Sunday, August 25, 2019

Review - Crashing the A-List

Author:  Summer Heacock
Genre:   Women's Fiction
Publisher:  Mira Books
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   400
Date of Publication:  March 12, 2019
My Rating:  4 Stars


After four months of unemployment, former book editor Clara Montgomery is still stuck sleeping on her little brother’s ugly couch in Queens. Determined to keep her minuscule savings account intact, she takes a job clearing out abandoned storage units, but is in no way prepared for stumbling upon dead snakes or trying to identify exactly where the perpetual stench of beets is emanating from.

When Clara comes across a unit that was once owned by an escort service, she finds the brothel “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. 


Due to a business change by her employer, Clara Montgomery has lost her job as a book editor. She has a lot of feelers out there, but for now she is down on her luck. She is currently living on her brother's couch and has been forced to take a job cleaning out storage facilities.

In one unit, she happens upon some shocking and scandalous information. She has discovered proof of a former escort service and is stunned to see the name of a successful British actor among the many names. His name is Caspian Tiddleswich and her best friend has all but convinced Clara to sell Caspian's story to the tabloids.

Although Clara seriously considers it, she decides not to do so. However, she did make contact with him and he immediately accuses her of blackmail. Well, he literally puts the shoe on the other foot. He insists that Clara act as his girlfriend certain opportunities in public, hoping that the paparazzi will be convinced that he is off the market. This will take Caspian quite far when it comes to promoting his latest film.

Clara and Caspian knock heads every step of the way. She wants out, but he holds the upper hand. Neither one of them expects that their fake romance might actually lead to much more. Meanwhile, Clara is feverishly trying to hunt down another editing job.

This was an enjoyable story. I absolutely loved the dynamic between Clara and her best friend, CiCi. I also enjoyed the development of the relationship between Clara and Caspian. Many things made it seem unlikely, and I loved the road that it took to get there. I enjoyed this book by Summer Heacock and I look forward to reading more by her in the future.

Many thanks to Mira Books and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.


Okay.  A bio.  Here I go. Just so we are on the same page, I am not mentally capable of talking about myself in third person here, so there will be no, “Summer likes long walks on the beach and is conversationally inept.”  NONE OF THAT.

Let’s see.  I am a writer, a mom and a wife.  I am relatively badass at all these things.  You will notice I did not say housekeeper up there.  I suck at that.  Like, hard.  I am a stay-at-home-mom to two incredible little tots.  I am a wife to a computer ninja who is the skill behind all my web adventures.  I am a writer of very strange characters that if I didn’t put word to paper, they would take over my brain, and who knows what would happen then.  I write to SAVE LIVES, people.

When I am not donning my Super Mom/Wifey underoos, you will find me on Twitter.  And I will most likely be talking about writing or boobs or slow-cookers or my pants falling down.  Write what you know, yeah?  I blog about navigating Twitterville and my many misadventures in the world.  I write Women’s Fiction and dabble in YA when I’m feeling froggy for it.  You will find my fluency in profanity present in ALL THESE THINGS.

I’m a total geek.  I have a love of Benedict Cumberbatch that stops just below restraining order.  I am one cat away from starring in my own episode of Critter Hoarders.  The love for candy I possess is deep, and it’s real.  I collect owl things.  My knack for accidental public nudity will haunt me forever.   I giggle every time someone toots.  And finally, I alternate between talking like a Disney cartoon character and swearing with a fucking flourish.

That’s me.  Wait.  Why are you running away?

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