Review: IN BLOOM by Katie Delahanty

My name is Olivia Bloom and I. Am. Free.

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… 

ARC provided by publishers via NetGalley


“Hook, line and sinker, I’m in love.”

Yea, me too. I’m in love with this book. 

I fell headfirst within the first few pages, completely caught, and couldn’t stop reading! I can’t pinpoint exactly what it is I adore about IN BLOOM. I think I just love it all: the characters, the story, the writing, and the feelings it provoked. I’m on a book high and I don’t want to come back down! Seriously, I haven’t been able to pick up a book since finishing this, and I’m usually one to jump right into my next read.

IN BLOOM has a great leading lady in Olivia Bloom. She’s fun, witty, lovable, and so easy to relate to. She just made a huge move to LA, and is now trying to find a job and fit in—pretty much figure out where she belongs. Olivia makes some great, quirky friends on that journey who help her along the way. She also has a physic mom that is just as lovable, even though Olivia wants no part of her mother’s visions for her future.

Then there’s swoon-worthy Berkley Dalton, the front man of Olivia’s favorite band. He doesn’t have a sordid past; he doesn’t have a crazy family. He’s a good, sweet guy and that’s what I Ioved so much about him. That’s not to say he doesn’t have a few things in his life that cause a bit of drama, I mean he’s not perfect. He is in the public eye, and drama is bound to find him. 

IN BLOOM is expertly written in first person through Olivia’s eyes. Delahanty did a wonderful job portraying Olivia’s emotions. When she was embarrassed, I was too; when she was anxious, I was a bundle of nerves; and when she was feeling the love, so was I! I am a twitter lover so I enjoyed the chapterly tweets between the characters; it was endearing and made them seem even more real. The fact that the characters have actual twitter accounts is an even bigger plus! Delahanty has given us such a wonderful story. It’s smart, romantic, and fun! I get one of those cheesy grins every time I think about it! My only complaint is about the epilogue, which is fairly short. I wanted more from it, but then again this is the first installment. Maybe I should just wait patiently to see what comes next in The Brightside series! 


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