Sunday, 22 February 2015
Review: Blushing by Katie Delahanty
Series: The Brightside (Book 2)
Publication Date: 23rd February 2015
My name is Olivia Bloom and I. Am. Engaged.
When Berkeley proposed I thought we’d live happily ever after—we’d plan our wedding and he’d tour with the Brightside while I continued designing lingerie. But instead he dropped a bombshell that turned my life upside down: he’s set to star in a movie with, who else, his gorgeous ex, Christina Carlton. And what’s more? I’ve been erased from the public eye. All anyone can talk about is #Berkstina.
Berkeley wants me to work on set as a costume designer—a dream come true—but there’s a catch; we have to keep our relationship secret. I’m okay with not being photographed, but the sneaking around, the lies, the love scenes; it’s not how I imagined our engagement. I know Berkeley is passionate and driven, but he has so much going on—I don’t know if we can take it. I’m starting to wonder how well I know him.
I love him, but am I ready to drop everything and decide the rest of my life? To become Olivia Dalton?
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!
I LOVED book 1 in this series - In Bloom - and I stalked Katie Delahanty's FB, twitter etc desperate for news on when the next book would come. The longer I waited the more desperate and excited I got. I couldn't wait to read more about the wonderful characters we met in In Bloom and to overload on the delicious feels that Berkeley and Olivia generate. So, you can imagine my super embarrassing fan-girl display when I granted an ARC by the author.
Blushing picks up pretty much immediately where In Bloom left off, so I wouldn't recommend reading it unless you've read In Bloom. Too much of who the characters are is invested there and thus I feel you'd loose too much of the connection and back story to truly appreciate Blushing.
Katie's writing is wonderful. She has a real gift at making the characters feel alive. It makes it so easy to lose yourself in the story as it doesn't feel like you are reading about fictional characters. It feels like you are reading about real people, people you know, friends, and it makes these books so addictive!
Blushing moves from music to movies - proper Hollywood - but most of it is spent on set in Pittsburgh so we get to see a lot more of Olivia's family! (Psychic mom! Legend.)
I loved the drama and tension, the ups and downs, the general ridiculousness of celebrity and PR that the book presents.
Olivia and Berkeley were all kinds of awesome. I wanted to smack 'em both upside the head a few times but they got themselves sorted in the end and provided loads of yummy feels throughout.
The secondary characters each have their own developments and I enjoyed catching up with the gang. I hope to see more of them as the POV of the books moves from Olivia and Berkeley to Mark, the Brightside's Bassist.
Especially Boots - Olivia's cousin - she is so funny and weird, I'd love to read more of her!
My only complaint would be that the book is... I don't know how to phrase it. More clunky(?) than the first book in the series and, for me, lacks some of the sparkle, but I still enjoyed it immensely and will read it over and over again so I guess it' not much of an issue or a complaint. Just needed to be stated for the sake of honest reviewing.
100% recommended, and if you enjoy books from the likes of Sophie Kinsella and Lindsey Kelk then I think you'd definitely like Katie Delahanty's Brightside Series.
(ARC granted via Netgalley)
P.S OMG! The blog was mentioned in the acknowledgements of the book! (First time that's ever happened!) Plus, the twitter handle and one of our tweets was used in the actual book!!!! Total fan-girl overload right here!!