Finally! A heroine that doesn’t make me want to throw up! ‘ShutterGirl’ is a bittersweet, second chance at love story that is sweet, wretched and gritty all at once. Set in Los Angeles we have the two very different sides to Hollywood.
Michael Greydon, born into Hollywood royalty, gifted movie star, incredibly attractive and all around good guy. Laine Cartwright, however, didn’t quite have the upbringing that Mr Greydon had. Having grown up in the darker part of the foster care system, she raised herself in her city of Los Angeles and found her calling (not an easy ride, I should add) as the best paparazza in Hollywood…as ShutterGirl.
I loved these main characters, I feel like Reiss developed them really well. Although Michael was the love interest of our heroine, he wasn’t the mysterious, broody and alpha-male that most authors create nowadays. Laine was fierce and independent which is so refreshing I could just hug the author for it. While I loved the main characters, in some parts of the story I didn’t believe that they were really into each other – the connection wasn’t always there and it let the story down. I think there was opportunity for a plot twist that would really strength the two characters as a couple.
‘ShutterGirl’ is overloading with potential drama and plot twists, but I do like that Reiss kept it to a minimum and cleverly picked what would make the story interesting. It’s a seriously sweet story with just the right amount of darkness.
I really liked the storyline and the way that Christine writes Los Angeles like it is it’s own character. I wouldn’t change much about the story but if I had to choose one thing I would have included more flashbacks or a little more back story from when they met in their past – I think this would have added a little more edge to it.
Overall, I would read this book again and recommend it to anyone who loves second-chance love stories. A huge well done to Christine on ‘ShutterGirl’ and I can’t wait to see what she creates next!
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picture – Google, I do not own the cover.