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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.
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.
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.
I started this book with few expectations, and was pleasantly surprised. Camilla Isley managed to make a long-standing trope fresh and new, and totally believable...even the 30-minute purchase of a Tesla.
Humor and heart combined sweetly with (mostly) closed door love scenes, which was refreshing. Ms. Isley has a deft touch with conversation, a cute handle on texting, and a way of NOT telegraphing the next plot twist. You may be sure this won't be the last book I read by this new-to-me author!