Series: The Brightside #1
Genres: New Adult, Rockstar
My name is Olivia Bloom and I. Am. Free.Buy the Book •
I left for LA with everything I owned piled into my old Volkswagen and dreams of becoming a costume designer. Little did I know I’d wind up designing for a lingerie company—yeah, not sure how I landed this gig—and taken under the wing of two young Hollywood insiders. The fashion shows and parties were great, but life really got exciting when the seriously hottest lead singer of my favorite band started to fall for me.
How does someone like me, an ordinary girl from Pittsburgh, wind up in the arms of the world’s sexiest rock star—surrounded by celebrities, fashion, and music—and not be eaten alive? Berkeley is everything I've ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, but the paparazzi, the tabloids, the rumors, it's all getting a bit too crazy. My life has become every girl’s dream come true, if only I don’t blink and lose it all…
I was in a slump. Being an avid reader, this happens from time to time. I begin series, or standalones that are good. They are entertaining, and I smile while I read them. I invest myself in characters. I want to see their story play out, and a lot of the times by the end of the book I am satisfied…and yet I look back from my book high, and feel something was missing for me.
Then there are the books that come along, and awaken my senses as to why I Love reading in the first place.
In Bloom is one of those stories. It is packed full of humor, and charm. I was entranced after the first Namaste, and never looked back. At 50% I was full of first kiss anticipation. I wanted to knock their faces together, and force them into their first kiss. When it finally happened, I was caught off guard. I didn’t expect it, and I quickly realized how happy I was for the misses. I was so ready for the blossoming of this new experience,that I nearly missed how captivating these characters are together.
In NA reads I find myself waiting for the relationship to start, that I am so disappointed when it hyper speeds into Love, or drags. I didn’t feel that way at all with In Bloom.
Also…Can I have my own Psychic Mom? For real. I thoroughly enjoyed the relationship Liv had with her Mother. The interaction felt so natural. We don’t always want to admit, or think that our parent could actually know what they’re talking about when it comes to our lives. Olivia played it perfectly.
Berkeley was swoon-worthy. He was true, and honest with his feelings. Even at 89% when my heart dropped to the pits of hell, and I wanted to scream at the owls chilling on my bookshelf. He redeemed the entire story. I found myself diving into my youth. Resurfacing my own love of particular bands, and eclectic music obsessions. I remembered how connected I felt to John Mayer’s material before he was discovered, or how I scoured all the vinyl I found in my Nana’s attic. I fell in Love with something for the first time at nine years old, and this story brought all those memories to the surface. Thank you for that Katie Delahanty.
I recommend this read to dreamers.
To people who remember the first time a song took their breath away.
To anyone whose first crush graced the covers of Rolling Stone.
To selfless lovers…
And last but not least
I recommend this to all who have been hurt in life by another, who chose to put it all on the line, and do something crazy for themselves, for their dreams.
IN BLOOM BY KATY DELAHANTY
Katie Delahanty is a fashion designer turned novelist. She holds a BA in Communication Studies from UCLA and a Professional Designation in Fashion Design from FIDM. It never occurred to her that she was a writer until an economic-crisis-induced career shift from lingerie designer to e-commerce webmistress led her to start the company blog. Not being an expert in lingerie, she decided to write the blog as a fictional serial starring a girl named Olivia Bloom who worked for the lingerie line. And that’s when Katie fell in love with storytelling. She hasn’t looked back since. Katie lives in Los Angeles with her husband.