Crashing the A-List

Crashing the A-List

by Summer Heacock

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Overview

She’s doing all the wrong things for all the right reasons.

After four months of unemployment, former book editor Clara Montgomery is officially stuck—stuck sleeping on her little brother’s ugly couch in Queens, stuck scrolling through job listings in search of a new editorial position…and just desperate enough to take on a temporary gig clearing out abandoned storage units. If nothing else, she’s determined to keep her rapidly dwindling savings account intact.

Unfortunately, she is in no way prepared for stumbling upon dead snakes or dealing with glass jars that she’s convinced are full of pickled eyeballs. And why does everything seem to smell like beets?

Then Clara comes across a unit that was once owned by an escort service and finds the brothel “résumé” of a younger Caspian Tiddleswich, an astonishingly famous British actor. She has no intention of cashing in on her discovery, but her awkward attempts to reassure Caspian that his secret is safe go awry. Now Caspian is convinced that Clara is a blackmailer, the tabloids have her pegged as Caspian’s newest girlfriend…and Clara begins to find the A-lister’s charms more irresistible than she expected.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778369288
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 07/09/2019
Edition description: Original
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 75,478
Product dimensions: 5.32(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.99(d)

About the Author

Summer Heacock is an author of contemporary women's fiction, and prances through life like a Disney cartoon that says the "F" word a lot. She lives in a teeny Indiana town where she's a stay-at-home mom to two scampy tots, wife to an amazingly understanding husband, herder of a rescue critter menagerie, and collector of life-size celebrity cardboard cutouts. When not writing or hoarding jellybeans, she's a member of the Midwest Writers planning committee and a cohost of PubTalkTV.

