Fourth and final blog post of the day is for Lynne Shelby and ‘The One That I Want’. Thank you to Accent Press for inviting me to take part in the blog tour, and for the ARC. Here is my review:
Lucy Ashford has returned home from university to her parents’ house with a broken heart, but her life is turned around by the unexpected arrival of her childhood
friend Cassie Clarke. Cassie, now a TV star, whisks Lucy away to London and helps her find a job in a prestigious theatrical agency.
Against her better judgement, Lucy falls for bad-boy film star Daniel Miller, and is swept up by his A-List lifestyle, discovering for herself the surreal nature of contemporary celebrity.
Success in love comes with success in work when she spots the talent of undiscovered actor Owen Somers, and they strike up a close friendship. It is only when Daniel betrays her, that Lucy realises her true feelings for Owen are not those of a friend…
What does TWG think?
Oh myyyyy, please, please, PLEASE say that I’m not the only one who started singing ‘You’re the one that I want, you’re the one I want, oooh ooooh ohhh, honey. The one that I want, you are the one I want, oooh oooh oohhhhhh’, after reading the title of this book?!? You cannot beat Grease, although according to my now five-year old, anything before 2013 when she was born is deemed ‘the black and white days’. Charming! I just adore Lynne Shelby’s cover, and of course the title is brilliant. So, with two out of two ticked off before I had even begun reading ‘The One That I Want’, I had high hopes for what was waiting for me behind the cover.
Personally, I thought that Lynne Shelby’s latest novel was a classic, and by that I mean that it ticked the boxes for its genre. Therefore, it’s a classic, and yes that is a good thing! I would be lying if I said that I didn’t find a portion of the storyline to be somewhat predictable, but due to the nature of romance novels, a little bit of predictability cannot be helped. Take a peak at Cinderella for example – do people sit there and say that wedding dresses who are inspired by the princess who just happens to lose a glass slipper, predictable? I’d say no. Long winded explanation I know, but even though I did find this book a little predictable, I welcomed that at the time because it turned my grey day into a sunny one. You just can’t complain at that now, can you?
I loved how down to earth Lucy appeared, especially with her grounded background and her relatable and realistic outlook on life. Of course as the storyline progresses and Lucy gets thrown into the big wide world of working, her path becomes a bit more jaded and she has to try and get her life back on the straight and narrow before its too late. Whilst that does sound easier said than done, when faced with upheaval and betrayal, us humans can set our minds to anything. Even Lucy.
I really did enjoy ‘The One That I Want’, as for me it lifted my spirits at a time where I needed them to be lifted more than ever. I also love Lynne Shelby’s cosy style of writing as she tells her stories to the place where it would be captured the most – her readers hearts.
An enchanting, romantic, and highly relatable read – I would be surprised if ‘The One That I Want’ didn’t manage to turn your frown upside down, even for a moment.