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Under a Falling Star Paperback – July 2, 2016
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Well, I liked pieces of it. The opening 20-30% or so was very amusing and had me the most engaged. There is a bit of a goofy and childish tone to the whole story, actually. I'm not sure if I mean that in a bad way, lol... but I have to be in a certain mood to appreciate this kind of lesfic. I associate Jae's style with innocence and virgins and unicorns and rainbows and there's a certain audience for that. Overall, I found this to be lighthearted fluff that veered into junior high dynamics.
So it's not surprising this one is set at the company Kudos Entertainment, a Fortune 500 company that produces toys for children, lol. All the employees gossip worse than junior high and they fear and despise second-in-command Ms. Dee Saunders like an evil headmistress who paddles their behind.
Enter Austen Brooks, the new administrative assistant to Dee's brother, first-in-charge. Austen doesn't know Dee at all and is soon involved in a Christmas tree mishap that has them both spending a long night together in the ER. Austen isn't bright enough not to badmouth this crazy boss lady Ms. Saunders she's already heard so much about, and Dee isn't professional enough to come clean with her actual identity.... because she's rather enjoying bossy little Austen's company and caretaking. So they bond under this 'sin of omission' and then the book goes on forever and ever trying to resolve this conflict until it's a mere nub. ack. There are cute parts and the book does move on from the initial conflict, but at nearly 400 pages, you could easily cut 100+ pages out of this book and nothing would be missed. It was much too long.
I actually enjoy most simple, easy-reading lesfic... but struggled to like or even believe in these characters (as well as their attraction). They're just not very grown up. Dee is not very boss-like. I don't think we ever got much evidence to justify her "Attila" rep. And Austen is like a bossy little girl dragging Dee around by the nose. They seem more like two dweebs who work in a pet store. Throw in Dee's man-centered sexist family and she seems that much more like a child.
meh. I think this would have been more interesting if the author just ran with the toy company and juvenile characterizations and *consciously* gave us a dose of the likes of Big (the movie)... because adults who behave like children in a company that produces toys had a lot more potential for humor here.
I was mildly engaged.
This book was so much fun! A true romance with all the angst you could want. Because the author is Jae you know its going to have a great plot line that moves at a good rate and all the mushy awes and sexy goodness any fan could want.
Dee and Austen come from such different backgrounds that Austen just can't believe Dee's family situation until she sees it for herself. Both of them try so hard to behave in an ethical manner following rules that seem to be made for Dee alone. It is absolutely heartbreaking. She truly deserves someone like Austen who wholeheartedly and generously helps heal Dee. Austen gives her unwavering support and only once thought of Dee as Attila. They are so perfect together and extremely easy to care about and sympathize with. I loved how these beautiful women become brave and always put each other first. Thank you Jae.
The setting is convincing, especially the portrayal of the corporate world, and the story moves with real pace. Above all else though, this is a beautiful romance. It is fluently written and the humour flows naturally from the interaction of the characters.
Read this book. At the end you'll feel good about life and your only regret will be that it didn't last longer.