Love is a luxury for the weak.
At least that's what Madison Nottingfield’s father always said.
Coming from a long line of old southern money, Madison has come to accept the uncomfortable job of helping her father in his pursuit of wealth and social status. But by the time she turns seventeen, she’s grown weary of being her father’s favorite way to gain power and prestige.
After being nominated to one of the few debutante positions in her affluent country club, Madison thinks her life’s about to hit easy street. If she can learn to stand on her own two feet, she wouldn't need to succumb to her father's whims. For once, she can do what she’s always dreamed of doing; she can’t wait to move forward with her secret plans of ditching her ballet slippers to sing at the year-end talent show—the most important event of the entire year.
All of Madison’s hard work seems to be falling in to place, until her conniving parents make a demand…
…it almost completely stops Madison in her tracks. Would their plans for her future kill the one thing she desperately desires?
Refusing her parents’ request would mean losing everything… family, friends, and her pedigree. But, giving in would mean turning her back on the only thing she’s ever truly wanted.
**This is a stand alone novel. Contains some language and adult situations**
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About the Author
Jordan Deen is a Young Adult and New Adult Fiction writer from a small suburb of East St. Louis, Illinois. Her novels are a mixture of urban fantasy, paranormal and edgy contemporary. In her free time, she loves to read, bake, attend concerts, travel and play with her two-legged and four-legged sons. She is known for her love of quirky clothes, multi-colored hair and has a fondness for tattoos, high heels and cupcakes. In addition, she is a tech junkie that can be found most mornings and early afternoons on her tablet talking to folks on Facebook and Twitter about books, current events and music. Her debut novel, 'The Crescent' was a 2010 Reader's Favorite Award Winner. Her third novel, 'Breaking Lauren' was a Texas Book Association Finalist in 2013.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite Counting Stars is a novel written by Jordan Deen. Madison Nottingfield is from a family of snobbery and high class. Her parents had become extremely wealthy at the expense of others, with their belief being that if you don’t profit from something in life, don’t do it. Each time a social event arises, Madison is hired out by her parents as an escort to the highest bidder to keep the money coming. Should Madison dare protest, her mother physically attacks her daughter if her father is too drunk to do so, leaving Madison swollen and bruised. After Madison develops feelings for rich and handsome Liam Ellison, she is stunned when he openly asks her out on a date, which she quickly accepts. Much to her dismay, her father has other plans for her with Rand McDaniel – the brother of a girl Madison’s drunken father had recently hit with his car, leaving her fighting for her life in hospital. With the threat of being disowned, cut off from the family name and everything she owns, Madison has no choice but to seduce Rand, but her sexual advances are quickly rejected. She also starts doubting herself after Liam treats her as less than worthless each time he is with her. Feeling emotionally isolated, Madison makes her way to the hospital – a decision which changes her life forever. Jordan Deen has written a most interesting story which not only shows that money does not buy happiness, but also opens up the sad life of an abused young heiress who must do the unthinkable in order to keep her parents’ wealth increasing. Counting Stars is an incredible book; the title refers to the moment Madison’s life changes from one of material wealth to her feeling true love for the very first time. The tale runs at a steady pace from start to finish and the characters are very believable. I questioned several times why Madison would not go to the police when assaulted, but quickly realized that her parents would buy their way out of that situation also. Counting Stars is an emotional roller-coaster, bringing a tale of love, lust, passion, abuse, corruption and desperation which results in a shocking truth. I look forward to reading this story again and again, and recommend it to readers over 15 years of age who like their drama to be touched by intrigue and discovery.
Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review A mixture of the movie Clueless and the reality show Southern Charm is the perfect way to describe this book. Wealth, power, expectations and plenty of drama! Maddison was raised for one thing and one thing only, to keep her family high in society's eye and the money flowing. Ultimately that means finding a suitable, and rich, man to desire her. As much as her southern charm and etiquette is on display in this book, so is her whiny "OMG" valley girl attitude on life. I had to picture her as a puppet and somewhat clueless herself to be able to relate and find her somewhat likeable. Spoon fed "rules" of which high society must love by and that anything else would be popularity suicide. I had my suspicious throughout the book about Liam and found him one dimensional. The person I related to the most to was Rand. The once shy boy turned into a buff, soft spoken man. His half smiles and gentle touches had my heart doing flips. I wasn't sure what to make of the drama that surrounded him and Maddison, but what I wasn't prepared for was the ending. Just when things were coming to the light, and what I thought would be Maddison's shining moment, we are brought to an epilogue. I wanted to experience Maddison taking hold of her life and her moment of self reflection and growth. Closure. But I didn't. Overall, I felt this book was touching at times and certainly had a dramatic flare. An interesting YA read that I recommend to anyone looking for a qlimpse of high society scandal. 4 *WINK* READ Book Flirts by Jessi