You’ve seen this novella around here a couple of times but I made time to read it this weekend so now I get to share my thoughts too!!
About the Book
Novelist Christine Lind has achieved her lifelong dream—a string of best-selling books and a cable-TV adaptation about to go into production. But on her way to London FanFest for the cast reveal, disaster strikes: their leading man is injured in a motorcycle accident… and his replacement is the one person she hoped she’d never seen again.
Nick Cleary has clawed his way to recognition as a Hollywood actor, but it’s long past time he get the chance to show he’s more than a pretty face and a chiseled set of abs. His big break comes in the form of a juicy lead role in a new steampunk fantasy series. There’s just one catch—casting has to be approved by the author… a woman he once devastated through his own youthful stupidity.
Christine is the last person to be starstruck by the handsome heartthrob, but as the clock ticks down to the cast announcement and Nick races to show that he’s really changed, she begins to wonder if there’s more to her ex than his Hollywood persona. Except now the consequences of being wrong no longer apply only to her career… but also to her carefully guarded heart.
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In My Opinion
I love a second chance story and it is the perfect setup for novellas because there is already an established relationship between the main characters.
In Starstruck, Carla Laureano pairs an author of a wildly popular steampunk series with a hunky actor, throwing them together with a TV series creation and cast announcements. The only problem is Nick & Christine have a history—they were once engaged.
Now Nick has his work cut out for him when he sets out to prove he has changed (grown up). His hope is that Christine will give him another chance—both with the role in her show and in love.
This short novella has a lot of depth. When these two open up and share with each other, they see their faults leading to the failure of their relationship. And a huge convention in London makes the perfect backdrop.
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About the Author
Carla Laureano is the RITA® Award-winning author of contemporary inspirational romance and Celtic fantasy (as C.E. Laureano). A graduate of Pepperdine University, she worked as a sales and marketing executive for nearly a decade before leaving corporate life behind to write fiction full-time. She currently lives in Denver with her husband and two sons, where she writes during the day and cooks things at night.