Saturday, 28 June 2014

Starstruck by Nicole Ciacchella & Elizabeth Darcy

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Sweenix Rising Books and NetGalley.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Lex Harrington is living a stranger’s life. After high school, she and her boyfriend, superstar quarterback Brad Wakefield, headed off to college, secure in the knowledge of their brilliant future. Then an injury ended Brad’s football career, and he convinced Lex to drop out of school and return home with him, where everything fell apart.

Because the glossy surface of their relationship concealed a dark truth: years of emotional abuse culminating in Brad’s walking out on Lex and their infant son. At twenty-three, she’s a single mother with no future prospects, struggling to make ends meet while dealing with the aftermath of her destructive marriage.

When Jaron Richards left for college, he vowed he’d never look back. Brad laid waste to his friendship with Lex, leaving nothing to bind Jaron to his hometown. But his unrequited love for Lex has never faded, even as his star has begun to rise, making him Hollywood’s hottest new actor.

Now Jaron is back in town to film his latest movie, and his presence stirs up everything Lex would rather forget. Can they find a way to pick up the pieces and build a future together?

Starstruck by Nicole Ciacchella

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Starstruck(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Sweenix Rising Books and NetGalley.)
Lex is alone and trying to raise her 3-year-old son, when her ex-best-friend Jarod comes back to town to shoot a movie.
Can Lex and Jarod be friends again now that Lex’s husband is out of the picture? Or could they even possibly be more?

This as an okay contemporary romance story, you’ll like this if you like characters with issues, detailed descriptions of things that happened in the past, and romance with behind-closed-doors sex.

Lex and Jarod were both okay characters. It was sad that they’d been apart for so long, but it also seemed as if they needed that time apart to finally come together as a couple. Lex had obviously been through some difficult times with her husband, and it was nice that she had a second chance at happiness.

The storyline in this was okay, but it did have issues. Why this book is called ‘Starstruck’ I don’t know as it doesn’t really fit. This isn’t about a girl falling in love with a movie star, it’s about a girl falling in love with her old best-friend, who just so happens to now be a movie star. Jarod’s profession wasn’t important to Lex, and it wasn’t important to the story either.
The story in this was quite slow, there were lots of instances where either Jarod or Lex would have thought of things that had happened in the past, and the story would jump back to that time to ‘relive’ the moment as it was. This slowed the book down even more, and it felt longer than 300 pages to me.

The romance in this was very slow-building, to the point where there was very little real romance going on, it was just Jarod and Lex living their lives, and slowly coming to trust each other. We did get a couple of romantic scenes towards the end, but not a lot, and when they did have sex it was behind closed doors, making this a clean romance.

The ending to this was happy, and I was pleased with the way things worked out. I think this story is more for people who want a slow, clean romance though, and not really for people wanting a ‘girl falls in love with a film star’ sort of book.
Overall; okay contemporary romance,
6 out of 10.

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