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  • Writer's pictureAnnika Pillai

i read the love act by zara bell

So, I’m actually not 100% sure how I came across this book––especially since none of my friends on Goodreads have read it––but I think that it appeared on my feed, and I figured, why not. And for the most part, this book was actually really good! For about 70% of the book, I was having such a good time, reading.

The story follows Jack and Cassie––Jack is a famous celebrity, who is known for kind of being grouch. When the paparazzi accidentally catch Cassie, a woman who works backstage for a late-night chat show, and Jack in a compromising position, Jack asks Cassie to be his fake girlfriend for two months, in exchange for half a million––an offer that Cassie literally cannot refuse.

I was having such a good time reading this book, initially. Jack was kind of a dick, but him and Cassie were so cute, and I was really rooting for them together. I also just adored her friendship with Rob, and I thought that all of the characters were really well-written.

My huge issue with this book was the final conflict. Jack’s growth up until that point was fine and great and whatever but I just didn’t like the way he reacted. Yeah, I get he had a traumatic past but that is no excuse for the way he treated Cassie—and I felt that she forgave him too quickly; there needed to be way more groveling.

Honestly I liked them together up until that point of the book, which just left me with a bad taste in my mouth. I think that the addition of that whole conflict was woefully unnecessary. I hate when author’s opt to include a drama-filled third act––especially, when it is at the expense of their character’s growth. Then, what’s the point of the book? If neither character has experienced any kind of growth, then why am I reading this?

It sucks, because up until that point, this book would have been a four or five star read. I just wish that the author had opted to include a different conflict instead.

All in all, this was a decent book––it was cute, and a good way to pass time, just not one of my favorites. But, if it intrigues you, then I would recommend you pick it up.

Rating ➳ 3/5 stars

tw: sexual harassment, sexual assault, mentions of drug abuse


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