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Overall, an enjoyable debut
29 May 2017
Chantelle Rose is a normal everyday person, she has a rubbish job, a rubbish bedsit and then she decides to do something completely off the wall and become an extra in a film. Off the back of that she ends up inadvertently becoming a nude body double in Hollywood and her life becomes completely surreal.
Having met two men one, Robbie, in a sleepy Kent village where she decides she’s going to buy a house and live out the rest of her existence; and the other Lionel in the big lights of Hollywood she begins to feel torn. They are alike in many ways and completely different in others. But there is something more sinister going on with someone trying to scare her away from whom and to whom she’s not sure.
I found this novel a very strange one, I spent the early parts of it laughing a lot it was funny, despite the fact I found the storyline far-fetched and hard to believe I just went with it and let her bubbly nature carry the story. Chantelle got into some hilarious scrapes and the overall feel of the book was that it was going to be a romcom. Then around the mid-way point this suspensful feeling came in which wasn’t fully played up but was hanging in the air and the humour disappeared. The book had completely switched genres and steam and I admit to being a little confused about where we were heading now.
The confusion didn’t really leave me for the rest of the book, Chantelle clearly had stronger feelings for one of the two men, the feelings to me stood out miles above the other but the way the book is written is that there is a definite love triangle which didn’t fit with the way the emotion came out of the story.
I loved Chantelle in the first part of the story, absolutely adored her, that feisty bubbly nature. The way she walked into things without realising quite what she was doing. She was funny and did some really hilarious things. I think book two definitely needs more of this Chantelle.
As for the guys in her life I think Robbie was shy and withdrawn, I think it took a lot for him to show his cards and be open. Lionel was a more confident person but I still think it was hard for him to open up emotionally. I felt really moved by his rawness. I wish we had seen more one on one interaction with them both, so we could get to know each of them a bit better. I felt like we didn’t see enough with either of them to warrant Chantelle falling in love with either of them. Lust yes, love hell no.
Overall, an enjoyable debut, an easy read but it gets a little bit lost around the middle as to what type of book it wants to be and the storyline in general is about as out there as it can get quite honestly.
Sending a huge thanks to Cristina Hodgson, Crooked Cat Books and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.