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Crashing the A-List 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
CynB 4 days ago
Crashing the A-List, by Summer Heacock, is a romantic comedy populated by engaging characters and filled with laugh-out-loud moments. Not only are the protagonist and her nemesis/love interest hilarious, so is the back-up cast. Essentially this is a girl meets boy romance wrapped in a highly improbable plot. Nonetheless, it was completely entertaining from the first page to the last. It is a quick read -- perfect for a trip, the beach or an afternoon at the pool. Be forewarned…you are going to laugh, and people will look at you! Don’t expect great literature, but this book is worth it! Thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin-Mira for the opportunity to read an electronic ARC in exchange for an honest review.
taramichelle 4 days ago
Crashing the A-List started out as a cute, fun romantic comedy. However, the second half of the book essentially repeated the plot of the first half, without including any significant character growth. When I first started this book, there were several moments that made me laugh out loud. Clara was a fantastic narrator and I loved her wry sense of humor. Plus she was quite relatable. And I did get a good chuckle out of the fact that the love interest's name is Caspian Tiddleswitch. The plot moved along at a good pace and it was fun to see how the relationship between Clara and Caspian slowly changed from antagonistic to more. Cici, Clara's best friend, was one of my favorite parts of the book. She was unconditionally supportive of Clara, although she did call Clara out when it needed to be done. If Heacock decides to write another book in this universe, I hope it focuses on Clara! Now onto the parts that didn't work for me. For some reason, the author decided to essentially repeat the plot of the first half for the second part of the book. So, rather than seeing Caspian and Clara's relationship develop and grow, it essentially went back to square one. Instead of being willing to listen to Clara and trust her, Caspian reverts to his evil persona (at which point I began questioning if it was actually a persona). As the reader, we're supposed to believe that Caspian is this sweet, kind man. But we never actually see him behave that way to Clara. At that point, I stopped rooting for the romance because of how horribly Caspian treated Clara. There was absolutely no reason for him to behave that way again and I felt like the author wrote off how emotionally traumatizing those situations would have been in order to achieve a happy ever after. By the end, I was honestly hoping that Clara would walk away from him and find happiness with a man who respected and trusted her. Overall, Crashing the A-List was an okay book. It started off strong but the plot repetition really did not work for me. Although I initially loved the romance, I wasn't really a fan of it by the end because of how the second half of the book unfolded. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
paulalala09 6 days ago
Cleaning out abandoned storage sheds to earn some much needed money, Clara lands on a goldmine that could change her monetary situation. But, it ends up changing her life in this topsy-turvy novel. There are some really funny sections that will make you roll your eyes in humor. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
SardisYS 7 days ago
Crashing the A-List by Summer Heacock: A Rom-Com with a great storyline. Don’t have a drink there if you don’t want to do a spit take! This is a book you do not want to miss. Highly recommendable.
SmittenForFiction 8 days ago
› Clara was an assistant editor at a "Big Five" publishing house in Manhattan, now she's crashing on her little brother's couch (which Clara named Gertrude) after losing her job. Her goal is simple: get back on her feet before her brother's wedding in four months. In the meantime, she gets a job working at a storage place, using a truck named Brutus to clear repossessed units. › Clara's best friend Cici would move mountains for her friend. She's hilarious, supportive, understanding, and smart. I absolutely love Cici and I admire the strong relationship she has with Clara. › Caspian Tiddleswich, yup, you read that right, TIDDLESWICH - he's a famous actor. While clearing out one of the storage units filled with boxes of papers Clara and Cici find proof that Caspian was once an escort. Yeah, they joke around about sharing it with a celebrity gossip website, but they're good people, so instead Clara uses her editor contacts to get his phone number and make a drunken call leaving a voicemail detailing that she knows about his past and will keep it safe. Caspian takes this as a threat and ends up on her doorstep intending a little payback. He makes a deal with Clara that he won't go to the police as long as she pretends to be his girlfriend while he's in town promoting his new movie. › Crashing the A-List is HILARIOUS. I actually laughed out loud a few times (IE: while reading the lunch scene with Clara's family). › Clara and Cici's friendship is my favourite part of this book! I'd love to read another book perhaps based around something that happens in Cici's life. Their banter is just the best. › I'm not a big fan of the first-person narrative, and it took me a little bit to get into it. Once it sucked me in, that was it, I couldn't put it down. › Caspian was a complete jerk. I'm not sure if he really won me over by the end, but I did really like how Clara stuck to her guns and didn't let him treat her like a piece of crap. › I wanted a little bit more secondary character development. I mean we met Clara's brother, Tom, and his fiance, Trina, but we didn't really get to know them at all. Plus there was the talk of the wedding plans, Clara tries on her dress, but we don't get to be at the wedding! ARG! It also would have been great to know more about Cici, her goals, motivations, relationships. › Enemies to lovers, fake dating, embarrassing moms, fun parties, this would make an awesome rom-com movie! If you liked Red, White & Royal Blue you're gonna love Crashing the A-List. I must go read Heacock's debut The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky and then read everything else she writes! Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.
AthenaMae 8 days ago
I thought Crashing The A-List was a fun and quirky rom-com. The characters are well written, the dialogue is fun and the plot isn't too heavy. I thought this book was full of humour and I liked the style of the story being told in the first person as events unfold. I thought Clara was a really relatable character and Caspian made for a great leading man. Overall, I think the book is well-written and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a fun rom-com! “I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.”
JM Free Kicks Fiction 8 days ago
