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In this case, there were no one or two star reviews. So I stupidly purchased the book. Don't get me wrong, if I would have stuck through to the ending, I may have rated it better, endings always make the book worth it. In this case, I just couldn't.
The first half of the book was decent. There was enough mystery and build up surrounding Syd and Drew that it kept me engaged, I couldn't put it down. Then it started to get obnoxious. There were far too many descriptions of scenes that didn't matter. I understand that the writer had to build the scene, but to me it was excessive. Just get to the point already. Not to mention for a while there I kind of wanted to tell Syd she was an idiot. Your boyfriend is FILTHY RICH and you keep saying that. Most rich people...well at least THAT rich are in the spotlight, the place you don't want to be!
The steamy scenes didn't get my heart racing, and part of this is because I have become a snob regarding steamy romance novels. I hate to admit it, but I have read one too many, and this was at the lower end of the spectrum for me.
At the end of the day I threw my Kindle on the couch and marked this book as another loss. Some might find it entertaining, but I did not.
Spoiler: Possibly the most hideous moment that made me want to break things when I read it - the main characters have unprotected sex, and somehow the girl thinks she won't get pregnant because she runs a lot (WTF?). She talks about all these one night stands she has, and yet she's somehow not on birth control, and it apparently doesn't occur to her that the morning after pill is available over the counter at every drug store in America. --> Contrived, stupid behavior to arrive at the ridiculously obvious plot point that follows.
The daughter of a famous acting couple is stocked, involved in a serious car accident - thanks to paparazzi - and attacked in her own home, all by the age of 12. Taking their careers out of the picture, the couple divorce and mother & daughter move to New York. They change their last names and a life out of the spotlight begins.
Sydney continues school at the age of 12 in bustling NYC instead of Los Angeles and is taunted by kids,at school until the next celebrity child,is thrust into the spotlight. At private school, Sydney and Leah become best friends and the friendship continues into adulthood. Leah opens a bakery cafe and Sydney joins the team at her Mother's interior design firm.
To control her panic attacks, Sydney is a dedicated runner and practices yoga. Her exercise goal is to exhaust herself before bed, so her haunting childhood nightmares don't wake her. On one of her runs, Sydney falls on black ice and gashes her arm badly. A kind older gentleman races from his car and escorts Sydney into a local MMA gym to receive first aid attention. It is here that Sydney first meets ruggedly handsome Drew. .
This story is about Sydney & her relationship with Drew. It's sexual, energetic, full of secrecy and a very revealing ending.
Actors make their living starring in plays, musicals, tv shows and movies. They are given characters to explore and provide a persona for, but are not their character. It's often difficult for people to separate the actor from the character and obsessions begin. In today's sociery, nearly everyone has a camera with a phone, a means to access the internet and more information that is false to keep an actor at the top. More fans, more money, more problems. At the beginning and end of everyday, we are all just individuals with a variety of likes, dislikes, occupations, hobbies and want love & acceptance from those we care about. The paparazzi tries to capture the "real" lives of actors & celebrities, but in the end, they are regular people too. Their occupation is different, but that's it. Enjoy the book & try to remember that Actors are people too.
I'm not so much "into" movie star books. There have been a few notable exceptions, but the reason they're exceptions is because the stories don't revolve around the "stardom" or "red-carpet lives" of the stars. This started out like that - a story involving Hollywood, but not ABOUT Hollywood, and the characters are written smoothly so you want to know more about them. Told from Sydney's POV, we get to know Drew along with her, and I definitely enjoyed that! : ) I also enjoyed it even after it kinda turned "red-carpet" after Syd's movie-star mom decides to get back in the game, so there's that.
There is a book 2, of which the first couple chapters are available on the author's website. It looks good, like it might follow the path of Love Unscripted/Unrehearsed, where we'll be following the H/h's relationship & not putting them through a chase to get one another. I'm hopeful, and looking forward to book 2. : )