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Monkey Star [Kindle Edition]

Brenda Scott Royce
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In the much-anticipated sequel to MONKEY LOVE, Holly Heckerling leaves the Big Apple for Tinseltown—and soon discovers that celebrities are a species unto themselves.

When her best friend goes into labor, Holly heads West to help out. Holly has no intention of staying in L.A. after the baby is born, but a stint in show business and a flirtation with a movie star just may convince this diehard New Yorker to make Hollywood her home. Ditching her money problems, nosy neighbors, and overbearing aunts in Manhattan holds lots of appeal, but can she really say good-bye to Tom, the divorced college professor she’s been dating for six months? And then there’s Tallullah, the monkey who stole her heart during a pet-sitting assignment.

Will Holly be able to stop monkeying around and make her dreams come true? Or will a surprise visit from her past make her realize that Hollywood is just for playing make-believe?

“Royce’s writing is read-out-loud-to-your-friends hilarious; I’m a fan!”
—Lani Diane Rich, author of THE COMEBACK KISS

Monkey Star is funny—really and truly funny—and it is also a novel in which everything and everyone rings true.
—Laura Zigman, author of ANIMAL HUSBANDRY

"Holly of MONKEY LOVE fame goes west to cause havoc in Hollywood as she did in Manhattan... Fans will enjoy this wild crazy contemporary as the laughs keep coming in this jocular frolic."
—Midwest Book Review

“Royce’s zany sense of humor is intact, whether she’s sticking her heroine in the most unflattering situations or crafting incredibly funny dialogue. Watch out for Tallulah the monkey and an uppity car navigation system named Nancy.”
—Romantic Times Book Reviews

“With the second in the series, Royce has really hit her stride and created an effortlessly entertaining read ... Stuffed with hilarious exploits (both those of Holly and her mad family), MONKEY STAR is an absolute delight."

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About the Author

Brenda Scott Royce spent 15 years in the publishing industry. She is now Director of Publications at the Los Angeles Zoo, editor of the zoo's award-winning quarterly magazine Zoo View, and lives in San Dimas, California. This is her second novel.

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  • File Size: 438 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006E59CLI
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #890,313 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fans will enjoy this wild crazy contemporary tale August 11, 2007
When has best friend Carter gives birth prematurely Manhattanite Holly Heckerling travels to Los Angeles to help her. Packing her bags with no notice proves easy for Holly although her menagerie makes travel difficult. She knows she can find work as a stand up comic in California and her relationship with Tom is seemingly over; she knows she will miss Tallulah the monkey more than her former boyfriend.

In California, Carter's husband (and Holly's former comedic partner) Danny arranges for their visitor to obtain work on a Hollywood set. She is to nurture and train animal stars. Her toughest assignment proves not to be monkeys especially since Tallulah has joined her snakes, ducks; oh my; her most difficult thespian is actor Colin Daltry whose puppy love is driving Holly up a tree.

Holly of MONKEY LOVE fame goes west to cause havoc in Hollywood as she did in Manhattan. Once again ignoring WC Field's first law of stardom not to perform with children or animals, Holly's co-stars are a menagerie. Tallulah is as zany as ever while Holly trips her way through one fiasco after another with Colin panting for her. Fans will enjoy this wild crazy contemporary as the laughs keep coming in this jocular frolic.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! October 14, 2010
I was looking for something to read on a plane and happened upon Monkey Love, the first of Brenda Scott Royce's books. I could not stop laughing (my fellow passengers were probably quite annoyed). Couldn't wait for Monkey Star to come out and was not disappointed. The book is laugh out loud funny with great characters and great situational comedy. I want more Monkey!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sort of disappointing follow up to Monkey Love December 3, 2007
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With barely enough cash to pay the rent, a relationship that seems to be going nowhere, and a family that drives her nuts, Holly looks forward to heading to LA to care for her best friend whose just had a baby. Following former comedy partner Danny to the set of the movie in which he's cast in a bit role turns out to be lucrative for Holly, as she is asked to step in as an animal wrangler due to her stint in "Monkey School." An unexpected potential romance blooms between Holly and the films' up and coming bad boy star Colin Daltry. Will she remain in Hollywood where she can make more in a day than she used to make in a week, or will she return to her New York roots? Decisions, decisions...

