Johnny Be Good – Paige Toon

Johnny Be Good

“If your boss was the hottest rock star on the planet, would you mix business with pleasure?

Celebrity PA to wild boy of rock Johnny Jefferson, Meg’s glam new life in sun-drenched LA is a whirlwind of showbiz parties and backstage passes. Cool, calm Christian, in town to write his famous friend’s biography, helps keep Meg’s feet firmly on the ground. But with Johnny’s piercing green eyes and a body Brad Pitt would kill for, how long will it be before she’s swept right off them again?”

This book was an unusual read for me purely because I read its sequel first (I know, shock horror!), I bought Baby Be Mine (review here) without knowing it was a sequel and I just couldn’t wait to read it because I love Paige Toon books so much.  Seeing as I had already read the sequel I obviously knew what the outcome of this book would be and I was curious to see if it would affect my enjoyment in any way…

Truthfully it did affect my enjoyment a little bit because the parts that would have been shocking just weren’t – I already knew that they were going to happen. So I would definitely recommend reading this book first so that you can fully enjoy the shock factor, particularly at the end!

Back to the storyline itself and I was quickly wrapped up in the authors familiar, fun writing style.  Meg was about to start her new job as a celebrity PA and I could almost feel her excited nervousness rolling off the pages.  I loved the first time that Meg met Johnny, it really had me chuckling as I pictured the scene.  The whirlwind that was Johnny’s life soon caught up with Meg and there were definitely times when she seemed to be overwhelmed by it all.

Christian was a good friend of Johnny’s and ended up supporting Meg when she most needed it, I really liked his character and the three of them together made an entertaining trio – my favourite ‘trio’ moment was a scene where the guys (who were very drunk) ended up in Meg’s tree house and completely interrupted her peace with their antics!

Johnny was a complicated character and my feelings towards him changed throughout – rock-star Johnny was not nice at all, he was selfish and really irritated me but there were times, especially when he opened up about his life, that I saw a different more likeable side to him.  This confused Meg as much as it did me and she found it difficult to control her growing feelings for him, the tour was where everything spiraled and Meg had to take drastic action.

I knew what was coming at the end but if I hadn’t known I would’ve gasped out loud in shock – it really was a brilliant ending!

This was an addictive read, I just couldn’t put it down and loved every minute of it.

Johnny Be Good can be purchased from The Book DepositoryAmazon or from most good book retailers.

To find out more about Paige Toon visit her website here.

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One Perfect Summer – Paige Toon

“Ever wondered what happened to your first love?

Alice is 18 and about to start university while Joe’s life is going nowhere.  A Dorset summer, a chance meeting, and the two of them fall into step as if they have known each other forever.

But their idyll is shattered unexpectedly.  Alice heads off to Cambridge and slowly picks up the pieces of her broken heart.  When she catches the attention of Lukas – gorgeous, gifted, rich boy Lukas – she is carried along by his charm, swept up by his ambitious plans for a future together.

Years later, at just the wrong time, Joe is back, but out of reach in a way that Alice could never have imagined.  Life has moved on, the divide between them is now so great.

Surely it is far too late to recapture that perfect summer of long ago?”

I always look forward to books from Paige Toon because I enjoy them so much, this one had a great synopsis that really intrigued me so I couldn’t wait to get started.

The story began when Alice was 18 and going on a summer break to Dorset with her mum.  Whilst she was there she met handsome barman Joe, also 18, and there was an instant spark between them. Their time together in Dorset was fantastic to read, they had a really natural connection which had me smiling from ear to ear, it was just so romantic!

Joe had some pretty serious family issues which saw the two young lovebirds finding themselves in a dangerous situation.  I wasn’t able to predict a couple of the events that happened towards the end of Alice’s time in Dorset, especially one sad twist that had tears running down my face.

Six months later and Alice was at university, struggling to hold her broken heart together.  Meeting Jessie was a real turning point for her and his friendship seemed to bring her back to life.  During this part of the story it was lovely to find out more about the fascinating history of Cambridge, the descriptions of some of the places Alice visited made me feel like I was there with her.

Meeting Lukas was another turning point in the story, he had an air of mystery about him but the more I learned about him the more I wasn’t sure about his character.  He was very controlling and I couldn’t believe that she would put up with it, especially when he made a shocking announcement about his life back in Germany.

