Thursday, April 21, 2022

Star Bright by Susanna Nix - ARC Review

She’s an A-list Hollywood starlet. He’s a gossip reporter. Sleeping with the enemy has never been sweeter…

Kimberleigh Cress didn’t get to be one of the hottest young actresses in Hollywood without learning how to protect herself. Rule number one? Don’t show weakness. Ever. Especially not in front of the press.

So when a sleazy tabloid reporter comes upon her during a vulnerable moment, the last thing she expects is kindness.

Sexy, charming, and surprisingly thoughtful, Spencer Devlin isn’t at all who Kimberleigh thought he was. After their fateful encounter, she can’t seem to stay away from him—even though she knows she should.

Spencer never expected to share an unlikely connection with the spoiled starlet who hates his guts. With the face of a goddess and an attitude to match, Kimberleigh Cress is one ice queen he’d love to melt.

Now that she’s gotten under his skin, he’ll do anything to keep her in his life. Or will he?

I can't lie. On the way into this one, I was not sure what I was going to think. It's a novella (maybe a little longer than a novella but definitely not "full" novel length), so there are places where the scenes seem to move really quickly as there is not a lot of time for the development, and I was not sure if I was going to be able to find myself engaged with Kimberleigh and Spencer.

I was wrong. There was something about this, and about the 2 of them together, that really drew me in to their story. I think because, overall, I really liked both of them. Although, I was definitely a little mad (ok more than a little) at Kimberleigh in parts when she allowed her insecurities to make decisions for her. But it's also human, and the seeds of her possibly not fully believing Spencer about something like this were planted throughout the story, so it was in character.

My heart broke for Spencer, but I understood the decision he made, the reasons he had for it. And I think that was the part that really drew me all the way in to this one. I liked them, and I wanted them to find their happiness, and I was saddened when it looked like it was threatened.

I do think, in parts, the depth of the story did get lost in the fact that so much had to be skipped over due to the length. It's not really a flaw I can hold against the book, but it's the reason I didn't come away from this one in tears because I had been through so much.

That said, I enjoyed and recommend this title.

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