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A Kiss Beneath the Stars

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I’d never needed a week away with my brothers so bad until I’d broken up with my girlfriend. Sun, sand, surf and a few drinks to pass the nights away. The female persuasion was the farthest thing from my mind…that was until I lock eyes with the stunning brunette sitting on the other side of the bar.

She turned those pretty grey-blue eyes on me, and it was that moment that I set my sights on her. It didn’t take me long to figure out that she was there alone, even though every time she’d make eye contact with me, she’d glance over her shoulder like she was waiting for someone. It wasn’t my style to gawk, but she was damn cute.

I’ll never forget my first conversation with her either. My brothers and I had decided to move the party from the bar to my hotel room. Things got loud, and before I knew it she was standing on the other side of my door. I was even more surprised to find her wearing nothing but a short t-shirt. Only she wasn’t here to join the party, instead she was raging with anger at the fact we’d kept her up half the night.

As she walked away from me, pulling her t-shirt down to cover herself it was then I decided I was determined to show this uptight but gorgeous woman how to have a little fun. What started out as a fling for me, quickly grows into something more. As vacation ends, we agree to keep seeing one another, but soon I find her pushing me away. Scars from her past have her terrified of the future, and I fear our love will be over before it even begins. I just need to figure out how to convince her that we are worth fighting for.

Those searching for a sizzling contemporary romance that tugs at the heartstrings need to look no further than A Kiss Beneath the Stars by USA Today Best Selling Author S.L. Sterling!


First published August 13, 2018

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S.L. Sterling

35 books3,229 followers
USA Today Bestselling Author S.L. Sterling was born and raised in southern Ontario. She now lives in Northern Ontario Canada and is married to her best friend and soul mate and their two dogs.

An avid reader all her life, S.L. Sterling dreamt of becoming an author. She decided to give writing a try after one of her favorite authors launched a course on how to write your novel. This course gave her the push she needed to put pen to paper and her debut novel "It Was Always You" was born.

When S.L. Sterling isn't writing or plotting her next novel she can be found curled up with a cup of coffee, blanket and the newest romance novel from one of her favorite authors.

In her spare time, she enjoys camping, hiking, sunny destinations, spending quality time with family and friends and of course reading.

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Profile Image for Paula White.
571 reviews24 followers
August 9, 2018
I was gifted an ARC for an honest review.


The book starts with Autumn coming to terms with a divorce. As a reader you really feel for her. Now as you read on you will realise that a divorce for her is the best thing ever and that her ex is a real piece of work - she is better off without the slime ball.

She meets Hunter - swoon Hunter - a real man who know how to look after a woman - something she is not used to.

Insecurities mar the journey to their HEA but they do overcome them. Would have liked a bit more of an epilogue but you can’t always have it all!!
Profile Image for Sherry.
561 reviews2 followers
January 9, 2019
Love it!

A Kiss Beneath the Stars is a sweet romance story between two characters who aren’t looking for love but find it while vacationing. The author does a great job establishing their connection and keeping the reader interested in the story line. I have to say that Autumn frustrated the hell out of me because the constantly ran away from her problems instead of talking them out. Hunter was able to show her how great a person she was and what she meant to him. Hoping there will be another story about the characters in the book!
Profile Image for Heather Dee.
390 reviews
January 30, 2019
Oh wow this was a sad and emotional read with a beautiful love story to go with it ...
Sl. Sterling absolutely knows what she's doing she drags u into these unexpectedly beautiful heartbreaking stories and it's almost a shock when u put the book down and realise it's not reality .... this book was no exception what a wonderful roller coaster of emotions I felt while reading A kiss beneath the stars wow just wow !
Profile Image for Karen Galloway.
931 reviews6 followers
May 17, 2019
A Lovely, Entertaining Story

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. I really enjoyed reading “A Kiss Beneath the Stars” from S. L. Sterling. This book is really well written with a great storyline and the engaging characters have great chemistry and interaction that pulled me into their story. This is an Entertaining, Must Read Book that I really loved reading from beginning to end
Profile Image for Thi.
4,219 reviews34 followers
August 16, 2018
This was a good read. I did sympathize with what Autumn went through. I can relate but other than that I did t care for her. I get that she was hurt and traumatized but she didn’t do anything to help herself. She just kept making bad decisions and I got tired that she kept running.
Profile Image for Nikki Burgess.
399 reviews
January 26, 2019
Good Reads

I was pulled right into this story. This is the first story I read by this author and I was not disappointed. The story has laughs, pain, secrets, and heartbreak. And a sweet HEA
Profile Image for Leisa Ann.
540 reviews
February 7, 2019
Loved it!

