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Rising Star

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  98 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
Alice Carlisle has problems.

Her sociology Ph.D. dissertation is going nowhere, she’s about to lose the TV extra job that’s been paying her bills, and her roommate is kicking her out. She needs to find a new place to live ASAP, so she can focus on finally finishing her doctorate.

Enter Griffin, one of Hollywood’s rising stars, who offers to let her move into his guest room
Kindle Edition, 329 pages
Published November 8th 2018 by Haver Street Press
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Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It’s not exactly the light ‘celebrity romance’ you expect, and I enjoyed that thoroughly. This is my first Susannah Nix novel but it will certainly not be my last.

The main story does revolve around Alice and Griffin but there is a side plot with regard of Alice which is quite a sensitive social issue these days and it is very well presented. I don’t want to say too much not to spoil the plot, but I believe Susannah did a fantastic job showing Alice ways of thinking,
Isha Coleman
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Rising Star (Starstruck) by Susannah Nix  
The appeal of Rising Star for me hinged heavily on Alice. Alice is a character that readers can see pieces of themselves in. Nix created a character that was fascinating not because she lost her heart to a movie star, but because she stayed true to herself while doing it. Susannah Nix dared to show how awkward can be beautiful. Rising Star is right at the head of class when it comes to empowerment and that's a message that never gets old.
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I adored all three of the books in Ms. Nix's previous "Chemistry Lessons" series, so I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of her latest effort, "Rising Star," ever since the day it was announced. (To say that I was thrilled to be chosen to read and review an advance copy is something of an understatement.) Thankfully, "Rising Star" not only lived up to my expectations, it exceeded them.

I loved this book and its characters. Griffin, the hero, was super likeable and down to Earth, despite th
Kristen Lewendon
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m not even sure where to start with this book. There are so many amazing things going on in it – some good, some unpleasant, all of them highly emotional. Alice and Griffin are so adorably awkward with each other. As painful as it sometimes is to watch, it’s also a thing of beauty. Alice is every girl who’s ever been caught in a situation she didn’t know how to get out of. One she had a hand in creating but wasn’t entirely of her own making. Griffin is sweet and charming, but oh so bumbling. H ...more
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
First of all, congratulations to Susannah Nix on her new book and yet another awesome romance that I couldn’t get enough of!

I received the ARC and devoured it in a day, because that’s just how good it was. I know that I’ll be my go-to book when I’m feeling down, because Alice and Griffin’s story was everything that I never knew I wanted.

It’s a delicious slow burn of a book and every single thing about the slow burn is spectacular. Alice is just like everyone else, she’s so relatable and so fun a
Susannah Nix
Nov 08, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)

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Becky Cox
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rising Star is my first Susannah Nix story.

I truly enjoyed Alice and Griffin’s story. It is a sweet love story with great character development.

In the beginning their careers are not uncommon but the more I read the more their stories unfolded; there was so much more.

There were scenes that made me giggle, swoon and frown. Several great secondary characters that would make fantastic future stories.

If you are looking for a sweet love story with a bit of angst, here ya go!

Reviewed by Becky for
Lene Norway
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
You know when you find that perfect book that makes you feel a part of the storyline due to palpable protagonists and a well developed plot? Well I found it in Susanna Nix' Rising Star.

It is a sweet and intriguing story filled with thrilling moments, heartwrenching scenes and a beautiful HEA.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book. And I loved the story!
Miranda Knight
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hollywood
I need to begin that I love, love, love Alice's character. She went through a horrible event that no woman should have to endure but sadly is completely accepted in academia and many other professions. Why does our society attack the woman that is involved with  sexual harassment and sexual assault? She did nothing wrong!?! But yet, she is the one who is put under a looking glass from how she dresses to her sexual partners to her dating life! Yet, the man that committed the crime is not!?! Ok, I ...more
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Rising Star was the perfect read-in-one-sitting kind of romance. I mean that literally, too. I knocked it out in about two and a half hours and couldn’t think of doing anything else until I finished it. It was the perfect mash-up of the friends to lovers and famous person/regular person tropes. I smiled like a fool through a good portion of the book, enjoying the banter, swoons and feels.

Is it ok to say I just flat-out adored Alice and Griffin bo
Luisa Rivas
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love Hollywood romances and this one in particular because I found that the characters were so relatable to real life. Instead of having a super famous Hollywood actor, Griffin is making his way up, at the moment starring as a doctor in a TV series. Alice is a post-graduate student, working to finishing her thesis for a doctoral degree in Social Studies. She’s supplementing her scholarship working as an extra in the same series as Griffin. Due to the pecking order in the set, the “extras” don’ ...more
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
💚When roomies find romance, what could possibly go wrong?!😟😦😕
November 8, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
👍👍 Great romance with a protagonists I really cared about. I love author Susannah Nix's romances. The women are smart, I mean really academically brainy. In Rising Star, she highlights two great social issues of our time all while weaving a lovely romance.

Heroine Alice has faced sexual harassment from an advising professor as she works toward her doctorate in sociology and it has affected her acade
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don't typically enjoy Hollywood romances, but this one was fantastic! I loved the behind-the-scenes look at how TV shows and movies are made, and the different reasons people go into acting. I love that it was just a job for Alice and not a passion or something to pursue, because it showed a different perspective on the people who we see in the background of all of our TV and movies. Both of the characters were logical and down to earth, and dealing with problems individually that really round ...more
Heidi Hewett
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with Susannah Nix’s work when I read REMEDIAL ROCKET SCIENCE, and her book of short stories, I & LOVE & YOU, sealed the deal for me.

