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Stage Left

(Bright Lights Billionaire #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  447 ratings  ·  86 reviews
From Best Selling Author, Ali Parker comes a new Billionaire Series filled with sexiness, humor and intense attraction...

Ethan Lewis has been in the bright lights for as long as he can remember. He’s just turned the cusp of celebrating his twenty-fourth birthday, and yet he feels more like eighty. Living the life of a celebrity isn’t all it is chalked up to be, and
Kindle Edition, 158 pages
Published March 20th 2016 by BrixBaxter Publishing
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Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
A famous celebrity eventually realizes that being popular isn't always the best thing in the world. That the bright lights and sexy girls in his bed aren't the things that make him happy. Ethan Lewis knows that his name means billions and women flock him because of that name.

An actress wannabe desires to see herself in the limelight. She has a good head on her shoulders but the people who manage her simply do not share her sentiments. Until an offer to do a Hollywood film knocks on her door. Is
Oct 01, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a good beginning to the series book. I feel like it was definitely just a starter book and maybe this book could've just been added into the second book? Because seriously nothing happens in this book other than setting up for the rest of the story?

Anywho, this is Riley's story of her shot at making it to the big screen. She gets an audition to a movie to star along with the biggest man in movies, Ethan. He's hot af, a jackass, rude, and mostly an immature idiot. She catches his
Nov 05, 2017 marked it as to-read
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Kristen Holt
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really good, really short read.

I'm not really a fan of cliffys, or of what should be a full length novel getting chunked up into smaller parts. It's like a crack dealer - the first hit is free, then once you're hooked, the rest are costly.

Because of this, I'm not really down with shelling out $3 bucks each for the next four installments of 100 pages each.

Regardless, I want to reiterate, this was a good read. Nice angst, good push and pull against the instant attraction.
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Stage left is book one in this new series by Ali Parker and if this first book in this series is anything to go by i cant wait for some book 2.

We meet Hollywood A Lister Ethan Lewis who has been in the bright lights of show business for he has been in it for as long as he can remember. Ethan is starting to get fed up of being in public eye 24/7 and all the trappings of being a celebrity. He feels lot older than his years, he is fed up with women who will only sleep with him for his celebrity
Keri Grammer
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Riley & Ethan are a true power couple... who's gonna give up the power and finally be open and tell each other how they feel? Can't wait to find out what happens
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow wow wow

Can't wait to start ont the second book and Reed right through to the 5th one. Ali Parker is one of the best romance writers.
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ali Parker has written us a new billionaire series filled with sexiness, humor and intense attraction between two amazing characters that I couldn't get enough of. I am waiting patiently, or not so patiently for book two, lol. She assures me it won't be too long.

Ethan Lewis feels like he's been in the bright lights forever, although he's just getting ready to turn 24. He's getting burned out dealing with the celebrity, the women that only want him for his money and fame. Ethan wants to find a
Theresa Nowaczyk
Completely fell hard for Ethan and Riley's story! I simply could not put this down once I picked it up. I planned on reading a few chapters before bed, but I engulfed every single delicious chapter in one sitting. The push and pull between these characters is real, frustrating, but oh so good!
I loved going through the ups and downs with these characters. This book made me smile, laugh, cringe, and then finally want to break my reading device in two. However, in the end I'm glad I didn't because
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Ethan Lewis has been in the bright lights of Hollywood sense he was a child, even at the young age of 24 it has already gotten to him. He is tired of the life and the women who are not interested in the real Ethan Lewis, but only in what they can get from him. That is until he sees a photo of Riley Phillips.

Riley Phillips has wanted to be in the spotlight, on stage or in movies since she was young, but she just couldn’t seem to catch the right agent’s attention. She was unexpectedly noticed
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ethan Lewis has been in the bright lights of Hollywood for some time, even at the young age of 24, and already it has gotten to him. He is tired of the life and the women who are only looking for money instead of the real least until he sees a photo of Riley Phillips.
Riley is attending UCLA following in her love of the arts and acting. She keeps waiting for her big break and finally gets it when she is asked to audition with Ethan for his new upcoming film.
These two have a fabulous
Karen Shortridge
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this for my honest review. Absolutely loved this book,where do I start.....
The story begins with Riley Phillips, a drama student she is waiting for her chance on the big screen. She goes with her friend who is totally excited to go see a movie with a hunk of a man, Ethan Lewis. He is an eligible bachelor, a billionaire and sexy who every girl wants........
Finally getting the chance of her lifetime, Riley gets an audition with hunky actor Ethan Lewis. But things don't turn out the way
Jane Elizabeth
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the way to start a new series! Absolutely loved the entire story, and characters...well, with the exception of Ethan some of the time. He definitely needs a kick in the boo-hiney for being an idiot! Getting past that, there was definitely a great deal of under current going on between he and Riley, but they both seem to be unable to be straightforward...which is the cause of the problems! The story is not all angst and sorrow...I actually can't remember when I have laughed so hard
Michaela Duarte
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book! Oh.Em.Gee!!!!!!
Where do I start??
On screen lovers? Strong possibility. Off screen? Maybe not so much.
The story begins with Riley Phillips, a drama student, waiting for her chance on the big screen, totally excited to see a movie with a hunk of a man, Ethan Lewis. He is an eligible bachelor...did i forget to say billionaire and sexy? Yes. Sexy eligible billionaire bachelor.

