For Lauren Tate, a high-powered TV producer, sex, lies, and scandal make for a great movie-of-the-week, but when she becomes the target of a smear campaign, even the most salacious of Hollywood’s tales can’t compare to her real life drama. With her soon-to-be-ex-husband leading the effort to sully her reputation, and her former assistant threatening to snatch her hard-earned position at Timeless Television out of her hands, Lauren’s perfectly planned life quickly begins to unravel at the seams.
Clawing her way back to the top of the TV food chain is no easy task, especially in an industry where backstabbing is a sport and gossip is a full time business. But Lauren learns just how cut throat showbiz can truly be when the hottest scandal in Tinsel Town turns deadly and the Hollywood hunk who’s stolen her heart is missing in action. Can she salvage her career, her reputation, and her love life? Or will Hollywood be the death of her?
I am pleased to have been invited to participate in another great Chick Lit Plus Blog Tour for the fabulous Lucie Simone! Simone’s tales of self discovery and love in the seemingly fantastical land of Hollywood bring characters that are down to earth and delightfully quirky.
In Picture Perfect, Lauren Tate, although a high powered Hollywood executive, knows where things are at in the world of glitz and glam. She knows that image can make or break a career and it is best to stay out of the gossip newspapers and blogs. But when her equally high powered husband serves her divorce papers Lauren’s judgement gets fuzzy, especially when it comes to handsome young actor Jack.
Simone’s writing style falls in line with her Hollywood setting, creating scenes and characters that I can imagine acting out for a film or TV show. What is especially interesting about Picture Perfect is the murder mystery twist part way through. I think the scene that best illustrates the juxtaposition of chick lit glitz with the murder mystery grit is the humours exchange between Lauren and her stylist, Giles, as he dresses her for her trip to the police station for questioning. Fashion and appearance, even in the event of a murder accusation, remains the utmost of importance!
Lauren is a fun and often relatable character. Although at times a bit heart breaking, her relationship to food and her body is one that I think many people can understand and yet it doesn’t define her by any means. I did have a hard time getting into her sudden connection with Jack but like his persistence towards Lauren, Jack quickly becomes an accepted character (although I did remain suspicious of him for most of the read).
Picture Perfect is a delightful read with little twists and turns that will keep the reader guessing like a Law and Order marathon. Be sure to pick this up for a fun read.
Once again thank you to Samantha at Chick Lit Plus for organizing the blog tour and thank you to Lucie Simone for including me!
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