I wasn’t sure what to think about this book at first. The set-up seemed a little bit far-fetched, even for a RomCom. But the more I read, the more I was swept up in the story. It is quite apparent who the hero is based on, solely by name if not description, but that didn't bother me too much. There were some genuinely funny moments, but also a couple of passages of political commentary areas that added nothing to the story but took me right out of the comedy – wasn’t a fan of that. Overall, however, it was a fun read with some genuinely heartfelt moments, and I do recommend it, especially as a summer beach read. Thank you to NetGalley, Harlequin Mira Publishing, and the author for a complimentary pre-release digital ARC of this book.
HomeSweetHouser 8 days ago
What a fun, witty, and clever book! After a string of thrillers and historical fiction novels, I absolutely needed this book. It provided a ray of sunshine through the heaviness. Crashing the A-List is about a girl who's down on her luck. The publishing house she works for gets bought out and she loses her job. She ends up desperately taking a job cleaning out storage units that have been abandoned (think reality TV's Storage Wars). And she stumbles upon some interesting stuff that might just change the course of her life. In an instant she finds herself blackmailed into being the fake girlfriend of a heartthrob celebrity and the rest is hilarious history. Summer Heacock injected the perfect amount of humor into this story. There were so many times I stumbled upon witty sentences that took me a second to process, but then made me chuckle uncontrollably. I thought the funny moments were infectious. The romance was cute and not too terribly predictable. Is the book super realistic? Maybe not so much. But I did feel like while I was reading, a rom com movie was playing in my head. I could totally see this being taken to the big screen. Overall, I loved this one and appreciated some reprieve from the dark and sinister I've been reading lately. A perfect book for light summer reading if you're looking for a few laughs. -I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Summer Heacock, and MIRA Books for the opportunity to review.-
Horsebranchjess 8 days ago
Crashing the A-List is a funny, sassy romantic comedy with two best friends that will have you rolling in the floor laughing. Clara Montgomery is suffering a run of bad luck with her publishing house closing and the only job she can find is cleaning repossessed storage units. With her tail tucked between her legs, she pulls up her big girl panties, moves in with her little brother, and begins the disgusting process of dealing with other people's junk. With her bestfriend CiCi as a sidekick, Clara stumbles on some damaging dirt on a very successful actor. A drunken phone call that could be misconstrued as extortion later and none other than Caspian Tiddleswich is at her door extorting the maybe blackmailer. Clara walks a fine line between love and hate as her relationship with Caspian keeps evolving. The story leaves you asking is Caspian Dr. Evil or Prince Charming? Clara brings the giggles and the heart break as she stumbles her way to a satisfying HEA. Fun characters and outrageous situations fuel the entertainment in the sweet romance. My voluntary, unbiased review is based upon a review copy from Netgalley.
MugsyMae 8 days ago
Crashing the A-List is such a fun, quick read. I laughed out loud sometimes, once in a while wanted to tear up, and I really enjoyed it. The story line is different and inventive, which I appreciate. The characters are realistic and likeable. A good read for those looking for something a little different in a rom-com.
moonfox1234 8 days ago
I thought this was a good read. This enemies to lovers story contains a blend of humor, drama, snappy banter and a touch of madcap zaniness. I liked Clara and Caspian. I thought they had good chemistry and I liked the sparks they generated. As fun as this was, I did feel that the book lagged sometimes, especially in the beginning and my attention would wander on occasion. Still, for a first book, I found it enjoyable and I would definately try more books from this author.
Anonymous 8 days ago
I so enjoyed this story of an ordinary woman, extremely down on her luck who gets involved with a Benedict Cumberbatch-sort of movie star. The twist is that he suspects her of blackmail and she can’t stand him. What makes this novel is the witty dialogue between Clara and all the other characters. Her best friend Cici is the friend that everyone wishes they had - someone who will ride or die for you and do it with humor and love. Clara’s younger brother who is allowing her to sleep on his crappy couch while she looks for a new job has a great relationship touched with Clara. And then there is Caspian, the Cumberbatch doppelganger. He comes off as an arrogant and obnoxious guy, but gets better as the novel goes on. Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book that I received from Netgalley; however, the opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for my review.
Anonymous 8 days ago
Clara Montgomery is down on her luck. After losing her job as a book editor, she moves onto her little brother's couch, and takes a job cleaning abandoned storage units. It seems luck is finally on her side when she stumbles upon a unit owned by an escort service, and the "resume" of a younger Caspian Tiddleswitch, the massively famous British actor. Clara's best friend thinks she should sell it to the tabloids, but instead Clara tracks down Caspian's contact info to ensure him that his secret is in good hands. Unfortunately, Caspian misunderstands and seeks Clara out accusing her of blackmail. After paparazzi pictures of the two are plastered all over the news, Caspian's PR people see it as an opportunity to promote his new film. In order to "atone" for her crimes, Clara must pretend to be in a loving relationship with the big, British brute. That doesn't seem too hard for Clara, until her acting turns into something real. I really loved the humor in this book. Clara's wit and banter really made the story for me, but I felt everything else fell a bit flat. I didn't feel much of a connection between her and Caspian, so I wasn't fully invested in the relationship itself. I could also tell where the story was heading before it got there which made it less exciting. It didn't feel fully formed to me. It was almost like a made-for-TV movie; it had all the right elements, but just needed that extra something to make it big league. Even though I was hoping for a bit more, I did enjoy this, it just missed the mark slightly.
Noire 8 days ago
