When Dreams Come True, The Star Series Book 1, M. Stratton


When Dreams Come True, The Star Series Book 1, M. Stratton
Genre: Romance
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
I love those romances involving famous people, film stars, rock bands, people like that. They provide opportunities for such angst and relationship problems, jealous exes, mad stalker fans, media spins that take stories about one or the others actions or background, that then get “spun” into something they’re not.
So with all that in mind I was eager to read this. It start’s well, Lissa meets Will and they fall in love. I can go with that when I feel the magic of a connection, and there was something here. Whether it was strong enough for the insta love though is debateable….? Somehow they seemed to be in a full fledged relationship very quickly, although they’d only gone out on that first lunch and the movie premier, after that it was all Skype. Could it work like that? It didn’t really feel enough for me. Will’s a huge star, wouldn’t he be expected to be out and about by his publicists? Would he really stay in and Skype each night? Surely the media would have commented on that, the fact he’s never out any more.
Lissa was a sweet lady, very loyal to her friends and they to her. I enjoyed the descriptions of her writing process, but found it hard to believe she wrote quite so much, so quickly. twelve books ahead? Really? As an avid reader I follow lots of series, and sometimes authors are a couple of books nearly finished when latest due out, due to publishing process, but twelve! Doesn’t seem feasible given its been done in about six months…
The big problem here for me though was that I was waiting for the drama, the moments when it all goes wrong, when what looks like the perfect love is flawed and they part ways, and then I wonder if they can find their way back. That’s usually between 70-80% of the novel but I got to 80, nothing, 85 nothing….90, 95 and then realised there wasn’t a low spot. The worst that happened was a short interlude where Lissa is involved in a robbery drama in a cafe. Its all sweet and light, full of nice people, fluffy stories and gentle romance. Even the sex scenes were gentle and mostly alluded to, rather than in depth, descriptive sensuality. I need more. If you want a sweet Barbara Cartland style read this is perfect, but if like me you need drama and angst this isn’t going to deliver it.
Stars: Two, sorry a miss for me, its one for lovers of sweet, gentle romance and not for those who want fire and sparks.
ARC provided by Netgalley and publishers

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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on amazon.co.uk for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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