• Jacked Up Love
Beyond the Stars Book Cover Beyond the Stars
Stacy Wise
Contemporary Romance
Entangled Publishing
Feb. 8, 2016

Most girls would kill for the opportunity to work for Jack McAlister, Hollywood’s hottest actor, but twenty-one-year-old Jessica Beckett is ready to kick him out of her red Ford Fiesta and never look back. She should be spending her junior year in France, eating pastries and sharpening her foreign language skills. Instead she’s reluctantly working as Jack’s personal assistant, thanks to her powerhouse talent agent aunt.

Jack is private, prickly, and downright condescending. Jessica pushes his buttons—she’s not the type of girl to swoon over celebrity heartthrobs, precisely why her aunt thought she’d be perfect for the job—and Jack pushes right back.

But as she begins to peel away his layers, Jessica is shocked to find she craves her boss’s easy smile and sexy blue eyes. The problem is, so does the entire female population. And what started out as the job from hell soon has Jess wondering if a guy like Jack could ever find love with a regular girl like her.

honest reviewReal Romance in Hollywood?

If you read Stacy Wise’s Beyond the Stars, you might actually start believing in it.

It started with a girl, a boy and a pig.

Interested yet?

I wasn’t sure if this was of real interest to me when I received the ARC for this book.  Unfortunately, my recent experiences with NA Contemporary Romance have been…errm… disappointing?

Enter new kid on the block Stacy Wise.  Exit my concerns.

When we meet jerky Jack and jilted Jessica, neither of them seems too pleased with getting stuck together.  Jessica’s aunt is Jack’s agent, and convinces her to work as his personal assistant during an unplanned break from work.  Jack, one of the hottest actors in Hollywood, doesn’t believe he needs a PA, nor does he want one.

And then there’s the pig. I may have to find a rescue, because I think I may need one now.

Wise has a fun approach to this genre, complete with humorous anecdotes, lovable characters and some steamy encounters.  This book falls into the “clean and sexy” category – lots of inference but no “down and dirty”, and honestly, it was refreshing.  I mean, I know he has a penis and I know he wants to use it; I don’t always need the play-by-play.

Case in point… See below.  This is hot and they have their clothes on. Oh, Channing… you and Nick Bateman own my soul. *sigh*

But ya, if you want it spelled out, this book will not satisfy. The most specific gets is some bra grazing and a thigh touch 😉

The slow buildup in this relationship is, quite simply, perfectly orchestrated.  Wise weaves us into her story, really WANTING the suspense to end with passion – or at least some sort of admission. Though, at times, I felt the main character’s inner monologue tiresome, it wasn’t so much a problem that it affected my overall enjoyment of the book.

Overall, a solid romance for those days when you just want to fall in love slowly, kiss romantically and read the last word feeling fulfilled.  I look forward to seeing what this new author produces in the future!  To pick up this book, you can get it here.