Title: Crashing the A-List
Author: Summer Heacock
Publication Date: July 9, 2019
Page Count: 400
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
After four months of unemployment, former book editor Clara Montgomery is officially stuck—stuck sleeping on her little brother’s ugly couch in Queens, stuck scrolling through job listings in search of a new editorial position…and just desperate enough to take on a temporary gig clearing out abandoned storage units. If nothing else, she’s determined to keep her rapidly dwindling savings account intact.
Unfortunately, she is in no way prepared for stumbling upon dead snakes or dealing with glass jars that she’s convinced are full of pickled eyeballs. And why does everything seem to smell like beets?
Then Clara comes across a unit that was once owned by an escort service and finds the brothel “résumé” of a younger Caspian Tiddleswich, an astonishingly famous British actor. She has no intention of cashing in on her discovery, but her awkward attempts to reassure Caspian that his secret is safe go awry. Now Caspian is convinced that Clara is a blackmailer, the tabloids have her pegged as Caspian’s newest girlfriend…and Clara begins to find the A-lister’s charms more irresistible than she expected.
Crashing the A-List by Summer Heacock is a new contemporary romance. This one is a romantic comedy that brings together a pair of opposites that engage in a fake dating plan.
Clara Montgomery had lost her job as a book editor and only with the help of her brother and the use of his couch had so far managed to stay in the city and continue looking for work. In the meantime Clara had taken on a not so glamorous job of cleaning out storage units to make some quick cash.
When Clara and her best friend stumble upon a storage unit full of boxes of paperwork that seem to have come from a escort agency over a decade before Clara’s friend encourages her to look for famous names to sell to the media. Clara however can’t bring herself to profit from others misery so when she finds the name of a famous actor she vows to destroy the paperwork. Before doing so though she makes a drunken confession of her discovery to Caspian Tiddleswich which gets taken as a blackmail attempt.
As usual I’m a sucker for a good old fake dating trope and Crashing the A-List is just another of those. The humor in here was what really had me liking this one the most although I did enjoy Clara and her best friend too. The one downside was Caspian wasn’t that likable during a lot of the story, had he been showing his good side more I’d had probably raised my rating. Overall though it’s still a fun read.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Summer Heacock is an author of contemporary women’s fiction and prances through life like a cartoon character who says the F word a lot. She lives Seattle-adjacent, where she’s a stay-at-home mom to two scampy tots, wife to an amazingly understanding husband, herder of a rescue critter menagerie, devourer of jelly beans and collector of life-size celebrity cutouts. Crashing the A-List is her second novel, following her debut, The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky.