by Samantha Joyce
Published by Pocket Star on February 29, 2016
Genres: New Adult Contemporary Romance
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Elise Jameson is the secret author behind the bestselling, cult hit Viking Moon series. But when a stranger poses as Elise, the painfully shy, deaf nineteen-year-old starts to see how much she’s missing. Can she really hide in the shadows forever? This clever, coming-of-age debut is for anyone who has ever felt unsure in their own skin.
After a freak childhood accident leaves her deaf and physically scarred, nineteen-year-old Elise Jameson retreats into a world of vibrant characters she creates on her laptop. She is shocked when her coping mechanism turns into a career as a phenomenal bestselling novelist. Fans are obsessed with Elise’s Viking Moon series and its author—a striking girl with zero resemblance to Elise who appears on the back covers. Elise sent the randomly Googled photo to her editor following a minor panic attack. Now, horrified to learn she is expected on set of the television pilot based on her novels, Elise tracks down her anonymous stand-in. To Elise’s surprise, Veronica Wilde has been taking credit for Viking Moon for years. She eagerly agrees to keep up the charade if Elise will pose as her assistant.
It’s hard for Elise to watch a stranger take credit for her work and get all the perks she desires, including admiration from the show’s heartthrob star. Edged onto the sidelines of her own life, Elise reconsiders her choice to stay anonymous. Is she ready to come to terms with her true identity—and with the long-buried secrets that could cost her her career, her fans, and the few precious friendships she’s made?
4 Stars for Flirting With Fame!
Flirting With Fame was a pleasant surprise. This was a coming of age story which had me on an emotional rollercoaster. I was laughing, crying and swooning for these characters. But I must admit I was frustrated at the beginning of the story that I almost DNF’d this book. Elise Jameson is the secret author of the bestselling Viking Moon series (which I imagined similar to The Twilight saga fandom). Her decision to have anonymity is due to a tragic childhood accident that left her badly scarred and deaf. I understood her choice to stay out of the spotlight but I disliked how she would not stand up for herself when dealing with her hired imposter Veronica. Veronica is the ultimate mean girl and was so cruel. But my curiosity had me sticking with the story and I am glad I did. I would have missed out on the heartwarming moments Elise has with her friends and the strength she finally discovers to take control of her life.
Flirting With Fame is a unique and moving story. I loved the author aspect and connected with the enthusiastic fans she met. As much as I hated Veronica I can’t wait to read her story in the next book. Underneath the meanness lies secrets that I am sure will have us on another emotional ride. This was an impressive debut for author Samantha Joyce and I look forward to reading more from her.
I received this book as a member of the XOXperts, XOXO After Dark’s official street team, in exchange for an honest review. Visit XOXOAfterDark.com for the best in romance, urban fantasy and women’s fiction.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2016 New Release Challenge