‘There’s no rose without a thorn…’

Afternoon all! Today I will be reviewing Cristina Hodgson’s novel, A Little of Chantelle Rose.

But there’s more! Before mt review (as a treat) I also have an excerpt provided by the author to share with you!!! Read on…

Blurb

A role to play that may strip her of everything, except her name…

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?

Official blurb for A Little of Chantelle Rose

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And now here’s that excerpt I promised!

*Excerpt includes strong language*

Excerpt from Chapter 14.

My elation over the cottage vanished in a flash as I read and re-read the note. It was just seven words long, but each made me shiver. Cut-out newspaper letters had been strung together to form the message:

HOLLYWOOD BITCH, YOU ARE NOT WANTED HERE.

My legs wobbled slightly as I glanced around me, wondering if the sender was watching me from the dense woods. Despite my thumping heart, I had to pretend I was calm. Despite tears of fright welling up inside, I had to pretend that I wasn’t on the verge of breaking down and crying. Pulling myself together, I opened the car door, which I’d left unlocked, and before I got in I held my right arm high and stuck-up my middle finger, swinging it around in a clear gesture of FUCK YOU. I hoped that if the crazed stalker was still lurking around, he or she would get a clear view of my cool, unimpressed and bravo attitude.

Boy, was I scared. I whammed the door of my Mini shut so forcefully that the whole vehicle vibrated. I punched down the lock on the door and mumbled over and over as I fumbled for the car keys.

“Please, please, please God, let the car start first time…

Then it dawned on me, with a wave of pure and utter dread, that I’d left the car keys on the windowsill in the master bedroom on the first floor as I’d tried, unsuccessfully, to open the window.

I peered through the car window at the surrounding woods. I really didn’t fancy going back into the house, or even getting out of the car. I’d a good chance of getting attacked by the lunatic who’d followed me out here.

Where was my showy spunk now? So much for sticking my finger up in the air in a bravado

pretence that I didn’t care.

I took several deep breaths and braced myself. This is when I see what I’m made of! With that I swung the car door open and pelted up the driveway towards the house, practically hurdled the gate and took the doorsteps in one flying leap. My hands shook uncontrollably as I let myself into what I now began to think of as a dark and sinister house. I shot across the living room like a bullet and took the stairs two at a time. I swerved into the master bedroom and drew a deep sigh of relief on seeing my car keys glinting in the sunlight. I pounced on them and as I was about to turn to leave I heard a distinct noise from down below. At least I thought I did, but my heart was pounding so hard that I could hardly hear anything except the thump-thump, thump-thump as blood pulsed through my veins.

Then I heard a voice.

“Chantelle? Where are you?”

Review

When I first received this book to review I was intrigued by the blurb! This story captures the fleeting happiness of the world of glitz and glamour and the darker side of fame and fortune.

In addition to this seductive plot, it’s the characters that did it for me. Meet Chantelle, a modern-day Cinderella (only with 2 princes instead of one 😉) She is naïve and curious, but she’s also a feisty female who knows her value. Her view of the world is one that many know all too well- she wants MORE. Unhappy in her day-to-day life, she wants a change. So when the opportunity of a lifetime comes about, she jumps at the chance of success. Chantelle is an incredibly likeable character and I warmed to her charm early on in the story. The other thing I admire about Chantelle is that she’s clearly intelligent. I love the fact that she always tries her best and works hard at everything she does. But not everything is as simple as it seems… The saucier aspects of this novel become prominent in the story as Chantelle gets herself into a love triangle which only adds to the tension of the novel!

In addition to the romance part of the plot, it was the mystery side that really gripped me. There are a lot of twists and turns in this rags-to-riches tale and I was shocked to say the least! (I warn you, the ending is a real OMG moment!). The theme of travel is also key to this story- the contrast of rural England to the Hollywood hills really evokes the adventure side of the story. What could be hiding under all that glitter and gold I wonder…

Humour is another running theme. I enjoyed Chantelle’s wit and quick thinking. Because I would class this book as multi-genre (both mystery and chick-lit) the comical side of things really pulls the two genres together (and adds light relief to the thrilling drama!).

Crime meets classy, love meets whodunnit, Chantelle meets her fortune. Full of life-changing choices, unforgettable characters, and dazzling places, with the umbrella theme of a mystery to solve, this story has it all.

Recommendation

This fabulously fun-filled book is just what you need if you’ve been in a reading slump! I guarantee A little of Chantelle Rose will keep you guessing all the way through! For fans of crime who want a little more depth, or for chick-lit fanatics who want a bit more drama, this book is perfect for you. I could have easily read this book anywhere… and I did! On the train, on the sofa, even in the pouring rain waiting for the bus! I only wish I had read it whilst sunbathing under the glamorous Hollywood sun… but rainy England isn’t bad either I guess 😉.

To sum up, I would say this book is ‘sophisticated, yet seductive and makes you beg for more’.

See below to find out how to get your hands on a copy

CLICK HERE to purchase A Little of Chantelle Rose from mybook.to

AMAZON UK

AMAZON US

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Twitter: @HodgsonCristina

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About the author

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Cristina Hodgson, mother of two, born in Wimbledon, London, currently lives in southern Spain. Cristina had a long career in sport, reaching national and international level and still actively participates in Triathlon races and enjoys outdoor activities. In her spare time she also enjoys reading and writing. She won a sports scholarship to Boston College. After a period in Boston, she returned to the UK and graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Sports Science. A Little of Chantelle Rose is her debut novel. Amazingly, it has nothing to do with running!

Thank you Cristina Hodgson for my copy of A Little of Chantelle Rose!

Happy reading! Lx

 

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