Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista – by Aven Ellis

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The blurb:

Recent college graduate Avery Andrews is ready to begin a new life in the big city. She’s landed an apartment in Chicago’s famed Lincoln Park neighborhood–and has her eye on the cute commodities trader just a floor above.

If Premier Airlines knew about her fear of flying, they never would have hired her to be their marketing assistant—but it’s not like Avery wants a lifelong career. Right now she simply wants a job to pay her bills…and fund a few little shopping excursions, too.

Her new lifestyle comes with a price tag, as Avery is not only faced with paying a ridiculous rent but finds she’s perceived as one of the vacant, husband-hunting fashionistas who live in the area. Avery resents this stereotype—so she doesn’t want a lifelong career, and she loves fashions she can’t afford, but that doesn’t mean she is empty-headed and spoiled, does it?

When an opportunity to participate in a documentary at work arises, Avery finds a two-fold solution to her problems. She’ll earn extra money for it, and the documentary will show her as a serious career woman, enabling her to shed that husband-hunting fashionista label for good.

When the camera is on, Avery attempts to be a motivated professional woman. But when she is challenged by Deacon Ryan, the videographer assigned to cover her story, Avery finds herself wanting things she was never supposed to want—like a lasting career—and Deacon. And Avery might just gain more from the experience than a perfect career image and extra cash to put in her Tory Burch wallet…

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

As most of you already know: I am a HUGE Aven Ellis fan. Her first two novels are one of the best books I’ve ever read, so you can all imagine how excited I was for this book. I was on the way home from a day trip when I received Aven’s email with the mobi file and I was dancing and singing around when walking home and of course I downloaded it immediately.

Let me say a few words about the gorgeous cover: It’s just real perfection in my eyes. The colours, the couple and the Chicago skyline create a wonderful atmosphere.

Avery Andrews lives in a beautiful area and has found a great job. And then there is also her sexy neighbour Sullivan. She loves fashion and shopping. Well, he roommate Sasha is a bit shallow, but other than that…
She works for Premier Airline, which seems a bit weird because of her fear of flying, but they were hiring, so she took the chance.

One morning she goes to work and is asked into the boss’s office. Thinking she’s done something wrong, she is surprised when when a travel TV team wants her to be part of their documentary. That’s where Avery meets Deke Ryan, the videographer, who will follow her around at work and also at home. Well, all she sees are his old vintage T-Shirts, but he seems to be cute.

It was very funny reading about Avery’s experiences when filming, the way she behaved and tried to show that she is a real businesswoman. However, somehow she only let herself go and showed her real self, when the camera was off and that’s also when she got to know Deke better.
He challenges her with his question, which was great and very interesting. I think he made her see the world with different eyes and he made her realise what is important in life and what she really wants.

She felt wonderful in his presence. I guess she didn’t want to admit it at first, but it came through more and more and as a reader I loved following her feelings and they were developing so vividly in front of me, it felt like watching a movie or dreaming. The way Aven includes a character’s emotions is unique. It makes you feel closer to them and you just want to be there for the character and help somehow.

Deke was a very special character to me, I like the way he was always teasing Avery and he was always so sweet. Yeah, he might have had some prejudices at first, but after getting to know Avery and seeing her in a different light that changed. He is a bit shy, doesn’t like to be in the focus, but he has an enormous heart, is caring, gorgeous and also sensitive. I fell for him myself and I just enjoyed his personality. BOOK BOYFRIEND ALARM!!!

Well, there is still Sullivan and somehow Deke knows about him and there is also Isabel. So whenever Deke and Avery were together, enjoying, talking or doing other things, the shadows of the other two was always behind them. Well, Avery soon realised what she was really feeling, but was scared to do anything because of Isabel. And Deke, oh well, sometimes I didn’t really understand his actions, but they brought the drama into the story for sure.

They had a lot of compliments for each other along the way and I always wanted them to just be honest, but oh well… Deke found a way though to encourage Avery and make her go for that project at work. It also brought the two of them closer together. And let me just say this: She went for it and suddenly had to fly out to San Francisco to present that project. Being terrified of flying made this whole situation not as exciting, but Deke was there and what he did to take her mind of this!!!! OH MY… did you think, I’d tell you now?! Of course not, buy this fabulous book and read for yourselves.

The scenes in San Francisco were great, epically when both of them finally admitted their feelings. It took them a long time, it was a emotional journey full of drama, laughter and so much more. And this story wouldn’t be great without some dramatic scenes in the end right?! Well, let me just tell you that I loved the ending.

Now, I quickly want to talk about Bree, Avery’s best friend. Avery really couldn’t have wished for a better friend and Bree was going through some rough times during this book. The two friends sticking together and being there for each other was what made this book even more special. And we will be able to read about Bree soon.

So, I couldn’t put this book down!!! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ It’s written in an exceptional brilliant and emotional way, letting the reader being part of the story like a character. There is a lot of heart in this book with some gripping and absorbing scenes. And I mean Chicago just sounds like an awesome city, I definitely want to visit it now, especially Lincoln park of course. I loved that there were some fashion mentions in the book as well, it gave the story another additional sparkly touch.

An authentic storyline with so much rhythm and flow.

