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82 of 87 people found the following review helpful
I'll start by saying that this is the first chicklit/romance book I have ever read and I had no idea what to expect from this genre. I have nothing to compare this book to, so this is an absolute rating. I really don't know how fair that is. So, I'm going to tell you whether I liked the story, and whether the book met the expectations I set for every book I read.

The premise of the story is quite simple. Boy meets girl. They become friends. They finally fall in love and live happily ever after. Even with this rather generic premise, I liked the story due to two reasons. One, there is a major twist to this basic premise. And two, the author has done a terrific job at fleshing out the characters.

The story revolves around two main characters, Chloe and Jason, as well as their families. The big twist is that Jason is a movie superstar. While returning back to Albuquerque for a shoot, he somehow recognises local Chloe, and that is where their story starts. She really does not seem interested in dating Jason and wants to be friends. It is really interesting to read how the story goes from there to the final fairytale.

The genius of the author is in how real all the characters are, not just the main characters. Jason's family and Chloe's friends are all developed well with individual personalities that fit perfectly into the story. I loved Jason's family. They are really amazing and super-nice, and are just like every other ordinary family even though Jason is a superstar. This is what really appealed to me. Jason's sister, his niece, Chloe's best friends and mother, they all have an important role to play in the story. None of them are out of place, over the top or unnecessary.

Both Chloe and Jason have a murky past which has moulded their personalities and their lives. This is the reason why Chloe can't trust anyone. Jason's past is also the reason why he is amazingly nice and does not really act like any superstar would. I won't say what incidents shaped them, as it would give away too much of the story. But in the end, it all seems perfectly logical, as to why these two are perfect for each other.

I'm not saying the story is perfect, otherwise it would be worthy of five stars. Although the book had its twists and turns, they are never too difficult to anticipate. I just did not get that huge sense of foreboding or anticipation to know what would happen next. This is something I'd want every book to have. Maybe, it's wrong on my part to expect this from a romance novel. Who knows? But I think the author could have added something to make the story a bit more challenging.
So, let's get to the main question. Does Chloe finally get her fairytale? You'll have to read the book to find out. But I'll say this; the ending may not entirely be what you expect!

Finally, I want to say that this is a terrifically written book by an extremely talented author who really knows what she is doing. She was able to bring her characters to life, and make us feel their happiness, pain, excitement and disappointments. For this, I give the book four stars.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
I finished reading this book with tears streaming down my face; needless to say I loved it! The characters are smartly written and likeable (well most are), and come complete with real-life issues that readers of various ages will relate to. The unexpected twists and turns made it nearly impossible to put this book down. E.M. Tippetts wrote an endearing love story that I will surely recommend to my friends but I happily breathed a sigh of relief knowing that I can also gift this clean romance novel to my teen nieces as well! Without giving anything away, there's an important message conveyed in the story with which teen readers just might take to heart after reading this lovely, contemporary fairy tale.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2012
After my first ebook I wanted another book to keep on my phone to read when I was waiting in lines, for kids, etc. I randomly picked this book because it was free and it had good reviews. I didn't expect much, but I just needed something to keep me somewhat entertained. Before I knew it, this book swept me away. I wasn't just reading it while waiting for things. I read it late into the night and kept reading to see what happened during the day. This is definately a chick lit book. It is super easy and fast to read - a beach read as they would say. It is not one of the highly emotional books that you read that tear you apart inside, but pure entertainment. I read other comments that said it was a clean romance and that was VERY appreciated. It was nice to not worry about any thing that wasn't appropriate. I think it even had a great moral to it, without being preachy. If I had daughters, I would definately let them read this. I only have boys and I would let them read it too, but I'm not sure they would be interested. I didn't think it dragged anywhere. I simply enjoyed the story and seeing how the characters managed their different lives.
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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2012
A 21-year-old virgin is pursued romantically by a hot movie star, but she's not interested.

