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Kind of Famous

(Flirting with Fame #3)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  196 ratings  ·  99 reviews
Layla Beckett has a secret. For the past ten years, she’s run the most trafficked fan site on the Internet for her favorite band—under an alias, naturally. When she lands a job at the prestigious New York City music magazine The Rock Paper, she’s suddenly thrust into the world she’s only observed from the cheap seats. Now that she’s brushing elbows with sexy guitarists and ...more
Paperback, 334 pages
Published April 7th 2020 by Mary Ann Marlowe
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I had read the other books in this series and loved them. I was beyond excited to get to this one, sadly I’m a bit disappointed.

I liked Layla and Shane? Yes, that’s a question. They’re both well meaning people and there’s a lot of potential, but I didn’t feel like we actually got to know them. Layla was A Fan and Shane was A Drummer and those are the only attributes that seemed to matter. Of course I loved seeing the couples from the previous books.

Plot wise it didn’t go anywhere. The two of th
Moon Love
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

In a very short period of time, I've found and read all the books Mary Ann Marlowe has published to date. I've come to enjoy her story telling and writing style. Her characters are people you'd like to be friends with. They're not perfect, but their flaws make them approachable and likable. Kind of Famous features Layla Beckett, whom I met previously in another of Mary Ann's books.

I loved Layla. She's a fangirl at heart, but is able to separate fantasy from reality. She's got a good h
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Kind of Famous was a seesaw type of read - never quite landing on either side of love or hate. At best I leaned towards the prior when I reached the end.
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Kind of Famous" was all kinds of wonderful!

I have a guilty secret, I just love the celebrity trope, and this was the most wonderful addition to my "collection".
While it is the third in a series, there is no problem whatsoever in reading it as a standalone.

I seldom give five stars to a book, but this one made me a fan. It has some adorable characters, especially Layla who has this wonderful little nerdiness. I found it very entertaining, the dialogue was cute and witty, and I was engaged from th
G.L. Jackson
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What would you do if you had the opportunity to meet the rock stars of your dream but for very good reasons decided they could never know you ran a huge online fansite for them? That's the dilemma met by midwesterner Layla Beckett when she moves to New York City to work for the industry darling Rock Paper. Starting on day one she comes face to face with fame, and must decide how to deal with it.

Layla's journey is both exhilarating and one she has to think about every step of the way, especially
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was in a mini reading slump and this book pulled me out of it! I've read one of Ms. Marlowe's books before and I wasn't impressed by it but I was determined to give her books another chance and, oh boy, am I glad I did.
The story was interesting and kept me reading well into the night. I liked the heroine, Layla, but what really made this book a 5 star read for me was the hero, Shane. I really, really loved him. He's a breath of fresh air in the flood of aplha jerks authors try to convince us
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Since I can't get to a public library while in lockdown, I've been hoarding this book for a long holiday weekend, and finally let myself read it, and I was delighted. If you've ever been a member of a fan site

(And if you haven't, whyevernot? Don't you want to find like-minded people to geek out with? GO FIND YOUR RACE-THAT-KNOWS-JOSEPH NOW!)

you'll immediately recognize the solidity of the site Layla runs. And if you've ever been even marginally involved with the running of such a site--and it's
Artah Yamin
Apr 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The synopsis of this book really reeled me in! It’s been a while since I’ve read a rock star romance novel and so I was excited to start this one.

For the most part, I really liked Layla and her attitude towards life. She wasn’t a perfect character by any means. She made a lot of mistakes, but she always knew when she was in the wrong and I loved that. Layla knew herself really well and what it was she expec
Deborah E Kehoe
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read both of the other novels in this series and was really looking forward to this new installment. This is a rock star series, and yes, there’s plenty of eye candy and sizzling action between our heroes and heroines, but what I like the most is that each story has an underlining plot that brings a more serious tone to what would normally be a light hearted subject. In Kind of Famous, Layla’s secret is part of the main story and it definitely added a huge conflict, even if most of it was i ...more
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the type of book I needed to read right now. It's light, it's fun, it's the type of book you wish you could BE the main character. It's full of fun things like moving from the Midwest to NYC, meeting your favorite musicians, getting an awesome new job, and an insta-love story.

