If you haven’t heard of Natalie Scott, you will wish you had very soon. She has published two books, which have become widely successful. Not only are her books funny, quick reads, and entertaining, they have heart, romance and drama. The first novel Rules For Riders is just the beginning of a roller coaster ride for the main character Bebe Barkley.
Natalie Scott grew up in Melbourne, often referred as the cultural capital of Australia because of its great restaurants, trendy cafes and great shopping! Natalie developed a love of books when her fourth grade teacher read the book Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis.
In high school Natalie devoured the classics, her favorite being Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger. At University she studied English Literature and Communications, though she will openly admit to spending a lot of time at the college pub where she liked to make up outrageous stories before traveling extensively through Europe and the United States.
Throughout her travels, she fell in love with sunny California where she attended classes at UCLA Writer’s Program. Natalie also attended numerous writers’ conferences including Santa Barbara, San Diego State and Grubstreet. She was the recipient of the Outstanding Fiction award given at the Southern California Writers Conference. In her spare time, Scott worked as a spokes model for companies including the AMC Network,, We Entertainment, Hasbro, Adobe and Sony.
The Aussie gal is a foodie who loves Vegemite and currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona. She enjoys sharing her passion for food, exploring new restaurants, happy hour, traveling, and has a passion for books and fashion.
Rules For Riders
The first book Rules For Riders follows equestrian rider Bebe Barkley after a tragic riding accident. When she is sent off to boarding school with her best friend, they come up with a plan to get kicked out. When their plan is successful, they become rivals, and Bebe meets a new horse trainer named Billy O’Reilly. He will send Bebe on a path of self destruction, and no one knows if she will be able to come back from it.
In the sequel to Rules For Riders, we find Bebe Barkley stashed away in a hotel room, depressed about the way that her life has gone. Becoming Famous is about Bebe’s journey after the many tragedies that struck her in the first novel. Bebe is whisked into the world of glitz, glamour and many more temptations in this sequel. It’s not always what it seems on the outside, and Bebe may soon find herself too deep to get back out. With a cast of eclectic characters, funny dialogue and an interesting plot twist, this book is great for anyone who wants to see behind the mask of fame.
I received Becoming Famous from Netgalley, before I knew it was a sequel. After reading both books, it is definitely better to read Rules For Riders first, so that you understand what Bebe is talking about at some points in the book, though you could read Becoming Famous as a stand alone- you might be a little confused, but there is so much more going on in this book, that you will not be disappointed. I enjoyed reading Becoming Famous, I felt like I was in a whirlwind of famous designers, actors and skeevy people that I didn’t want to be around. The characters in this book make it so charming, and funny, that you won’t want to put it down. The only thing that I would change about this book is the way that it goes so fast- I would love more description about what is going on in some scenes, and it felt like sometimes it would just skim past certain events, that I wanted to know more about. Other than that, I really liked this book and wold recommend it to people who enjoy funny, fish out of water experiences. This book gets 4 out of 5 for me.