The Out of Office Girl – Nicola Doherty

“Alice Roberts is having a rubbish summer.

She’s terrified of her boss, her career is stalling, and she’s just been dumped – by text message.  But things are about to change …

When her boss Olivia is taken ill, Alice is sent on the work trip of a lifetime: to a villa in Sicily, to edit the autobiography of Hollywood bad boy Luther Carson.  But it’s not all yachts, nightclubs and Camparis.  Luther’s arrogant agent Sam wants him to ditch the book.  Luther himself is gorgeous, charming – and impossible to read.  There only seems to be one way to get his attention, and it definitely involves mixing business with pleasure.

Alice is out of the office, and into deep trouble …”

Firstly I would like to thank Nicola Doherty (@nicoladoherty_ on Twitter) for sending me an uncorrected proof copy to read.

I really enjoyed this book, it felt like pure escapism and made me feel sunny and happy like I had actually been to Italy with Alice.  Even the cover oozes summer, warmth and happiness.  The celebrity factor made it even more interesting for me, to be able to enter the dream world of celebrities and luxury in the sun is just the type of thing I love to read about.

Alice was a lovely character, she is a likeable down-to-earth girl who I really felt I could relate to.  Some of the disasters she faces and the great way she deals with them made me like her even more.  There are also funny moments in the story that had me laughing out loud particularly one involving a green swimsuit!

I’ll admit that I wasn’t keen on Luther or Sam at the beginning, they seemed rather arrogant but I definitely warmed to them as the story progressed, I suppose it was because I didn’t fully understand them and needed to know more.  Eventually though I loved all the characters and was completely caught up in their highs and lows, I just didn’t want to put the book down.

The story not only gives an interesting insight into the world of a celebrity but also the editing world – it seems that there is a lot more that goes into that kind of work and I really enjoyed reading about that side of it.

This is a sunny, light, holiday read that has a lovely ending.  By the time I had finished reading I had a big smile on my face.

The Out of Office Girl is available in trade paperback from today, the Kindle edition is also available from Amazon. Mass market paperback will be available in July 2012. For more information visit Nicola’s blog here.