REVIEW: Starshine by Melody Winter

 

My Rating: 4.5 Stars
Contemporary Romance
Date Published: 29th May 2017
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Film student Ella Summers can’t believe her luck when she is selected to work on the set of the most anticipated film release of the year—STARSHINE. For the next four weeks, she’ll be in the studio with heart-throb and leading man Alex Denton, and his co-star—and recent ex—the stunning Amy Strickland.
But her first day on set has her questioning the true character of the enigmatic and sexy Alex. The charming celebrity she’s adored on screen disappears before her very eyes—if indeed he ever really existed.
Off-camera arguments between Alex and Amy become difficult to ignore, and when Ella uncovers layers of deceit and closely guarded secrets between them, she becomes involved in a battle that has far-reaching implications.
With the paparazzi hounding her every move for the most sensational story they can get, Ella becomes deeply embroiled in Alex’s life. Can she break down his seemingly impenetrable walls, or will he remain the arrogant ass she first met?
STARSHINE is set in London, England. Beware though—Alex Denton has a crude mouth, and an equally wicked smile.
My Thoughts

This was my first Melody Winter book and I loved it. She had me hooked from the first page to the last.

This story follows Ella Summers, who is an intern on a movie set, and Alex Denton, who is a star that Ella had always had a crush on. He turns out to be not who she thought he was and her crush dwindles, until she glimpses a peek of his sweeter side and she realizes her dream guy might still be in there. The journey of the friendship/relationship will be quite a read for all to enjoy.

This author wrote us characters you could love, characters you could get and even some characters that you weren’t too sure about. I loved how she handled the budding friendship/relationship between Ella and Alex. It was realistic and even relatable (minus the movie star part). The supporting cast of characters help round out the book and make it such a great and enjoyable read. I was worried that the pacing would be slow when the book started out but once you got into the first chapter it went smoothly and quickly. It’s not really a short book but the story is so engrossing that time flies while you’re reading it. If you haven’t read it yet- you are missing out!

About the Author
Growing up, Melody Winter showed a natural ability in art, a head for maths, and a tendency to write far too long English essays. Difficult to place in the world when she graduated, she pursued a career in teaching, but eventually ended up working in finance. Melody is convinced that the methodical time she spends working with numbers fuels her desire to drift into dream worlds and write about the illusory characters in her head.
Melody lives in North Yorkshire, England, with her husband and two teenage sons. When not dealing with football, rugby, and a whole plethora of ‘boy’ activities, she will be found scribbling notes for her stories, or listening to 80’s music on her IPod.
Melody has a tendency to fall head-over-heels in love with her main characters, even when they frustrate her and refuse to act the way she wants them to. She is a romance writer at heart and loves reading and writing about anything mythological or magical, as well as exploring the gritty side of love affairs and the complexities of being in love.
SACHAEL DREAMS was her debut novel, (REUTS Publications, USA) and the first in the New Adult Romantic Fantasy series—the ‘Mine Series’. The second book in the series, SACHAEL DESIRES’, was released in November 2015, and the remaining books in the series, SACHAEL DELUSIONS, and, SACHAEL DESTINY, are due to be released in the near future.
Melody has also self-published two books, INIQUITY, the first book in a Dark New Adult Romantic Fantasy series— ‘The Ascent’ (The second book in the series, ADVERSITY, is due for release later this year.) and STARSHINE, Melody’s first contemporary romance,  released 29th May 2017.
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