Series: Kelly Brothers #7
Genres: Best Friends, Contemporary Romance, Movie Star, Romance
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Movie star Gideon Kelly has always harbored a secret crush for his long-time friend and assistant, Sarah. One sizzling on-screen kiss is enough to convince him she’s the only woman for him, and he’s determined to prove to her they have all the makings of an epic Hollywood romance.
Sarah Holtz rose to stardom as a child only to crash and burn in her late teen years. Gideon was there to help put the pieces of her life back together, and she now relishes her life far away from the paparazzi flashes. Her need for privacy is the one thing holding her back from exploring something more with him. When a video of their kiss goes viral, she’s left wondering if he’s worth the risk of stepping back into the spotlight to become his leading lady.
I love a book movie star romance book, I love looking at People and imagining what the lives of movie stars are like, some whenever I see a movie star romance, I almost always pick it up. This book is pretty far into the series I believe, but that being said it can totally be read as a standalone, so have no fear.
So part of what appealed to me about this book right off the bat is that Sarah was a child star, and now she is working for her best friend, Gideon, who is a movie star. I would think that it would hard to go from being the famous person to the person serving the famous person, but for her I think it was totally the right move. I also think it helps that Gideon and Sarah are best friends and they have a great dynamic together. Of course from the beginning of the book you know that Gideon wants more with Sarah then just to be friends who work together, he wants to be with Sarah. Sarah on the other hand wants to prove some things to herself first, like that she can stand on her own two feet. Part of what I liked about Sarah is that she was able to really pull herself up after her life took a downturn, recovering from addiction problems isn’t easy, but she did it, and I totally respected that about her. I also really liked how sweet she was, she’s just a nice person and that really helped me to like her from early on in the book.
Gideon is a nice guy. I love the friendship he has with Sarah. But honestly, Sarah stole the show in this book. I felt like I knew so much about Sarah, and not nearly enough about Gideon. What I know about Gideon is that he is serious about his job and he is serious about how he feels about Sarah, and how much he wants her to let him in as something more then just a friend. I will say that Gideon also has a couple of moments where he acts a little, I dunno childish I would say, and that kind of took away from him for me.
The secondary characters were interesting, and they did a good job at providing drama for the storyline. I thought the book was really cute, and a pretty quick read for me. I think the reason why I didn’t totally love the book though was because of how things so quickly evolved towards the end with Gideon and Sarah, it just wasn’t the same dynamic the two of them had at the beginning of the book that I loved so much. That being said it was a good read for me, and I enjoyed it. If you like movie star romances you may want to check this one out!
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If anyone recognized Gideon as he passed through the crowded casino, they didn’t approach him. Part of it could be due to the corn-fed hulking mass of muscle trailing behind him, but at least it made for an uneventful trip to the steakhouse.
The real action didn’t start until the next patron walked in. A chorus of high-pitched, feminine squeals accompanied the dark-haired man, but it wasn’t until he turned around that Gideon understood why.
Gabe Harrison. A-list actor. Perennial member of People’s annual Sexiest Men list. And his future adversary on the silver screen.
A flash of recognition appeared in his dark eyes, and he extended his hand with a smile. “Gideon. So glad to finally meet you in person.”
“Likewise.” He peered over Gabe’s shoulder just in time to see Jason herding back what Sarah referred to as a pack of rabid fan girls. “You’re brave to travel without protection.”
Gabe waved it off with a shrug. “It’s only because I forgot to take my usual precautions. So, are you here for dinner?”
“No, I’m here to smell the beef.”
Gabe’s smile slipped for a moment, but then he laughed and wagged his finger. “Becca warned me about your sense of humor.”
“Just like she warned me about your practical jokes.” A wave of heat crawled up his spine. If he didn’t know better, he could have sworn his co-star was trying to initiate a game of one-upmanship. But thankfully, his brother Ethan’s girlfriend had also warned him about Gabe’s competitive streak. Becca was best friends with Gabe’s sister, and the concept of six degrees of separation had become much smaller.
“So there’s no chance of my pulling one over on you, eh?”
He ignored Gabe’s taunt and pushed toward the hostess stand. “I have a reservation for two.”
She fluttered her eyelashes at him. “Of course, Mr. Kelly.”
“Expecting company?” Gabe asked.
“Just my assistant.” He spotted a woman with red hair squeezing past the gathering crowd. “There she is now.”
As soon as he pointed Sarah out to Gabe, he knew he’d made a mistake. Not because of the way Sarah looked. No, to call her stunning wouldn’t even do her justice. The simple black dress hugged her yoga-toned body in all the right places, and her straight hair shimmered under the lights like ruby-colored silk. She was simple, elegant, classy.
And the absolute object of Gabe Harrison’s attention.
Now it was Gideon’s turn to experience the unpleasant surge of jealousy he’d witnessed in her earlier.
Her expression immediately turned wary when she saw Gabe. “Did I miss the memo about the cast party?”
Gabe pressed his finger to his lips. “Shh! We don’t want Mackinzie to find out where we are.”
Her lips twitched, and a new jolt of jealousy rushed through Gideon. “Precisely, and now that Sarah’s arrived—”
“Sarah?” Gabe oozed playboy charm as he took her hand. “You’re Gideon’s assistant? I would’ve mistaken you for his girlfriend.”
She covered a hoarse cough, and her cheeks turned pink.
Gideon’s fingers curled into his palm. If he wasn’t careful, Gabe would sweep her off her feet, and he’d never even have a chance to win her heart. He moved between them, breaking his rival’s hold on Sarah’s hand. “If you’ll excuse us, I think the hostess is waiting to take us to our table.”
“How about I join you?”
He was about to tell Gabe to piss off, but Sarah placed a calm hand on his chest and diffused his rage.
“I think it might be wise if we all moved away from the entrance before Jason gets trampled.” She nodded toward the bodyguard, who looked like he wished he wasn’t tackling this assignment solo.
“Then a table for three it is.” Gabe grinned at the hostess and tucked Sarah’s hand into the crook of his arm. “I’m looking forward to getting to know both of you. I mean, with your brother dating my little sister’s best friend, we’re practically family.”
Gideon gritted his teeth and ran to catch up with them. If his co-star didn’t turn off the charm soon, he might feel obliged to give him a black eye.