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Wish Upon a Star

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Ceri McKinley never stopped wishing that her ex-fiancé Jason Crickett would come back into her life. But when he finally does, he comes with a request that puts them both—and all of humanity—into jeopardy.

Jason only wants two things: to bury his brother properly and to convince Ceri to trust him again after he jilted her. But when Ceri agrees to help him get his brother ba
Kindle Edition, 79 pages
Published September 30th 2013 by Entangled: Ever After
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Review posted on my blog, Becky on Books.

Ceri McKinley has brought her young daughter Skye to Pleasure Island, one of Las Vegas's hottest locations. She's already feeling nervous, because her ex, Russell Saxton, owner of both Pleasure Island and research facility Saxton Technologies, has been showing more interest in Skye lately and she's worried about what that might mean. Russell's a powerful man, and in Ceri's own words has "mad-scientist-criminal mastermind tendencies and total moral and eth
Stephanie Ziegler
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Notorious Criminal Peter Crickett Gunned Down in Robbery Gone Bad"

Four years ago, Peter was in a horrific car crash that left him for dead, until Russell Saxton stepped in. Russell was the owner of Saxton Technologies and Peter's father was a research scientist there. "Despite federal regulations forbidding the testing of cyborg prosthetics on human subjects...Peter had become the world's only living cyborg, more machine than man, but still...a living, breathing, functioning member of society."
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
In Wish Upon a Star by Michelle McLean, Ceri was not looking forward to meeting with her controlling ex-husband about their custody agreement. But when she walked into his office, she certainly wasn't expecting a chain of events that would set into motion the potential for a second zombie apocalypse.

'It was like some twisted game of Spin-the-Bottle, only instead of a kiss the winner got their face eaten off.'

Ceri's ex-fiance Jason and his father spot her there before everything goes awry, and pl
Kristin (These Pretty Words)
Originally reviewed on These Pretty Words.

You ever read one of those books that shocks you? Like you go back to read the summary to make sure you’re reading the same thing being advertised? This was one for me. I expected zombies…I expected an old-flame reunion with perhaps a little romance. What Wish Upon A Star surprised me with, though, was an action-packed adventure that kept me flipping pages until the very end.

Maybe one of these days I’d get it through my thick skull that wishes hardly eve
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC through NetGalley.

Cyborgs, zombies, and Las Vegas! Oh my! That is the unexpected set up for Wish Upon a Star, and it's a good one! Ceri is spending the day with her daughter and mother at Pleasure Island before heading to a meeting with her ex-husband to discuss custody and visitation. Then she runs into her ex-fiance, Jason, who also happens to be there to talk to her ex-husband about a few things. It turns out that Russell is holding his dead brother's body hostage, for some
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book that I have read by Michelle McLean. I do not read anything that sounds like it may lean toward horror, but since this is also a romance story I wanted to see what it was about. I’m so glad I read this. It’s a really good action packed story that kept me reading until the end because I could not wait to find out what would happen next.

Ceri McKinley is in the process of visiting the offices of her ex-husband to discuss a legal matter when Jason, her ex-fiancée shows up ask
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a somewhat normal scenario that quickly spiraled out of control.... Oh who am I kidding - this was not a normal scenario. Ex-wife, Ceri, going to see ex-husband, Russell, about his visitation with their daughter Skye. Runs into ex-fiance, Jason, and his father, Max, who also wants to see her ex-husband - to try to get the body of his brother Peter back. Peter was hurt on the night of Jason's bachelor party - only Jason had opted to spend the evening with Ceri. He feels that Peter's acci ...more
Sassy Beta Reading & Review

I will be honest.....I wasn't sure how to rate this book. This was a very short read that takes place over only a few hours. The relationship is sort of already established (they had experienced love and loss) now it was just getting back together so they could get their HEA. Was the road easy? Nope. Only thing in their way was a crazy ex husband, a cyborg brother, and a few newly created zombies. No pressure right?!

As I was reading, I kept having the thought, this could be a great book if the z
Heather  book whore & shifter slut extrordinaire
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I am not a fan of zombies. AT ALL. I don't watch them on TV. I don't usually enjoy reading zombie/apocalyptic books. AT ALL. Having said all that, I signed up for this and one other zombie/apocalyptic book. Why? Why would I do this? What made me think that I would enjoy these zombie books? The answer - the side story.

I am a total sucker (no pun intended) for a Happily Ever After, especially one of a couple that ha
Sep 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books
Wish Upon A Star is about Ceri and Jason meeting again after five years. Ceri has married Russell after a rebound from Jason and now is meeting with her ex-husband Russell over the custody of their daughter Skye. Jason and his father Max went to see Russell to reclaim his brother Peter for proper burial. Upon seeing each other, Ceri and Jason have a lot of regret from that night.

