Jackie D. has really impressed me lately with the versatility of her writing. She had chills running down my spine with her creation of a stalking serial killer in Swift Vengeance (with Jean Copeland and Erin Zak). Now she has amazed me with two beautiful (inside and out) characters in her current romance novel VIP.
VIP is a contemporary romance about two women who are both A-listers in their chosen fields. Audrey Knox is at the pinnacle of her career as a movie actress. Harlow Thorne is a star at the top of the pop music world. Both women live with the good and the bad that comes with their success. When the two meet, Audrey has just come out of a relationship that went bad rather publicly. Harlow has done her best to avoid any type of lasting romantic relationship. That doesn’t stop the attraction that builds as the two get to know one another. There is a chance for a beautiful romance, but there is an equal chance for their very public lives to interfere and derail everything.
These characters are very well-developed and easy to connect with. I didn’t realize it at first, but this is sort of an opposites attract trope. You wouldn’t think so since both mains are celebrities at the top of their fields, but this is about their backgrounds and history. It is also the basis for some of the conflict in the tale. The hidden trope and the conflict are well written by the author. The story is well paced and easy to read. I didn’t want to put the book down until the end. I also really loved the epilogue which gives the reader a glimpse into the future for these two.
This is a great summer vacation romance or lazy weekend read. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and will be looking for more from this author. I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.