay with him The H is great with that, since it will keep his befuddled h in his clutches longer as long as nothing is done in baby pink By the baby pink rejection we can tell this H is really a seekrit Alpha The time for the engagement party arrives, and the h and H are all set to go They run into another couple who are old school friends, and based on their comments the h gets a wonderful idear She tells the H that they should pretend to be in love and make their erstwhile ex s jealous and hopefully breakup the engagement The h, who was having mopey moments all over the H, mistakenly assumes that the H is heartbroken too The H being a kind, but cagey kinda guy, doesn t disabuse her of the notion as long as she keeps clinging to his manly chest that way I confess this is one of PJ s funniest H s ever, in a drily laconic sorta way I fell off my chair laughing when he asks the h if they should do the starry eyed can t look away just in love impersonation or theestablished cozy cuddle warm glow sort The h takes the first option So fake just in love impersonation in place, the h and H wander into the part and give their exes a nasty shock Things progress with the h doing faux marbling and stenciling of the H s cabinets and meeting his mum and her new hubby and some sweet roofie kisses from the H Since this H is so obviously besotted, PJ doesn t bring out the big gun sick Alpha chest sponging technique, tho some cabinets get a bit of a swipe There is an interaction with a friendly bullock where the H has to dramatically rescue the h from a misplace cowpie and the H let s his wild side loose when he gets the h to make over him too Then prances around in very skimpy boxers to show off his six pack The h gets a good oggle or twenty in at all that manly muscle and furry chest, before shy blushes overcome her fascination and she runs out of the room Eventually the h and H succumb to their big moment of passion and then the h, who by now is fashing herself over the H still being in love with his ex while she has forgotten who her s even was, thinks that she was just a sub for the evil mean girl Eventually the local elderly Lady of the Manor holds her annual birthday party and the evil mean girl makes her play She has ditched her erstwhile fiance and wants the H in his place The H quickly puts a stop to that nonsense and since his beta mask has slowly but surely been eroding away while his frustration over not having the h permanently grows, he forcefully tells the h that he loves her The h has been a very naive dumb bunny, but she uses her ears to hear for once and quickly avows her true love back The H explains that evil mean girl is an avaricious, scheming, stupid woman and he has been in love with the h since she was 16 and he gave her a ride to school in a snowstorm The h protests that he let her believe he was heartbroken too, and the H wittily explains You assumed she had, and I well, it was the most attention you d paid me in over five years, and I wasn t going to spoil it by telling you I wasn t sharing your misery You gotta love a love an H like this, not only is he kind, a roofie kisser, has six pack abs and is willing to let his lady redecorate anything she wants as long as it isn t baby pink, he has a great sense of humor too and in HPlandia, you just can t ask for anythingthan that After swearing I would NEVER read another Penny Jordan, I actually ordered this PAPERBACK and had to WAIT to read it sits next to mailbox Well, the package came this afternoon I ripped it open and devoured the whole book in one sitting.Oh My God.THIS BOOK IS ADORABLE Seriously, the most adorable HP ever The hero is so squee worthy and unlike most modern HP heroes He is a freakin farmer LOVE THAT Instead of a billionaire tycoon, PJ gives us an ADORABLE farmer who has been madly in love After swearing I would NEVER read another Penny Jordan, I actually ordered this PAPERBACK and had to WAIT to read it sits next to mailbox Well, the package came this afternoon I ripped it open and devoured the whole book in one sitting.Oh My God.THIS BOOK IS ADORABLE Seriously, the most adorable HP ever The hero is so squee worthy and unlike most modern HP heroes He is a freakin farmer LOVE THAT Instead of a billionaire tycoon, PJ gives us an ADORABLE farmer who has been madly in love with the heroine for years He does drive a Range Rover, so there is that The plot is silly and contrived and WHO CARES I LOVE DREW I only wish the last chapter had been longer and that we got an epilogue.Adorbs Grade A p.s This book is SO 1980s, it s hilarious The heroine keeps talking about how avant garde she is with interior painting, like faux finishes and stuff Hee Sweet romance with a besotted hero who s loved the heroine for years. Delicious Hero, I loved it Heroine was a bit blind to what really mattered, but she got there, eventually These two had terrific chemistry. So I ve been meaning to read this for a while now and finally, a friend s review clinched it for me And now that I ve read it, I have to say it was well worth the hours spent Beyond Compare is everything a romance novel should be with an H that every romantic hero would do well to emulate This was so heartwarming and subtly passionate just the way I like it The story s simple The h Holly has been jilted by her ex boyfriend in favour of the village Veronica Lodge and to put the icing on So I ve been meaning to read this for a while now and finally, a friend s review clinched it for me And now that I ve read it, I have to say it was well worth the hours spent Beyond Compare is everything a romance novel should be with an H that every romantic hero would do well to emulate This was so heartwarming and subtly passionate just the way I like it The story s simple The h Holly has been jilted by her ex boyfriend in favour of the village Veronica Lodge and to put the icing on the cake the evil ex has invited her to attend their engagement do at said village Now Holly being a upwardly mobile career girl, isn t one to shy away from a challenge and decides to attend even with all her misgivings There she runs into Drew, the local farmer boy now man wealthy and with a range rover who used to date Veronica and is undoubtedly suffering from a broken heart as well The two strike an impossible deal to pretend love for each other in order to make their ex s jealous and bring them to heel Of course, unbeknownst to the h, Drew was never interested in Ronnie Instead, he was besotted with Holly and for many many years and here was the opportunity he needed to show her his true feelings The overwhelming love of the H for the h was pretty obvious from almost the very beginning and