STARS IN THEIR EYES
(Wrapped Up in Love Series)
by Lauren Blakely
STARS IN THEIR EYES is the first full-length novel from her New Adult Romance Series, Wrapped Up in Love, a spinnoff series from her New York Times and USA Today Bestelling Caught Up in Love Series!!!
The prequel novella, A STARSTRUCK KISS, is included in STARS IN THEIR EYES so that readers can enjoy the experience of reading through the full-length standalone novel in its entirety! And for those in the know, there is no cliffhanger in this title. However, A STARSTRUCK KISS will remain free, but as a short prequel to introduce readers to these new characters starting on release day!
A sexy and swoony new adult romance... Celebrity photographer and college senior Jess Leighton desperately needs to crash the wedding of the year. Snapping just one pic of the A-list Hollywood couple tying the knot will pay her way through grad school. But with security tighter than the bride-to-be's corset, she'll need more than her camera and smarts, she'll need help from her biggest rival--hot, British, motorcycle-riding William Harrigan, whose sexy accent can melt the panties off any woman. He's the last person Jess should trust, but he's her only ticket in. William Harrigan wants one thing - to stay in L.A. past college graduation. With a student visa set to expire, the clock is ticking. When he lands a gig that pairs him with the beautiful blond spitfire Jess, he's scored his best shot at living out the American dream. Winning her trust would be a whole lot easier, however, if he didn't have ulterior motives... But there's no faking the intense attraction between them. Try as they might to resist each other, soon sparks are flying, as they devise a plan to sneak into the ceremony. But when Jess' new celebrity client raises the stakes, she starts to smell blackmail, and soon she and Will are chasing down cheating directors, staking out clandestine trysts, and making fake IDs, all while sneaking scene-stealing kisses and hot nights together. The audience loves a happy ending, but in a town where everyone's acting and no one's playing by the rules, can Jess and William find their own ever after in time?
**Stars in Their Eyes is the start of the sexy, swoony and scandalous new adult series Wrapped Up in Love, which is a spin-off of the NYT and USA Today Bestselling Caught Up in Love series. You don't need to have read Caught Up in Love to follow this new series, but you'll likely enjoy those books!**
“You played me,” he said, but he didn’t sound mad. He sounded impressed. “It worked,” I said, pride suffusing my tone. “But the scrapes are real.” “Yeah, I feel terrible. Shall I go hunt down a Band-Aid for you now? Oh wait. You carry them with you. You’re always prepared.” “You never know when you might have to take a fall to be first,” I said, and rooted around in the front pocket of my backpack for a Band-Aid. I found one, peeled off the wrapping and started to press it onto my palm. “Let me help,” he said in a soft voice, laying the ends of the Band-Aid onto my skin. He stepped closer, his body now officially in the zone of supreme nearness–the zone that would allow for hands to explore chests, and arms to be wrapped around necks, and lips to lock again. I held my breath. My hands tingled under his touch. “This is the part in the script where the reformed bad boy touches the heroine for the second time,” he whispered. I wanted to close my eyes and linger in the moment. But I had to be stoic. I couldn’t say what I wanted to say. That this was the moment when the heroine’s skin raced from the barest touch. So I lied. “This is the part where the heroine doesn’t even notice.” He raised an eyebrow. He held my gaze. I didn’t look away in enough time. My breath caught, and my lips were parted. “Hi,” he whispered in a voice that was getting under my skin. “Hi,” I said against my better judgment, against my brain. “Are we still on for the movie tomorrow?” “You’re just asking me out because I’m the competition, right? Keep your friends close and your enemies closer?” “I’m asking because I want to go out with you. Not because you’re the enemy.” I scoffed. “At least you admitted I’m the enemy. That’s why you’re asking me.” He raised his hand, reaching gently for a strand of my hair. My feet felt wobbly with him so near to me. The earth was suddenly operating at a bizarre angle. I pressed my palm against the brick wall behind me to steady myself as he ran a finger along my hair. So softly. “I swear,” he whispered, pinning me with his gaze. “I truly want to see the movie with you. Say you’re still going with me.”
Don't you love it when you read a book that makes you smile while it engages your imagination, your mind, your senses, and teases your intelligence? This book is all of that and more!
Lauren Blakely is one of my favorite authors because her stories are not only stories full of sensuality and steaming hot love. Her stories always have a strong and intelligent plot line to thrill and entertain you.
Jess and William are meant to be. From the moment they set eyes on each other, it is not only about the chemical attraction of two hormonal 21-year-olds. There is something deeper that connects and makes them feel whole and safe when they are together. But things are not what they seem on the surface and trust is a hard commodity.
In the world of the paparazzi, the competition is fierce, you do not trust anyone or you will be scooped; you keep your enemies close so you can keep an eye on them. Hollywood is called Tinseltown for a reason. Everyone is playing their power gain in their race to success. On the surface everything glitters and seems wholesome. Being able to read the undercurrent of deceit and mendacity is the trick to survival in this environment. Our Jess is good at this game, but she is dealing with pros. Although nothing should surprise her any more, she has to stay on her toes so she does not get played.
As always, our author gives a well written, masterfully plotted story that will both amaze and amuse. It is also a story of first love and recognizing that life only gives you one chance at happiness. Recognizing your options and taking a risk at love is part of living, unless you want to waste your life by just viewing others from the sidelines.
And don’t miss the FREE Prequel Novella,
A STARSTRUCK KISS!
About Lauren Blakely: Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. Her novels include Caught Up In Us, Pretending He’s Mine, Playing With Her Heart, and Trophy Husband. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.