Sunday, May 25, 2014

Before He Was Famous by Becky Wicks

I found another book that I liked.  Surprised, right?  But seriously, I like these books.  Not head over in heels love them, but like them.  And yes, read the next one and you will see I am not always so nice to books.  Anywho, this one caused me to stay awake a bit past my bedtime because it twisted and well, read on. 

 ***Warning: this book contains graphic language, sex, and mature situations. Not intended for young adult readers.***

Book Description:   One guy, one girl. One in the spotlight. One in the shadows.

Falling in love with your best friend isn’t always a great idea, especially when he’s Noah Lockton - the sexiest, most famous new talent on the planet. When 21-year-old small-town photographer Chloe Campbell is offered the chance of a lifetime – to join her celebrity childhood friend Noah on tour as an exclusive blogger for a New York magazine – she’s certain both have put what happened four years ago behind them. But his eyes still burn; his voice is still a jackhammer to her heartstrings; all his songs are about her. Is it possible that that night still haunts them both?

The music industry is a machine, spinning hype and rumors as much as his records. It’s not just Noah’s girlfriends who’ve got it in for Chloe (there’s no stopping the Twitter-obsessed, cat-loving pop-star Courtney Lentini for starters). Pretty soon, the jealousy and media frenzy surrounding these so-called-friends takes a life-changing turn and it seems making love means making enemies at every turn. When tragedy threatens to pull the final curtain on their relationship, both Chloe and Noah must make a choice. As much as this world leaves them starstruck, is living their dream really worth living without each other?

A story of lifelong friendships, love and hope, set in a world of celebrity, fame and social media gone very, very wrong.

My ReviewWell, I started this and thought it was ok.  I reminded myself that I made a commitment that in order to receive these books, I needed to finish them and review them.  So I kept going.  Then there was a twist in Noah and Chloe's story.  And so I sent the kiddos to bed and kept reading.  And reading.  And reading.  I was about to give it up and go to bed myself when a big old twister happened and I just couldn't stop.  I was so frustrated with Noah at times - he is ultimately a good guy and has lots of love in his heart but seriously I wanted to slap him a couple times.  Chloe had me from the get-go - not really sure why but she did.  Now an aspect of the book that could have gotten confusing was the point of view.  This one switches back and forth from Noah and Chloe's.  It could have led to confusion, but it wasn't at all.  Overall, I would rate this 4 stars on Goodreads.  As I really did like it.

I am hoping people keep seeing my blog and start to follow it as I would really like to help out more authors along this journey.  Enjoy your long weekend reading!

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