Clean Read Romance, Contemporary Clean Read

#Moonstruck (2018)

About the Book

Book: #Moonstruck

Series: #Lovestruck #2

Author: Sariah Wilson

Genre: Contemporary Romance — Clean, but STEAMY!

Release Date: July 17, 2018

Over one million “likes”—but only one of them matters.

After pop star Ryan De Luna praises Maisy Harrison’s YouTube cover of his classic hit, he offers Maisy and her fledgling band the opportunity of a lifetime: to be his opening act.

Music may be Maisy’s life, but she has one ground rule: never date a musician. That goes double for a heartbreaker like Ryan. If only she didn’t feel so vulnerable to his larger-than-life charm. And maybe now more than ever, when he asks for her help to shake off his playboy image. How can she resist playing the part of his fake girlfriend for the duration of the tour?

Ryan’s never met anyone like Maisy. She sees past all the star-studded fame and treats him like any other guy. And the more time they spend together, the more he finds himself falling for her. Now he’d like to make their imaginary fling an IRL thing. But can he convince her to take a chance and trust him with her heart?

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My Thoughts

So, I immediately began reading this book seconds after finishing #Starstruck because I loved #Starstruck so much I just had to keep going with this series. And, I loved this book as much as I loved book 1. This series is seriously SO good! In #Moonstruck, we meet Maisy and Ryan who are both musicians. Ryan is at the top of his game performing to millions of hysterically screaming fans each night. Maisy and her band, however, have been at the music scene for quite a while but success hasn’t called yet. Ryan and Maisy meet one night after Maisy’s best friend takes her backstage after a Ryan De Luna concert and sparks between Maisy and Ryan fly … but not in the way you might think. The sparks are more angry and frustrated and not so much romantic. It’s actually kind of a funny scene. Maisy’s initial reaction to Ryan, and a YouTube video of Maisy performing one of his songs, is enough to pique Ryan’s interest. Not to mention he needs an opening act for his tour. Perfect opportunity for Ryan to get to know the woman who has actually caught his attention.

I recently learned about black moments in romance novels. Honestly, I always knew about these moments, I just didn’t know they were called black moments. Anyway, after reading about this plot technique I started to actually think about the romance novels I have loved the best; and, yes, the novels with the saddest, most heart-wrenching black moments are the books that remain the most memorable to me. I happened to read this article right when I was reading this book, so I was really paying attention to #Moonstruck’s plotline. In general, there are two causes for the black moment in a romance: either the hero does something dumb or selfish or his issues get in the way, or the heroine does something dumb or selfish or her issues get in the way. One of the things I liked the most about #Moonstruck is how good a guy Ryan is. He’s REALLY popular and pretty much wanted by everyone who sees him, BUT he doesn’t act like a stereotypical popular guy (at this point in his life anyway). Ryan is incredibly down to earth. He’s experienced quite a lot of life, including the traumatic death of his beloved mother, and it’s all of this that has made him into a good guy. Maisy has lived a lot of life too but she seems stuck in her sadness and grief, which has caused her to be pretty negative. I really liked the chemistry that develops over the course of the story between Maisy and Ryan. It feels natural and realistic. Ryan and Maisy are super cute together. But, I had this article in my head so I was waiting for the black moment. And, yes, there is a black moment. It’s a little depressing and heartbreaking, and I definitely wanted to have a serious sit-down with Maisy (that girl messes up big time), but I realized that my favorite romances aren’t my favorite because of the heart-breaking moments but because of what comes after — the everything-gets-fixed moment.The everything-gets-fixed moment is the BEST moment in a romance and the best moment in #Moonstruck.

I’m really loving the #Lovestruck series by Sariah Wilson, and highly recommend #Moonstruck. It’s highly engaging, super sweet, and very satisfying. If you need a fun romance novel to escape into, definitely take a chance on #Moonstruck. You won’t be disappointed that you did.

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 17, 2021, in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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