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REVIEWED BY KIRA SLAUGHTER
Life can’t get much worse for romance writer Libby Holliday. She’s been dumped by her agent and her publisher, and now she’s discovered her fiancé Jeremy, is seeing their mutual friend, the shameless Ruth-Ann, behind her back.
So when broken-hearted Libby’s offered the chance to ghost-write a novel for model and reality show darling Lulabelle Ryan, she leaps at the chance. Lulabelle is in the middle of filming her new TV show about plastic surgery- which means five star travel for her entourage to San Francisco, Paris and Antigua. And, even better, Libby’s best friend Celeste O’Connor is coming along for the ride.
Lulabelle proves to be the diva of divas, but there are some benefits- her handsome and enigmatic manager, Leo, to name just one. If only Libby could forget about her other male addiction…
I first bought this book a few months ago and it has been lying on my To Be Read pile ever since, so when I heard about Irish Chick Lit week I was like, this is the perfect opportunity to start reading this book.
At first I found it quite hard to get into as the main character, Libby, was having a romantic crisis and I thought to myself ‘I hope this isn’t going to be the whole basis of the book’ as sometimes I can find those storylines a bit tiresome. Thankfully that was not to be the case. Although the situation with Libby’s fiancé does pop up at times throughout the book, it did not detract from the brilliant story of Lulabelle, the tiresome reality TV star.
After reading one chapter about Lulabelle I wanted to give her a slap, as the way she spoke to Libby really irritated me! However, as I read on and began to understand more about her character, I knew that she wasn’t as bad as she was first made out to be.
Libby is finding her new job as Lulabelle’s ghost-writer hard going, as she’s a tad demanding and not up for hearing Libby’s ideas regarding the storyline and characters. Yet as they spend more time together Libby finds that she’s getting rather involved with Lulabelle’s book and, rather fortunately, the gorgeous Leo who is Lulabelle’s manager. There is definite chemistry between the pair of them, however I was slightly disappointed that this storyline wasn’t really given a lot of time to develop, everything seemed to happen quite quickly between them. Apart from that little criticism, the book was fabulous and I finished it in a day as the characters and storyline made it quite hard for me to put it down.
As more of Lulabelle’s character is revealed, I began to feel a bit sorry for her as it was apparent that she had a bit of a complicated upbringing. Libby begins to warm towards her, yet they continue to fight like cat and dog, as Libby is the only person, Leo aside, who stands up to Lulabelle and tells her what she really thinks about her and her behaviour. I was really rooting for Libby throughout the book as she’s quite a ballsy character, and when she finally realises what a moron her fiancé is, I liked her even more.
The pace of the story is brilliant, and as well as an insight into the world of plastic surgery, it also had some fabulous supporting characters such as Alex, Libby’s agent and Celeste, Libby’s best friend. I’ve liked all of Sarah Webb’s previous books and now I can’t wait to read her next offering.
I’m giving this a 9/10!