Series: Bright Young Things #1
on July 14th, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
tella Spencer has one enemy—her secrets.
The world’s obsession with the Bright Young Things is real. Every lavish party thrown by the most exclusive group in New York is a spectacle, stalked not only by the media, but by the police commissioner, who’s declared war. He’s out to ruin everyone’s good time, starting with uncovering the mysterious benefactor leading the group, thus answering the question on everyone’s lips.
Who is Cecelia Beaton?
And no one knows it’s Stella.
If society finds out the truth, her plans will unravel. And with one smoldering look from a stranger, her carefully ordered world catches fire.
Levi Hunt has one plan—get the story.
His future at Vagabond magazine depends on his ability to do the one thing no one can: infiltrate the Bright Young Things. If he can find out who Cecelia Beaton is, he’ll earn enough notoriety to permanently secure his career.
His dreams are at his fingertips, so long as he doesn’t blow his cover. But one night with the brightest, most brilliant young thing of all, and he knows he’ll have to make a choice.
The job he loves or the woman of his dreams.
Secrets and lies. Love and laughter. And two people with something to hide and everything to gain.
Welcome to the party.
Bestselling author Staci Hart brings you a new series where secret society parties and the thrill of the unknown tempt fate.
“Have you ever felt alone in the world? Like you don’t belong anywhere? To anyone?”
Something flashed behind his eyes, a certain sadness or regret. “I have.”
“So have we. So has everyone. These parties are proof positive that we have a place to belong and people to belong to. It’s not… it’s not purpose— that’s too productive a word. More like family.”
“And we’re just like any family. There are squabbles and scandals, but in the end, we always have each other’s backs.
Belonging and longing come together in this kickoff to a new Staci Hart series called, Bright Young Things. This story has all of Staci’s signature storytelling; great characters and dialogue, the fabulous and easy to imagine setting of NYC, and sexy times. At the center is the brightest star and consummate socialite, Stella Spencer. She’s well matched with new to the scene “photographer” Levi Hunt.
Staci Hart expands her storytelling by setting the story in the 1990’s and includes a suspense driven plot. The police commissioner’s intense grievance against the exclusive gatherings of these uber-posh millennials is perplexing. Clearly there is something he’s hiding, someone he’s working for, and it’s not the tax payers.
The story is a fast and fun read, with equal attraction and conflict blooming between the key characters. Stella seemingly holds the secret that could make or break Levi’s true career as a journalist. Their attraction is immediate and their connection is palpable. But neither are really in a great place to allow a relationship to develop. But some things can’t be helped and I am thankful for that. They experience some moments of reckoning but not too much drama and tThe balance between romance and mystery is perfect. I’m very much looking forward to the next book in the series. 4 Stars and recommendation.
~Review by Cyndi