Series: 44 Chapters, #3
Published by Art by Easton on April 12th 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
In 1999, Brooke “BB” Bradley met her Prince Charming. He was the tall, tattooed, wickedly handsome bass player for the up-and-coming rock band, Phantom Limb. But, more importantly, he was hers. She knew it the moment he flashed her that shy, dimpled smile.
And he knew it too.
Hansel “Hans” Oppenheimer wore his heart on one sleeve and scrawled lyrics about BB on the other. Unlike the assholes of her past, he showered her with tenderness, took her places she’d never been before, and showed her the type of all-consuming love she’d thought only existed in fairy tales.
But, like any good fairy tale, BB’s road to happily ever after was paved with challenges, and right when she least expected it…it forked.
In 1999, Brooke “BB” Bradley met her Prince Charming.
In 2000, she met her soul mate.
Because BB Easton had so much fun writing her best-selling, award-winning memoir, 44 CHAPTERS ABOUT 4 MEN, she decided to give each of her four men his own steamy stand-alone. STAR is Hans’s book—a real-life rock star romance…with a twist.
B.B. Easton has rocketed onto my list of favorite authors. This is only the second book by her that’s I’ve read and usually I need to read a few more books by an author to get to that place. But with Star and the world of BB’s 17 year old self, I was held completely captivated. This journey of hers has me on edge, I just can’t wait to find out more and so book 4, Suits, is now on my list of highly anticipated 2018 releases. Let me tell you why…
First off B.B.’s writing is impeccable and her storytelling skills well honed. I can’t think of a single thing that felt was missed, or anything that wasn’t needed. Everything about BB’s time with Hans points to a life being lived in chaos, and to someone who embraces. She’s bold and brave and living her life in the moment. And being in her head is crazy good; fun and adventure fueled with a side of heartbreak.
As this is written autobiographical, and we all know hindsight is 20/20. But her introspection is phenomenal and the voice she uses is whip smart and self deprecating with a humorous tone. I don’t often use quotes in my reviews but I thought this passage a great example of how she reflects on herself at 17.
“As far back as I could remember, I’d had a boyfriend. Boys provided two of my favorite things: attention and affection. At home, I was showered with both, being the only child of two doting hippies. But, when I wasn’t at home, I got my fix from boys. Boys, boys, boys. Of course, as it was with any drug, the price just kept going up . At first, I’d paid for my cuddles with kisses, glimpses up my skirt. Later, my body had become the preferred currency, but my dealers would also accept blood and tears in a pinch. When times got lean, I’d been known to offer tokens carved out of my own heart, gift-wrapped wisps of my soul. Whatever it took to keep the love and affection flowing”
This comes out early on in the book, and knowing what I did from reading Speed, I knew this was a sign of what was to come. As the story picks up pretty much at the end of Speed, we see B.B. dive back into the life of the living, and clearly she is still a girl with charm. She meets Hans, the endearing bass player and her life as a rock chick blossoms. Her time with Hans starts to mold her, she experiences familiar feelings, but with a new sense of hope. Heck, I was fully bought into this being it for her. Hans is incredibly romantic, he hangs on B.B.’s words, he craves her, as she does him. There’s is a passionate union.
As B.B. approaches her eighteenth birthday, graduation, and the subsequent demands from college work, Han’s time with the band increases too and here we see things veer slightly sideways – okay maybe topsy turvey is the best descriptor. Try as she might, B.B. just can’t seems to find a time where it all just settles. Apparently she has lots of lessons to learn and “normal” might not be possible for this moxie filled girl. Her relationships are always going to reflect that passion and with passions, the highs and lows.
Star is one of those books where I dreaded coming to the end. I am so enamored with being in BB’s head (seriously, her inner thoughts are the best) and very very excited for the fall, when her life takes a new path and we get to go along for the ride through Suits. I highly recommend you take the escape into B.B. Eastons’ world.
~Review by Cyndi
Praise for Star
“Don’t read this unless you love whip-crack hysterical wit, rock stars, fantastic writing, effervescent pixies, and absolutely brilliant romance. BB Easton never fails to wow me, to consume my heart, to make me laugh, and to consider a new profession–she’s that incredible. 5 LDH stars!”
-Staci Hart, Bestselling Author