Royce's follow up to the hysterical "Monkey Love" starts out with a bang, but loses steam once Holly changes coasts. It is a disappointing follow up, only because "Love" is a hard act to follow. Holly is at her comedic best when playing off her eccentric family and the goofy situations she finds herself in. It's like the laughs just sort of ended once she stopped fighting with her rental car's GPS system. The romance with Colin is a bit contrived; and the character of boyfriend Tom is never really fleshed out to mae him three dimensional. But no scene can compare to the slapstick antics of trying to get into her locked apartment. That had me laughing hysterically. I am hoping for more adventures with Holly and company, as Royce has a wonderfully wry sense of humor that really flows in her writing.

But I still don't get the whole celebrity socks thing...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Monkey Star March 21, 2008
I loved this book. It is hilarious and I can't wait for her to write another book in the series. I keep very few books when I'm done reading them but I have kept this series and I hope there will be a third one to add to my collection. (Hint! Hint!) I love books that make you laugh out loud which these do! Keep them coming!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Monkey Star Shines! September 9, 2007
Seriously goofy, laugh out loud and chuckle kind of book. And when you least suspect it, she touches your heart. Monkey Star is an unconventional love story, and it's lots of fun!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read! April 27, 2014
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Good story. Easy to read with good flow, likable characters and fast paced action. Kind of an abrupt ending, but perfectly set up for the next book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars just fine March 30, 2013
By san
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no glaring grammar or syntax mistakes and an over all enjoyable, easy read. Nice when you just want something you won't need to really focus on. I read it while I was knitting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Monkey Star February 28, 2013
By Conniep
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It was a good book, I felt that I knew what was going to happen next. It was an easy read. The Plot was a lil boring and it didnt take me long to get thru this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
I was really impressed with the excellent writing in this book, and the plot is original and fresh. Lots of characters, but each one is thoughtfully developed, and just when you... Read more
Published on February 14, 2013 by B von Pagel
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
Another fun (but not too dumb)read from Brenda Scott Royce. I appreciate the main character's dilemmas and the choices the author has her make. Good sequel to Monkey Love.
Published on February 10, 2013 by Emily
3.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy but fun and light
It made me laugh but you know how cheesy, light romances go. This is one of them. I think it is good for the beach.
Published on February 6, 2013 by TinaKay
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Not the ending I would have chose but...this book was wonderful. I could not put it down! Best book I've read in awhile.
Published on February 3, 2013 by Brittany
4.0 out of 5 stars That's Entertainment!
This was an entertaining book. I liked the character movement between East and West coast and the people she encounters. The humorous moments made me laugh out loud. Read more
Published on February 3, 2013 by Jana Balderas
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the Book
I couldn't put the book down and was wanting more at the end ......Thanks for the chance to read it
Published on February 2, 2013 by Sheryl
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes me wanna cry!
I recommend this book to teens and adults alike. "Monkey Star" is hilarious, exciting, heart-breaking, and leaves you wanting more. Glad I got the next book already! Read more
Published on January 24, 2013 by B. Rouxe
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for monkey star
A hilarious book that I could not put down. A great read to get away from it all for a few hours.
Published on January 12, 2013 by Teri
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story. Enjoy!
Love the characters, both human and non. Although some reviewers have thought the author flew over the top, I took a trip to memory lane and enjoyed flight. Read more
Published on January 8, 2013 by jsw54
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More About the Author

When I sat down to write my first novel, I had no idea there would be a monkey in the book. But I remembered the age-old advice, "Write what you know." At the time, I was studying primatology at Cal State Fullerton, working part-time observing orangutans at the Los Angeles Zoo, and volunteering on weekends as a chimpanzee caregiver at a wildlife sanctuary. So what I knew was apes and monkeys. Before long, Holly, the protagonist of Monkey Love, became the babysitter of a mischievous monkey.

My childhood ambition to study chimpanzees in Africa with Jane Goodall eventually gave way to "more realistic" goals of becoming either an actress or a writer. At thirteen, I moved with my family to Venice, Florida, and was accepted into the Sarasota Visual and Performing Arts Center at Booker High School. After graduation, I moved to New York City, where I studied acting and worked a series of odd jobs while awaiting my "big break"--which never came.

Eventually I moved to Los Angeles and turned my attention to writing and editing. I've worked in the publishing industry for nearly 15 years, including stints as an editor of pop-culture books, and assistant managing editor for a medical publisher. I've written everything from books and magazine articles to DVD liner notes, movie reviews, and encyclopedia entries. And I've abridged over 100 books for audio, by a diverse range of authors including Al Gore, Stephen J. Cannell, Edith Wharton, Mary Kay Andrews, Fern Michaels, and Janet Evanovich.

My career came full circle in 2004, when I became director of publications for the Los Angeles Zoo. Being able to combine my love of writing with my passion for animals has been a dream come true. And you can bet that animals will figure prominently into the plot of my next novel!


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