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Estelle: Star Crossed by Jennifer Echols

Star Crossed by Jennifer EcholsStar Crossed by Jennifer Echols ( web | tweet )
Publication Date: February 26, 2013
Publisher: Pocket Books (Simon + Schuster)
Pages: 384
Target audience: Adult
Keywords: Vegas, PR, celebrities, enemies
Format read: ARC sent to me from S+S! (Thank you!!)

Summary: Wendy Mann has a lot riding on her current work assignment in Las Vegas. She’s working PR for an out of control celebrity, hanging on to her job by a thread, and forced to converse with her (deliciously hot) college nemesis  Daniel, who works at a competing firm. When the two begrudgingly team up for the sake of their clients and their careers, things between them progress in a way no one would have predicted.

Jennifer Echols is like an old reliable friend when it comes to toe-curling chemistry and addicting storylines. (Cases in point: Such a Rush + Going Too Far.) And in her adult debut, Star Crossed, she has the opportunity to take all of that whoa-action and nearly heart-stopping tension and take it a step farther. In fact, a few delicious leaps farther.

Despite a slow start (involving confusing placement of NYC landmarks), Star Crossed featured all the details I love about Jennifer’s writing: humor, hotness, DRAMA, and fun. Wendy, our leading lady, is not only sexy but she is smart, ambitious, feisty, and funny. (There was so many moments where I chuckled at her thoughts.) Daniel is equally good-looking but also classy, successful, and he feels a strong loyalty to his family (the reason why he remains in a job he doesn’t love). The best part about these two is that they share a history. College competitors! But unbeknownst to Wendy, Daniel has always crushed on her when she was just trying to crush him. (Kind of reminds of how I felt about my husband in college.)

There’s nothing sexier than two people who are attracted to each other but their relationship is so off-limits. From the moment Wendy and Daniel collide in Vegas, the story moves full speed ahead and I had to stop myself from skipping pages to find out when they would share a scene next. Working at enemy PR agencies but representing a toxic ex-couple that just needs to stay out of trouble for a small amount of days, they decide their best bet is to work together… very closely.

The whole question of whether or not they can trust each other also fuels their chemistry. Big time.

Vegas serves at the perfect backdrop for all the mayhem supplied by Wendy and Daniel’s clients, two celebrities I was continually trying to place in our own pop culture world. (Loreli, singer/actress/friend to the papparazzi, so reminded me of a down and out Britney Spears.) It’s fun and glitzy but also has this dark undercurrent that works well with a mysterious plotline. Now this particular thread in the story wasn’t my favorite. In fact, it felt a little too predictable, too swarmy, and too Lifetime movie. But it worked for what it was (beware: things get creeptastic) and certainly moved things along and pushed our couple together.

I could say more, a lot more, but I’m going to end with a tid-bit that should say it all: I ignored by husband for 3 hours straight because I was so wrapped up in Wendy and Daniel. (I had promised I’d read for only an hour.) I did not, let me repeat, did not even take a moment to change out of my work clothes. (This is a huge deal.)

Star Crossed is a top example of a romance novel that actually takes into consideration the importance of story without primarily focusing on the hot and heavy. Seriously, Jen Echols knows what’s she’s doing. And I can’t wait to get more of it.

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March 8, 2013 - 9:01 am

The Big Kids' Table: Double Dipping, Estelle - […] Lauren DeStefano. ♥ With the recent release of YA queen Jennifer Echols’ first adult book (Star Crossed), I was thinking about other writers I’ve read who have also ventured into the adult world or […]

February 9, 2013 - 1:57 am

VeganYANerds - I missed this review, so I’m glad you mentioned it this week. It sounds fantastic and I’m so glad this will be out this month 🙂

February 8, 2013 - 9:00 am

The Big Kids' Table: Fiction Picks (February 2013) - […] fiction debut comes out on February 26! Have you pre-ordered your copy yet? Be sure to check out my review of Star Crossed to refresh your memory! Vegas! College rivals! Celebrities! The past! Such a fantastic read for […]

February 5, 2013 - 3:00 pm

Jamie - OH YAY! I want this one!! And it would fit the bill since I’ve been craving some adult fiction! Plus ROMANCE YAY!

February 4, 2013 - 1:45 pm

Lena - HAHAHAHA, I spelled my name wrong. Serious fail :O

February 4, 2013 - 1:44 pm

Lena - I’m dying to read this one and am so glad you loved it! There really is nothing sexier than two people who are attracted to each other but are off-limits.

Awesome review, hon! 🙂

February 3, 2013 - 4:56 pm

Tara - Jen Echols = auto-read for this gal. Star Crossed did not disappoint and I agree that Vegas was the perfect backdrop for all the shenanigans that took place. Thanks again for letting me borrow 🙂

February 1, 2013 - 6:03 am

Lori - Jennifer’s books seem to be kind of hit or miss for me and I really hadn’t given this one much thought. You have convinced me as you so often do. It sounds fabulous!

January 31, 2013 - 2:06 pm

elena - this does sound like a v sexy book but D: to creeptastic things. I can only imagine what goes down when you say it’s like a Lifetime film. HELLO CRAIGSLIST KILLER. buuut I digress. Wendy + Daniel’s story sounds like one I would be into because the off limits relationship intrigues me, I think I would want to be flipping the pages to their scenes too.

January 31, 2013 - 12:33 pm

Nikki @ Foil the Plot - I’ve never read anything by Jennifer Echols because romance isn’t usually my thing, however, every now and again the mood will strike for something kinda swoony so I’ll go for it. And I do like that this is geared more for adults, because honestly, I can only take so much of the high school drama. I think the thing that’s most sppealing here is the forbidden “will they, won’t they” tease of it all. I think even that would have me all hot and bothered!

January 31, 2013 - 12:01 pm

Alexa Y. - EEP. I cannot wait to read this book! I’ve still only read one Jennifer Echols book (Such a Rush), but I absolutely LOVED that one. I think this one is precisely my cup of tea! I love that it’s an adult book too.

January 31, 2013 - 11:03 am

Cynthia - Oh this sounds good! Can’t wait to read it, I love Jennifer Echols and curious to see how I’ll like her fist adult novel. Great review Estelle! =D

January 31, 2013 - 10:30 am

Amy @ Tripping Over Books - OMG I can’t wait to read this!! My preorder is all lined up. I am a Jennifer Echols fangirl FOR LIFE. If her YA books have crazy chemistry and drama, I can’t wait to see what these “few steps further” are like!

January 31, 2013 - 9:22 am

Ginger @ GReads! - GREAT review, Estelle! You captured everything I loved about this novel so perfectly. With already being a total Jen Echols fangirl, it was hard to put this one down. I completely understand the need to stay in work clothes and keep reading, haha. Thank you again for sharing this one with me.

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