At the age of twenty-four, Chantelle Rose has all a city girl can expect: a tiny bed-sit in South London, a lousy poorly-paid job, a tyrannical boss, and quite a few exes added to an ever-growing list.
Desperate for change, she becomes an extra in a seedy crime film. When that leads to the opportunity of a lifetime – a role to play with a million dollars to win and seemingly nothing to lose – she accepts without thinking twice. After all, what could possibly go wrong? In any event, she´ll earn enough to buy her dream home, set up her own business and never worry about money again.
And what about love? Two men have won her heart: Robbie – sultry, silent, mysterious; and Lionel – Hollywood heart-throb, charm, wealth, adventure.
But who can she trust? Who is bent on scaring her away, and why?
There seems to be more at stake than just her heart. Will a million dollars be worth it?
What does TWG think?
‘A Little of Chantelle Rose’ really is a welcome distraction from mundane life. Why? Because Chantelle is such a unique and utterly bonkers character, it was hard NOT to fall under her spell. Just like us, Chantelle has a so-so job, a boss who would look better alongside a dinosaur and multiple exes; but she wants more. She wants the excitement. The spontaneity. Now, if we wanted that we would go on an adventure holiday or tick something off our bucket lists; what does Chantelle do? She becomes an extra in a film and then a nude body double. As you do!
Even though, for me, a lot of the storyline was completely and utterly bonkers, bizarre and unusual, it still made me laugh due to how surreal the book had become. In a good way, I must add. Plus, Chantelle has such a bubbly, care-free personality which will make a lot of people green with envy.
I actually enjoyed reading most of this novel, even if it did have many ‘reallllyyyyyy?’ moments. What I did struggle to gel with was when the storyline took a different turn and became a little more serious. It didn’t seem to fit with Chantelle’s nature, nor the overall feel of the book. There were moments where the storyline seemed confused as to which way it wanted to head in terms of character dynamics and plot. But in all honesty, because I actually really enjoyed how far-fetched this novel was portrayed, the fact the storyline was confused over its identity didn’t bother me as much as it usually would have.
‘A Little of Chantelle Rose’ is a unique, debut novel which will keep you thoroughly entertained from start to finish!
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