Saturday, 3 March 2018

Blog Tour Review: Who's That Girl? by Celia Hayes


Who's That Girl? by Celia Hayes
/Published: 1st February 2018
Publisher: Aria
Pages: 303
Available in Paperback and on Kindle
Rating: 3/5


Blurb
Sam Preston appears to be living the glamorous life of a journalist at the San Francisco Chronicle...

If only that was the case... in reality, she's frustratingly single, stuck living in her parents' house, and oh yeah, in love with her boss, Dave, who barely knows that she exists...
Life seems like it will never change... until the day Sam is put on an assignment with Dave, reporting on the San Francisco Fashion Week. She hopes this might be a turning point in their relationship...

But things never go to plan and practically overnight, Sam becomes an accidental contestant in the Beautiful Curvy pageant and life suddenly becomes very complicated.
How will she manage her new rise to stardom, her job, and her sudden irresistibility to not only Dave, but a new man on the scene?


Review

Sam Preston is a just an ordinary girl working as an assistant journalist and still living at home with her parents. She’s no boyfriend but she’s okay with that as she’s been in a one-sided infatuation with her boss Dave for the past three years. Sam longs to be a proper journalist and cover the big stories instead of the quirky interviews and all the office administration. One day Sam gets her big break, she can write about the new “Beautiful Curvy” pageant, but Sam gets more than she bargained for when she accidentally becomes a contestant herself.
I was really looking forward to reading this as the whole beauty pageant concept is one which is written about too much and I was looking forward to reading how Sam coped with the situation. However, the contest is barely mentioned until the end of the book so I was a little disappointed. The story’s main focus is the relationship between Sam and Dave.
I tried hard to like Sam but something about her just didn’t click with me, I’m still wondering why. I liked that she gains confidence as the story progresses but felt it was a little over the top and full on at times. I think the thing that bugged me most though was her adoration of Dave, I just couldn’t see what she saw in him. To me Dave was an arrogant, aggressive and bossy without any likable characteristics. The thing that annoyed me most about him was that he never seemed to believe Sam when she said “no” to him.
The flow of the story is good and there are some funny scenes throughout the book which were enjoyable to read, mostly when Sam is drunk and clumsy.  I did find the first few chapters confusing as the narrative switches between first and third person narrative without any warning but this did seem to stop about half way through, making the second half of the book for me more enjoyable.
This will be an enjoyable read for many people but for me something was missing to make it a great read.
I’d like to thank Aria for sending me a copy to review for my honest opinions and inviting me to be part of the blog tour.


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