Publicity + Romance = $#&! in Rumor Has It by Elisabeth Grace

Posted May 20, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 0 Comments

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Publicity + Romance = $#&! in Rumor Has It by Elisabeth GraceRumor Has It by Elisabeth Grace
Series: Limelight #1
Published by Self Published on December 2, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Pages: 365
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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All publicity is good publicity, right? Unless you’re recent college grad Ellie Wagner and an embarrassing video of you and your boyfriend goes viral. Every man in your life abandons you, but who knew a one-minute clip of your latest doomed relationship would brand you a slut, prevent you from getting your perfect job, and force you to keep doing the one thing you swore you’d never do again…live with your mother.

But staying with mom and her latest boy-toy (is this husband number four or five?) until your life turns around might not be all bad. Especially when you fall – literally – at the feet of a sexy, green-eyed stranger who offers you freedom and a life of luxury on a gold-rimmed platter.

There’s only one little problem – the man of your dreams is none other than Mason Nash, the latest hip-hop star busting up the music charts. Fame and fortune are his calling cards and he’s vying to steal the show on a new reality TV series that will catapult him into mainstream stardom. Hello spotlight.

The man behind the famous persona is perfect for Ellie in every way, but can she overcome the ugly pitfalls that come with Mason's celebrity status? Or will she be forced to choose between the man she loves and the independent life she longs for? After all, fame and fortune aren’t always what they seem and not all publicity is good publicity…


Quick Summary
Ellie Wagner is underemployed for the moment as she searches for a job in her chosen field (her degree is in comparative media studies). Working for a real estate broker, she’s asked to open an oceanfront beach rental before the client arrives but literally stumbles into him in a most embarrassing way. He’s mega-superstar Mason Nash, a hip-hop artist, but Ellie hasn’t a clue (she’s a classic rock kind of girl). He’s intrigued, a lot because she doesn’t know him. Both feel the attraction.


The irony of it all
Did I mention that Ellie was caught on camera stuffing a pie in her obnoxious date’s face and it went viral on YouTube? She’s now media shy as she came off as the bad guy in the incident. It isn’t helping her job search either.


What really works about this story
Ellie and Mason both come from less than ideal childhoods but it doesn’t define them. She’s got great friends, enjoys her life and keeps moving forward positively. He’s is a nice guy and isn’t caught up in his fame and fortune. There’s no tiresome angst here.

There’s real insight into the downside of fame and the impact on a fledgling relationship (or even a matured one). It’s hard to build trust in this environment and the heart of the story surrounds Mason and Ellie’s attempt to do so anyway.

The romance really rocks with some highly erotic scenes between these two that’s not just about sex. It’s very well written and their relationship evolves organically. The timing and pace was dead on.

I LIKED Ellie and Mason. Neither comes across as perfect and their flaws aren’t extreme. They’re two normal people operating in abnormal environments.


The bottom line
I really liked this well-written story. The New Adult genre is a tricky one for me as so many of the stories often seem to have the same themes. Ellie and Mason aren’t written into those traps and their relationship is pretty refreshing. I also like the backdrop of a famed musician’s entourage and tour venues, not something I’m familiar with and they provided some interesting tension and predicaments. I’m ready for the next story in this series.



Jonetta + Cat

About Elisabeth Grace

I’m Elisabeth Grace, or El if you prefer, and I write New Adult Contemporary Romance.

I’d been an avid reader my entire life, but when I discovered romance novels during my first pregnancy I was hooked! Not sure if it was the hormones or the lack of a life that was headed my way once my daughter was born, but since then I’ve been devouring several romance books a week. I love nothing more than reading about some serious alpha males and a happily ever after.

Things you should know about me…I’m a fan of lists, so here’s mine:
1.I live outside Toronto, Canada…eh. (Yes, it’s true. We Canadians say ‘eh’ A LOT.)
2.I’m a wife and mommy to two small children which I refer to as Little Miss and Mr. Magoo.
3.I own one cat spawned by the devil. Seriously. He’s as cute as they come but you’ve never met a meaner feline. In retrospect we should have named him, Lucifer. I have the scars to prove it.
4.I believe there’s no such thing as too much chocolate. Or popcorn. Or bread. Or potatoes. Yes, you guessed it…I’m a sugar and carb addict.
5.I hate running. Always have, always will. Unless David Gandy’s in the vicinity you won’t find me doing it. Ever. Not sure who David Gandy is and think you might want to become a Gandy Girl like me? Google him. You can thank me later.
6.I’m a LOVER of all music. The 1200+ songs on my IPod can attest to the variety of my musical tastes. Hubby and I try to travel to a different music festival every year and are regular concert goers.
7.My name is Elisabeth and I like reality TV. There I admitted it and that’s the first step, right? Yes, I’m a writer and I see the need for scripted shows, but sometimes there’s just something so entertaining about watching one Real Housewife lose it on another one. I could listen to Cochran’s diatribe on his fellow castaways for hours.
8.Of the four of us that make up my family, three of us are Leo’s. Let’s say it together…DRAMA!
9.I may be the world’s worst cook. My poor children. Unless Daddy’s cooking they know not to expect much.
10.I write every night after my kids are in bed until the wee hours of the morning. This wouldn’t be a problem except for the fact that I have always been an early-bird-catches-the-worm kind-of girl, so 5:00am comes early. Sleep is over-rated, I say.

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