I couldn’t wait for Joe to reappear and I tried to guess how he would make his return but I wasn’t expecting the way it actually happened.  There was a gasp out loud moment when he was being interviewed and a phone call that actually gave me goosebumps!  What followed was so exciting and I was really rooting for them but unfortunately this is where the book ended (my exact reaction at this point was ‘noooooooo’) – apparently there is going to be a sequel and I can’t believe I’ve got to wait to find out what happens next!

Paige Toon really has the ability to captivate me with her writing, I simply could not put this book down and greedily devoured the words within just one day.

One Perfect Summer can be purchased from The Book DepositoryAmazon or from most good book retailers.

Baby Be Mine – Paige Toon

“‘He’s not mine is he?’ That’s the question I fear the most.

You see, I have a secret.  My son is not fathered by my boyfriend, but by one of the most famous people that ever lived.  And he doesn’t even know it.

Meg is terrified.  She lives in the South of France with her doting boyfriend Christian and their beautiful son Barney who has just turned one.  Life should be idyllic.  But she is living a lie – a lie that will turn their lives upside down and inside out.  Because, as every day goes by, Meg’s son looks less and less like Christian.

How much longer can she keep her devastating secret from him, from their friends and family, from Barney?  How much longer before the whole world realises that the father of her child is none other than Johnny Jefferson, wild boy of rock, constantly in Meg’s thoughts?”

As you may or may not know I really love Paige Toon’s work, I love her addictive style of writing and fun sense of humour that always shines through in her books.  I picked this book up on my travels and didn’t realise that Johnny Be Good should actually be read first (unfortunately I don’t have this book in my ‘To Read’ pile).  Usually I wouldn’t dream of not reading books in order but I felt like being daring for a change (as daring as this bookworm can get) and I decided to read it anyway.

I’m pleased to say that it didn’t matter at all that I hadn’t read Johnny Be Good first, this book worked well as a standalone read but now I definitely want to find out exactly what happened in Meg and Johnny’s past, although not knowing certainly didn’t affect my enjoyment of this book.

The prologue really set the scene and made me want to know more, I was playing out all sorts of scenarios in my head just from this one page so I couldn’t wait to get stuck in.

Meg was a very confused character, she didn’t seem to know what she really wanted out of life and to be honest she was making a bit of a mess of things.  I’m not comfortable with people who lie and lying seemed to be a big part of Meg’s life so I did find parts of this book difficult to read.

All of the characters were very likeable, Dana being the only exception, and I loved the descriptions of France and LA because it made me feel like I was there with them (I wish)!

A tragedy marked a significant discovery in the book and from then on everything in Meg’s life changed, I felt so sad for all those involved and desperately wanted everything to turn out for the best.

All the scenarios that had played out in my head never happened and I enjoyed the fact that I couldn’t figure out what was coming next.  The ending was great and left me with a big smile on my face.

This is another hit from Paige Toon, an exciting page-turner that I read in less than a day.

Baby Be Mine can be purchased here with free worldwide delivery.

Chasing Daisy – Paige Toon

“Daisy Rogers is in love – and that’s no good thing.  It’s not just that her very famous ex is neither out of sight nor out of mind, but that the man of her dreams, William Trust, has a girlfriend – a childhood sweetheart, no less.  And as a Formula 1 racing driver, he puts his life at risk every day he goes to work.

From Melbourne to Monte Carlo, and São Paulo to Singapore, Daisy and her best friend Holly travel the world as hospitality girls on the Grand Prix scene.  But with more secrets between them than Paris Hilton has shoes, life promises to be nothing short of a whirlwind.”

I’m on a mission to read all of Paige Toon’s books because the ones I have already read I’ve really enjoyed, this was the next on my list and I wasn’t surprised to find that it was just as great as the others.  I was totally addicted to this story, I just couldn’t put it down and ended up reading it in one day (I seem to be doing that a lot lately, there are so many brilliant books around).

I loved Daisy straight away, she was feisty and funny which meant that I was always wondering what was going to happen next.  I really enjoyed the banter between Luis and Daisy, their first meeting at the start of the book had me laughing out loud (always a great start to a book).  Luis is a bit of a ladies man and for some reason I always seem to prefer those characters in books so he was definitely a favourite of mine.  Will was sweet but something seemed off about him – after I had finished the book I still felt like I hadn’t worked him out.

