Blushing by Katie Delahanty: Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway

Blushing by Katie Delahanty: Blog Tour, Review, & GiveawayBlushing by Katie Delahanty
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?

Alexis says…

Three Girls and a Book Obsession @threegirlsbooks

Totally loved Blushing by @KTDelahanty. Hope we see more from The Brightside. #threegirlstoprec

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?





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About Katie Delahanty

Katie never knew she was a writer. Her childhood obsessions centered on old movies, costumes, fashion, playing dress up, and books. Lots of books. On her quest to play make believe for a living she decided she wanted to be a fashion designer and after satisfying her practical parents by graduating from UCLA with a BA in Communication Studies she went on to pursue her design dreams with a Professional Designation in Fashion Design from FIDM. She spent five years helping to design romantic dresses that were sold everywhere from Anthropologie to Nordstrom before the economic downturn led to a career shift and that practical degree came in handy. Now in charge of the ecommerce business for In Bloom Lingerie, she was asked to start the company blog. Not knowing what to say about lingerie but needing to use bridal keywords, she decided to start a fictional serial about how a girl named Olivia Bloom, who worked for In Bloom Lingerie, became engaged. And that’s when Katie fell in love with storytelling and the path to make believe became clear. She hasn’t looked back since.