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Genre: Fiction / Author: Lindsey Kelk / Paperback / 336 Pages / Book is published 2010-07-08 by Harper

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      09.01.2012 19:06
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      An great read which takes you to the most romantic city in the world

      I Heart Paris

      **Author**
      Lindsey Kelk. She is a British writer who now lives in New York. She has written a number of books including: the I Heart series, The Single Girls to do list as well as the short story Jenny Lopez has a bad week. She also has a column in Marie Claire and blogs about fashion, make-up and her life.

      **Characters**
      Angela Clarke is the main character in this book. She is a Brit living in New York with her best friend Jenny Lopez. She has a great column and things are looking good with her boyfriend Alex. Jenny Lopez is still very much the Opera type and is always giving Angela fashion, relationship and life advice. Her boyfriend Alex Reid is still a musician and as sweet as ever. You also get to meet Alex's band mates and learn a little bit about them. An unwelcome ex girlfriend of Alex's is also prominent in this book.

      **The Plot**
      SPOLIER ALERT
      Angela is still living in New York with her friend Jenny Lopez. Her column is as popular as ever and Angela is getting even more job offers. Including an insiders guide to Paris, which she jumps at the chance to do. Alex sees this as a great chance to show Angela around the city of love. He ties this romantic trip in with gigs in Paris. But when Angela sees Alex in conversation with his ex-girlfriend, who was the love of his life not so long ago, she goes a bit mad. Without her support group (i. Jenny Lopez) in Paris Angela is left wondering whether going back to New York is the right thing to do. With her family and Louisa not too far away will Angela give in and move back to England for good?


      **My Opinion**
      This book follows I heart Hollywood and starts pretty much where Lindsey Kelk left off. I love that for once Angela is doing well with her life. Her blog is popular, her friends amazing and her boyfriend is lovely. The fact that the book is set in Paris is amazing. I am obsessed with anything Paris related so it was great to read about this city from one of my favourite fiction characters perspectives. The guide to Paris section in the back of the book is also very useful. I want to go to Paris and some of the places that are mentioned in the book sound lovely, so being able to find out more about these places is brilliant. The twist with Alex's ex girlfriend in the book was interesting but put a damper on the city. But in the end it showed Alex and Angela how they really felt about each other, which was good as I think they are a perfect couple. I would have liked Jenny to have been in the book a little more than she was, as she is one of my favourite characters. Overall I enjoyed the book and it was an excellent addition to the series. I would even say that it was my favourite of the series so far.


      **Where to get it**
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      10.11.2010 15:21

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      In similar written style to Marian Keyes and Sophie Kinsella

      Firstly, i'd recommend you read a review to 'I Heart New York' first because this book is the follow up from it, as well as 'I heart Hollywood'. I received the first book in the series 'I Heart New York' as a summer supplement from Glamour Magazine. It was a really good book to take on holiday with me at the time, but could be just as good as a leisurely read in the home or on the way to work.

      'I Heart Paris' continues with the adventures of Angela Clark as she is invited to fashion capital and romantic city of the world, Paris, with long-term-boyfriend Alex. Angela is more than pleased when she is approached by top french magazine, Belle, to write an article of Paris' undiscovered boutiques. Of course, things do not always run smoothly in the fictional world of chic-lit so she encounters many problems along the way (think... your boyfriend's ex is back on the scene and back-stabbing work colleagues)!

      Fans of the previous two books will be pleased to know, the usual elements have been kept in as usual. So we still follow Angela's blog writing on TheLook website as well as learn something about the city with the travellers guide in the back. All the information is genuine, and you really get a sense that Lindsey Kelk has done her research!

      The book makes for easy reading... short chapters mean you can pick it up and put it down at your leisure. There is always something fresh when you turn the page, which is nice because it prevents an inevitable, a cliched ending. I would recommend this book to young women. Kelk's style of writing is laid back, so it is easy to imagine the crazy thoughts of Angela and liken her to someone we know. Certainly, if you have read the Sophie Kinsella series and enjoyed that, you will certainly love the 'I Heart...' series.

      I enjoyed this book much more than the first two, because it was easier to imagine having been to Paris myself. The events are much more realistic than 'I Heart Hollywood' particularly, which is in no doubt a bad thing. It has left me in great anticipation of the next edition.

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      01.10.2010 16:28
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      READ IT!!

      I love a good read , and you'll always find me with my nose in some kind of reading , whether it be a book or magazine., chick-lit novel or autobiography. I am a massive fan of Paige Toon and Sophie Kinsella and am always on the lookout for new authors. A couple of books which I have enjoyed reading in the past have been 'I Heart New York' and 'I Heart Hollywood' , so I was excited to learn that there was a latest book in the series called 'I Heart Paris'.

