Ourmemories define us – don’t they?
And Skye Threppel lost most of hers in a car crash that stole the lives of herbest friend and fiancé. It’s left scars, inside and out, which have destroyedher career and her confidence.
Skye hopes a trip to the wide dusty landscapes of Nevada – and a TV conventionoffering the chance to meet the actor she idolises – will help her heal. Butshe bumps into mysterious sci-fi writer Jack Whitaker first. He’s a handsomecontradiction – cool and intense, with a wild past.
Jack has enough problems already. He isn’t looking for a woman with self-esteemissues and a crush on one of his leading actors. Yet he’s drawn to Skye.
An instant rapport soon becomes intense attraction,but Jack fears they can’t have a future if Skye ever finds out about his past…
Will their memories tear them apart, or can they build new ones together?
This is Jane Lovering’s second Choc Lit novel (thefirst being ‘Please Don’t Stop the Music’ published February 2011).
Our introduction to Star Struck is with a prologue onthe set of sci-fi TV programme ‘Fallen Skies’. The prologue ends with writer Jack berating himself in his thoughts forbeing a drunk and a waster.
The story begins as best friend Felix is playfullypresenting tickets of the convention of television serial ‘Fallen Skies’ toSkye. Straight away we know that Skyeis not in a good place psychologically or emotionally. We get to learn that she has been involvedin a road traffic accident that has left her brain damaged with only fuzzymemories of her childhood and no memories of the year leading up to theaccident. Everything she knows is fromphotographs and information Felix has told her.
Felix gets Skye to Nevada in the hotel where theconvention is taking place and it is in this setting that we journey with Skyeas she tries to push herself out of her comfort/safety zone and learn moreabout who she really is. I thought itwas quite heart-rending watching the fear and confusion she feels.
As Skye and Jack spend more time together, we get toknow that his emotions are blunted by something that has happened in the pastand as the story builds, we get to know that Skye’s past isn’t all that she’sbeen told it is.
I was wary of Felix from the beginning of thestory. His mask slips quite often,which left me wondering what part he played in the past and what his role wouldbe as we progressed further into the story.
There is also intrigue from the way the star of the TVshow, Gethryn, interacts with Jack. Myquestion I wanted answering was ‘What had Jack done to Gethryn in the past to engendersuch strong feelings?’ I had to keepreading to find out!
The bond between Skye and Jack is there from the verybeginning. The way Skye and Jack’srelationship shimmers and builds was quite entrancing. I loved all the introspection! This relationship felt innocent while at thesame time sizzling! Not an easy feat toachieve.
Ireally enjoyed the figurative language that author Jane Lovering uses ie;sometimes the shadow cast by what had gone before hung long and low over hislife like a sundial at evening. Howbeautiful! I also liked the descriptivewords … saturnine for me, conjuresimages of a face and bearing that is weighed down with responsibility andobligations.
Ithought it was very unusual to set a story at a convention in a hotel. Despite the majority of the story beingplayed out in one place, it worked really well and only adds to the intensityof the feelings.
StarStruck is a psychological and emotional healing journey for more charactersthan just Skye and Jack. The emotionsat times are deep and dark – the author has her characters delving into theirshadow selves and bringing them out into the light so that they can move on toa future they can live with – a future that includes their scars. It is more than a love story! It might even prompt you to look at your ownlife and accept who you are.
Eventhough the writing is beautiful I amgiving Star Struck my three fairy rating because I more-or-less guessed wherethe story was headed and what would happen.
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Iwould like to thank the publishers Choc Lit for sending me a copy to review.
StarStruck is published 1st September.
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