Thursday, November 19, 2009

Review: Starstruck by Julie Kenner

Title: Starstruck
Author: Julie Kenner

Read copy: eBook
Published: December 1, 2009
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 1426844395
ISBN-13: 9781426844393

Recipe for a super sizzling Christmas:

Mix together the following:
—one woman determined to heat up the holidays with a hunky new date
—a sexy suave millionaire
—an even sexier old friend, just to spice things up
Garnish with a sultry kiss under the mistletoe and watch all sexy hell break loose!

Alyssa Chambers has visions of sweet temptation dancing in her head. Should she choose the hot playboy who can give her everything she's ever wanted? Or indulge in some holiday cheer with her good friend Christopher Hyde, a man who's turning out to be everything she's ever wanted?

Once she shares some amazing holiday, ah, spirit with Chris, the choice becomes even harder. How can she risk their longtime friendship—even for the best sex of her life?

My rating:

A story with loads of "meh factor". It just didn’t pull me in. Two people who have been friends for two years, are very much attracted to each other, but don’t want to act on their "feelings" for fear of destroying their friendship.
Actually, he can’t do anything, because he’s firmly planted on the friend train (he could’ve made a move before, but didn’t want to be the rebound guy), and finally decides to act only when he realizes she’s getting ready to seduce someone else.
She doesn’t want to act on anything between them, because she’s tried the whole friends-to-lovers thing and it didn’t work out. She lost both the lover and the friend. Also, she operates on a strange and extremely warped logic that just because he doesn’t have a steady job (he’s a freelance travel article writer currently working on his second book) and doesn’t save anything he gains – he appears not to have a retirement plan—he’s not marriage material. Yeah, that makes sense. Not!

Anyway, once they get to New Mexico, he on a job, she’s just tagging along to seduce the other guy, who it turns out she doesn’t want to seduce after all, all bets (and clothes) are off, but there’s still that whole money-thing, and the fling-thing between them. He’s too similar to her father with his monetary "issues" (childhood trauma!) so the fling is perfect for her, he wants something more. Yadda, yadda, yadda…Which makes for quite a frustrating read.

Definitely "meh".


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