Thursday, February 27, 2014

Book Review: Love Me

Love Me (Starstruck, #2)Author: Rachel Shukert
Publication Date: February 11, 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Series: Starstruck # 2

A new series set in the golden age of glam . . . 

Amanda is heartbroken. She's tried, but she can't get over her breakup with hotshot writer Harry Gordon. If only she could talk to him, she could convince him that their love story is bigger than any screenplay. But Amanda isn't the only one in Hollywood keeping a secret—Harry's got one too. 

Margo has to pinch herself: there's talk of her getting an Oscar nom for her first film role, and she's living with the Dane Forrest, the gorgeous movie star millions—including herself—swoon over. But if the public finds out about their domestic arrangement, her career will be over. The studio has a plan to fix it all . . . but is Margo prepared to pay the price?

Gabby's drinking is out of control, but who cares? She's bored and depressed. She needs someone who will treat her like the woman she is beneath the silly stage costumes and pigtails. And she's sure unpredictable musician Eddie Sharp is The One. But playing with bad boys like Eddie isn't for little girls. . . .

“You’ve been in Hollywood long enough to know that all the real acting happens offscreen.”

“Tell Eddie Sharp I’ll see him at the Oscars. Until then, I’ll be in my dressing room. Don’t forget. I’m a star.”

The only thing that matters is that I look like a million bucks.

I am so pleased with the second book in this series! The first one was amazing and this one was not better than the first, but kept me just as entertained and intrigued as the first one did for sure! The time period is to die for; any book set in the 1920’s-1930’s is sure to be at the top of my To-Be-Read list. The drama and the action that Margo, Gabby, and Amanda land themselves in is always enough to keep me entranced and usually mad at one of them for the decisions they make! I mean what could be more glamorous than being a movie star in the 1930’s? And what could be more interesting than getting a behind the scenes look into this life of drama and intrigue?

These books show the side of Hollywood that we all often forget. We most always associate Hollywood and movie production with glamour, beauty, and scandal. However, we often forget that these movie stars are just real people with real life problems. In this book we are able to get the full effect of a Hollywood lifestyle and what that really entails. There were several references to actual films that we all know and love in this book and that made me love this series and this author even more.

I was glad to see more of Gabby and Amanda in this book. Not that I do not like Margo because I do, but I was just glad to see Gabby and Amanda a little more in the spotlight. I would like to say that while these books are intriguing and while you will feel like you are watching an extremely addicting TV show, they do deal with some racy content. The girls all drink heavily and a couple of them do drugs. I have a love/hate relationship with these girls because while I love them at times, there are times when I hate the decisions they make. Kudos to Rachel Shukert for making me love her characters and hate them at the same time!

The only sad thing about this book is that I probably have to wait another year for the next one to come out!

***A free copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at Delacorte Press in exchange for my honest review***

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