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"This book was so much fun, I didn't want it to end." -- Susan Hatler, International Bestselling Author
NOTE: This is a short and sweet young adult romance, about 165 pages
When good-girl Maddie switches places with her famous bad-girl twin Jackie, she has some pretty high stilettos to fill.
Despite the danger of tabloid drama if their identity swap is discovered, Maddie has to save her sister's butt. When Jackie’s ex-boyfriend shows up with a rekindled spark for “Jackie,” his deep gray eyes and sweet kisses make Maddie's heart thumpety thump. But dating the guy who dumped her sister is a no-no. Too bad Dallas isn’t used to girls saying no. What will happen when he discovers Maddie’s deception?
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“From teen to adult, I can't imagine anyone not absolutely adoring this book.”
FROM FAME TO SHAME EXCERPT “And what are your plans tomorrow tonight?” Dallas reached up to rub a lock of my hair between his thumb and finger.
“Plans?” My mouth went dry. He stood way too close and my concentration slipped.
“You always have plans.” His eyes caressed my face.
“Not tomorrow night.” Somewhere deep in my soul, I knew that was the wrong answer. But when your brain stops working, telling the truth is so much easier.
“A friend told me that Josh Adams is jamming at Hanks Blues. It’s supposed to be a surprise. Should be fun.”
I nodded, since it was all I was capable of at the moment.
“We’ll have dinner there. I’ll pick you up at six.”
Preventing Dallas from making another date with me would’ve been smart. The words hovered in my throat, but I couldn’t force them out. Even if I didn’t reject his offer, I needed to say something. Or, at the very least, finish cleaning up after breakfast. And yet, I couldn’t move. I just stared into his eyes as they fixed on mine.
His gaze fell to my mouth, then he reached both hands up to cup my face and, inch by inch, lowered his mouth to mine.
Our lips touched, feather-light. He shifted his body and brought his thighs against mine, but he didn’t deepen the kiss. He just skimmed the surface, gently teasing my mouth until my nerve endings hummed. Seconds stretched and my lungs stilled as I ached for more.
Then, slowly, he withdrew, keeping close enough that I still felt his warm breath against my skin.
I couldn’t catch my breath. A thick haze clouded my brain and I worried he might ask me something, anything, that required a response and I’d slip up. Fear that I’d blow it for Jackie paralyzed me.
Oh, my God! Jackie! If she knew I’d just kissed the guy who dumped her, she’d feel hurt and betrayed and what had we just talked about? Jackie didn’t need this, on top of everything else.
“I…” I had no idea what to say. I only knew that if someone didn’t say something soon and break the trance, I would let Jackie down worse than I already had. Because, more than anything, I wanted this guy, no matter how nice he was.
O.K. first off, what a fun author's name; really cool! Second, this book is such a delight! I loved the whole twin switching places idea where one of them is famous. This was so cute to read and really well written. I highly recommend this very sweet love story.
Perhaps some spoilers? Jackie is the starlet twin who is having a semi-nervous breakdown. She needs a few days to herself and convinces her introverted twin Maddie, to pretend to be her for a couple days. Maddie has to endure the red carpet to watch a premier, a photo shoot and a guest spot at a famous restaurant's grand opening while Jackie hides out at their parent's house pretending to be Maddie. Everything was going fine except that Jackie's ex-boyfriend, Dallas has found himself mysteriously attracted to Jackie (really Maddie), a girl that he broke up with because there was "nothing there". He cannot understand their new chemistry for each other and can't seem to stay away from her. Maddie is finding herself falling for her sister's ex and has to keep him at arm's length because of the preying paparazzi.
This was so much fun to read and had the real feel of what a Hollywood starlet has to endure to be perfect for the cameras. Dallas is romantic, handsome and a great guy morally and is perfect for the right girl. I will be looking for more stories by this talented author with the fantastic name.
Would I/Did I buy it? Free Download Would I read it again? Yes Would I recommend it to friends? Yes
I've read everything Veronica Blade has written, and I'm a huge fan of hers, so it probably will not come as a surprise that I absolutely LOVED this book! It is without a doubt her best work to date! And that's saying a lot because I have really enjoyed all of her stories!
