Love and Liability by Katie Oliver

"I'm here to interview you," she said, and set her mini-recorder on the edge of his desk and switched it on, "for BritTEEN magazine."


Title - Love and Liability
Author - Katie Oliver
Publication Date - February 3rd 2014
Publisher - Carina 
Format - Kindle Edition

The blurb
(Amazon UK)

Sometimes your sensibilities make absolutely no sense!

Holly James is looking for her big break. A young journalist for BritTEEN magazine, she is dying to write about something more meaningful than pop stars and nail varnish. So she she spots a homeless teenager outside the office, she feels compelled to tell her story. But her evil boss is Sasha has other ideas...

Holly is sent to interview a city solicitor she has never heard of. But Alex Barrington turns out to be the very opposite of fusty and boring and Holly's interest struggles to stay strictly professional. With Sasha sabotaging her every move, and her story about teens on the street leading her into London's dark underworld, Holly is chasing both love and success at the same time. But happy endings like that only happen in books don't they...? 

Becca's thoughts
I received Love and Liability via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. 

Wahoo! I have no idea why but after reading Love and Liability by Katie Oliver, I feel strangely refreshed and ready to take on the day ahead of me! Love and Liability was a comfortable, easy-going, down-to earth read.Katie Oliver touched upon some pretty tough issues within the story, bringing real problems up to the surface, making not only incredibly interesting and informative, but also real and quite upsetting. Thankfully, due to Katie's fun, fresh and comical style of writing, I managed to really enjoy the story of Holly James. 

First of all, the cover. It's very feminine, and she definitely hasn't overdone it. It's simple and depicts the majority of what this book is about - bitchy women who work in an office with designer handbags, phones constantly stuck to their faces and high heeled shoes. 

Holly James is the main character in Love and Liability, although the narrative is changed constantly throughout the story, which kept it upbeat and very entertaining. There's nothing better than getting a look at a story from all sides, is there? I really like the character of Holly; she made me laugh constantly with her comments that she can't seem to keep inside of her mouth! I also got the feeling that she really wanted people to like her, kinda' like she was constantly seeking approval. Working at BritTEEN magazine really doesn't pay well, and Holly desperately wants/needs that promotion. With a few enemies on the inside, it seems to be taking longer than she expected. Brought up in a well-to-do family, she's never really had to struggle for anything. When things go wrong with car, her dad fixes it. If she can't pay her rent on time, her dad lends her the money. This would normally annoy me BUT, in Holly's case it doesn't. Even though she has help from her family, she is desperate to do things on her own, without her father's help. Which is why she is dying to gain a promotion and pay her way through her life. Holly is a wonderful character, one that I'm sure you will love just as much as I did. 

Another character that really stood out to me in Love and Liability was the character of Zoe, who is the homeless young woman that Holly notices sitting on a bench outside of the offices. Holly becomes intrigued with Zoe and desperately wants to interview Zoe for an article about homelessness. Zoe is on the run. She changed her hair, her appearance and she doesn't want to be noticed by a single soul. So, why on earth would she agree to be stuck on a full-page spread in BritTEEN magazine, where people everywhere will get a glimpse of her face? After much cajoling and begging from Holly, in the end, Zoe agrees to take part in the interview. On one condition - in any photos that are taken, Zoe's face is pixelated. If anyone is to spot Zoe in that magazine, they'll locate her straight away and there will be trouble like you wouldn't believe. Zoe came across as a complete bad-ass to me, with her piercings, and short black cropped hair. She really doesn't like Holly in the beginning, but as Holly continues to drop by and see her, she begins to grow on Zoe, and very slowly, a lovely little trust develops between them both. Trust me when I say that not everything is as it seems with Zoe - she has a few secrets hidden up her sleeve. 

Another character that I would like to touch upon is Sasha Davis. Sasha is Holly's boss at BritTEEN magazine, and ever since she began working there, Holly has believed that Sasha has had it in for her. The impression I got from Sasha was that she has no time for nonsense whatsoever, and that includes anything to do with the male species too. She's brisk, sharp, snappy and straight down to business. She is always in a designer suit, she always looks fierce, and she really does have a problem with Holly James. As things in Sasha's personal life slowly begin to spiral into control, Holly, being the nice person that she is, attempts to help Sasha out. But things go pear-shaped and it doesn't turn out quite the way Holly had planned. I didn't really like Sasha at the beginning; I found her to be a tight-lipped bitch who really needed to go and get laid. But she begins to soften up as the end nears, and I guess she's alright really. 

My favourite character out of Katie Oliver's wonderful array in Love and Liability has to be Alex, aka Henry Alexander Barrington. He was awesome, he truly was. Holly is sent to interview Alex for an article in BritTEEN at the beginning of the story. On her way to him, she's imagining a fat, over-privileged, stuffy old man. But when she arrives, she is presently surprised. Alex is gorgeous! Fumbling over her words, she ends up getting herself thrown out of his office. After their first meeting, I knew something was bound to happen between them. I thought Alex was a pretty cool guy; he was funny, sarcastic and rather attractive too. And let's be honest, who doesn't love an attractive man in a smart suit? ;)

The plot of Love and Liability was brilliant! There's lots of ups and downs in the book that result in its entertainment value. I wanted to laugh, gasp, and then laugh some more. I loved it! It was fun, flirty, dramatic in a comical way and I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who loves a good rom-com/chick-lit read. Think Bridget Jones meets The Devil wears Prada ;)

I'm awarding Katie Oliver a fab rating of 8/10 stars. 
A great read, something I'd definitely recommend. I'll be having a browse of Katie Oliver's other works because this was brill. 


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