In Bloom (The Brightside Series) [NOOK Book]

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A new adult novel from Entangled's Embrace imprint...

My name is Olivia Bloom and I. Am. Free.

I left for LA with everything I owned piled into my old Volkswagen and dreams of becoming a costume designer. Little did I know I’d wind up designing for a lingerie company—yeah, not sure how I landed this gig—and taken under the wing of two young Hollywood insiders. The fashion shows and parties were great, but ...

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Overview


A new adult novel from Entangled's Embrace imprint...

My name is Olivia Bloom and I. Am. Free.

I left for LA with everything I owned piled into my old Volkswagen and dreams of becoming a costume designer. Little did I know I’d wind up designing for a lingerie company—yeah, not sure how I landed this gig—and taken under the wing of two young Hollywood insiders. The fashion shows and parties were great, but life really got exciting when the seriously hottest lead singer of my favorite band started to fall for me. 

How does someone like me, an ordinary girl from Pittsburgh, wind up in the arms of the world’s sexiest rock star—surrounded by celebrities, fashion, and music—and not be eaten alive? Berkeley is everything I've ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, but the paparazzi, the tabloids, the rumors, it's all getting a bit too crazy. My life has become every girl’s dream come true, if only I don’t blink and lose it all… 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781622663026
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 2/10/2014
  • Series: Entangled Embrace
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 363
  • Sales rank: 9,717
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Katie never knew she was a writer. Her childhood obsessions centered on old movies, costumes, fashion, playing dress up, and books. Lots of books. On her quest to play make believe for a living she decided she wanted to be a fashion designer and after satisfying her practical parents by graduating from UCLA with a BA in Communication Studies she went on to pursue her design dreams with a Professional Designation in Fashion Design from FIDM. She spent five years helping to design romantic dresses that were sold everywhere from Anthropologie to Nordstrom before the economic downturn led to a career shift and that practical degree came in handy. Now in charge of the ecommerce business for In Bloom Lingerie, she was asked to start the company blog. Not knowing what to say about lingerie but needing to use bridal keywords, she decided to start a fictional serial about how a girl named Olivia Bloom, who worked for In Bloom Lingerie, became engaged. And that’s when Katie fell in love with storytelling and the path to make believe became clear. She hasn’t looked back since.
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  • Posted February 18, 2014

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    Pure and utter bliss. How could you not feel that way if you sta

    Pure and utter bliss. How could you not feel that way if you started DATING your rock star crush? Well I guess you'd have a better chance of feeling that way if there were no such thing as the paparazzi and tabloids. Drawn in by the title of this book, IN BLOOM, which happens to also be the title of a song by MY favorite band Nirvana, I read what the book would be about - falling into a relationship with a rock god, how could I pass that up?? Obviously I couldn't. 

    Olivia Bloom has packed up from Pittsburgh and moved to LA to pursue her dream of becoming a costume desinger. Happening to be in the right places at the right times, she soon not only meets Berkeley, the frontman for her favorite rock band Berkeley and the Brightside, but also begins dating him. She also happened to luck out in making friends at her apartment complex as well as getting a job and making a friend there, too. I loved her friends and how she wasn't shy about making sure they know she wants to be herself - not someone fake to fit into the scene. 

    IN BLOOM is the perfect title for this book and not just because "Bloom" happens to be Olivia's last name. I adore that girl to pieces. She boldly left everything and everyone she knew behind to move to LA to go after her dream. Olivia is like a delicate peach rose, and once she's found her niche, she really begins to thrive and bloom. She's witty and instantly likable. I could read ten books in a row with her in them. 

    Berkeley is completely swoon worthy. There's just something about him from the very start that made me fall for him. He seems unaffected by his rockstar status by being a genuine and down-to-earth guy. He's modest and romantic...all of this adds up to every girl's dream! For me, I love that he is so into music - I could just imagine him playing his guitar and singing right to me. 

    One of my favorite parts of IN BLOOM is that every chapter begins with a tweet or two from the characters in the story. It was a really fun way to start each new chapter and showcased the different personalities of each character. Plus, the tweets were just funny and made me laugh. 

    If you've been reluctant to give the New Adult genre a try, I highly recommend you start with IN BLOOM. This book will cause you to swoon and laugh and is the perfect way to spend an afternoon.

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2014

    In Bloom was a refreshing change of pace. I have read many books

    In Bloom was a refreshing change of pace. I have read many books centered around a “regular girl” falling for a rock star, but this story was one of my favorites. It was witty and fun and gave us a look at day-to-day life on the A-list. Olivia Bloom is an awesome character. She is the kind of girl you want to be best friends with. She proved herself to be strong, independent and secure in who she is over and over again. Berkeley is the frontman for Berkeley & the Brightside. His band has been a hit on the music scene for years and he is used to life in the spotlight. Thankfully he was a little older, a little wiser, and past his I’m-going-to-sleep-with-every-girl-I-meet phase. Parker and Blair make for hilarious best friends. They kept me laughing throughout the book with their antics and ridiculous conversations.

