by Jenny Holiday


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Everyone knows her face. He knows her heart.

Emerson Quinn is famous. Girls want to be her. Boys want to date her. Each record outsells the last. All that remains is to continue transitioning her brand from its teenage fan base to a more mature, diverse audience. So she's under strict orders to play nice with her army of assigned co-songwriters and to knock off the serial dating that keeps landing her in the tabloids. If she follows instructions, she can look forward to an indefinite run at the top of the celebrity ecosystem. There's only one problem with this plan: Emerson is miserable.

So she runs away, impulsively fleeing her L.A. life and heading for a small Iowa college town where a guy she once knew lives. He's the only person in the world she can think of who might be enough of a nerd to not know about Emerson Quinn the brand. Who might be willing to provide a haven where she can lay low and write her new album by herself, on her own terms.

Art history professor Evan Winslow knows a thing or two about leaving your past behind. He's worked hard to establish himself far from the spotlight of his infamous father. He's up for tenure soon, which will mean job security for life. All he has to do to lock down his hard-won, blessedly quiet existence is keep his head down.

Too bad the most famous pop star in the world-who also happens to be his long-lost muse-has just shown up on his doorstep.

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ISBN-13: 9780995092761
Publisher: Jenny Holiday
Publication date: 07/11/2017
Pages: 338
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.76(d)