In this book, Maddie and Jackie are 18 year old twins but they couldn't be more different. Maddie is the small town girl who lives at home with her parents, works at their jewelry store, and prefers staying home and reading a good bok to going out at night, and Jackie is her polar opposite - an actress who loves the spotlight and lives in Hollywood, where she loves to go out, party, and see and be seen. She adores the attention, until the tabloids start to attack her right when she is up for a part in a serious movie, which she fears will scare the producers off. All of the pressure starts to get to her and she just needs a break for a week or so, so she calls her sister, Maddie, to step in and impersonate her at a few publicity appearances. Maddie is very hesitant, but when she sees how much Jackie needs the break, she finally agrees to do it, against her better judgment. Jackie lives in an apartment building right across the hall from her ex-boyfriend, mega-hottie Dallas, also an actor, who just happens to be the guy Maddie has had a huge crush on for years! As Maddie tries to "be" Jackie, she and Dallas connect on a level he and Jackie never did, but she knows that she cannot tell him the truth about who she is without possibly ruining Jackie's life.
When I agreed to read this book, I told the author it would probably take me a few days since I was a bit behind on my reviews, and I would get back to her when I had the chance to read it. Lo and behold, I read it that very night and immediately contacted her to tell her how great it was! The characters were likable and relatable, and it was really great to see how much Maddie grew through the course of the book, gaining self-confidence and coming out of her shell a bit. Jackie and Maddie got along great, which I really liked since usually in stories with twins who are so different from one another, one is really nice while the other is either selfish or mean, or something along those lines. Dallas was definitely swoon-worthy!! One of my favorite lines from the book describes him like this: "Damn, he smelled good. A little bit musky and a whole lot of yum." Spot on!
In summary, I wholeheartedly recommend this book to all lovers of YA contemporary fiction, and it is going on my list of favorite books of 2012! I will be waiting anxiously for the sequel, From Couture to Cut-Offs, which will tell Jackie's story! :DRead more ›
I dont wanna put any spoilers but I just loveeeeee this book. Its about twins sisters trading places and has a great twist in it. All the characters grabbed me and i just could not put down this book. Veronica Blade is a amazing author and you must not miss out on this amazing book.
Veronica captures the essence of youthful angst and exhuberance in this delightful tale of the Prince and the Pauper from a young woman's point of view. Jackie, the famous starlet twin sister is in trouble. The faithful, self-depreciating and sacrificing twin to the rescue. Knowing things will not turn out for the best, Maddie steps into her sisters shoes--literally and nearly takes a tumble off her ice-pick heels. What she finds is a heavenly attraction to her sister's ex--bad boy actor, Dallas Bines and she learns something that the Hollywood worshipers don't know--Dallas is a dream all the way around. Dallas is a sweet, considerate family-oriented young man who's falling all over again for Jackie...er...Maddie.
I love how Veronica has weaved and meshed these two characterss and lets Maddie's loveable character shine through. Dallas can't help but be attracted to the new and improved Jackie and is stunned when she falls into his arms and succombs to his hot kisses. But Madddie is heart sick with her deception.
Veronica understands the young woman's psyche and especially that of a basically honest, traditional girl and the hurt she feels at falling for her sister's ex and of lying to him.
If you love good, clean fun and heart stopping passion without the sterotypical sex trappings of most romance stories, From Fame to Shame is for you.
I am a very happy bunny after reading the last review and learning that there will be a sequel to ths book because I literally could not put it down yet I didn't want it to end.
I have to say that this is my favourite Veronica Blade book to date, even though I have loved her other work. This lady just gets better and better, her plots are believable and her characters are likeable. Write faster Veronica, I need more :-)
Veronica Blade lives in Southern California with her husband and children. By day she runs the family business, but each night she slips away to spin her tales. She writes stories about young adults to relive her own childhood and to live vicariously through her characters. Except her heroes and heroines lead far more interesting lives--and they are always way hotter.
That's the official bio. The unofficial bio is that I, Veronica Blade, am an addict. I love all things vampires, witches and werewolves--the more romantic, the better! My favorite shows are The Vampire Diaries and The Originals. And, okay, I admit it, I'm still a huge Buffy fan.
If you're looking for some sweet romance, my current list is as follows:
Something Witchy This Way Comes Thrown to the Wolves (Shapes of Autumn, prequel) My Wolf's Bane (Shapes of Autumn, book 1) Wolves at the Door (Shapes of Autumn, book 2) A Bite's Tale: A Furry Fable Blind Date, Checkmate From Fame to Shame Single Girls micro trilogy (Single-handed, Singled Out, Single-minded)
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Happy reading! Veronica Blade
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