Hey there bookworms,
Today, I'm back with a book review!
Crashing the A-List by Summer Heacock
After four months of unemployment, former book editor Clara Montgomery is still stuck sleeping on her little brother’s ugly couch. Determined to keep her minuscule savings account intact, she takes a job clearing out abandoned storage units.
When Clara comes across a unit that was once owned by an escort service, she finds the “résumé” of a younger Caspian Tiddleswich… an astonishingly famous British actor. Her best friend thinks she should sell the gossip to a tabloid to fund her way off the couch from hell, but Clara instead manages to track down Caspian’s contact info, intending to reassure him that her lips are sealed.
Unfortunately, Caspian misinterprets Clara’s attempt at altruism and shows up on her doorstep, accusing her of blackmail. When the paparazzi capture a photo of them together, Caspian’s PR team sees an opportunity to promote his latest film—and if Clara wants to atone for her “crimes,” she’ll have to play along. Pretending to be Caspian’s girlfriend seems like it will be a tolerable, if somewhat daunting, penance… until their fake romance becomes something more than either of them expected.
Here's the deal romance friends.... I really wanted to like this book. But as great as that sounds, Crashing the A-List just didn't do it for me.
I want to start off by saying that Heacock's latest novel features splendid writing and wonderful characters. The book truly is a quick and easy read. While Clara and her best friend's relationship feels forced at times, as a whole, the cast of characters is fun and authentic.
Nonetheless, this wasn't enough to get me to love the book. For starters, the plot seems great at first glance but is actually quite uneventful and repetitive. Almost all 336 pages include Clara and Caspian arguing over Clara's initial intentions. Of course it makes sense when Caspian first confronts her after the voicemail, but after their third screaming match I couldn't help but think "OKAY, I GET IT.... MOVE ON!!!"Another flaw I couldn't get past was the protagonists lack of chemistry. Their entire "love" story felt forced.
Because captivating dialogue and chemistry are essential to any romance story, I just couldn't get behind Crashing the A-List. This book might be a great read for other fans of the genre, but it personally wasn't for me. Nonetheless, the author's fine writing style and the delightful cast makes me consider picking up one of her other novels.
Have you read Summer Heacock's Crashing the A-List?