Title: Star Crossed (Stargazer #1) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Jennifer Echols
Publisher: Pocket Books
Release Date: February 26, 2013
In My Opinion: Worth a try!
One Line: Not as good as Jennifer’s YA books, but I did manage to finish it, so I’ll give her that!
About the Book: Wendy Mann loves her job rescuing celebrities from public relations scrapes. She grew up with nothing, and now she’s drawn to glitz, glamour, and a lighthearted lifestyle. She speaks her mind, so she’s just the tough cookie to tell stars the truth about how other people see them, even when they don’t want to hear it. But after six years at the top of her game, Wendy crosses the line. A star she was sent to save rebels against her and nearly gets her fired. To salvage her job, she must rehabilitate the career of a singing starlet with a penchant for posting inappropriate photos of herself and arguing online with her famous ex. Problem is, the ex is represented by Wendy’s arch nemesis from college, the hot and haughty Daniel Blackstone. And both stars are scheduled for a collision course on national television, broadcast live from Las Vegas.
Daniel’s uneasy when he hears Wendy Mann from his firm’s most hated competitor has been brought in to revive the career of his client’s ex-girlfriend. Daniel must win at any cost. And if he has to seduce Wendy to smooth the way to their partnership, he’s willing to sacrifice himself for the cause. But Daniel doesn’t count on the scorching heat between them—and when they get to Vegas, all bets are off.
It’s sad to say that I really wanted to like Star Crossed, but it just didn’t do it for me. I felt like there was just too much fluff, not enough going on, and the romance was meek, at best. I couldn’t connect to any of the characters, the plot ebbed and flowed, and it was really too long of a book considering how much of it was actually enjoyable or relevant to the story. I definitely thought there was way too much “telling” and not enough “showing” in this book, also, a bit too tangential for my taste.
I did, however, like Wendy and Daniel’s relationship, to a point. I could easily see the attraction, and they knew each other from college and liked each other back then, too, so it wasn’t hard to believe how quickly they fell for each other. I did enjoy their conversations and they were compatible, that much was obvious. But I didn’t really feel the heat and I couldn’t connect to them as individuals. Daniel was out to prove himself to his father, even though he really doesn’t want to take over the family business. Wendy is trying to save her job at her firm, and that seems to be the only worthwhile thing in her life. There was even a point in the book where Wendy gets her friends from the firm to come help her, because even though she’s supposedly perfect for the job, she needs help for some reason; and they basically show up, talk to her about staying away from Daniel, and then leave. Seriously?!
Don’t even get me started on the celebrities these two are supposed to be looking out for. They are so inane, ridiculous, and just plain pointless to the story, except as the reason why Daniel and Wendy run into each other again. I didn’t like their parts at all, and after a third of the book, I was pretty much just skimming over their scenes. Yes, they were young, stupid celebrities who needed to get their act together so they wouldn’t get kicked off as presenters at an upcoming awards show, but the seriousness of the whole thing, what Wendy and Daniel concoct for them and make them do, it just didn’t make any sense to me and I was just left feeling “what is the big damn deal?!”. I honestly think it was just fluff.
Now why am I saying it was even worth a try? Well, there were some good moments. Like I said, Wendy and Daniel basically hold up the story for the whole book and if you cut out all the pointless parts and just stick to them, then it was okay. I hated that the main focus was about the celebrities and not enough attention was paid to Daniel and Wendy, especially since someone from Wendy’s past makes quite a few scenes throughout the book. Bottom line, if you see this at your library or at a friend’s house and you have nothing else to read, sure, give it a try. If not, then you’re better off reading something else.