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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  257 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Everyone knows her face. He knows her heart.

Emerson Quinn is famous. Girls want to be her. Boys want to date her. Each record outsells the last. All that remains is to continue transitioning her brand from its teenage fan base to a more mature, diverse audience. So she’s under strict orders to play nice with her army of assigned co-songwriters and to knock off the serial d
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Published July 11th 2017 by Jenny Holiday
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Sam (AMNReader)
I think a few things about this book. Its set up started out as my catnip... Then quickly fell apart for some reason due to the forced proximity which I also totally love, but in this case I was hoping for some more organic. I also kept getting slightly caught up in the fact this felt like Taylor Swift fan fiction with stuff borrowed straight from tabloids. And the red lips. And she was 26.

Overall, it was a sweet story. Emmy did put me off by betraying there hero's privacy. I know it all worked
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, r2019, stars-4-0
Very entertaining romance between a pop star trying to get some time away from the limelight and an art history professor scarred by his infamous father. This was actually a compelling read that made me smile quite a few times.
Jacob Proffitt
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, steamy, new-adult
This is a really strong wish-fulfillment romance. Some elements don't survive any scrutiny at all, but the romance works fairly well even so. And I don't mean Emmy's pop artist career being problematic as that's more or less a given. Evan's paintings don't really work, either, particularly as he's supposedly creating in a stuffy attic late at night for most of the story (and Emmy's lampshading it with "you're painting in the room with the least light in the house" doesn't really mitigate it).

Ivy Deluca
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-I think I like taking a Holiday (book). This is the second book by Ms. Holiday that I’ve read and I’ve gotta say - she has a talent for creating the type of romance I like best - character driven. My favorite romances may take their time to unfold but I enjoy the journey so much. Here, Ms. Holiday has managed to create a whole little ‘verse that kept me interested and kept me humming right along (so to speak) while this romance happe
Laura (Kyahgirl)
I enjoyed this contemporary romance, about two people learning to accept themselves and find their own path.
Maria Rose
Famous by Jenny Holiday is a standalone story with a small town setting about chance encounters and how they can impact you for years to come. It’s a sexy and thoughtful romance with an interesting view of fame and all its consequences.

When Emerson Quinn meets Evan Winslow at a wedding reception, it’s one of those magical nights where two strangers meet and share an immediate connection only to go their separate ways. Emmy is off to seek fame and fortune with her music and Evan is going into hid
May 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
I usually have problems with books about music artists. This one is no exception but I decided to set aside my logical side and just roll with it. And this book was really quite good.

We have Emmy and Evan who meet at her cousin's wedding 7 years before the book starts. They have an instant connection but the timing isn't right and after a night of talking and connecting they both go their separate ways. Emmy, to become a huge singer/songwriter (think Taylor Swift) and Evan becomes an art profess
Carlene Inspired
ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

Emmy met Evan when she was a young bridesmaid, unaware of the world's realities and chasing a dream. As an adult though, her fame as Emerson Quinn means her dreams are managed by somebody else and her happiness and unhappiness is shared with everyone. She impulsively runs away to Evan Winslow, the handsome man who offered her an escape all those years ago. Evan is a quiet Art History professor who keeps to himself, his father's infamy for his crimes
This is a contemporary romance with a couple for whom fame has very different consequences!

When they first met, Emerson Quinn was a bridesmaid at his friend’s wedding, whilst he was avoiding paparazzi looking to photo and interview because of his infamous father. Now he’s living a quiet, discrete life as an Art History professor and is hoping to overcome the bias of the Chair of the committee who are soon to decide if he should be awarded tenure or not. Emmie, however, has moved on from anonymit
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Mega pop star seeks a bit of quiet to regroup in the corn fields of Iowa; finds true love. Well done love story.
Apr 29, 2020 rated it liked it
This was fine, I guess??? I thought (view spoiler) was a pretty big betrayal, but then the book skipped over that, so okay!

I did think it got closer to what I want from a famous person book. Emmy doesn't the fame, but she does love the music and is reconciled enough to the fame because of it.

The romance was nice though! The teenager was fun.

Owned ebook 2/2 for the month
Overall owned book 5/5 for the month
Elley Murray
I fell in love with this book so hard. Famous is sweet yet sexy, with just enough angst to make your heart flail a bit but still remain fluffy. I want to snuggle with this book while listening to Emerson Quinn's music on repeat.

The set up is so sweet - Emmy and Evan meet at a wedding and have a moment, but as he's 26 and she's only 19 they have their one night of PG-13 rated connection, and then go their separate ways. Emmy is just starting on the path toward her future, and Evan's life has bas
Keri Stevens
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-stars
When I need a comfort read, I know I can always count on Jenny Holiday. Famous ticks all of my boxes--real, without being heavy. Sexy AND funny (often in the same scene). This book left me with a much-needed boost of happy!
Jul 05, 2017 added it
Shelves: f-m-contemporary
This book is such a lovely comfort read! Imagine protagonists being nice and decent and caring to one another, and doing nice things for each other without ulterior motives.

