Monday, 31 October 2016

Book Review - A New York Love Story by Cassie Rocca - Rachel Reads Randomly Book #44

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Title: A New York Love Story
Author: Cassie Rocca
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Purchased
Publisher: Aria
Publication Date:  1st October 2016
Rating: 4 Stars

Giving a present is not always easy. Clover O’Brian knows that only too well: her job consists of helping people in the arduous task of choosing unusual gifts. Christmas is coming, New York is buzzing, and Clover, who has always loved the festive period, savours the atmosphere.

Cade Harrison already has everything in life. A Hollywood actor, he is handsome, rich, famous and popular. Success, however, has its downsides; having just emerged from a disastrous relationship with an actress, he feels a need to hide away in an area unfrequented by stars, in an apartment lent him by a friend, far from prying eyes – especially those of tabloid reporters. But as chance will have it, the apartment in question is right opposite the one occupied by Clover, who until now has seen Hollywood actors only on the big screen. Two quite different lives meet by chance, at the most exhilarating time of year…

Clover is an expert present giver, in fact its her gift that has led to her job as a personal shopper for Giftland. Just by talking to people she can work out what the perfect present for a complete stranger would be, but yet in her personal life she is always disappointed by presents she is given. In fact her family know her so little that they insist on buying things off a wishlist, instead of giving Clover what she really craves, a surprise!

Cade is a big name actor who is hiding out in New York in the house opposite Clover's, after a very public break up. He just wants to experience some peace and quiet and stay out of the eyes of the paparazzi. He does though keep having run ins with his rather clumsy neighbour Clover, and finds he can't stop thinking about her. 

It really took me a while to warm to Cade, Clover just had a way about her that I liked instantly, and found her whole personality quite interesting, in a mix of slight clumsiness, fiestyness and all around love of the Christmas period. Whereas Cade was harder to get a feel for, however after a few prolonged interactions with Clover, I realised just what a sweetheart he really is. 

Cade makes these romantic gestures that for a person of his stature aren't particularly flashy, but rather show an understanding of just who Clover is. I don't really want to mention the specifics but I would amazed if you didn't start falling for him as the story progresses. 

I found A New York Love Story to be a very enjoyable story that was very easy to read. It's light hearted and definitely takes in New York at Christmas, and the banter between Cade and Clover at times is hilarious, as is one of the running jokes in the book about a certain body part that Cade once signed an autograph on! I believe this is Cassie Rocca's debut story and I am excited to see what else she writes in the future. 

Thank you to everyone that voted for this book this week, it was definitely to my eyes a shock result, but it turns out to be a very welcome shock. Take a look at the new choices to have a say in my next Monday review. 

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