Release Date: February 10, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
Series: The Brightside #1
Review Source: eARC from publisher
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
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…
In Bloom is a really sweet book, one that was a lot less shallow than I (shamefully) expected it to be. I always enjoy a book featuring a famous actor or rock star, so I liked the rock star connection here, and all the aspects of the story that came with that (fans, paparazzi, publicists, etc).
The meet cute for Liv and Berkeley was really enjoyable, and I loved all their meetings afterward as their relationship slowly progressed. I liked seeing Olivia work towards her dream of being in fashion, and the new things she was learning at work. I actually would have liked more of the book to be spent at her job, since once drama with Berkeley happened, Liv’s work kind of fell to a second priority. In terms of secondary characters, Parker and Blair weren't very three dimensional, but I still enjoyed their fairy godmother role in Olivia's life, and how they supported her through everything.
Overall? A very cute read, one that’s easy to pick up if you’re looking for something light and fun.
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