Review: A Starstruck Kiss by Lauren Blakely

Monday, October 6, 2014

A Starstruck Kiss (Wrapped Up in Love, #1)
Title: A Starstruck Kiss (Wrapped Up in Love #1)
Author: Lauren Blakely
Date of Publication: September 29, 2014

A sexy and swoony new adult romance...

There are no two ways about it — William Harrigan is a certified babe. He’s sexy, smart, and British, and he wants nothing more than to charm the pants off of fellow college senior Jess Leighton. Well, he does want other things; he just can’t tell her about the job he’s working since it maybe, possibly involves her. Jess, who moonlights as a celebrity photographer, is laser-focused on earning enough money snapping pics to pay her way through grad school. But when the criminally handsome William moves in on her turf, she’ll have to fend off the competition as well as resist the guy who makes her heart race and her skin sizzle.

Because this man is not to be trusted.

Right? Though if Jess wants the million-dollar picture she desperately needs, she’ll have no choice but to trust Will, and he’ll have to come clean about everything he wants from Jess. Including her.

*A STARSTRUCK KISS is book 1 in WRAPPED UP IN LOVE, a spin-off series of the NYT Bestselling CAUGHT UP IN LOVE series.*

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My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Lauren Blakely for the electronic review copy! This in no way affected my views of this novella.

Lauren said she thinks this is my kind of story and I did think so, even with just the blurb. Because, HELLO, HOLLYWOOD. I love Hollywood, I love catching up on all the celebrity gossip. I'm the kind of person who is a regular at Who's Dated Who (omg, I finally confessed this in public), Wetpaint, JustJared, JustJaredJr (because really, I'm still a teen living in a yuppie's body) and I love reading casting news, dating rumors, EVERYTHING. I gobble it all up. (Except for reality show stars, thank God. I plan to stay away from getting addicted to those.) Anyway, this is such a long intro. All I wanted to say is that YES, Lauren was right, this is my kind of story and here are the reasons why it could be yours too!

HOLLYWOOD. But, we don't get the common perspective of a star. We get the perspective of Jess, a twenty-one year-old pre-med student who's paying for college and funding her med school by taking pictures of celebrities. Yes, you got that right, our heroine is a paparazzo. Give it to Lauren to still write a fresh story in this day and age. So, we definitely get to see a lot on how the paparazzi works and the whole symbiosis I never realized the paparazzo and celebrities have. Celebrities hate paparazzis supposedly but then they need them too for their fame. If the portrayal in here is realistic, then I guess you'll learn a thing or two too like me.

College and post-grad problems! YAY for a new adult romance that tackles WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. Jess is just trying to put dough in her med school fund and William's student visa expires in two months. For those who have read Far Too Tempting (click for review), William is Matthew's younger brother. Which also means he's British. He's in LA studying East Asian Languages on a student visa and he'll be sent back to the Queen in two months if he doesn't turn it into a working visa. So we get to read about the hardships, difficulties and setbacks William face just to stay here in the US, which is what he wants to do. He hasn't graduated yet, which puts him at a disadvantage in getting a permanent job. I just love how Lauren tackled post-grad problems because finding a job is hard and it's a problem soon-to-be-graduates all have.

Sizzling chemistry. Jess and William are both so playful and they tease each other all the time. Then there's their physical chemistry. Basically, they just check all the boxes in what you're looking for in a romantic pair.

They're not broken! They don't hate their parents! YES A THOUSAND TIMES OVER.

DUAL PERSPECTIVE. Oh it's just the gift that keeps on giving! William is especially funny in this cheeky way so it's really really fun to read his side of the story.

My only qualm about this novella is that it felt like a lot happened already when in fact it's just been three days since Jess and William met. Well, it's true that a lot has happened but it just went to fast for me. So for those raising their eyebrows right about now, yes, it might irk those who hate instalove, which includes me. But amazingly, it all felt natural in here because they were just bantering and they had chemistry. They're attracted to each other but that's it. For now that is because the story continues to STARS IN THEIR EYES, the full-length novel out this October 9! Be sure to get this novella while it's free!

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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