Book Review: ‘Fame’ by Lauren K. McKellar

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Title: Fame (Not Like The Movies Book 1)

Published: 20th February 2016

Author: Lauren K. McKellar

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LaurenKateMcKellar

Twitter: @laurenkmckellar

Synopsis:

She’s supposed to cover the stories.

Not be one.

Madison Winters has life in the bag. Gorgeous fiancé? Check. Promotion to become editor of the country’s hottest fashion magazine? Check. Limited edition pair of Manolo Blahniks? Checkity-check.

Catching her fiancé with his pants down isn’t something she expects. In the space of twenty-four hours, Madison loses it all—not even her shoes will be saved.

Swapping sass + bide for sweatpants and Dior for the downward dog is going to be hell. The last thing Madison’s broken heart needs is a run-in with America’s newest playboy. Can she ever recover from this?

Tate Masters has it all—Hollywood’s latest golden boy has washboard abs, a killer smile, and a leading role in the next A-list movie.

Until a secret from his past is splashed all over the headlines, and that ‘good boy’ image fast-tracks to the gutter.

Now the media hunt is on, and they’re baying for Tate’s blood. One night of wild behaviour sees him wake up next to a gorgeous Aussie brunette—and she’s everything Tate’s afraid of.

Keeping secrets has never been this hard.

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2016 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – a book that takes place in the summer and what better place than a tropical yoga retreat resort on Bali.

To say that Madison has a bit of a crappy birthday would be an understatement. First she doesn’t get the promotion she was all but thinking was hers. Then while feeling sorry for herself she decides to go home early so her fiancé could give her some comfort; she ends up finding him with another woman on her knees giving him a different kind of relief. That morning she had it all, career on the up and her wedding in a few weeks, now she has nothing. Her now ex Mike is beyond a selfish prick, even after being caught literally with his pants down he still thinks they can go through with their wedding in two weeks time – I mean really!!!! When Madison informs him that they can’t just postpone he suggests they cancel (leaving it all to her mind you) so he can go ‘find himself’. Definition of that being so he can continue banging someone younger until he gets it out of his system before asking her to come back to him. I wanted to punch him so much! So when her best friend Courtney (said best friend that got the job at Lola she thought was hers mind you, but anyway) suggests she take her place on the Live Well assignment at a yoga retreat she – reluctantly – agrees. At first only thinking it will be torturous on an island doing yoga all the time to then finding out it was the best trip she could have ever taken. A drunken first night there is all it takes to change the course she was one for the better.

Tate is your everyday swoon worthy bit of man candy and he knows it. He has worked hard at keeping a “clean” image of himself while doing presswork. Especially with the backers of his new film being Christians, he needs to make sure the movie goes ahead and he gets paid. He and his sister had a hard time growing up without money so he wants to protect her and be able to provide for her and her baby on the way. He will stop at nothing to give them everything they could ever need. He is a bit hot headed, can say the wrong things and jump to conclusions at times though (which might end up costing him more than he thought). So when at an interview the host – someone he had slept with but had forgotten about until she brought it up – shows a sex tape of him it doesn’t bode well. Especially when the time stamp on it shows only a few months back, meaning he would have had to cheat on his “girlfriend” Mikaela. He is shocked about the tape but more so when he finds out the woman in question has a child and says that its his (it seems someone from his past is out to cause trouble). With this hanging over him like a ticking time bomb waiting to go off his “clean” image is almost in tatters. Something his sister and publicist Janie is not happy with. She just hopes he can keep his head down while shooting the rest of the movie in Bali while she tries to clear things up. Turns out its much more fun to be a bit reckless with a beauty at the bar he just can’t make himself stay away from. She’s the first person he wants to be honest with and that alone is scary for him.

Madison starts a bit of a journey being at this retreat. First being a bit of a drunken, heartbroken mess, who ends up fooling around with none other than a movie star on her first night there. To then finding her true self along the way. Yoga doesn’t cure her problems but the more she does it the more she starts to find a balance within herself. A holiday romance wasn’t meant to be on the cards especially with a ‘taken’ movie star but nothing is ever quite as it seems. She can’t get enough of Tate but knows he is holding back, with good reason to. Loved the chemistry between them. How it built every time they were together. Like magnets being pulled towards each other waiting for something explosive to happen. She was always meant to write the story, not be part of it but now she’s in she doesn’t want to ever let go.

A volcano dust cloud prevents them from leaving early so just gives them more time to really explore what is happening between them. Holiday romance, rebound fun or something more, either way outside forces are making them keep it secret. Tangled messed up sheets are one thing but it’s another when it’s your heart. When Madison gets a call from back home telling her Mike has been in an accident she has to wonder where her heart is truly leading her. They all have to decide what they really want and how to make it happen.

Loved all the characters on the island, wasn’t too overloaded. The people at the retreat, though only mentioned a few times, were an interesting mix and gave a bit of comedy relief away from any tension. Think Janie was my favourite secondary character though with how she acts, bold bossy lady who takes no prisoners. Would be interesting to see what her life turns out like later down the line.

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4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from Give Me Books for my honest review.

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