The Childstar serialized novel is complete and now available all together for the first time! Read on to see what I enjoyed about this book!
Publication Date: November 24, 2015
Amelia London is America's sweetheart. Noah Sloan is America's bad boy. Both are former child stars and once were lovers. When they are cast as the leads in the upcoming erotic suspense blockbuster—Sinners Like Us—they are forced to come to terms with the issues that tore them apart to begin with. As the whole world watches, can they keep their secrets hidden? After all, everybody is a sinner…
Wowza. I thought J.J. McAvoy was writing a contemporary second chance romance. I was expecting the passion and heat, but not for everything else that was part of Childstar. The story was riveting and delightful, a true page turner.
Noah and Amelia are thrown together again after many years of being apart. The two worked together as children and fell in love at a young age, yet their happiness didn't last. Now that they're working together again on a project that will elevate their careers into the stratosphere, they've got to find a way to work together and leave the past behind. Of course that's easier said than done.
Noah is stubborn. He loves to antagonize Amelia, but you can tell he really regrets what happened between them. He cares for her, but isn't willing to let her know. Initially I wasn't a big fan of his. He was cocky, mean, and had broken Amelia's heart. As the story progressed and he became the narrator I learned not everything was as it seemed, and by the end of the book I was head over heels in love with him.
I loved Amelia from the very beginning. I loved how she protected those she loved and cared for. She was also kind to everyone around her, which is another trait of hers I admired. I liked how even though working with Noah was going to emotionally wreck her, she was determined to it nonetheless. I initially thought while Amelia was a great actress and person, she was weak when it came to standing up to people and things that made her unhappy. I was glad to see her become stronger and more confident as the book continued.
Besides the story being told from Noah and Amelia's alternating view points, I absolutely loved the flashbacks to the past. They really gave me great insight as to what had happened to them and how deep and sincere their relationship had really been. Plus it allowed us to see what Noah and Amelia may have missed when they were children under the control of others. I also loved how the story kept me on my toes.
Like I mentioned earlier, at the heart of the story is a second chance romance, but there are so many other themes that it's hard to classify this book as belonging to any particular category. There's romance, humor, angst, action, mystery, suspense, erotica, etc. This book made me laugh and cry. It also allowed me to see Melody and Liam again, which was fantastic! I'm glad to see they haven't mellowed with time. Not only did I get to visit with old friends, but I also got to make new ones. This book has complicated story arcs but they all come together wonderfully and leave a lasting impression. Well done J.J. McAvoy!
*Thank you to the publicist for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*
ABOUT J.J. MCAVOYJ. J. McAvoy first started working on Ruthless People during a Morality and Ethics lecture her freshman year of college. X number of years later, she is an insomniac who has changed her major three times, and is a master in the art of procrastination. If you ask her why she began writing, she will simply tell you “They wanted to get their story out.” She is currently working on her next novel . . . so please bug her on Twitter @JJMcAvoy