Series: Famous #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Millionaire/Billionaire Hero, Movie Star, New Adult, Romance
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Sydney Allen is trying to be your average 24 year old New Yorker. It’s hard to be average though when your mother is Evangeline Allen, an Oscar winning actress known as “America’s Sweetheart” to moviegoers across the globe. It’s even harder to be average when your dad is Reid Tannen, Hollywood Bad Boy and one of the highest paid actors in the world.
Their divorce when Sydney was 12 years old was set off by a series of haunting incidents that left Sydney scarred mentally and physically. Hollywood destroyed her parents’ marriage and almost destroyed her. She hasn't owned a TV, read magazines or watched movies since the divorce, refusing to take part in an industry that brought her so much pain.
Now 12 years after her mother took her from LA and hid her in New York to keep her safe, no one but her best friend Leah knows who Sydney is or that her parents are famous movie stars and she’s determined to keep it that way. She guards her identity fanatically, not letting anyone get close enough to her to find out who she is.
When Sydney meets the gorgeous but mysterious Drew Forrester at a run down gym in Hell's Kitchen, her life changes. It’s time for her to decide if he’s worth sharing her secret with, or if she’s better off being alone forever. Or maybe she’ll find out that she’s not the only one hiding something. Dating Drew, Sydney is forced to confront all of her fears at once; celebrity, fame, tabloids, stalkers. Can she survive another high profile exposure to the world?
I picked up this book because it was free and 3am and the synopsis worked for whatever mood I was in that early in the morning. I’m glad I picked up the book though, because I ended up reading the first three books in the series very quickly, and I enjoyed all three books.
Most girls like the idea of a famous or rich guy coming into their lives and sweeping them off their feet. Sydney did not feel that way. Not one bit. I think that is part of what made her so interesting. Sydney is the daughter of two very popular a-list movie actors, and to say her childhood was scary would be an understatement. She literally carries scars on her body from where paparazzi got out of control, and don’t even get me started on the creepy people who hang stalked this poor little girl because of who her parents were. Needless to say Sydney has severe anxiety issues, and basically avoids people knowing who she is at all costs. This basically means she is living in a self-imposed prison, she doesn’t like to leave her apartment and works as an interior designer from home. I liked Sydney, she was interesting for sure, but she also in some ways so sheltered. She has no idea who is famous, doesn’t listen to the radio (hello music only before the 80s) and just in general keeps off the internet, so news of the world is not her thing. I can’t imagine being that cut off from the world. This has kind of resulted in her being more innocent than most in my opinion, which again just made her more interesting.
Now for our leading man, Drew. I liked Drew a lot, but he was definitely hiding something from Sydney early on. I think Drew finds Sydney interesting for the same reason why I found her interesting. He’s a pretty nice guy too, he’s sweet, and thoughtful, and goes all out for the girl he likes. Plus I really liked the whole Boston thing, I mean I have a soft spot in my heart for Boston, so he already has a step up when the book started.
The two of them together just worked for me. They had some serious obstacles to overcome, but they had great chemistry from the start and once they got to know each other on a deeper level they just kind of fit together. Drew does have jealousy issues, and Sydney has issues of her own to get over, but watching them come together as a couple was great. There were some suspenseful and scary moments in the book, but it just made the storyline even better. There are some good villains in this series that I really enjoyed readying. I have no problem recommending this book and this series to anyone who likes new adult book.