Monday, March 10, 2014

In Bloom #REVIEW @KTDelahanty @EPEmbrace

In Bloom (The Brightside #1) by Katie Delahanty blossoms during the second half of the book.


My name is Olivia Bloom and I. Am. Free.

I left for LA with everything I owned piled into my old Volkswagen and dreams of becoming a costume designer. Little did I know I’d wind up designing for a lingerie company—yeah, not sure how I landed this gig—and taken under the wing of two young Hollywood insiders. The fashion shows and parties were great, but life really got exciting when the seriously hottest lead singer of my favorite band started to fall for me.
 
How does someone like me, an ordinary girl from Pittsburgh, wind up in the arms of the world’s sexiest rock star—surrounded by celebrities, fashion, and music—and not be eaten alive? Berkeley is everything I've ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, but the paparazzi, the tabloids, the rumors, it's all getting a bit too crazy. My life has become every girl’s dream come true, if only I don’t blink and lose it all…

REVIEW
In Bloom gets off to a slow start and flounders a bit. There's a cast of zany characters, including long-distance relatives that believe in psychic ability... well, maybe I did too by the end of the book... wink-wink. Olivia and her two new friends in LA are quirky and their antics are enjoyable enough but I couldn't help wondering where this story was going. Then around the 40% mark, the story begins to propel forward and my interest picks up. Berkeley breathes life into the book and pulls Olivia into a whirlwind romance that's both angst-filled and dreamy.

RATING
4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
This book was given to us through NetGalley. Many thanks.
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