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Before He Was A Secret (Starstruck #3)

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Another standalone Starstruck romance from the HarperCollins author who brought you Amazon #1 bestseller Before He Was Famous and Before He Was Gone

“What if we can’t choose
Every battle we win and lose
What if we decided years before, to live this life, to fight these wars
And all the dreams we ever thought were ours
Were written in the stars”


Waiting tables isn't exactly what
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Published (first published February 24th 2015)
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Becky Wicks
Aug 10, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I close my eyes for a moment, trying to control my heart palpitations as the memories of that day crash over me like a tsunami. ‘I just prefer the guitar,’ I stutter. Breathe. Breathe. It’s just a stupid instrument.
‘Ah, but the piano is a different species,’ he carries on, almost in my ear. ‘You know, someone told me once that the white keys represent happiness, all the good stuff. The laughter, right?’ Conor runs his fingers quickly up and down the white keys, stops abruptly, looks to me. ‘And
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Rosa Sharon (iScream Books Blog)
Two halves of a mystery...
I'm a big fan of the Starstruck Series. Being a music lover, the first book lured me by featuring a rockstar. Now that I'm hooked I keep coming back, regardless of subject, hoping some of my favorite characters will make an appearance. I especially enjoyed the song lyrics in this book and find myself interested in their origin; do you have secrets to share Becky? Speaking of secrets, there is a lot of mystery surrounding the main characters. Isn't it always pain and lov
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Lyndsie
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Before he was a Secret is book three in the Starstruck Series. You don’t necessarily have to read these in order, they can be read as standalones but I recommend reading in order.

Stephanie Jackson currently lives in Nashville where she’s hoping to strike it big in order to help cover the family bills that are waiting back home for her. Stephanie knows her music is good she just needs to get up enough courage to finish her songs and get up on stage to make her dreams come true. A big problem for
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Jenny
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted at A Life Bound by Books.

4.5 stars.
After we met Stephanie Jackson in Before He Was Gone (Starstruck #2); she moved to Nashville to see if she can make it in the music industry and hopefully be able to make some money to send home to her Aunt and brothers.

Conor Judge has lived in Nashville all of his life. He works at his family’s music shop, writes songs and plays at local open mike nights.

When the two meet they become instant friends through their mutual love of music.
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Louisa Fifield
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky to get hold of an advance reading copy of 'Before He Was a Secret', the latest in the Starstruck series by author Becky Wicks. As with all of Becky's books, I wolfed it down in more or less one sitting - I defy anyone to take more than 24 hours to read any of the Starstruck books!
This is a standalone book, but for those of you who have read the previous stories there is a welcome return of some of the previous characters (Noah and Chloe) and the main character Stephanie hails from th
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Jaime
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for an honest review

This is book#3 in the series and can be read as a stand alone but there are mention of other characters from the first book which just makes me want to read the first two.

Stephanie Jackson has a past that she wants to go away and another part of her past that she can't heal from.
Connor Judge has a father and community that he has tried to please all of his life and just can't do it.

Stephanie moves to Nashville in hopes of starting a career and help prov
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L.J (Lisa Jane)
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, arc
*ARR (Advance Reader Review) - copy provided as a gift in exchange for an honest review...


This is a sweet story of friendship and love.

After her show on the island people had an impression of Stephanie....was it accurate or were they only seeing what the cameras wanted them to see...

Connor has dreams of his own but whether or not he gets to live his dreams or his father's remains to be seen...

A great story,mixing the past with the present but never once confusing. Seeing what this book was about
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Nicole Hewitt
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Before He Was a Secret is a sweet and sexy NA romance that evokes the Nashville music scene. This book could definitely be read as a standalone, but I picked up the other two books and read them first (because it drives me crazy to read books out of order). My reviews of the other two books will be coming soon, but I’ve enjoyed them all!

