The bit on the back…
If your boss was the hottest rock star on the planet, would you mix business with pleasure?
I'm Meg Stiles. This is my leaving party. And that song we're making a mockery of? That's written by one of the biggest rock stars in the world. And I'm moving in with him tomorrow.
Seriously! I am not even joking. Well, maybe I'm misleading you a little bit. You see, I haven't actually met him yet...
No, I'm not a stalker. I'm his new PA. His Personal Assistant. And I am off to La-La Land. Los Angeles. The City of Angels - whatever you want to call it - and I can't bloody believe it!
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?
I first read this ages ago, after falling in love with Paige’s style in her novel Chasing Daisy. At first I wasn’t sure if I had read them in the wrong order, as Johnny Be Good feels as if it is almost a prequel to Chasing Daisy, it isn’t necessary to read them in that order though – so don’t worry!
I really liked the blurb – working for a celebrity, a really hot rock god no less, a fabulous relocation and the world of showbiz. What else could you ask for? Another male lead? Ok then, meet Christian, the rocker’s best friend.
Meg is about to relocate her life to start a new job as a CPA – celebrity personal assistant. Meg isn’t going to be just any CPA though, but CPA to the ultimate bad boy rocker Johnny Jefferson. I really loved Meg, right from the beginning, although not being able to directly relate to her situation (I wish!), I felt like I could really relate to what she was feeling and thinking. I found her very easy to imagine, all thanks to Paige’s writing.
Johnny is a proverbial bad boy, with a hot body and piercing eyes to match. Meg is instantly attracted to him and it feels as though it’s easy to see why – after all, everyone loves a good bad boy! He pulls Meg into his celebrity lifestyle as she settles into his LA pad and goes on tour with him, experiencing the rock star life first hand.
Christian, Johnny’s best friend, currently writing his biography helps Meg adjust to her new life style and also helps her to learn how to handle Johnny as he leads Meg on the tumultuous journey that is his life.
One of the things that is consistent with Paige is her descriptions of all the locations her characters visit. It really allows the reader to imagine them and go there with the characters which just adds to the ability to empathise with the characters. The emotions and the feelings of the characters are so strong that you feel them with them when you are reading their stories.
This will have you laughing, and crying, as you read about Johnny’s antics and how Meg copes with him. The characters are so vivid that I felt like I was living vicariously through Meg.
If you are looking for a great summer read then stop here. It’s easy and fun to read, bubbling with emotion that will make you fall in love with Paige and her writing style, if you haven’t already.