My first book by this author and I loved it. I found myself hooked from the first pages and I couldn’t put it down. I loved Hunter but I wanted to throw my kindle a few times because of Autumn. Autumns ex was a real jerk so I understand why Autumn was the way she was. I’m really excited to read more about the Malone brothers!
Profile Image for Amy Parker.
1 review
June 8, 2019
This was my first book by S.L. Sterling and I loved it. I will definitely be reading more of her books.
I loved the characters and the plot. Every girl needs a Hunter Malone in their life.
Profile Image for Pam James.
787 reviews19 followers
December 25, 2018
Sweet and Sexy.

This is a new to me author. Yes, I will be buying more books from her. This book is about a woman that lost her baby, then her marriage. She almost lost her will to live. She goes on vacation and meets a dreamy guy. He sweeps her off her feet. They find out that they are from the same area. The story is sweet and sexy. This book is worth picking up and reading. Pam James.
Profile Image for Kathy Wideman.
2,155 reviews27 followers
August 13, 2018
This is the first book I have read by S.L. Sterling and I truly enjoyed it. This book is an emotional rollercoaster. Autumn has been through some horrible times in the past few years. She went through something tragic and then her husband asked for a divorce. I felt for her but after reading the book this was the best thing that ever happened to her. He is something else. The way he makes it seems as though it was all her fault when it wasn’t something she could even control is horrible. Her sister thinks she should get back out there and sets her up on a blind date. Well that doesn’t go well either but it is also for the better. After the failed blind date Autumn decides to go on vacation by herself, just get away for a bit. While there she meets a fantastic man, Hunter. Her hurt is still right there and it makes Hunter want to make everything better for her. The hit it off and want to see where it could go after their vacations. But nothing is easy. There are misunderstandings and fear. Will they be able to make a go of it or will Autumn let things from her past stop her from having a bright future. I really felt for Autumn. She had been lied to and mistreated by her ex. It was affecting every part of her life. Hunter is a great guy. He is completely taken with Autumn. He is thrown off his game though because of her past and because he has never felt this way about a woman before. He wants to give her time and space when she asks for it but that may not be the best thing. He is so patient with her and is just there for her. I loved this book so much. I highly recommend it. I look forward to reading more books by S.L. Sterling in the future.
Profile Image for Petra Kralj.
88 reviews3 followers
August 4, 2018
Autumn struggling to start a new life after her divorce and losing her baby. Still in therapy and living by her sister. They set her up for a blind date but her ran late and she went home after finding out that her ex husband and her best friend were together. In that moment she booked a Jamaica vacation.
Hunter was running late to fixed blind date. He also went for a Jamaica vacation with his brothers.
They met in the lobby of the resort and were also in the neighboring rooms. They didn't start on the friendly note due to his snark comments and partying late in the night. But he was drawn to her and finally he invited her to dinner. After that they were inseparable. After one week they went home but learned that they live one hour apart.
At home she waited for him to get in touch and when they finally did she finds out that he was the blind date her sister insisted to go on. After a few ups and downs she finds out that she is pregnant (a shock after they told her she couldn't conceive at all).
I felt her struggle to get her life back to normal and the fear to put herself back out there. The feels they felt were so real and I always liked when a player turned into a love sick man. That is strong. I also liked the fact that there is still hope for men out there and that they take care of women they love.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Profile Image for Catty Jane.
372 reviews2 followers
August 13, 2018
*** ARC Received for Honest Review ***
***3.5 stars***
This is a sweet romance. Nothing prepares either Hunter or Autumn for the attraction there is between them. Autumn is still recovering from her divorce and failed marriage; Hunter is not looking for anything meaningful, when a chance vacation brings them together. I really enjoyed the genuineness of this book. The struggle that Autumn faces following her marriage is so real. I loved Hunter being a completely honest and good guy who counters Autumn's ex-husband who is such a douche. This book simply had a normalcy to it which I thoroughly enjoyed. The main drawback for me (realize that I'm a HUGE fan of all things angst and drama) was that I was waiting for more. I guess I wanted something to really drive them a part or create a crazy conflict that never materialized. But honestly the great story between Autumn and Hunter was amazing without it. (Review by Terri "Jane")
Profile Image for Steph (A Brunette and Her Books).
456 reviews23 followers
August 27, 2018
Having gone through a messy divorce, Autumn just needed to get away from it all. Running away from her troubles, Autumn finds herself on a crash course with Hunter, a man who ends up being everything she ever wanted, but never thought she’d have.

