I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Rumor Has It by Elisabeth Grace
Series: Limelight #1
Published by Self Published on December 2, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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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…
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.
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