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Reviewed by Ashleigh
Author: Marisa Heath
Publisher & Pages: Little Black Dress, 312
Blurb: Who doesn’t want to be rich and famous?
Young, naïve and stunning, Katrina is trying to make it as a model in Paris. Sharing a tiny, run-down dorm and only just scraping a living, she’s asked out one night by the ultimate movie heart-throb, Dominic Cayley.
Katrina is wary at first – everyone knows he’s a player. But when Dominic keeps whisking her off for super-glam party weekends in Monaco, showering her in jewels and designer clothes, she’s more than happy to be swept off her feet. There’s no harm in enjoying the high life…is there?
Highlight: It’s like a fantasy come true.
Caution: I couldn’t understand why Katrina bothered with Dominic after certain incidents.
Highlight: Perfect Image has stripped away the A-List veneer to reveal its hidden secrets to the reader.
Caution: If drug use and mild sex scenes aren't your thing, steer clear of this book.
Review: If you’ve ever dreamed of being famous, or if you’ve dreamed of dating someone famous, then this is a must read for you. In Perfect Image, Katrina, a totally ordinary girl in her 20’s, meets the hottest Hollywood star, Dominic Cayley, in a Parisian club. When he suggests that they leave the club together, she does the unthinkable and walks away. Dominic, who won’t take no for an answer, continues to pursue Katrina, and soon she is flying to Monaco for parties, gaining designer dresses and jewellery, and attending movie premiers with him.
Perfect Image is a tantalising tale of rags to riches. Katrina goes from an English model struggling to earn a living, to movie star’s girlfriend with modelling jobs left, right and centre. Her agents love her, photographers love her, stylists and make-up artists love her. Unfortunately, there’s a flipside to being a movie star’s girlfriend. Suddenly she’s thrown into a world of drugs, no food and constant partying. No matter where she goes, she meets old girlfriends of Dominic’s, or people who assume she’s just like every other girl he’s dated: shallow and an easy lay. She meets sleazy guys who get off on humiliating vulnerable girls, women who love to experiment with sex, and spiteful people who hate her just because she’s dating Dominic.
I get the feeling that the author of this book wrote this with a message in mind. What I took from this story was that whatever you think is the perfect life, isn’t actually perfect at all. After all, Katrina’s dream life turns out to be nothing like what she thought it would be. There’s a passage in the second to last chapter which explains this perfectly.
“It wasn’t what Katrina had expected from being in such a supposedly A-list world. Maybe the dream had changed somewhere along the line, or maybe the image had been rubbed away to reveal a life that wasn’t as perfect as it seemed. She hadn’t been at all comfortable with Dominic, nor with the people who were part of his life; it felt like she was the one acting the whole time, pretending to be someone she wasn’t.”
Overall, I think this book is well worth a read. However, if you’re under eighteen, I wouldn’t recommend you read this. It does have some drug use, some mild sex scenes, and a few implied sex scenes.
Star Rating: 4 stars
Available in: Paperback & Kindle from Amazon.com