When Hunter meets Autumn, he stops at nothing to have her. But then, one night of passion leads to a lifetime commitment that leaves Autumn wondering if Hunter will stay, or if he will go.

This book didn’t capture my attention as much as I had anticipated, but it was a decent read overall.
Profile Image for Mandy Sawyer.
3,811 reviews27 followers
December 4, 2019
This is a wonderful sweet romance. Some steamy scenes that will have your imagination working overtime. Very well written. Emily is perfect for this book, such a lovely tone to her voice.
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59 reviews2 followers
August 13, 2018
3.5 stars. I enjoyed this book but it was just okay. I didn't feel the swoon that some other felt. The hero was hot but I wanted the heroine to be a little stronger.
Profile Image for Lorena  Garcia -- Brittany's Book Blog.
1,521 reviews43 followers
August 27, 2018
What do you do with your life after a failed marriage? You move on right, but it's easier said than done, especially when betrayal is involved.

Autumn decides to take a much needed vacation after everything she's been going through and in this vacation she meets Hunter. Hunter is a wonderful man who knows how to treat a lady and will go out of his way for a woman. But Autumn is still trying to recover from her life that is in shambles.

Hunter is there to pick up the broken pieces Autumn's ex-husband has left of her, at least he's trying. He is caring, loving and just a very wonderful person with Autumn.

But after the vacation real life happens and they have to see where this will go. Are they meant to be together? Can Autumn move on after the messy divorce she encountered? Can she give Hunter a chance and start a new life with a man that is trying his hardest to show her that he will be nothing like her ex-husband?

This book was about struggles, betrayal, lies and of course LOVE! The chemistry between Autumn and Hunter was strong and I love characters that act out their feelings even if it happens instantly because there is a thing called "insta-love".

Autumn deserves a man that will cherish her and take care of her every step of the way.

This book was fantastic, I loved the storyline. When I read the synopsis, it captured me wholeheartedly and I just knew that I had to read it and I was so darn happy that I got a chance to read it because I love a good love story that will make me feel what the characters are feeling, and this was it for me!

4 Stars

**Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review**
Profile Image for The Book Junkie Reads . . ..
4,836 reviews137 followers
August 14, 2018
take a journey with Sterling and the characters created for this contemporary romance dealing with loss, divorce, exs, freedom, new beginnings and Autumn and Hunter. Watching their story unfold was an experience. The cast of characters were rich, warm, inviting, amusing, sincere, obtuse, annoying, rude, and special. This one gave.

Autumn was plagued with grief and abandonment. She spent so much time in her head and lost in the world. Hunter was a self-assured man that was working so hard. He was one man that held pride in himself. He was a man that was true to himself and open and honest to others. He was a man that knew how to treat a lady. Autumn was a woman wary of men. The man in her past has changed her perception of life, love, and relationships. Above all that was present this was Autumns journey to discovering how her life could be after suffering a loss and a divorce.

Autumn finds that she had much to learn, gain, and experience with her new beginning and chance at a HEA. Along the way she had the chance to experience both the good and bad of people in her life. Evelyn & Derek, Chase, Carter, Bryce, Jason & Anna, and Jocelyn. Each character had a part to play and it was timed well to make an impact on the story as it unfolded. I look forward to reading another S.L. Sterling story.
Profile Image for Susan.
965 reviews9 followers
January 3, 2019
I wanted to love this book. I really did. And there were really good things about it, but overall, I just liked A Kiss Beneath the Stars.

