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Rising Star (StarTide) (Volume 4) Paperback – April 12, 2016
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Learn more
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As before, Ashworth's solid background in the entertainment industry makes the environment ring true and I look forward to the next book in the series.
This story begins with Mia, a struggling comedian that makes short stand-in shows and study drama while works as a waitress in her parents' Mexican restaurant. Living in LA and being dark haired, not very tall and with a full figure, she thinks that men prefer blondes and thin women. As a comedien she is witty and sassy but her self-esteem is not very high. Until she meets Randall, a handsome dark-skinned guy that follows her every audiction. First she thinks that it is a coincidence, then as she is introduced to him by her manager they begin a whirlwind relationship that soon develops to steamy encounters. But not everything is as Mia thinks. Randall has a hidden agenda... Does he really like her, an average looking working-class girl, or is he toying with her feelings? Randall also is conflicted because he cannot confide his secrets to Mia, because he want to protect her. Misunderstandings, hot love sexy scenes and the HEA that we all desire are presented in this book, with LA and the world of the show business as the background for this love story. Grab your copy and follow the Rising Star in her journey to Love and Stardom.
I enjoyed ready this book as there was a little of everything - action, suspense, and romance. There was also racial bias that Randall faced, and Mia was worried how her parents would accept Randall but that didn't become an issue. Mia is not a typical star of a book - she is very interesting as a comedian with curves.
I loved that Mia really made Blue work for his second chance, it really annoys me when I read a story where the "hero" apologizes for something major and the woman just caves in and accepts the apology right away.
I have only read the blurbs from the previous books so I can tell that some of the characters mentioned in this book are from the previous ones. I really like when an author will include previous characters in their series, I like to know if there are any updates on them!
Characters are interesting but story doesn't seem to strongly flesh out either plot line - specifically the romance, or specifically the suspense with a vague military connection (former military character). It's an enjoyable read over all, but not as intense as expected.