☆☆➹⁀☆ 3.5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆
What It’s About:
Colin Riley’s past wasn’t a pretty one. He’d worked hard to bury his demons. So when he crossed paths with Alexandra Vaughn, the daughter of the man that almost destroyed his life, he should have run. But he didn’t. Instead, like an idiot, he fell in love. Alex was smart, talented, beautiful, and one of the most infuriating women Colin had ever met. From the second he laid eyes on her, he knew he’d do anything to make her his. Why else would he let her trick him into starring in some play?
It was just supposed to be a way to get close to her. How could he have known saying yes to the role would change their lives forever? But that’s what happens when Richard Steed – the most sought-after agent in Hollywood swoops in promising to make all their dreams come true. It doesn’t take long before the slick agent’s true intentions become known turning him into their worst nightmare.
With a ghost from the past haunting them and an agent hell-bent on tearing them apart, is there any way Colin and Alex can survive The Rise to Fame?
The Rise to Fame is Book One in a two-book series. The second book, The Cost of Fame was published September 2018.
Rise to Fame is a melodramatic romance that is filled with lies, secrets, revenge, and angst. From start to finish, Ms. Stone’s book is action packed.
A traumatic tale of childhood abuse, poor upbringing, and questionable acquaintances leads to our good-at-heart hero, Colin Riley, having a bad reputation. He is far from perfect, but he does try to do the right thing.
The boy from the wrong side of the tracks gets the rich, successful girl, immediately proclaims his love and alpha protectiveness of her. I find instant love, claiming, and protecting, etc. to be a bit distasteful, but it does seem to be a common trait in contemporary romance heroes. The girl, Alexandra Vaughn, is a lawyer who dreams of acting on stage. She is headstrong, independent, and yet she quickly falls for earnest charms.
The most delightful aspect of the romance is that Alexandra and Colin lift each other up and bring out the best in one another while much of their universe conspires against them. There are many twists throughout the story, and Alexandra and Colin work through the hurdles as they come. However, can they survive the targeted revenge from someone who is setting up their destruction?
The dramatic highs and lows of this emotionally gripping story made for an engaging read, and I’m sure book 2, The Cost of Fame (published September 2018) is just as tantalizing.
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