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. Crashing The A-List by Summer Heacock is the first book I’ve read by this author and it won’t be the last. I started reading this book around dinner time and kept reading until I’d finished it with total disregard for my long and busy day at work the next day. Clara Montgomery a book editor has lost her job when her publishing company is bought out by a giant of a company, her roommate kicked her out and she is now sleeping on her brother’s sofa and has taken on the task of cleaning out abandoned/repossessed storage units for her sister-in-law’s uncle who may or may not be connected. One of the storage units contains the paperwork from an escort service and it turns out one of the escorts is now an A-List British actor, Caspian Tiddleswich. The story is classic enemies to lovers/fake engagement as he thinks she’s going to blackmail him and she thinks he’s going to have her arrested and when a picture of them with him looking angry and her crying hits the tabloids his agents think a pretend relationship will calm the publicity waters. Fabulous banter, an awesome best friend and one of the best most heartfelt apologies make this such a fun book to read. I highly recommend reading this book. Sweet more than steamy. Publishing Date July 9, 2019 #NetGalley #SummerHeacock #CrashingTheAList #HarlequinMira #HarlequinPublishing
TerryL56 8 days ago
A cute funny RomCom! Clara was a book editor until she got laid off and now she's sleeping on her brother's couch. To help get back on her feet, Clara takes a job cleaning out abandoned storage units and in one unit she finds all the files for an old escort service. Then on a drunken night, she phones one of escorts trying to tell him she has the file. So a few days later when Caspian (who now is a A-list actor) shows up at her apartment and states that he will call the police on her for trying to blackmail him, but he will let her go if she agrees to be is girlfriend till he goes back to London. This book made me laugh out loud at the stupid situations Clara and her BFF get into. At first I didn't like Cas ... then I did ... then I didn't ... and so on! But Clara was a character I found endearing right from the start. The only thing that made me mad was when Clara kept forgiving Cas ... I don't know if I could have done that after the really crappy way he treated her. But isn't that the sign of a good book when it can make you mad and laugh in the same chapter? I received an early copy courtesy of Harlequin-Mira through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
TeriLynReviews- 8 days ago
This one started out great for me. Hilariously set up with intrigue thanks to strange circumstances where the heroine comes across a piece of a hot celebs past. Set in NYC this heroine is stumbling her way through life when one drunken phone call sets off a new course in her life she never saw coming. The characters and the dialogues are utterly hilarious. I found myself laughing out loud on several occasions (especially those scenes with the heroine's mom). I really, really liked it even though the beginning when the hero makes a less than stellar name for himself with readers. The wit and humor are dry and sarcastic which was perfect for the story. And the secondary characters take on lives of their own within the pages. It's around the 55-80% mark where I started to get a little frustrated with the book. The second conflict of the story basically repeats the first. I saw no trust, no growth or development from the hero and one of major pet peeve tropes was used again in the same manner except this time with no real basis. I appreciated the vulnerability that came from this but I just couldn't get on board totally as it ruined the chemistry and the development of the romance I thought was happening. The end came out good although I wish it would have been a little more to try and regain some of that chemistry but the banter was fresh and intact. It's overall an enjoyable read.
nku 8 days ago
Crashing the A-List by Summer Heacock This is the first book that I have read by this author and I did enjoy it. Thanks to the publisher and #NetGalley for letting me preview and review it. Clara Montgomery(a recently unemployed book editor) Caspian Tiddleswich ( actor/movie star..has a secret past) CiCi(Clara's best friend) I won't give away the story that is full of angst, blackmailing?, laughter, tears, more laughter and I'll admit I shed a few ugly tears and had some dislike for Cas...but this book did keep my interest and keep me reading all the way to a HEA. Reasons I enjoyed this book: Entertaining Unpredictable Wonderful characters Easy-to-read Great world building Happily Ever After Page-turner Witty Realistic Tear-jerker
MKF 9 days ago
Drunk dialing is never a good idea but Clara's really blown it- or did she? Clara lost her job as a book editor through no fault of her own and now she's working for her brother's finance's uncle (got that?) cleaning out storage units. She finds info supporting the fact that big star Caspian worked as an escort (!) when he was 19. Unfortunately, her drunk dial (or is it unfortunate?) leads to a real mess (or is it?) when he arrives and insists she pretend to be his girlfriend on the red carpet and for social media. You'll watch these two move from enemies to lovers in classic style but this has the added wrinkle of fame. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. A fun light read that will make you chuckle.
Anonymous 9 days ago
Clara Montgomery was a children's book editor until the publishing house she worked for was bought out by a soulless e-book retailer. Now she's unemployed, sleeping on her little brother's (extremely uncomfortable) couch and working for her brother's fiance's rather shady Uncle Charlie emptying storage units. When she comes across evidence that a famous British actor called Caspian Tiddleswich was once a male escort she and her BFF briefly consider selling the information to the gossip rags but her conscience gets the better of her. Unfortunately after one too many drinks Clara accidentally leaves a drunken rambling message on Caspian's phone. What she meant to say was "Don't worry, I have the information safe and I won't share it", but what it sounded like was an attempt at blackmail. Clara recalls nothing of the call until an irate Caspian tracks her down and threatens to report her to the police. Instead of reporting Clara to the police Caspian does some blackmailing of his own, forcing her to accompany him to dinners, parties and other social events to appease his 'people'. In addition, he is such a jerk that every second in his company is an exercise in self-control for Clara so that she doesn't throat-punch him. I love me an enemies to lovers romance and this was a great one, full of antics, weird relatives, fancy parties, peculiar storage units, snarky repartee and lovable characters. However, I have to say the first chapter or two didn't grab me, Clara's BFF was a bit too full on and there was a lot of so-called 'zany' humour which I don't like. But once Caspian appeared the one-liners and the snark were just perfect. I will look out for other books by Summer Heacock, she writes relatable, intelligent characters with humour and flair (also as a Brit I liked that her British hero didn't have lots of fake British sayings). I was invited to read a free copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review. Bumped for release.
AMGiacomasso 9 days ago
This is the perfect summer read if you want a hilarious and wildly entertaining book. I laughed out loud more than once and I loved the well written cast of characters and the plot. I look forward to reading other books by this author. Highly recommended! Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.