Fallen Star

Fallen Star

by Susannah Nix

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ISBN-13: 9781950087990
Publisher: Haver Street Press
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Series: Starstruck , #2
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.61(d)

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Fallen Star 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
JMD2587 3 months ago
I just loved “Fallen Star”, the second book in Ms. Nix’s “Starstruck” series. You don’t need to read the first book, “Rising Star” to enjoy “Fallen Star”. In fact I read Fallen first and then, because I liked it so much, I went back to read Rising. Full disclosure: Susannah Nix is an automatic one-click author for me, so I’m excited to share my thoughts. Scott Deacon is a former child star whose life and career imploded because of drug addiction. Clean and sober now, friends of his went out on a limb to secure a leading role in a new movie. Grace Speer is the script supervisor for the project, and isn’t looking forward to working with someone who she thinks is going to be a train-wreck. But Scott surprises everyone, and earns Grace’s grudging respect. After a while, that respect turns into friendship. Will their friendship turn into something more, or would life back in the spotlight ruin their chances? Scott and Grace are great characters. Scott is an actor, so he uses his acting ability to hide his insecurities about stepping back into the professional film world. He knows that because of his past, this may be his only shot. On set, he is gregarious, friendly, and flirty, but when he’s alone his demons surface to try to undermine his success and sobriety. I think Ms. Nix did a great job of revealing his insecurities and emotions, and showing how they have the ability to affect his sobriety. Grace is all about the details. As script supervisor, it’s her job to make sure the scene set-ups are the same for each shot (continuity) and makes notes of any script changes. She’s not quite sure what to think about Scott. I liked the way she allowed herself room to adjust her opinion of Scott as things developed. The secondary characters are well-rounded and fleshed out as well. I especially like actress Poppy Carpenter and Carmen Vargas, the costume supervisor. The book’s plot centers around a film set. Ms. Nix filled the pages with all sorts of interesting information and tidbits. Those details helped create a realistic “look behind the scenes” feel to the story. Scott’s and Grace’s love story is a very slow burn. It makes sense that Grace isn’t going to go from thinking Scott is the biggest jerk on the planet to being head over heels in love in just a few days. Their friendship blossomed first over the course of several weeks, and then Grace slowly realized she has feelings for Scott. But she’s unsure of his feelings for her. When they finally do come together, it’s a big payoff for the reader. Overall, I loved it! And I highly recommend “Fallen Star” to you. (I received an Advanced Reader Copy, and this is my honest, voluntary review.)
Magpiez55 4 months ago
This is a totally delightful romance that has so much going for it. Some wonderful characters with excellent writing that builds up the relationship so well you find yourself cheering for them to be more than just sex partners. You want them and their relationship to flourish and have a promise for a good future. I'd highly suggest picking this up if you're looking for a good, light read with adorable romance and yes of course some good steamy sex.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I received an ARC of this book. I really really really enjoyed this book; most importantly, I think I loved the H more than the h, which is unusual for me. Grace is a wonderful person, understandably wary about getting into a relationship with another actor, especially one who is a gorgeous, recovering addict, but ultimately she is unable to resist the awesomeness that is Scott. Scott, like real-life Robert Downey Jr, is a great actor and a genuinely nice guy who crashed and burned from too much stardom, too fast, too young. He is making a slow, painful comeback and doing all the right things, but is plagued with doubt and self-worth issues. Grace is the perfect other half that makes him whole, because she is kind, practical and pure of heart. She loves him for who he is, not because he is famous (and looks like Zac Efron.} I love this book because is tackles painful, difficult issues but is optimistic in tone. Yay HEAs!
Anonymous 4 months ago
One of Susannah Nix’s best yet! I loved the witty banter, the funny texts, and just everything about it! I also thought she dealt with concepts of addiction and recovery in a really good way. And her detail with how movie sets run was incredible! Highly recommend!
LeighKramer 4 months ago
I zoomed through this! Susannah Nix's books are always great but she's really shining with her Starstruck series. It was fascinating to see what it's like for an actor to try to break back in to the industry after substance abuse issues trashed his reputation. And I was fascinated by Grace’s job as a script supervisor and all the continuity details she has to keep track of. Scott and Grace were so good together and I loved the evolution of their relationship. There was so much angst and longing and yet it's such a fun, engaging read at the same time. I couldn't get enough! Disclosure: I received an advanced copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
AnonymousBookLover 4 months ago
