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Rising Star

(Starstruck #2)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  828 ratings  ·  148 reviews
Who wouldn't want to house sit for a smoking hot movie star? The one woman he asked to do it.

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.

Kindle Edition, 329 pages
Published November 8th 2018 by Haver Street Press
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Coral No, it’s definitely a low angst romance, The only tense moments were the heroine recalling being harassed by her professor, and a very brief social me…moreNo, it’s definitely a low angst romance, The only tense moments were the heroine recalling being harassed by her professor, and a very brief social media pile on.(less)

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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
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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.
Leigh Kramer
I have loved all of Susannah Nix’s books and I can say with confidence: this is her best work yet. The story enveloped me from page one and I could not get enough of it.

Rising Star centers around Alice the extra/PhD student and Griffin the actor. It’s a begrudging friends-to-lovers romance, in that it takes Alice a little while to warm up to Griffin. They barely know each other when Griffin asks Alice to dogsit for him while he’s on location in Atlanta and because she has to get out of her curre
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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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
Anna Reads Here
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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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
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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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
Miranda Knight
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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
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!

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This was my first Susannah Nix novel but it will NOT be the last. I really enjoyed this one - the story of a PhD student (and part-time extra on a TV show) and an actor from that TV show. The growth of their relationship from work acquaintances to friends to more was really well done. There is also a fantastic exploration of sexual harassment that was built into the story quite effectively.
Lene Norway
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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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!
Alana Bloom (dreamcomereview)
Nix managed to find the best balance between sweet and spicy in this Hollywood romance. Typically, I'm not one for rockstar and movie star romances because inevitably I'll think someone is a piece of trash. Thankfully, Nix proved me wrong. Both characters were fallible and yet endearing with some serious lonesome pine happening in some parts. There was a fair amount of miscommunication and/or complete LACK thereof but I still seriously loved Alice and Griffin's story.

Overall, I really enjoyed i
Enjoyable romance with two very believable characters. Griffin was a insecure, nervous film star and Alice a quiet, insecure Phd student who had been subjected to sexual harassment. Kudos to the author for writing a clever, intelligent woman who knows her own weaknesses. Alice was neither a wimp, nor one of those appalling women who are described as 'sassy' (aka - rude and obnoxious)

Griffin was also a delight - there was a lovely scene near the start where he has to cover Alice's body with his o
2.5 stars
I truly have a soft spot for celebrity romances, so bear in mind that it might have influenced my rating. but honestly, even with that. It was kind of bland.
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Sooooooooooo boring. I’m actually proud of myself for finishing it.
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Lenore Kosinski
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it

4 stars — I absolutely LOVED the first 70% of this book. It made me swoon, it gave me the awww’s, it just fulfilled something I was looking for. The last 30% wasn’t bad or anything, it just took a turn towards probably the more realistic, and I don’t think I was in the right mood for that. The problem with celebrity romances is that there is the fairytale, and then there’s the reality…and I will admit, I tend to want more fairytale than reality. 😛

Which is
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
Erin Davidson
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rising Star by Susannah Nix is the first book in her new Star struck series. The book follows Alice, a sociology student trying to complete her dissertation and gain the PhD that she’s been working on for the last five years. As if that wasn’t stressful enough her roommate needs her to move out, so he’s boyfriend can move in, and her job as a background extra on the show Las Vegas General, is finished as it wraps up its final season. Now Alice is basically homeless with no income and a looming d ...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
Laura Furuta
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rising Star
By: Susannah Nix
5 out of 5 stars

The story Rising Star by Susannah Nix is a wonderful romance book that I loved reading. It not only has a wonderful storyline it also has two main characters that I grew to love with each chapter that I read. Alice Carlisle is a woman that is caring and intelligent. She is also about to lose the job that is paying her bills and having to find a new place to live, immediately. She has a wonderful personality and a good heart. She does have trust issues a
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 J.
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 things abo
Karyn Taylor
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rising Star is the first book that I have read by Susannah Nix and if this book is anything to go by, it won’t be the last of her books that I’ll read.
As well as being a great romance novel, Susannah Nix tackles the sensitive subject of sexual harassment and she does it really well.
TV extra and PhD student Alice Carlisle is going through a hard time. She’s struggling with her PhD due to the unwanted attention she’s getting from one of her tutors. Her tv extra job is coming to an end and her flat
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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 vulnerabiliti
Michelle Austin
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rising Star was a great 5 star read and book one in the Starstruck Series.

Alice has been asked to move out but she’s been dodging her roomie, now that she’s a third wheel he wants her out. She hasn’t had any luck finding a new place. She is working as an extra on a tv set.

Griffin is an actor on the show that Alice is an extra for. Now that the show is coming to an end he has to start looking at other options for his career. He has to work in Atlanta for a few months and gets news that he no lon
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
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Susannah Nix is an award-winning and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Texas with her husband, two ornery cats, and a flatulent pit bull. When she’s not writing swoony, relatable romances, she enjoys reading, cooking, knitting, and watching British mysteries on TV. She is also a powerlifter who can deadlift as much as Captain America weighs.

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