Book review: Trouble in Tinseltown (Summer Flings #1) by Aimee Duffy

Posted September 6, 2014 by thischickreads in review / 0 Comments


Part 1 of Summer Flings – a fun, flirty and laugh out loud rom com series of short stories.

Armed with a degree from Oxford that she doesn’t have a clue what to do with, Ciara Bree convinces her two best friends, Elle and Gem to spend their first summer of freedom backpacking across the globe. Now it’s time to shop, sunbathe, think about boys for a change, and party hard…

First stop: LA!

The girls hit Tinseltown for a few days of shopping, star spotting, and even a movie premiere!

But their plan to sneak into an exclusive celeb party in West Hollywood backfires. Elle’s gorgeous older cousin, Zack, is called to the rescue and despite knowing she should stay away, Ciara just can’t seem to resist him.

The ideal summer treat for those relaxing days soaking up the sun!

*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

‘Trouble in Tinseltown’ is the first novella in the Summer Flings series, and lately there’s been quite a buzz about it on twitter. Also, seems most of my friends either read this series, or plan to read, so I was more than excited to check it out. Usually my twitter pals and I have the same taste in books, so I had a feeling I’m gonna enjoy these short stories just like they did.

When it comes to genre this series belongs to, I’d say it’s somewhere between chick lit and new adult. I’m not the biggest fan of New Adult lately, but I did enjoy this shortie. Besides being a quick read, I liked the story. Three girlfriends go to LA and enjoy what that city offers, loads of adventures, drinking, partying and celebrities around them.

Ciara, Gem and Elle are sure fun girls. In a way, they reminded me of the girls from my all time fave chick flick ‘Clueless’. Ciara is bit different than Ellie and Gem, she’s more modest and doesn’t have the same background. Elle is by far the richest, and her family owns mansions all over the world. The house they are staying in LA (pool and all things posh) is owned by her uncle, however what they didn’t expect is to see Zack, Elle’s dashy cousin.

There’s a bit of romance, party crashing, drinking, celeb gossips and stuff like that. It’s the typical girlie summer read, which I’m sure will appeal to many girls out there. There were some parts though I found bit annoying, mostly the fact the girls seemed a bit spoilt, and those NA elements I always seem to have problems with. I’m no prude, but think the sex scenes were too raw for me, if that makes any sense. But, if you need an escape from your grey reality, or are looking for a short read for your lunch break, this would perfectly fit your needs. As I said, despite some things which bothered me, they won’t put me off from reading the rest in the series.


My rating: 6/10


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