Thursday 24 October 2013

Review: Geli Voyante's Hot or Not by Elle Field

'I think I will always be known as the Hot or Not girl, defined by it for the rest of my career. Even my tombstone will read: Angelica “Geli” Voyante, beloved trendsetter. Death? Not Hot.

Yet, it doesn’t sound right. Why won’t anyone realise that there is more to me than this fickle persona I have inadvertently become?'

Geli Voyante is bored of being the Hot or Not girl, even if it has the perk of sitting next to Theo, the newspaper's very Hot political columnist. She's also getting a little lonely being single.

When her arch-nemesis Tiggy Boodles gets engaged, and other loved ones start to settle down, it's time for Geli to convince Theo that she’s not as shallow as her column suggests and, more importantly, she’s the one for him. Geli should remember though that there are always two sides to every story, and that applies to people too...

Review: I was lucky enough to be part of the blog tour for this book and I was really excited to revisit Elle Field's writing again after enjoying Kept earlier on in the year! This was a completely different tale and yet had the same moral message about being able to reinvent yourself running right the way through it which I was pleased to find! 

Geli is a pretty easy character to like. She has certain advantages in life but doesn't really exploit them the way she could have done because she does have morals and values that are underlying. She is not really happy with her and job and I think that this is something a lot of us will be abe to relate to and is realistic in today's climate. There are other characters in the book who come and go but Geli is the main star of this one. There is rival Tiggy, best friend Glinda, Geli's parents and her workmates and finally love interest Theo. I wasn't keen on Theo at all and was very suspicious about him the entire way though the book. He did do the typical man thing of being full on one moment and then entirely aloof the next, which means that he was an entirely realistic character! 

I loved the fact that this novel was set in the Gherkin, was a great setting for a modern romance! The characters do travel to Durban for a wedding, however, which I found really interesting as it is not somewhere that has ever come up on my radar of places to visit before, but it was beautifully described and made an excellent backdrop for the drama of the story! 

This novel is definitely not short of drama, every page turn has some new revelation or rivalry going on, this did get a tiny bit tiresome at points but on the whole I didn't mind it too much and it definitely kept me turning the pages! This was a fairly quick read for me because I was dying to know how the Geli/Theo love story was going to turn out, and I am a pleased to reveal that I was happy wit the eventual outcome for all the characters! This is definitely worth a read as is Kept, Elle's previous novel! 

Click here to grab a copy for yourself. 

Click here to read my review of kept. 

And click here to read my interview with the lovely author herself! 

Elle is very kindly offering a giveaway too, enter below for your chance to win £10/$20 Amazon gift card! 


  1. Great review Catriona. So glad you liked Elle's second book too. Expectations can sometimes disappoint.

    Thank you for reviewing on tour.


  2. So glad you enjoyed Geli - thank you for reviewing it and for taking part in the tour! {^_^} x

    1. It was great to be part of it! Thanks for another great read!

    2. {^_^} Better get cracking on with book 3! x