      I Heart Paris is a chick-lit novel by Lindsey Kelk. The book was released in the summer of 2010 and is the third in the 'I Heart....' series. The paperback version is available to buy from Amazon for a price of £3.49.

      Work is going well for Angela ; she is over the moon when she learns that Belle magazine want her to write an article for them. At the same time, Angela's boyfriend has booked a trip to Paris for them. Things aren't so great though ; she catches her boyfriend talking to his ex in a bar. Paris isn't as romantic as Angela had imagined. What will she do ? Grin and bear it , or get back on the next train home ? Read I Heart Paris to find out!

      I absolutely loved 'I Heart New York' and 'I Heart Hollywood' so I was more than happy anout the arrival of the latest book. This book is a perfect book for keeping you entertained during these dark, autumn months while you escape into the mad world of Angela's. It's a real girlie read which is fun and leaves you in a great positive mood afterwards.

      It was great to see Angela return as she is one of my favourite fictional characters out of all the chick-lit books I have read. She is so sweet yet so crazy and was suprised to learn that she took her ex back. If you havn't read the previous two books in the series, then I would recommend that you do , so that you have a better insight of what has happened before this book. I really liked the fact that this book carried on from the last one , as often after reading a book I always hope that there is another one so that we can see what happened to the characters. It's great that the storyline carries on but uses different locations to continue the plot; very clever.

      I really like the author, Lindsey Kelk's style of writing ; she sure knows how to grab her readers' attention and once she's 'got you' your'e hooked. I like how the events happen quite quickly yet not too fast , as it saves on reading loads of boring descriptive writing , so this book is really good for that! The book is very exciting and is a real page turner. I didn't find it to be that predictable which is a suprise as a lot of chick-lit books are very predictable. They're so easy to read that they are just perfect to read after a hard and busy day at work.

      Another thing I like about this author (althought it doesn't really seem like a relevant point) is the fact that she bases the books on the series (by coincidence of course) on the places I always want to visit ; New York , Hollywood and Paris are all on my to-visit list , so for me that makes the books more exciting.

      I absoutely loved this book and cannot wait for the next one!!!!

      Thanks for reading!
      October 1st 2010
      xd-o-n-z-x (also posted on ciao under xdonzx)

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        19.09.2010 17:12
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        really good installment of the i heart series

        Having really enjoyed I heart New York I saw this in Asda and decided that I had to have it, but this is actually the 3rd book so I would advise you to read I heart Hollywood before this as there are some references to what happened in Hollywood!

        Angela Clarke is back once more for an adventure in a foreign city doing what she does best with more than a few mishaps along the way! With good luck as ever, Belle offers her the chance to write on the actual magazine rather than just her column on the website with a piece on exploring Paris , at the same time as her boyfriend Alex is playing a gig over there she jumps at the chance and it feels like everything in her life is totally falling into place- she has a great boyfriend, a great two best friends and she is moving up in her job. However, once she actually gets to Paris things aren't quite so easy...

        I'm really enjoying this series and I hope that there's another one quite soon, maybe I heart Rome? I have to say reading the back of the book about the author I wish I had her job, exploring foreign cities to write books about them certainly sounds good! You can pick it up fairly cheaply, about £3.50 on amazon. I also really like how the back of the book has an insider's guide to Paris with all the cool spots to eat and drink and shop in, if I ever go to Paris I'll have to look at this first! Another good instalment from Lindsey Kelk that was just as good as the last one, however I can see this series ending quite soon.

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          13.09.2010 15:38
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          Angela goes to the CIty of Romance with her Boyfriend but will it be romantic?

          Angela is an English woman living a good life in America. She has a good job writing her own blog and for Look magazine and she has an amazing boyfriend, Alex, who is the singer in a band. Alex keeps asking Angela to move in with her but she keeps refusing but soon she is thinking about changing her mind and decides to tell him on his 30th birthday as part of his present.

          Alex surprises Angela with a trip to Paris as his band have a festival to play at, at first Angela is not keen on the idea but she soon changes her mind when the opportunity to write for a top magazine is given to her. She dreams of a romantic break for her and Alex and the thought of them spending his birthday in this romantic city is enough to encourage her to go and look forward to the trip.

          The trip starts out disastrous for Angela when her case gets exploded and she learns that Alex's ex-girlfriend is also in Paris. Can Angela overcome the problems she is facing and get her article written and can the problem of the ex-girlfriend be worked out with Alex or will the romantic break for the couple end their relationship?

