Monthly Archives: September 2012

Picture Perfect – Lucie Simone

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For Lauren Tate, a high-powered TV producer, sex, lies, and scandal make for a great movie-of-the-week, but when she becomes the target of a smear campaign, even the most salacious of Hollywood’s tales can’t compare to her real life drama. With her soon-to-be-ex-husband leading the effort to sully her reputation, and her former assistant threatening to snatch her hard-earned position at Timeless Television out of her hands, Lauren’s perfectly planned life quickly begins to unravel at the seams. Clawing her way back to the top of the TV food chain is no easy task, especially in an industry where backstabbing is a sport and gossip is a full time business. But Lauren learns just how cutthroat showbiz can truly be when the hottest scandal in Tinsel Town turns deadly and the Hollywood hunk who’s stolen her heart is missing in action. Can she salvage her career, her reputation, and her love life? Or will Hollywood be the death of her?

I was casually browsing Facebook, as you do, and came across this author who was talking about her book Picture Perfect. First of all I have to say the cover of the book blew me away, it’s sooooo pink! That itself was enough reason for me to request to review the book!

The book focuses on Lauren Tate, a TV producer in Hollywood. She’s married, soon to be divorced, to a husband who quite frankly doesn’t deserve her. His jealousy of her earning more money than him really grated on me, and I was glad when he made the decision to leave her – although it wasn’t very nice for Lauren! I couldn’t help but warm to Lauren, she’s funny, sassy and smart, she certainly isn’t about to roll over crying (well not for long) because her husband is leaving her!

Events begin to spiral and this book takes you on a rollercoaster of a ride from fast paced Hollywood, to a more muted occasion in a New York Bookstore, throw a murder into the mix and you’re in for a fun night and a fabulous whodunit that will certainly keep you on your toes!

I love how Lucie has written the book, it’s fast paced, sexy and fun! What more could a girl want, right?

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Picture Perfect is available here

One Hundred Names – Cecelia Ahern

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Journalist Kitty Logan’s career is being destroyed by scandal – and now she faces losing the woman who guided and taught her everything she knew. At her terminally ill friend’s bedside, Kitty asks – what is the one story she always wanted to write?

The answer lies in a file buried in Constance’s office: a list of one hundred names. There is no synopsis, nothing to explain what the story is or who these people are. The list is simply a mystery. But before Kitty can talk to her friend, it is too late.

With everything to prove, Kitty is assigned the most important task of her life: to write the story her mentor never had the opportunity to. Kitty not only has to track down and meet the people on the list, but find out what connects them. And, in the process of hearing ordinary people’s stories, she starts to understand her own.

When I was given the opportunity to review this book, I jumped – no leaped at the chance! Cecelia Ahern is one of my all time favourite authors and I can honestly say I have LOVED every single one of her books, although my favourite P.S I Love You has to be one of my all time favourites!

This book focuses on the main character Kitty Logan, a journalist who has just committed career suicide and ruined the life of Colin McGuire and his family. To make matters worse, one of Kitty’s best friends, who truly believes in her both personally and professionally, who taught her everything she knows, is losing her battle with a terminal illness.

I have to say I felt really sorry for Kitty throughout the book, she’s made a terrible mistake, one that will surely kill her career, and she’s at a loss at how to figure out the solution to put things right.

When Constance guides Kitty to a list of one hundred names hidden in her office, Kitty is determined to discover who these people are, what their story is and how they are all linked together. Kitty needs to prove she can do this, not only for her own piece of mind, but to try and save her flailing career. Unable to speak to Constance further about the names of these people, Kitty embarks on a journey of a life time – to write the story of all stories.

The journey Kitty embarks on had me hooked! I, as much as Kitty wanted to track these people down and hear their stories. Although only six characters are used of the one hundred names I thought this was more than enough to keep the book flowing at an exciting pace, any more and the plot would have become lost. The six characters we meet are brilliant, their stories have a broad range from sipping brandy laced tea in a nursing home, to trying to break a world record! And of course there is the journey and story of Kitty, who faces some pretty tough times along the way. These characters, and their shenanigans, will have you hooting with laughter (especially the marriage proposals!)

Will these one hundred names lead Kitty to redemption? There’s only one way to find out and that is to read this beautifully written, heart warming book!

One Hundred Names is released on the 11th October 2012. Pre-order your copy now!

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One Hundred Names is available here