Sunday, August 17, 2014

Review: Before He Was Famous by Becky Wicks

Rating:  ★★★★ stars
Date published: May 29th, 2014
Publisher: Becky Wicks Books
Synopsis: One guy, one girl. One in the spotlight. One in the shadows.

Falling in love with your best friend isn’t always a great idea, especially when he’s Noah Lockton - the sexiest, most famous new talent on the planet. When 21-year-old small-town photographer Chloe Campbell is offered the chance of a lifetime – to join her celebrity childhood friend Noah on tour as an exclusive blogger for a New York magazine – she’s certain both have put what happened four years ago behind them. But his eyes still burn; his voice is still a jackhammer to her heartstrings; all his songs are about her. Is it possible that that night still haunts them both?

The music industry is a machine, spinning hype and rumors as much as his records. It’s not just Noah’s girlfriends who’ve got it in for Chloe (there’s no stopping the Twitter-obsessed, cat-loving pop-star Courtney Lentini for starters). Pretty soon, the jealousy and media frenzy surrounding these so-called-friends takes a life-changing turn and it seems making love means making enemies at every turn. When tragedy threatens to pull the final curtain on their relationship, both Chloe and Noah must make a choice. As much as this world leaves them starstruck, is living their dream really worth living without each other?

A story of lifelong friendships, love and hope, set in a world of celebrity, fame and social media gone very, very wrong.

From International Bestselling HarperCollins Author, Becky Wicks, comes a new adult romance that will leave you starstruck. 

***Warning: this book contains graphic language, sex, and mature situations. Not intended for young adult readers.***

What I Thought:

I love unrequited romances, especially when it turns out it was all just a misunderstanding and the love is returned.  That being said I also love it when best friends fall in love, stories featuring rock stars, and happily-ever-afters, so this book immediately went onto my wishlists and to-be-read lists.  I can't tell you how excited I was to start this book.

I like Noah and Chloe right away.  I could also tell both of them had their wires crossed and were actually in love with the other, but just too afraid to ruin their friendship by turning it into more.  Plus there were other detractors like Noah's current girlfriend, his competitor on the show, Courtney, who was chasing after Noah with everything she had, and Chloe's boyfriend.  It's funny but I actually ended up feeling really bad for Noah's girlfriend and liking her.  After all heartbreak sucks, especially when the person you love is really in love with someone else.

 I was amused by how hard Chloe and Noah fought with their feelings for one another.  And grimaced when one or more obstacle came in their way.  I like how much Chloe supported Noah, even though it often hurt her to be near him when he was with someone else.  There was so much going on in the book it was really hard to put down; I read it one sitting.

This is my first Beck Wicks book.  I loved the mix of realism with Noah winning the reality show and everything that came after and the love story as well.  I can't wait for the second book in this series.  I'm very eager to see how Becky Wicks will keep my attention and make me fall in love with two more characters and their story.

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About the Author
Becky WicksI’m a writer, originally from the UK. Since graduating Lincoln University with a degree in Media Production I’ve lived and worked in London, New York, Dubai, Sydney and Bali, and at the moment I’m alternating between the UK and the US, trying to figure out where I belong.
People often ask me how I got into writing. The answer is, I wrote. A lot. I wrote about everything. And if I didn’t have anything to write about, I wrote about my lack of inspiration until something flowed. Blogging helped. I’ve been a blogger on one site or another since I was 21, back when I did the amazing Mountbatten Program in New York (which totally changed my life, by the way).
Now I’ve slowed down a bit, come back to Bali, and I’m focussing on fiction. The Starstruck Series is a bit of a behind-the-scenes look at fame, celebrity culture and reality TV. I love to write love stories and I’m still trying to dream my best male characters to life. Wish me luck.
You can ask me any questions, and follow me on twitter at bex_wicksI always welcome distractions. And photos of cats.

* A copy was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.  I also purchased a copy of my own.*

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