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Author: Jenny Holiday
Publisher: Jenny Holiday
Published: July 11th, 2017
This is a contemporary romance with a couple for whom fame has very different consequences!
When they first met, Emerson Quinn was a bridesmaid at his friend’s wedding, whilst he was avoiding paparazzi looking to photo and interview because of his infamous father. Now he’s living a quiet, discrete life as an Art History professor and is hoping to overcome the bias of the Chair of the committee who are soon to decide if he should be awarded tenure or not. Emmie, however, has moved on from anonymity to becoming a pop idol but she feels she’s being pushed in directions she doesn’t want to follow, becoming more of a hits factory than the singer songwriter who enjoys performing that she was. She’s had enough and wants a break from the pressures imposed on her and goes, incognito, to see the handsome artist who offered her escape all those years ago. He’s reticent to help her, desperate to avoid any publicity which could affect his tenure opportunities or wreck his privacy, but Emmie awakens the artist in him again! It is actually great to see how their relationship develops and that Emmie is shown to be a somewhat reluctant star, someone who enjoys the ‘normal’ things in life rather than living the showbiz dream.
There are some noteworthy secondary characters, too, adding to the warmth and interest in the story. His elderly neighbour, Mrs Johansen, is brilliant, with fantastic casseroles and trying online dating with the guidance of Emmie, providing so many humorous incidents. Dane is a troubled teenager who loves music and Emmie relates to, inspiring him too. Watch out for Tony, too. He’s Emmie’s best friend and PA, always has Emmie’s back and is supportive of her seeking more autonomy for her songs and life choices. Together they all add to a lovely, easy read, romance that is truly heartwarming as both characters actually strive to do the best for each other as they fight against their attraction to each other before they attain their HEA together.
I requested and was given a copy of this book via IndieSage and this is my honest opinion after choosing to read it.
Everyone knows her face. He knows her heart.
Emerson Quinn is famous. Girls want to be her. Boys want to date her. Each record outsells the last. All that remains is to continue transitioning her brand from its teenage fan base to a more mature, diverse audience. So she’s under strict orders to play nice with her army of assigned co-songwriters and to knock off the serial dating that keeps landing her in the tabloids. If she follows instructions, she can look forward to an indefinite run at the top of the celebrity ecosystem. There’s only one problem with this plan: Emerson is miserable.
So she runs away, impulsively fleeing her L.A. life and heading for a small Iowa college town where a guy she once knew lives. He’s the only person in the world she can think of who might be enough of a nerd to not know about Emerson Quinn the brand. Who might be willing to provide a haven where she can lay low and write her new album by herself, on her own terms.
Art history professor Evan Winslow knows a thing or two about leaving your past behind. He’s worked hard to establish himself far from the spotlight of his infamous father. He’s up for tenure soon, which will mean job security for life. All he has to do to lock down his hard-won, blessedly quiet existence is keep his head down.
Too bad the most famous pop star in the world—who also happens to be his long-lost muse—has just shown up on his doorstep.