Flirting with Fame

Samantha Joyce
Flirting with Fame
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Pocket Star
Release Date
February 2016
Contemporary Romance

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 her 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?

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Feb 09, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
84 people found the following review helpful
FLIRTING WITH FAME is a wonderful story of coming to terms with your own insecurities and learning to be the kind of person you're meant to be.

Elise is a famous author of the Viking Moon series, but because her face is scarred, she took some random picture off the Internet for the author picture. But when her book is to be made into TV, and she's needed at the set to consult, she tracked down the girl (whose picture she used for the book) to stand in for her, while she went as the assistant. Everything is fine for awhile, but what happens when the truth is out?

I like the friendships that are depicted here, between Elise and Jin (her best friend), Elise and newfound friends Regina and Clint, and even between Elise and Duncan (her professor, who is a famous author). I thought these are the most real among the relationships shown here, and how they all influenced Elise to become the person she came to be. I thought that scene toward the end between Elise and Duncan is very touching. I love the dedication she made in his book, the way things come full circle--Duncan's book helping Elise when she was at her lowest, and now her dedication may help Duncan repair the relationship with his daughter.

I thought there needs to be more suspension of disbelief to take in the possible relationship between Elise and movie star Gavin Hartley. Truth to tell, I much prefer Clint to Gavin; I thought Clint is more real and believable.

But more than the romance, this is a story of Elise's journey to accepting herself and coming out of her solitary existence and finding herself and her relationship with others. Real rating is 3.5 stars.
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