It’s TWG’s turn on ‘The Magic of Stars’ blog tour for Jackie Ladbury, and RaRaResources! Huge thanks to Rachel for the tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:
Sapphire Montrose always felt like a loser in the struggle of life, but when she becomes the airline manager of a run-down airline she starts to believe she is a winner – until she unwittingly propositions her new boss and all her hard work is undone.
In a moment of recklessness air stewardess, Sapphire Montrose throws caution and her dress to the wind by propositioning a handsome stranger in a hotel in Florence, only to find herself waking up alone and embarrassed in her hotel room.
Unfortunately for Sapphire, it turns out that her new boss, Marco Cavarelli, is the man she failed to seduce and she is now fighting for her job and her self-respect when he tells her there is no place in his revamped airline for an alcoholic woman with lascivious tendencies. To make matters worse she is increasingly attracted to him and he seems to be giving out the same vibes. Or is he simply testing her?
One wrong move could be the end of her career. But what if he really is offering love – and is he worth the risk?
What does TWG think?
Have you ever done something on a whim and then regretted it the next day?
Have you ever forgotten a piece of information which, once it has come back to bite you on the booty, ensures embarrassment takes over quicker than Gemma Collins falling down a trap door at an event?
If you answered yes to both – congratulations! You’re human! You also relate to the main character of this book without even realising it! I have to say though, due to Sapphire’s lack of thinking with her brain one night, I found myself laughing at what she got up to. I probably shouldn’t laugh though, especially as she was going through an iffy time, but c’mon – it was so cringey it was funny. So realistic too!
I am probably the last person anyone should come to when they require empathy; Sapphire included, especially as her issue was self-induced. Well, I guess I did feel a LITTLE sorry for her at first. Only a little!
I was so looking forward to finding out what happened to Sapphire due to her antics and my goodness me, Jackie Ladbury did not disappoint. She kept Sapphire’s naive, yet bulshy personality on top form throughout the entire book, even when her boss pushed her buttons a lot more than he should have. I have to say that I did find Marco’s and Sapphire’s working relationship a little bit jaw-dropping as I felt like I was watching High School Musical or something. I have obviously been working at the wrong places because my boss was never like that (probably best that he wasn’t either but y’know).
Even though there were parts of this book which made me roll my eyes, I found myself enjoying ‘The Magic of Stars’ a lot more than I thought I would. Sapphire’s best friend is hilarious beyond belief – he really was the star in this book!
‘The Magic of Stars’ is a great little read when you need to rid your mind of negativity, whilst also fancying a giggle. Definitely a unique tale.
About Jackie Ladbury
Jackie Ladbury was desperate to become a journalist when she left school but was ousted within minutes on the day of the exam at her local rag because she’d forgotten to bring a pen. Short and sharp lesson learned. Her budding writing career was not on hold for long, though, as Jackie found herself scribbling love stories of pilots and ‘hosties’ while she flew in aeroplanes of various shapes and sizes as a flight attendant herself.
Fast forward a good few years and, after being short-listed in a couple of prestigious romantic writing competitions, Jackie decided it was time to discard her stilettos, say goodbye to the skies and concentrate on writing romantic novels, where the only given is a guaranteed ‘happy ever after.’