This book follows Stephanie (who was last seen in the reality TV show in book #2) a
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Jeannie Zelos
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing



Before He Was A Secret, Starstruck 3, Becky Wicks
Genre: Romance, New Adult
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
I love Becky’s writing style and the Starstruck series. Its great to have books like these where each is a stand alone, complete, no cliff-hangers!! Yet they are connected, so we meet characters from earlier books in the new ones. In this one we see Noah and Chloe from book one again, and there are phone calls with Alyssa from book two.
I had forgotten Stephanie was one of the compet
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Shirley Frances
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.50 stars

I love it when a book takes me by surprise and makes my heart all melty-like. This is one of them.

We met Stephanie on Before He Was Gone , where she was a participant in alongside Alyssa. Since then she's moved to Nashville to follow her dream and earn more money to send back home. But soon life gets in her way and she finds she's working less on her music and more in trying to make ends meet. Thankfully, her new roommate takes her out for a night where she'll end up meeting the man w
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Steph
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
After the death of her parents and a stint on a reality TV show, Stephanie has arrived in Nashville to overcome her fears pursue her dream of becoming a songwriter to the stars. But a serious case of writers block has her waiting tables at a local rib joint instead of writing songs.

When she goes out with her roommate to a club, she meets Conor and can't believe his songwriting abilities. He writes with such emotion and Stephanie wishes she could tap into that kind of inspiration.

But Conor has de
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LilisBooks
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: music, arc-lus
ARC provided via NetGalley for an honest review

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Before he Was a secret is the 3rd book in the series Starstruck Becky Wicks. Having loved the first 2 books, when I saw that it was available on NetGalley I did not hesitate for a minute. and I am happy I did it. I again loved this book. It's fresh, well written and you really have a good time reading it. I read it in one sitting.
You certainly can read this book without having read the previous. But it's always nice to know the story of c
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Rebecca
4 I love this series stars!!

This book was given by the author via netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Let me just start out by saying I love Becky Wicks and I absolutely love this series of stand alones.

Before he was a secret is about Stephanie, a character we got to meet in Before He Was Gone. Stephanie has finally made it to Nashville to pursue her dream. A dream her brothers are pushing her to, and a dream she needs to fulfill in the worst way for financial reasons. Everything is ridin
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Jamie  Zishka
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Before He Was A Secret was a tantalizing tale of love found through the love of music, but also both trying to let go of their pasts and make something of their futures. I would give this book a 4 star and would definitely recommend to others. This is third book in the Starstruck series but can be read as a standalone. The other books in this series are Before He was Famous and Before He was Gone both of these books were really good as well. This book is Stephanie and Conor's book who were frien ...more
Karen Pierce
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in the Starstruck series by Becky Wicks and I liked it just as much as the first two.

Becky has a way with writing that draws you in and makes you feel like you know her characters. I also like that her characters are ordinary beleivable characters.

This is Stephanie and Conors story. Both of them are musicians and song writers who find each other and are instantly drawn to each other but both have pasts that make them scared to trust and fall in love again. As they get to k
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Emily (Mrs B's Books)
**My thanks to the author for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

Although this book is part of a series, it can most certainly be read as a stand-a-lone book in which you miss nothing if you have not read the previous two books. Although to me you have to read them, just because of how good they are :)

Again I have to say that the pages literally flew through my fingers as I devoured the story.

Stephanie we met in book two, but now she has moved to Nashville in order to help her f
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Gabby (What's Beyond Forks?)
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed

Full Review at: What's Beyond Forks?

Before He was a Secret is the third book in the Starstruck series by Becky Wicks. Remember Stephanie from Before He was Gone? Well, this is her story. She's in Nashville trying to make it in the music industry when she meets Conor. They make great song writing partners, and the lyrics just flow from them when they are together. We get to see a little bit of Noah and Chloe from the first book, and we even get to hear from Alyssa, but this book stands alone quit
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Mary Mooney
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in the Starstruck series and I think it is my favorite so far. Stephanie Jackson is in Nashville to get her songs recorded by the stars. While waiting to get "noticed" she is working at the Nice Rack, the place with the best ribs. She meets Travis, the winner of last year's songwriter of the year competition. With Travis wanting her to write with him, she becomes friends with Connor Judge, a fellow songwriter who wants his shot too. They began writing together and words ar ...more
Sarah
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Having read both of the previous books in the Starstruck series I couldn't wait to read Before He Was a Secret. Becky Wicks does a great job of writing sexy, sassy and fun books with believable, genuine characters. I loved the setting of Nashville, I've never been but really felt like I knew it.
I also particularly enjoyed the lyrics of the songs that Stephanie and Conor performed, which totally enhanced the emotions of the characters for me. I thoroughly enjoyed all 3 books and would definitely
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practical_dreamer
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love how this author makes me giggle!
I love how she describes the music world!
I love her love stories! This one may be my favourite of the series. :)

