Publisher: Amberjack Publishing
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
Format: ebook (ARC)
“Disaster, as it turns out, doesn’t discriminate.”
For eighteen-year-old Gia Winters, having a movie star for a father, a former Playboy bunny as a mother, a Hollywood mansion, and a closet stocked with Chanel is simply another day in the life.
But her world is turned upside down when her father mysteriously hires a group of bodyguards to trail the family 24/7 and threatening phone calls from a “Dr. D” start buzzing daily.
When Gia scores the coveted role of Miss Golden Globe, she is forced to strike a deal with her bodyguard, Jack, who is almost as arrogant as he is attractive. Juggling Gia’s romantic failures, fashion faux pas, and celebrity obsessions, the duo investigate a series of clues with the help of a police cadet, who has a special set of skills and an even better set of dimples.
But with the Golden Globes just around the corner, danger levels rise higher than her stilettos as Gia learns that the biggest secrets might be the ones buried in her own home.
In a place where the hills have eyes, high school nemeses, bad hair days, raging parties, and stolen kisses, there can only be trouble for a girl who was just starting to consider herself lucky.
I’m having a hard time deciding whether I love it or I hate it. The first part is quite annoying and it seems too cheesy or too perfect. The character Gia is the daughter of two famous Hollywood superstars who is being stalked. The characters in the story are too perfect in an annoying level and not only Gia. Gia is too pretty, too rich plus the almost perfect life with a walk-in closet and a cute little dog. The love interest is as perfect as Gia. I get it, they’re in Hollywood but do the author really need to emphasize every single chapter how handsome this guy is? I don’t think so. The snarky conversation with Jack and the mystery stalker here and there is what keeps me from reading this. There are a few times where I feel like I want to delete it in my Kindle and forget that this story ever existed but there are times where I want to keep reading. I’m not really a fan of Gia and I can’t relate to her perfectness plus she is as annoying as America Singer (if you’ve read The Selection series/trilogy or whatever it is called now) but not as annoying as Eadlyn (America’s daughter in The Heir). The only character that I love in this story is Jack Anderson, he may as well be related to Aaron Warner-Anderson.
The plot has a lot of potentials. The story keeps on taking a very interesting turn but the characters, especially Gia, is what really hold me back to loving it. The mystery or suspense part of the story is very well presented. How the stalker and the stalking happens and how it weaves together fits perfectly. If the author would write a story like Jennifer E. Smith, Stephanie Perkins, and Jenny Han, I’ll pass. BUT if she will write a story that is centered on the suspense and mystery, well I’ll definitely buy it. She’s good at weaving together a mystery plot yet very poor in the romance part, and have I mention how annoying the character is? I’m definitely mentioning it again in case you forgot.
I’m quite disappointed with the ending. Not in the mystery part but in the romance part. The mystery is a done deal, no more questions or loose ends that need to be explained. But the romance part? Well, I wish Gia ended up with someone else. And I feel like the ending is meant to be an open ending but it seems like a big question mark on my part, it has to do with Jack. I feel like what happens to Jack after is not very well explained. I also have a theory that it may not be standalone or I’m just hoping that the author would write a story about Jack.
Rating it 3 stars for Jack because I love that guy. Plus it is an okay mystery/suspense book. Just don’t count much on the romance. But I still recommend you guys to check it out. 🙂