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Friday, 8 May 2015

Let's Review - Access All Areas by Charlotte Phillips

Access All Areas by Charlotte Phillips

Published by HarperImpulse, 21st May 2015

Sexy, addictive, and just pure fun, don’t miss the next instalment in the Do Not Disturb series!
After losing her elderly parents, portrait photographer Anna will do anything to avoid losing the family home – the only thing she has left of her perfect childhood.
When a friend who works at the exclusive boutique hotel, The Lavington, provides a hot tip – an A list film star is staying there with her rumoured toyboy lover – Anna comes up with a plan. A photo of them together could be the answer to all Anna’s money problems.
Unfortunately, she’s the worst paparazzi photographer on the planet and Joe, the hotel’s new head of security, back in England after globetrotting as bodyguard to the stars, isn’t about to allow a picture on his watch. No matter how cute the photographer might be…

At first, I was a little apprehensive about reading this, as it was the fourth instalment in the “Do Not Disturb” series, and I hadn’t read any of the preceding novels. However, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this was essentially a stand-alone novel, part of a companion series rather than the continuation of one story. So don’t let this put you off.

This was a quick, easy read that was entertaining from the outset. The concept of staking out a celebrity at a fancy hotel was something I found interesting, as I hadn’t read anything from this perspective before. Charlotte Phillips’ writing style is simple and easy to follow, with scenes described so that you can easily imagine them. The characters of Anna and Joe were nicely fleshed out so you could relate to them and became invested in their plight. I will admit, Anna’s preoccupation with saving her house did get a little monotonous at times, but that was the driving force behind her visit to the hotel, and thus her meeting Joe, so without it, we wouldn’t have had a story. With this being only a ten chapter novel, it was nice to just have the two characters that you were mainly focused on. You could focus on getting invested in Anna and Joe’s story rather than having to develop relationships with various secondary characters.

Something I really enjoyed was the dual perspective. Each chapter involved both Anna and Joe’s perspective which was really interesting. You got to understand their feelings towards each situation they are in, meaning you can predict how their story might develop.

In terms of the novel as a romance novel, I particularly liked the relationship between Anna and Joe, with each character bringing with them qualities the other lacked. They were the epitome of the idea that opposites attract. From the first interaction between Anna and Joe, you can tell that in their normal lives they would not have friends, as such, with each probably avoiding the other because of the characteristics that would ultimately draw them together. There was no insta-love that I sometimes find occurs in romance novels (not that I’m adverse to this; sometimes I find it quite appealing), with the couple’s relationship stemming from what was essentially a one-night-stand, despite both characters wanting more. I was slightly disappointed with the final chapter – I feel like it could have been more developed. I suppose this could leave it open to a sequel, following Anna and Joe’s story. It did seem a little unrealistic that they would, essentially, move in together following a one-night-stand. I mean, sure a guy quitting his job in London to come and move to your hometown could be kind of romantic but, come on, they only knew each other for just over twenty-four hours.

That being said, I did thoroughly enjoy this novel. If you are looking for a relatively easy, cutesy read, then this could be your thing. It doesn’t take too much thinking about, which I’ve enjoyed reading alongside my university work. I think this would be a great read for the summer, or while you’re on holiday, or just as something to escape into after a hard day. Overall, I really liked this – 4 out of 5 stars!

Until next time...


*This was my first NetGalley review - thank you to HarperImpulse for allowing me to review this *

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