Rising Star

Rising Star

by Susannah Nix

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ISBN-13: 9780999094884
Publisher: Haver Street Press
Publication date: 11/08/2018
Series: Starstruck , #1
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 922,370
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

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Rising Star (Starstruck, #1) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
I was given an ARC for an honest review of Rising Star. What can I say? Susannah Nix has done it again! She somehow manages to address prominent social issues with a very true-to-life approach, whether it's the challenges faced by women in STEM careers or sexual harassment. I like Griffin - a lot! He is beautiful but insecure, shallow but still caring, thoughtless but still thoughtful. You know, like a REAL guy, with real issues, not the typical alpha book hero. I REALLY like Alice - her personal/professional dilemma is a reality for many women. She is funny, heartwarming and REAL. Their romance was a slow burner, (my favorite kind!), but very sweet and realistic. I re-read this and loved it even more the 2nd time through.
hj_hewett 3 months ago
I fell in love with Susannah Nix’s work when I read REMEDIAL ROCKET SCIENCE, and her book of short stories, I & LOVE & YOU, sealed the deal for me. Nix’s latest book, RISING STAR, is another winner, and everything I hoped. Her characters are so deeply human. They struggle things most people have been consumed by at one point or another in their lives: with money or finding a place to live before their lease is up; they worry about jobs, and if they measure up. One of the most appealing things about the gorgeous, movie star hero, Griffin Beach, (whose last name is not actually Beach) was the miserable diet he’s stuck on, and the way he internalizes his anxiety about his career and the things he’s given up to keep it afloat. It reminded me, in a way of reading a biography of Cary Grant and that incredible quote: “Everybody wants to be Cary Grant. I want to be Cary Grant.” The hero comes in a pretty package, and sure that’s helps, but it’s the pain and the longing of a real human being underneath that you fall in love with. It’s a brilliant book, with some truly fresh moments. Both Alice and Griffin face significant choices and challenges in their careers, and I loved the way Nix handled these without resorting to flashy, implausible sacrifices and victories. Unexpectedly, one of my favorite parts of the book (besides the delicious, swoon-inducing love scenes) turned out to be Alice’s Ph.D. advisor, and the advice she gives Alice about handling a sexual harassment complaint. I think her wise, compassionate words may be the part I remember longest.
AnonymousBookLover 3 months ago
I adored all three of the books in Ms. Nix's previous "Chemistry Lessons" series, so I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of her latest effort, "Rising Star," ever since the day it was announced. (To say that I was thrilled to be chosen to read and review an advance copy is something of an understatement.) Thankfully, "Rising Star" not only lived up to my expectations, it exceeded them. I loved this book and its characters. Griffin, the hero, was super likeable and down to Earth, despite the fact that he was well on his way to becoming a major movie star. I liked that Ms. Nix gave us the "behind the scenes" view of what his life as an actor was really like, with the strict diet and workouts necessary to maintain his muscular physique as well as glimpses of the downsides of fame, such as the loss of privacy in his relationships and the struggles with difficult directors and co-stars. She was able to show that acting really is a job like any other, despite its glamorous reputation, and requires sacrifice from those who want to be successful. It was easy to understand Alice's misgivings about entering into a relationship with Griffin based on the challenges associated with his job. Alice's story arc was also very well-written and timely given the emergence of the #metoo movement. I particularly liked that it wasn't all wrapped up neatly at the end of the story. Unfortunately, I think that's a sad reflection of our current reality, and I really related with Alice's struggle to decide how to handle the situation and its potential implications for others. Overall, I highly recommend "Rising Star" and hope to see several of the secondary characters featured in future books (particularly Kimberleigh and Griffin's actor friend who visited from Vancouver). Griffin and Alice were an incredibly likeable couple and I loved rooting them on to an HEA! *Ebook provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Lashea677 3 months ago
The appeal of Rising Star for me hinged heavily on Alice. Alice is a character that readers can see pieces of themselves in. Nix created a character that was fascinating not because she lost her heart to a movie star, but because she stayed true to herself while doing it. Susannah Nix dared to show how awkward can be beautiful. Rising Star is right at the head of class when it comes to empowerment and that's a message that never gets old.
LeighKramer 7 days ago
I have loved all of Susannah Nix’s books and I can say with confidence: this is her best work yet. The story enveloped me from page one and I could not get enough of it. Rising Star centers around Alice the extra/PhD student and Griffin the actor. It’s a begrudging friends-to-lovers romance, in that it takes Alice a little while to warm up to Griffin. They barely know each other when Griffin asks Alice to dogsit for him while he’s on location in Atlanta and because she has to get out of her current apartment, they end up living together for a few weeks. Alice and Griffin’s relationship flowed so naturally from work acquaintances to more, even as they struggled to keep their feelings private. Griffin, because Alice is his employee and he doesn’t want her to think he’s taking advantage of her. Alice, because she’s leery of men’s intentions at first and then she has no idea where she stands with him. There was so much angsty goodness as they moved closer to one another until finally fireworks exploded. They were so good for another and so good together! Fantastic chemistry and it was fun to see Nix write steamier scenes. (Her Chemistry Lessons series is closed door.) I loved all the