I was NOT compensated for this review. I received a FREE eBook copy of Falling Star by Laura DeLuca to facilitate this review. All thoughts/opinions are my own. Your experience may differ.
Published: October 2014
He's had it with his Hollywood persona, the high-maintenance women, and his sleazy agent. To escape the madness, he flees to a tourist town he'd often visited as a child. He never expected to find love on that little island. Then he stumbles upon Lainey alone on the swing set of a deserted beach.
After a dozen internet dating disasters, Lainey Riccardo has given up on romance--until she meets a West Coast hunk who has no trouble winning her heart. But Lainey only knows him as Drew, not the Oscar-nominated actor who's constantly scandalized in the tabloids.
When she learns the truth, will the small town Jersey girl be able to accept Drew's fast-paced life? Or will the truth drive her away forever?
WHAT I THOUGHT
I am a big fan of Laura DeLuca. Her ability to weave love, magic, and personality into every character is rare these days. Having read most of her other books, I was pretty excited to read this one as well.
It starts off with hunky actor Drew DiPalma (or Andy Palmer in the movie biz) wanting to run away from the lights and cameras, at least for a while. So he heads down to the Jersey coast for a little piece and quiet when he runs into Lainey Riccardo, who has had many dating trials and tribulations (which I can totally relate to). So before she has a chance to mace him, he asks her out for coffee because he just can't get past her beautiful looks or the way she carries herself.
Down the road, as Lainey and Drew start to fall for each other, Lainey makes Drew experience things he never would have back in Hollywood like a hay ride, a sling shot, Ferris wheel, and other things that make him question her sanity. But he keeps falling deeply in love. The only problem is that he hasn't told her who he is really is. It eats away at him until it causes more problems than he ever wanted.
I won't tell you anymore because I tend to give it away when I do but I loved the storyline, characters, and the steaminess between Lainey and Drew. Some back characters, like one of Lainey's friends from work, doesn't have much of a personality but the good story and the rest of the characters make up for it.
The only thing keep this from being a 10 is that some parts are kind of lengthy. Other than that, it was fabulous!
You can purchase Falling Star (A Jersey Girl Novel) by Laura DeLuca on Amazon. It is available in Kindle and paperback edition.