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Stars in Their Eyes

(Caught Up in Love #4)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,627 ratings  ·  201 reviews
A sexy and swoony new adult romance...

Celebrity photographer and college senior Jess Leighton desperately needs to crash the wedding of the year. Snapping just one pic of the A-list Hollywood couple tying the knot will pay her way through grad school. But with security tighter than the bride-to-be's corset, she'll need more than her camera and smarts, she'll need help from
Paperback, 318 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Lauren Blakely Books
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MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
4 "Your What I Want Most In The World" Stars!
(ARC provided by author)

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Jess Leighton & William Harrigan aka HBG/ hot British guy are both 21 yr. old seniors at the University of Los Angeles. Graduation is in two months. Jess is a paparazzi who takes pictures of celebrities to pay for med school. She didn't want the distraction of a guy to get in the way of all her plans, but she just couldn't fight her feelings for the delicious British hottie!

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After some secrets are revealed Jess & Wil
Mitch C.
Apr 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rant-and-rave

Another okay read. This time, Jess and William deepens their bond which led to a courthouse wedding… and more.

Cute banters, sweet romance, hot hero, sassy heroine.

So why 3-star only?

I’m gonna use this line; “It’s me, not the book.”

Probably the timing. Probably my mood while I was reading it.

Ah. I’m getting cranky. I better start with Bounty. *big grin*
Dec 27, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
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A fun, sexy and swoony new adult romance...

Celebrity photographer and college senior Jess Leighton desperately needs to crash the wedding of the year. Snapping just one pic of the A-list Hollywood couple tying the knot will pay her way through grad school, but with security tighter than the bride-to-be's corset, she'll need more than her camera and smarts - she'll need help from her biggest
Lauren Blakely
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Loved this book! Swoony, fun, flirty, romantic and awesome!!
Sep 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 01-signed
Jess and William’s story continues with and become far more complex with each passing day. Jess wants one thing, to snag the secret wedding shot so she can secure payments for her education. With enough insider information, things appear to be shaping up for her to get what she wants.

For William, he needs a job. His Visa is due to expire upon graduation and without a full time job and an employer to sponsor him, his dreams of America and a certain California girl will go up in smoke. So a deal
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it

A sassy, sexy story full of intrigue. A “mystery with a twisty, turny plot” that’s fun and relaxing to read.

Jess is determined, independent, in control twenty one year old biology major that wanted to be a doctor and paid her way through school by taking pictures of celebrities. I would dare call her and over-achieving problem solver with a vulnerable side she rarely lets show and never let’s loose. I liked her, even when I didn’t like her preferred livelihood.

Kelli C
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 Bright Stars!

A treat for readers as you get a prequel before the real deal with A Starstruck Kiss, the introduction of Will and Jess from their wild meeting, instant attraction, and "partnership" before the fun romantic ride of Stars in their Eyes!

Jess is a driven 21 year old with big hopes and dreams...Med School bound she freelances as a paparrazo looking for that big money shot.

William is a "hot British guy" looking for any employment to stay in the USA! He has irons in the fire. He has ni
Gretchen  (About That Story)
Loved this! Excellent pace, great build, and solid story that was entertaining and sexy! I adore Jess and William, they were great characters.

Jess was strong and determined and had some past issues that still weighed heavily on her. A very relevant issues in today's world and kudos to Lauren Blakey for including something so very real. I loved William, he was so caring, sweet, and totally swoon worthy! I thought their growing friendship and attraction developed at a great pace and I loved every
3.5 Stars

Jess is ambitions and dedicated to becoming successful in her career, the last thing she needs is distractions and that is exactly what she sees William as. William is a British college student and he is in need of a sponsor for his work visa or he will be forced to leave the country.

