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A Christmas Kiss By Vicky Pattison

A Christmas KissThe original ‘Geordie Shore’ girl, Vicky Pattison is back with a second book this year called ‘A Christmas Kiss’.

Just like her debut novel, ‘All That Glitters’, ‘A Christmas Kiss’, it’s another entertaining story with short and snappy chapters that made the book impossible to put down.

Amber Raey is working all the hours God sends as assistant to one of the country’s top fashion designers, and her boss is a complete nightmare. Amber’s dream is to launch her own fashion line one day so, for the time being, she just has to grin and bear it. And then opportunity comes knocking and Amber’s suddenly on the fast track to the top.

The parties, the glamour, a whirlwind romance – Amber loves every second of her new life. But there’s more to this world than its glossy exterior suggests, and when a face from Amber’s past reappears, she finds herself in real trouble. With Christmas fast approaching, Amber is drifting further and further away from her family and friends. Can she get her life back on track before it’s too late for a merry Christmas?

The story is about Amber Raey, an ambitious young woman who gets the opportunity of a lifetime, when she is spotted by Alessandro Rossi, head designer and owner at House Of Rossi, hating her current job as a lapdog for nasty Diana, Amber jumps at the chance to show her potential and more importantly, her creativity. Alessandro gives Amber, full rein of a young adult range which is then showcased at New York Fashion Week and Amber’s world is then turned upside down, when the public and press fall in love with the collection and she becomes the new face to look out for. But, it’s not only the media that has noticed Amber, Brandon Bailey from a band called The Starks, has also noticed the Northern lass and begins to pursuit her. Caught up in the whirlwind of fashion, a handsome and famous boyfriend, Amber finds herself in surprising and unexpected situations that makes her question those around her.

Whilst reading this book, I was very much aware of the similarities between Amber and Vicky. I am fan of ‘Geordie Shore’ and particularly love Vicky and her outspokenness and I found Amber to be the exact same, with her sharp tongue and original dialogue, this book regularly had me in stitches, as Amber shared some of her thoughts along the way and introduced me to the Newcastle way of talking. I genuinely loved Amber, I thought she was a strong and determined young woman, who’s only fault was that she fell in love and somewhere along the line, she forgot what was important. Family and friends. Family is a huge thing for Amber, as her father was tragically killed in an accident and this brought her mother and younger sister Ruby much closer together and her best friends and flat mates Jess and Tom are always there to help and have a party when you’re feeling down.

The story flows at a quick pace and is easy to get into, with punchy and witty dialogue and pleasurable characters, both young and old, this book really made for enjoyable reading and I found no matter how I tried, it constantly felt like Vicky was reading the story to me, as Amber was also from Newcastle. Fun, fashionable and full of sass, ‘A Christmas Kiss’ is another delicious book from Vicky and even though, this is only her second book, she has quickly become one of my favourite authors. Congratulations to Vicky on another great book and her recent win on ‘I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out a Of Here!’

You can buy A Christmas Kiss from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Walk On By By Stacey Solomon

Walk On By‘Walk On By’ is Stacey Solomon’s debut book.

Ever since Charlotte Taylor was a little girl she’s wanted fame and fortune. She sings with the voice of an angel and is soon plucked out of obscurity and into the limelight, an overnight sensation as ‘Lola’. Charlotte attends wild celebrity parties and moves in circles with the rich and famous, but the people living the life of celebrity aren’t all she imagined them to be and neither is her life. Struggling to find the real Charlotte again she battles against the crazy life she’s thrust into, desperately trying to swim to the surface. Blake Hudson is a self-made man. Successful in his own right, he’s busy making his own mark on the world. Self-assured, strong and determined, he’s not looking for a permanent relationship. But when he meets the sweet and charming Charlotte, he’s captivated. But the world of celebrity and business collide and commitments, half-truths and unintentional deception don’t make for smooth sailing.

I was a bit cynical when I was sent this copy, as it has been revealed in the past that celebrity writers don’t always write their own books, so I did wonder if Stacey did write this book and if she did, then this genuinely is a really good introduction to her writing career.

The story is about Charlotte Taylor, a young busker who is plucked from obscurity and is thrown in the spotlight as Lola, the latest singing sensation and follows in her career as she deals with the pressure, the bitchiness and the temptation of love when she travels to New York for a little bit of me time, when she meets handsome and charismatic Blake Hudson, who turns her life around and she begins to enjoy herself properly away from the glare of the camera.

This book is a fun and interesting tale, that could possibly be seen as Stacey’s own life story, as she rose to fame through the television show ‘The X Factor’. Charlotte is one of the sweetest characters that I’ve read in a while, genuinely kind and modest, she reflects back on a time in her life, where money wasn’t plentiful and her family struggled and wants to provide for her sister and her father, now that she is able. With low confidence, she is unaware of how lusted after she is and finds solace and reassurance from Roo-Roo, a celebrity make up artist and gay best friend who is always there and guaranteed to perk her up and the scenes between the two characters are always funny and warm moments.

The only flaw I had with the book was the cover of the book, which I felt didn’t portray the quality of the story.

Written in a fresh and fun style with lighthearted dialogue, I read this book in a day and found it almost impossible to put down. It was a really enjoyable and captivating story that provides an interesting and amusing insight into the world of celebrities and was a lovely debut novel from Britain’s most loved entertainers.

You can buy Walk on By (Best Things in Life) from Amazon and is avaialable to buy from good bookshops.