Series: The Brightside #2
on February 23, 2015
Genres: Love & Romance
My name is Olivia Bloom and I. Am. Engaged.
When Berkeley proposed I thought we’d live happily ever after—we’d plan our wedding and he’d tour with the Brightside while I continued designing lingerie. But instead he dropped a bombshell that turned my life upside down: he’s set to star in a movie with, who else, his gorgeous ex, Christina Carlton. And what’s more? I’ve been erased from the public eye. All anyone can talk about is #Berkstina.
Berkeley wants me to work on set as a costume designer—a dream come true—but there’s a catch; we have to keep our relationship secret. I’m okay with not being photographed, but the sneaking around, the lies, the love scenes; it’s not how I imagined our engagement. I know Berkeley is passionate and driven, but he has so much going on—I don’t know if we can take it. I’m starting to wonder how well I know him.
I love him, but am I ready to drop everything and decide the rest of my life? To become Olivia Dalton?
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Totally loved Blushing by @
I am going to be straight-up here and say that I literally did not know how to use Twitter until I read In Bloom (Katie’s first book). So I feel my above tweet is completely necessary. Also, I am so beyond excited that we got more of Olivia and Berkeley. I thought the ending of In Bloom was a bit rushed and now I am completely satisfied.
Blushing begins where In Bloom ends. Olivia and Berkeley are engaged. Unbeknownist to Olivia, Berkeley has been cast in a movie and will be moving to Pittsburgh for a couple of months. Thankfully, with some finessing Olivia was able to get a job on-set (an assistant assistant wardrobe girl). But due to contracts, Olivia and Berkeley have to keep their relationship under-wraps. Plus, his ex-girlfriend has been cast as the lead and also his love interest in the movie.
Olivia goes through a lot in this movie. Having to hide her identity and take on a new one (with a different name and hairstyle) messes with her a bit. I think what she goes through is completely normal and realistic. I wish we got to see a bit more of Berkeley. I wanted to know what he was going through. I spent a portion of the book a bit mad at him. I wish we would’ve gotten just a chapter in his POV. (Hint hint). I think I may have understood him a bit better. BUT…he totally redeemed himself by the end of the book. I actually teared up a bit-which is a hard fete.
I will say, there was a lot going on in the book. All the secrets, twists, and turns were perfect. Can we also talk about the secondary characters? Parker? Tux? Mark! I demand we get a book about Mark stat! I want him to find love…as well as find out what he was eluding to at the bar with Olivia. I also got a kick out of the ridiculousness that was Scarlett.
As you know, I love all things Hollywood, so this book was right up my alley. Ms. Delahanty painted such a realistic portrayal of what actually happens in the entertainment business. There is so much drama, half-truths, lies that is fed to the fans. I actually laughed at some of the ridiculousness but know without a doubt that it happens all the time.
I recommend this series if you are looking for a fun romantic series with a Hollywood backdrop. Plus…did I tell you that Berkeley is a rockstar?