Thursday 8 September 2011

Review: Star Struck - Jane Lovering

Genre: Romantic Fiction
Pages: 301
Published: Sep 1, 2011
Publisher: Choc Lit
Source: For review
Our memories define us don't they? And Skye Threppel lost most of hers in a car crash that stole the lives of her best friend and fiancé. It's left scars, inside and out, which have destroyed her career and her confidence. Skye hopes a trip to the wide dusty landscapes of Nevada and a TV convention offering the chance to meet the actor she idolises will help her heal. But she bumps into mysterious Sci-fi writer Jack Whitaker first. He's a handsome contradiction cool and intense, with a wild past. Jack has enough problems already. He isn t looking for a woman with self-esteem issues and a crush on one of his leading actors. Yet he's drawn to Skye. An instant rapport soon becomes intense attraction, but Jack fears they can t have a future if Skye ever finds out about his past ... Will their memories tear them apart, or can they build new ones together?

My thoughts:
This book is not straight out contemporary romance, instead as I wrote it's more romantic fiction. The feeling of the book is darker, there are a lot of issues and people struggle. The tone is this mix of serious and more.

Skye is really messed up. She is afraid of crowds and wants to stay inside. She was in a horrible accident which killed her fiancé and best friend and the trauma is still with her. Poor Skye, so broken, and not remembering one bit about her life before. I did like her, because she was nice, I felt her pain. I understood that she could not brave the real world. But she is not in that dark hole long because she will learn to cope in this book. Her friend is taking her to this convention for a sci-fi series. Oh yes Felix, her friend, I did not know what to make of him. He was so bossy and cheerful, but he is dealing with sadness too and we will learn more.

While in Nevada she meets Jack who helps her since she was scared during the car trip. Mysterious Jack, we got a lot of hints that he was hiding something and he sure was. Everyone is a bit broken in this book. Even Gethryn who is the sexy lead actor of the show, the guy Skye has been lusting after.

But I liked that, broken people, trying to move on, trying to move past it, to cope and to survive. Some hiding it better than the rest. It made it real and the romance, well no one is falling in love at once. Skye has to deal with herself before letting someone in. But yes there is a HEA, or the road to one. There is a romantic feeling over the book after all.

A different sort of romantic book. I really liked the setting since I am a nerd after all, good characters and excellent secrets.




  1. The cover caught my attention. Sounds like a good read. Good review.

  2. Wow! Based on the cute cover, I wouldn't expect this one to be dark and overly emotional. But now you got me wondering about the difference between contemporary romance and romantic fiction, so I'll have to check this one out!

  3. This sounds like something I would dig. I love when broken people help each other find the way. Great review.

  4. This does sound interesting a bit different from the normal romance books. One to look out for.

  5. Romantic fiction? Well, it feels like a case of les vérités de la Palisse (a truism) - every romance is a fiction of a kind. ;) Nice review!

  6. I could see really liking this. I also like it when protagonists are a little flawed. Makes them more real.

  7. Yes it is really a cute cover - so you define the difference between contemporary romance and romantic fiction... hmmmm - I liked that. Sounds like I would prefer romantic...

    I was just trying to figure out the difference between urban fantasy and paranormal romance for that last review that I did.... very interesting.

  8. I like that this one is a little darker, I'm always attracted to characters who are a bit broken or damaged and we get to see them start to repair themselves as the book progresses. Adding to the list!

  9. Linda
    It does look very cute :)

    It is just a very hard book to describe. Cos even in its darkness it is never dark. There is still light and humor, in a way

    I might just have made it up ;) Lol, but I just do not want to call it con rom. Because it's, oh I do not know. It's like contemporary romance had a kid with fiction, and their cousin was chicklit and their mother women's fiction

    It is lovely to read. To see that people can heal.

    It does give you a bit more than just two people falling for each other

  10. If I ever start reading m/f again, this one has potential.

  11. Ana
    Aye I know, Let's just call it a more less cheesy contemporary romance then, lol

    True, it does make them feel more like us normal folks

    It took me forever to make a difference between UF and PNR. Cos to say oh yes urban setting in UF does not make sense since PNR often takes place in urban settings too. So I just see it like this:

    UF- lots of fighting, maybe some sexual tension and romance but not the focus of it all
    PNR- lots of sex, romance, a bit of fighting, and then sex again
    UF PNR - the bastard child of these two where there is romance and fighting and then everyone gets confused

    Then you'd like this one. A lot of them are broken in their own way and we get to see why this is

  12. Sounds like a different take on a romantic book - I like it!

  13. Chris
    Praise from you :)

    I liked it too :) Did not see things coming

  14. Heck I'm a nerd and I also love the sound of broken characters moving forward. Sounds like a good romantic fiction. I am going to have to check it out!

  15. Sounds sweet, despite the hardships of the main character. Love the cover too.

  16. That is a great cover. Yep, the story sounds much darker than what the cover portrays. I think I'd like it.

  17. I love the sounds of this one! I'm definitely adding it to my list.

  18. Oh I love that cover first off. And I really like the sounds of this one. Sounds like a cute read, well other than the accident that takes her fiance and friend. :) Thank you.

  19. I don't mind reading about broken people. I like it, actually, as it's more realistic.

  20. I like the sound of this one, the fact that it's darker and there's issues and what you said about "broken people, trying to move on". Yep I think I'd enjoy this one lol

  21. Melissa
    This is a good book for a nerd. I would love to go to a convention :) And to meet the lead ;)

    It was sweet. And it was good that they had issues

    The cover does look all sweet and nice, but I guess it was like the chracters who hid things.

  22. Yvonne
    I hope you enjoy it

    That was long ago, but yes quite a sad start. just like that Mansell book I read

    True, I like it for that reason too

    It does make it a bit more than other books out there, and I really liked that about it

  23. It sounds like the characters in this book are flawed, and that makes them interesting and more realistic. Nice review.

  24. Naida
    They sure are and it's good, not for them, but for us cos they feel real

  25. hmmm, not sure about the darkness of this one, i'm glad you liked it though!

  26. Carrie
    The darkness is never really heavy, it is just there behind them when they are moving forward

  27. I would expect this to be light and fluffy with that cover. I'm glad you enjoyed it so much.

  28. Love the sound of two people helping each other heal from their past.

  29. Bermuda
    It does give that feeling, but then again it works :)

    I liked that too

  30. Thanks for the review, but not a book for me.

  31. Aurian
    It's really sweet though ;)



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