Review: Star Struck – Jane Lovering

Genre: Romantic Fiction
Pages: 301
Published: Sep 1, 2011
Publisher: Choc Lit
Source: For review

Our memories define us don’t they? And Skye Threppel lost most of hers in a car crash that stole the lives of her best friend and fiancé. It’s left scars, inside and out, which have destroyed her career and her confidence. Skye hopes a trip to the wide dusty landscapes of Nevada and a TV convention offering the chance to meet the actor she idolises will help her heal. But she bumps into mysterious Sci-fi writer Jack Whitaker first. He’s a handsome contradiction cool and intense, with a wild past. Jack has enough problems already. He isn t looking for a woman with self-esteem issues and a crush on one of his leading actors. Yet he’s drawn to Skye. An instant rapport soon becomes intense attraction, but Jack fears they can t have a future if Skye ever finds out about his past … Will their memories tear them apart, or can they build new ones together?
My thoughts:
This book is not straight out contemporary romance, instead as I wrote it’s more romantic fiction. The feeling of the book is darker, there are a lot of issues and people struggle. The tone is this mix of serious and more.
Skye is really messed up. She is afraid of crowds and wants to stay inside. She was in a horrible accident which killed her fiancé and best friend and the trauma is still with her. Poor Skye, so broken, and not remembering one bit about her life before. I did like her, because she was nice, I felt her pain. I understood that she could not brave the real world. But she is not in that dark hole long because she will learn to cope in this book. Her friend is taking her to this convention for a sci-fi series. Oh yes Felix, her friend, I did not know what to make of him. He was so bossy and cheerful, but he is dealing with sadness too and we will learn more.
While in Nevada she meets Jack who helps her since she was scared during the car trip. Mysterious Jack, we got a lot of hints that he was hiding something and he sure was. Everyone is a bit broken in this book. Even Gethryn who is the sexy lead actor of the show, the guy Skye has been lusting after.
But I liked that, broken people, trying to move on, trying to move past it, to cope and to survive. Some hiding it better than the rest. It made it real and the romance, well no one is falling in love at once. Skye has to deal with herself before letting someone in. But yes there is a HEA, or the road to one. There is a romantic feeling over the book after all.
A different sort of romantic book. I really liked the setting since I am a nerd after all, good characters and excellent secrets.

31 thoughts on “Review: Star Struck – Jane Lovering

  1. Missie says:

    Wow! Based on the cute cover, I wouldn't expect this one to be dark and overly emotional. But now you got me wondering about the difference between contemporary romance and romantic fiction, so I'll have to check this one out!

  2. Shellie - Layers of Thought says:

    Yes it is really a cute cover – so you define the difference between contemporary romance and romantic fiction… hmmmm – I liked that. Sounds like I would prefer romantic…I was just trying to figure out the difference between urban fantasy and paranormal romance for that last review that I did…. very interesting.

  3. Jenny says:

    I like that this one is a little darker, I'm always attracted to characters who are a bit broken or damaged and we get to see them start to repair themselves as the book progresses. Adding to the list!

  4. Blodeuedd says:

    LindaIt does look very cute :)MissieIt is just a very hard book to describe. Cos even in its darkness it is never dark. There is still light and humor, in a wayI might just have made it up 😉 Lol, but I just do not want to call it con rom. Because it's, oh I do not know. It's like contemporary romance had a kid with fiction, and their cousin was chicklit and their mother women's fictionJujuIt is lovely to read. To see that people can heal.VivienneIt does give you a bit more than just two people falling for each other

  5. Blodeuedd says:

    Ana;)Aye I know, Let's just call it a more less cheesy contemporary romance then, lolDanaTrue, it does make them feel more like us normal folksShellieIt took me forever to make a difference between UF and PNR. Cos to say oh yes urban setting in UF does not make sense since PNR often takes place in urban settings too. So I just see it like this:UF- lots of fighting, maybe some sexual tension and romance but not the focus of it allPNR- lots of sex, romance, a bit of fighting, and then sex againUF PNR – the bastard child of these two where there is romance and fighting and then everyone gets confusedJennyThen you'd like this one. A lot of them are broken in their own way and we get to see why this is

  6. Teddyree says:

    I like the sound of this one, the fact that it's darker and there's issues and what you said about "broken people, trying to move on". Yep I think I'd enjoy this one lol

  7. Blodeuedd says:

    MelissaThis is a good book for a nerd. I would love to go to a convention 🙂 And to meet the lead ;)SQTIt was sweet. And it was good that they had issuesDianaThe cover does look all sweet and nice, but I guess it was like the chracters who hid things.

  8. Blodeuedd says:

    YvonneI hope you enjoy itMelissaThat was long ago, but yes quite a sad start. just like that Mansell book I readStephanieTrue, I like it for that reason tooteddyIt does make it a bit more than other books out there, and I really liked that about it

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