Finally getting the chance of her lifetime, Riley gets an audition with hunky actor Ethan Lewis.
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is another outstanding series by Ali Parker. Ethan has been acting for many years, and has become every woman's fantasy. Riley is a college student that has been doing commercials, but dreams of much more. Even before they ever meet, just from a picture of Riley, Ethan is very attracted to her. Even though Riley is also very attracted to Ethan, she does not want to show it. That chemistry between them though is way over the top. One of my favorite parts of the book, is the relationship ...more
Kelly Akemann
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ethan and Riley. Another fun couple that I want to know more about for sure! They are amazing on their own but together they are even better. I love Ali Parker (disclaimer right there at the beginning!)!!! And this is yet another wonderful addition to her growing library of books. I think I loved Riley's displeasure in Ethan and his public personna. And then she was torn with how he was with her and the pull that was there. And it is emotional and hot!!
I love a book that is written from both
Kristen Lewendon
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’m a sucker for anything set behind the scenes in Hollywood. I love being able to see what goes into making the magic we watch every day. And some of my favorite stuff to watch are the programs just filled with drama and angst. This book satisfies my reality-TV loving heart with huge doses of both drama and angst. Ethan’s a pretty difficult character to like in this book. He behaves like an arrogant, self-centered, adolescent jerk but there are flashes of the hurting young man behind that mask ...more
Tracie Simister
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Main Character’s Descriptions:

Ethan Lewis: Hollywood A Lister
Riley Phillips: New to the acting scene

Summary paragraph:
Riley finally gets the chance of hitting the big time when she gets a call from her agent to go to an audition with hunky actor Ethan Lewis. However, things don't go the way she planned. She finds Ethan to be nasty, arrogant. She is not the least bit interested in a man like that. Riley gets the role and it’s not long before she sees the true Ethan Lewis and despite Ethan
Nov 08, 2016 rated it did not like it
Warning: This is not a full story. This is all set-up and does not have a full story arc by means. Cheap move aimed at investing readers in a full series, IMO.

Overall, "Stage Left" had some funny moments, mostly dialogue, but other than that it was a pretty big flop for me. The main male was, I think, supposed to be vulgar-funny and just ended up sexist and awful. Maybe he redeems himself later? Some of the humor with him I could get behind, but then it just went too far, especially his weirdly
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It is a great book to read
Diana L. Matranga
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
redhat lady

This book was very good. The characters were very interesting. I can't wait to read the second book or the rest of the series.
Jennifer Dale
Before writing this review, I have completed all 5 of the books.

The overall story is spread out in 5 short books. To me anything under 200 pages is short and the Bright Lights series is around 150 pages each. Before I begin, I have Kindle Unlimited (which I definitely recommend you getting if you are an avid reader like myself). This series is under Kindle Unlimited and thank goodness b/c I wouldnt pay 2.99 x 5 for short books. But you are in luck! I was heading to download the second book when
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received a free copy from the author via instafreebie. Sadly I wasn’t blown away – mostly because the ‘hero’ was an egotistical jerk. His brother was worse. Hated the disrespect they both had for women. While not a fan of the man-whore as a hero I don’t mind so much if he isn’t disrespectful about the women he sleeps with but to these guys women were whores, sluts and bitches to be manipulated and only good for sex. I think we were supposed to feel sorry for poor rich famous Ethan who is only ...more
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Amanda Grooms
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Free book, impulse read. Did not realize at the onset that this was a 4-parter (sigh). I liked Riley enough, and the perspective of the story was interesting enough for me to want to turn around and continue on book two, but the mentions of Ethan's monster got more than a bit old. Over and over and over again. Then again. I get it-- I understand the issue, but why did it have to get brought up so often? Luckily, the chemistry was off-the-charts, so I tore through this (really short) book very ...more
May 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
Cliffhanger! A prelude to a book. 4 stars for the story but 0-1 star for the cliffhanger

Ethan and Riley. The story of a popular actor, playboy and handsome heartthrob who is going to do his next movie with a fresh unknown face. There are ten young ladies to choose from through auditions with him. Riley is a beautiful UCLA arts student whose dream is to be an actress in major films. She auditioned and got the part. A cliffhanger to entice you to get the follow up book which I will never do. I
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
So far , i loved reading this story.
It did went a little slow but hey , there are more so i will have to keep on reading them.
What i did find hilarious was his size if you know what i mean.
Honestly , too big ? Common , i did not know that existed.
I hope for him Riley can take it.

I love the chemistry between them.
It reminds me a little of Bad Romeo and Broken Juliet by Leisa Rayven.
Except i think this will be a little different.

But good points. 4 stars. But i am guessing the other books
Tianna McPherson (Anna Lee)
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my this book was so intense, loving, funny and most of all breathtaking. It was the way it was written that had me from the beginning. We watch as Riley and Ethan find their way in knowing that love is hard to find but if you work for it it will come. You just have to be patient. Their story was one that I think really hits home with alot of actors nowadays. I hope that we get to see more with some of these characters in later books. I absolutely loved this book. It's so worth the read and I ...more
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