Jason has blamed himself for being with Ceri instead of being with his brother Peter on his bachelor's party. Due to
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
***Received from Entangled Publishing for an honest review***
(This is a short story/novella. This review is not based on story length but story content as length has very little to do with how much I enjoy a book.)

An interesting, twisted tale about zombies, their creation, their uprising, and a couple's desperation to survive it to save what remains of their family.

This isn't a story about the first zombie apocalypse; it's about the second. And told in first person, I was given front row seats t
Tory Michaels
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Definitely in a zombie-loving mood (without actually loving the zombies, if you get my drift). This book took on a surprising slant for me, but I can’t really go into why without some spoilers in it. I have to say, Ceri’s ex-husband (as opposed to the ex-fiance/hero Jason) took the cake for being an asshole, and definitely got what he deserved.

I really liked the zombie aspect of things, and felt Ms. McLean fairly portrayed what the military would likely do if they’d gotten the zombie threat to t
Sep 29, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I read nothing about this novel before I started it......what a surprise it was! Jason Crickett and Ceri McKinley were engaged to be married. Jason was the love of her life. Three days before the wedding his brother Peter was in a terrible accident, not expected to live. Jason canceled the wedding, and she never saw him in the four years since, until today. Ceri was with her daughter Skye and her Mom to visit her ex-husband Russell Saxton. A millionaire business man, who has not really
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Ceri is going to a meeting with her ex husband over custody f their daughter Skye. The last person she thinks to run into is Jason her ex fiance who left her days before their wedding. She has never quite got over him. Now he needs her help to get his brother's body back from her ex husband Russell. Russell has other plans for all of them. Plans that involve Zombies and seeing that they never escape. Now Ceri and Jason have to work together to save their families. Both also realize their love ha ...more
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Even though he broke off their engagement just days before the wedding, Ceci has always wanted ex-fiancé Jason to come back. She gets her wish but he has ulterior motives. While waiting to see her ex-husband, Russell, to talk about custody arrangements regarding their daughter, Jason and his father, Max, stumble upon Ceci. It would seem that his brother Peter was a cyborg experiment gone bad and Russell won't release the body, claiming that he owns more of Peter than his family does.

It's not unt
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Her ex- fiance and ex-brother-in-law(Jason) makes a request to Ceri in order to help him get his brother’s body back so the family could have a proper funeral for him. She’s in a sticky situation. Seems like the body is in possession of a crazy scientist, she was once involved with and has a child by and she was also married at one time to Jason’s dead brother Peter. As it turns out he (the crazy scientist)had turned him (dead body brother) into a cyborg/zombie hybrid that he thought he could co ...more
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Bloody Good Story

Well, I will say this – I have never read a zombie book before, but I am really glad I read this one!!! It was awesome! It follows two people who were engaged – at least until he called it off just days before the wedding about 4 years ago – who meet up again when Jason needs to some help from Ceri. I won’t say too much more as I think you need to read it and enjoy it without any spoilers from me. I loved the creativity that Michelle uses to create the zombies – are they reall
Tanya Vought
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a short paranormal romance story between Ceri and Jason.

Ceri is in town to deal with her un-kind ex husband. However, while in town she hears/sees Jason. The love of her life always! He broke her heart 4 years ago and despite the pain she has felt since she has always wished they would get together again. However, Jason needs her help to talk to her ex.. but when they get to where the Ex works, things happen and who knows if anything between them can be resolved when there is now a Zom
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased and honest review**

Review:2.5 stars

General: I want to start with a critique of the book that for me may be the part that dragged the book down the most. The title. The title is by far the hardest part as an author. But this one does not represent the book to me in anyway. Had I not read the blurb I would have expected a magical book - not an apocalyptic type. For me, I was torn between the review for this book because I believe in maki
Sep 20, 2013 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

This is a short story about a second chance romance. It started a bit slow for me, but when they got into Ceri’s ex-husbands offices the action started and didn’t stop. The story basically revolves around Ceri and Jason trying to save her daughter during a zombie outbreak. While fighting their way up the building and back they both wonder what if? Do they try again?

Ceri hasn’t seen Jason for five years, ever since he called of their wedding. In those years she married a very crazy man
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book is trying to be a lot of things. A lot of things. Including: a Pinocchio homage, a zombie adventure, a tiger-mother story, a romance novel. And all in less than a hundred pages. It's a tall order, and for the most part I felt like the story was...perfunctory. Insert last name "Crickett" here. Insert zombie attack here. Insert cliffhanger here. Insert plot moppet here. Insert tearful love scene here. And they all lived happily ever after the end.

