Blushing

Blushing

by Katie Delahanty

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My name is Olivia Bloom and I. Am. Engaged.When Berkeley proposed, I thought we'd live happily ever after

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ISBN-13: 9781508595854
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/23/2015
Pages: 396
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.88(d)

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Blushing (Entangled Embrace) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
MCS-H More than 1 year ago
Glorious book!!! I stayed up reading this book (I kid you not) until 5 this morning. I am paying for it already im so tired but it was soooooo worth it. I couldn't put it down. Bravo. I loved it. Already want to re read it. I am fervently hoping there is another book in this series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Did I enjoy this book: I really did. It was a great read, just as good as the first book, In Bloom. I read it every free chance I had! It was great to catch up with Olivia and Berkeley. We pick up where In Bloom lets off, with their engagement!!! It is so exciting. Olivia is still a bit naive and a bit shy, until a certain point in the movie. I don’t want to give too much away, so I won’t go into detail. But there were quite a few moments that left me a bit shocked. There were quite a few moments that left me worried.  And many moments that left me with a smile. This book had so many swoon-worthy, giddy-worthy, smile-worthy, cringe-worthy moments. I loved that Berkeley’s movie is filmed in Pittsburgh, and I loved that Olivia slipped into Pittsburghese easily. There were quite a few more Yinzer instances in this book . . . and I loved every one of them! I loved the supporting cast as well–Parker, Psychic Mom, Boots, and Dig. All great. Even now, days after I finished this book, I still get this giddy feeling and I can’t stop smiling. It was so good! Would I recommend it: Definitely! Be sure to read book one of the Brightside series, In Bloom, first. Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this one more than the first, and I really liked the first one! This has it all! Cant wait for another one!
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Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
Goodness!  What a roller coaster of a story!  This book was non-stop from beginning to end.  I have to say I have not read the first one in the series, but I think I may go back to read it.  I loved Berkley and Olivia.  When together, they were magic.  But with all the outside forces working, man I could feel their frustration.  It was madness.  I was pleased with the outcome, so super sweet.  And Berkley could very well be the most romantic male character I have come across. This is my first book by Katie Delahanty.  I hope she continues to write more in this series because I enjoyed Blaire, Parker, Gemma and Boots.  Such great friends! I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
Wintry8 More than 1 year ago
First off, let me say two things. One, I am kicking myself for not having read In Bloom before reading Blushing, but obviously I wasn’t paying attention to good books a while back. And two, I did not expect this book to be so good. Blushing was refreshing, it’s not everyday you start reading a romance novel where the couple is already pretty much established. Blushing was fabulous. I stayed up through the night to read it and when i was done, i immediately took to Twitter, because I had to gush about this book. And that’s exactly what this book is. It’s gushy (is that even a word?), it’s funny and it’s a fantastic fun, feel-good read. I laughed through so many pages, I cried through a few parts and I admit, I had my doubts about the hero. Katie Delahanty managed to completely convince me that at one stage he was the bad guy. I was happy that this book did not essentially follow the “romance novel rules”. It did it’s best to keep the book funny and light, being essentially a chick-lit book, but it had an element of unpredictability, that I was happy to encounter. I loved the “tweets” at the start of each chapter, it showed little tidbits of the heroine’s life that the reader wouldn’t have encountered any other way. It was a refreshing way to start each chapter and I started  looking forward to reading them every time I got to the end of a chapter. Olivia’s voice perfectly captured what I think an average NA female should act, speak, think and sound like. This book was one of the more entertaining romance/chick-lit books I have read in a while, so much so that I struggled to read anything else for about three days after reading this book. I’ll happy reread it (after reading In Bloom, of course) and I’m patiently (translation:consistently stalking Entangled Publishing and KatieDelahanty’s websites) waiting for the next in The Brightside Series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a cute series! I love the dynamic between Olivia and Berkley. The characters were well developed. The book was well edited. In the second book in the Brightside series, we find Olivia and Berkley engaged... Yay! Complications occur... of course... which delays their engagement announcement. With seemingly everyone trying to keep them apart, can Liv and Berkley hold strong?? Rumors of wandering eyes and suspicions of infidelity tests these two love birds. Can they come through in the end to get their HEA??? I'll never tell... :) This book definitely set us up for more story to come... I can't wait to see where we go from here!
mysticrosetiger More than 1 year ago
This book is a good read. Olivia and Berkeley story is when you love someone you would do anything for them.
