{Blog Tour} Review + Giveaway: Rumor Has It by Elisabeth Grace

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Rumor Has It (Limelight, #1)
Title: Rumor Has It (Limelight #1)
Author: Elisabeth Grace
Date of Publication: December 2, 2013

All publicity is good publicity, right? Unless you’re recent college grad Ellie Wagner and an embarrassing video of you and your boyfriend goes viral. Every man in your life abandons you, but who knew a one-minute clip of your latest doomed relationship would brand you a slut, prevent you from getting your perfect job, and force you to keep doing the one thing you swore you’d never do again…live with your mother.

But staying with mom and her latest boy-toy (is this husband number four or five?) until your life turns around might not be all bad. Especially when you fall – literally – at the feet of a sexy, green-eyed stranger who offers you freedom and a life of luxury on a gold-rimmed platter.

There’s only one little problem – the man of your dreams is none other than Mason Nash, the latest hip-hop star busting up the music charts. Fame and fortune are his calling cards and he’s vying to steal the show on a new reality TV series that will catapult him into mainstream stardom. Hello spotlight.

The man behind the famous persona is perfect for Ellie in every way, but can she overcome the ugly pitfalls that come with Mason's celebrity status? Or will she be forced to choose between the man she loves and the independent life she longs for? After all, fame and fortune aren’t always what they seem and not all publicity is good publicity…

***Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.***

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My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Giselle of Xpresso Book Tours and Elisabeth Grace for the review copy. This in no way affected my views of the novel.

Rumor Has It certainly tickled the celebrity-loving reader in me. You must know that I especially like romance stories between a celebrity/musician/royalty and the common folk. Being a fangirl, I guess my ultimate fantasy is to be with a celebrity. Haha! Yes, I am that shallow. Anyway, Rumor Has It certainly entertained me while I was reading it and got me living vicariously through Ellie, our heroine.

Ellie is a twenty-one year-old fresh graduate who's a boomerang kid, which means she's now living with her mom because she's underemployed. Graduating from the University of Miami with a degree in Comparative Media Studies, she thought she'd land a job fit for her. But here she is in Virginia, working as a secretary for a real estate company. Not only is she down on her luck with her career, she has also become infamous when a video of her shoving a pie in her jerk date's face goes viral. Then she meets the famous hiphop star Mason Nash, who she doesn't even know. She doesn't know him and it was absolutely enjoyable reading about it. Ellie just wants to disappear from everyone's consciousness and knowledge but being with Mason would make that impossible. What's it gonna be for Ellie?

Both Ellie and Mason were dimensional characters I enjoyed knowing them. Sure, their characterizations are common but Elisabeth Grace was able to make them interesting for the reader. Both have their own issues and hang-ups though they're not as dark and intense as other novels there. That's it, Rumor Has It was just the right blend of humor, angst and hot romance. Yes, it was hot! I've been getting tired of new adult novels recently that are so sex-centric. Rumor Has It has tons of sexual and mature scenes but it didn't make me roll my eyes at the frequency. Because it made sense and it wasn't THAT graphic (still graphic though). Plus, Mason is a dirty talker and don't judge on me but I always enjoy reading those. (Oh my lawd, did I just admit that?)

Ellie and Mason's attraction was instantaneous and it was obvious that they were destined to say the L word in the novel. So I appreciated it so much when they took the time to say it because they're mature and rational adults, who know that dating a celebrity is nearly impossible with the distance and the gossip. Doesn't help that Mason is just in Virginia for a month-long vacation. And that Ellie is striving to be independent by her own terms and efforts. The novel chronicles their romance (getting there and then making it work) and Ellie's search for a job so it also appeals to the part of me which questions my worth as I still don't have a job. (Technically, I already do but I haven't yet received my paycheck.) Not only is this a romance but it also takes a look in how sometimes, the simple life is the happier one. Then the flowers on the icing of the cake: it's told in both Ellie and Mason's perspectives. EEK I know, right?

I just truly enjoyed reading Rumor Has It and if you're up for a read that will make you hot and bothered from the steamy scenes, chuckling with the characters, squealing every time Mason kisses Ellie's forehead, go read this book! It's satisfying and a good fix if you're itching for a contemporary new adult romance.

About Elisabeth Grace

I have a soft spot for romance novels with happily ever afters and a HOT spot for alpha males! I currently live outside Toronto, Canada with my hubby, two small children and cat spawned by the devil. Life is busy, but never to busy for a good story and to share my love of reading and writing with others. Things I can tell you that sum me up...I'm a sugar and carb addict, self-professed Gandy Girl, a disaster in the kitchen, a LOVER of all music, I enjoy reality TV and I'm an early riser! When I have a moment to breath you can usually find me typing furiously on the keyboard to get my next story on paper, or curled up reading about someone else's HEA. The second book in my Limelight series, Picture Perfect, is set to release at the end of March 2014.


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  1. Thanks for being a part of the blog tour! And no worries...I think there is a part of us all that appreciate a dirty talker! LOL ;)


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