Review: Famous in Love (Famous in Love #1) by Rebecca Serle

Book Title: Famous in Love
Author: Rebecca Serle
Published Date: October 21st, 2014
Publisher: Poppy
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Series: Book One in Famous in Love trilogy
Book Link: Goodreads
Purchase Link: Amazon
Synopsis from Goodreads:
The romantic story of a girl who gets plucked from obscurity to star in the next major feature film franchise based on a book and the ensuing love triangles she gets entangled in on—-and off screen. 

Meet Paige Townsen, Rainer Devon, and Jordan Wilder…

When Paige Townsen, a young unknown, gets cast in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practically overnight. Within a month, Paige has traded the quiet streets of her hometown for a crowded movie set on the shores of Maui, and is spending quality time with her co-star Rainer Devon, one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive. But when troubled star Jordan Wilder lands the role of the other point in the movie’s famous love triangle, Paige’s crazy new life gets even crazier.

In this coming-of-age romance inspired by the kind of celeb hookups that get clever nicknames and a million page views, Paige must figure out who she is – and who she wants – while the whole world watches
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Disclaimer: I read this book with On The Same Page ARC Tours.

Review:
I was honestly a bit unsure about this book. I had had so many hopes for The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle, but it hadn’t worked for me. I wanted to give the author another try, so I joined the ARC Tour for this book and boy am I glad that I did.

Normally I dislike the books that are all about the romance. I love books that are grittier in nature, ones that give me those feels. Yet as it turns out, I really needed a fluffy romance book this time around. I’ve been experiencing a bit of a slump lately, and it was really starting to drive me crazy. Once I started reading this, I couldn’t stop. It was exactly what I needed. A fluffy book with a love triangle (I don’t normally like love triangles but this one worked somehow)
Paige has been a normal teenager, until she gets plucked from obscurity to play August, the female lead in a blockbuster movie. I liked Paige a lot even though I couldn’t really relate to her. She was dealing with a lot of sudden changes, and at first she seems to want to stay connected with Cassandra and Jake, her friends from back home, but then she seemed to let things shift, where it became more about the movie and becoming August, and less about still being herself.
I normally don’t root for the “bad boy” but Jordan was awesome. He showed more of his personal side to Paige than Rainer ever did. He treated Paige like an equal, and that was something Rainer didn’t do. He protected her and coddled her and acted like she was a poor helpless little girl just because she was brand new to the scene. Rainer used to be the type of guy I’d go after. The fiercely protective type, and in fact my ex fiance was very much like him.
The cliffhanger! It’s gonna be a long wait to find out what happens next. I’m sure the drama is only beginning now that Paige picked her man (for now at least) Definitely read it if you’re up for a fun read with drama and love triangles at the center of it all. I’m giving this book 4 stars and I cannot wait to see what happens next.

Review: How Sweet It Is by Melissa Brayden

Book Title: How Sweet It Is
Author: Melissa Brayden
Publish Date: November 19th, 2013
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Genre: LGBT/Contemporary
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Book Link: Goodreads
Purchase Link: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Some things are better than chocolate…

Molly O’Brien is a sweetheart. Her friends and neighbors all think so. While she enjoys her quiet life running the town bakeshop in Applewood, Illinois, she wonders if there could be more. After losing the love of her life four years prior in a plane crash, Molly thinks she’s ready to navigate the dicey dating waters once again. However, you can’t always pick who your heart latches on to. When Jordan Tuscana, the beautiful younger sister of her lost love, returns to town, Molly finds her interest piqued in a manner she wasn’t prepared for.

As secrets are uncovered, Molly and Jordan must figure out how to navigate the difficult terrain of their multi-faceted relationship. Especially when something much deeper seems to be bubbling between them.
Disclaimer: I received this e-galley from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Review:
I’ve been reading more and more books in the LGBT genre lately and so far they have been a hit or miss for me. This one was kind of in the middle.Some parts of it, I loved while some other parts drove me insane.

Molly is clearly still carrying around a lot of pain from losing Cassie four years previously but she is also realizing that she wants to start dating again.That’s both exciting and scary. Molly doesn’t want to hurt her second family, Cassie’s family.

Personally I understood why she let Cassie’s family know that she was ready to start dating again,but the fact of the matter is,she didn’t have to. It’s none of the Tuscana family’s business when she’s ready to date. So I thought that was just a little too much. Yes they are close but what was Molly gonna do if they told her not to date yet? Agree with them? I hope not.

Jordan was the black sheep of the Tuscana family.She went as far away from the family career of medicine as she could.What never changed for her was how she felt about her dead sister’s longtime girlfriend. From the time Jordan was young,she had always crushed on Molly.

One of my biggest problems is that I didn’t feel the chemistry between Jordan and Molly. I tried my hardest to see it, but I just didn’t see it or feel it at all. That’s rough because their love story is the main plot point for this book.The idea that everything you could ever want was right in front of you and you never realized it.

“You can’t choose who you fall in love with.” -Molly

I did love how close Molly and her dad were. Very rarely do we see families as close knit as both Molly’s and Jordan’s were.Eden, Damon, Louise and George were four great secondary characters and I loved that the four of them played their parts in this book.They were definitely in the book enough which was great as sometimes secondary characters aren’t really in the book that much.

I had such high hopes for this book and it absolutely KILLS me to have to give it only 3 stars.It’s a problem when you root for the couple to be apart rather than together. I liked Molly and Jordan when they were simply friends.They were stronger characters for me when they were apart.