Friday, July 17, 2020

REVIEW: Star Bright by Staci Hart

It's finally here!! Star Bright, the first in Staci Hart's brand new Bright Young Things series, is available now. Grab your copy of Star Bright from your preferred online book retailer today!

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Honestly, when I saw the first teaser for Star Bright I knew this book had to be mine. The image + the blurb had me making grabby hands.

Fortunately, I was selected to be an early reader and after my family binged Hamilton, I settled in to start Star Bright. The protagonists, Levi and Stella, immediately had my attention and it was only when my eyes refused to stay open that I put their story down. ...only to pick it up first thing this morning and finish it by noon today. To say I was completely enthralled doesn't even begin to describe how engaged I was in what was happening. Levi and Stella were interesting characters, for sure, but the thing that really stole the show for me was the entire premise of the secret society, the Bright Young Things, and the parties they participated in. The imaginative, lux environment and the sense of warmth and community had me longing for something I never even knew I'd want. Staci Hart created a setting that I could not ever even dream of and she did it so vividly that I would occasionally just stop my reading and close my eyes and let myself imagine the most fantastical over the top parties with the most beautiful people.

Getting back to Levi and Stella, their instant chemistry and their complete like-ability had me rooting for them. And, I adored all of Stella's roommates and am already imagining which ones will get their own stories (all of them, please?!). Oh and Levi and Billy and Ash? All such good stuff going on with all of these characters that I truly hope we'll see them all again when we get future installments of this series.

Kudos to Staci Hart for creating such a unique premise and then following through with interesting characters, a sweet love story, and a plot point that promises to show up in the where I can't wait to see where she goes with it!

Stella Spencer has one enemy—her secrets.

The world’s obsession with the Bright Young Things is real. Every lavish party thrown by the most exclusive group in New York is a spectacle, stalked not only by the media, but by the police commissioner, who’s declared war. He’s out to ruin everyone’s good time, starting with uncovering the mysterious benefactor leading the group, thus answering the question on everyone’s lips.

Who is Cecelia Beaton?

And no one knows it’s Stella.

If society finds out the truth, her plans will unravel. And with one smoldering look from a stranger, her carefully ordered world catches fire.

Levi Hunt has one plan—get the story.

His future at Vagabond magazine depends on his ability to do the one thing no one can: infiltrate the Bright Young Things. If he can find out who Cecelia Beaton is, he’ll earn enough notoriety to permanently secure his career.

His dreams are at his fingertips, so long as he doesn’t blow his cover. But one night with the brightest, most brilliant young thing of all, and he knows he’ll have to make a choice.

The job he loves or the woman of his dreams.

Secrets and lies. Love and laughter. And two people with something to hide and everything to gain.

Welcome to the party.

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. When she's not writing, she's reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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