behind-the-scenes of Hollywood life and what it’s like to be an actor, as well as an extra. (Griffin is on an intense diet throughout the story so take caution if this is an issue for you.) I also extremely related to the difficulties of Alice’s housing search; I got similar Craigslist results when searching for a place to live in San Francisco. There were so many great details for both Alice and Griffin and the character growth rang true as a result. The story explores sexual harassment and power dynamics in powerful ways. Alice has neglected her research for several months due to inappropriate advances from a professor and feels like she has no recourse but to drop out of the program once her advisor returns. I really appreciate how Nix handled the realities of sexual harassment in academia. Again and again, Alice is told her response is up to her, that she’s not responsible for what the professor did or what he might do in the future. There’s no right or wrong answer and in this way, Alice regains some agency in the situation. I felt very empowered by way of Alice’s story but I recognize reading about this topic may dredge up traumatic memories for others, particularly if they had no one to speak up for them or if harassment led to something even worse. I suspect more stories will cover this ground in the wake of the #metoo movement. We’ll be better for it. Disclosure: I received an advanced copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Merryj 24 days ago
This could be a sit com! Griffin is in a fix when his dog sitter bails on him leaving him in a bind. Alice is in need of a new home when her roommate decides to turn her out. Both can benefit in this situation. Griffin gets his dog sitter and Alice gets room and board so she can focus on her dissertation. Fate has a way of hitting you with reality when you least expect it so is the case with Griffin when he sees Alice in a new light. Can this be the beginning of happily ever after for the two? I voluntarily agreed to receive an AERC of this book for an honest review.
Magpiez55 27 days ago
A delightfully fun romance novel! It is filled with wonderful characters who have much more than a surface depth to them and so much more than just a steamy relationship to cheer for. You want both Griffin and Alice to achieve their career goals and grow as people and learn more about who they are. I flew through this in just a couple of days because I found it hard to put it down and get back to real life responsibilities. Definitely would recommend this to romance lovers!
Tanyawriter 28 days ago
She is struggling both with her school work, losing her home and even losing her job. He is the star and he offers her a place if she dig site for him. He only has eyes for his dog and work. She shows him just how long he really is. What will he do? Can she show him a better way to live? See what will happen between them I received an advanced copy and I enjoyed it so much that I want to review
Kristen Bergh-Lewendon 30 days ago
I’m not even sure where to start with this book. There are so many amazing things going on in it – some good, some unpleasant, all of them highly emotional. Alice and Griffin are so adorably awkward with each other. As painful as it sometimes is to watch, it’s also a thing of beauty. Alice is every girl who’s ever been caught in a situation she didn’t know how to get out of. One she had a hand in creating but wasn’t entirely of her own making. Griffin is sweet and charming, but oh so bumbling. He occasionally behaves like a butt-head, but, well, he’s human. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us with the next book in the series. I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book from the author.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Rising Star is a light, sweet, slow-burn with steamy parts kind of read. I love the friendship that developed between Alice and Griffin before the love, relationship, steaminess. I laughed out loud and stayed up way too late because I wanted to see how it ended! I loved Susannah Nix Rocket Science series, and I love this series so far as well! Can't wait for the next one. 2019 seems way too far away! :) *I was given an ARC copy in exchange for this review
Anonymous 3 months ago
Susannah Nix specializes in realism within her novels. There is no way for me to accurately state the nuanced complexity of her writing. Her characters are always believable, realistically vulnerable, and express sentiments that often hit dangerously close to home. "Rising Star" is another literary bop that made my heart beat fast, then slow, then fast again, until I almost died. I get silly with words, but I'm serious! Without spoiling anything, the story provides a grim perspective on some subject matter readers might be familiar with. At times it made me feel hollow and upset to read this, until I realized I wasn't even reading about a real person. The narration and characterization are so concise that it feels like real events. The imagery in some of the more romantic scenes is vivid too, for anyone wondering. I had to take a break because the vapors proved too strong for my weak constitution. If you want to feel something, read this book. If you want to experience a solid romance tale, give this book a go. If you don't like reading, you would've stopped reading this review by now, so read "Rising Star" you liar. I am always excited for a new entry in Susannah Nix's library, and this might be my favorite one yet. Great work! [Who has two thumbs and received an advance copy of "Rising Star"? This guy.]
Jessica Moore 3 months ago
Right from the start, I fell in love with Alice and with Griffin. (And Taco, of course). She's going through this mess with her dissertation and a bad experience with a professor. Look, without giving too much away, this was something I could relate to, and I wish that wasn't true, but either way I think it's an important story being told. She fears men and has trust issues. With patience and kindness she's able to face what happened to her. Griffin, he's so nice!! Amen, can we get a few more nice guy romance heroes? I mean, I like the alpha male lead too, but this was a breath of fresh air. He's full of anxiety and worries. He's working so hard to make it and feels like an imposter! Love this from him. I was rooting for these two the whole way through!! An easy and compelling read. Highly recommend.