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…
Miss Riki’s Review:
This book is just too much fun! Reading New Adult has been hit or miss for me, with some of it being much too angsty or sexy for my tastes, but in this book, Katie Delahanty has written a delightful romp through Hollywood with a dynamite voice that feels fresh and new. There’s plenty of conflict without veering into melodrama and plenty of sexytimes and kissing without being tawdry. It’s a wonderful addition to the New Adult scene.
I love, love, love Olivia Bloom and her amazing friends Parker and Blair. This is a friendship that every girl needs in her life- two supportive and wacky sidekicks that push Olivia out of her comfort zone and into the wild world of Hollywood. The scenes with the three of them in the courtyard at the Vicente are laugh-out-loud hilarious and I just wanted to take the three of them out for a drink. They are tons of fun.
Speaking of intriguing characters, Olivia’s mom deserves a mention too. She’s all sorts of New Age strange, but wonderful in every way and I loved seeing a parental relationship depicted in a New Adult novel. So refreshing.
Obviously we have to talk about the love interest himself- Berkley. Hot, hot, hot. I loved seeing a rock star depicted as a normal guy, with insecurities and motivations outside of performing gigs. Berkley is sweet and sultry and I loved the immediate chemistry between him and Olivia. Sure, there’s a little bit of insta-love going on in this book, but it totally works for the whirlwind timeline of Hollywood romances. People in the tabloids fall in love quick and without notice, and Olivia and Berkley are no different. Don’t over analyze it. Just enjoy the chemistry.
There’s a ton to love about this book and I enjoyed it so much that I started reading the next book in the Brightside series, BLUSHING right away. Olivia Bloom is a fresh, new voice and her lively friends and family are engaging and fun. It’s definitely worth a read.