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Star Crossed (Stargazer #1)

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  1,269 ratings  ·  142 reviews
Wendy Mann loves her job rescuing celebrities from public relations scrapes. She grew up with nothing, and now she’s drawn to glitz, glamour, and a lighthearted lifestyle. She speaks her mind, so she’s just the tough cookie to tell stars the truth about how other people see them, even when they don’t want to hear it. But after six years at the top of her game, Wendy crosse ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by Pocket Books
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I used to be a huge Jennifer Echols fan, but the last few books have been disappointing. While I'm happy to report Echols regained some of her witty humor and memorable one-liners that made me smile, the story itself was a little too over the top.

I was immediately annoyed by how a star, Zane, reminded Wendy of her ex-boyfriend. I remember thinking, it was really random. And then later, it was Colton. But as I mentioned, Echols jam-packed way too many elements into one book: (view spoiler)
Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog.

Jennifer Echols is like an old reliable friend when it comes to toe-curling chemistry and addicting storylines. (Cases in point: Such a Rush + Going Too Far.) And in her adult debut, Star Crossed, she has the opportunity to take all of that whoa-action and nearly heart-stopping tension and take it a step farther. In fact, a few delicious leaps farther.

Despite a slow start (involving confusing placement of NYC landmarks), Star Crossed featured al
Book Angel Emma
This woman can do no wrong - love her writing and characters SWOONALICIOUS

You already know I adore Jennifer Echols so it will come as no surprise that I love Starcrossed. Focusing around a high profile public relations agency Stargazer, where it’s Wendy’s job to manage the public image of stars that have been a little rebellious to say the least. Throw in Daniel Blackstone, the hot competition and their undeniable chemistry and you have the basis of one hell of a story. however, Jennifer Echols
Katrina Passick Lumsden
I find myself saying/thinking, 'I expected more from Jennifer Echols' a lot lately. I've said it so many times, in fact, that I no longer have any idea why I expect more from her. This is the eighth Echols book I've read, and I just realized that I only really liked two of those eight.

Star Crossed falls somewhere in between on the Love It or Hate It scale. There were aspects I enjoyed. There was some classic Echols snark, and the pacing was pretty good. I think my biggest issue was that I did
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: B

After a high profile client fires Wendy and her firm and moves over to their competitor, Wendy is fired. She talks her way into one last chance and it all rides on her ability to spin some positive PR for a Hollywood starlet who’s making news with her very public, very nasty break up with a young Hollywood actor. Wendy is hired to keep Lorelei on track, that she does nothing to derail her music career and to make sure her performance at an a
Rating 2.5 stars

Well that was disappointing. Started off alright. Thought it was going to be fun especially since I liked the main characters Wendy and Daniel (especially Daniel) but then I got bored. It never really held my interest apart from in the beginning.
Oh wow Jennifer Echols you've done it again! I love her young adult books which were so well written and now with this first glimpse into the adult genre is a sure success. The transition was smooth and the writing still good.

I enjoyed reading this, it was fun all the way through. It felt like watching a romantic comedy on screen with a cool cast, fun scenarios, witty dialogue, a bit of suspense and of course the cute. I like how Wendy and Daniel are competitors in the PR business but they also
Mar 21, 2013 Sarah rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
Originally reviewed on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves.

Jennifer Echols is one of my go-to writers for quality character development, sharp dialogue and memorable stories. Needless to say, her foray into fiction for adults with Star Crossed was one of my most anticipated novels of the year.

While I adore Jennifer's dramatic novels like Such a Rush and Going Too Far, I have a soft spot for her more light-hearted books, particularly Major Crush. What can I say? I'm a sucker for a good romantic comedy to b
3.5 stars!

Firstly,let me start by saying that I'm a HUGE fan of the author's YA novels like Such a Rush,Going Too Far and Forget You.Star Crossed was her adult debut novel and it was another light,easy and fun read.

Wendy and Daniel are absolutely lovable characters.Wendy was a great heroine.She was strong and ambitious and I loved her witty remarks and sense of humor.

Daniel was attractive and smart.He was also very successful and loyal towards his family.

