About the Book
Series: #Lovestruck #1
Author: Sariah Wilson
Genre: Contemporary Romance — Clean, but STEAMY!
Release Date: January 16, 2018
“You’ve done better.”
With one uncharacteristically sassy tweet to her longtime celebrity crush, Zoe Miller’s life turns upside down. Ultrahot A-lister Chase Covington doesn’t just respond to Zoe’s tweet, he does the unthinkable: he messages Zoe directly. Now she must decide between walking away or meeting her crush in person.
Chase knows better than to trust anyone from the Internet, but Zoe’s saucy challenge has totally caught his interest—and her girl-next-door personality is keeping it. He’s been burned enough to know he needs to keep his heart close. But his feelings for Zoe might be a lot more than just an online flirtation. He just has to convince her…
When the press gets wind of Zoe and Chase’s secret relationship, their romance turns into tabloid headlines. Will they be able to hold on to their Hollywood love story?
I am SO glad that I found Sariah Wilson’s novels. They are so GOOD! #Starstruck is another story I could not put down. I read this full-length novel in less than 24 hours. Yes, I did stay up until 2:00 AM one morning reading — that’s how engrossed I was in the storyline. #Starstruck is another “out-of-her-league” romance, which we all know by now if my most favorite trope ever. In this novel, we have a Hollywood megastar who pursues a girl-next-door heroine. Many who have reviewed this book online have called it a “wish-fulfillment” story, which took me aback a little. One, I’ve never heard of that type of story; and two, it’s not accurate. The main character, Zoe, never wishes to be with Chase, the hero. She admits to having a typical fantasy, school-girl crush on a famous Hollywood actor that began in her early teens, but Zoe is a realist. In no way does she have actual dreams that she will marry a famous person. Kind of like in Jane Eyre — in no way did Jane actually think Rochester would admit feelings for her because of his upper-class station. Why would he even think of her? She’s a servant. It’s pretty much the same in #Starstruck — Zoe is shocked time and time again that Chase wants to be with her. Cause in real life do most Hollywood megastars ever come down from their ivory towers to associate with us regular people? I actually found it quite funny how often Zoe has to fight against her dismay that Chase wants to know her. Back to the “wish fulfillment” idea: perhaps you could make an argument that Chase, once he is intrigued by Zoe, wishes to be with her, but you’d really have to stretch that. Zoe’s best friend is a bit obsessed and clearly has a wish-fulfillment issue, but Zoe does not. Actually, I think that is why I love these “out-of-her-league” romances — the heroine is typically very down-to-earth and realistic, and sees the world for what it actually is. Some may call this cynicism, but I call it being very real.
So, I loved the plotline in #Starstruck because I’m a sucker for these kinds of stories. But there is so much more that I loved about this book. The characters are wonderful. As I mentioned above, Zoe is great because she is super down-to-earth and totally relatable. These qualities make me root for her character all the more cause she’s just like all of us regular gals. I always want the regular gal to get the notice she deserves. For me, Chase is the real star of this story (hahaha — pun intended). He is a fantastic hero. He genuinely cares about Zoe — what she thinks, how she feels, what her future goals are, what her current interest are, her past, etc. He also may be one of the MOST respectful heroes I’ve ever read. He has a sordid past and he’s been working on bettering himself for the past couple of years when this story begins. One of the things he is working on is being more intentional and authentic. Posing for cameras and “looking” a certain way for MSM is one thing, but in his real life he wants to be true to his authentic self. He wants to be an actual good man. There is a scene in this story where Chase illustrates this drive to be a good man where he physically shows Zoe that her relationship boundaries as an unmarried woman are super important to him — it may be one of the BEST scenes I’ve ever read in a Romance novel. Oh! It’s so good. BUT, he’s not perfect. In fact, there is a moment where Chase messes up and almost ruins things. I like this because it makes Chase more real. He’s not the perfect hero, he’s just a really good man who missed the mark — so like life! This moment also leads to one of the best make-up scenes ever, just so you know! And, while I’m talking about characters, I have to mention Zoe’s baby sister. OH. MY. WORD. What a sweetie. Actually, I really loved all of her young siblings as they definitely added a ton of hilarity to the story, but her youngest sister, who is 2 years old, is THE BEST. She is actually the true star of this show.
I’ve got to end here. I could go on and on, but I don’t think anyone wants to read a 72-paragraph review about why I love this book so much. LOL! Suffice to say, #Starstruck is a wonderful read and I highly recommend it. I am so glad I took the time to read this seriously delightful Romance.
Note to Christian-Fiction readers: This book is STEAMY. There is no sex but the kisses are amazing and intense. If intense kissing is a deal breaker for you, I would recommend not reading this book. It’s also not a Christian story, just to be clear.
I borrowed a copy of this novel in eBook form through my Kindle Unlimited subscription on June 4, 2021, in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.