Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Book Review - Among A Thousand Stars by Jo Bartlett

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Title: Among A Thousand Stars
Author: Jo Bartlett
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley 
Publisher: So Vain Books
Publication Date: 17th June 2015
Rating: 4 Stars

When her mother turns up naked and proud during her first term at college, Ashleigh Hayes assumes that life can’t get any more embarrassing. Ten years later, with best friend Stevie at her side, and a successful career as a freelance photographer for monthly magazine Glitz, it looks like she might have finally got the hang of things. Only she seems to have inherited the embarrassment gene from her mother and her every encounter with new boss, Tom Rushworth, looks set to send her career spiralling backwards. Getting past their shaky start, Ashleigh and Tom embark on a relationship that was only ever meant to be a bit of fun. But when life, paparazzi and love-sick Labradors get in the way, they suddenly find themselves caught in a roller coaster ride of emotions. 

Ashleigh Hayes is a freelance photographer to the stars for Glitz magazine. She works along side her best friend of 10 years Stevie, a flamboyant stylist. PR Mogul Tom Rushworth buys Glitz magazine so that he can have a media outlet that will treat his clients well.  Ashleigh and Tom get themselves off to a rocky professional relationship, when he over hears her gossiping about his fiancée. 

Ashleigh seems to get in the habit of getting into embarrassing situations whenever Tom is around, and seems to permanently have her foot stuck in her mouth when it comes to him. It soon becomes apparent there are some feelings there, however since neither of them have had great romantic role models in their lives, they aren't really sure how to proceed. 

Among A Thousand Stars starts off funny, and gets progressively more hilarious. The antics that Ashleigh, Stevie and the cast of celebrities they work with get up to make very entertaining reading.  

For all that fun there is a deeper side, and story to the book, a storyline featuring Tom's mum Isobel. Isobel is a loving, caring lady, and all she wants if for Tom to look beyond building his business and to find love.  Whereas Ashleigh's mother is a real "character", she is zany, larger than life, and has interesting ways of going about things. She was one of my favourites. 

Another of the huge cast of characters I enjoyed reading about was Zac, the singer and perennial playboy, who has had 7 fiancée's and spends large amount of time trying to persuade Ashleigh that she should get together with him.  However despite the shallow exterior, Zac has hidden depths which were enjoyable to discover. 

This was the first book that I have read by Jo Bartlett, and I was really impressed and the mix of pure chick lit light heartedness, deeper emotions and some thrilling sexual chemistry.  I had pure enjoyment when reading this book, and look forward to seeing more from this author. 

Thank you to So Vain Books and Netgalley for my review copy of this book. This was my honest review. 

Happy Publication day to Jo Bartlett. Among A Thousand Stars is out today!

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