BLOG TOUR ‘ A LITTLE OF CHANTELLE ROSE’.
TITLE: A LITTLE OF CHANTELLE ROSE
AUTHOR: CHRISTINA HODGSON
PUBLISHER: CROOKED CAT BOOKS
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CRISTINA HODGSON- BIOGRAPHY
Cristina Hodgson, mother of two, born in Wimbledon, London, currently lives in southern Spain. Cristina had a long career in sport, reaching national and international level and still actively participates in Triathlon races and enjoys outdoor activities. In her spare time she also enjoys reading and writing. She won a sports scholarship to Boston College. After a period in Boston, she returned to the UK and graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Sports Science. A LITTLE OF CHANTELLE ROSE is her debut novel and will be released in May 2017. Amazingly, it has nothing to do with running!
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At the age of twenty-four, Chantelle Rose has all a city girl can expect: a tiny bed-sit in South London, a lousy poorly-paid job, a tyrannical boss, and quite a few exes added to an ever-growing list.
Desperate for change, she becomes an extra in a seedy crime film. When that leads to the opportunity of a lifetime – a role to play with a million dollars to win and seemingly nothing to lose – she accepts withou thinking twice. After all, what could possibly go wrong? In any event, she´ll earn enough to buy her dream home, set up her own business and never worry about money again.
And what about love? Two men have won her heart: Robbie – sultry, silent, mysterious; and Lionel – Hollywood heart-throb, charm, wealth, adventure.
But who can she trust? Who is hell bent on scaring her away, and why?
There seems to be more at stake than just her heart. Will a million dollars be worth it?
Just as I reprimanded myself for being so spiteful, her long legs that positively went on forever appeared as she descended the stairs.
“You have a really cute house,” she cooed as soon as she saw me. That left me momentarily stunned. I’d just about learned to deal with her cattiness, so her unexpected courtesy threw me somewhat.
In all truth I thought we made quite a convincing Tom and Jerry team – me being Jerry, of course. This new Tom in her, consequently, left me wary as hell.
Vivien pulled up a chair by the kitchen table and sat down directly opposite me. For a moment we just stared at each other in awkward silence. Accustomed as we were to out-and-out slanging matches, getting a civilised conversation going was quite a challenge. I sat silent, thinking that I’d let her start the ball rolling, and depending on what she said I would decide whether to throttle her or not.
What I didn’t expect was for her to turn her baby-blue eyes on me. I noticed they were brimming with unshed tears, and though she attempted to keep them at bay, it was with little success. Her chin started wobbling and her cheeks glowed from rosy pink to deep crimson. Soon the wobbling of her chin spread and her shoulders commenced to tremble.
I sat there petrified. She was obviously on the verge of some sort of spasm attack. I hadn’t a clue where she kept her medication, or if she had any to start with. A Valium would come in handy. I couldn’t dial 999 either, as my mobile battery, which had a life span of three hours or less, needed to be charged. My charger was in the van, and the van had been taken by Tammy to load with kitchen devices.
And, shit, I’d forgotten to phone Lionel.
My mind was in a whirl, and now I was getting as jumpy and apprehensive as she was. If I didn’t soothe myself pronto, I would be in grave danger of going to pieces. And Vivien, in her disarray, was going to be no help to me.
I took a deep breath to try and control myself as I continued to witness Vivien’s chronic decline. Her bright crimson cheeks had started to go blotchy and her whole body had started to judder. She’d closed her eyes momentarily. I don’t want to be bitchy, but she looked truly bloodcurdling, like she was possessed or something. She looked like the girl out of The Exorcist – the original version – the one I’ve always had nightmares about.
So there was Vivien, my living nightmare, and I waited in hushed trepidation for her head to turn through 360º.
Vivien suddenly opened her eyes, and it was like opening a sluice gate. Tears just flooded out in non-stop waves. She was leaning against the table and even this started to vibrate alongside her quivering body. I didn’t know what to say to attempt to lessen her anguish. I’m always so tongue-tied in these circumstances. Eventually, in desperation, I blundered ahead and said, rather ineptly, “Is there anything wrong?”
At the rate she was going, she would surpass the previous day’s rain! On hearing my words Vivien started to shake her head vigorously from side to side.
Is that a NO? I was puzzled, because I would have said that there was something very seriously wrong.
This debut from Christina features Chantelle Rose who in some ways is just like any twenty four year old, stuck in a dead end job, struggling financially and basically bored, bored, bored with the mundanity of the daily grind. Desperate for adventure and determined to live life to the full what does she do… Go traveling? Buy a new car , have a wild night out? No! She moves to the U.S of A to become a nude body double!!
WOW I hear you cry – isn’t that a little far fetched? Well you would be forgiven for thinking so but that’s the beauty of this book, it’s utterly out there as is the character Chantelle Rose herself. She is bright, bubbly, vivacious and utterly bonkers! That’s what made it so much fun. She knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go for it. Books are supposed to push boundaries and go places you maybe wouldn’t think plausible and push the realms of possibility, that’s why reading can be so exciting, real life can be pretty mundane so this book needs to be enjoyed for what it is- fun escapism!
I really did enjoy this book and laughed for much of the first half really enjoying her character – she is like a breath of fresh air however my only bug bear would be the shift in tone, the book seems to shift and the two halves don’t quite meld together. The frivolity and the light hearted rom com feels gives way to a slightly darker mysterious theme. However the book is well written and Christina proves herself to be a talented writer so I look forward to reading more from her in the future.
I would recommend this book as a beach read, or a title to enjoy when you have had a long day at work and fancy something lighthearted that takes you out of your day and takes you on a bit of an adventure with Chantelle Rose to the glamour of Hollywood, it’s got an intriguing love triangle as well and a slight threat from someone who seemed to want to warn her off one of the two men in her life….
Overall an enjoyable read! Thanks to Christina and Crooked Cat Books for the Arc copy in return for an honest review and thanks to Jenny at Neverland Blog tours for the opportunity to get involved 😊😊