Star Attraction by Vanessa Stubbs: Review

September 30, 2013 Reviews 0

Star AttractionHe’s the most famous and most desired man in the world.

She’s a hard-news journalist trying to keep her job.

When Sydney girl Madison Edwards is sent to interview Hollywood heartthrob Jamie Hall, as far as she’s concerned it’s an embarrassing blot on her credibility. As far as Jamie is concerned, Madison is just one of the thousands of people who want a piece of him. They both turn out to be wrong.

When an unimaginable attraction develops between them, they’re momentarily blinded. Could it be true love or just the glare of the paparazzi’s flashbulbs?

This stellar debut is a deliciously seductive story of our times, about celebrity and stardom – and about finding something real and true, even when the whole world is watching.

This was a story in which I enjoyed the premise – regular journalist and big movie star cross paths and find each other – but the execution of the premise was not as I would have liked. There are those that I know will love this book – however I am not one of them.

I originally picked this title, because I read a similar book a few years ago, How to Sleep with a Movie Star by Kristin Harmel (which I absolutely adore). While I appreciate that Star Attraction is a little darker in tone and subject than the other book, and I do enjoy a dark book, it just didn’t quite get there for me.

What was it that didn’t do it for me?

I didn’t really like the characters all that much. Madison, while I can understand wanting to be the big serious journo, it is as if she devalues any other form of journalism that isn’t what she wants to write. If she had as much integrity as I thought she was supposed to, Madison would have said no to the secret Jamie assignment before it got out of hand. Lovey, you could have saved yourself a lot of heartache that way. Jamie just didn’t float my boat either – he got a little “poor little rich and famous me” too often for my liking.

While I didn’t dislike Star Attraction, I didn’t really enjoy it either.

My rating: 2.5 out of 5

Release date: 21 August 2013

Purchase Links: Amazon – Penguin – iBookstore – Google Play

Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Michael Joseph, an imprint of Penguin Australia via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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