Series: Limelight #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Musician, New Adult, Romance
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All publicity is good publicity, right? Unless you’re recent college grad Ellie Wagner and an embarrassing video of you and your boyfriend goes viral. Every man in your life abandons you, but who knew a one-minute clip of your latest doomed relationship would brand you a slut, prevent you from getting your perfect job, and force you to keep doing the one thing you swore you’d never do again…live with your mother.
But staying with mom and her latest boy-toy (is this husband number four or five?) until your life turns around might not be all bad. Especially when you fall – literally – at the feet of a sexy, green-eyed stranger who offers you freedom and a life of luxury on a gold-rimmed platter.
There’s only one little problem – the man of your dreams is none other than Mason Nash, the latest hip-hop star busting up the music charts. Fame and fortune are his calling cards and he’s vying to steal the show on a new reality TV series that will catapult him into mainstream stardom. Hello spotlight.
The man behind the famous persona is perfect for Ellie in every way, but can she overcome the ugly pitfalls that come with Mason's celebrity status? Or will she be forced to choose between the man she loves and the independent life she longs for? After all, fame and fortune aren’t always what they seem and not all publicity is good publicity…
Another book with a musician (I think I’m on a new obsession with musicians and motorcycle guys, but hey if it ain’t broke don’t fix it). So the big difference her for the musician theme is that the guy is not a rocker or a country star, no he’s a big deal in the hip-pop world, that’s right folks a rapper… sign me up!
Okay so first things first, I love the way Mason and Ellie meet, I mean she’s literally climbing into the window of his rental house when she loses her skirt and he finds her a** up in his bathroom. No she isn’t some crazed fan, she works for the realtor company and thought the maid had locked the key inside the house, Mason wasn’t even suppose to be there. Definitely a great intro for me.
So, things I like about Ellie. She’s smart. She’s super qualified. She’s a good person. She may have gotten some attention lately from a viral video, and while people might think less of her for the video, the fact of the matter is she was defending her own honor in the video, so mad props to her. She works hard. She doesn’t want money/attention/a job from anyone unless she has earned it. I loved that she was a strong woman. I loved that she didn’t know who the heck Mason was, and more than that, the first time in the car together she makes a comment that she doesn’t like the song on the radio and unbeknownst to her, it’s one of his songs. I’m glad she wasn’t a fan, it made it all the more better.
Now for my feelings about Mason. I liked that he likes Ellie for being Ellie. There are a couple of instances where he makes some offers to help her out in her life, but he respects her saying no, and I think he enjoys the fact that she doesn’t want anything from him. I liked that he was so willing to open himself up to Ellie, about the stuff no one else knew about, I liked that it was so easy for him to trust her. He brought her into his world, but he never pushed it on her, and he made her feel welcome, went out of his way to do so and I liked that. I didn’t like how easy it was for him to believe some of the things other people were saying, this becomes a problem towards the end, also that at one point it was so easy for him to throw all that trust he had for Ellie out the window. I went through most of the book really loving him as a character, but by the end I only liked him. He made up for it though at the very end (no spoilers).
Overall, I liked how this book was really about how Ellie was introduced into Mason’s world, but at the same time, it was about how even though Mason is a celebrity, he’s just like everyone else, with friend/family drama except his life is played out for everyone. I thought this was a fun and easy read, and I enjoyed it. I think it will appeal to a lot of people because it is more about the perils of celebrity and less about the perks, and I think people will enjoy seeing celebrities in a manner that make them just like the rest of us, so check it out 🙂