Monday, June 6, 2016

Hollywood Stardust Series Review

I had never read anything by Kim Carmichael but when I saw this series being offered for review I was more than intrigued.  I mentioned in my post yesterday that the books in this series can be read as stand alone books and they absolutely can.  I wanted to read them  before the release of Idolized this summer. I was very surprised at how much I liked each of the stories.

Typecast takes place 20 years after the release of the movie Hollywood Stardust.  The movie featured 4 young actors who went on to become teen idols. The all grew up in the spotlight and responded very differently to the celebrity lifestyle.  Logan Alexander has tried to very successfully to fade into the background for the past 20 years but now he has to resurface to handle the press for the 20th anniversary of the movie.  Ivy Vermont has been obsessed with the movie her whole life not to mention her infactuation for Logan himself,  She has grown up in Hollywood so is no stranger to dealing with celebrities but something about being assigned to interview Logan has turned her whole world upside down.  The character Logan played in the movie was the villain or bad boy.  The more time these two spend together the more they realize they may be exactly what each other needs to move forward in their lives and find the happiness they deserve.  I don't want to give away any spoilers so I am just gonna stop there.  The chemistry between these two is very hot.  The only thing that tripped me up about this book was that it starts out reading like a playbook. I was a little confused by theis but once I realized what the author was doing I was hooked.

The second book in the series is Limelight.  This is the story of Drew Fulton, a  "good guy" in the Holly wood Stardust film and the leading love interest Erin Holland.  Drew and Erin were young when they were cast in the movie together and he fell hard for her.  It was not a happy ending and he did the only thing he knew how to do.  He disappeared from the Hollywood limelight and started a brand new life under a different name.  He has had the most successful departure since the film required him to wear all kinds of makeup and prosthetics during the movie.  The 20 year anniversary of the movie has made him realize how much he wants to be back out there front and center and just ow much he wants the girl that broke his heart back.  Erin  is not sure how to handle Drew showing up again in her life after all these years but she definately has strong emotions towards him.  They can barely keep their hands to themselves but both of them have to figure out if persuing a career or the love they walked away from is more important.  This book I liked even more than the first!

The next book that I read was Facade.  This was not about the movie from the other 2 but it is about the same type of celebrity stardom.  Erik Renevant had it all. He was lead singer to a super popular band, women loved him, and he was living it up basking in the limelight.  Then he suffers from a major accident that leaves him scarred physically and emotionally and he withdraws from society to avoid any comparisons to his former self.  Christine Day has wanted nothing more than to be a famous singer.  She finally gets a chance to work as a backup singer for a band that is entering the Stage of the Stars reality show competition and  is planning to use it as a way to launch her own career.  She meets Erik and the two of them discover a pretty steamy connection and realize that maybe they can help each other move out of the shadows.  The best part of this book.........I am a total theater geek and it is based on The Phantom of the Opera!  If you even have a mild idea of how the story goes you will be able to see the comparisons in this book.  It was very well written. I liked this one best of all.  It has a fairy tale like quality to it.  

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