Lights, camera, love!
After being plucked from obscurity, Hollywood’s newest starlet, Paige Townsen, has a hit film to her name and Rainer Devon on her arm. But being half of the world’s most famous couple comes with a price, and soon Paige finds herself dodging photographers; hiding her feelings for her other costar, Jordan Wilder; and navigating tabloid scandals that threaten to tear her and Rainer apart-and end her career as quickly as it began.
Rebecca Serle’s sequel to Famous in Love is filled with the kind of celebrity drama and swoon-worthy romance fit for the silver screen.
I did not read the first book in this series, so I missed out on a lot of the drama of the love triangle forming. But I can tell you from the beginning I didn’t believe that Paige would stay with Rainer. Their relationship seemed pretty superficial – not that she only liked him because he was this Hollywood hottie, but that they didn’t really know each other. Then again, Paige didn’t really know herself.
To be honest, Paige drove me crazy for at least the first half of the book. I was so annoyed with her! I understand that the life of a celebrity is not all easy, and that a person has to make a lot of sacrifices to be famous, but at the same time it’s an incredibly privileged life and she didn’t understand that one bit. You want to act and not be in the Hollywood fishbowl? Then you make a choice: take smaller jobs that you love more or deal with it. But Paige came to that realization herself, and from then on she was much more tolerable. What could have been a reason for me to give this book a bad review ended up being great character growth!
I wish I was more connected to the male leads – not sure if reading the first book in the series would help with that or not. But I feel like I barely know Jordan or Rainer at all, and since they start Truly at very definite odds with each other, I got nothing of their brother-like friendship. That would be something I’d love to see more of in the third book for sure.
My favorite part of the whole book was Alexis’s story. I started out thinking she was going to end up being a catty, back-stabbing starlet, and ended up loving her more than any of the main characters. She was always there for Paige, teaching her valuable though sometimes harsh lessons about life in the limelight, and she had an incredibly thoughtful, touching subplot that moved me to actual tears. Her relationship with Jordan is another thing I’d love to see more of, because they are darling.
All in all I wasn’t expecting to like this book as much as I did, and now I totally want to read the rest of the series. If you want to start at the beginning, you can pick up Famous in Love here. Then grab a copy of Truly.
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