Friday, February 11, 2022

Book Review: On a Night Like This by Lindsey Kelk

Pages: 352
Genre: Adult Fiction
Pub. Date: January 18, 2022
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Publisher for review
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads says, "Within days of wishing she could change her life, Fran Cooper is acting assistant to a celebrity, on a yacht in the Mediterranean, and en route to a tiny Italian island and the glittering Crystal Ball, along with the world’s rich and famous.  When she – quite literally – bumps into a handsome American called Evan, a man able to keep his cool in the face of chaos, the magic really begins.  Evan makes her a promise: no last names, no life stories, just one unforgettable night. Yet Evan belongs at the Crystal Ball and Fran is a gatecrasher. They may be soulmates, but their homes are an ocean apart, and their lives a world apart. They’ll never meet again – unless, on a night like this, everything can change forever…"





Fran Cooper and her fiancé, Stew, left their lives in London for the suburbs and it has directly impacted Fran's career. She is now a temp hopping from job to job and is feeling very uninspired.  It doesn't help that Stew doesn't really support her and she plays second fiddle to him in just about everything.  However, things change when her temp agency calls her with an offer she can't refuse.  She would be an assistant to Juliette, the famous pop star, to help her get ready for the famous Crystal Ball in Italy.  Even though Fran promised Stew she wouldn't take any jobs in which she travels, she can't turn down this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  So, she leaves things on a rocky note with Stew and off she goes to a luxurious yacht in Italy assisting pop star, Juliette.  Juliette has a reputation of being difficult, so Fran is ready for anything. Much to Fran's surprise, at first, she hits it off with Juliette, but things take a turn and Juliette doesn't want to perform at the ball anymore and ends up leaving Juliette in Italy.  When Juliette's make-up artist shows up to transform Juliette for the ball, she convinces Fran to go instead of Juliette as this is a chance she shouldn't miss.  While there, her life changes forever and she meets a wealthy American, Evan Carden.  Fran has some choices to make regarding her love life, her work, and whether she is going to risk it all. On a Night Like This by Lindsey Kelk is a modern "Cinderella" story that made me laugh, cringe, and swoon.  It's the perfect Valentine's Day read.

I felt badly for Fran in On a Night Like This. I could tell she was trapped in a bad relationship, in a boring town, and in a dead-end job. I desperately wanted her to break free from Stew, especially when he started acting shady and controlling.  It was painful when Fran would justify his behavior and I was glad once she started working for Juliette as it gave her a different perspective. The fog that Stew cast over her finally lifted.  Her friendship with Juliette seemed like it was going somewhere, but then things got weird and Fran was abandoned in Italy.  The yacht left without her!  However, that's where the "Cinderella" part of the story begins.  Fran goes to the ball pretending she belongs there with some help from Juliette's makeup artist and that's when she meets Evan.  Things continue from there, but Fran still has to face the facts and make some big decisions regarding her love life and career.  Maybe this will be the spark to light the fire within Fran to finally change her life.

The secondary characters in On a Night Like This were great, especially her best friend Jess. I enjoyed their friendship and their witty banter.  We all need someone like Jess in our lives! Stew, the jerk fiancé, was predictable and one of those guys that makes you eye roll.  I think Fran really got stuck in a mediocre relationship because it was easy and it was better than putting herself out there. She definitely settled.  On the other hand, Evan seemed a bit too good to be true, but that is just what a feel good rom-com calls for, isn't it? After all, On a Night Like This is a great escape from the (more often than not) depressing current events and the perfect book to curl up with on Valentine's Day. 

If you are looking for a swoon-worthy rom-com with a protagonist you can root for, check out On a Night Like This. It was just the feel-good romance I was looking for. So, are you a fan of Lindsey Kelk? Is On a Night Like This on your TBR list? Let me know in the comments below. 



  1. Yuck, Stew sounds like the worst! I'm glad that Fran gets to experience some magic.

  2. I read this one and I really liked it. I'm a big fan when the supporting characters aren't annoying, that's such a bummer. Thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours


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