Strings Attached by Mandy Baggot

Synopsis from Amazon: 


CatererGeorge Fraser has a mission. She’s going to prove everyone wrong. Ambitiousowner of catering firm Finger Food and black sheep of her family, she’sdetermined to succeed in business where she’s so far failed in her personallife. Asked to cater for gorgeous rock star Quinn Blake’s after-show party herlife suddenly takes a turn for the dramatic. 

Magneticallydrawn together, George and Quinn embark on a relationship that no one must knowabout. But is Quinn everything he seems or is there more to his star life thanhe’s telling her? 
Thingshot up when George is invited to the wedding of the millennium and herintegrity very soon becomes compromised. With celebrity obsessed colleagueMarisa in the mix and her beloved Adam spending more time in her life canGeorge keep her secrets and hold on to her ambition, or will love finally getin the way? 
Thejourney of how George and Quinn feel about each other doesn’t take long to getstarted and hold our interest.
Georgeis asked to cater for Quinn’s after-show party and immediately they have anunexplained bond with each other. George’s catering creations are so well received that organiser and PAMichael Lambert wants George to cater for them every night.   It is during this time that the feelingsthey have for each other blossom into something that draws the reader in.  You feel George’s anxiety and fearunderneath those feelings she has no control over.
Allthe time we are being drawn into their relationship, there are another coupleof threads running through the story … Mandy Baggot subtly drops hints about George’s childhood and backgroundso we never know for sure what has happened in the past.  Whatever it was has impacted George to her veryroots and leads to her becoming the women she is today and affects how sheinteracts with the world around her.  Wealso find out that there is something in Quinn’s past that ties him to hisrecord producer Roger.  We don’t getmany hints of what this could be which leads to intrigue and supposition.  You want to keep reading to find out what isholding Quinn back from becoming the person he is meant to be!
Thesettings at home and in Spain worked really well.  I could imagine Finger Food staff busy preparing and presentingthe food, the concert that George and Marisa attend and the scenes on theroof.  In Spain I could feel the heatand enjoy the food in the out-of-the-way restaurant.  I suffered in the heat while preparations went ahead for thewedding.
Thecharacters are brilliantly drawn; Helen and her daughter Marisa who work withGeorge in her catering business – Helen is a stabilising factor while Marisadefinitely adds colour!   I loved theway Marisa came through in an emergency showing us that how George relates toher is based on the things she did in her own childhood and not the personMarisa actually is.  George’s familyare portrayed really well – her controlling mother and laid-back father.  Adam’s love of music and chance to practisewith Quinn and perform at the start of the wedding is also another added threadto the story.
Georgeand Quinn’s is not the only love that unfurls in Strings Attached.  It was great seeing two of the othercharacters finally getting together!
Theauthor writes mainly in the third person but when we share Quinn’s thoughts, itis written in the first person.  For methis worked really well and gave a depth to Quinn’s character that drew me ineven more.
Thereis one surprise I received just over half-way through the story in connectionto George’s family…  that reallywasn’t something I expected as I didn’t see it coming at all! 
Thethings that are gradually revealed keep the readers interest and in my opinionare totally believable.  I enjoyedGeorge and Quinn’s relationship – the tenderness and the passion, theuncertainty and the secrets.  This is achick lit story that has stayed with me since I’ve read it and for thesereasons, I am giving Strings Attached the following rating: 

I have become involved in supporting Mandy by helping to choose the book cover of Strings Attached and being a beta reader.  Disclaimer:  My involvement has not affected my review.  I have received no monetary reward.  My opinions are honest and solely mine.

MandyBaggot is a showcased author on the innovative author/reader interactive website atLoveahappyending.  
StringsAttached has a virtual book tour! Please visit the blogs on the dates below for fun interviews and more:
Tuesday 1 November – I am kicking off the tour with a food interview, recipe from the story and giveaway of a signed copy of Strings Attached so book that date in your diary!


Wednesday 2 November – Lou Graham at Lougrahamii’s book blog is hosting the lovely Quinn and author Mandy Baggot for a Hello style interview
Thursday 3 November – Carol K at Dizzy C’s Little Book Blog 
Friday 4 November – Janice Horton on her author blog 
Monday 7 November – Lindsay Gentles at Turning the Pages 
Tuesday 8 November – Rea Sinfield at Reabookreviews
Wednesday 9 November – Leah Graham at Chicklitreviews 
Thursday 10 November – Sarah Broadhurst at Sarah’s bookreviews 
Friday 11 November – Sue Fortin at lovereadinglovebooks 

Youcan find out more about Mandy Baggot on her website

Mandyis on Twitter and Facebook.

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