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3.48  ·  Rating Details  ·  227 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
For Lauren Tate, a high-powered TV producer, sex, lies, and scandal make for a great movie-of-the-week, but when she becomes the target of a smear campaign, even the most salacious of Hollywood's tales can't compare to her real life drama. With her soon-to-be-ex-husband leading the effort to sully her reputation, and her former assistant threatening to snatch her hard-earn ...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published August 31st 2012 by Simon & Fig (first published August 28th 2012)
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Renee
Nov 30, 2012 Renee rated it it was amazing

I must say when I read something and do that little gasp and then a hand goes to my mouth like holy ... this was that kind of book. The story had a few angles that I of course loved. I like Hollywood and love living in California so the scenery was perfect for me. Lauren Tate a Executive Producer is married to Alan an equally important Executive at the same company. So the beginning sets the fast pace and I mean buckle it up, at 30%o on my Kindle the think almost started smoking. It was Lauren a
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Meredith Schorr
Mar 19, 2013 Meredith Schorr rated it it was amazing
I honestly wasn't sure if I would dig a chicklit novel with a mystery edge to it but I did! I think what impressed me the most about Picture Perfect was how Author Lucie Simone managed to pack so much punch into a regular length novel without overwhelming the reader. On top of the mystery, there was the sassy banter and girlfriend bonding often found in chick lit novels, there was the sweet yet sexy love interest and the not-so-sweet "ex", there were numerous "bad guys" as well as several "I can ...more
Lydia Laceby
Oct 05, 2012 Lydia Laceby rated it really liked it
Shelves: hilarous, chick-lit

Originally reviewed at Novel Escapes


I really enjoyed Picture Perfect. A novel about finding yourself, figuring out love, and discovering the career you want amidst chaos, Picture Perfect is an easy, enjoyable, and funny read that had me frequently snorting with laughter.

Lauren Tate is a likeable heroine, even though at times I wanted to shake her and actually wondered how she got to where she was. She is so concerned about the paparazzi at times, but then she does nothing to stop inappropriate
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Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com
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Picture Perfect was an emotional roller coaster of love, drama, scandal and Hollywood. I absolutely love the way Simone writes. She has a way of pulling you into the life's of the characters that causes you to become invested in their stories. I quite literally read this book in one sitting and was up well into the night to see how it would conclude. Picture Perfect has the elements that I love in a great novel; humor, drama, a bit of mystery, great dialogue and characters I care abou
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Book-shelf Shelf
Aug 31, 2012 Book-shelf Shelf rated it really liked it
Bloody brilliant book, lots of natural humor which never seems forced. The whole book gives an air of truth, where so many fail trying to get the balance of writing about movie life. Lucie Simone has got it bang on and never gives the reader a reason to doubt anything. There is no perfect world in the story and just when you think its settling down... Bang! Its action time again....Had me staying up late glued to it :)
Lauren
Oct 04, 2012 Lauren rated it really liked it
Ever since reading Hollywood Ending, Lucie's first book, I've been looking forward to reading another one by her. Her books always contain so much scandal and intrigue...basically they are the perfect guilty pleasure reads. Therefore, when I was offered the chance to be part of the blog tour for Picture Perfect, I jumped at the chance. I couldn't wait to see what Lucie had for us this time, and thankfully, it was everything I had hoped it would and much, much more, as not only did Picture Perfec ...more
Samantha Janning
Oct 02, 2012 Samantha Janning rated it it was amazing
Lucie Simone is someone who I consider myself lucky to have met when I entered this crazy book-blogging world. Not only is she someone I look up to, but she is a virtual friend and a truly talented author – as showcased in her latest novel Picture Perfect. Ooh, this is a good one, and chick lit fans should not pass this up! Set in LA, the story revolves around Lauren Tate, a TV producer who wakes up early due to being served divorce papers. Awkward when she has to go to her job where her soon to ...more
Kathleen
Oct 14, 2012 Kathleen rated it really liked it
Picture Perfect is a sassy little Chick Lit story full of romance, drama, scandal, humor and even a murder that will keep you entertained!

Thirty-six year old Executive TV Producer Lauren Tate's life is having a streak of bad luck ... her six year marriage is on the skids, and husband Alan has filed for divorce. She found out that Alan is in cahoots with her ex-assistant Jennifer, they're trying to sabotage her career at Timeless Television cable network. And if that isn't enough, the sexy and yo
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Laura Chapman
Nov 28, 2012 Laura Chapman rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.

God help me, but I always love a good story set in Tinsel Town. Throw in a bit of mystery, and I am a deliciously happy reader. Picture Perfect did not disappoint and had me laughing as I quickly turned the pages on this one.