The easy banter between these two charact
Toto bol taký výborne napísaný zhluk bullshitov.

Jedna prehnaná až absurdná situácia striedala druhú, niekedy to bolo milé a niekedy otravné. SKVELÉ dialógy a výborné postavy, správna dávka irónie. Niektoré scény boli úplne mimo a mala som pocit, ako keby som pozerala tuctovú romantickú komédiu s Katherine Heigl, potom tam odrazu bolo niečo super a celkom inovatívne (vrámci možností) a potom znovu úplne wtf a potom znovu paráda.

A inak síce knihu napísala Echols, ale jedná sa o ADULT záležitosť
I was so looking forward to Echols' first adult rom-com-style offering.

The beginning was slow, but I didn't mind reading through all the set-up for the sake of building the premise. Around the halfway mark I had finally seen some flashes of the Echols I love: the promise of slow burn, the smidges of chemistry, the snappy/witty dialogue. But then the book went ... nowhere.

Too much faffing about with the (highly ridiculous and cliched) PR storyline (revolving around two spoiled stars). Two much t
Tabitha (Bows & Bullets Reviews)
The review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews

Wendy Mann loves her job, but she’s losing it. After her bosses tell her she’s fired, she begs for another chance and they give it to her: rehabilitate teenage rocker Lorelei Vogel before she loses her recording contract. It’s an impossible job, but Wendy is determined to do it. It just becomes more difficult when she realizes Lorelei’s ex is being repped by Daniel Blackstone, her college rival, and they will all be in Vegas toge
This may be one of those cases where familiarity with previous novels written by an author actually ends up hurting my enjoyment of a novel. Star Crossed by Jennifer Echols is a good enough story, but Jennifer Echols does not generally write "good enough" stories. I have always enjoyed her young adult books, praising them for having grit and realism along with awesome romance. Her characters are strong and intelligent and layered in a way that always draws me into her books. Star Crossed is Echo ...more
Kayla Eklund
Star Crossed was my first Jennifer Echols book. I must admit, I liked her writing style a lot. I was hoping that the book would be more about the celebrities interaction with the publicist. It wasn’t. It was mostly about Wendy, the publicist from Stargazer and her arch rival Daniel, the publicist from Blackstone. Then again, it’s to be expected from a romance novel. The book started off slow. It took about eighty pages for me to get into it. However, once I got into it, I couldn’t put it down. I ...more
Anna Banana
4.5 stars!

I've always been a huge fan of Jennifer Echols. I love her Young Adult books and will pretty much read anything she writes. So you can only imagine how happy I was to find out she was writing a adult romance series.

I've read some reviews where people were saying that reading this book, it didn't feel like they were reading a Jennifer Echols book and I have to agree. The tone of the book is definitely different from her other books as it should be since this is a different genre. And I
Anyone who spends time on this blog knows about my love for all things written by Jennifer Echols. I was so excited when she announced that she was writing some adult romances! Star Crossed was fun, sexy, funny, and pretty much everything I love in a romance. The no apologies heroine, who came from humble circumstances, was such a joy to read. She works very hard and sets high expectations for herself and others. Just as driven is our hero, Daniel, whose long standing rivalry with Wendy set up t ...more
I was sort of skeptical about this one. I enjoy Jennifer Echols, but I felt (at first) like the romance aspect of this story felt rushed (even though these folks have known each other distantly for years) and therefore unrealistic. I enjoyed how it all played out in the end, however. It was a cute story, overall... and once I got into it, I was pretty sucked in.

I have a background in PR, so I dug that aspect of the story -- Wendy and Daniel are both experienced and ruthless public relations prof
Nadia Said
Just to let you guys know, Jennifer Echols is solidly on my auto-buy list. Going Too Far is one of the best books I've ever read, yet SO underrated. Anyways for those of you who haven't yet discovered the awesomeness that is Jennifer Echols, I'll do you a favor. Start with Going Too Far and from there work your way down her list.