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Famous (A Famous novel, #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
Four and a half stars. How did I miss this little gem? Maybe it was the cover which, frankly, does nothing for me. I have to admit the start of the book, seven years ago, also left me a little cold but after that i grabbed me by the throat and didn't let me go. Seven years ago Evan Winslow was at the centre of a s@#t storm as a result of his father's art Ponzi scheme. He goes to his friend's wedding to test how far into persona non grata territory he has fallen and discovers it's pretty much all the way as he's pursued by a pack of paparazzi. Whilst scoffing internally at the atrocious bridesmaids dresses he is struck by the unusual appearance of the oldest/ tallest bridesmaid. As an artist, Evan can almost feel how he would paint this stunning woman in a series of fantastical scenes. When the two of them finally meet it's like an amazing meeting of minds, Emmy's a writer with a way with words to match his imagery. But when Evan finds out that this woman is only nineteen to his twenty-six years old he knows it can go no further, especially when his every move is scrutinised and published in every rag across the country. Fast forward seven years, Emmy has reinvented herself as an internationally successful pop superstar (think Taylor Swift), she writes, she sings, she plays guitar, but she is slowly being suffocated by the weight of her own success. She feels as though she is stuck in a gilded cage where her every move is scheduled for years in advance and her management team have her on a hamster wheel of touring and albums and personal appearances until she could scream. When she is co-writing a song temporarily entitled Song 58 she snaps and decides to run away, but the sad thing is that there is no-one and nowhere that she can think of that could (or would) keep her safe and respect her privacy. Until that long ago rooftop discussion with Evan comes to mind - he once offered to help in any way she needed and for some reason she believed him. Evan lives in small town Iowa and is a history of art professor seeking tenure at the local college. What follows is a delicious small town romance between a formerly notorious artist turned art history teacher and a pop star who's never known real life, who can't cook or drive because 'people' have always done that sort of thing for her. Despite her fame, Emmy is the opposite of a diva, she loves people and slowly insinuates herself into Evan's small town life, cleaning and restoring his big run-down house while incubating new songs for her album. I loved this. The romance was believable and sweet, the way in which Emmy and Evan healed each other without even realising was beautifully written and the interactions with Evan's elderly neighbour, his colleagues and the children he helps in the after-school art club are lovely without being cloying or over-done. even the sex felt realistic, that crazy mix of hawt and funny that only happens in real relationships where you can laugh at yourselves and still feel horny. I can't wait to read the next one!
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Heart warming contemporary romance! This is a contemporary romance with a couple for whom fame has very different consequences! When they first met, Emerson Quinn was a bridesmaid at his friend’s wedding, whilst he was avoiding paparazzi looking to photo and interview because of his infamous father. Now he’s living a quiet, discrete life as an Art History professor and is hoping to overcome the bias of the Chair of the committee who are soon to decide if he should be awarded tenure or not. Emmie, however, has moved on from anonymity to becoming a pop idol but she feels she’s being pushed in directions she doesn’t want to follow, becoming more of a hits factory than the singer songwriter who enjoys performing that she was. She’s had enough and wants a break from the pressures imposed on her and goes, incognito, to see the handsome artist who offered her escape all those years ago. He’s reticent to help her, desperate to avoid any publicity which could affect his tenure opportunities or wreck his privacy, but Emmie awakens the artist in him again! It is actually great to see how their relationship develops and that Emmie is shown to be a somewhat reluctant star, someone who enjoys the 'normal' things in life rather than living the showbiz dream. There are some noteworthy secondary characters, too, adding to the warmth and interest in the story. His elderly neighbour, Mrs Johansen, is brilliant, with fantastic casseroles and trying online dating with the guidance of Emmie, providing so many humorous incidents. Dane is a troubled teenager who loves music and Emmie relates to, inspiring him too. Watch out for Tony, too. He’s Emmie’s best friend and PA, always has Emmie’s back and is supportive of her seeking more autonomy for her songs and life choices. Together they all add to a lovely, easy read, romance that is truly heartwarming as both characters actually strive to do the best for each other as they fight against their attraction to each other before they attain their HEA together. I requested and was given a copy of this book via IndieSage and this is my honest opinion after choosing to read it.
Donna Rineholt More than 1 year ago
The characters in this book are very believable. It was interesting to see how a person just met can influence your life later in life. Emmy never forgot Evan after the kiss at the wedding. Both have no intention of beginning a relationship, but their bodies do not agree. This book left me with a great feeling. The author Jenny Holiday knows how to spin a tale with abundance of friendship and finally love and sex. I would recommend this book for everyone. Their love was sweet and pure. In the end thirty knew just where they each belong: together.
Rules640 More than 1 year ago
I love these stories where the author writes about a famous person and we get to have peek into their lives and realise how much they are like us. And Emmy's story was no different, I totally loved it Emmy is famous singer. She is filled with talent, has a golden heart and wants to live her life the way she wants to. She is sassy and a free spirited girl. I liked the way she named her overthinking self Maudie who always fills her mind with worst case scenarios. On the other hand Evan is a professor who had been a painter but left painting after his father got arrested. He is totally cut off from the music industry and he didn't even know who Emerson Quinn was until she showed up on her doorstep and she had to google her name. He is caring, handsome and everything that a woman would love to have in her boyfriend. Emmy and Evan were like jigsaw puzzle they only complete each other when they are together. The compliment each other and actually help each other to be who they are. For Emmy Evan was a muse and for Evan she was. Their love story was very beautiful. Among the secondary characters, the most important were Mrs Johnson and Tony. Both of them were awesome character. Tony was Emmy's assistant who stood like steel beside her both before and after she became famous. And Mrs Johnson is a 79 year old lady who lives her full on. She is actually the coolest old lady I have ever met. I would definitely Famous to all romance lovers.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
I was drawn to this story by the pairing of these two characters and it absolutely lived up to my hopes and then some. Emmy is a talented young woman who has paid the price of fame willingly but realizes she is burning out and escapes her gilded cage. The small rural area of Iowa is a peaceful, quiet community, far different from L.A. and just what she needs to restore her faith in herself and her music. I particularly loved these small town scenes, the farmer’s market, the center where Evan teaches art to teens, the wonderful and humorous exchanges involving Evan’s elderly neighbor who is trying her hand at internet dating. There’s also a side trip to the Minnesota State Fair which, if you’ve ever been to a state fair, will definitely resonate. Emmy expresses her thanks to Evan for taking her in by assisting him in little ways, seamlessly integrating herself into his daily life until he begins to realize how much he’ll miss her when she’s gone. Emmy had promised herself that this would be the summer of no men after some disastrous very public breakups caught with glee by the paparazzi. She’s an open, friendly woman who always believes the good in everyone, a definite flaw when in jaded Hollywood society. But she trusts Evan, and though they both believe pursuing their attraction would be a mistake, they come to the point where they throw caution to the winds and do it anyway. Because of their emotional connection, the steamy scenes are not just about sex but show another bond of trust between them. Evan is doubly challenged by Emmy’s sudden appearance. It’s not just his fear that she will be discovered. It’s also his sudden desire to paint again, after years of self-denial. She’s his muse, and he finds himself secretly sneaking up to his attic and capturing her, and other subjects of interest on canvas. Evan comes across as a really nice man, quiet and funny and protective of Emmy once he understands more of her circumstances. Plus, he’s not shy in the bedroom once he and Emmy agree to explore what’s between them. Eventually, these warring conflicts burst their happy bubble of isolation and they have to face up to the reality of what’s waiting for them out in public. The resolution of these conflicts with the choices they make leads to a very satisfying happy ending. Famous is a lovely, heartwarming and sexy romance and an excellent addition to any contemporary romance bookshelf.