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.
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.