Top positive review
An engaging story that’s going to be another favorite
Reviewed in the United States on May 18, 2021
I’m always excited to get a new Kylie Scott novel, so there *might* have been some fangirl squeeing when this hit my kindle after I should already have been asleep. Add in that fake girlfriend/fiancée is a favorite trope, and, instead of going to bed like a reasonable (i.e., a non book obsessed) person, I, of course, immediately dove right in, lol. Note that while this book is set in the Stage Dive/Dive Bar universe, it’s not a part of either of those series (it’s subtitled “A West Hollywood novel”, which makes it the start of a new series) and there’s only what I consider very minimal crossover, with none of the main characters from the previous series making an appearance.
To start off with, there are the wonderful characters I expect to get from this author: curvy, sarcastic Norah working two jobs in order to take care of her grandmother, and broody, Hollywood heartthrob Patrick, who needs PR help, stat. Told from Norah’s POV, there’s plenty of humor as Patrick’s reticence often leaves it up to Norah to take the lead in selling their fake relationship to the world, including both Norah’s Gran (who I adored), and Patrick’s parents. There are several other great secondary characters I hope we’ll get to see more of, including Norah’s best friend, Zena, Patrick’s friends, actor Cole and guitarist Jack, as well as Patrick’s manager, Angie, and PA, Mei.
As for the plot, of course, you know Norah and Patrick are going to fall for each other, but there’s a surprise twist here and there waiting (it’s a bit of a slow burn) for them to both admit it. There’s also the boss/employee relationship that has to be carefully navigated (and I thought the author did a superb job there), and a lot of reminders about the difficulties of reaching a hea both for average people like Norah’s family, and for Patrick’s rich and famous friends. So trying to figure out how the two of them are going to overcome all the obstacles to a long term relationship helps keep the pages turning.
An engaging story filled with humor, heart, and heat, as well as some suspense, I can already tell Norah and Patrick’s story is going to be another favorite I’ll be revisiting. Here’s to hoping we also get a chance to revisit them when some of those secondary characters (I’m looking at you, Jack) get their own stories. 5 stars