Nix’s latest book, RISING STAR, is another winner, and everything I hoped. Her characters are so deeply human. They struggle things most people have been consumed by at one point or another in their lives: with money or finding a place to live before their lease is up; they worry about jobs, and if they measure up. One of the most appealing th
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-2-blog
Engaging characters: a sweet and funny read

Book 1 of the Starstruck series, this was only my second book by this author and I was still a little unsure just what to expect. I’d loved the previous book that I’d read and I tend to like Hollywood stories so I was eager to dive into this.

I thought the author did a great job with Alice and Griffin; they each had well-crafted backgrounds and nicely detailed story arcs and I liked how down to earth they both were, each with strengths and vulnerabilitie
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is very cute. It also touched on a lot of topics that are going on today with lots of people. And I like how the author brought them up. Like Alice and the creepy professor. Her fears from how he is acting and treating her. Her fears of telling anyone of what he says and how it effects her. Like can she tell anyone? Will they believe her? Enter her working on a doctor show as an extra she meets Griffin who is the star of the show. Griffin is the new hot young actor. Griffin has doubts ...more
The Mysterious Reader
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Susannah Nix knows how to write hot romantic tales that are also well plotted, well written and loads of fun. That was certainly the case with her latest, Rising Star. This is loads of pure romantic fun. It had just what I wanted, was well written, and had a great plot full of perfectly wonderful romance. I simply adored its leads, Griffin and charming Alice. I loved the somewhat different take on Hollywood and the fact that Alice was only using acting (as an extra) to support her non-acting goa ...more
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a treat! This kind of book was just the kind of relaxing, but entertaining, read I have been looking for. I am already a big fan of Susannah's work so I wasn't afraid of being disappointed or unhappy, but it is still the best when you can be so deliciously happy while reading a book. I'm a sucker for the celebrity/"normal" trope and this was a really well done version of it giving both characters full depth and stories of their own that didn't need the others to support them or make you lik ...more
Carey Brunk
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was given an ARC for an honest review of Rising Star.
What can I say? Susannah Nix has done it again! She somehow manages to address prominent social issues with a very true-to-life approach, whether it's the challenges faced by women in STEM careers or sexual harassment. I like Griffin - a lot! He is beautiful but insecure, shallow but still caring, thoughtless but still thoughtful. You know, like a REAL guy, with real issues, not the typical alpha book hero. I REALLY like Alice - her personal
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked “Rising Star” for several reasons. 1) The heroine was educated and honest about her feelings, and worked her to provide for herself while going for her Ph.D. She was humble and lovable, and I really connected with her. 2) The hero, Griffin, was a TV star on his way to hit it big in the movies, but was also down-to-earth, humble and lovable. He was caring, supportive, and thoughtful, and was there for Alice when she needed him. I liked reading about the behind the scenes action whi ...more
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Susannah Nix has proven yet again why she is one of my favorite authors. Her female leads are strong, feisty, intelligent women who also have a vulnerable side. These characteristics and Susannah’s brilliant writing and attention to detail make her stories realistic and relatable. Rising Star hits all the feels I look for in a romance. You will laugh, you will love, you will cry, you will FEEL everything when you read this emotional and relevant story.
Luisa Baudino
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Although I was really fond of the Chemistry Lessons series, this new book by Susannah Nix is just as addicting! Alice is sweet and adorable and her story is very relatable nowadays unfortunately. And what about Griffin... he's to die for! A handsome caring sweet and really hot actor, what can I say more? Oh yes, he needs a dog and house sitter and asks Alice to do it. Who wouldn't want to take her place?

Be warned, Rising Star is steamier than the Chemistry Lessons books, another big pro in my o
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!
Griffin was my favorite character! He is sweet and swoon worthy! I loved how he knew he was flawed when it came to relationships. I really liked Alice as well. I appreciated her storyline with the unwanted advances from a Professor and how she eventually decided to handle it. It was done tastefully and realistically.
The chemistry and pent of feelings between Griffin and Alice definitely gave me the feels!
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.

A “star” and average girl love story that isn’t cheesy or totally unbelievable. Alice is loveable and could totally be the girl next door and Griffin is pure love. Plus so current with the #metoo movement. Consent is truly sexy in this book.

More review to come when I post it to my blog!
Darcy Speed
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! Susannah Nix writes with depth, and true understanding of how to make characters come alive. Each had faults and quirks that completely endeared them to me. The story of a Hollywood actor, and all that comes with that, and a female lead who struggles with real-life, current issues, falling slowly for one another was very believable. Highly recommendable.
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
She is struggling both with her school work, losing her home and even losing her job. He is the star and he offers her a place if she dig site for him. He only has eyes for his dog and work. She shows him just how long he really is. What will he do? Can she show him a better way to live? See what will happen between them
I received an advanced copy and I enjoyed it so much that I want to review
Shonte Parker
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this author and loved this book.
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
My first book by this author and I really liked it. It was well written, engaging and gave me feels. But the best thing I think I can say about it is that it all felt very real and relatable.
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great romance that has a little bit of many things. It has a heroine who stays true to herself despite everything, a "behind the scenes" look at Hollywood, and an adorable dog. All blended wonderfully together to make a very fun read.
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm so happy I discovered Susannah Nix this year. Each of her books has brought me joy in a different way, and this was one was no exception. I liked the slow burn of the first 60% more than the rest, but that's just me.
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Susannah Nix lives in Texas with her husband, two ornery cats, and a flatulent pit bull. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, knitting, watching stupid amounts of television, and getting distracted by Tumblr. She is also a powerlifter who can deadlift as much as Captain America weighs.
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