Accustomed to handling the issues in other people's lives as a producer, it's Lauren's turn to do damage control in her own world, which made for a fun read from the beginning. I found myself connecting with her qu
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Marissa
Sep 19, 2012 Marissa rated it really liked it
Picture Perfect really revolves around a portion of the Hollywood industry, and it was really interesting, especially reading it from Lauren Tate’s POV. She was a great character that could be perhaps seen as relatable, is in her mid thirties, and within a few weeks faces so much including keeping her high power but demanding Job, deceit and lies from her now soon to be ex-husband who happens to be a cheater, a conniving ex assistant that wants Lauren's job, a hot romance with a leading actor... ...more
Cat Lavoie
Dec 16, 2012 Cat Lavoie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Picture Perfect by Lucie Simone. It's a great chick lit novel… combined with a murder mystery. Lauren Tate is a top TV exec who is caught in the middle of a nasty divorce. When her (soon to be) ex ends up dead, she is the main suspect. Scandal ensues. Adding fuel to the fire is Lauren's passionate affair with Jack Ford, the hot new face on the Hollywood scene. I have to admit that I'm not usually a fan of stories set in Hollywood—but Picture Perfect changed that for me. I enjoye ...more
Libby Mercer
Nov 04, 2012 Libby Mercer rated it it was amazing
I loved Picture Perfect. The heroine was a strong, successful, high powered TV exec, but at the same time, she was totally relatable. Even as her world was imploding, she handled it with grace - and still managed to look fabulous! Fast-paced and full of sass, this novel offers an insider's view of the cutthroat entertainment industry, full of memorable characters - many of whom may or may not have a hidden agenda. The story was full of twists and surprises, and it kept me wondering and guessing ...more
Samantha Bailey
Mar 18, 2013 Samantha Bailey rated it it was amazing
Pairing chick lit with a murder mystery makes for a delicious, intriguing and addictive read. Add a Hollywood setting and the backstabbing world of the entertainment industry, and you've got a book that I couldn't put down. With relatable characters, laugh out loud scenes and twists and turns I never expected, Picture Perfect is a book I highly recommend.
Lauren
May 31, 2016 Lauren rated it it was ok
A self-published romantic comedy with a twist of thriller, Picture Perfect has a few cute moments but is overall a good reminder of why agents and editors and publishing houses matter. This tale of a Hollywood executive, a hot young actor, and the executive’s estranged husband could be a really fun beach read. But weak pacing, unlikeable characters, and a meandering plot result in a story that’s not likely to make it far in Tinseltown. Not recommended.
Emily Shoop
Mar 19, 2014 Emily Shoop rated it liked it
B-)
Jennifer
Jan 10, 2014 Jennifer rated it liked it
Pleasantly surprised by this one! I would describe it as a murder mystery chick lit. Entertaining read.
Melanie Tikalsky
Sep 13, 2013 Melanie Tikalsky rated it really liked it
Shelves: chicklit
This is an awesome mystery by Lucie Simone. This is a fast paced story that kept me flipping pages to see what happens next. I loved Lauren and Jack, and Alan and Jennifer you just wanted to strangle.

A great mystery and love story about being yourself.
Amy Mueller
Apr 15, 2013 Amy Mueller rated it really liked it
I thought this one was pretty good. It wasn't super predictable like a lot of other chick lit novels. It was a quick read, and I loved the Jack character! So hot. Definitely going to give some of this author's other novels a try.
Rebecca
Jul 17, 2013 Rebecca rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-free
It's decent for romantic suspense (not my favorite genre). I definitely wouldn't classify it as a mystery. However, the author should learn to spell sheriff before writing another. Or stick to a setting with a police department...
Debbie
Feb 01, 2013 Debbie rated it liked it
I picked it up thinking it would be chick-lit, Hollywood glitz and glamour and it was. But with murder mystery and suspense all thrown in. A very enjoyable read capturing Hollywood intrigue with some down to earth grit!
Kimberley
Feb 09, 2013 Kimberley rated it it was amazing
Got this free from the amazon kindle book store. Wasn't expecting much from the blurb, how wrong I was. Much deeper than the cliche chick-lit. Really enjoyed it!
Tammy
Dec 02, 2013 Tammy rated it it was amazing
Another quick read, not a long book. I liked the characters and storyline good little romance and mystery wrapped up in a nice package.
Joanne
Feb 11, 2013 Joanne rated it liked it
Not the kind of book I normally read, but it was good. It was predictable if you don't mind that sort of thing.
erica
Oct 05, 2012 erica rated it really liked it
This was one of those books that is perfect for a vacation. Lots of fun and plenty of dirt. What's not to like?
✿Claire✿ (Tiny Owl)
I didn't enjoy this books to start with but it redeemed itself when it got to the murder mystery!
Kelly
Feb 08, 2013 Kelly rated it did not like it
This was free on amazon, and I got what I paid for. Pretty cheesy rom/com/murder mystery.
Mitsy
Jul 31, 2013 Mitsy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Shelves: chick-lit
Just do not care what happens to Lauren, so I'm not even going to finish the book.
PinkieFairy
Mar 05, 2013 PinkieFairy rated it liked it
Cute book with funny moments. Romance novel with a slight murder mystery twist.
Tricia Chew
Feb 17, 2013 Tricia Chew rated it really liked it
I was expecting a fun lighthearted story. This is so much more than that!!!
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Lucie Simone has a passion for travel, romance and all things chick lit. She also has a degree in Journalism and a Master of Fine Arts in Television Production. Her love of comedy (and living under the delusion that she might one day be an actress) resulted in a stint studying improvisation at the LA Connection Comedy Theater and Improv Olympic West in Hollywood, which, ironically enough, taught h ...more
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