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Friday, 9 September 2011

Star Struck by Jane Lovering

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 fiance. 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?

Jane Lovering's first book, Please Don't Stop the Music , was a great read and I was really looking forward to the second novel. This is Lovering's second novel, but I was unsure how to write this review. I did not enjoy the story content, however the writing was, as previously noted, great. 

I really felt for Skye, the main character, because, following a car accident, which killed her boyfriend, she suffers from panic attacks and has difficulty being in crowds of people. I also suffer from panic attacks and could therefore understand how she feels, although mine do not stem from a car accident. I thought that her anxiety was well written and i sympathised  with her throughout the book.

Skye's best friend, Felix, manages to get two ticket to a convention one on e of Skye's favorite TV programmes, Fallen Skies, one problem, the convention is in Nevada. The first person she meets is Jack, one of the writers on the television series, who she befriends, however there are secrets in Jack's past which he tries to keep hidden.

Unfortunately I did not enjoy the book. I think the reason was that I am not a favour of the type of programmes that Fallen Skies appeared to be i.e. sci-fi. Therefore I think I found it difficult to get into the book at the start and this remained with me throughout the book. 

One the positive note, I did enjoy Lovering's writing style. She remained true to the style of writing in her previous book. She has written an original book, one which I can not think of similar setting in another chick lit book. I liked the inclusion of panic attacks as I don't think it is a health issue that is highlighted regularly in the books, media etc in a sensitive manner. The relationship between Skye and Jack is intriguing and finding out Jack's secret was what kept me going throughout the book.

I am, however, looking forward to reading Jane Lovering's next book as I am sure the writing will be just as good as her previous two.

Thank you to the Publishers, Choc Lit, for sending me the book to review

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the review, Sarah, I'm only sorry the content wasn't to your liking! But I'm pleased that you read it and made fair comment - hope the next book is something you'll enjoy a bit more.