I really liked the main character, Layla. I'm all about seeing a woman in a romance novel that has a STEM career. Also, she stands
Kelly (AndKellyReads)
This book was cute, but definitely won't be memorable. Layla and Shane were fine and all, but there was never any real getting to know them. It was like they were thrown together and we were instantly supposed to get it and root for them.

I mean, I kind of did? And they had a realistic big break-up moment, and how they got back together was sweet and showed growth on both their parts, but the whole relationship just didn't sit right. The book seemed rushed, and too focused on Layla's role as a fa
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the publisher via Netgalley for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
4.5/5 stars. This book was sweet, steamy, adorkable and all-around a great read. I loved Layla’s characters, and I connected with her love of music and fangirl status although I wouldn’t say I’m anywhere close to her level of fangirl. I found the writing style to be super easy to get caught up in, and the story progressed at a really good pace (even if it only took place over a couple of weeks to star
Shuhada Ramli
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have read from the 1 siri of this rockstar romance and I really love it. I like the way the characters blend in with the plots a d I love how each conflicts being resolved beautifully with love.

Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange of my honest review.
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I feel like the downside is that it follows the same pattern as most books like it. So I was just waiting for the shoe to drop. Overall, it was a great story and I enjoyed the plot and characters.
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading the book. The characters and chemistry was really awesome. I loved the romance between the H and heroine. I devoured the book and enjoyed reading it. I highly recommend this book.
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a delightful story. This is my first book by this author and definitely not my last. Couldn’t put it down. Don’t miss out.
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Layla got a job at music magazine company but she can't even priorities her job and focus more on her love life and her fansite lol She sounded immature for her age. Her friendship with Jo seems unrealistic because how can you trust someone that you only met for a few hours and invite her to eat then stay at your house asdfghjkl I don't think I can trust anyone like that.It's not only that lol she even found herself an insta-love with a famous drummer 😂
Btw I liked Jo and it seems like everyone
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm a sucker for a shy hero with a good heart. If he's also a musician with a messy head of auburn hair, I'm toast. Shane is my type of man, and I loved navigating the world of fandom through Layla's eyes, especially when their chemistry lit the pages on fire. Kind of Famous is a great rock and roll romance from a different perspective that was a blast to read! ...more
***Thank you to NetGalley and Mary Ann Marlowe. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book. All opinions are my own.***

I loved the premise of Kind of Famous, but unfortunately the story fell flat for me. Layla gets her dream job at a music magazine and tries to keep the band fan site she runs hidden. She struggles to find balance between the famous people she’s meeting and her secret pastime, especially with the drummer she’s falling for.

I’m a huge music fan and there was so much about Layla for
Jeannie Zelos
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kind of Famous, Mary Ann Marlowe

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre: Romance

Well, after finishing this I have to go back and read the first two again, I really enjoyed catching up with Adam and Eden, Jo and Micah. And I have to say what a name, Theatre of the Absurd. Its wonderful, wonderful ;-) Though the abbreviation TotA somehow always reminds me more of the British T and A abbreviation.......

I understood much of the web stuff, I too have a blog ( two actually, art and books) but mine
Sapir Englard
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars

Dating Sim games an be awesome if you choose the right path and make the right choice. You usually have a lot to pick up from, and eventually, you go for the guy you think is safest, because in real life we don't want the douchy assholes we read about.

This book felt like a dating sim game. The MC (Layla) is surrounded by super hot rockstars because circumstances (which were extremelllllly convenient) and she gets into an insta-relationship with one of them, a drummer who has a much pers
Adriana Arrington
If you're looking for an escape from everyday life, Kind of Famous is the book for you. Hot musicians? Check. Steamy love story? Check. Escape from reality? Double check.