Despite all of Jess’s best efforts the sexual tension is off the charts between these two, but with hidden agendas its hard to determine what you can trust. When something comes up and they both need each
If you like NA chiclit romcom with pseudo mystery plot twists and a whole LOT of faux movies references, this is a story for you.
It just didn't float me boat.
The writing is good, of course. The characters are likable (William might have been a prize in a Cracker Jack box he was so sweet). Loved the dogs, who couldn't? Hell, the MCs both loved their (still living) parents for goodness sakes! And yes the vilians were appropriate assholes. Those polt twists (which didn't come till halfway through
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Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So here’s the thing... I was beyond excited when I learned that the “eminently lickable” Matthew Harrigan’s baby bro was getting his very own book and now I am done reading it, I am head-over-heels for the “criminally handsome” William Harrigan. How could I not be? He was cute, funny, “constitutionally good-looking” and, quite simply, good. Not a dirty talkin’, former man-whore of an asshole (although I do enjoy them too). Nope. Just a sweet boy that falls for a hot girl and wants to stay with h ...more
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This is the first audiobook I listen that is narrated by Analysa Gregory and Richard Higgins. They are A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. Their voices were perfect for Jess and William. Analysa and Richard made me love this book more than I already did. They made me fall in love again with Jess and William all over again, with their beautiful relationship and with their adventures as a teen (almost) paparazzo and a young private eye.

I read th
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Lauren Blakely is a true romantic and her stories are deeply rooted with everything that spells Love Story. From interesting characters and suspenseful plots, she simply catches my attention with every word on the page. I usually read only heroes of the Alpha male variety. But Lauren is my go to girl now for sweet
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Read more reviews at A Lust for Reading. I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

First of all, if you haven't read the FREE prequel novella A Starstruck Kiss, stop now and go read it. It sets up this book so perfectly so I highly recommend you start there.

Now, 21 year old Jess is pre-med and paying her way through collage working as a paparazzo. If she can somehow snag some photos of the upcoming celeb wedding, it would pay for a nice amount of her classes. William graduates college i
D.C. Triana
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I shuddered and tingles raced from my stomach to the tips of my fingers, lighting up my insides. The kiss radiated through me, dizzying and delicious and a promise of so much more. It was the kind of kiss that took over your brain. That made you believe in possibilities, in perfect chemistry.

Oh new love! New love with a mystery. New love and serious situations that make these characters real. Little Jess Leighton, Bryan Leighton’s sister from Caught Up In Us, is all grown up and making her wa
Jaime ~ Fiction Fangirls
Lauren Blakely does it again. I tell you, I am not sure how she does it but she continues to put out book after book full of fun, flirty, sexy and smart characters. She has a way of weaving past and future characters into each new book and somehow making each of their stories unique and wonderful. Seriously, one of the best parts of LB's books is catching the, sometimes subtle and sometimes very obvious, nods/shout-outs to her past characters. I mean anytime I can hear more about Clay and Davis ...more
Jessica Alcazar
I really liked this story! It was refreshing and fun! William is the perfect book boyfriend ~ VERY swoon worthy! And Jess was very easy to like and fun! The chemistry and connection was very strong for these two and it was very well written. I've loved every Lauren Blakely novel I have read because she has a way of bringing characters alive and making you feel as if YOU are one of these characters. It makes her stories so engaging as well. You just don't want to put down the book! It made me ten ...more
All Booked Out
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Following on from the intro 'A Starstruck Kiss ' A spin off to Lauren's Fabulous Caught Up In Love series, this is the new Wrapped up in Love Series and is right back to the fun flirty writing that Lauren is so freaking good at.

Jess is a Papp, taking pics of celebs to pay her way through med school. Will is the Hot British guy doing anything he can to stay in the US, with only 2months to graduation, he needs a job. But, he is the competition, albeit the hot, delicious, gorgeous, i just have to
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
ARC from Netgalley for an honest Review


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I loved this book. The story is fresh and friendly.
I like this kind of strong and funny heroine and I can not resist this delicious English accent. William is hot & cute! perfect guys.

I'm a big fan of Lauren Blakely and this book proves it once again
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5+ stars

Jess Leighton is independent, sassy, sarcastic, and has a strong need to always be in control. To pay for med school, she is also a celebrity photo stalker. She tries to avoid the distractions of men since she needs to keep her focus. But she knows she can be easily be dazzled by hot boys and the sweet things in life. So she tries to put up walls of resistance to keep her out of trouble.