I wanted to like this more, but it just didn't work for me. It's YA-ish, but the main character is too old for YA and she doesn't have any kind of goal that drives the story. She actually has an anti-goal. All she wants is to NOT be in a relationship. There's nothing for us to root for. Also the dialogue is too conversational, chapter titles contain spoilers, minor characters simply fall out of the story halfway through, and there are factual inaccuracies about how the criminal law system works.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2012
I was very bored with this book. The main character, Chloe, really has no personality whatsoever. She wasn't likeable and it makes you wonder why this superstar hot shot is even remotely interested in her. She barely converses with him at all! The story was just a boring and typical. Blah. Sorry! Just my honest opinion.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2012
I love the premise of this book, a movie star falling hard for an ordinary girl? Definitely my cup of tea. However, the heroine and the hero fell a little flat for me, lacks heart. I feel like I'm just watching a series of events coming together but not the how and why. Like one reviewer said, we don't know what we should be rooting for, Chloe, the heroine was just coming along for the ride, no passion, no dreams.. She was just so bland. It's as if she could care less whether she'll end up with Jason or not.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2015
I don't write book reviews. This is simply because I read predominantly free books on my Kindle. I figure they are written by new authors and I don't like to discourage other people from reading their books even though I didn't like them. This book, however, is a joy to write a review for. The book was not a fluff romance where boy meets girl, they experience some conflict and then they end up with a happily ever after. This book had some real development of not only the main characters but also the supporting characters. I felt like I knew them pretty well by the end of the book. I wasn't even sure which guy I should root for in the first part of the book! Or even if the book had a happy ending at all! I finished reading the book in 2 days even with my busy lifestyle. I wanted to keep reading it, as it was a very interesting plot. I wouldn't be adverse to buying another book in the series, however, I did see that one reviewer said some of the later books might not be as squeaky clean as this one. I am a strong believer that even though a book is classified as a romance, it does not require steamy sex scenes to make the book a great read. I will not buy a book if I know there are explicit sex scenes in the book. I appreciate the heads up that some reviewers (and even some authors) give us readers about how clean or how hot and steamy a book is. I would recommend this book to any age.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2013
Someone else's fairytale by E.M Tippetts caught my attention.
It looked interesting and funny about a girl getting together with a movie star who she didn't really like. Although it was a perfectly fine book my attention started to wander around halfway through, so I wouldn't suggest spending your money on it though getting It from the library would be suggested. If you like the books Insignificant Moments by Jeremy Asher, or Bittersweet Obsession by Blake, Rachel, Oliver, Ted's then this may interest you although it did not for me.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2012
I really enjoyed this book! I love happy books! And I was so happy reading this book (most of the time). I read this book every free chance I had...it pained me to have to put it down to do other things. I just wanted to read it and see how it turned out in the end. I laughed out loud, smile constantly, and actually squealed with delight at a certain point.

I loved Chloe Winters's character and integrity. She had been through so much yet she didn't end up as a screw up like so many in her situation might have. She knows who she is and what she wants to do. It was refreshing to read a strong female character that didn't rely on the guy even though that guy wanted her to so much. Chloe was also chaste and had no qualms about having "The Talk" with any guy she was dating. She had her convictions and morals and she stuck to them even when desire tried to talk her out of them. And she is "normal"...not some "fangirl" or fame stalker. Her nonchalance at the whole "I'm dating a celebrity" was humorous and sweet.

Jason Vanderholt was a great character as well. I totally expected him to bolt on Chloe at some point, especially after "The Talk". But he is so genuine, kind, and he got his fairytale ending. You wouldn't expect a guy...especially a hot Hollywood actor...would want the ending that he wanted but he did and that just endeared him so much in my eyes. I rooted for Jason the whole way through this book even though he seemed the unlikely suitor.

Lori and Matthew are Chloe's two good friends at the University of New Mexico. Lori is also Chloe's roommate. She is the typical roommate/friend and a huge fan of Jason Vanderholt of course. She didn't have a huge role to play in this book and she didn't even know Chloe's past but you could tell she was a good friend of Chloe's. I wasn't a fan of Matthew. At first, I thought he was a great friend who truly wanted more than friendship from Chloe. Later, I thought otherwise much to my dismay.

Would I recommend it: I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys chick lit and happy endings. I would also recommend because it is a clean book - no sex scenes, no swearing - and there isn't a lot of chick lit (that I have found) that is truly clean.

Will I read it again: I probably will. It was a book that left me happy, smiling, and rather giddy at the end.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2013
Chloe Winters and her friends Mathew and Lori have signed up to be extras on a film that is being made in their hometown. Standing in line waiting, Jason Vanderholt the star of the film goes along the line of extras signing autographs. This is where he and Chloe first meet. But Jason makes the mistake after shooting has finished of having Chloe fetched to his trailer. Chloe is furious, and tells him so. But this is just the beginning.

From the cover I expected a lighthearted humorous read. This is a contemporary romance, but I wouldn't classify it as chick lit. The characters are well developed, and the story moves along at a good pace with plenty happening to keep the reader turning the pages.
Chloe is studying to be a forensic scientist, sort of CSI. She is a very level headed girl, not easily influenced by money or fame, Jason is a Hollywood "A" lister and is constantly surrounded by hoards of female fans. He is taken with Chloe and her total disinterest in his fame and riches. Plus she only wants to be friends. Mathew Chloe's best friend I thought was a really nice guy, until his behaviour completely changed my opinion of him. Her other friend Lori I liked as well. She was a bright and bubbly girl. There are many other characters that play their part in this as well.

Quite a bit happens in this, but at the heart of the book is the relationship between Jason and Chloe. He a film star and she just an ordinary girl. Can they find a way to make it work? Though the title refers to a fairytale, that's not how I would describe Jason and Chloe together, they have to work hard to overcome many problems, which made this seem much more realistic than I had expected.

When I downloaded this I didn't realise that this is book 1 about this couple. But for those readers whom are fed up books that are part of a series. I'll say this, the story here has a proper ending, no cliffhangers. So it's not necessary IMO to have to read book 2.
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