An up-and-coming public relations associate gets in over her head when she tries to manage a celebrity faux romance.
Twenty-six-year-old Rose Reed is great at her job but longing to move ahead at her PR agency. When her boss gets pulled away due to a difficult client, Rose is forced to sit in on a major meeting with pop megastar and British heartthrob Archie Fox. Though she was instructed to stay silent, Rose can’t deal with the horrible rebranding ideas coming from her colleagues. With the intent to increase buzz before his new album, they eventually come up with the idea to orchestrate a new romance, and it is Rose who suggests Raya, a young indie songstress who is effortlessly cool and a rising star. Though not the obvious choice for a celebrity hookup, Raya possesses the edge Archie needs to open his career to a new demographic. Though out of her league, Rose is put in charge of carefully arranging appearances, scheduling paparazzi opportunities, and controlling the message of “Raychie,” as they are quickly dubbed by fans. Of course, things become complicated when Rose starts spending more time with Archie and finds herself developing feelings for him. Could an A-list celebrity ever be interested in a “regular”? Though Rose attempts to ignore her feelings, even going on some awkward Tinder dates along the way, she can’t manage to get Archie out of her mind. Written with wit and charm, the novel is a fun and quick read. Though its plot follows a fairly predictable course, the characters keep it fresh—from Harper, Rose’s best friend and cubicle mate, to Neil, the hapless Tinder date.
Heaney (Dear Emma, 2016, etc.) and Rebolini have crafted a “Cinderella” for the modern age.