Tuesday, 23 August 2016

New Release & Review: Lucky Star by Rebecca Caudill

What happens when two best friends who are secretly in love with each other hookup after one too many shots of tequila? For Sarah Travers and Cameron Scott, their friendship is quickly overshadowed by the uncertainty that comes with crossing the line from friends to lovers. Their problems are compounded when Cameron is cast as the lead in a major Hollywood blockbuster and he must decide what’s more important: sticking by the woman he’s loved since the moment they met or the bright lights and temptation of superstardom.

When I met Cameron we hit it off like macaroni and cheese. Now we’re practically inseparable but I’ve been hiding the fact that I’m in love with him. Truly, madly, deeply. He finally figured it out and everything changed between us forever. That’s not my biggest problem though. You see, Cameron just landed the role of a lifetime and, despite how he feels about me, I’m worried I’m about to play second fiddle to the bright lights and temptations of Hollywood.

I think I’ve loved Sarah since the first moment I laid eyes on her. It goes without saying she’s funny, smart, and has curves for days, but it’s more than that. She’s my light in this cynical, messed up world called Hollywood. I’d do anything to be with her, but I keep screwing up what should be easy. Now the studio is pressuring me to date my new co-star as part of a PR campaign and all I can think is maybe Sarah and I weren’t meant to be.

With insight into Hollywood's film industry, Rebecca Caudill's Lucky Star is an entertaining friends to lovers story set in Hollywood and Vancouver Island.

Sarah Travers is 5'6", a red-haired with green eyes and curvy. She works for a Hollywood director and loves her work. At thirty-three years of age, she's an embarrassment to her mother who constantly puts down her daughter at any given time. Thankfully, her friendship with Cameron Scott and their mutual friends keep her happy, mostly until an incident with Cameron changes their relationship forever in more ways than one!

Cameron Scott is 6'5", blond, gorgeous and an actor. He left small-town Ohio with his best friend Mike in tow and headed to LA to become an actor. Now fourteen years later, thanks to a tip-off by his friend that works for a director, he's about to become a household name. Only, does his friendship with Sarah mean more to him than becoming a star?

Cameron will melt your heart. He isn't perfect, but he knows his own mind, even if his well-intended impulses sometimes don't have their desired effect. There's sincerity in his actions as he realizes the price of fame has a hefty person price tag. 
Sarah is adorable, but no pushover. She's racked with insecurities, yet has managed to work her way into a job she loves. Even if her first love; painting has taken a back seat. She's willing to sacrifice her personal feelings for the man she loves.

I really enjoyed this book, but towards the end, it just lost momentum for me. The latter part was still enjoyable but didn't really add anything else to Sarah and Cameron's story apart from tying up their HEA. The beginning is insightful as we delve into the murky dealings of the film industry and how the PR machines manipulate the public's perceptions of their stars. Then we have the two protagonists, both suffering on a personal level because their mutual love is unrequited.

This is the first book I've read by this author and definitely interested in reading her next novel 'Trying Sophie' because I loved the references to Vancouver Island within 'Lucky Star.'

***arc generously received via Ink Slingers PR***

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Rebecca has always loved writing stories. When she won a writing contest in third grade (a 1000-word epic tale about her teddy bear, Max), she announced she would someday become an author. When she wasn't writing her own stories, she was sneaking copies of her mom's paperback romances to read late into the night. (Which, thinking back, was probablynot appropriate.) After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000 with a degree in Journalism, she embarked on a career in technology public relations in Silicon Valley, working for some of the country's hottest start-ups and publicly-traded companies. In 2014 she retired from corporate drudgery to write full time.

Rebecca lives in Dublin, Ireland, with her husband. When not writing, she is exploring her new city and traveling across Europe searching for inspiration for her next story. (Hint: it involves travel and rugby.)

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  1. Thank you for taking the time to review Lucky Star and provide your feedback. So glad to hear you enjoyed Sarah and Cameron's story.