I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by CreateSpace on July 23rd 2015
Genres: Romance, Suspense
Format: eBook, Paperback
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
Some truths are worse than lies. Ella Wade knew working at a website called The Daily Scandal might lead to an interesting summer job after graduating college. She did not know that one big mistake would pull her into the heart of a sleazy world of publicity where truths are worse than lies and a murderer is on the loose. When Ella gives into temptation and sleeps with her stepsister Madison's ex, her world flips upside down. It doesn't matter that Madison is dead or that Jaxson Cole wasn't, in fact, her boyfriend but a publicist's stunt to link two of the hottest catwalk models romantically in order to feed tabloid curiosity. The damage is done and with deadly consequences. Even worse, Jax definitely knows things he won't say. Falling for his epic hotness could mean one good screw will screw Ella for a lifetime.
Alison Foster’s Scandal is the first part of her new three-part series about a tabloid reporter who gets romantically involved with her stepsister’s ex-boyfriend while investigating her sister’s death. In Part 1, Ella Wade works to uncover the reasons behind Madison’s death. Everywhere she turns, Ella meets strange people who all seem shady, and may have had a hand in Madison’s demise. It also doesn’t help that Madison’s ex, supermodel Jaxson Cole, is flashing is beautiful smile at Ella every chance he gets.
I really enjoyed the cat and mouse game Ella and Jaxson seemed to be playing. Everyone Ella meets seems to have an ulterior motive, and I feel like Jaxson isn’t any different. Something about him screams dangerous, and it’s that factor that ups the stakes for their involvement. Aside from the ick factor of screwing her recently deceased sister’s boyfriend, of course. What I loved was that Ella also wonders why Jaxson is attracted to her, which makes her smart. I’m sure in the end Jax will end up being a good guy, so the two can ride off into the sunset together, but the possibility he isn’t is what makes their relationship so thrilling.
One thing I didn’t particularly care for was Ella’s naivete surrounding the paparazzi in the story. Ella is supposed to be a tabloid reporter, and as someone who deals in celebrity gossip, her naivete didn’t make sense. The mere fact she’s hanging with a celebrity who’s girlfriend just died is bound to bring the paps around like buzzards over a carcass. As someone working in the entertainment industry, especially the press, there’s no way she should have been surprised by that.
I would recommend this story to fans of girl meets celebrity stories. Scandal is a fun, suspenseful romance that brings fangirl fantasies to life. Not to mention the thrilling mystery of what really happened to supermodel Madison. Will Ella get in over her head? I guess you’ll have to see for yourself!