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I started this one on a Friday night after writing up a bunch of stuff for my professional blog and some more notes for my assignment. By Sunday morning I was finished. And no, I didn’t read all day Saturday, I was actually busy studying!
I think after the emotional intensity of Outlander and Game of Thrones finishing, I just needed something light-hearted and easy. And this fit into that need perfectly.
It had the girl at the lowest point in her life having a chance meeting with a famous actor who she doesn’t even know exists. He falls for her quiet beauty and the fact that she doesn’t know who he is. Romance blossoms. He stuffs it up royally in an attempt to protect her from his world.
And of course, the grand gesture and pursuit to make it all work out in the end. But what I loved about this gesture was that he did the little things that count. Not some big grand showy thing that money buys. He did things that were meaningful to her.
Why can’t more guys be like this?
I definitely needed this break in something uplifting before jumping into the next book, coz that’s another heavy one. So this was a great break, quick, easy win for me that just worked on so many levels for me. Including the fact that the writing just felt so natural that I didn’t feel like anything was forced.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and thought it was a fun, charming and exciting read. It was a lovely story that whisked me away into magical meet-cutes and Hollywood fairytales.
Straight off the bat I loved Christian Slade. I thought he was charming and an absolute sweetheart. He made me laugh with his matter of fact ways and how he handled his fame sometimes. There are moments when you'd think he should be coming across obnoxious like when he white-lies when trying to live a normal life and does crazy things to try and keep his identity under wraps (like swapping his Ferrari for a Tesla) but honestly he just comes across endearing and funny. I smiled and giggled so much and loved his banter with his personal assistant and how she just accepted his ways. There really was just something so sweet and lovely about him that I enjoyed. He worked hard for his money, loved acting and wasn't just in it to be famous and I thought that was very cool.
Lana I thought was awesome too. I envied her smarts and thoroughly loved reading about her job as a scientist. She had such a down to earth sweet nature, but I loved that Christian bought her to life, made her have fun and step out of her comfort zone a little bit, while still remaining true to who she was.
I very much enjoyed that Christian and Lana were with each other through the good and bad. They accepted each other for who they were and I liked that they both owned up to their mistakes and didn't just blame each other. They fought for each other and worked on making their different lifestyles fit together which was beautiful too. Their banter and adventure was so much fun to be a part of.
There's a delightful element of glitz and glamour mixed in with the coziness of settling down and living a more peaceful life which makes 'To the Stars and Back' such a wonderful read.
Lana is an eco-friendly rocket scientist Professor who doesn't watch TV. After catching her fiance and her best friend having an affair in a hotel she is having a bit of a weep in the janitor's closet when the World's Sexiest Man, actor Christian Slade also decides to hide from the paparazzi in the same closet. Intrigued by a woman who has no idea who he is, Christian is smitten but can romance really flourish between a Hollywood superstar and a down-to-earth 'normal' woman?
This was a sweet and engaging romance, even better it was a Kindle freebie.
Love Camille's writing style - pretty much read all her books in a few weeks time span. This series is adorable, and hooks you in. Love the interwoven character connections between the series. Definitely recommend giving this author a read!!
I’ve previously read I Have Never and The Christmas Date in this series; I Have Never was my favorite, but I also really enjoyed The Christmas Date and gave both novels 5 stars. For whatever reason, To the Stars and Back didn’t have the same zest for me. I think part of the reason is that, though the first two novels I mentioned were also short (around 200 pages), they were told in a single perspective. This novel was told in alternating perspectives.
Personally, I liked the alternating perspectives in this instance because the main character is a man, and it would’ve been weird for me to not have the woman’s perspective since that’s obviously what I relate to. However, because there were dual perspectives, I feel like it would have been nice to have more pages for an opportunity to really flesh the relationship out more. It felt like a quick rush of a ride. I would’ve enjoyed more banter, more development (even if some of the development also played out in side friendships). Which I felt like I really got in I Have Never.
Regardless, I’m still giving this story 4 stars because I enjoy the author’s writing style and I like that it’s a clean romance. I’m still going to read the rest of the series, and I don’t regret purchasing (as opposed to doing the kindle unlimited option).
I enjoyed this book. I liked the characters...well most of them. I thought that Lana's ex and her friend were awful people. I liked the relationship between Christian and Lana. They were cute. I liked that Lana was a reader and really didn't know who Christian was because she got to know Christian for who he really was and not for his fame. You could see that they were meant to be together even through their misunderstandings. You could see that their feelings were genuine. I give this story a 3.5 overall but rated up. I am sure others will enjoy this story as well. I would recommend it to those who enjoy light, easy, quick, and fun reads.