Wednesday, June 04, 2014
REVIEW: Tweethearts by Nicole Haddow
Author: Nicole Haddow
Publisher: Destiny Romance
Publication Date: February, 2014
Description: Jemima Starler loathes her job writing for the pregnancy magazine Placenta Monthly. To break the monotony, she writes scandalous tweets about the magazine industry as her secret online identity, Maghag. Thankfully, she also has her cute and talented housemate, Samson, to keep life interesting. When her editor stoops to a new ethical low, Jemima's reputation is suddenly on the line. She must find a way to carve out a new career, but it's hard to focus when Samson's mixed signals are driving her crazy. And when her handsome housemate is plucked from obscurity to star on a new reality TV show, everything changes. It's time for Jemima to trust her feelings instead of believing what she sees online, but has she missed her chance?
My Thoughts: With Tweethearts, new to me author Nicole Haddow introduces the reader to Jemima Starler, a girl we can all relate to. She hates her job and has a massive crush on her housemate, Samson. She writes articles for pregnancy magazine Placenta Monthly and if that isn't bad enough, her boss is a tyrant and a bully. To make her work life more bearable, Jemima posts snarky and scandalous tweets about the magazine industry under a secret Twitter identity, Maghag. Of course, she has acquired a massive following and everyone is dying to know who Maghag really is.
When a popular actress finds herself pregnant and unmarried, Jemima is given an exclusive but her unethical editor turns the article into a sordid piece that not only causes scandal for the actress, but calls Jemima's integrity into question and forces her into a career change.
Jemima's prospects seem a little dark until her housemate is selected to appear on the reality television show Dance Like No One's Watching. Jemima lands a position on the show as the social media director, but is forbidden from associating with Samson. Things get interesting when the show's director decides to market Samson in a faux on-stage romance with another contestant.
I really enjoyed this story. The multiple character story plots were easy to follow and I really liked most of the characters. Jemima's boss at the magazine, Jemima's sister and Samson's co-contestant, Lottie were less than likeable, but a reader learns to accept the nasty characters as part of the hero/heroine's journey to their happily ever after.
I also enjoyed the use of Twitter and social media in general as a backdrop for this story. In today's digital age, Jemima's recognition and use of Twitter and social media was spot on and relevant.
My Final Verdict: If you are looking for a light summertime read that has interesting characters and story, I highly recommend you give Tweethearts a try. I will be looking for more titles by Ms. Haddow when I am craving something tweet.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Tweethearts from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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