FizzaYounis More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in "The Brightside" series. I have not read book one so wasn't able to enjoy it as much as I might have because it is not a stand alone novel. Still I liked it a lot. It is well written, interesting and quite entertaining book. Although sometimes characters did irritate me with their immaturity but all in all it was a fun read. It did make me smile a few times along the way. I'm sure to read book one now and also can't wait for the next instalment in the series as the story is not over yet. :) Olivia is engaged and she has hard time believing it. and what more, she has to keep it a scret because her fiance is on his way to become a movie star and they don't want to announce their engagement just yet. But that turns out to be a bad decision because it made things very complicated for them. Will they be able to stay together when they have to pretend that they are not?!
ETrupkiewicz More than 1 year ago
You’ve heard of Young Adult (or YA) fiction for some time, no doubt, but have you heard of one of the latest trends in publishing? It’s called New Adult (or NA) fiction, and it’s becoming more and more popular, not only with its intended target audience (protagonists tend to range from ages eighteen through twenty-five) but also with mature younger teens and adults, too. Meet Olivia Bloom, secretly engaged to marry rock star Berkeley Dalton. She’s floored that someone so well-known, popular, and talented would even notice her, let alone date her and ask to marry her. But she’s caught in a difficult position—she does have to keep their engagement … and even their relationship … a total secret. Otherwise, Berkeley’s opportunity to play the male lead in a huge new film project will be lost, especially because the leading lady is Berkeley’s jealous, manipulative ex-girlfriend, Chris, who wants Berkeley back very badly. Meanwhile, Olivia, a fashion design major, is hired to help with the costumes for the production (thanks to Berkeley’s influence) but the work behind the scenes isn’t nearly as forthright, nor the people as possessed of integrity, as she expected. Before long, it’s clear that everyone is keeping secrets, and even Berkeley may have a hidden agenda. BLUSHING, a Brightside novel by KatieDelahanty, debuts from Entangled Publishing’s Embrace imprint, their New Adult line of books. The work—essentially a romance, but with enough unexpectedness to keep readers from feeling like the whole thing is a “same old, same old” cliché—is innovative and entertaining, in equal measures. The innovation is evident in the story’s format. Each chapter begins with one or more Twitter messages (“tweets”) between or among the characters. The quick snapshot-style messages are designed to ground the reader in the immediate scene of each chapter and, simultaneously, to open up different facets of each character. The entertainment factor is present in a number of gratifying ways. The story is written in Olivia’s point of view, in a breathless, breakneck, first-person present-tense voice that perfectly encapsulates the typical New Adult female perspective. A wild cast of characters, both primary and secondary, maintain reader engagement from one encounter and page to the next. And the very newness of the New Adult genre itself— with its standard preferences for its characters to strike out on their own, assert their independence, and develop their own paradigms for life—is excellently portrayed. BLUSHING is a fantastic example of the rising New Adult genre, and worth your time whether you’re a New Adult yourself or not. # # # Author: Katie Delahanty Title: BLUSHING Publisher: Embrace (Entangled Publishing) ISBN: 978-1-62266-309-5 Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I feel like I have read this plot in another book. No original and disappointing.
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
Perfect Read! Blushing does not disappoint And the ending...do not miss such a fantastic ending :-D ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review*** . OMG! This was a great follow up. Olivia and Berkeley were now engaged. Olivia thought they would live happily ever after—not so fast This story tells of the ups and downs they are going thru while Berkeley shoots a movie and how their relationship is being sabotaged from the inside of their inner circle. The mystery is there as you try to figure out who the culprit is and also if Berkeley and Olivia will stay together or will end up breaking up. I was rooting for them to stay together. I was on pins and needles throughout the book because I was so mad that there was this possibility that they could break up. There are some twists. The ending is the best. I do not want to say anything but just watch out for the “killer’ ending. It’s a possible do or die moment. It does not disappoint! Hope there is a possible novella letting us readers know how the characters are doing from the author. Overall I really did like this story and hope to see more in this story world.   My rating: 4.3 stars ****
IreneC More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars I'm a little torn with how I'm feelings after finishing Blushing. Did I like it yes, did I love it? no and this makes me sad.  I really enjoyed seeing Liv and Berkeley get together in the previous book In Bloom and I was excited to read Blushing knowing we were going to get more of them. While Blushing was still a good read I just missed seeing Liv and Berkeley being together. I enjoy Katie Delahanty's writing and I'm looking forward to reading more from her in the future. 
Nicci_TheBLC More than 1 year ago