Layla Beckett is a music super fan - so much so that she runs an extremely popular forum for her favorite band. When she lands a great new job that has her actually rubbing elbows with the members of that band, she thinks she's died and gone to heaven. Then she meets Shane, the drummer to another band, and they hit it off right
Pamela Valentine
Jul 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
Promising title, fun synopsis. I was excited to read it. Disappointing story. Didn’t flow, use of elevated language words that I appreciated drowned in a mush of “Fucks”, “Cocks”, which didn’t help with the flow of the story.

Pitiful lust-filled thoughts from Layla about a guy whose name she didn’t even know prior to hooking up... (Sex, sex, sex and then “Fan of music”, Shane and fan forum. Bleh...) When she’s not gushing about Adam and his band. The story is supposed to be about Layla (Who has
Sophia B
If you're looking for steam factor look no further cuz this one was 🔥🔥🔥! (To be clear, explicitly so lol)

Kind of Famous is about Layla Beckett, your normal, run of the mill, blog host of her favorite band's most well known fan site (under a different name of course). She starts a new job at a rock magazine and suddenly finds herself becoming friends with the very same people she blogs about. Well mostly friends, except for the hot drummer who's expressed interest... Between managing her new j
Margarita Shuster
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This hits the spot for rockstar romance! This is the first book I’ve read of Marlowe’s and even though it’s not part of a series, I need to read about Adam and Eden’s story as well as Jo and Micah’s!

Kind of Famous reminds me of my teenage years. When I used to feel overwhelmingly infatuated with boy bands. Come on, who didn’t dream of marrying one of the Backstreet Boys? I could totally relate to you Layla!

Layla runs a popular fan site for a band name “Walking Disaster”, has a kickass job and af
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book

Layla Beckett is from a small town outside of Indianapolis. For years she has been an admin on a fan site for her favourite music band. Never in her wildest dreams did she never think she would land such an amazing job in New York working for a music magazine "The Rock Paper". Not only does she get to write about what she loves, she also gets to work and become friends with people she has loved and idolized her entire life. Problem is will her secret life on her fan sit
Fernanda Granzotto
Apr 06, 2020 rated it liked it

*Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an early copy of this book for review, all opinions are my own*

I decided to review this book on topics so let’s go:
• Fanfic-This book is fanfic, the whole plot of it I have read several times in fanfics, this is not a bad thing because then knowing that I believe it made me take the book less seriously and I liked it for what it is.
• Writing-Because it is a fanfic kind of book, the writing was not always wonderful and some moments s
Lisa Albright
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
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☆☆Book Review☆☆ Kind of Famous by Mary Ann Marlowe
Layla Beckett has a secret. For the past ten years, she’s run the most trafficked fan site on the Internet for her favorite band—under an alias, naturally. When she lands a job at the prestigious New York City music magazine The Rock Paper, she’s suddenly thrust into the world she’s only observed from the cheap seats. Now that she’s brushing elbows with sexy guitarists and hot frontmen, she wants to play it cool and keep her superf
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
What do you do when you met your biggest crush but can't "fangirl" out

Kind of Famous is the first book I have read by Mary Ann Marlowe and I thought it was very enjoyable. The story is about Layla Beckett and Shane Morgan. Layla is adorable as she is trying to find her way in life and all the experiences that open her eyes. But she also has a big secret that she is afraid will come out. An alter ego who runs a huge fan site for her favorite rock band. So what does she do when she meets the super
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was not my first Mary Ann Marlowe book. I have read her books before and this one was Shane and Layla's story.

To be honest, I have mixed feeling about this book. I did connect with Layla the way I was looking forward to. She was a strong protagonist though who just landed her dream job and got to meet the people whom she was observing for so long. Suddenly she was a part of their group and starting to get close to one of the band members of her favourite band but but she had her secrets an
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