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Star Crossed (StarTide) (Volume 3) Paperback – January 20, 2016
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There’s noting like a love story, of second chances, that withstands the test of time and all sorts of complications. Both Jenna Stone and Dane Hadley are searching for their second chance, in the fickle entertainment world and in love.
Together 10 years before, their relationship turned sour, and they went their separate ways. After some success in acting for Jenna and as a musician for Dane, they’re thrown together on the next go-round of their careers, and they’ll have to put up with each other or give up their dreams.
Ashworth deals with some serious issues in Star Crossed, but with grace and humor. Never did I feel weighed down by the drama. More so, the support Dane shows for his love bolsters the storyline. We all want a partner who stands by us, in those good times and bad, and fortunately for Star Crossed, there are way more good times to be had.
Now, we’re really waiting for agent Conway Davis’s story! And I have a feeling she’s going to keep us waiting!
While there is little new in the plot, Ms. Ashworth pulls it off beautifully. You care about the characters and Jenna, in particular as an abused child and adult, is thoroughly believable. What's more, Ms. Ashworth actually knows what happens on a film set and it's a delight to see Hollywood at its best.
Most of us know it’s tough enough to heal a private heartache or parental malpractice. But Ashworth ups the stakes for her heroine actress Jenna Stone and her hero rock singer Dane Hadley, by making their youthful betrayals and heartache terribly public, their private pain writ large in wince-worthy tabloid headlines. Ten years later when Jenna and Dane’s paths cross again that ugly narrative and its vicious authoress threaten both their careers and their second chance at love.
Their story hooked me right away and kept me turning the pages non-stop. I loved Jenna’s interaction with her agent Conway. Ashworth has a talent for creating likable secondary characters. When Jenna and Dane come together on a Hollywood movie set where they play on screen lovers, they’re surrounded by agents, directors, directors’ assistants, make-up and costume people, people they must trust. And yet on the set anyone with a cell phone might be a secret paparazzi, and Ashworth keeps the reader aware of the constant scrutiny that is the price of success in the movie business. The reader feels for Jenna and Dane, caught on camera and off guard time and time again with so much at stake.
Though wary of each other at first, her wounded protagonists summon their generosity and good sense to work together, and rediscover their sizzling chemistry and something deeper. But Ashworth’s antagonist won’t give up or go away and launches an all out attack on their HEA, and it is Jenna who must unlock the past and put it behind her forever. I trust that Ashworth is at work on the next book in the series, maybe about Conway?