Sunday, October 19, 2014

Stars In Their Eyes by Lauren Blakely Review + Giveaway


WARNING: The hero in this book is not an asshole. He is hot, charming, smart, funny, ripped, gorgeous, respectful and completely panty-melting. Please proceed.

A sexy and swoony new adult romance...

Celebrity photographer and college senior Jess Leighton desperately needs to crash the wedding of the year. Snapping just one pic of the A-list Hollywood couple tying the knot will pay her way through grad school. But with security tighter than the bride-to-be's corset, she'll need more than her camera and smarts, she'll need help from her biggest rival--hot, British, motorcycle-riding William Harrigan, whose sexy accent can melt the panties off any woman. He's the last person Jess should trust, but he's her only ticket in.

William Harrigan wants one thing - to stay in L.A. past college graduation. With a student visa set to expire, the clock is ticking. When he lands a gig that pairs him with the beautiful blond spitfire Jess, he's scored his best shot at living out the American dream. Winning her trust would be a whole lot easier, however, if he didn't have ulterior motives...

But there's no faking the intense attraction between them. Try as they might to resist each other, soon sparks are flying, as they devise a plan to sneak into the ceremony. But when Jess' new celebrity client raises the stakes, she starts to smell blackmail, and soon she and Will are chasing down cheating directors, staking out clandestine trysts, and making fake IDs, all while sneaking scene-stealing kisses and hot nights together.

The audience loves a happy ending, but in a town where everyone's acting and no one's playing by the rules, can Jess and William find their own ever after in time?

**Stars in Their Eyes is the start of the sexy, swoony and scandalous new adult series Wrapped Up in Love, which is a spin-off of the NYT and USA Today Bestselling Caught Up in Love series. You don't need to have read Caught Up in Love to follow this new series, but you'll likely enjoy those books!**



I rate Stars In Their Eyes by Lauren Blakely FOUR lighthearted LEAVES!

I've read several romance novels about actors and musicians, but I've never read a novel from the POV of someone on the other side of the camera - a paparazzo. 

I'm a fan of Lauren Blakely's Caught Up In Love series, so of course I was excited to read the first in the spin-off series, Wrapped Up In Love. Her stories are so sweet, flirty, and steamy - a great combination. She is flawless when it comes to weaving in cameos, or even small hints, from leading characters from other novels in the series.

Jess Leighton. Aspiring Doctor. 
Talented Paparazzo.
Jess snaps photos of celebs to pay for med school. She has a plan, and she isn't going to allow her issues with food or relationships stop her from reaching her dream. That is until she meets one Hot British Guy, and he wins her over with his accent and swooniness (That's a word, right?).

William Harrigan. Who doesn't love a Hot British Guy who drives a motorcycle?
William has two months to find a job to sponsor him for a work visa, so after he graduates college he isn't booted back to the motherland. He is hired for temporary work with a distant relative, but his assignment leads him to Jess. Aside from her being an American, William falls for her smarts and sass.

I rated this story Four Leaves, because I felt Jess and William needed a little more time and a little more depth to reach the "I love you" stage. They are so cute together with all of their playful jokes back and forth, and I kind of just wanted them to keep having fun.

As far as the depth goes, only one scene comes to mind and that is when Jess tells William about her past eating disorder. The scene didn't quite feel like a moment where the two finally connected on a deeper level. It felt more like friends, and I think had they reached that depth, the "I love you" scene would have meant more.

That being said...Stars In Their Eyes is an entertaining and fast-paced read. You will really enjoy the details about the celebrities and their lives and careers, as well as Jess' strategies of tracking them down and catching them in their most private moments. 

You don't have to read the Caught Up In Love series before starting the spin-off series, but I think you will get the most out of the stories and how the characters connect if you do. 

If you have alerts on your phone for the rich and famous or love reading tabloids and celebrity gossip websites, you will enjoy 
Stars In Their Eyes.


Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. Her novels include Caught Up In UsPretending He’s MinePlaying With Her Heart, and Trophy Husband. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.





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