Review: Walk on By (Best Things in Life #1) by Stacey Solomon

February 6, 2015 Review 0

Review: Walk on By (Best Things in Life #1) by Stacey Solomon

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 launched into the limelight as the overnight sensation ‘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.

Hilarious consequences ensue through this romantic comedy, but can Lola and Blake overcome the challenges that life and fame throw their way to find their own happy-ever-after, or will Lola just have to Walk on By?

Title: Walk on By
Author: Stacey Solomon
Series: Best Things in Life #1
Published by Totally Bound
Source: Publisher
Published: February 5, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 197
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames
Bailey Bradford

I chose this one because it was touted as being a “romantic comedy.”  I have a weakness for romantic comedies, though I will admit, sometimes they can be hit or miss.  In my humble opinion, this one is, mostly, a hit.

It is written in the first person present voice.  Not my favorite, but this author did an amazing job of pulling me inside Charlotte Taylor’s head.  I felt what she felt.  I saw things the way she saw them.  I cried when she cried.  I laughed with her, even when it was at herself.  I felt invested in Charlotte’s search for self, not to mention “Mr. Perfect.”

This was a very well written journey of finding oneself in the make believe world of stardom as seen through the eyes of a newly discovered star.  In places it was quite poignant.  Something like this, being told in first person present could get rather redundant or cumbersome.  I liked how the author solved that problem.  She did excellent transitions through diary entries.  Kept the voice, but moved the story along very nicely.  I really liked that.

The romance – Blake Hudson was “Mr. Perfect,” Charlotte’s soul mate.  I loved how that happened.  It was fate.  Predestined.  Had to be.  *sigh*  Every romantics dream come true.  So sweet.  So “perfect.”  The way this was presented, they really were meant for each other.

The comedy – Charlotte seems to have this knack for getting herself into interesting situations.  Mostly, it is just a lack of self-confidence, but to Charlotte, so much more.  I adored her best friend Roo-Roo aka Rupert.  He was a scream.  Always there to lend his support to Charlotte.  One of my favorite quotes in this book was from him.

“Oh, here we go. Are you going to go down Crying Crescent, take a left down Am-a-Failure Avenue then end up at the Heartbreak Hotel? Please. You’re stronger than that. Get those big girl panties on and fight for what you want. Enough’s enough, young lady. You’ve been wallowing for far too long. Bounce-Back Boulevard is waiting for you—if only you’d grow a pair and run down it.”  Isn’t that just the kind of advice one wants to hear from a bestie?  So full of clichés, but gets the point across.  I loved it.

I very much enjoyed this entire book except . . . *sigh* the ending.  Well really, the lack of ending.  It kind of just stopped.  Left me hanging. When is there going to be another book?  Grr! Arg!  Talk about being left on the edge!

Otherwise, this was an entertaining book.  Fans of Notting Hill will like this.  Sweet with a little bit of spice.

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