          I have only given a very brief outline of the plot for this book and don't be put off by it as there is so much more to read about and discover from the book but I felt giving any more detail would have spoilt it for those who have yet to read the book.

          There was no particular reason for me buying this book as I have not read the previous one but for some reason I found it slipped into my trolley when shopping and I am pleased that it did as I really did enjoy reading it. The story was good and I found it very easy to read. We do get references to the previous book in this one but as the things are explained to us again I did not find I was loosing track about what was being talked about and would say you definitely don't have to read the previous book to be able to enjoy this one.

          The main character was Angela, she was a good person and very easy to get to know. I loved how she was living the dream in America and things were going well for her. I also found she came across as very normal and this was helped by the fact she was clumsy as it showed she was not perfect and I was able to relate more to her. She had a good strong side but she was still able to show her feelings and emotions throughout the book. There seemed to be a good bond between her and boyfriend Alex and I loved how she would talk about how she felt when he was close to her of gave her a look. We do get a few details about their sex life but there was not much detail and certainly not enough to make you want to stop reading. I felt I got to know just the right amount of detail about their relationship to be able to understand it very well.

          We did have some other very good character and I enjoyed the fact that they were from both New York and England as this kept the fact she was English to the front of my mind. There were a few new characters introduced to us once we got to Paris and I loved how they were a good mixed bunch. There were not too many characters which meant I had a hard time trying to follow who was who and we got enough information and background about them to have a good understanding of the way they thought and worked.

          The story was very easy to read and at times I found I did not want to put the book down. I did managed to feel a good amount of emotions throughout the book and I enjoyed this element. One minute I would be laughing at something clumsy Angela had done and the next I would be feeling sorry for her and hatred toward another character and I found this helped with my reading experience.

          The book was written by Lindsey Kelk and published by Harper Collins. I have the paper back edition of the book which has a retail price of £6.99. I did pay the full price for this book but only due to the fact it was in a buy one get one free offer at Tesco. The book can be bought for slightly less on Amazon and probably for just a few pounds on Ebay. There is a book which came out before this one which follow Angel in New York but as I said before I don't think you really need to read it to understand this book.

          I have to give this book a good strong 4 stars. I found it was very interesting and fun to red, it played at all of my emotions and the characters are all very good and I felt like I really got to know them. The writing style reminded me of Sophie Kinsella and the Shopaholic stores so if you are fans of those books then I think you would also really like this one.

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            06.09.2010 17:54
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            Great book.

            The 'I Heart' books are based on a young woman named Angela, who after being cheated on by her fiance, abandons London and moves to New York. In the first book, 'I heart New York', the reader gets to accompany her on her biggest adventure in life so far.

            Not only does Angela have to set up her life all over again (make friends and find a job), but we also get to see her fall in love with her now present boyfriend, lead singer Alex.

            Lindsey Kelk has created a perfect balance when writing about Angela's career and Angela's personal life which I think makes the books so successful. You still get the 'awww' moments without the cheese being too much!

            'I heart Paris' is the 3rd installment of the 'I Heart' series, and Lindsey Kelk does not disappoint - if anything, her writing just keeps improving. Unlike 'I heart Hollywood' (the second book), the reader gets a greater insight into Angela's relationship with Alex, which is a vital ingredient for any chick lit book.

            The title obviously gives the book away in terms of where the story is set, but I have to say the story isn't quite what I was expecting (in a good way). In my personal opinion, Lindsey Kelk has a unique gift in that she can make the reader (well me anyway) feel like they are almost the main character in the book. Yes it is written in first person, but not all authors successfully make you feel like you are the character. Well I've read a lot, and I've never experienced this before.

            My favourite kinds of books are the continuation kind like Twilight, and Lindsey Kelk has allowed me to indulge some more. Obviously Twilight and 'I heart' are nothing alike, but I like reading and watching characters evolve - it makes it all seem so much more real (don't worry, I know it's fiction!)

            Anyway! So this book sees Alex and his band travel to Paris to perform at a music festival, and Angela is invited along. The book is only set over a period of little more than a week, and what an action packed time period it is! Angela somehow manages to get herself in more trouble than you would think possible (not all her fault I'd like to add). Although the book is ultimately based on various types of betrayal, it is quite lighthearted and I actually laughed out loud at times!

            According to a review on the back of the book, 'Company' described the book as 'A fun read... leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy inside' and I couldn't agree more!

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              10.08.2010 13:04
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              The third in the I heart series

              I have finally managed to read this after first of all waiting for what seemed like forever for it to come out and then having the time to sit down and enjoy it! Once I did have my day off I finished it the very same day as I was able to really enjoy my day off work and do nothing but, read and drink lots of tea!


