Title: Shine On
Author: KT Grant
Publisher/Year: KT Grant 6/3/17
Length: 92 Pages
Jade Moretti’s job at Lovely Diamonds, the most popular gentlemen’s club in Las Vegas, pays well. She’s not a stripper but an accountant who loves running numbers and watching revenues rise. Lovely Diamonds is a family business, run by her former stripper mother for over thirty years. At twenty-three, Jade is ready to embrace adulthood and live life on her own terms.
As Jade catches the eye of a former popular classmate from high school from her past reenters her life. Her former best friend, international rock star Ivy Falls has returned, not only to shake up the town, but to jumpstart her relationship with Jade, who she left behind for fame and fortune.
Ivy wants a second chance, and won’t take no for an answer. Is Jade willing to forgive the woman who walked out on her, leaving her heart shattered in the process?
I’m a fan of KT Grant, so i was happy to see this novella come out – but i have to tell you, i’m not entirely sure what it is that i was reading. There’s really not enough time in this story to get too deep, to give us a true connection aside from rehashing stuff from the past, so what we have instead is a sweet story, but one that’s really just on the surface.
This is a story of a girl who’s gone through a lot – she’s part of a loving family, but her father passed away 5 years ago, and just when she needed her best friend the most, a girl who she thought could be more, her friend pushes her away and her life kind of spirals down.
It’s when this friend returns, just when Jade is trying to get her life back on track, that all things start to spin. She’s starting a new relationship with a girl from her past as well, and while that’s just a very ‘on the surface’ type of thing, just physical, the return of Ivy, the girl who broke her heart makes things that much more dicey.
Add to the fact that Ivy is a super star, and clearly is used to getting her way, well the fight isn’t a fair one.
On top of that, what confuses me about this story is the sub plots going on. we know that there was something going on that drew Jade’s father and his best friend (the father of the girl sh’es hooking up with) apart – yet we don’t know what. And to see her mom and this other gentleman start talking again, makes you wonder. Yet it’s a part of the story we don’t delve into at all.
Then there’s one of the brothers – we start to see Kenji with a personality, and a drive of his own, a connection to a lounge singer named Scarlet, but again, that’s about as deep as we get on that one – no real follow up to the story line.
So you can see why i feel like it’s a bit confusing and on the surface since there’s so much more that could have happened here, yet we just never get below about an inch or two into the plot. Oh well. not every book can be the best right?