I received this book for free from MIRA in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Crashing the A-List by Summer Heacock
Also by this author: The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky
Published by MIRA
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Romance
Read in: June 2019
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Add to: Goodreads
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. - via GoodReads
I can’t begin to tell you how much I adored Crashing the A-List by Summer Heacock! I originally requested it because it was a contemporary romance and I just don’t have enough of that in my life. The great news is I got SO much more than that!
For me the best part of Crashing the A-List is that it was like watching the best rom com ever filmed. I can’t tell you how much I loved this book but I’m going to try. First off, Clara is such a sympathetic heroine. She curses like a sailor and I really felt we could have been BFFs.
Caspian was really kind of a jerk. Basically imagine Freddie Prinze Jr playing Zach from She’s All That except British. (At least in my head.) The big difference is that Zach was a d-bag from the start and needed to redeem himself but Caspian kind of gets dragged into this mess and while he is justified in being angry, he’s still kind of a jerk.
Watching these two trying to negotiate around the awkward situation they found themselves in was an experience. I laughed, I cried (like ugly went to the bathroom so I would’t wake my husband from a deep sleep kind of cry), and my heart practically burst from happiness. I was recommending this book at 18%. Kind of a risky move with that much still left in the book but I had a feeling. And, readers, I was right about it.
If you need a laugh or if you need to get lost in a romantic comedy because this world kinda sucks sometimes, I can’t recommend Crashing the A-List by Summer Heacock enough. It was brilliantly done and I’m so glad there is another book in Heacock’s backlist!
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2019 GoodReads