              The author:
              Lindsey kelk is an English writer who is also a children's book editor and moved to New York which was where her first book was set.


              The plot:
              Angela Clarke is still enjoying living and working in New York on her blog for Look Magazine. She is dating lead singer of Stills band, Alex which is now going well after a rather shaky start when a previous assignment saw her end up in Hollywood and splashed across the papers for what looked like a 'thing' with the most famous man in Hollywood! Before long it looks like Angela will be jetting off again when a new assignment comes along and at the same time Alex wants her to come to Paris with him where he will be performing at a major concert. Unable to resist the city of romance she jumps at the chance to go - however things will not be as easy as they seem as the assignment is for the much tougher and brassier sister magazine that she usually writes for and of course being the Angela we already know, things never seem to run quite as smoothly as she would like!



              Characters:
              Angela is our main character here again in this book which is the third in the instalment and as ever she is a little bit clumsy and easily distracted by a pretty pair of shoes! I found the author really managed to once again bring her to life and as the reader I was able to really feel for her in some situations and understand exactly how she must feel! I can truly understand how she must get herself in to some of the situations she does although some I think are just a sign of how clumsy or typically unlucky the author wants to portray Angela as.
              Alex is Angela's boyfriend and I have to say I found the author has made him a little bit annoying in this book because the way he comes across makes him look like he doesn't care about Angela's feelings too much although to be fair to him he does seem to have his reasons by the end of the book!
              We also meet an apparently non fashion conscience French women who is sent to help Angela in her assignment and once again as per both of the other books in the series we meet Angela's arch enemy in the form of Cici who is her boss's assistant.




              Price:
              As I nearly always do I bought my book when I was able to get it as part of an offer! I purchased mine from Tesco where it was on a buy one, get one free, offer and as this book and the other I bought were both priced £6.99, it means I pretty much pad £3.50 for the book which in my eyes is very reasonable value for a brand new book. Of course you can rent from the library or buy a second hand copy which you can pick up online starting at around a couple of pounds plus postage.



              Overall opinion:
              I really enjoyed this book although I think I didn't enjoy it as much as the first two. In one hand I loved the setting of the book and I like that each book is set somewhere different as this gives them a bit of a new edge and the opportunity to create situations where either culture of language is a barrier. However I did find I got slightly annoyed with Angela and Alex in some parts as I just wanted to shake them both and tell them to communicate with each other instead of either getting stroppy with each other and walking off or not telling each other what they were feeling which could have saved themselves a lot of confusion and feeling upset!
              However at the same time the story was good, new characters were interesting and the change of scene worked well for the storyline. I finished the book and thought it was good and I certainly did enjoy it but, as a couple of things annoyed me about the characters I will be rating it one star lower than the other books in the series. I do think the series has another book in it yet though as there is more that could happen and it would be nice to see this if the author decides to do so!
              On a final note this book could be read as a book of its own merits but, I imagine would be much more enjoyable had you enjoyed I heart New York and I heart Hollywood first.

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                01.08.2010 15:19
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                read review and you will see

                I saw this book when I was looking in the library new books section and the cover shouted out to me even though it was an author I had not heard of before. The front cover looks like your typical fun, chick-lit style read.

                The problem was it was not until I got home and started to read that I found out that this book was the third in the series after I Heart New York and I heart Hollywood.
                I was unsure if to carry on reading as I was worried I wouldn't be able to fall into the story having not read the previous books. The trouble was I didn't have another book so I carried on.

                The book is about Angela Clarke who writes her own blog. At the beginning of this book her boyfriend, Alex, suggests a trip to Paris which fits in nicely with a new job opportunity for Angela to write a piece for Belle magazine on Paris and also for Alex to play at a festival.

                Trouble starts with the moment Angela gets on the plane and the disasters keep coming. When arriving in Paris Angela finds that her luggage has been blown up so she only has the items which she is standing in. If this was not bad enough when she walks into the cafe to meet Alex she sees a blonde bombshell sitting on his lap! Angela finds herself very isolated and a little home sick in this book when she finds out some truths about Alex's past, and finds herself at a point where her job, relationship, and friendships are all on the line.

                What was meant to be a nice romantic break to Paris was actually the break from hell. You find when you are reading this book you keep thinking surely things cannot get any worse for Angela but something else always seems to happen.

                As I said I didnt read the previous books but I have to say I still flowed along nicely with the story. There were a few references which kept coming up to do with a past relationship and a previous trip to LA which obviously I could not relate to. I would advise you to read the previous two books first!

