Author: Sariah Wilson
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Release Date: January 16, 2018
Genre: Romance, Clean and Wholesome
Format: Ebook, Paperback, Audible
Rating: 2 Lattes
Heat Rating: Light Roast
“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 have no idea how or when I picked up this book and the audio. I was looking for something to listen to that I hadn’t yet, and decided to give this one a try.
The audio recording (Brilliance Audio) and narrator (Bailey Carr) for this book were top notch. I would like to hear more of this narrator’s work.
I was sure it was going to get a bit cheesy, but the writing is solid, and at first, I REALLY liked Zoe – especially after the way she stood up for her beliefs in class.* One of my favorite things is when a character clearly articulates WHY they choose to behave the way they do. Her words actually made me want to stand up and cheer! I was SO excited to read more about Zoe.
Until she met Chase…
What kept me reading (or didn’t).
What distracted me the most were the over the top descriptions of Zoe’s physical reactions to Chase. I rolled my eyes more than once, and the way she allowed Chase’s early ‘flirtations’ was sort of insulting considering the way Zoe stood up to her class. It completely changed my initial opinion of her, and instead it was Chase who kept me reading.
I wasn’t bothered so much by her lies. It made sense given the storyline. What continued to throw me out of the story was the way her internal dialog didn’t match her verbal responses. Internally she was gushing uncontrollably about being with Chase Covington, but her responses were almost nonchalant, as if being with him didn’t matter one way or the other. I get that the author was trying to let us know that while she was ‘losing it’ internally, she was still cool and collected on the outside, but it didn’t work for me. Instead it felt – disconnected. Probably because the internal dialog was SO over the top.
And all the metaphors…I know it probably isn’t 100% acurate, but it sure felt like every emotion had a metaphor attached to it. *shrug* Maybe I’m in the minority, but it was very distracting from the story itself – which I REALLY wanted to get into.
Great premise. Great story. Honestly – great characters. But the overly descriptive writing made this a difficult read and the disconnect I felt with Zoe took the rating down to a two.
Quotes or Highlights:
*This is part of the scene early on in the book that made me want to stand up and cheer. This was the Zoe I expected through the rest of the book.
I was well aware of the fact that some second- and third-wave feminists advocated against celibacy, which I found to be highly hypocritical.
“I thought it was interesting that people of our generation have a lower number of sexual partners and are twice as likely to be abstinent as previous generations. Even though we’re being told the only way to be feminist is to sleep around early and often.” I probably shouldn’t have tacked on the last part. The room nearly exploded with competing voices.
“Celibacy is the patriarchy’s way of exerting control over women!”
“Haven’t you ever heard of owning your sexuality?”
“Why aren’t you sex positive?”
It wasn’t so much a discussion as a dog pile. Professor Gonzalez raised her right hand, signaling she wanted quiet. “One at a time, please.”
“I can answer those questions, if you don’t mind. No one controls me. I’ve made up my own mind.” I turned to the next girl who had spoken. “I own my sexuality more than anybody else I’ve ever met. In that it’s totally mine, and I don’t share it with anyone.”
Then to the next woman. “How is celibacy not ‘sex positive’? I’m not slut-shaming or judging anyone else. This is a personal decision that I’ve come to, and I don’t understand why you don’t want anyone telling you what to do with your junk, but for some reason you think it’s okay to tell me what I should or should not do with mine. It is the worst kind of hypocrisy because it’s coming from people who should know better.”
About the Author:
Bestselling author Sariah Wilson has never jumped out of an airplane, never climbed Mt. Everest, and is not a former CIA operative. She has, however, been madly, passionately in love with her soulmate and is a fervent believer in happily ever afters–which is why she writes romance. She has published many happily ever after stories. She grew up in southern California, graduated from Brigham Young University (go Cougars!) with a semi-useless degree in history, and is the oldest of nine (yes, nine) children. She currently lives with the aforementioned soulmate and their four children in Utah, along with three tiger barb fish, a cat named Tiger, and a recently departed hamster that is buried in the backyard (and has nothing at all to do with tigers).