When the opportunity to costar in a feature film arrives, Beth and Aidan fight to keep their relationship out of Hollywood’s rumor mill and away from the ever-watchful eyes of Starlight Studios head Luther Mertz, who condemns a union between them and threatens the future of Beth’s acting career.
The pressure mounts as the cameras roll. Beth and Aidan navigate the precarious heights of superstardom while exploring their physical desires in secret. Beth grapples between the debilitating nervousness over her sexual inexperience and her unbridled need for Aidan. Meanwhile, the demons from Aidan’s past he thought forever vanquished linger on the fringes of a fragile inner peace . . .
I was introduced to Alexandra Richland's writing with her book Frontline. Even though I really enjoyed Frontline, I LOVED her Starlight series. I started the first book Starlight on Sunday afternoon and have spent the last three days absolutely absorbed into this world. I finished the first book late last night and spend all day reading book 2. I wanted to have my review for book 1 up as well, but unfortunately I could not make it in time to do so. But never fear I WILL review the first book later I the day.
As is my custom with the second book in the series, I won't go too much into the detail of the synopsis, but instead focus on the aspects of the book that I really enjoyed. But to get a taste of this story, take a look at the excerpt below and the teaser above.
Before I even get into the plot or even the character development or world building, I must start off with the first thing that made me fall for the story; the amazing writing. The best way for me to explain the writing in this book is to compare it to paintings. There are certain paintings that are meant to be abstract. The painter takes one or maybe a few different color of paint, and completes their image with a few single strokes. They there are those painting that might have taken the artist months to paint with many different colors, layers and dement ions to the painting. And that is how I would describe the style in Alexandra has written this book. She describes everything so beautifully that it allows you to get so engulfed into the story where you feel that you are actually there.
The next aspect of this book that I really enjoyed was the chara6cter development. We got to know Beth and Aiden really well in book 1 - Starlight, and they over came a lot in book 2, specifically Beth. However in book 2 we get to see them grow even more as a couple as well as individually.
I loved seeing how Alexandra wove in the historical aspects, specially as they applied to the golden Hollywood years. Living in California; Los Angles specifically, I always get asked by out of towers about Hollywood. And Frankly Hollywood now a days is a dirty crowded street, with lot of tourists, adults dressed up in costumes and a ton of souvenir shops. I think what most people are looking for when they think about "Hollywood," is the glitz and glamour that Alexandra describes in this book. And it was absolutely enjoyable to read about.
You find yourself getting invested in so many aspects of the book - the characters, the world, and specifically the writing. After reading over 800 pages of this amazing story between Beth and Aiden, I am lost in a haze and really wish I had book 3 to find out how their story continues!
Excerpt from Starbright:
When she is not on duty, Alexandra escapes into her own imagination. Therein lies a fantasy world of thrilling adventure, gorgeous men, classic Hollywood glamour, exotic getaways, and a seductive dose of romance. Alexandra captures these stories in her popular novels, The Starlight Trilogy and Frontline, her novella, Slip Away, and her short story, Gilded Cage.
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