A STARSTRUCK KISS (Wrapped Up in Love #1)
by Lauren Blakely
A sexy and swoony new adult romance…
There are no two ways about it — William Harrigan is a certified babe. He’s sexy, smart, and British, and he wants nothing more than to charm the pants off fellow college senior Jess Leighton. Well, he does want other things; he just can’t tell her about the job he’s working on since it maybe, possibly involves her.
Jess, who moonlights as a celebrity photographer, is laser-focused on earning enough money snapping pics to pay her way through grad school, but when the criminally handsome William starts moving in on her turf, she’s got to fend off the competition from him as well as resist her desire to smother him in kisses because William makes her heart race and her skin sizzle.
Too bad this man is not to be trusted.
Right? Except if Jess wants to snag the million-dollar picture she desperately needs, she’ll have no choice but to trust Will, and he’ll have to come clean about everything he wants from Jess. Including her.
*A STARSTRUCK KISS is book 1 in WRAPPED UP IN LOVE, a spin-off series of the NYT Bestselling CAUGHT UP IN LOVE series.*
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First thing I have to say is I’m hooked! A STARSTRUCK KISS is sassy and such a fun read I can’t wait for the rest of the books in the series! Lauren Blakely is one of those authors whose writing style is filled with wit, humor and characters you can’t help but love!
William and Jess were great together and I love that they tie-in to Lauren’s previous series Caught Up in Love, by being related to characters from those books. But even without reading the other books I enjoyed the witty dialogue (Jess really made William work hard to keep up with her) and the flow of the storyline. William was smitten with Jess from the start, but Jess really fights her attraction to the Hot British Guy, or HBG as she refers to him. The resulting pursuit and antics as they cruise around Hollywood looking for photo ops of the celebrities is hilarious even when it’s clear that after that first kiss, Jess is a goner. Clear to anyone that is, but Jess.
Jess Leighton is hilarious in her single-mindedness to stay focused on her goal of earning the money to fund medical school. She’s sworn off men, especially hot men, because they are too distracting. She’s a woman who is always in control. Smart, beautiful, sassy, feisty, and goes about her day with a take no prisoners attitude. She is a pro at hiding her reactions and emotions, at hiding anything she considers a weakness. She has a great relationship with her family and a roommate with whom she swears they share the same brain. With all her quirks and inner battles it’s impossible not to love her, to want more for her than she is willing to allow herself.
William Harrigan is a gorgeous Brit, with a love for Southern California sunshine that drives him every bit as much as becoming a doctor drives Jess. So being shipped back to England when he graduates in two months and his student Visa expires? Not going to happen! He may be sweet, charming, gallant and have a smile that makes women line up to do his bidding, but he is desperate to obtain the work Visa he needs to stay in the states and is not above a little manipulation. Especially when it involves the hot girl he’s really falling hard and fast for and hopes doesn’t send him away if she realizes he has ulterior motives in spending time with her.
Ms. Blakely has certainly got my attention with this prequel to her new series, Wrapped Up in Love, and I can’t wait to read the rest of Jess and William’s story in STARS IN THEIR EYES which Thank God is available now! 4.5 stars
About Lauren Blakely:
Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise.
Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. Her novels include Caught Up In Us, Pretending He’s Mine, Playing With Her Heart, and Trophy Husband. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.