It's also the perfect way to hide your pain in the media. But when the ache turns to a hollow pit, and there isn't enough sex, drugs, or alcohol to fill the emptiness, what do you do?
You cut your losses and head to L.A. to mentor the latest reality talent show. You follow an old friend into a world where the art of the tease and bump and grind were perfected. Where the sound of her voice calls to every primal instinct buried within your body and makes the demand for your attention.
Jackson's an addict, and just one taste puts him back in the precarious position of falling in love with a woman who's mastered the art of ensnaring and teasing.
I approach new-to-me authors and rock star romances cautiously. And when I say “cautiously,” I mean scared-little-bunny-eyeing-a-hungry-wolf levels of CAUTION. I’ve been let down too many times by new-to-me authors to count, and whenever I read about rock stars who do drugs and bang tons of nameless groupies falling in love, all I can think is, oh my God, he probably has gonorrhea, syphilis, and who-knows-what other STDs and he’s going to give all of them to that poor, trusting heroine. (*Shudders*) But when the author asked if I wanted to give this book a read, her note was so funny and sweet and compelling that I HAD to give the book a chance. And I’m really glad I kept an open mind and didn’t fall prey to my usually prejudices, because Hidden in the Stars was A LOT of fun.
First and foremost, yes, this book is part of a series, but it stands alone nicely, so don’t assume you’ll need to go back and read the previous book to keep up. I mean, you definitely CAN go back and read it, but you don’t HAVE to, which is nice. Stand alone reads that are also part of a series are kinda rare and I give the author props for pulling that off so seamlessly.
And with that out of the way, here’s what I LOVED:
But, no read is perfect. So, here’s what I didn’t love:
I will warn you that there’s instalove in this story. It’s not a deal-breaker for me personally. I don’t find the concept of instalove any less believable than, say, vampires and werewolves, and I still read about those. But if you’re the kind of reader who can’t handle instalove, this one probably isn’t for you. (It’s your loss, though.)
And for all the grammar Nazis out there (and you know who you are), yes, there are a few misused words here and there. (Just a few. Nothing that hurt my enjoyment of the story.) But I dare any of you to find a book that is 100% error free. Editors are human. Mistakes happen. I encourage all grammar Nazis to ease up a bit and try to just enjoy the story. No one asked you to proofread the damn thing, after all.
All that being said, the author has created a fun world and a super-interesting cast of characters that I wouldn’t mind revisiting. Go ahead and one-click this one, folks. My guess is you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
There are a few parts that come dangerously close to being unrealistic, but overall, I’d say this one doesn’t contribute to the romance stigma. No rehab needed.
Other reading suggestions
For more fan-freakin-tastic rockstar reads, try the Stage Dive series by Kylie Scott.