Emmy is a top singer-songwriter, but the book focuses on her attempts to recover a regular-person lifestyle in anonymity, and Evan offers her exactly that. Not only does he not ask for anything in return, but he also fights his attraction to her in order to provide the safety that she needs. Their chemistry is palpable nonet
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Adored this book.
Four and a half stars. How did I miss this little gem? Maybe it was the cover which, frankly, does nothing for me.

I have to admit the start of the book, seven years ago, also left me a little cold but after that i grabbed me by the throat and didn't let me go.

Seven years ago Evan Winslow was at the centre of a s@#t storm as a result of his father's art Ponzi scheme. He goes to his friend's wedding to test how far into persona non grata territory he has fallen and discovers it's pretty much all t
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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What if the world’s leading pop star decided to run away, look up an old acquaintance, and then hide out in his rickety house in the middle of Iowa for the summer? That’s the premise to Jenny Holiday’s latest highly enjoyable contemporary romance. It’s a fun premise for sure. Luckily, the execution is also flawless.

Emerson Grant may be on top of the charts, but success doesn’t always equate with happiness. Her label and managers expe
Jessica Alcazar
Right off the cuff, I'd say that Famous could easily be the best easy going romance I have read in 2017. It checked off every element you need for a sweet and sexy, low angst easy read. It overall will warm your heart and make it sing.

Even though Emmy is a famous pop-star, the story is not what one would expect from a rock-star romance read. The story focuses more on Emmy as an every day person and not a super-star. It's her journey to normalcy with the help of Evan that this story is really ab
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was given an arc kindle copy for an honest review. I really like Jenny Holiday. This is my favorite of her books that I have read so far. I loved everything about this story. This was both sweet and spicy (with the sex.) I loved the small hometown feel in Dane Iowa. I absolutely adored the hero and heroine. Art professor/artist Evan Winslow. Loved his back story and sympathized with him. And loved singer/songwriter, Emmerson 'Emmy' Quinn. I appreciated that they took their time and didn't jump ...more
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I got so caught up in this story that I read it straight through, finishing at 3:40am. Dumb move for my ability to function the next day, but did I ever enjoy this story.

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Mar 24, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
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Being a fan of Jenny Holiday I jumped on the chance to read an early copy of Famous. As you can see from the above blurb this is a rock star romance, Emerson is a famous pop star who is slowly losing herself to managers, song writers and the music industry. What she really craves is the chance to get away from everything and everyone and write the songs she wants in peace and quiet. The only person who she can think of who might
Jenny Nordbak
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I expected this to just be a light and fluffy read (and was totally okay with that!), so I was surprised by the depth of this novel and by just how much I liked it. I got so into it that I found myself pulling my phone out at traffic lights on a walk so I could keep reading. It's thoughtful, poignant at times, definitely sexy, and absolutely hilarious. The pairing of a Taylor Swiftesque heroine with a sort of grumpy professor who is oblivious to pop culture is magical. The supporting characters ...more
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this! It's a straight A for me.
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Emmy and Evan met at a wedding seven years ago. What might have been never happened given their age difference and future plans, but neither Emmy nor Evan could seem to forget about each other. Flash forward to the present, and Emmy is now Emerson Quinn, international superstar. She’s the face of the Emerson Quinn machine, stuck in a constant cycle of press appearances and world tours, and she is absolutely sick of it.

Having just finished a ten-month world tour, her label is clamoring for the ne
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sweet, sexy, romance
4 ½ Stars for Famous by Jenny Holiday! It wasn’t your typical rock star romance which makes it stand out from others in the genre. The biggest difference was that the rock star is a female, and she definitely is not a spoiled diva who makes ridiculous demands. In fact, she has come to hate her fame. She somehow lost sight of who she is and control over what she writes. She’s no long Emmy but Emerson Quinn, and she needs a break, so she makes a run for it to small town Iowa in search of the one m ...more
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The boring stuff: This book totally stands alone – it comes to a satisfying end and *DOES NOT* end on a cliffhanger. There is both cursing (including f-bombs) and on-screen sex in this one so if those will cause you to leave a bad review you should skip this one.

I have to admit that I didn't know what to think of this book before reading it. Spoiled starlets aren't really my thing, but I was intrigued by the premise and I am so glad that I gave it a chance because this book was fabulous. Instea
Jaime Fiction Fangirls
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
4.5 Stars

I would've given this 5 stars except I felt like everything came to a head too abruptly. I was waiting and waiting for that moment where the differences between the way Evan strived to live and the life that Emmy was living collided and caused a huge conflict. I fully expected it to be very emotional and heartbreaking. In a small way it was but at the same time I feel like the actual moment and immediate minutes that followed were glossed over and I wish that I had been there to live i
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love these stories where the author writes about a famous person and we get to have peek into their lives and realise how much they are like us. And Emmy's ( Emerson Quinn ) story was no different, I totally loved it. 
"Then she looked right at him. Well, she looked right at the camera, but he knew she was looking at him."

Emmy is famous singer. She is filled with talent, has a golden heart and wants to live her life the way she wants to. She is sassy and a free spirited girl. I liked the way sh
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