Today I’m going to be sharing with you my review for A Little of Chantelle Rose, the new book by Cristina Hodgson. Hope you enjoy!
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 without 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 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?
If you’re after a fun read to take on holiday with you this summer, then A Little of Chantelle Rose is the book for you. Cristina Hodgson’s debut novel centres on a normal 24-year-old woman who is offered the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to earn millions after appearing in a low budget film. Although not aware of what exactly jetting off to California will entail, Chantelle is eager to buy a cottage in the English cottage side and doesn’t hesitate to say yes to this offer. As soon as she arrives in the U.S., Chantelle has to endure intense workouts at the crack of dawn and falls in love – but is he really as amazing as she thinks? And what about the guy back in England?
A Little of Chantelle Rose starts off very light-hearted, but it takes a dark turn about halfway through. I won’t go into detail about what the twist is, but it did make me a lot more interested in the book, and I was eager to find out the truth. There was also a love triangle element in A Little of Chantelle Rose. While I did like this aspect of the book, I wasn’t keen on the connection between the two men, and the fact that Chantelle kept comparing them. I was also slightly disappointed in Chantelle’s choice at the end.
In terms of the characters, I found Chantelle to be fairly likeable. She was funny and relatable, what with her moments of insecurity. The other characters in the novel are also complex and have a lot of depth to them. However, while a couple of them seemed nice on the surface, it soon became obvious that they had more sinister intentions.
I’d recommend A Little of Chantelle Rose to anyone who wants something different to the typical chick-lit book. A Little of Chantelle Rose may seem like a standalone novel, but it ends on a cliffhanger, so there’s likely to be a sequel in the future…
Thanks Jenny for providing me with an ebook of A Little of Chantelle Rose!
About Cristina Hodgson
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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Let me know if you decide to read A Little of Chantelle Rose!
P.S. There will be a free promotion on A Little of Chantelle Rose from the 9th June to the 11th June. 🙂