That being said, I didn't like this adult novel as much as I LOVE her young adults. And honestly, it's not that it was bad, it just wasn't amazing when you compare it to
The first Jennifer Echols books that I haven't all out adored. Not sure if it was because its the first I've read by her that not in first person pov, if it's because it's her first adult novel...maybe it's the story? I guess some combination of the three has left me feeling a bit unsatisfied. The mystery/stalker aspect of the story was real easy to figure out- thankfully its was more of a side story to the rest of the action. The characters, while well written and likable, lacked the usual oh w ...more
Two rival publicists, Wendy Mann and Daniel Blackstone, head to Las Vegas to babysit each of their clients. Wendy is on the axing block of her job. A particular client no longer wants to work with her. It is contigent on the firm-client agreement. Lucky for her, Lorelei Vogel, former child TV star and upcoming singer, asked for her. Wendy gladly takes it so that she may keep her job;consequently, Daniel is hired by Colton Farr's agent to set him on the straight path or Colton will lose his gig a ...more
This one was a quick read for me. I started Star Crossed by Jennifer Echols while waiting to board our flight to Orlando Friday morning at 6am and finished that night around 9pm. Although I cannot deny Echols' ability to write steamy, good (often erotic) conversations between two lovable characters, the plot lacked a drive and eventually became predictable. Star Crossed is one of those chick-lit, "feel-good" books where the heroine saves the day, but not without adding in a few witty comebacks a ...more
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Maybe the fact that I'll be in Vegas for a week this month for work played a part in this -- VEGAS!!! -- but I loved the setting, loved the romance and just completely enjoyed every bit of this story. I'm just a bit sad I've read it already because it would be PERFECT reading material on the plane ride there. Drat. Poor planning, Anna.

Definitely an easy and fun read.
Like in Love Story, there were some very oddly jointed sentences, hilariously unfunny jokes, and boring chemistry between two unremarkable characters. I was expecting much more and unfortunately, I am once again debating whether or not to just drop this author altogether.
Seems hard to believe that J. Echols wrote this novel... But hey - strange things never cease to happen! I barely finished it, but my mind was far away and in denial : (
Jocelyn Zombie
Really fun, eventful, romance. This is an author who usually does YA romance (which is not my thing), and she seemed like she was delighting in being able to do some grown-up stuff with her heroine.

It's super funny, and gave the audience credit for being smart enough to get the joke. The heroine wasn't virginal, and not only was that never an issue, it was never presented as something she should feel bad about [i]at all.[/i] In an often overly conservative genre, I'm really glad to see some book
I lover her YA books. I can't wait to read this book. It's her first book in the Adult Genre!!!
Liliana Saquicela
Jul 15, 2012 Liliana Saquicela marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2013
YAY!!!! It comes out on my birthday!!!! Yeah baby!!!
Kate Ashley
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I love a ton of Jennifer Echols' teen romantic comedies such as Major Crush and Boys Next Door and Love Story (this one's actually drama). And it's great to see she has delved into another genre: adult fiction.

Star Crossed tells the story of two public relations specialist in rival firms--Wendy Mann and Daniel Blackstone, who were also rivals in college--fix up two failing stars and lead them back to the (spot)light while dealing with problems of their own a
This is Ms Echols first attempt at an adult novel, and the first book by her that I have ever read that is written in the third person. So, a lot of firsts, many chances for a screw up. But to my mind, Ms Echols never tripped herself up, not even once.

Wendy is a tough PR whizz, who knocks her clients into shape like a barbie shaped drill Sargent, but when her bosses decide she’s more nasty than nice, she’s sent to Vagas on one last job. A job she needs to do well, or she’s fired… In Vegas, while
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Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. She has written nine romantic novels for young adults, including the comedy MAJOR CRUSH, which won the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the drama GOING TOO FAR, which was a finalist in the RITA, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Book Buyer’s Bes ...more
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“They’re taking us to the room to change. Do you think we’ll have time for a quickie? Because we never got around to doing it against the wall.”

He blinked at her. She thought he hadn’t heard her. Finally he smiled, slowly at first, his grin becoming broader as she slid her hand onto his thigh. “We will always make time for a quickie,” he said. “And that is a wedding vow.”
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