Author: Katie Delahanty
Published: February 10th 2014
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
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Caution: May contain spoilers
My name is Olivia Bloom and I. Am. Free.
I left for LA with everything I owned piled into my old Volkswagen and dreams of becoming a costume designer. Little did I know I’d wind up designing for a lingerie company—yeah, not sure how I landed this gig—and taken under the wing of two young Hollywood insiders. The fashion shows and parties were great, but life really got exciting when the seriously hottest lead singer of my favorite band started to fall for me.
How does someone like me, an ordinary girl from Pittsburgh, wind up in the arms of the world’s sexiest rock star—surrounded by celebrities, fashion, and music—and not be eaten alive? Berkeley is everything I've ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, but the paparazzi, the tabloids, the rumors, it's all getting a bit too crazy. My life has become every girl’s dream come true, if only I don’t blink and lose it all…
Before I chose to step into this book, I hesitated. I wasn't sure if this was a story I wanted to read. I glanced at a couple reviews and saw people were raving, then knowing it was taking place in California, I decided to cave. In the end, it wasn't as good as I was hoping.
I was enjoying seeing Olivia experience this new world in the beginning. I've been wanting to go to California for awhile, so hearing little mentions of Cali was pretty cool. But, some of it started to feel far fetched for me. Just too glitzy and I started to get annoyed with all the celebrity of the story. And the romance with Berkeley and Olivia didn't really draw me in. It kinda did, and kinda didn't. I didn't feel the pull that I usually do when the characters have those moments. Maybe it's because I started losing steam partway in and could hardly pay attention without skimming. I'm not sure.
In Bloom may not have been a favorite, but it's not a horrible book either. I gave it 2 stars on Goodreads, and I only give stories that have some sort of redeeming value to them 2 stars even if I didn't like it a lot. It was well-written, I just couldn't get into it myself. Doesn't mean you shouldn't check it out. I may pick up another one by Katie Delahanty, see what I think about that.