William Harrigan is a transplanted Brit, also in college, who just wants to find a way to stay in L
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DNF. Maybe I'll come back but I kept reading a line & picking up my phone. ...more
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ya-na, contemporary
Stars in their Eyes is a quick and cute read. It’s the second in the series, starting right after book one, the novella A Starstruck Kiss leaves off. Though you could certainly start with this book,Starstruck fills you in on the brief background that Jess and William already have–plus, it’s a novella and doesn’t take much time to read. It’s worth it to get the scoop on how the two got started and what prompted them to make their “deal”.

William is exactly what the author promises–a really nice, v
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the 2nd in the Wrapped Up in Love series and should be read in order. It’s also a spin off of the Caught up in Love series
William Harrigan caught Jess Leighton off guard when he showed up at her place of employment. Jess is trying to get enough money together pay for medical school while working as a celebrity photographer. William only has a short time left on his student Visa and is trying everything he can to get a job that will sponsor him. He’s been giving an assignment to find out
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Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
***A gifted copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.***

~*Review by Ashton*~

I rate Stars In Their Eyes by Lauren Blakely FOUR lighthearted LEAVES!

I've read several romance novels about actors and musicians, but I've never read a novel from the POV of someone on the other side of the camera - a paparazzo.

I'm a fan of Lauren Blakely's Caught Up In Love series, so of course I was excited to read the first in the spin-off series, Wrapped Up In Love. Her stories are so sweet, flirty, and s
Elle Christensen
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love Lauren Blakely’s books. Stars in their eyes was no exception.
William and Jess are both reaching for a goal. In a strange way, they are the solution to each other’s problems. Despite knowing the basics of their needs, there is still mystery to puzzle together, predominantly on the part of William. What’s ironic about that, is when it comes to his feelings (physical or emotional), he is a lot more open than Jess. I suppose that is how they are complimenting each other as main characters.
J. McCoy
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
One of the things I love about Lauren Blakely novels is that she always puts in that extra effort to make her characters stand out. Sometimes they have unique jobs, or life struggles. In the case of Stars in Their Eyes, Jess and William have both. Jess is a paparazzo. I know, right. That’s different. And I loved it. I loved her job, the things she did to nab a pic. I almost wonder if Lauren Blakely moonlights as a paparazzi in her spare time. She made Jess’ character so believable. I felt like I ...more
Stars in Their Eyes was super fun! It was a bit different than I expected it to be, mostly in regards to William's secret (which comes out at the very beginning). Things pick up exactly where A Starstruck Kiss left off, then cover the next four days as Jess works her butt off to get that great wedding shot and William continues operation stay in America.

I really liked how William's "big secret" came out early on rather than being dragged out though Stars in Their Eyes. From the description we kn
Maria Rose
This new adult romance is the story of Jess and William. Jess takes celebrity photos as a means of income to support her schooling. When she meets William, working as a private detective for his uncle, she discovers that they can be mutually beneficial to each other in more ways than one. But with underhanded plots afoot, and secrets kept, will the end result be true love or will it fizzle out like a Hollywood romance?

I quite enjoyed this story. It did take me a while to warm up to Jess, mostly
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Stars in Their Eyes was fast paced and told from dual points of view. This story had blackmail and intrigue. It was just like something you'd see in Hollywood. You didn't know who was being honest or who was playing who. It was really enjoyable watching it all play out. And I really liked the paparazzi angle and seeing the lengths that some people will go to for fame.

I really enjoyed the progression of Jess and William's relationship. Their chemistry was really undeniable and they worked so well
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I love books that have been continued, previously being left on a cliffhanger, but am often left wanting more. Stars in Their Eyes is definitely not one of these! Delving into Jess and William’s friendship/business partnership turned more is exactly what I would have wanted between them.
Stake outs that lead to sexy library makeout sessions under street lights, cooking exactly what Jess wants before a little “anatomy” study session, a
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