Friday, July 25, 2014

Spotlight- IN BLOOM by Katie Delahanty

 *A little bit of an introduction*

A few months ago I had the pleasure of reading & reviewing In Bloom by the wonderful KATIE DELAHANTY! I fell in love with her words as well as the world she created. Still, months have passed and I've yet to fully forget Miss Olivia Bloom and the sexy lead singer, Berkeley. For this post I'll have an exclusive POV blurb from Berekley. Sweet!

On The Lovely Books Facebook page, throughout the day I'll be giving away copies of In Bloom all day long==> Http:// 
On here, they'll be a chance to win a $10 GC of your choice to the retailer for where ever you buy your books from! (Amazon, B&N, Itunes, Kobo, etc.) Also two winners will have the chance to win In Bloom!! To make it fun I'll have you answer a question that you'll be able to post in the comments.

A new adult novel from Entangled's Embrace imprint...

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…

~From the mind of Berkely~

My name is Berkeley Dalton, and I am engaged.

I don’t quite know how it happened, really. I mean, I know how it happened—I did the asking, after all—it’s just that I didn’t see it coming. Everything I thought I knew has changed…and I’ve never been happier. Olivia Bloom. Olivia Bloom is my fiancé. If anyone had told me three months ago that I’d have a fiancé, I’d have laughed. I didn’t think that was something possible in my world. Right now I’m supposed to be thousands of miles from here, and I know that my absence is causing distress, yet there’s nowhere I’d rather be. She’s worth it. Here I am, alone with this slip of a girl,watching her sleep, and the soft smile on her lips is keeping me warm. My heart is so full it might rupture. I’ll let it. All I know is that I don’t want to leave this
This Feeling
Her Side


Penny for my Thoughts? Don't mind if I do! 

"Hook, line, and sinker, I'm in love." <== my thoughts exactly after reading the book!!

In Bloom is a book filled with drama, celebrities, and most of all swoon worthy romance! Olivia has up and moved from her life in Pennsylvania to pursue her dreams as a designer in none other than Los Angeles, Cal-I-For-Ni-A. She instead gets the gig of working in lingerie! I don't know what girl who wouldn't love that;)

"Yep. That's me. Olivia Bloom. Ending the world, one G-string at a time."

It all starts at a fashion show when Olivia Bloom makes a fool out of herself in front of lead singer, Berkeley Dalton, the face of Berkeley and the Brightside. One of the most famous bands around. Olivia, not being very celebrity "friendly", basically rambles to the gorgeous rock star and in turn her friends, Parker and Blair, decide its time for Liv to know the "rules". The endless list of rules of what to do and say when surrounded by the A-listers.

"So basically," I clarify, "assume everyone is someone, and if you do know who they are don't let them know you know, and if you don't know who they are, don't let them know you don't know."

It's a way for her to act like she is a somebody she isn't in a world filled with people also acting like somebody they're not. Chance makes it to where Liv and Berkeley keep meeting up. The more they meet, the more down to earth he seems. Until one day he basically invites himself over for dinner!

Then he leaves to go on tour for two weeks. Leaving Olivia elated with happiness that "The Berkeley Dalton" likes her. Or so she thought...

When Berkeley come back two weeks later, he doesn't contact Liv like he was supposed to. Instead, he's seen in the media with the gorgeous actress, Lisa Greene. And they look more than nice and cozy.

Will Olivia be able to just forget the enchanting celebrity who may or may not have shown her what it would be like to fall in love? Did she get it all wrong?

Why oh why can't she stop thinking of him?!?

I adored this book to pieces! It might help that I have a slight obsession with rock stars. But from the very first sentence until the very last, I was hooked. There was no going back because I knew, I knew, this was going to be good. I love looking into the life of celebrities; getting to experience the Grammys... Even if it was just in book form. This is exactly what I look for when it comes to reading, and it's the exact reason I became a blogger. To be taken away to a place I've never been. To spread the love of books that have touched me.

I find it hard to write reviews sometimes. It's like the words don't come out the way I want them to but that's not the case for In Bloom. The words are pouring out as if they have a life of their own. This must be whys a feels like to be an author. It's a wonderful feeling.

The characters came to life before my very eyes. I feel as if I know them on a personal level. It's a high that I can't explain when I'm able to connect with in authors words. Olivia is such a down to earth, kick ass heroine. I feel like I would act just like her in the presence of a hot celebrity. Her innocence was endearing and made her very like able. Berkeley was larger than life; beautiful. His passion for music makes you fall into love with him. And yes, he has tons of passion! All the secondary characters were just as important as the main ones. I especially love Liv's mom. From the moment she was pregnant with Liv, she's been trying to predict her future.

Which brings me to what I truly found so intense about the book. Not going to give anything away but before you read ask yourselves these questions...
Do you believe in signs and fate? Or are you the type of person who believes in random coincidence? Maybe they're one in the same? Or maybe there's no such thing...? It's just life.
Ponder those questions.

There was only one thing I did not like about the book. In the beginning after B&L's first date, when B leaves to go on tour...I found Olivia was way too obsessed with Berkeley. I felt like all her thoughts were only him which is understandable but too much obsess I don't like. Luckily, her obsession didn't last too long!

Obviously I think the book is wonderful!

5/5 stars

* Review copy given to me by Entangled Pub via NetGalley for an honest review. It has in no shape or form hindered my thoughts.  

~About Katie~
Katie is a fashion designer turned novelist. She graduated with 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 ecommerce 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.


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 Giveaway fun & Rules:
Throughout the day I'll be giving away e-books and music. Books along with music are the way to my soul, so I don't know how anyone can go wrong with those two things in life. 

The GRAND PRIZE will be the ten dollar GC of your choice along with a swag pack full of signed goodies from various authors. Two additional winners will win IN BLOOM.(If you are a winner that has already read In BLOOM you'll have your choice of any ebook priced at 2.99 or less)

Along with the grand prize, I'll also be giving away the ebooks of In Bloom to those who have not read it and a song of your choice from The Remainers or if that isn't your cup of tea, a song of your choice can also be replaced on my Facebook page, The Lovely Books. All in all, the page will have several winners throughout the day. So everyone has all those chances to win!

As you can clearly see, I adore the book, Katie, and all those who have made the book possible for us to read! Please make sure you support the author by following her pages. Please have fun and share, share, share!!

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  1. I love Of Mice and Men!

  2. Hmm...I'm a country person, Eli young band

  3. I have not read the book yet ;) My favorite band is Air Supply and love all their songs :-) Thank you for the giveaway.

  4. Avenged Sevenfold! I haven't read the book so I'm not sure on the opening song, maybe Seize the Day?

  5. I havent read the book but right now my favorite song is Counting Stars by One Republic. Thanks for the Give Away

  6. I will have to say that I love all music. Picking a favorite band is hard. But, I do enjoy listening to the remainers!!!

  7. Read In Bloom 2x and fell in love with Berkeley both times - can't wait until book 2!

  8. I love crazy metal bands - so some old school Motley Crue and Home Sweet Home

  9. Hello,
    Thank you for the giveaway. Do you know who are your lucky winners? Can you please post the names?


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