Archive | February 9, 2016

Beyond the Stars, Stacy Wise

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Genre:  New Adult Romance

I love film star/rock star romances…..its fairy-tales/Cinderella brought up to date. We don’t want princes anymore….

I loved how Jack was so obnoxious to begin, so rude, so arrogant and Jessica doesn’t shrink back from telling him what she thinks. She’s trying her best, she needs the job and her aunt needs her help but her nature is definitely not doormat. That doesn’t mean she’s one of those in your face aggressive types, though, she’s not. She’s a lovely girl, been through some tough stuff by way of her ex, and then an illness derailing her current plans, and yet she picks up and makes the best of herself and her situation. She’s so nice to everyone, goes out of her way just to help, and you see that resulting in people liking her for her kindness and sunny nature. Even Jack succumbs after a while, respecting that she doesn’t just tell him what he wants to hear but what he needs to know. That’s rare when you’re famous and everyone wants something, has a hidden agenda and he comes to value Jessica for her openness. There’s a few hiccups along the way though when others interfere and that gave the story some needed (for me anyway ) dramas.

So Jack, film star at the top, Mr Obnoxious and arrogant when we first meet him. I really didn’t like him, he typified what we see so often, those who have fame and money and  think that entitles them to walk roughshod over others. I was cheering inside when Jessica told him what to do in that succinct, truthful way she has. Slowly though we saw another side of him, that he wasn’t like that all the while, that he’d been used too, and was now more cautious and that the pressures of his job were real, and with the press sometimes very scary.

It was a great slow burn romance, when we as observers can see their thoughts changing, and I liked it done that way. Its not a hot and steamy read, with sex scenes on every other page,  but a more subtle sensuous one, with some great humour at times and it felt very real.

Stars: Four and a half, its a story I really enjoyed, and a bit deeper on the drama and it would be a five for me.


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