    I loved the integration of social media into this story. Every chapter begins with a few tweets sent back and forth between the characters. It was honestly one of my favorite things about the book. It gave me a piece of the characters’ personalities and helped to round out the characters completely. The plot was more than just another hot rocker with a girl back home who is sleeping with groupies and forgetting to call, forcing her to play out her insecurities and break up with him repeatedly. Both Liv and Berkeley had substance as characters and I respected and loved them for that. I really enjoyed their story and I can’t wait to meet the rest of the band over the course of the series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2014

    Good book

    I really enjoyed reading this book. I'm an avid reader and this one really held my attention. However, some vocab and words she used to describe certain things I found very frustrating and unnecessary. It at times made me want to stop reading but I continued and I'm glad I did. I just really think that sometimes the vocab was way too much and made the story unreal and fairly aggravating. Overall though great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2014

    It is a cant put down but dont want it to end kind of book!

    Do yourself a favor and read it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2014

    Great read!

    Great read!

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  • Posted May 18, 2014

    This is a true love will conquer all story.  Berekley is a rock

    This is a true love will conquer all story.  Berekley is a rock star whose life is consumed with fame.  When he meets Liv he is completely smitten.  Their relationship is sweet and true.  That may not be enough to protect their love.  




    Thank you Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley for ARC.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    #swoon #readinbloom

    Fun read-who wouldn't enjoy crazy neighbor friends, working in the fashion industry in LA, qwirky mom, and super hot guitar playing love! It was like set in mtv's the Hills, with a dash of sex in the city and melrose place. I read it two times just this week. Just that good. #loveinbloom

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2014

    Cute

    Loved it....read it...worth your time, I promise!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    Good read

    Really cute story. Kept me interested without over the top drama. I hope there's more story to come (it does say series). Great debut novel!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2014

    Great read!

    I loved Olivia! In Bloom was a great "feel good" book. I am so glad it is going to be a series. I can't wait to read more from Katie Delahanty.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2014

    Very cute

    Really like this book because it IS a little different. Olivia tickled me.Yes she is insecure, but who can blame her with the way so called STARS make themselves feel better by putting others down!! HELLO BULLIES . But there are also good people there too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2014

    Loved It

    I really enjoyed reading this story im so glad they got togther. Great book great author. Definatly people need to read, well worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2014

    In Bloom ~ Laugh out Loud Funny! From the first page Olivia cap

    In Bloom ~ Laugh out Loud Funny!

    From the first page Olivia captivated me.  I loved the fact that she doesn’t allow her cheating ex to break her. She pulls up her big girl pants and moves to LA to pursue her dreams while dodging advice from her psychic mother.
    Olivia’s befriended by Parker and Blair who teach her how to survive the LA scene by following their “Rules”.  Little do they know she’s already broken several at first sight of her favorite lead singer Berkeley?

    “Well, actually, you don’t know – so let’s move one. You’re taller than I expected.”

    Berkeley, the sweet and sexy lead singer is nothing short of scrumptious. At first sight of Olivia he knows she’s something special but doesn’t know if he wants to pull her into his rock star lifestyle.

    I love the chemistry between Berkeley and Olivia.  The lengths he goes to pursue her are adorable.  And it wouldn’t be a true love story without a little drama in the mix… 
     
    I enjoyed every single character in this book.  They are so unbelievable real. I just want to hang out with them, drink wine and gossip. Oh and the tweets were too much, I loved them and wanted to tweet right along with them.

    This is a great feel good book; I highly recommend you read it!

    *I received an ARC of this book free from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review*

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  • Posted February 11, 2014

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    In Bloom is a really sweet book, one that was a lot less shallow

    In Bloom is a really sweet book, one that was a lot less shallow than I (shamefully) expected it to be. I always enjoy a book featuring a famous actor or rock star, so I liked the rock star connection here, and all the aspects of the story that came with that (fans, paparazzi, publicists, etc).

    The meet cute for Liv and Berkeley was really enjoyable, and I loved all their meetings afterward as their relationship slowly progressed. I liked seeing Olivia work towards her dream of being in fashion, and the new things she was learning at work. I actually would have liked more of the book to be spent at her job, since once drama with Berkeley happened, Liv’s work kind of fell to a second priority. In terms of secondary characters, Parker and Blair weren't very three dimensional, but I still enjoyed their fairy godmother role in Olivia's life, and how they supported her through everything.

    Overall? A very cute read, one that’s easy to pick up if you’re looking for something light and fun.

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  • Posted February 11, 2014

    4.5 stars I seriously loved In Bloom! What a great debut for thi

    4.5 stars
    I seriously loved In Bloom! What a great debut for this very talented author. 
    Loved all the characters, they each added to the story and made it so much fun to read.
    From the first page I was pulled into Olivia's world and what a fun and at times heartbreaking ride it was. 
    Thank you Katie Delahanty for writing and sharing your beautiful words with us.
    Looking forward to reading more from you in the near future.