The good: it was a sweet romance (with some dirty stuff!). It was pretty mild on the drama. I liked Hunter and his brothers. They felt the most real to me, and I will read their stories. I really liked the plot! There was a great premise.

The not-so-good: there was a lot of “telling” the story, rather than “showing”. I really didn’t care for Autumn or her sister and brother-in-law. I understand that Autumn has been through an extremely difficult experience, but I like my characters-especially my female characters- to have a little more strength. Again, I’m certainly not saying that she doesn’t have the right to feel the way she does, but I would have preferred her not to have to rely so much on others. And I feel as if Evelyn and Derek enabled Autumn to continue in her depression.

I will definitely look for other books by SL Sterling. There’s a lot of promise with her writing, and she has great story ideas. I also would like to see Chase and Bryce find their own!
Profile Image for Claire Annovazzi.
789 reviews36 followers
January 5, 2020
(audiobook) A KISS BENEATH THE STARS is a very sweet romance. Both characters are adorable, and the angst is at the minimum–compared with the romance part. It’s so sugary that you risk cavities reading/listening to it.

It starts with a broken woman and a man not looking past a rebound; then it becomes a vacation fling; and the more the story progresses, the more the relationship deepens. That’s what I enjoyed the most. It felt kind of realistic–if you ever experienced that sort of fast romance (hint: I did).

The final twist, I saw it coming from the beginning, but I liked it nonetheless. It was the perfect ending for that little bonbon. A spicy bonbon at times, with hot scenes of love that aren’t really original, but that go well with the book’s mood.

So if you want your heart to swell a bit while reading/listening to a lovely romance, that one is for you.


Series: The Malone brothers #1

Hashtags: #playboy #trauma #surprise pregnancy

Triggers: miscarriage

Main couple: Autumn Taylor & Hunter Malone

Hotness: 3/5

Romance: 5/5

+ the way the romance develops

- Jason is an asshole
Profile Image for Sabrina Thompson.
197 reviews18 followers
August 13, 2018
Summer vacation romances are fast becoming one of my favorite sub-genres. This book was a quick and easy read. I think the heart of the book really elevated the story for me. I felt the writing was very well done and the story progressed at a believable pace. The characters overall, were well written with depth and vulnerability. At times, I had a hard time connecting with Autumn. I understood her insecurities and the difficulties life placed before her, but at times I felt that she was very immature in how she handled situations. To me, she wasn’t a very likable character. I enjoyed seeing her grow and mature as the book progressed, and she did redeem herself a bit towards the end of the book. Hunter was definitely an alpha male! He wanted Autumn and one way or another he was going to have her. I enjoyed his character the most, I liked how he handled himself n situations, and he just seemed like a genuine nice guy. All in all, this was an enjoyable albeit slightly emotional read.
Profile Image for Nikki.
Author 9 books25 followers
August 3, 2019
“You’re playing with fire, beautiful.”

Autumn and Hunter’s story is one built from learning to trust again and for going after what you want. Autumn is still recovering emotionally from a marriage that left her as a shell of the woman she had been prior to her divorce. Hunter is good guy but has no plans to settle anytime soon. After the devastating loss from her marriage Autumn is determined that no man will be hurt by her failures ever again. Hunter has finally found the one woman who has the ability to make him want to settle down and start a life together. These two are complete opposites of each other, yet they clearly are made for one another. So when the one thing that Autumn fears presents itself to her she does the only thing she can think of...protect Hunter from heartbreak. She pushes him away, leaving him confused. Now Hunter must decide does he let her go or fight for the life he knows is within his reach?
Profile Image for Sassy Southern Book Blog.
3,752 reviews217 followers
August 10, 2018
This book had me hooked right from the start! I loved this story even though my heart was breaking for what Autumn was going through. Although Autumn felt like she was weak she is actually a very strong person.