                I was surprised how much I warmed to Angela as a character as I would have thought with there being three books her personality would have to grow on you but I did not find that this was the case. You generally felt for Angela on many occasions .
                There was a surprising twist towards the end of the book which I really did not see coming but had me on the edge of my seat! I do love a book with twists and not being able to predict what is going to happen in the next chapter. I do find many chick-lit books become repetitive but this book was defiantly not following in those footsteps.

                I enjoyed this book so much I am now going to try and get the other two books to read. I can only hope that they are as good, if not better than this book.
                This book is a light chick- lit read and would be an ideal holiday book. I still think that there could be another book released after this one as things were not tied up at the end of the book her life is still left hanging in the air.

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                ISBN978-0-00-728841-0
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                  Another great adventure with Angela Clark

                  Angela Clark is back again, and this time she's off to the city of love... Paris! Angela and her boyfriend Alex are quite happy trundling along in their relationship, but when Alex is told that his band has to go to Paris to promote themselves and their album, he wants Angela to come along too. She mentions it to her boss at TheLook.com where she blogs, and they quickly hook her up with a column in prestigious fashion magazine Belle to write a feature on Paris, and the trendiest parts. Angela's somewhat worried, and it's not helped by the fact things seem to go wrong right from the off for her when she lands in Paris, on a separate plane to Alex as well. As she struggles around the city with her guide sent to her by the French edition of Belle, Angela starts to find out more about Alex's past that she really didn't want to know, and even starts to doubt where she actually wants to be. Yes, she might "heart" Paris, but is Angela's own heart really where it wants to be?

                  This is our third outing with Angela Clark, the character who first popped up in last year's summer blockbuster read 'I Heart New York'. That book was a huge success, and Harper have been quick to put out the second, I Heart Hollywood, at the start of this year, swiftly followed by this summer's release, I Heart Paris. Strike while the iron's hot, hey?! I loved Kelk's first book, and while I enjoyed the second, it didn't quite live up to my hopes so I thought maybe this one would get the series back on track for me. The cover is gorgeous and certainly is a book I'd pick up off the shelves, and I fully expect this one will be a hit as readers will want to find out what's happening with Angela and Alex this time around!

                  What I like about reading a series is that you don't really have to start to get to know a new character because you've met them before and know them (so to speak) and I always find it helps me get into a book much quicker. With this book, I slipped straight back into the life of Angela in New York, and I was pleased to be back with these characters again! Angela was the same as ever, back to how she was in IHNY (I Heart New York) and I found this book much better to get into that IHH (I Heart Hollywood - I will abbreviate it from now on lol!). As usual, Kelk sets a small part of the beginning of the book in New York to set up the story for moving the book over to another place, and I really liked the starting few chapters.

                  The scenes in Paris were really well done, and I could definitely imagine the places in my mind as I was reading them. I wonder if Kelk actually went to Paris to research this book, because she describes lot of things very well, I couldn't tell you how accurate they are as I only went to Paris a few times when I was younger and can't remember much. I enjoyed how she describes the Parisian clubs, shops and of course the major attractions such as the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe which appear several times in the book. I loved the French character of Virginie, the girl who works for French Belle, she is a major Angela fan and this made for some quite funny scenes between the pair.

                  As well as Angela's struggles in Paris, we see a lot of more of hers and Alex's relationship which is good because this really took a back seat in IHH. I enjoyed how we saw a lot more of Alex because I think he is a great character, and it was nice to see a more personal side to the couple rather than just Angela's job which is really what IHH was based around. I have to say though I really missed Jenny, Angela's New York BFF, she is such a funny character that works so well with Angela, but hopefully we'll see more of her in future books. As ever with Angela, things don't go to plan during the trip and it's funny to see how Angela gets herself out of her problems, although you do wonder how much bad luck one woman can have after a while lol.

                  If you have enjoyed the previous 2 books in the 'I Heart...' series, then you'll definitely enjoy this one. It's far better than its predecessor, and I think it was such an enjoyable read. I read it in a day because I couldn't put it down as I wanted to find out what was going to happen to Angela next, and what was going to happen with her and Alex by the end. It was lovely to read about things in Paris, however accurate they were, and I felt this book was a lot more grounded and believable that the last one, and therefore I did enjoy it a lot more. The gorgeous cover will make you want to pick it up off the shelves in the summer, and make sure you do because it's a great little read! I can't wait for Angela to be back again soon... hopefully in just another 6 months or so!

                  ISBN: 978-0007288410. Published by Harper in July 2010. Pages: 336 pages. RRP: £6.99.

                  Thank you to the publishers for sending me a copy to review for http://chicklitreviews.com

                  Thank you for reading.

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