Aven Ellis you’re a GENIUS!!! You’ve creaded a marvelous story with emotions, drama, spark and some real life inspiration!!!! A MUST READ!!! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


My possible cast:

Avery Andrews: Bar Rafaeli

Deke Ryan: Jensen Ackles



“We were supposed to be together forever,” Bree says, breaking through my angry thoughts. “I mean, he had been acting distant and irritated lately, but I thought that was the stress from graduation and getting ready to move. I had no idea he was thinking of this. None. Alex was supposed to marry me. How do I deal with this, Avery? How?”
I hug her. I have to answer this carefully. I can’t say Alex is a bastard. Because if they did work it out—which I’m not in favor of because this is a huge red flag if this is how he deals with things—but if they did, Bree would know my true feelings forever. I have to say something thoughtful. Something soothing and wise. My eyes land on the stack of magazines on the coffee table. Last month’s FLIRTY! is on top, and I see this headline: “Don’t Let His Emotional Immaturity Ruin Your Life.”
“Bree, don’t let Alex’s emotional immaturity ruin your life,” I say gently. “This has nothing to do with you and everything to do with his own maturity issues.”
Bree moves back from me, amazement etched on her tear-stained face. “How do you always know what to say?”
“Because you’re my best friend. Now go on back to my bedroom, first door on the left. You can wash your face in my bathroom. Then curl up in my bed, and I’ll bring you something stronger than wine.”
“I’m so glad I’m here. I love you, Avery,” Bree says, sniffling.
“I love you, too,” I say to the friend who is like my sister. “Now go on,” I add, standing up and pulling her up off the couch. “I’ll be right there.”
“Let’s do a one-on-one interview,” Deke says.
“Sure,” I say, taking another sip of wine.
He quickly sets up a backdrop and puts his camera on a tripod. I sit down on a barstool in front of the black screen, and Deke asks me to talk about my friendship with Bree. I give a brief history, explaining how close we are and how we’ve gone through the ups and downs of life together and always will.
Deke then shuts off the camera.
“That’s interesting advice that you gave to Bree tonight,” he says slowly, his eyes piercing through me.
And damn it, despite the fact that I don’t like him, a tingle shoots down my spine.
“Well, it’s easy to give advice to Bree. We’re more like sisters than friends. And because we know each other so well, I know what to say to her in a time of crisis.”
“I see,” Deke says slowly. “So are you going to advise her on the hot colors for pedicures this season, too?”
Suddenly I can see the FLIRTY! cover on the coffee table in my head. I quickly glance over at it and see the pedicure headline, right underneath the “Don’t Let His Emotional Immaturity Ruin Your Life” one.
Oh shit.


Sullivan reaches for my hair again. I jerk my head to the side, moving it out of Sullivan’s reach, because I think I might scream if he touches my hair one more time.
Okay. Now Deke will come over here with Zach. I’ll greet him, introduce him to my friends, and then Bree and I can go sit with them at another table.
Wait a second. Deke and Zach are walking over to the dartboard. I quickly realize Deke has no intention of coming over here.
He turns around and looks at me, his eyes burning into mine for a second. Deke takes a sip of his beer, puts it back on the table, and picks up some darts. He immediately turns his attention to the dartboard, as if I’m not even here.
Oooh! That’s it. I’ve had it.
“Excuse me,” I say, nudging Sullivan. “I need to get out, please.”
“But I just got here,” Sullivan snaps, sounding annoyed. “I haven’t even had a drink yet.”
I don’t say another word. I let my eyes tell Sullivan I intend to get out of this booth, even if it means climbing over him or crawling underneath the table.
Sullivan sighs heavily and slides out. I turn to Bree briefly before leaving.
“I see someone I need to talk to,” I say simply. “I’ll be back in a few minutes.”
I slide out of the booth and make my way across the bar. I go up to Deke, who is propped against the edge of a barstool. His strong arms are folded across his chest, a bottle of beer in one hand as he watches Zach throw darts.
I stop dead in my tracks as I approach him. I take in what he’s wearing—a beautiful azure T-shirt that shows off his athletic upper body and jeans. His hair is perfectly tousled, his face lightly shaded with blondish-brown stubble. And he’s so damn hot and mysterious that I’m suddenly unable to breathe.
Deke turns and I find myself mad all over again, because now he’s the one playing a game.
I march up to him and before I can stop myself, I blurt out what is going through my head.
“Why didn’t you come rescue me?” I yell at him, exasperated.
Deke studies me for a moment. He takes a swig of his beer, casually puts the bottle on the table next to him, and leans toward me, lowering his head so it’s next to my ear.
“I wasn’t aware that you needed to be rescued from the man of your dreams, Fashionista,” he murmurs over the music.
Every inch of me comes alive as his words vibrate against my ear. I get goose bumps. My skin in tingling in this delicious way I’ve never experienced before.
He stands back up and studies me. I’m about to respond when he gently puts his thumb on my cheek, wiping away a streak of lip-gloss that Sullivan has left behind.
Oh.My.God. I feel a million sparks the second Deke touches me. I shiver and suck in a breath of air, unnerved by the experience of his skin against mine.
“So do you need to be rescued?” he asks.

Author Biography:

Aven Ellis has been writing fiction since she was sixteen. She studied communications at a large Midwestern university, and after graduation, Aven worked as a reporter for a community newspaper, followed by a stint at a public relations agency. 

But writing about city council meetings and restaurant franchises was not as much fun as writing for young women trying to figure out their careers and potential boyfriends. So Aven got herself a job in television that allowed her to write at night. Connectivity is Aven’s debut novel; Waiting For Prince Harry and Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista (New Adult romantic comedy) will be published next year.

Aven lives in Dallas with her family. When she is not writing, Aven enjoys shopping, cooking, connecting with friends on social media, and watching any show that features Gordon Ramsay.

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