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Screen Idol: Hollywood to Olympus Book 1 Kindle Edition
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My reviews are almost exclusively about the author's ability to provide a plausible storyline, their ability to write and overall impressions without doing an executive summary of the book. I found this book to be fresh in many ways. The characters while in a situation that may be over the top present a storyline that are within reason . It is easy to imagine that these characters could potentially exist and that this situation could happen . One issue that kept me from giving this book five stars was the continual reference to karma and his life coach it weakened his character in my mind. But I loved the reference to putting a grill on a wheelchair in order to protect the legs while power shopping during black Friday.
Ms Rush did a great job with little to no errors in grammar. Given that she specializes in languages this is not at all surprising. I think she is able to use this to her advantage in the verbiage employed.
For those concerned about steam levels, this as I said could be read by various ages from teens to adult with kissing only, a level 1 or 2.
When actor Chris Peck, renowned for playing Zeus on the show Olympus, shows up at her door as part of a contest prize, Sydney is singularly unimpressed. The Greek god has bad timing of epic proportions, but he somehow convinces her to let him help with her insanely busy day.
I've read a few of Elle Rush's books, and Screen Idol has her best hero yet--Chris is believable and likeable as a handsome, ambitious actor who wants to do the right thing but who keeps screwing up. He's charming, but he isn't a pushover.
Screen Idol also nicely sets up the next book in the series--Drama Queen. After reading about how evil Layla is, I'm eager to know the rest of her story.
Funny, moving, romantic, and sweet, Screen Idol hits all the right notes. And I'm not too proud to admit the ending made me a little teary. *sniff*
This is such a sweet, enjoyable romance! Sydney is about to start her busiest day of the year. She heads up a charity to help burn victims get reconstructive surgery, and it's they day that their huge fundraiser is happening. There's a beach volleyball tournament, a silent auction, and a formal event in the evening which includes a bachelor/bachelorette auction. Sydney has her schedule for the day planned down to the minute.
But Sydney's day is about to be waylaid. She had entered a contest put on by a very popular TV show, "Olympus", and Sydney submitted a lot of entries in hopes of winning the second prize. She didn't even pay attention to the first prize. But that's what she wins. Her prize is having a popular actor from the show serve as her slave for a day. And wouldn't you know, this day of her fundraiser, before the crack of dawn, this handsome actor shows up on her front door in a tux, ready to follow her every command. (No, they can't make THOSE kinds of commands - it's against the rules.) Sydney doesn't really have time to deal with an actor on her heels all day. She wasn't even notified that she had won! But she's a good sport, and puts him to work with a few trivial tasks. She figures she can ditch him at noon, when her charity event kicks into high gear. But Chris Peck, the actor from the TV show "Olympus" who is the prize slave, has his own agenda to make himself look good, so he can get a movie role he is dying to have.
So that's the basic premise of the story. What follows are a series of humorous incidents, and sometimes painful ones, that follow Sydney and Chris on their day together. Chris didn't expect his "master" to be such a kind an attractive woman, and finds himself pulled to her, and Sydney, who doesn't have "celebrity stars' in her eyes, doesn't even consider at first that some kind of romance may blossom.
There were so many details in this book that made this story so enjoyable. I'm not big on 'soap opera' types of shows, the this show, "Olympus", which is based on the lives and interactions of the various Greek gods, dressed in togas (of course), sounds like so much fun that I wish such a show really existed. I think I would really enjoy watching it. (Are you listening, Hollywood?) The characters are also written extremely well. You really get to know and care about Sydney, who is one of the sweetest yet strongest female characters I have ever come across. Chris is also such an enjoyable character, not super Alpha but wonderfully charming in his own ways, yet also sometimes a bit too self centered. Still, there is hope for him as a genuinely decent human being. There were times this story had me smiling or chuckling, and other times my heart was on the verge of breaking, not to mention a few times when I seriously wanted to whack Chris upside the head. It definitely had me pulled in and involved.
This book managed to do all this, kept it clean (except for a few really juicy kisses), and yet remained on an adult level. What a great effort! I am looking forward to reading more by this author.