The second instalment in this hilarious, romantic and unputdownable five-part series. Perfect for fans of Lindsey Kelk’s I Heart… novels.
Firstly, thanks to Headline Publishing, for approving me for a review copy of Lily Does LA on Net Galley.
Lily is an actress. At least, that’s what she tells people, even though she’s currently working in a call centre and her last big part was an ad for Sofa Warehouse. So when she’s invited to her cousin Alice’s wedding in LA, it’s a dream come true.
Alice’s fiancé Sam is actually a Hollywood agent; how can Lily fail to get talent-spotted? There’s only one problem; not only is Lily banned from mentioning acting, parts or producers to Sam, she’s expected to spend the entire week doing wedding-related prep (read: chores) with Sam’s boring groomsman Jesse. But Lily firmly believes that rules were made to be broken …
I loved Poppy Does Paris, so I was really looking forward to reading Book 2 in the Girls on Tour Series.
Novellas seem to be increasingly popular recently, and I’ve never really read many before, always opting for a bit of a meatier story that I can really sink my teeth into. However, I also do like the idea of having a book that’ll fit perfectly in an hour or two reading slot, so I’ve been open to the new experience.
I think my main reservations have always been the worry that either, a) I’m not going to have enough time to really connect with the book/characters, or b) I’ll really start loving it/them and then it’s over too soon.
Unfortunately, I found Lily Does LA fell into the first category a bit for me. It was a really cute story, light-hearted and easy reading, I just didn’t feel like I connected to it very much, or more specifically to Lily. She was cute and funny, and I admired her efforts for her cousins wedding, even if she also went off on tangents pursuing her own goals, but I just didn’t really feel much of a connection, which was a shame. Again, I think this is largely down to the basis of it being a novella. You did have some back-story for Lily, and it was touching, but…I can’t really explain it. I usually get attached to characters easily, and I just didn’t as much this time.
It was still a really nice bit of light reading, that I managed in one session before bed, and I do recommend it if you’ve got a couple of hours spare. I’m giving it 3.5 stars, and will definitely be continuing to read the Girls On Tour Series.
The next instalment of the Girls On Tour series, Maggie Does Meribel, is out on the 4th of December.
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