"Fallen Star" centers on Scott Deacon, a former child star turned grown-up Hollywood bad boy, and Grace Speer, a script supervisor who has sworn to never again date an actor after her last boyfriend left her for his younger co-star. Scott and Grace are thrown together on a location shoot for Scott's latest movie in New Orleans, his attempt at a comeback after several years spent away from the spotlight overcoming a drug addiction. Scott is desperate to prove that he still has what it takes to be a successful Hollywood actor. Grace, meanwhile, has serious reservations about Scott due to his bad reputation and is determined to keep her distance, but her job forces her to work closely with him throughout the shoot. Not only that, Grace and Scott end up living next door to each other in rental housing provided by the production, and eventually form an unlikely friendship while fighting stronger feelings for each other. Will Scott be able to overcome Grace's reservations about dating an actor, especially one with his track record of addiction and fear of commitment? You'll just have to read the book for yourself to find out! :-) What I love most about Ms. Nix's books are her relatable, sympathetic characters, and Scott and Grace are both great examples. I have never acted, nor have I ever been a drug addict (thankfully!), and yet because of Ms. Nix's believable characterization, I was able to completely understand the difficulties Scott faced on both fronts. Although it may seem glamorous to those of us on the outside, acting is not an easy job. For example, walking around naked in front of co-workers is a nightmare scenario for most of us, but Scott is forced to do just that several times while making the movie. In addition to the difficulties of the job itself, Scott is plagued with self-doubt, continually questioning his own talent and self-worth. It's easy to see why he turned to drugs to cope in the earlier stages of his career, especially since he doesn't seem to have had a strong family support system in place. As for Grace, her trust issues are completely understandable following her previous boyfriend's betrayal. However, as she gets to know Scott, she comes to realize that there is much more to him than his reputation and past bad behavior. I loved watching the two of them get to know each other and gradually fall in love. Their path to happiness wasn't easy, but they managed to make it work. Overall, I highly recommend "Fallen Star." It was absolutely a 5-star read for me. I can't wait to see what Susannah Nix writes next! *Ebook provided by the author via InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review.
hj_hewett 4 months ago
Go behind the scenes on a movie shooting in New Orleans, where you’ll meet Grace, a script supervisor, and Scott, the incredibly hot but also deeply troubled movie star looking to redeem himself in this Enemies-to-Friends romance. One of Nix’s gifts as an author is that she’ll also take you behind the glamour, into these characters’ hearts. They feel like real people, with real struggles, who are each trying to figure out how to connect on a deep level. The appeal at first glance might be the ‘eye-candy’ hot bod, but it’s the small things—when he grazes her knuckles with his thumb or finds just the right spot behind her ear—that make my heart race!
wrongheaven 4 months ago
I was lucky enough to obtain an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I've been a fan of Susannah Nix's for a while now, ever since a friend recommended her Chemistry Lesson Series. I loved her foray into the world of Hollywood with Rising Star, but I think Fallen Star may me my favorite of hers yet. Where Fallen Star really shines is in the characterization of her leading male, Scott. Usually with Romance you expect the female protagonist to be the most textured character, but Nix is able to flip this idea on its head. Grace, Fallen Star's protagonist, is an every-day character (allowing the reader to imagine: "I could easily be her.") However, Scott is so well drawn and layered that you really empathize with him and want him, perhaps more than Grace, to get the Happily Ever After. This, to me, is where the book really succeeds because it makes a character we assume we know (and have read about on TMZ) something completely different than expected. The book has real emotional stakes to it. Most of the book is a slow burn romance, which has the effect of the eventual getting together feeling earned and more emotionally resonant. The sex scenes are steamy, but Nix know to not go to that well too often and she leaves it to the imagination of the reader in several key spots. If you love movies, you have an extra bonus of getting to peek behind the curtain of Hollywood a bit. It's not often you read about insurance premiums on actors, for example, but this book gets all the touches right (I assume!) and lets you imagine what it would be like on a film set. Overall, I really loved this book and devoured it in less than 24 hours. Nix has a nice casual (but not dumbed down) writing style which lets you easily slip into the world she creates. I'm looking forward to her next one.
AT_202 4 months ago
Fallen Star is a well-written, fun, standalone romance with likable characters, no cheating, and a HEA. Grace is heroine who works in the movie industry as a script supervisor and makes a snap judgment about Scott, a former drug addict movie star. I loved how both characters were strong, but also vulnerable which made them more relatable. As a slow burn romance, I enjoyed watching their relationship evolved from mutual dislike, to friends, and finally to lovers. I found myself chuckling at the knock-knock jokes that Scott texted to Grace and wanting to hug Scott as he tried to overcome some of his insecurities. One of the things that I loved about this book is how the author dives into the mental health of a former addict. I also was intrigued by how the author detailed some of the behind the scenes action that goes into making a movie. Fallen Star is my first book by this author and I plan to read the previous book in the Starstruck series. I received Fallen Star as an ARC.
Kristen Bergh-Lewendon 4 months ago
The drama! The angst! My reality-TV loving heart is both happy and devastated having read this book. I’m the daughter of an addict, so I can attest that this story gives a true and accurate portrayal of the path of destruction addiction leaves in its wake, and the steep climb that recovery takes. Grace and Scott left me feeling a little like the rope in a game of tug-of-war. One moment I was fully ‘team Scott’, the next I was one hundred percent behind Grace. There are a lot of big emotions in this book. Both Scott and Grace have a bunch of baggage that keeps tripping them up and I despaired of them ever getting it all unpacked to achieve their happy ever after. But, I loved watching them work through it all. I especially enjoyed the way this book closes out. I can't wait to see what else this series brings us. I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book from the author.