Another in the (embarrassingly large) pile of late reviews today with a Romantic Comedy from Kent author Jo Bartlett. Please read on for my review of
Among a Thousand Stars
A fairly typical rom com set up with the heroine (Ashleigh) a bit quieter and prone to making her own embarrassing mistakes, with or without her more than over the top mother. Ashleigh’s best friend Stevie has known her for years, and while the two survived university and working together, this new twist just may be too much.
Tom Rushworth, a PR mogul, has purchased Glitz, the magazine where Ashleigh and Stevie work, hoping to find an outlet where his clients’ stories will be gentler (think Teen Beat for adults – mostly glitz, no real ‘journalism”. ) But, after the first encounter with Ashleigh, he’s rethinking everything, including a relationship.
A bit of a mixed bag for me: there were characters that hit complete stereotypes where even their backstories felt too familiar. Ashleigh’s mother is over the top, beyond comfortably ‘eccentric’ and almost crossed the line into overplayed more often than not for me. Strangely enough, it did work most of the time for the story, I just found her antics tiring.
Writing is solid, the celebs are as one might expect, and Ashleigh’s strong pursuer in the form of perennial fiancé rock star Zac, who has some wonderful moments. What emerges in small ways is the need to enjoy the moments rather than (as was Tom’s issue) work for luxury without taking a moment to enjoy it. A light and enjoyable story, although a bit too focused on the addition of humor for my taste.
Title: Among a Thousand Stars
Author: Jo Bartlett
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Published by: So Vain Books
Published on: 17 June, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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They say you'd do anything for love, but what happens when you don't believe it exists?
When her mother turns up naked and proud during her first term at college, Ashleigh Hayes assumes that life can’t get any more embarrassing. Ten years later, with best friend Stevie at her side, and a successful career as a freelance photographer for monthly magazine Glitz, it looks like she might have finally got the hang of things. Only she seems to have inherited the embarrassment gene from her mother and her every encounter with new boss, Tom Rushworth, looks set to send her career spiralling backwards.
Getting past their shaky start, Ashleigh and Tom embark on a relationship that was only ever meant to be a bit of fun. But when life, paparazzi and love-sick Labradors get in the way, they suddenly find themselves caught in a roller coaster ride of emotions.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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