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What I've Been Reading #106

Friday, December 25, 2015


This book was a long awaited read for me! Originally written as semi-fanfiction, published on tumblr, and much discussed in the Scandal fandom, Falling Stars was finally released during the week of Thanksgiving. I pre-ordered it and read it soon afterwards!

“What if you met the right person at the absolute wrong time? Meet Val Saunders and Sam Newman, two Hollywood actors at opposite ends of their careers. Hers is skyrocketing while his, well, never really took off. Fate brings them together when they’re cast as lovers on a steamy new television series. The on-screen chemistry between them is off the charts and when it spills over into a real life attraction, they find themselves in a situation. Sam is an honorable man. He has been faithful to a toxic, Hollywood marriage for nearly half his life. He’s never strayed and isn’t about to start now, despite the fact that he is falling head over heels for his co-star. Val’s worked hard to get her career on the path to the A-list and the last thing she wants, or needs, is a scandal. If only her heart and her brain were working with the same script. Romance is an ideal. This is a love story. Falling Stars explores the possibility of second chances and asks hard questions about duty, fidelity, life in the public eye, and the cost of being happy. This is the beginning of a sexy, sensual, and emotional roller-coaster ride that reminds us that love, while not often easy, is always worth it. “

I love the setting of this story, which is the set of a popular TV show. I enjoyed the scenes where we were able to see both the actors and the characters they were playing and how those two pieces were woven together. I also really loved the fandom tweets that introduced some of the chapters. The thing that I didn’t like about the book was that things happened between Sam and Val that they never discussed. They basically pretended that these things didn’t happen. I would have liked to have read a bit more discussion between them – I hope that will happen in book two, due out in January!

What have you been reading lately?