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Guilty Pleasure by Kevin Dickson and Jack Ketsoyan (ARC Review)

Title: Guilty Pleasure
Author: Kevin Dickson and Jack Ketsoyan
Type: Fiction
Genre: Adult, Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance
Publisher: Imprint (Macmillan)
Published: June 5, 2018

A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

In this jaw-dropping sequel to Blind Item, three young Hollywood professionals strive to keep the industry’s most salacious scandals under wraps during awards season.

Nicola faces her biggest challenge as a publicist when she is forced to represent her superstar ex-boyfriend, Seamus, when he returns from rehab. Her boss Gaynor is struggling to keep the PR agency afloat, and Seamus is one client who definitely won’t leave as long as Nicola is around. He’s willing to do anything to win her back―even start a fake relationship for some badly needed good publicity.

Meanwhile, tabloid journalist Billy’s integrity is tested when he’s asked to print the inside scoop on a troubled star. And as for their bestie Kara? Miss Reality Show may have a sex tape on the market.

With everyone’s career and relationships in jeopardy, the three friends must trust each other again―before all their dirty secrets spill.

– My Review –

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First and foremost, this book is a sequel (which is something that I did not realize until after I requested the book and it came in the mail). The first book in the series is Blind Item and I sadly did not have the time to get a copy and read it before it was time to read Guilty Pleasure. (I found that I still understood what was happening in Guilty Pleasure, though, without having read the previous book.) Secondly, Guilty Pleasure is an adult book containing adult subject matter (such as explicit sexual content). And now that all of that is out of the way, I will move on to my review! As some of you may have seen, I listed Guilty Pleasure under the prompt “biggest (positive) surprise for the first half of 2018” in my Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag post, and let me tell you why! When requesting this title, I figured that I would definitely be entertained by it, and I was also curious because I had never read a book like this before. Guilty Pleasure, however, surpassed my expectations and I quickly became quite addicted to it!

I really liked the tone of the writing, and just the style in which the story was told. It also appears that I needed a small break from YA because I was really happy to read about adult characters, working their adult jobs, and dealing with adult things. It was really refreshing in that sense, and also because it was all about what happens behind the scenes in Hollywood. I became very attached to the characters that I loved, and wished the best for them, while quietly muttering curses at the ones that I disliked. I liked Guilty Pleasure so much, in fact, that I plan on reading Blind Item sometime this summer as well (which never happens for me with books that have been spoiled in any way). I feel like so much must have happened in book one, that book two couldn’t have possibly mentioned of all of it, so there would still be a lot of fresh material for me there! I also miss the characters quite a bit, and want to read about how all of their stories began. I really enjoyed Guilty Pleasure and I truly hope that Dickson and Ketsoyan write more books for this series, and that they also continue creating stories together in general!

– About the Authors –


Kevin Dickson: Los Angeles based Chihuahua and giraffe aficionado. Author of Blind Item and Guilty Pleasure. Currently working on an all-new standalone novel for 2019. Former guitarist/vocalist in punk band The Chew Toys. Veteran entertainment journalist, survived fifteen years in the tabloids with a few shreds of integrity intact. Music obsessive. Friendly and chatty, can often be found at the LA Zoo, hiking the San Gabriels or nursing a Ray’s Mistake at the Tiki Ti. Married with two dogs and a parrotlet.


Jack Ketsoyan is a veteran publicist in Hollywood, who’s spent most of his time on the other side of the velvet rope. He has worked for the big agencies such as PMK, representing stars like Jennifer Lopez. He now runs his own boutique agency, EMC Bowery. Jack has occasionally specialized in crisis PR, helping stars deal with sudden scandals.Blind Item, co-written with Kevin Dickson, is his debut novel.

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