sometimes, I just wanted to hit the h on the head with a bottle or a shoe or something for being so blind or stupendously naive He was perfect the strong, silent, brooding alpha, who s biding his time waiting to get the h right where he wants her He s never cruel, but neither is he a carpet to be walked over and he continues playing the waiting game with Holly till it s far too late to pretend indifference for either of them Even then, the h resists and that s where this otherwise perfect love story lost a star for me And the fact that I would have liked her to grovel yes, her for all the misery she puts him through while confessing her love Though it doesn t happen, they do eventually find their HEA in thoroughly satisfying manner I loved this one This is PJ at her best and you can t help but admire everything from the plot line to the writing style to the character development Also, I guess she s the only author other than the great Sara Craven who can take a stiff lipped Brit Hero from the English countryside and turn him into the irresistible man of your dreams move over the Greek tycoons Latin Lotharios I absolutely loved this Hero, he was unapologetically simple, down to earth, and romantic These modern HP men could definitely learn a thing or two from him Four well deserved stars Aww , I fell for H , I have a thing for farmers and countrymen h was blind , although I think it was by choice in the end , she knew he loved her and not OW but for some unknown reason she chose to ignore it, hell poor fellow kept on dropping hints about his love Anyway a well deserved HEA I would have loved epilogue where OW n OM get married and went through hell , they deserve each other very much hehe. It was a mistake It just had to be Surely Howard would come to his senses and realize Holly was the one for him When he did, she d be waiting Meanwhile, though, Holly Witchell was determined to make Howard Neston appreciate what he had lost in jilting her for her glamorous schoolmate, Rosamund And who better than Drew Hammond to help her after all, Rosamund had jilted Drew to become engaged to Howard It seemed logical for Holly and Drew to pretend to be lovers while they waited for their real loves to change their minds Sweet romance with a hero who has loved the heroine for years He was pretty beta and should have fessed up to his love earlier But then there wouldn t have been much of a book right Not a lot of angst but no real stupidity either Fun read. On a trip back to the old village for her ex boyfriend s engagement party to the unlovely bitch, Lucy, the h, meets up with Drew He dated Rosumond for a while and Holly feels his pain as well as hers Between the two they concoct a plan to help them both They will pretend to be in love to make the other two idjits jealous It only works with one of them as Howard really isn t interested in anyone, and Rose whatever is such a nasty piece of work she d steal candy from a baby much less release t On a trip back to the old village for her ex boyfriend s engagement party to the unlovely bitch, Lucy, the h, meets up with Drew He dated Rosumond for a while and Holly feels his pain as well as hers Between the two they concoct a plan to help them both They will pretend to be in love to make the other two idjits jealous It only works with one of them as Howard really isn t interested in anyone, and Rose whatever is such a nasty piece of work she d steal candy from a baby much less release the now wealthy farmer with abs of steel to a chick she feels is an unworthy competitor Turns out Rosamund and Drew never really dated When Penny Jordan isn t torturing her poor little victims heroines, she is painfully connecting the dots on the inner musing of the tiny h Again and again, Holly beats her dead horse and inner monologues on how poor Drew is feeling about losing Rosamund, pill of the century O my merciful heaven, if she doesn t say it once she says it a million times Poor Drew She tended to forget sometimes that she wasn t the only one suffering from a broken heart Holly is a very sweet and honorable heroine it s just too bad she s a complete and total blithering idiot when it comes to men The dreary and drippy Howard she s so in love with doesn t like the way she dresses, has no passion for her doesn t want to listen to her talk about her work, embarrasses her when he s rude and snotty to lesser beings, and gets engaged to the local big fish in a small pond, Miss Snooty Bee yotch On the other hand, she s completely oblivious to Drew, the hunky farm boy who channels one of D H Lawrence s rougher but hetero heroes, and who s had a crush on her for years Even if there is no wrong way to interpret the situation, Holly is happy to fill in the blanks ad nauseam Upon seeing the new Land Rover Drew bought Poor Drew, she thought, tears stinging her eyes as he got in beside her and started the engine His situation was so much worse than hers At least she could escape back to London, but Drew would be forced to live almost side by side with Rosamund and Howard She couldn t help remembering how as a teenager Drew had always had less money than the rest of them, and she suspected he must have bought the vehicle in a last ditch attempt to impress Rosamund Oy vey, girl Perhaps you should payattention to the fact he s a great kisser, makes bedroom eyes at you, and introduced you to his mom.In addition to her inner monologuing about poor Drew s feelings, she continually compares Drew in all his patience and hunkiness to the cranky and chicken chested Howard, Howard thought such attentions old fashioned and unnecessary Women were equal to men these days and therefore quite capable of opening their own doors and so on Sometimes Holly wondered if Howard was quite as approving of women s equality as he said She had noticed onthan one occasion that he could be sneeringly unkind about some of the older career women he came across in his work What in the hell did she ever see in this guy It s a sweet story and while applying a two by four wasn t absolutely necessary, Holly needed some sense shaken into her Drew finally puts us all out of our misery and confesses his love Holly is shocked, SHOCKED I tell you, despite the fact that everything but a Hollywood sign said the H loved her A cute romance Every now and then Penny Jordan would give us a hero who is so delicious and interesting without being a jerk He demands your full attention in his so quiet way He was a perfect hero and deserved a 5 The heroine lacked self confidence and maybe that s why it took her such a long time to open up her eyes and come in terms with her own feelings and to realize who he really loved.