Thursday, January 26, 2023

Book Review: Accidentally Famous

It is Friday Eve and I'm here for it. Olivia is in Boston for a school thing, Jackson is busy doing pep band stuff, Pep and Lu want to do a bingo night at school, and I'm just... tired. I'm really tired. The last two days I took a five hour nap, was awake for four, and then went to bed for the rest of the night. What's wrong with me? I have no idea. In the hours I have been awake though, I have gotten quite a bit of reading in, so there's that. I can't hate that. 

Accidentally Famous -  Marissa Clarke

Jack Winston may be Hollywood’s biggest action hero, but he’s seriously burned out. He can’t even save himself from his PR team’s latest scheme: dating a starlet. But when his assistant accidentally tags Cassidy James from Blink, Maine (wherever that is) on social media, the paparazzi decide that she’s Jack’s latest fling. Now Jack needs to do some serious damage control…starting with the adorable home reno pro in paint-splattered overalls.

Cassidy is not prepared when the Jack Winston shows up in her quiet little town—and whew, he is that gorgeous in person. Before she can pick her jaw up off the floor, his PR team is bombarding them with a whole new plan involving “fake girlfriend,” “optics,” and “sign this NDA” (whatever that is). But no one warned her that Mr. A-List Action Star is hot, funny as all get out, and loves old houses as much as she does.

Now they have two weeks to convince everyone they’re in a fake relationship—two weeks that will drive Cassidy’s reno business through the roof and help Jack reclaim his “spark.” The plan is going fine, dare she say, perfectly...until she discovers something that will change everything.
I am so glad to be back in Blink, Maine with Marissa Clarke's latest, Accidentally Famous. Right off the bat I liked Cassidy, and I really liked Jack. I felt like it would have been an easy route to take to make Jack a real jerk but the author did a really good job at balancing his fame and his normalness. Cassidy was a fun character too and again, she could have been almost an angry heroine, and while she had some moments where she was definitely uncomfortable with something she was wearing (or the lavender nails), but she was a sport and she didn't want things to go badly for Jack. 

I also have to talk about the town, who we learned from book one, are all good and decent people who aren't easily starstruck. A star can come here and truly relax, and get some really great food but also not be absolutely hounded. 

Though a romance, it would be considered a very clean one, with only a few kisses. I normally like more (alright, a lot more), but I felt like this was the appropriate level given the story and how it was set up. Anything more would have been trashy and not totally appropriate, to be honest. I also don't know how anyone wouldn't melt a little inside when a hot guy texts you, "I'm coming for you, babe", am I right? 

Final rating? 4.5 stars rounded to 5. I had a hard time putting it down, I found myself smiling throughout, and I had that immediate, "that was cute" when I finished. I can't wait to see how this series folds out with a third installment (it has to be Cassidy's friend, right? RIGHT?) 

Thank you to Entangled Publishing for providing a copy for review, I thoroughly loved this one!

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