I LOVED book 1 in this series - In Bloom - and I stalked Katie Delahanty's FB, twitter etc desperate for news on when the next book would come. The longer I waited the more desperate and excited I got. I couldn't wait to read more about the wonderful characters we met in In Bloom and to overload on the delicious feels that Berkeley and Olivia generate. So, you can imagine my super embarrassing fan-girl display when it finally landed on my kindle. Blushing picks up pretty much immediately where In Bloom left off, so I wouldn't recommend reading it unless you've read In Bloom. Too much of who the characters are is invested there and thus I feel you'd loose too much of the connection and back story to truly appreciate Blushing. Katie's writing is wonderful. She has a real gift at making the characters feel alive. It makes it so easy to lose yourself in the story as it doesn't feel like you are reading about fictional characters. It feels like you are reading about real people, people you know, friends, and it makes these books so addictive! Blushing moves from music to movies - proper Hollywood - but most of it is spent on set in Pittsburgh so we get to see a lot more of Olivia's family! (Psychic mom! Legend.) I loved the drama and tension, the ups and downs, the general ridiculousness of celebrity and PR that the book presents. Olivia and Berkeley were all kinds of awesome. I wanted to smack 'em both upside the head a few times but they got themselves sorted in the end and provided loads of yummy feels throughout. The secondary characters each have their own developments and I enjoyed catching up with the gang. 100% recommended, and if you enjoy books from the likes of Sophie Kinsella and Lindsey Kelk then I think you'd definitely like Katie Delahanty's Brightside Series.
Much_Loved_Books More than 1 year ago
When I saw Blushing was published I could not wait to pick it up, but once I picked it up I was worried that I would not remember things from the previous book as it's been a long time, and lots of books since I last read In Bloom. I needn't have worried, I fell back into this world hard and fast, and within a few pages remembered how much I love Liv's quirky, psychic mum, Liv's friends, and Liv herself. "I'll do my best not to trip," I reply, imagining my feet getting tangled in my dress and the inevitable face-plant. "I'll catch you if you do." He smiles. "I promise. I'll always be there." This is the love that we see between Liv and Berkeley, it makes you smile, it makes your heart melt, but as the story progresses we don't always see this as this duo lose focus on what they really mean to each other. Blushing takes Liv away from the safety of her home and her friends, and thrusts her into the movie industry as an assistant costume designer for Berkeley's new movie, of course he helped get her there, and told an enormous lie in order to maintain the gag order placed on everyone in the know about himself and Liv's relationship status.. But what she thought was going to be fun and a great way to spend more time with Berkeley, soon turns out wrong and she finds herself having to deal with the adoring fans in the form of fellow assistants, and Christina's pseudo friendship. The time she thought she would get to spend with Berkeley becomes less and less, putting a strain on their relationship and making Liv doubt his feelings for her, but also her ability to deal with the fame and fortune that comes with him. Reading Blushing I felt so sorry for Liv, she is lost and out of her depth, and even though Blair is there, Liv is still alone and friendless while Blair lets her working partnership with Christina get in the way. The feelings of loss and loneliness come across easily in the pages, and it made it so easy to want to pick Liv up and hug her, and push everyone else away for acting the way they do. Everyone is getting sucked into the fickleness of the movie industry, and poor Liv is having to deal with the fallout of it all, being left out or pushed away as the movie making continues. Blushing also gives us the chance to really see into Berkeley's life as a pop star and as an actor. We see the lengths he has to go through to be normal, disguising himself, having bodyguards around all the time, and even being careful with who he is seen with. We also see how much this business can really affect a relationship and the strain and tension is portrayed through the eyes of Liv, and the actions of those around her, including Berkeley.  Blushing was just as good as In Bloom, and not only did the ending surprise Liv, it also surprised me. At this moment of posting the review there don't seem to be any plans for a new book, but I would love to see what happens next for this duo, especially after Liv's offer and actions in Blushing. I also want to mention quickly how much I love the covers for these books and how they represent both Liv and Berkeley's lives. The top being Liv and her job as lingerie designer, the bottom for Berkeley, for his fame in the band and as an actor. Final Verdict  Another great book for this series, with a well deserved ending.....I just need to know if a next book is in the works?
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BookGossip More than 1 year ago
I have mixed feelings about this book. I absolutely loved In Bloom so I couldn’t wait to get my hand on Blushing. I have to say I was a little bit disappointment in how Blushing played out. While I still believe that Katie Delahanty is brilliant. This book felt a little to “reality TV “ for me, too much drama and not enough Olivia and Berkeley. It was upsetting to me the choices Berkeley made, letting outside sources affect his relationship with Olivia making her feel isolated and unwanted at times. (Wake up! You’re a superstar, rain in your people!) and where did Olivia’s backbone go? I just wanted to shake or maybe slap her. I have to say the secondary characters made this story for me. Parker, Boots, Blair, Justin and Tux, what would this book have been without them? I was frustrated at times but when all said and done, I was entertained.
Blsfan68 More than 1 year ago
This book picks up where In Bloom, book 1 in the series, leaves off. Brilliantly written, Ms. Delahanty creates characters that are realistic and relatable. I was riveted from the very beginning; and even shed a few tears at the end. I loved the use of tweets at the beginning of each chapter and the length of the chapters. There is a bit of mystery and several surprises in this installment. I loved it! I hope there will be many more novels in this series. I would love to read more about Parker, Gemma, Boots, Mark and Blair. And, look forward to reading many more books by Ms. Delahanty. ARC provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.