The chemistry between Hunter and Autumn is amazing. I thought the story flowed really well and I really enjoyed the other characters as well. Once I started reading I didn't want to put it down because I wanted to know what was going to happen next.

I definitely felt so many emotions while reading. There were amazing happy moments, hot steamy ones and some upsetting heartbreaking ones as well. Get ready to ride an emotional roller coaster for sure!

I am really hoping that there will be more books with these characters. Hunter's brothers need stories of their own ASAP! - By Alisa
Profile Image for Misty Goan.
2,809 reviews13 followers
August 14, 2018
A wonderful heartfelt romance. It has interesting well developed, likeable characters with hot chemistry. I was engrossed from the beginning to the end on a rollercoster of emotions including fate, misunderstandings, hot chemistry, and blind fear. Autumn devestated by a divorce she didnt see coming and was put the blame on for including devasting tragic event, which emotional destroyed her and felt broken and insuffiencient. When her sister forced her into a bad blind date that never showed she took of for a caribien getaway. Hunter a lawyer and his brothers go away on a yearly caribeen geteway and he is stopped dead by this beautiful women. Glued and enjoying this hot steamy emotional journey to a HEA.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Profile Image for Tracey.
1,297 reviews9 followers
August 15, 2018
This is one amazingly emotional romance! 💞😍😭💞

This book is so good! Autumn has gone through her own personal hell and is trying to recover from it when she comes face to face with part of the past that almost destroyed her. Hunter has been working himself to the bone for his families law firm and needs a serious vacation. When they meet in Jamaica the physical attraction is off the charts. The question is whether Autumn is ready for love or not... And whether Hunter is too. 💕💖💕

I really enjoyed how much I related to Autumn and it was truly emotional to read about how much she had to deal with. Hunter was amazing to learn about and watch his love evolve for her. A really good book.💓

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
1,143 reviews5 followers
August 16, 2018
Autumn is newly divorced and depressed because she lost her baby and living with her sister and brother in law and her sister Evelyn wants her to go out on a date and Autumn says no but gets talked I to it. Autumn goes on the date but she thinks she hot stood up and to make things worse her ex walks into the restaurant with her best friend and runs out. Hunter is running late to his date and when he gets there she is already gone so he goes back to work. The next day his brothers remind him they are going on their annual vacation and he can find a girl there. Ironically enough hunter and Autumn run into each other there and get together. Great book

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Profile Image for Robin.
839 reviews4 followers
July 5, 2019
What a beautiful book! I felt such a connection to these characters. You first want to reach in and grab ahold of Autumn and just give her a hug. They way her horrible Ex husband treated her was such an awful thing for any woman to go through. And how he tried to escape his guilt buy just giving her everything in the divorce. what a monster! Thank god for Hunter. His patience with Autumn, and the way he leaned on his brothers for advice rather than giving up on her. That's how men should be. The romance between these two was fast, but it was always honest and beautiful. This was my first S.L Sterling but and I was in love with her writing from the first page, I can't wait to see what else she's written and dive in to the worlds she creates!
Profile Image for J. Ockenhouse.
1,723 reviews11 followers
August 14, 2018
Autumn has been through enough. Dealing with loss and a divorce, then trying again with a blind date. This poor woman needs a vacation. Just to get away and find herself. Well she finds herself with a guy naned Hunter. He's about to change her perception about how bad men can be and show her that there is a good one left....Hunter.

I loved watching her personal growth and evolution. Her journey isn't easy with all the sadness and heartbreak that unfortunately had to happen for her to get to the next part of her journey to happiness with Hunter.

They are so good for each other and their story will captivate you. I received an ARC for an honest and voluntarily review.
Profile Image for Deb.
6,252 reviews19 followers
August 19, 2018
Heartbreak, loss, betrayal, and love fill the pages of this book. The author introduces us to the life of a woman who has experienced multiple loss over the course of a year. With a loving but pushy sister, her life takes a turn for the better only to be overcome by her fear of losing once again. The story takes a few twists and turns which might surprise you. I did think that the main character was starting to get a bit whiny near the end and it was beginning to become tiresome. I'm glad the author wrote him as a caring and loving man though. His strength made the book for me. Overall, a very good book.
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