Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Susannah Nix’s Rising Star! Like famous person/real person romances? I think you’ll love this one. I sure did.
Rising Star by Susannah Nix
Series: Starstruck #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: November 8, 2018
Format: eARC, 329 pages
How I got it: From the author
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
Alice Carlisle has problems.
Her sociology Ph.D. dissertation is going nowhere, she’s about to lose the TV extra job that’s been paying her bills, and her roommate is kicking her out. She needs to find a new place to live ASAP, so she can focus on finally finishing her doctorate.
Enter Griffin, one of Hollywood’s rising stars, who offers to let her move into his guest room if she’ll dog sit for him. Four months rent free in a nice house with an adorable dog is an offer Alice can’t turn down—even if she has major qualms about her movie star roommate.
Griffin Beach has it all.
He’s gorgeous, newly jacked, and poised to make the leap from TV show regular to box office superstar. Until his dog sitter bails, leaving him desperate to find someone he trusts to look after his precious fur baby.
Someone like Alice, the extra who’s never seemed to like him but loves his dog. Griffin has his doubts about the arrangement, but living with Alice opens his eyes to how empty his workaholic lifestyle has become. The more time they spend together, the more he realizes she might be exactly what he needs in his life.
Can Alice let her guard down and learn to trust again? Can Griffin stop trying to please everyone else long enough to show her how he feels? Will they get their Hollywood happy ending? Or will their love story bomb at the box office?
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
In Review: My Thoughts
Rising Star was the perfect read-in-one-sitting kind of romance. I mean that literally, too. I knocked it out in about two and a half hours and couldn’t think of doing anything else until I finished it. It was the perfect mash-up of the friends to lovers and famous person/regular person tropes. I smiled like a fool through a good portion of the book, enjoying the banter, swoons and feels.
Is it ok to say I just flat-out adored Alice and Griffin both? She was very relatable, with flaws and everything. Rising Star was just as much about her finding herself, moving past situations that held her back in the future and moving forward as it was about Griffin’s career. And Griffin? *swoony sigh* He wasn’t exactly perfect, but who is? I loved how much more real his imperfections made him. I also appreciated that while it was obvious he had a playboy/womanizing past, we never saw it. I’m pretty sure that made him a lot more likable to me.
Despite their differences, everything about Alice and Griffin just fit. It felt right. I wouldn’t exactly call their romance a slow burn, but it was one that built over time. In fact, I think I enjoyed their somewhat unlikely friendship just as much as I enjoyed the romance. They seemed to be just exactly what the other needed, which made their relationship that much more satisfying. Sure, there were some bumps along the way but that’s to be expected. Rising Star didn’t pummel my feels, but it did catch me off guard with emotions a couple times. I enjoy when that happens.
I’ve been a fan of Susannah Nix since I read the first two books in her Chemistry Lessons series earlier this year. I was excited to see this new book and I’m even happier that it’s actually the first book in a new series. I adore her writing, characters and storytelling, and I especially appreciate how she brings timely and important real life issues into the plot. She has a way of tackling them without being too overwhelming, while still making the reader think.
In short, Rising Star was fantastic. I can’t wait for more in this series. If regular person/famous person romances are your jam, look no further. This one has to be on your TBR.
What are some of your favorite famous person/regular person romances?