STARFISH: a rockstar romance by Lisa M. Becker | #bookreview

Happy Friday, book-dragons! It’s been a long time since I have been around, but I’ve struggle to type with one hand as I injured my right hand in a foolish accident. I am back now so going to kick off my return with a book review to one of my favorite romances of 2019: Starfish: a rockstar romance by Lisa M. Becker.

*Thanks to Lisa for sending me a copy for review consideration – opinions my own [like always]*

Genre: romance
Year Of Publication: 21.05.2019
Pages: 359
My rating: 5 stars

“Ambitious graduate Marin Collins accepts a four-month internship at a prestigious public relations firm to work on a tech account, but her plans are derailed when she’s assigned to go on the road with touring rock band Kings Quarters, hailed by Rolling Stone as the next big thing. Enter Brad Osterhauser, the reluctant rock star who would rather be coding computer games than penning Grammy-nominated songs.

Traveling by bus, city to city with a group of practical joking bandmates and a greedy manager, Marin and Brad forge a friendship and forbidden romance over a shared love of Seinfeld episodes, stolen moments and Red Vines.

But when Marin’s accused of betraying her company and the band, will Brad come to her defense or believe she was disloyal to him for the sake of her career?”
[goodreads blurb]

You guys, I have loved this book SOOOO MUCH! It is hands down one of my favorite romance novels of this year. The plot, the characters, the execution were so well done that I was left satisfied at the end. One of my big gripes when reading a romance is not enough angst, but boy! this novel did not have an issue with that at all!

Marin and Brad had a beautiful story arc as a couple, but also individually as we can see them grow and develop as individuals too. Their romance is not rushed at all and I enjoyed greatly reading about their budding friendship and what follows; they were sooooo sweet! Although the story obviously focuses on the main characters we also get to know the others, connect with them and understand them better; it is so refreshing for the “extras” to not be cookie-cut characters just for the sake of the protagonists to have someone else to talk to. Props also to Marin’s best friend – she wasn’t just a crutch to support the main character, she was funny, adorable and a really good friend. Marin and Grace’s relationship was absolute #SQUADGOALS! And this is what I wanted & needed!

“This body is a temple,” replies Jase, holding his arms out and shrugging his shoulder. “Temple of doom, maybe,” fumes Oliver.

Lisa Becker, Starfish: A Rock Star Romance

I did not know what to expect in terms of the writing style as it can be a hit or miss with romance, however I found myself drawn in and unable to put it down! Lisa has a talent to draw the reader in and captivate them with good characters and interesting plot. The plot was well done and I experienced a lot of emotions whilst reading this novel.

I totally recommend this novel, I had a lot of fun reading it and Lisa is one of them authors that I will keep my eyes out for!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

#BookReview: Cinderella’s New York Christmas | Romance – Retelling

Hi guys! I am super excited to share my thoughts on my latest read: Cinderella’s New York Christmas by Scarlet Wilson. I love reading romance and Mills & Boons/Harlequin are my favourites when it comes to reading choices, but I WAS NOT expecting to love this book as much as I did. Are you ready?

Genre: Romance, Retelling
Publication date: Oct 2018
Publisher: Mills & Boon / Harlequin
Pages: 256
My rating: 5 stars

cover144343-medium“Anissa Lang was going for gold when an accident ended her skiing dream. Now she’s cleaning mountain chalets–until she meets brooding millionaire Leo Baxter. He can’t resist whisking her to New York for a date, and under the twinkling Manhattan lights, these kindred spirits glimpse a new future. But they must confront their pasts before their Christmas wishes can come true!”

I honestly did not think that I would love this book as much as I did and I am super happy that I received an e-copy from the publishers to read & review it, and as always, my honest opinion! I know what I want from a romance novel and I rarely go wrong with my choices, but rarely comes a book so good that I know it’ll be a 5 start read immediately. I am so happy this book was written, is unreal! The blurb sounds really cheesy, but the book is sooo much more than that!

MV5BMTk4OTIzNTc2OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTUwNzg0MDI@._V1_UY268_CR9,0,182,268_AL_Anissa and Leo are so pure, I cannot even begin to describe… Anissa is a chalet maid and sky instructor after a terrible accident whilst competing left her with long-lasting damage. She meets Leo on the slopes and they have this instant chemistry that translated so perfectly to the reader – I felt it in my heart! Leo is a powerful billionaire who just met his new family and is shook after hearing what his parents left in the will and just wants to forget about everything when he meets Anissa.

I love Leo so much! He is the walking trope of tall, dark and handsome – and filthy rich!, however, he has so much character depth. From the beginning, he is as honest as he can with Anissa and they are very clear on what the expectations are. He is never malicious in his thoughts and is genuinely interested to get to know her better, to go things that would make her happy just because he is that kind of guy. He has a lot of emotional baggage, but that doesn’t stop him from being a decent human being with her.

Anissa, on the other hand, is still suffering from the aftermath of her accident and her 2x_e73b2495-e6df-4add-9db4-25a033971abf_1024x1024inability to ski at the levels she used to and this creates a lot of physical and emotional pain for her. She is very mature and reacts like an actual human being to the events around her, always keeping in mind the feelings of others and how her actions could affect those around her. As the story progresses we get a lot more insight into who she is as a person and how she has to re-adjust and re-evaluate everything which ain’t bloody easy, let’s face it!

Anissa and Leo are so cute and good for each other. I really appreciated the portrayal of their relationship and how healthily they reacted to each other’s feelings. It was pure, and I was there for it!

The plot is really simple and straightforward as this is a modern retelling of Cinderella, so we kind of know where this is generally going, however, it had the best characters to pull this story forward and make the reader empathise and feel what the characters are feeling.

I really enjoyed the writing style of this novel, it read so different than the kind of romance I am used to reading. There are romantic tropes in this novel [duh! It’s a romance] but somehow it felt refreshing and new and pure.

If you haven’t realised by now how much I love this book, then I failed!
I recommend this novel from the bottom of my heart, this is by far my top favourite romance of the year and possibly of all times. I will be looking up Scarlet Wilson’s other works as well in the hope that I will find something as good as this one. As soon as this novel comes out, I am going to buy myself a paperback copy because I need to have this on my shelf!