This is an entertaining read for everyone who want to relax and enjoy young love, show biz and interesting family's backstory.

ps. my compliments for touching the religious plot in a very discreet way. :)





ARC Provided by NetGalley
Liz
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The third instalment in the Starstruck Series and possibly the best! This one is set in Nashville and I thought the writer does a great job of capturing the city and its spirit, you can really imagine yourself there. The songs are great too! Conor and Stephanie have amazing chemistry from the start and I wasn’t expecting that twist with Conor’s “baggage.” Couldn’t put it down!
Amy
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this installment of the Starstruck series, Stephanie and Conor were likable characters.
Stephanie has emotional baggage and Conor has some family issues. Together they discover they have a wonderful chemistry that the reader is lucky enough to experience.
I adore a good friend to lover story and this one is no exception.
Cyndy
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
This may have been my favorite of the series! It was just heartfelt! I loved the songs!
Esperanza
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing



























In the new adult fictional book Before He Was A Secret, the author Becky Wicks takes her readers on a journey to the southern town of
Nashville, Tennessee to experience a shot at the big life with a budding
romance on the horizon. Ahhhhh Tennessee where dreams are made and good old fashion kind of love is found! Nashville is the place where musical dreams are made, after all, driving down the highway on route to Nashville any passerby will see at least one musician with guitar in han
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Laurel
Jun 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Ok without being great.
Three Chicks
Mar 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Review by Trinette Dungee

Like many before her Stephanie Jackson has come to Nashville to “make it” as a songwriter and if she can be the “next big thing” as far as performers go…well, she’ll take that too. And like many before her, Stephanie finds herself spending more time waiting tables than making it big. Add to that a mean case of writer’s block and making it just doesn’t seem like it’s in the cards for her. Until Conor Judge sings his way right into her life.

Conor Judge is all about his mus
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Sam
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015, 5-stars
Last summer I read an amazing book, one of those books that stayed with me & that book was Before He Was Famous by Becky Wicks. This was book one in the fantastic Starstruck series & I devoured it in one sitting, immediately starting book two, Before He Was Gone and staying up way too late. Becky Wicks has a very special way of telling a story which is why I am so happy to be part of her blog tour for book three, Before He Was a Secret. You can check out the rest of the tour schedule ove ...more
Catherine
Mar 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Thanks to Netgalley for a copy of this book in return for an honest review

I read and reviewed the first book in this series, Before He Was Famous, sometime last year. This is technically the third book in the series, and I haven't read the second, but they're all companion novels set in the same world. We do see the protagonists from the previous two novels appear in this one, so of course you get an extra layer of meaning if you've read the previous too, but nothing is lost if you haven't.

I
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Elien
May 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, netgalley, na-books
This review and more on So Bookalicious

Stephanie wants to make it as a songwriter in Nashville but that is easier said than done. Many with the same wish come to Nashville every year and only a couple of them succeed. But since she came to Nashville she has not written a word, inspiration seems to lack. Instead she finds herself waiting tables, the same job she had back home. That is until she hears Conor sing at a local bar. After that night he seems to pop everywhere out of nowhere.

Conor his
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Becky
Mar 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by Becky Wicks, and it won't be my last. I enjoyed her writing style and loved the characters of Stephanie and Conor and the glimpse she gave us into the Nashville music scene. (All those song lyrics are just a tease, though--I want to hear the actual songs!)

Both Stephanie and Conor are trying to make it in Nashville and struggling--Stephanie has moved there to make music, but her long hours as a waitress don't give her much time for songwriting and the events of her past
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