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I was given a copy of this book to write an honest review for Cocktails and Books.
Heather Leigh’s captivating, sexy story about Drew and Sydney continues in ABSOLUTELY FAMOUS. There are four books in the Famous series, this is the second book and continues where RELATIVELY FAMOUS left off.
In this book, Drew and Sydney’s fame causes problems in every facet of their lives, including their relationship. Drew is always concerned about Sydney’s safety and at times, his overprotective nature gets in the way of their relationship. It’s not easy, but Sydney tries her best to fit into the celebrity lifestyle. She must decide if she can handle the paparazzi constantly following them and the lack of anonymity that comes with Drew. Drew is all alpha male, with a wicked temper when he’s angry and in this book, he’s frequently frustrated, but his temper is never directed at Sydney. Drew is endearing and I love how his Boston accent becomes more pronounced when he’s upset. There are great secondary characters that add to this story. Sydney’s best friend Leah continues to be a big part of Sydney’s life and she always makes me laugh. Allie, Drew’s sister also plays a larger role in this book.
Drew and Sydney’s love is put to the test by circumstances beyond their control. Can their feelings for each other endure, while they deal with so many obstacles? I was touched by the deep feelings Drew and Sydney have for each other. They are always sensitive to each other’s needs, have a strong bond, trust each other implicitly and I when they get together, sparks fly. My only disappointment is waiting for the next book, to find out what happens next. There are still unresolved issues and I wonder how everything will turn out. Once I started this book, I couldn’t put it down. I found myself immersed in Drew and Sydney’s world and disappointed when the book ended.
Leigh's second installment in the Famous series is another enjoyable read. Like in Relatively Famous, the writing is solid, the pacing is fast to get to the tension filled good parts, and the characters are believable and well-rounded. Nothing and no one is perfect in this series, which saves it from being filed away as another pseudo-angsty yet saccharine sweet romance novel.
Here's what I love about Absolutely Famous:
1) Sydney pulls her crap together and actually deals with her REAL life, not the fake, witness protection-like life she had before. Instead of tearing Sydney and Drew apart, her exodus to London for work actually brings them closer together because Sydney learns how to BE Sydney Tannen again. While she is on her own, Sydney can deal with the attention in her own way, instead of relying on Drew to handle it for her. By not being cocooned by very angry Drew and a few mean looking bodyguards, Sydney learns that she can fight back (whether it's with a well placed knee to the crotch or a stern verbal assault). Her "eff it" attitude towards the media and fans makes her the strong character readers wanted to see earlier---but of course she couldn't be this character without first shedding her "Sydney Allen persona" and Drew's over-protectiveness.
2) Drew's short fuse when it comes to threats towards Sydney. I absolutely loved it whenever he went all caveman or slipped into his Boston accent. I actually found it funny whenever Sydney referred to him as "Angry Drew" or "Very Angry Drew". From the very beginning of the series, it was established that Drew was an alpha male, so his outbursts and rages about not being able to protect what's his are realistic.
3) The cast of secondary characters (Leah, Ryker, Adam, Allie, etc.) add to the story instead of just being background fodder. They all come across as real people who have real problems.
Here's what I had a problem with (again, this might be nit-picking):
1) There is still no resolution of the father situation. Sydney hasn't even started to even deal with it yet. I was hoping that she would have at least called him, especially since he was at the hospital when she was stabbed...and he TALKED TO DREW ABOUT MARRYING HER. Perhaps this will be dealt with in the next installment.
I love this series and can't wait to read more!