Blushing (The Brightside 2), Katie Delahanty

Blushing (The Brightside 2), Katie Delahanty
Genre:  New adult, Contemporary romance
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Having had this for review I decided to buy the first book In Bloom too, as its only 99p, and its connected to this one although both can be read as standalones. I really enjoyed that – it was what to me NA should be, a HEA romance with plenty of drama and angst. I love those set in rock/film world too so that’s a bonus.
This book – a great follow up. At the end of the last Berkeley had just proposed, and its was happy, happy, happy all the way – then comes something he’s been trying to get out of. He’s lead singer for the band but also branching out into acting, and having purchased the film right for a popular new book series he’s cast as the lead, with his ex as the female lead and romantic interest. Liv wants him to take the role, she thinks he’s perfect for it and that the fact her and Berkeley’s romance has to be kept quiet will keep her out of the media for a while. She’s had a taste of that when they first got together and it was awful.
Berkeley can’t bear for them to be apart though for two months, and she’s delighted that he helps her secure a role in the costume dept so she can come with him. Its something she’s been aiming at career wise, and she hated the thought of him being away so long. Sounds good doesn’t it – but his publicity agent Shar demands she change her name and appearance, so she’s not associated with the Olivia Bloom that was with Berkeley in the press so recently. There’s some strong clauses in the contracts that mean if the story breaks that he and co star Christina aren’t really together he could lose a huge amount of money….
Liv thinks she’ll be fine and she would – except it soon seems everyone is out to sabotage her. Add in that Berkeley is distracted with the film, Christina is a bitch, she’s offering Liv “friendly” advice, but telling her also the Berkeley still loves her ( Christina)  and they’re soul mates and poor Liv is struggling. She and Berkeley  see even less of each other than they hoped, due to some revelations in the media that are leaked and that shake the arrangement badly. Shar demands Liv stay away, stay off the set and hotel, and lodge with her parents, and things seem to be drifting apart for them….and there’s never a chance for them to talk about what’s wrong. Liv wonders if Berkeley regrets getting engaged. I felt so sad for her, she was trying her best and yet it seemed someone – or more than one person – were out to set her up to fail. Her colleague Scarlett keeps intimating she and Berkeley are together, Christina the ex tells her Berkeley still wants her, is leaving little notes for her and she’s tweeting all the things he’s supposed to be doing for her. Even Christina’s solicitor Alison has secrets…Throw in that Blair, Liv’s close friend who has got a job as Shar’s assistant, has also dropped her to join “team Christina” and poor Liv feels so alone. Its hard then not to read more into things. I did wonder about Berkeley, couldn’t really believe he’d stray, or let her down like this but the evidence seems to be mounting up. Liv too, gets into a couple of situations she doesn’t want that look bad, and the drama and tension grows. Can they get through or will the circumstances break them apart?
I loved this just as much as the first book – sometimes once the couple are together the magic has gone for me and it shows, but here the drama and tension is kept up right to the very end – and its a perfect ending!!

Stars:Five, classic NA romance.
ARC provided by Netgalley and publishers.

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I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on amazon.co.uk for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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