Thursday, July 25, 2013

Stardust by Mimi Strong Review

From GoodReads:

"There I was, minding my own business at Peachtree Books when this lunatic comes racing in the door and knocks me into his arms. I would have ripped him a new one, but he was kinda familiar, and hot. Like I-want-to-have-your-sexy-babies-now hot.

Turns out he looks familiar because I stare at his gorgeous face on TV every week. Yup, Dalton Deangelo. In the oh-so-firm flesh.

I let him hide out from the press for a while, then I thought he'd be on his way, and I could breathe normally again. But no. He found me interesting. He wanted to tag along to my cousin's wedding with me. I couldn't say no to that face ... or THOSE EYES. Before the night was through, he was saying sweet things, then dirty things. Very dirty things.

I try to keep my eyes wide open. I've made terrible, stupid mistakes in the past. But Dalton Deangelo's touch turns me to Jell-O.

I'm just a regular girl, and he's rich and famous with no body fat. The guy has a butler! So, why is he chasing me? And why can't I say no? And what is this sordid secret of his the reporters are trying to uncover?"

My Thoughts:

Looks like I'm updating my Summer Must-Read list! This was definitely the type of lighthearted, funny, and sexy book perfect for the beach!

Picture this... Wallbanger by Alice Clayton, meets Love Unscripted by Tina Reber.. HOW CAN YOU GO WRONG!? You can't, you simply can't.

Peaches Monroe is a hilariously down to earth girl. She is funny as hell, and I can definitely relate to her on more levels than one. I absolutely loved her as a main character. She had me laughing the whole time.

"I'm the girl you ask to come over and give your cat his daily pills while you're on vacation. And, by the way, I don't like the way your cat looks at me. Like even he knows I'm the dull one. One of these days, I'm going to drink some wine and flash my boobs at your cat - really give him something to think about."

While at work one day, she literally falls right into the arms of Dalton Deangelo. While she doesn't initially recognize him, sans his Vampire teeth from his hit TV Show, she does immediately feel comfortable in a way she's unsure of. They hit it off like they have known eachother for years. The banter between these two is refreshing.

"'How old are you?'
'Twenty-two. But I've seen things.'
'Sure you have. But have you done things?'
'A couple of things.'
'Good!' He tucked away the handkerchief and offered me his elbow. 'I'm only into dating girls who've done a couple of things.'
'Dating? I thought we were future old friends.'
'This is how we get there,' he said...."

Once it clicks as to who he is, she cannot comprehend that this major actor would be into a regular old small town girl like herself. As he pushes to spend more time together, she constantly thinks it will be the last time. But he is persistent, and will find any way possible to see her again. 

"I started to worry he was going to kiss me. Or not kiss me. Either way, I was in big trouble"

They eventually fall into a comfortable something-like-more-than-friendship. But when reporters come around with a vengeance, secrets are slowly coming out, and so are gossip columns, it is a test of if there is a future at all between them. And what happens when the movie he is shooting in her small town is over? And why does it seem like everything is flowing so easy for this small town girl/movie star guy, even with everything getting in the way?

"'Just be yourself,' I whispered to myself. 'Except be more fucking charming and not so weird. And stop talking to yourself'"

To add to the humor in this book, Peaches roommate/cousin/best friend Shayla, is the perfect wing woman. Every girl should have a friend like her (if you aren't the friend like her). She is constantly pushing Peaches into weird situations, and their conversations had me rolling on the floor.

"(after a text conversation)
Shayla replied with a string of emoticons implying a series of adventurous sex acts, involving vegetables."

All the side characters in this book are awesome. Her parents are great! Her and her mom's relationship I can completely relate to, and her father is downright funny. The old friends they run into along the way add a perfect amount of back-in-the-day backstory to the book as well.

Stardust is a light, fun, quirky, and a good time read. I highly suggest it to anyone!

*WARNING* It does leave off at a cliffhanger.. and my god, it left me begging to know what happens next!!
Book 2 is set to be released in Fall of 2013, no set date yet.

Favorite Quote:

"Let's just be two souls tonight. Two souls who are made of stardust, and found their way back to each other, the way they were destined to." 



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