Paperback, 244 pagesPublished December 21st 2015 by Sugar Coated Press
June Laurie has spent the better part of her young adult years in the Hollywood world of fame, envy, and rumors, and has managed to come out of it mostly unscathed. Now that she’s finally followed her heart and married her true love, she knows she’s found the perfect end to her story. But at twenty-two years old, it turns out her story is only beginning — and marriage, it seems, is more of an opening act than a finale. When fans of June’s television show start spreading online rumors about her faithfulness to her new husband and fabricating an off-set romance between her and her costar, she learns that even marriage offers no immunity from the gossip that always seems to haunt her. With complications in her personal and professional lives threatening to topple them both, will June be able to hold to her beliefs and her newfound happiness, even as what she thought was her perfect ending transforms into the challenges of reality that lurk beyond the fairytale?
My Review: 4 Stars
This is a series that must be read in order, as it builds upon each book. June is a Hollywood actress, who happens to be LDS, and is ready to marry her childhood sweetheart. She struggles to balance her personal and professional lives, as she adjusts to marriage and Hollywood life.
June is a normal, likable character--not a diva in any way. I can't even imagine the pressures of acting, let alone the drama that ensues because of the paparazzi and gossip. I also can't imagine having to fake love and romance with someone other than my husband, but it's all in a day's job for June. Based on the description of the book, I thought this would be a bigger issue to the story than it actually is.
Of course, Joseph, June's husband is adorable and a great asset to the story. He handles their life with ease. There are some issues to work through, as most newlyweds know, and this couple has more than their fair share. I enjoyed the conflict and resolution, as many emotions are evoked. This isn't an easy happily-ever-after.
As always, I enjoy the supporting cast in this series. From June's ex-boyfriend and current on-screen love interest, to the snarky make up artist and best friend, to the other sweet and shocking characters. I've loved watching their friendships throughout the series and found satisfaction in the end. True friendships aren't always wrapped up in pretty little bows. There are some aspects of the story that are really glossed over and because I feel such a part of these characters lives, I wanted a little more detail to some of them, such as the wedding and the day-to-day settling in of their marriage. This is a great read for those who enjoy a clean contemporary romance set in Hollywood and don't mind some religious details.
Content: squeaky clean romance, with one or two very vague comments of innuendo; some hard emotions; moderate religion, specific to the LDS church. Clean!
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