Kat's Review of It Felt Like A Kiss by Sarra Manning

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Sarra Manning It Felt Like A KissMy Rating: 4/5

Synopsis: Ellie Cohen is living her dream. A great job at an exclusive Mayfair art gallery, loyal mates, loving family, and really, really good hair. Well, there's the famous rock-star father who refuses to acknowledge her and a succession of 'challenging' boyfriends, but nobody's perfect.

But when a vengeful ex sells Ellie out to the press, she suddenly finds herself fighting to keep her job, her reputation and her sanity. Then David Gold - handsome, charming but ruthlessly ambitious - is sent in to manage the media crisis . . . and Ellie.

David thinks she's a gold-digger and Ellie thinks he's a shark in a Savile Row suit, so it's just as well that falling in love is the last thing on their minds . . .

My Review: Having never read Sarra Manning, I had no expectations and was pleasantly surprised! Ellie Cohen is an immediately likeable character and as a reader it’s pretty easy to fall into step as we watch Ellie living the supposed dream. Everything seems to be going swimmingly. She has a job she loves in a London Art Gallery, a group of loyal friends and is surrounded by her loving family. Her Mum is actually another character that really made this book for me. As a very carefree woman it sometimes feels like the roles have been reversed with Ellie acting as the mother!

Ellie’s two flatmates are also great characters and before long I was swept up in the story. When Ellie breaks up with another dodgy boyfriend she has no idea that she is about to be royally stitched up! Her ex sells her story to the newspaper, and seeing as Ellies’s father is a famous Rock Star (who she has never met); the press have a field day. Ellie’s life changes overnight and we see the introduction of David Gold.

Once Ellie’s story breaks her paternal Father instructs David Gold to go and manage the ‘Media Storm’. Ellie and David absolutely loathe each other and I loved the dynamics from their very first meeting. This book, had some very funny moments in it (the TV show scene was my particular favourite), as well as some more serious undertones. I read the book in just over 2 days and really enjoyed it. The only thing I would say is that is wasn’t the most memorable of books that I have read recently. It was however a book I thoroughly enjoyed and will now add Sarra Manning to my extensive list of authors to read.

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