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  • Charming, Heart-tugging Contemporary Romance

    I fell in love with Susannah Nix’s work when I read REMEDIAL ROCKET SCIENCE, and her book of short stories, I & LOVE & YOU, sealed the deal for me. Nix’s latest book, RISING STAR, is another winner, and everything I hoped. Her characters are so deeply human. They struggle things most people have been consumed by at one point or another in their lives: with money or finding a place to live before their lease is up; they worry about jobs, and if they measure up. One of the most appealing things about the gorgeous, movie star hero, Griffin Beach, (whose last name is not actually Beach) was the miserable diet he’s stuck on, and the way he internalizes his anxiety about his career and the things he’s given up to keep it afloat. It reminded me, in a way of reading a biography of Cary Grant and that incredible quote: “Everybody wants to be Cary Grant. I want to be Cary Grant.” The hero comes in a pretty package, and sure that’s helps, but it’s the pain and the longing of a real human being underneath that you fall in love with. It’s a brilliant book, with some truly fresh moments. Both Alice and Griffin face significant choices and challenges in their careers, and I loved the way Nix handled these without resorting to flashy, implausible sacrifices and victories. Unexpectedly, one of my favorite parts of the book (besides the delicious, swoon-inducing love scenes) turned out to be Alice’s Ph.D. advisor, and the advice she gives Alice about handling a sexual harassment complaint. I think her wise, compassionate words may be the part I remember longest. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Great read

    Story developed well and moved at a good pace. Very real current type situation which made the details an interesting and informative read.

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  • I’m not even sure where to start with this book

    I’m not even sure where to start with this book. There are so many amazing things going on in it – some good, some unpleasant, all of them highly emotional. Alice and Griffin are so adorably awkward with each other. As painful as it sometimes is to watch, it’s also a thing of beauty. Alice is every girl who’s ever been caught in a situation she didn’t know how to get out of. One she had a hand in creating but wasn’t entirely of her own making. Griffin is sweet and charming, but oh so bumbling. He occasionally behaves like a butt-head, but, well, he’s human. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us with the next book in the series. I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book from the author.

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  • Good

    The story is easy to read and interesting to keep you reading. The characters are likeable enough. Will look at other books from this author.

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  • So real that it hurts (in a good way)

    Susannah Nix specializes in realism within her novels. There is no way for me to accurately state the nuanced complexity of her writing. Her characters are always believable, realistically vulnerable, and express sentiments that often hit dangerously close to home. "Rising Star" is another literary bop that made my heart beat fast, then slow, then fast again, until I almost died. I get silly with words, but I'm serious! Without spoiling anything, the story provides a grim perspective on some subject matter readers might be familiar with. At times it made me feel hollow and upset to read this, until I realized I wasn't even reading about a real person. The narration and characterization are so concise that it feels like real events. The imagery in some of the more romantic scenes is vivid too, for anyone wondering. I had to take a break because the vapors proved too strong for my weak constitution. If you want to feel something, read this book. If you want to experience a solid romance tale, give this book a go. If you don't like reading, you would've stopped reading this review by now, so read "Rising Star" you liar. I am always excited for a new entry in Susannah Nix's library, and this might be my favorite one yet. Great work! [Who has two thumbs and received an advance copy of "Rising Star"? This guy.]

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