Title: Beyond the Stars
Author: Stacy Wise
My Rating: B+
Genre: New Adult
Main Characters: Jack and Jessica
Release Date: February 2016
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: spicy
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.
I have to admit I have a weakness for movie star heroes, but I was not at all sure Jack was going to do it for me when this book began. He was such a jerk...and it took longer than I expected for that to change. But yeah, he has a seriously jaded view of everyone around him. Being one of the most sought after actors in Hollywood, he's unfortunately used to everyone around him selling him out. He's so paranoid...when I thought about how he got this way, I just wanted to give him a hug. And the sad thing is that this is probably a reality for most actors.
But I did really love Jessica. She has the feel of such a real girl even though she's dealing in this high-powered world. I loved how klutzy she tended to be, and how she really didn't let Jack push her around even though she really needs to do a good job for him. My heart hurt for her with her roommate/friend situation. But from page one, I loved her and was most definitely in her corner. She is very grounded and handles herself really well even in the most unusual of circumstances. I could see being friends with her. She's just one of those people.
There was a lot to love about this first book from Stacy Wise. It was really easy to read and highly entertaining. There were little tidbits to the story that made it so fun...I loved Leo and his whole aspect of the story. The premise of the story was really well done. I have a son who's at the same stage of college/life as Jessica so I found the whole mono/France/college aspect really believable in how it all played out. I loved that Jessica bakes when she's stressed and how she would bring sweets to Jack's trainer. (I would LOVE to see him in a story, because I really loved him and felt a bit bad for him in how all this played out for him.)
Overall, it was just a great read. I'd recommend it for an afternoon of escapism.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.