Thursday, June 16, 2016

Review: "Flirting with Fame" by Samantha Joyce (New Adult, NA Romance)

Flirting with Fame
by Samantha Joyce

Publisher: Pocket Star/Simon & Schuster
Genre: New Adult, NA Romance
Publication Date: February 29th 2016

Series: Flirting with Fame
Dealing in Deception #2 (affil.)

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Description from Publisher:
Elise Jameson is the secret author behind the bestselling, cult hit Viking Moon series. But when a stranger poses as Elise, the painfully shy, deaf nineteen-year-old starts to see how much she’s missing. Can she really hide in the shadows forever? This clever, coming-of-age debut is for anyone who has ever felt unsure in their own skin.

After a freak childhood accident leaves her deaf and physically scarred, nineteen-year-old Elise Jameson retreats into a world of vibrant characters she creates on her laptop. She is shocked when her coping mechanism turns into a career as a phenomenal bestselling novelist. Fans are obsessed with Elise’s Viking Moon series and its author—a striking girl with zero resemblance to Elise who appears on the back covers. Elise sent the randomly Googled photo to her editor following a minor panic attack. Now, horrified to learn she is expected on set of the television pilot based on her novels, Elise tracks down her anonymous stand-in. To Elise’s surprise, Veronica Wilde has been taking credit for Viking Moon for years. She eagerly agrees to keep up the charade if Elise will pose as her assistant.

It’s hard for Elise to watch a stranger take credit for her work and get all the perks she desires, including admiration from the show’s heartthrob star. Edged onto the sidelines of her own life, Elise reconsiders her choice to stay anonymous. Is she ready to come to terms with her true identity—and with the long-buried secrets that could cost her her career, her fans, and the few precious friendships she’s made?

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My Musings:
Great story! The romance was wonderful (how hot and sweet is Gavin?), the friendship and characters heartwarming. At first, I found myself frustrated a bit by Elise, but getting to know her and seeing her change was really wonderful.

I hadn't read a book with a deaf protagonist before, and I was curious to see how that would play out. I really enjoyed the perspective and how it made me think and feel.

The depth that this book had shouldn't have surprised me, but it did. Every character is rich and makes you feel (even Veronica... Elise's parting words were so good!). The message of loving yourself is one I believe in strongly and it is conveyed so well here in several ways.

Definitely a must-read for any fan of New Adult/YA!
I received a digital ARC from the publisher for an honest, unbiased review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is my 100% own.

About Samantha Joyce
Samantha has wanted to be an author since she picked up her first book and realized authors get to create new worlds with just a pen and paper (or laptop, if you will). She loves to write about romance because, as someone who married her high school sweetheart, she absolutely believes in true love. She also loves making people laugh and feels love and laughter go hand in hand. If she can make someone both swoon and giggle with her words, she considers that a success. When not writing or at her day job, Samantha can be found either singing and dancing on stage in local musicals, or at home watching geeky television shows with her husband.
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