How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Random House UK/Transworld Publishers
Previously read by the same author:
Ellie Cohen is living her dream. A great job at an exclusive Mayfair art gallery, loyal mates, loving family, and really, really good hair. Well, there’s the famous rock-star father who refuses to acknowledge her and a succession of ‘challenging’ boyfriends, but nobody’s perfect.
But when a vengeful ex sells Ellie out to the press, she suddenly finds herself fighting to keep her job, her reputation and her sanity. Then David Gold – handsome, charming but ruthlessly ambitious – is sent in to manage the media crisis . . . and Ellie.
David thinks she’s a gold-digger and Ellie thinks he’s a shark in a Savile Row suit, so it’s just as well that falling in love is the last thing on their minds . . .
I really enjoyed Sarra Manning’s Adorkable so I was really looking forward to getting stuck into her ‘grown up’ book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading It Felt Like A Kiss, I thought it was well written, funny and incredibly easy to read.
The story is about Ellie Cohen. A very good girl, apart from occasionally drinking too much and attracting some awful boyfriends. The guys she picks are people who need her help to overcome their problems, then once they’ve overcome their problems they finish with her for someone better. Ellie hides a secret though. She is the secret lovechild of a famous UK rockstar. She hasn’t met him before, and has nothing to do with him. However, Ellie’s life is turned upside down after a scorned ex boyfriend steals proof of Ellie’s dad identity and sells it to the tabloids.
What I really love about Sarra Manning’s characters, are they are so real. You can easily relate to them. I think most people know an Ellie or are Ellie. The good girl who is called uptight, simply because they don’t let go as much as others. It’s easy to see how Ellie, being the ‘good girl’ she is, felt completely overwhelmed about being thrust into the limelight. I definitely couldn’t cope with that lifestyle. Sarra Manning portrays Ellie’s struggles with being in the public eye incredibly well. I thought Ellie and David’s (her love interest) relationship was believable, but I didn’t find David all that likeable.
I wasn’t overly fussed with the story jumping from Ellie to her mother Ari’s life. It was interesting enough, but I wouldn’t have missed it if it wasn’t there. I think that’s because I just really enjoyed Ellie’s point of view. I loved following her story and seeing how she coped with such turmoil.
I would definitely recommend this book to chick-lit fans. It’s engaging and incredibly readable. Worth taking a look at.
Would I recommend it?:
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