Flirting with Fame

Flirting with Fame

by Samantha Joyce

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ISBN-13: 9781501126833
Publisher: Pocket Star
Publication date: 02/29/2016
Series: Love in Disguise , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,034,053
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Samantha Joyce is an active participant in local theater in her native Toronto, where she lives with her husband. She is the author of Flirting With Fame and Dealing in Deception.

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Flirting With Fame 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
Really lovely new adult novel about Elise, a young deaf woman (I can't speak to whether the details on her disability are perfect, but they FELT reasonable), the two men interested in her, and the other friends and frenemies she acquires. Disclaimer: I'm acquainted with the author via social media. A bit of Hollywood stardom, book fandom, and secret identities make for a story with several twists and turns, and a wonderful happy ending, not without some tearful moments along the way.
KatsNook More than 1 year ago
4 Stars for Flirting With Fame! Flirting With Fame was a pleasant surprise. This was a coming of age story which had me on an emotional rollercoaster. I was laughing, crying and swooning for these characters. But I must admit I was frustrated at the beginning of the story that I almost DNF’d this book. Elise Jameson is the secret author of the bestselling Viking Moon series (which I imagined similar to The Twilight saga fandom). Her decision to have anonymity is due to a tragic childhood accident that left her badly scarred and deaf. I understood her choice to stay out of the spotlight but I disliked how she would not stand up for herself when dealing with her hired imposter Veronica. Veronica is the ultimate mean girl and was so cruel. But my curiosity had me sticking with the story and I am glad I did. I would have missed out on the heartwarming moments Elise has with her friends and the strength she finally discovers to take control of her life. Flirting With Fame is a unique and moving story. I loved the author aspect and connected with the enthusiastic fans she met. As much as I hated Veronica I can’t wait to read her story in the next book. Underneath the meanness lies secrets that I am sure will have us on another emotional ride. This was an impressive debut for author Samantha Joyce and I look forward to reading more from her.
ohitsmandi More than 1 year ago
**I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.** This read was super cute and fun with a premise that I've never read before however I don't think it fully was able to deliver. The pacing was super weird to me. It seemed to be going okay in the beginning but them bam bam bam the end was just full of bad thing after bad thing happening to these characters. In such a small amount of time so many things happened and it just really threw me off. With that being said I really did love the premise and the characters of this story. Overall I'd say I enjoyed myself.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Flirting with Fame,  Samantha Joyce   Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  Women’s Fiction. I love film star/rock star romances.....its fairy-tales/Cinderella brought up to date. We don’t want princes anymore....and in a real treat I’ve had two good ones this week! This book is classed as Women’s Fiction but it has a very YA/NA vibe to it to me. I don’t mean that in a derogatory way – I’ve enjoyed many in this genre, simply that the language and plots are very easy to read, not hugely deep and dark, but fairly simplistic. Sometimes its better to keep things simple – I’ve read some awful books where authors try to write in-depth and complex plots, and throw so much at their characters it just becomes a muddled disaster, so I’m all for books like this that keep it simple and uncomplicated, and let the story come through and shine. A good story doesn’t need “dressing” IMO. The other way it feels YA/NA is in the way it glosses over such no no’s as realities and practicalities of life such as could a film location really get moved so easily, how Veronica just happens to live near(ish) Elise,  a top actor being able to go “incognito” in public, and managing to keep things from the prying eyes of the paparazzi....I only wish that was true, everyone has a right to privacy. Anyway, a great premise, a best selling Indie author whose books are being made into a film ( and we've seen that happen – hooray for self publishing!). Poor Elise though is both excited and terrified by the prospect. She’s been hiding behind an anonymous pic she found on the internet on the cover of her books, not wanting to put her own scarred face on display and all the questions that would result. Its worked for three years, she’s cited school etc as the reason she’s never had time to meet her agent, but now the film people want her on site and her input in the script and sets – a disaster for her. She’s only 19 now, so she’s coped with a lot in the last few years. Then she meets Veronica, the person behind the pic she used, and who’s been posing as her, doing book signings, getting freebies as the author of a top selling series....It seems like a nightmare but for Elise its the answer to a prayer. Veronica is a real piece of work, greedy, arrogant, and always ready to turn anything and anyone to her advantage. I love a character like her in a book, a real bi tch type, they’re so much fun. Then there’s heart-throb actor Gavin, who’s playing one of the leads. Elise has long had a crush on him, and seeing him in real life makes that stronger. He’s not just drop dead gorgeous, but kind, caring and easy to talk to. She really likes him but he tells her he’s really keen on Veronica though, and feels as the author of such terrific books she must be more than the figure she presents to the world. Poor Elise, she can’t tell him she’s the author and not really Veronica’s assistant.  Alongside these people there’s also Jin, Elise’s long time friend, her new student friends Reggie and Clint, and college tutor and fellow author Duncan. They all play their part in making this a really well rounded and fun story, and all believe the story Elise has told them, that Veronica is the author and Elise simply her lucky assistant. Only Jin knows the truth, and even he doesn’t know everything. Secrets – they always come out though don’t they, and always at the very worst time. When it happens – well, wow, what a bombshell, and poor Elise was so lost, so upset,  I really fel
Molly_Lee1 More than 1 year ago
Captivating. Heart-wrenching. Phenomenal. FLIRTING WITH FAME by Samantha Joyce captivated me from the start. Elise’s character is absolutely likable from page one and with each sentence you fall more and more in love with her. She’s got an incredible, authentic voice, and a wonderful spirit despite her tragic past. The fact that she is deaf offers readers a different perspective to look through in the genre and it draws readers into a world many of us aren’t familiar with. And when everything is shrouded in silence, the most incredible things can be seen—-not only Elise’s struggle with adapting to her new college setting, but her growth as a woman strands out vibrant against a past that was mostly gray. Joyce doesn’t disappoint when creating a male counterpart for Elise. Gavin is as kind as he is delicious, with just enough confidence to give him a bad boy smirk. Their dynamic was refreshing because despite his celebrity status, there is a real human behind the actor, one who immediately befriends Elise through common interests. The romance that follows is filled with struggles, tension, and plenty of heat, but it’s developed in an effortless way that helps push both character arcs in the right direction. I feel the market is always calling for diverse characters and Joyce delivered an incredible one with a plot to match. I read the book in two sittings because I just could not put it down! Elise’s journey is one readers can relate to as the young woman struggles with mistakes, lovers, and the trials of being a new adult. Her compassion is undeniable, and downright admiral considering her past, and through every obstacle she grows into the incredible woman she’s always been meant to be. 
FLIRTING WITH FAME made me laugh, gasp, cry, and pant. It’s a gripping story with a fresh perspective and a romance worth fighting for and though the journey may be silent, it screams with passion.