AUTHOR: Mari Mancusi
GENRE: New Adult Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHED: 21st March 2012
SOURCE: Review copy from the author
REVIEWED BY: Joanne
When Maddy graduated from Columbia University, she was ready to change the world. She’d get a job at Newsline, meet a nice guy, and live happily ever after with a real designer handbag on her arm. Two years later, she’s stuck producing puff pieces for News 9 San Diego–where “if it bleeds, it leads.” She’s still single, her family’s falling apart, and so is her knock-off Kate Spade.
Then Jamie Hayes walks through her newsroom door. The former filmmaker is now her cameraman and everything Maddy has ever dreamed of. Creative, smart, and sweet—with eyes that could make a girl melt. The perfect guy…but perfectly unavailable. And the more Maddy tries to stay away—the further she starts to fall.
Now a secret scoop from her favorite knock-off purse guy has Maddy chasing a lead that could make her career. Or destroy it forever. How far is she willing to go to broadcast the truth? And will this breaking news lead to more broken dreams…or an exclusive on Jamie’s heart? Stay tuned…
It’s the story of a lifetime.
Maddy is a producer for News 9 San Diego. Not quite the job at Newsline she had in mind when she graduated from Columbia 2 years ago. She’s stuck in a rut but all that is about to change when she has the week from hell.
Her usual day at work is suddenly brightened with the arrival of new photographer (and eye candy) Jamie. It gets better still when she is called in to a meeting and discovers that he has been assigned to her for a new project. The buzz doesn’t last though, when she learns that he has a fiancée with a wedding on the imminent horizon. Her week gets worse when she gets surprising news that her parents marriage has broken down.
Whilst on a trip over the border to Mexico with her best friend Jodi to pick up the latest knock-off bags, Maddy gets a lead on a story that could be her ticket to the big time.
What follows is funny, fast paced thrill of a ride through a week in the life of a woman on the edge!
The e-mails between Maddy and her boss with the crazy plans for stories they wanted her to cover had me chuckling away, as did the narcissistic anchorman, for some reason I imagined him to be a cross between Ron Burgundy and Terence Stamp. The incident in the restaurant when she tries (unsuccessfully) to discretely take a picture of her blind date was hilarious!
As Maddy struggles with the responsibility of having her 16 year old sister as a room-mate following her parents’ separation, the one person she relies on is Jamie – who always seems to be there at her hour of need.
They bond over their love of 80’s music and films and I loved how their relationship built, with them trying to do the right thing, to be just good friends and battling their feelings for each other. The scrapes they get into whilst researching the big lead had me on the edge of my seat with the tension of it all one minute and then laughing at their luck the next when they inadvertently drink a bottle of water laced with ecstasy.
Just when things are starting to look up for Maddy it all starts unravelling and I could have cried for her. She has a lot to deal with in a few short days, dealing with unexpected news about her sister and then Jamie drops a bombshell. When her boss makes her an offer she struggles to refuse, I hoped that she would hang on to her integrity – it looked shaky for a while but then I remembered the prologue and that had me convinced she was going to do the right thing.
I absolutely loved how she gets her story out there – I could just picture her walking out of the office with a smile on her face while all hell was breaking loose behind her!
I don’t want to giveaway any spoilers, let’s just say that Maddy got what she deserved in the end, it was perfect.
I LOVED this book; I would highly recommend it – a 5 star book for me!