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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Book, 25 Jun 2014
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This was a really enjoyable, fun read. I liked both main characters, but especially Jen. She was amusing, diverting, sassy & entertaining. I loved the dialogue between her & Alex.

This is the third book I've read by Charlotte Phillips & I have enjoyed them all. However I think this is the best so far. I would recommend this novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DON"T MISS THIS BOOK - IT"S FAB!, 13 Dec 2013
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DON"T MISS THIS BOOK - IT"S FAB! Somehow it got lost in the big Riva shake-up, and never really got a proper public outing, which is such a shame. I read another book of Charlotte's which I loved, and came across this on Amazon after that, and managed to get a rare public copy.

When I read a M&B debut, i'm always a little tentative, because some newbie authors take a few books to get into their stride. But Charlotte Phillips' style is fluent, confident, and assured. I hit the page, and knew from the first paragraph, if not the first sentence, that I was in very safe hands, and in for a treat.

I'm not going to say loads about the storyline. The characters were really well drawn, the motivations were strong, the interactions were great. The narrative was pacey, and yet it had a depth which you don't find with every author. Charlotte's style makes the book an outstanding read - it's distinctive, and sophisticated, yet simultaneously easy, and comfortable. Although Secrets of the Rich and Famous was category length, at the end I was left feeling as if I'd read a much meatier book. I love Charlotte's voice, her word choice, her humour. This book had a really great opening, and then it just got better and better. I've never read such a brilliant, polished debut M&B - it was flawless, and by the end of the story, Charlotte had catapulted into my favourite Kiss/Tempted authors club - not kidding, we're talking Heidi Rice standard here. I've read more books by Charlotte since, and the standard is consistently high.

Charlotte Phillips is definitely is my personal find of 2013. Make sure you don't miss her! (less)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful debut - don't miss it!, 22 May 2013
Fun, feel-good and simply irresistible, readers will adore Charlotte Phillips' debut novel for Mills and Boon Riva, Secrets of the Rich and Famous!

Ambitious journalist Jen Brown has got great plans for her future - plans which do not involve spending the rest of her life working for the local rag writing articles about lost pets or village fetes. Jen dreams of breaking into the cutthroat world of women's magazines and becoming one of the UK's leading feature writers, so she decides to pack her bags, leave her mum and her friends behind and head off to the bright lights of London where she lands an internship on one of the country's most popular glossies. Jen is determined to ensure that her internship turns into a full-time position and comes up with an idea for an article that has her editor chomping at the bit: an expose of how to bag a Chelsea millionaire. With her entire career depending on this article, Jen is not about to let anything or anybody stand in her way. But there's just one tiny problem: how is a small town girl like Jen going to write her article when she doesn't know the first thing about the glamorous world which she has found herself in?

Jen is absolutely elated when she manages to land a part-time house-sitting job. Her first assignment takes her right into the heart of Chelsea where she finds herself taking up temporary residence in a luxurious apartment. Jen is able to get first-hand experience about what life is like for the posh residents of Chelsea, however, her plan to get up close and personal with the jet-set looks set to come to a sudden end when the owner of the apartment unexpectedly returns and makes it perfectly clear that he wants Jen out of his flat and out of his life! However, Jen is not about to get thrown out onto the streets - especially as the owner of the apartment is none other than drop dead gorgeous film director, Alex Hammond whose love life is regularly splashed all over the gossip pages!

Having found himself embroiled in a shocking scandal that could jeopardise the career which he's worked so hard to build up, Alex is under strict instructions from his management team to lie low and give members of the press as wide a berth as possible. Finding a determined journalist sleeping in his bed was certainly not what his PR team envisaged, but Alex's initial fury at discovering Jen in his apartment quickly gives way to a sizzling attraction which simply cannot be denied...

Distraction might be the last thing Jen needs, but keeping Alex Hammond at arm's length proves easier said than done. The more time Jen spends with Alex, the more she finds herself falling madly in love with him. But is Alex willing to let down the barriers which he has built around his heart? Or will his misgivings about journalists cost him the only woman he will ever love?

Fans of sassy contemporary romantic fiction are going to love Charlotte Phillips! Hilarious, heart-warming and absolutely impossible to put down, Secrets of the Rich and Famous is a zesty-paced romp sparkling with rib-tickling humour, witty repartee, sizzling sensuality and red-hot romance. Jen is a terrifically nuanced heroine readers will cheer for and I defy anyone not to fall in love with gorgeous Alex!

Wonderfully written, deliciously readable and fabulously romantic, Secrets of the Rich and Famous is an exceptional debut from a fantastic new voice in romance: Charlotte Phillips!
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