A VERY solid start to a new series, this is refreshing and different with a light feel that makes the pages fly by. Featuring a heroine who has found her own kind of family while partaking in an unashamedly lavish lifestyle and a hero who is incredibly intrigued by the world he becomes immersed in, it’s an opposites attract romance that will keep you interested. Any complaints I have are very minor, and I am definitely looking forward to more from this group of characters.
The story follows Levi, a reporter who has been tasked with looking into the Bright Young Things, a group of wealthy young people who partake in themed parties while keeping their secrets among those close to them. While attending his first party under an alias, Levi meets Stella, a woman who is completely comfortable with the decadence showcased at the parties. There’s an immediate connection there and it’s not long before Levi and Stella are burning up the sheets, but both are holding secrets that could bring their relationship to a screeching halt.
It’s been awhile since I’ve read anything by Hart, but I’m glad that I remedied that because this was great. It’s steamy and interesting with a storyline that’s both familiar and unpredictable. I loved the chemistry between these two, and though I prefer a slower burn, it also worked for their relationship. There’s some tension because both Levi and Stella are keeping secrets, but the tone stays mostly light and sexy. I wavered on my rating for this one because there were times when the characters just weren’t relatable to me, but that’s also part of the appeal. Ultimately, there was nothing major that bugged me at all, so I’m excited to see where the series goes next. I received an ARC via the author and am voluntarily leaving a review of this sexy romance.
Bestselling author Staci Hart brings you a new series where secret society parties and the thrill of the unknown tempt fate.
Stella Spencer has one enemy—her secrets.
The world’s obsession with the Bright Young Things is real. Every lavish party thrown by the most exclusive group in New York is a spectacle, stalked not only by the media, but by the police commissioner, who’s declared war. He’s out to ruin everyone’s good time, starting with uncovering the mysterious benefactor leading the group, thus answering the question on everyone’s lips.
Who is Cecelia Beaton?
And no one knows it’s Stella.
If society finds out the truth, her plans will unravel. And with one smoldering look from a stranger, her carefully ordered world catches fire.
Levi Hunt has one plan—get the story.
His future at Vagabond magazine depends on his ability to do the one thing no one can: infiltrate the Bright Young Things. If he can find out who Cecelia Beaton is, he’ll earn enough notoriety to permanently secure his career.
His dreams are at his fingertips, so long as he doesn’t blow his cover. But one night with the brightest, most brilliant young thing of all, and he knows he’ll have to make a choice.
The job he loves or the woman of his dreams.
Secrets and lies. Love and laughter. And two people with something to hide and everything to gain.
Welcome to the party.
About the Author:
Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.