It Felt Like a Kiss, Sarra Manning

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Ellie Cohen is living her dream. A great job at an exclusive Mayfair art gallery, loyal mates, loving family, and really, really good hair. Well, there’s the famous rock-star father who refuses to acknowledge her and a succession of ‘challenging’ boyfriends, but nobody’s perfect.

But when a vengeful ex sells Ellie out to the press, she suddenly finds herself fighting to keep her job, her reputation and her sanity. Then David Gold – handsome, charming but ruthlessly ambitious – is sent in to manage the media crisis . . . and Ellie.

David thinks she’s a gold-digger and Ellie thinks he’s a shark in a Savile Row suit, so it’s just as well that falling in love is the last thing on their minds . . .

Publisher: Corgi, Jan 2013
Reviewer:  Liz Batten

I chose to read this book because it was not something that would normally catch my eye ( I tend to look for thrillers and suspense).  In the first few pages I thought this is going to be just a romantic chicklit novel,  but then it began to weave a certain kind of magic and I wanted to keep on turning the pages.  The contrast of ‘past’ and ‘present’ began to make sense as you were able to see where the story was coming from, and understand the complexities which were unfolding.

Ellie (or Velvet as she was named at birth) is a very likeable character – I found similarities to the Bridget Jones style, and there were quite a few ‘laugh out loud’ moments.  Her Mother, Ari was an interesting quirky lady.  The Author Sarra has the capability of holding your attention and writing a somehow believable story with very sad and happy moments.  I’d definitely read another of her books.

 

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