Genres: Contemporary Romance
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The last thing Brighton Starling needed on one of the most humiliating days of her life was to run into her ex…
Naturally, she did. And two years after he walked away, leaving her hurt and broke, he somehow managed to look better than ever. Of course.
She didn’t want to see him, let alone speak to him, but apparently, he wasn’t going to give her a choice.
All Sebastian Figures wanted was to talk to the one that got away…
No, scratch that. The one he drove away with poor decisions and lies, big and small.
She might have been having a bad day, but she was still the bright, beautiful girl he’d been missing for far too long. His brightest star. Still the only girl he’d ever want. If only he could convince her of that.
Is it too late to say sorry?
Sebastian wants a chance to win back Brighton’s trust—and her future.
Brighton wants to be able to move on from the past, once and for all.
But neither of them want to say one final goodbye…
The Brightest Star is one of those reads that just has to be proclaimed as delightful. I found the characters utterly charming and the the writing exquisite. It’s a story about trust, second chances and forgiveness that’s driven by a unique premise. This appears to be the debut work of B. Cranford and I can see a long history and strong reader obsession forming. 🙂
I’m not sure I’ve ever pulled for a couple as much as I did for Brighton and Sebastian. When the story opens, it’s been 2 years since Brighton and Sebastian had seen each other. She experiences a rush as humiliation, at a Panera’s no less, as she stumbles away from “Seb” and exposes her backside, shirt tucked into her underwear and all. Absolution on his brain and “Bright” scurrying away in embarrassment, a reconciliation is a tall order.
Sebastian misdeed exposed, the story unfolds quickly so what we have the joy of witnessing is road back into the arms of his true love Brighton. She is such a wonderfully sweet character. Still so in love with Sebastian and so conflicted about forgiving him. Well forgiveness she could do, but trusting again, unreservedly? Maybe not…
“She was a silver lining kind of girl, and that was something she was immensely proud of. In a world that focused on the bad, she wanted to find the good . . . even when sometimes it was hidden so deep, finding it seemed impossible.”
By 40 % in, I had determined that Sebastian, the redeemable hero, is totally swoon worthy book boyfriend material. The man works, has worked hard at his recovery, toward becoming the man that deserves Bright’s love. The two have such a magical connection, true soul mate material, and finding happiness without each other seems near impossible. It’s lovely to see them work their way back to their true “Norths”.
The cast of secondary characters is complete new bestie Jade, and shared best friend Declan. This is one of those kind of stories where you find yourself happy that she has had Declan in her life. He’s pretty dreamy and I sure hope we get a another book by B. Cranford and it’s one that focuses on him and a certain pink haired sprite.
I can’t stress enough just how much I enjoyed this book. It made me feel light, happy and hopeful! A stupendous debut and 5 stars read from B. Cranford!
~Review by Cyndi