Lighthearted fiction about a woman who gets paid to help regular people meet famous people in seemingly chance encounters.
Debut novelist Goode introduces her sassy heroine, Olivia Fowler, as she orchestrates an “accidental” meeting between a popular celebrity and one of his awestruck fans. Olivia owns her own business in which she creates these ostensibly random run-ins. Olivia focuses on what will motivate the celebrity, not the client, to strike up a conversation; for example, she advises a client to join a local soccer team with which the celebrity sometimes plays. She’s good at her job and she knows it. Indeed, everything is running smoothly until she meets Alexander Young, a much-loved actor, truly by chance, and he takes a romantic interest in her. Perhaps because of all the training she’s given clients over the years, Olivia soon finds herself charming the pants off one of Hollywood’s biggest heartthrobs. It’s not long before she finds that, against her better judgment, she and Alexander have become a couple. What will happen if her clients see a photo of them in a tabloid, or, worse, if Alexander finds out what she does for a living? As Goode builds the suspense in this fast-paced story, readers will find themselves rooting for Olivia despite her profession’s moral ambiguity. The author shows particular strength at creating likable, hip characters who forge realistic, meaningful bonds with one another. Despite the blithe nature of the story, the players are multidimensional and nuanced, which results in a more complex scenario than initially meets the eye. Readers may sometimes be required to suspend disbelief as Olivia so easily finds ways to meet one A-list celebrity after another, but the payoff in seeing how she resolves her own complicated situation is worth it.
An adorably sweet Tinseltown romance, perfect for a day at the LA beach.