{Blog Tour} Review + Giveaway: Stars in Their Eyes by Lauren Blakely

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

One day left until STARS IN THEIR EYES is out! STARS IN THEIR EYES contains A STARSTRUCK KISS, the prequel novella to this story which I reviewed this Monday. When you buy this, there will be no cliffhanger. Whatever, I'm sure you'll just straight-up buy this because Lauren Blakely! Lauren is on my auto-buy list and she should be on yours too!

Stars in Their Eyes (Wrapped Up in Love)
Title: Stars in Their Eyes (Wrapped Up in Love #2)
Author: Lauren Blakely
Date of Publication: October 9, 2014
Genre: contemporary NA romance

A sexy and swoony new adult romance...

Celebrity photographer and college senior Jess Leighton desperately needs to crash the wedding of the year. Snapping just one pic of the A-list Hollywood couple tying the knot will pay her way through grad school. But with security tighter than the bride-to-be's corset, she'll need more than her camera and smarts, she'll need help from her biggest rival--hot, British, motorcycle-riding William Harrigan, whose sexy accent can melt the panties off any woman. He's the last person Jess should trust, but he's her only ticket in.

William Harrigan wants one thing - to stay in L.A. past college graduation. With a student visa set to expire, the clock is ticking. When he lands a gig that pairs him with the beautiful blond spitfire Jess, he's scored his best shot at living out the American dream. Winning her trust would be a whole lot easier, however, if he didn't have ulterior motives...

But there's no faking the intense attraction between them. Try as they might to resist each other, soon sparks are flying, as they devise a plan to sneak into the ceremony. But when Jess' new celebrity client raises the stakes, she starts to smell blackmail, and soon she and Will are chasing down cheating directors, staking out clandestine trysts, and making fake IDs, all while sneaking scene-stealing kisses and hot nights together.

The audience loves a happy ending, but in a town where everyone's acting and no one's playing by the rules, can Jess and William find their own ever after in time?

Pre-order from Amazon | B&NiBooks (Contains the prequel novella, A Starstruck Kiss. No cliffhanger!)


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Lauren Blakely for the electronic review copy! And to Kelly of InkSlinger PR for the opportunity to be on the tour. Receiving a free copy and being part of the tour did not affect my views of the novel at all.

I previously reviewed the prequel novella A Starstruck Kiss (click for review), which is also included when you buy this. So I'd get straight to what happens next, which coincidentally, are also why you should read this right away.

For fans of heist stories, you'll love Stars in Their Eyes because Jess and William just so happens to be intent on crashing the wedding of the year. Our two protagonists work together for Jess to snap photographs that will get her to med school and William helps Jess so he can stay in America. I can't dwell much on the hows and whats of this set-up because hello, spoilers, but rest assured Jess and William working together is a blast. By working together I mean...

ALL ABOUT THE SIZZLE. Oh you, Lauren. You just KNOW how to bring in all the hotness into the room. So yes, this novel is sexy but not TOO graphic. It is for mature audiences and has graphic sex scenes so kids, stay away!

Sweet. Not only are Jess and William sizzling with chemistry, they're also sweet. I tweeted how I had this fluttery feeling in my chest while and after reading this because William is so freakin' sweet, cooking healthy food for Jess and all that. It just gives you a warm feeling all over.

The reason why I only gave four stars to ASK is that I still don't know much about our protagonists. Jess and William are both amazing on their own and especially together but I wanted more. But all is well in SITE because we got to know the characters in a deeper way. Jess suffered from bulimia and is now hellbent on never losing control again, and that includes not falling for a guy. The last time she went off the wagon was when her grades plummeted because of her boyfriend. William shared more of his problems too and we also saw how moral he is and how adorable he and his brother Matthew (from Far Too Tempting) are. I just love the family love all around.

All the cameos. Oh, I forgot to mention in my review of ASK that Jess is actually Bryan's sister from Caught Up in Love so we got cameos by Bryan and Kat, which I love. Actually, it is so nice to be a fan of Lauren and to read all her books because everyone just makes a cameo or she nods at them. For fans of Pretending He's Mine (I think I'm the biggest fan of this), Jess's HR person at the hospital she volunteers in shows her a picture of Reeve on her PC. Jill and Davis from Playing With Her Heart show up and Jess even takes a picture of them and Jill catches up on Jess. For those who loved Lauren's erotic series starring Julia and Clay, Clay is actually actress Riley Belle's lawyer. See? Just about everyone is here and every time someone is mentioned I just smile this motherly smile because I know you guys! Still, this is a separate series and Lauren just gifts her fans with little nuggets. You don't have to read all her other books to enjoy her Wrapped Up in Love series.

Still, the Hollywood setting. Jess and her best friend, Anaka, keeps on saying how the best romantic comedies devastates the audience first then delays gratification on seeing the stars be together and hooking up. Jess loves the movies and Anaka is a budding screenwriter and these are my people, you guys. I'm one of those people who always say "in the movies" or "this is what would happen if we were in a movie". I devour pop culture as much as Jess and I love reading all about Hollywood, its ins and outs, everything.

Lastly and okay, I have to discuss this. Yes, this is pretty much instalove but like I previously said in my review of A Starstruck Kiss, I didn't mind it because it was well-written and hello, it's by Lauren Blakely. She can convince me of anything and she's one of the few authors who can make me remove my cynic hat for a bit. Instalove does happen, I guess, so be it. But while this is the case in here, see that five stars on the rating? Yes? Because I didn't care. I was caught up in Jess and William's whirlwind romance, all the shenanigans to catch photos of the stars, crashing the wedding, EVERYTHING. I was with them through it all and I wanted William to stay and I wanted them to be together and THAT FLUTTERY FEELING IN MY CHEST??? I'm not kidding. Lauren Blakely just does it, every single time.

So, if you haven't heard of Lauren Blakely, uhm, you need to read a book of her, stat! I'm darn freakin' excited for 21 Kisses, the next book in this series, starring Anaka's cousin Kennedy. CAN'T WAIT!!

About Lauren Blakely

Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. Her novels include Caught Up In Us, Pretending He’s Mine, Playing With Her Heart, and Trophy Husband. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.

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  1. I don't want to stay in my comfort zones about my genre in books but I think this book would worth the shot, isn't it? I love happy endings, SEXY and romantic novels. Thank you for the review! It really helped me a lot ♥

    1. Eek, Lauren Blakely is a goddess, Girlie. Give it a try and thanks for dropping by!


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