October 9, 2012

book review: picture perfect

A fun and fabulous heroine must navigate the stormy waters of her professional and personal lives while finding out whodunnit in Lucie Simone's Picture Perfect.

The Scoop:
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 fulltime business. But Lauren learns just how cutthroat 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?
God help me, but I always love a good story set in Tinsel Town. Throw in a bit of mystery, and I am a deliciously happy reader. Picture Perfect did not disappoint and had me laughing as I quickly turned the pages on this one.

Accustomed to handling the issues in other people's lives as a producer, it's Lauren's turn to do damage control in her own world, which made for a fun read from the beginning. I found myself connecting with her quickly and cheering for her, even as I sometimes wanted to shake some sense into her. What good protagonist doesn't blow it from time to time, though? Reading would be so boring if a heroine didn't biff it upon occasion, and when Lauren misses a step it made for good reading as she figured out how to get back on the right path.

The other characters added a delightful mix, with me loving some (like Lauren's BFF) and wanting to rip the hair out of others (enter her ex assistant). With a good blend of people on her side, and against her, it made for a fun read.

I also enjoyed the younger romantic interest in Lauren's life, as someone who imagines the possibilities of being a cougar some day (Let that be a warning to the future Mr. Laura Chapman, now: if you act out, I'll be the one trading you in for a newer model. I joke. Or do I? You'll never know, so best to mind your manners once I find you and make you mine.). Will Lauren and Jack make it forever? I don't know, but I'm pulling for those two crazy kids.

Generally well-written, with a few slightly slow parts in middle, overall this was an enjoyable story.

Rating: 4.5 of 5 (UPDATED!)


Check back tomorrow for a star-studded guest post from the author, Lucie Simone.

About the Author
Lucie Simone has a passion for travel, yoga, and writing. She has a degree in Journalism, a Master of Fine Arts in Television Production, and is a certified yoga teacher registered with Yoga Alliance. Her love of comedy (and living under the delusion that she might one day be an actress) resulted in a stint studying improvisation, which, ironically enough, taught her to be a better writer.

Her short story, A Taste of Italy, won the New York Book Festival competition for best ebook and is a bestseller at Amazon UK. The release of her debut novel, Hollywood Ending, a romantic comedy about life in Hollywood for the not-so-rich-and-famous, marked the launch of her small press, Simon & Fig, which publishes Chick Lit, Lad Lit and Women’s Fiction exclusively.

Lucie lives, loves and writes in the City of Angels, but considers New York City her second home and visits as often as her bank account will allow.

Contact Lucie
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/LucieSimone
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lucie-Simone/276425887768
Blog: http://luciesimone.blogspot.com
Websites: http://www.luciesimone.com and http://www.simonandfig.com (small press)
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/luciesimone

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