- File Size: 5054 KB
- Print Length: 329 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Haver Street Press (November 8, 2018)
- Publication Date: November 8, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07GC8FTSZ
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,596 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Heroine Alice has faced sexual harassment from an advising professor as she works toward her doctorate in sociology and it has affected her academic work and her ability to trust men in general. Hero Griffin is a dreamy-looking actor with lots of short-term relationships behind him, but he is anything but aggressive in his interactions with Alice and allows a supportive, friendly relationship to build slowly as they learn about the pasts that make them so compatible. While supportive, he waits for Alice to come up with her own solution to the toxic situation that is keeping her from progress on her degree.
Social networks and their crushing power to intimidate are also front and center as Alice learns how hard it is to have a private life in the orbit of a celebrity and how hateful some followers and fans can be in their faceless posts. Unfortunately, this part of the story is all too realistic.
I thoroughly enjoyed this well-written and timely story, right down to the Taco (a certain fellow's rescue terrier and the deus ex machina that initially brings Alice and Griffin together). I eagerly anticipated this book and was not disappointed. Now, Ms. Nix, when is your next coming?!:-)
I read a complimentary advance copy of the book; this is my voluntary and honest review.
Without spoiling anything, the story provides a grim perspective on some subject matter readers might be familiar with. At times it made me feel hollow and upset to read this, until I realized I wasn't even reading about a real person. The narration and characterization are so concise that it feels like real events. The imagery in some of the more romantic scenes is vivid too, for anyone wondering. I had to take a break because the vapors proved too strong for my weak constitution.
If you want to feel something, read this book. If you want to experience a solid romance tale, give this book a go. If you don't like reading, you would've stopped reading this review by now, so read "Rising Star" you liar. I am always excited for a new entry in Susannah Nix's library, and this might be my favorite one yet. Great work!
[Who has two thumbs and received an advance copy of "Rising Star"? This guy.]
I thought the author did a great job with Alice and Griffin; they each had well-crafted backgrounds and nicely detailed story arcs and I liked how down to earth they both were, each with strengths and vulnerabilities,. Alice’s storyline was very topical, and handled in a realistic way, while we got a good feel for some of the downsides of being an up-and-coming star through Griffin’s eyes. A slow burn romance, I loved that they became friends first before moving on to anything more.
While I really loved most of the book as I watched their relationship develop, the story did drag for me me a bit at one point when I wanted to smack some sense into Griffin, lol. But it says something about how emotionally invested I was in the story., and I did feel for both these characters.
With engaging characters, this was a sweet and funny read, and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series. 4.5 stars