It was great to read all the behind the scenes action from the Formula 1 world, when I think of Formula 1 I just see the cars and drivers, this made me think of all the people behind all of that, those who make the whole thing possible.

Further on in the story there was a huge unexpected twist that I honestly didn’t see coming, so on top of the fun and laughter this book also made me feel incredibly sad, I could actually feel my heart sink because I had become so involved with the characters and I couldn’t believe what had just happened.

As the synopsis suggests, there are many secrets that are uncovered throughout the book, some that I had figured out and some that I hadn’t.  It certainly kept me on my toes and prevented me from putting the book down as I was always waiting for the next big revelation.

This was another entertaining and unputdownable read from Paige Toon, I can’t wait to carry on with my mission and read more of her wonderful books!

Chasing Daisy can be purchased here or from most good book retailers.

Lucy in the Sky – Paige Toon

“It’s been nine years since Lucy left Australia.  Nine years since she’s seen her best friend Molly, and Sam, the one-time love of her life.  Now her two friends are getting married.  To each other.  And Lucy is on her way to Sydney for their wedding.

Life for Lucy has moved on.  She’s happily settled with James, her gorgeous lawyer boyfriend, with their flat in London and her glamorous job in PR.  Surely there’s no reason to expect this two-week holiday in the sun will be anything out of the ordinary?

But just before take-off, Lucy receives a text from James’s mobile.  She can’t resist taking a look … and, in one push of a button, her world comes crashing down …” 

Well this book had me hooked right from the very start – just two pages in and I was gasping in shock – definitely a sign of a good book!  From then on I just could not put this book down, it seems that Paige Toon is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors as this is the second book of hers that has captured my interest so completely.

Lucy is a great character, I felt I could understand her and I found myself becoming really involved with her life.  Her flight to Australia was definitely eventful and had me laughing out loud as I pictured the scene.  I felt so many emotions as I read about her struggle with her feelings throughout the book, there were times when I wanted to shout through the book to make her come to her senses!

There are wonderful descriptions of Sydney and London in this book, as I was reading it made me feel like I was actually there – I wish!  I also enjoyed reading about Lucy’s job in PR, there were lots of funny moments in the book surrounding her job and it was really interesting to find out more about the world of PR.

I loved Lucy’s friendship with Nathan, they really seemed to connect and enjoy being together.  I especially enjoyed all the jokes they shared, although I have to admit there were some that I didn’t understand (I’ve never been very good at getting jokes).  I predicted correctly how it would turn out but there were still some unexpected moments that shocked me.

This is a wonderful tale of love, lies, happiness and heartache that captured me from the first to the last page.

Pictures of Lily – Paige Toon

“Ten years ago when Lily was just sixteen, she fell in love with someone she really shouldn’t have fallen in love with.  Now, living in Sydney and engaged to another man, she can’t forget the one that got away.  Then her past comes back to haunt her, and she has to make a decision that will break her heart – and the heart of at least one of the men who love her.”

This was an impulse buy, I loved the cover and when I read the blurb I knew it was my kind of book.

Well, I was right because I absolutely adored this story, I just couldn’t put it down, the story drew me in and wouldn’t let go until I had finished!

The start of the book was fab, sixteen year old Lily is your typical moody teenager, although seeing as she’s been dragged away from her home in London to live in Australia I think I can understand her point of view.  She actually reminded me of myself at that age so I could really relate to her and her feelings.  Even when Lily is older it was like I could feel what she was feeling, her confusion, her happiness and even her gut wrenching sadness.

I liked the way the book had been written in a then and now format, I felt that it gave me a better insight into her personality and maybe that was the reason I could relate to her so well.  I really enjoyed the animal influences at the beginning of the story, it was fascinating to read about the conservation park from the side of the keepers and the things that they do to help the animals in their care.

The love triangle is beautifully written, I actually liked all of the male characters in this story so I couldn’t decide which way I wanted her to go.  You can really feel Lily’s confusion at the heartbreaking choice she has to make and although I did manage to predict what her choice would be I thoroughly enjoyed following her journey to making that decision.

This is a touching story that played with all my emotions, I look forward to reading more from Paige Toon.