Totally did it for me. I love a complex story with a whole lot of characters, a whole lot of emotional depth and above all, I'm a sucker for a flawed hero. Star Attraction has it all.
I picked up this book expecting a light read and got a lot more than that. There's so much here.
While other readers seem to have a little trouble getting to know the heroine, I genuinely liked her a lot.
So let's face it, she's either going to work for you or she isn't. This is simply one of those books where you're going to have to pick it up and start reading to work out if the two of you will get along.
Madison and her self-doubts and insecurities really worked for me. She made sense to me and made the reader work a little to get to know her, pretty much like a strong, driven woman in real life would. She's a complex character/ and imperfect character and that's my kind of heroine.
I enjoyed reading about a successful woman who was still trying to find her way and I particularly liked the underlying question of what success means to those on the outside, as opposed to those on the inside. The way Ms. Stubbs used the friendship between Madison and her friend Lucy to explore this was really gripping. Loved it.
Jamie... I really got a kick out of this hero. Yeah he's the world's biggest movie star but, like Madison, he's still finding his way and working out what it all means and what he wants out of life. Again, imperfect hero? My cup of tea. I liked getting the insider information on what was going on in his head and seeing him grow and change over the course of the story.
I don't like doing plot giveaways because the joy of reading a book to me, is being taken by surprise but I will say that this was an absolute page turner. I tried to go to bed last night after reading three quarters of it and ended up getting up to finish it when the characters wouldn't get out of my head.
And the writing? It was some of the cleanest, tightest prose I've come across in a long time. The way Ms Stubbs uses sentence structure alone to speed the reader through her story is going to have me coming back to Star Attraction to take notes in the future.
Do give this book a go. It's rare I find a story that genuinely resonates with me from the outset and this was one of them.