☆••*´¨`*•.☆•• 3.5 stars ☆••*´¨`*•.☆••
What it’s about:
When Hollywood calls, is the price for fame too high?
Miles Stephens is a young actor from London. Out of work, unemployable, and fired from his last job, he gets the chance to star in a break-out role in a big-time Hollywood film.
The film is a great success, propelling him to worldwide Hollywood fame – but it’s not all it’s cracked up to be, and the pressure starts to get to Miles.
Throughout, he is supported by his friend, Clare, the girl next door whom he grew up with – and who is secretly in love with him.
Miles finds out that fame and fortune isn’t everything he’d dreamed about.
Dazzled by Jane Harvey-Berrick is a sweet friends-to-lovers romance with a heavy dollop of British humor added to the mix. The story is told in dual point of view by main characters Miles and Clare who are extremely likable characters. I loved their friendship, but it was a bit tiresome when time and again, Clare would run to Miles’ emotional rescue each time his attempt to fit in to the Hollywood scene failed. Although Miles’ is a good guy, he obtusely takes Clare for granted.
Miles is a Brit and an actor. He’s insecure and unsure of his ability after being fired from one acting job; maybe it’s just his natural British humility that makes him appear to be overwhelmed when he moves to America for a potential job. His misunderstanding of the local colloquialisms is hilarious. Once groomed by his publicist, he has a chance at becoming Hollywood hottest star. Miles soon finds out just how glamorous, harsh, and dog-eat-dog it is in the industry.
Clare is a fun, curvy, and witty college student and Mile’s best friend. She and Miles have been best friends for as long as they can remember. Clare is usually outspoken but she keeps her big-time crush on Miles a secret—mainly because she doesn’t believe it possible for anyone as gorgeous and talented as Miles to be interested in her.
I did find Dazzled slow at times, but the behind the scenes view at actors on set and how movies are made was interesting. Jane Harvey-Berrick authentically portrays the heartache that comes along with the glamor of being a celebrity. The lusty bedroom scenes in a movie will never be the same for me after reading her depiction of all the crew on the set and everything the actors go through to make those scenes appear intimate.
Overall, Dazzled is a light-hearted, refreshing read. It was entertaining and enjoyable, but it didn’t knock my socks off. A 3.5 star read for me. While I have no plans to re-read Dazzled, I would definitely read Jane Harvey-Berrick’s next novel.