It wasn't painful to read, and it's so sh
Rosemary K
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ceri McKinley needs to settle some issues with her ex-husband, Russell Saxton. She comes to Las Vegas with her daughter, Skye, and her mother, but Pleasure Island doesn't live up to its name. First she sees her former fiancée, Jason Crickett. He called off their wedding just three days before the ceremony. He needs her help get his brother's body back from Russell. This is just the beginning. Her day is going to get much worse. Russell is doing some dangerous experiments. Now because of him ther ...more
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is one of those short reads you can do in a few hours. Even with the short amount of time that we have to know the characters they draw you in. Ceri goes to meet her ex-husband Russell to discuss visitation rights for their least that's what she's led to believe. While waiting to go up to his office she runs into to her ex-fiancee who she still has feelings for. Jason and his dad need to discuss his brother Peter with Ceri's ex-husband and things get real interesting once ever ...more
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
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Now Wish Upon a Star I did really like. I don't normally go for reunited lovers, but hey this story worked for me. Ceri McKinley always dreamed her ex-fiancé, Jason Crickett, would always return. Even though he broke her heart by dumping her right before their wedding. Jason needs a favor and Ceri is the only one to really help him. So, they go talk to Ceri crazy ex-husband to see if he would give Jason and his father his brother so they can give him a proper burial. Li
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-ever-after
Ceri goes to Pleasure Island with her daughter to meet with her ex-husband. Suddenly he wants to discuss visitation with their daughter. While there the love of her life Jason shows up and needs a favor. It had been 4 years since he walked out on her 3 days before their wedding, but she agrees to help him. He needs to talk to her ex-husband who is holding his dead brothers body hostage.
They go up to speak with him and all hell breaks loose…She knew her ex was evil, but using an outlawed drug to
Madison Warner Fairbanks
Sep 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wish Upon a Star by Michelle McLean

A zombie outbreak in Vegas. Fun. Aka contagious and spreading. :)

Ceri Saxton is on Paradise Island to deal with her monster of an ex-husband on custody issues over their daughter. And wow, what a mad monster he is. He has a crazy scheme to create and control zombies!
Jason Crickett walked away from Ceri right before their wedding, feeling guilty about an accident his brother Peter was in. Now he needs to ask Ceri for help from her ex-husband.

Ceri and Jason are f
Oct 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Ceri is out with her mother and daughter at Pleasure Island, an amusement park. There Ceri bumps into her ex-lover, Jason. Jason wants to talk to Ceri for a few minutes. It is about a wanted criminal named Peter Crickett. The criminal is Jason’s brother. It seems that Jason’s family was working on a huge break though in technology and artificial organs. Something went wrong and Peter is dead. Ceri’s ex-husband plays a part. Things are about to get interesting.

Ok, so this book turned out to be b
Sep 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Ceri always wished that Jason would come back even though he walked out on her 4 years ago, 3 Days before the wedding. Out of heartache and loneliness she moved on and married Russell and had her daughter Skye. Ceri and Jason go to talk to her ex husband to find out that her ex had turn jason brother into a zombie. All hell breaks loose and one of the zombie breaks her exes neck while there running to the safe room. The monitors show that zombies are going after everyone they can and turning the ...more
Eva Millien
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
This a story about zombies with lots of action and romance.

The characters in the story immediately catch the reader’s attention engaging them in the story until the very end. On a visit to her ex-husband, Ceri is asked to help the man who jilted her, Jason. What they discover in the office of her ex is a truly diabolical plot of greed and power using zombies.

The action is well written and the author describes it vivid detail making it easy for the reader to picture the Jason and Ceri’s race for
Oct 10, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a really weird short story. I wasn’t sure if I was missing something, as it seemed like this might have been a part of a series and that I was coming into it in the middle. Although the beginning seemed abrupt, the ending wrapped things up fairly well, but I’m still wondering what the heck happened next. Was the outbreak contained or did it spread? What was happening every else?

This was a quick, easy read that picked up right away and kept going. There was a bunch of action, including s
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Michelle McLean is a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl who is addicted to chocolate and Goldfish crackers and spent most of her formative years with her nose in a book. She has a B.S. in History, an M.A. in English, and loves her romances with a little heat, a lot of humor, and always a happily ever after.

When Michelle's not working, reading, or chasing her kids around, she can usually be found bakin

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“It was never you. Leaving you was the hardest thing I've ever done and I've regretted that decision every second since the moment I walked out. I've made a lot of dumbass mistakes in my life, but letting you go is the one I'd give anything to erase.
- Jason”
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