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  • Posted February 10, 2014

    *I received an ARC of this book free from Entangled Publishing i

    *I received an ARC of this book free from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review*

    After a cheating boyfriend broke her heart Olivia takes a leap and lands in LA. It doesn’t take long for her to find her footing. She has two great friends who help her learn “the rules” and a job she seems to enjoy. Now all she needs is to figure what’s going on with her heart.

    Berkeley may be a rock star to everyone else, but to him he’s just a man who loves to play music. All he’s missing is a drama free girlfriend who actually cares about him and not the spotlight of being a celebrity. When he meets Olivia, who admits right away she’s a fan, but who doesn’t go all fan-stalker on him, he’s intrigued and can’t stop thinking about her.

    It’s amazing what a man will do to get a girl he likes to come over. Guess that’s what best friends are for!

    I enjoyed every part of this story, from the crazy psychic mom, to the dress-me-up moments, to the paper heart, moon, and star cutouts.

    My Favorite Laughable Moment: A movie premier and a slip of the tongue, along with all of the tweets from her friends on the subject.

    My Favorite Moment: There’s nothing like a man playing a guitar and singing you a song he wrote. The entire moment was perfect!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    Great read from a debut author When I first saw In Bloom the sy

    Great read from a debut author

    When I first saw In Bloom the synopsis drew me in, and as soon as I opened the book I fell in head first. I found myself quickly loving Liv and her minuscule group of friends, the chemistry they all have together means you never know what they will say next, or what they will drag Liv into. In Bloom was a book that I quickly fell into, I enjoyed reading about the characters and seeing some if their disastrous dating attempts, or their plans to dress up Liv and make her an unknown celebrity.




    Throughout In Bloom Liv feels like an average girl trying to make it in LA, and even when she gets a great job, a fantastic promotion, and a rock star boyfriend, she is still so down to earth and 'real'. Each new chapter has tweets between the characters, and I loved getting to read them, especially the ones of Liv's Mum.
    Liv's first meeting with Berkeley was amusing and embarrassing for her, especially when we discover what she was wearing and what it was mistaken for ;) I love how clueless she is to the whole LA way of life, and ends up with rules to follow from her friends. I enjoyed seeing how the relationship between Liv and Berkeley developed, from a not so great meeting in Liv's eyes, to movie nights, and self invited dinners. The friendship felt real and natural before they became more, but even then Berkeley didn't feel like he was some rock star, in private he felt like an average person and it's not until he is out among others that you remember who he is.




    Things aren't all smooth sailing however, and there were times I felt sorry for Liv. Having to deal with the publicity, being mobbed by fans and haters, having pictures appear from her past, or set up pictures in her present is a lot to handle, and when Liv's heart broke I wanted to hide her under a rock to avoid all the drama. The last few chapters were sweet, and I love the effort the Berkeley went to in order to make it perfect for Liv.




    I enjoyed every page of In Bloom, but I would have loved to see some sketches or illustrations of what Liv was designing. In Bloom is the first book in a series and not only am I interested in seeing what happens next, but also whos story will be next or if it will be a continuation of Liv's and Berkeley's.




    ***I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    In Bloom is a fun read, especially for a holiday. It incorporate

    In Bloom is a fun read, especially for a holiday. It incorporates some of the LA glam while not being so over the top. It starts with Olivia working at a party and meeting Berkeley, the lead singer of a famous band, whom she immediately likes. So, you could say it's an insta-love story. But at least, it does evolve over time (and by time, I mean months) and it's not a story that only takes days as in other NA novel. So, that's a plus. Although, the passage of time could have been more clearly evidenced as I was confused at times and had to reread previous parts.

    The book follows the love story between Olivia and Berkeley, with its highs and lows. It's a sweet story, not much tension there. Besides that, you can also read Olivia's career start at a lingerie company and her struggles there. It's nice she doesn't know all from the beginning, and she makes mistakes or doesn't know how to use something in Illustrator. Also Blair and Parker, Olivia's neighbors at Vicente turned best friends, were a nice addition to the story. I loved Parker.

    What I didn't like is that the book lacked tension. I did feel the middle part of the novel was kind of dragged and when the other shoe finally dropped it felt kind of boring. The conflict resolved quickly and we got our HEA. In this respect, the book felt more like a diary of sorts. Also, I didn't feel that Olivia grew in this book. In the beginning she's insecure and self-loathing. In the end, she's still the same even if she has the guy and a lingerie collection named after her. I'm not sure how much a publicist rules a celebrity's life. Sure, there are relationships that exists only for the cameras, but only if the participants have a lot to gain (think Twilight stars). But, a relationship between a famous rock star and an average actress? It doesn't make a lot of sense, at least for me.

    I loved the Twitter messages at the beginning of each chapter. I thought there were a nice touch and they are actual Twitter accounts you can go and look up. Also, I'm starting to notice a new trend for NA novels: including some New Age or spiritual elements. Here, in this novel, we have Psychic Mom. She was an interesting addition, even though she seemed kind of crazy. I noticed this is part of a series and I'm wondering what the next volume will be about (Olivia or another character, like Mark or Blair). If you're into NA romance, you will mostly like this novel.

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    Posted March 10, 2014

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