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Unfinished Business by Barbara Elsborg

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Barbara Elsborg
20 May 2022
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It’s going to be the day of their lives—their wedding, their way, where it all started: The Dunes Hotel in Northumberland. But from the moment the planning starts, Jonty is overwhelmed. When Devan’s mother starts making suggestions, Jonty’s mouth runs away with him and his inner Groomzilla is in danger of escaping. But it’s when Jonty goes quiet that Devan knows he’s in trouble.

Devan’s not going to let his mother spoil their perfect day. Suddenly, he’s a man on a mission. The venue? Booked. The guest list? A secret. The stag do? In Cato’s somewhat dodgy hands. Devan’s going to do whatever it takes to make sure Jonty gets what he wants. Even if that includes alpacas and penguins and the Northern Lights in the middle of summer. Now it’s time to prove he is the Best Fiancé in the Entire Multiverse.

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Reviewed By: Josh Dale


So Jonty and Devon Finally get married?

Or Do they?

Well as this is a romance novel, you probably guessed the answer to the question.

But oh boy do they have to jump hoops to finally make it to the alter.

We have the Evil mother in-law who seems determined to have her say on the wedding planning.

We have Jonty’s usual sunshine humour, which often gets crazier the more he is anxious.

We have Danger that kind of takes us back to their meeting in book 1 The Making of Jonty Bloom.

But most of all we have the story of this beautiful couple and their love for one another.

As usual we have Jonty’s often manic thinking and Devan’s calming natures.  That we have come to love.  These two are truly soulmates, made for each other.  These two characters have grown larger than life over the series, to the point that I am not sure if they are fictional characters anymore.  All I can say is that I would love to meet them both.

Many of the other characters that have been in the other Jonty novels and the wider unfinished business series also join the happy couple.   Such as Tay, Cato Jonty’s evil twin who is also in charge of the stag night.

Look out for sharks, fish and chips and Blow up animals.

This is another fun and cute chapter of Jonty’s and Devan’s life together.  I just hope we will still see more of these guys now that they are married.  If not I feel a campaign starting….. No pressure Barbara lol.


“Aren’t you going to get out of the car?” Devan asked.

“I rather like it in here. Lovely view.” Jonty glanced through the windscreen at Devan’s parents’ house, sighed and looked the other way.

“You have to get out at some point.”

“I do?” Jonty widened his eyes. “Why?”

“To eat?”

“I can eat in the car. I promise not to make a mess.”

“You always make a mess.”

“Well, not anymore. I’ve turned over a new leaf. Give me that last Flake and I’ll prove it to you.”

“I’m saving that for a special occasion.”

Like when your mother upsets me?

Jonty reclined the seat. “It’s so comfortable in here. I could have a little snooze.”

“What if you needed the toilet?”

“I could find a way around that. Pee out of the window or use something.” He stared pointedly at Devan’s precious travel mug.

Devan laughed. “You do realise my mother knows we’ve arrived and she’s going to wonder why we’re still sitting in the car ten minutes after we pulled up.”

“You can do all sorts of things in ten minutes. Climb over and do me. We’ll give her a show.”

“Get out, Jonty. And never, ever mention my mother in the same breath as sex again.”

“I’m building up to it. Getting out, I mean.”

“You’ll be fine. She’ll be on her best behaviour.”

Because you told her to be? “She’s going to say no to everything,” Jonty whispered.

“Then stand up for yourself and say ‘no’ back to her. They aren’t her decisions to make.”

I want you to tell her that! Though Jonty knew Devan was right. He had to stand up for himself. Jonty took a deep breath, and opened the car door. He climbed out with no small amount of difficulty, partly because he’d reclined the seat so far back. Devan had managed to retrieve their overnight bags from the boot and was tapping his foot impatiently before Jonty had even levered himself upright.

They made their way to the front door. Well, Devan did. Jonty was imagining he was a sloth and moving in slow motion. It was harder than he’d thought, though he did have the added bonus of being able to stare at Devan’s arse as Devan strode up the steps.


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Prequel to Jonty and Devan’s Big Day


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Barbara Elsborg lives in Kent in the South of England. She always wanted to be a spy, but having confessed to everyone without them even resorting to torture, she decided it was not for her. Volcanology scorched her feet. A morbid fear of sharks put paid to marine biology. So instead, she spent several years successfully selling cyanide.

After dragging up two rotten, ungrateful children and frustrating her sexy, devoted, wonderful husband (who can now stop twisting her arm) she finally has time to conduct an affair with an electrifying plugged-in male, her laptop.

Her books feature quirky heroines and bad boys, and she hopes they are as much fun to read as they were to write.

Thirteen facts about me

1. I’m blonde, but after having spotted one grey hair - I now dye my locks with mixed results. I know I should read the packet but hey, what can go wrong? My nicknames – badger, skunk (purely the look!!), snowball and pinkie. Yes, that time it really did go wrong.

2. I hate milk. Can’t drink it, smell it or even look at it.

3. Writing. I really do love that. I started by making up episodes of TV series with me as the heroine. You name it, I’ve been in it. My range is from paranormal to suspense to contemporary to erotica but everything I write has a touch of romance and humor. Well, I think I’m funny. My family laugh at me all the time.

4. Former life – a sad cautionary tale. Started off as a government inspector – spying on people trying to cheat on their taxes. A short period as a media planner in an advertising agency. I fled that at dead of night. Several years selling cyanide – mainly to Sweden for the largest chemical company in the UK. Grand title of export manager. There was just me in the department. Had kids. Ughghghg. Then went to work as Government Inspector, spying on teachers. I was so popular, you can’t believe. Thank goodness I married well. (Married for money anyway)

5. No I didn’t, dear. Husband is financial whiz. Met at university when he was bringing a sack of potatoes to my flat mate. Romance is his middle name. Gifts to me include – supermarket vouchers, hedge trimmer and a hammer drill and reduced flowers past their wilt-by date. He spent most of his life in the aerospace industry making missiles. He’s atoning for his sins by doing my shopping.

6. Two children. Daughter a lawyer. Son has escaped to live in Texas. Enough said.

7. Books – I ADORE. I read at least one a day. I have thousands as I can’t stand to part with them. I read at lightning speed. 70-80 pages in 20 minutes. That’s fast? Right?

8. What do I do all day? Write. All day if I can. It’s my world and I love it. Start at 8.00 and finish late. Interspersed with journeys on the internet and satisfying needs of husband. No, not those sorts of needs. Really!! I was thinking of making coffee.

9. Worried about – possible visit from FBI. Research for one of my thrillers did involve some investigation into how a fetus would decay under a boat shed. Research into plastic handcuffs brought a deluge of porn. Well, that was my excuse and I’m sticking to it. I find I need to keep checking dubious sites. I might be addicted.

10. I’m very tall. 5’10 and a bit. I used to be very self-conscious about my height. Now I don’t care. I’m far more worried about other bits of me.

11. I won the prize at school for ‘Good Conduct and Example’ It was the worst day of my life. Well, one of them. I so want to be bad. Sigh.

12. I am incapable of telling right from left at crucial moments. Won’t be flying jets anytime soon.

I’m struggling now. I’m really not interesting.

13. Ohh, I was once kicked by a giraffe.

Phew, made it.



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