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4.19  ·  Rating details ·  256 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Michael Graydon has it all - looks, fame, and a couple of Oscars.
Does he see me in the crowd of paparazzi?
Does he know I sell pictures of him to the tabloids as if money could ever erase the feel of his lips on me?
Does he think I forgot the way he broke my heart?
Or does he know that I’ve ruined everything I’ve ever loved?

We were seventeen when I left, and I never forgot La
Kindle Edition, 371 pages
Published April 15th 2020
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Jessica Alcazar
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Second chance romances … who doesn’t love those?! amirite?! Throw in two people from opposite sides of the world but yet in the same world and it makes for quite a riveting read. The story of Lanie and Michael is a true life journey with all the guts and glory that come with life because life isn’t always bright. It has shadows and darkness and bad things happen and there’s nothing I love more than real fiction.
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Star Crossed by CD Reiss is the story of Laine Cartwright and Michael Greydon.
Laine and Micheal first meet in school when they both are young with their feelings being off the charts for each other, but they were separated. Laine had grown up in LA's foster care system and is a street wise woman. Now Laine makes a living being a paparazzi taking pictures and selling them. Micheal who has gone on to be a movie star but somehow never forgetting Laine. Now in their present day they end up meeting a
Apr 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, hollywood
In ‘Star Crossed’ we meet Laine and Michael. Laine is a twenty five year old paparazzo. After growing up as a foster kid, going from one family to the next Laine has seen some horrors. The one bright spot growing up, was being able to talk to Michael, but when he left to become a star he left Laine behind. And now Laine hides behind het camera, taking pictures of all the hot stars including Michael.

This book definitely had all the things I love in a good romance story, but somehow this book did
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I first met Michael Greydon over five years ago in the draft of Shuttergirl, and I fell for him hard. Truthfully, I forgot how hard. But that's the way it seem to be with guys like Michael. In the five years since I have yet to meet another as singularly swoonworthy. CD Reiss gave us a “Good man”, a rarity in a genre populated by alphas, Doms and bad boys. In the words of George Gordon, Lord Byron, “He possessed beauty without vanity, strength without insolence, courage without ferocity . . .” H ...more
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.4 stars

I initially read this book when it was Shuttergirl. I enjoyed it then but I remember wanting more. I got my wish because the author expanded on it and made it better. Great story, cast of characters, and epilogue.
Amy Dickinson
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Overall Grade: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

What does it mean to live a one-dimensional life in a three-dimensional world? How do you find the colors and gradations when your life feels predetermined and empty for you? These questions underscore the depths of the message in CD Reiss’s newest book, Star Crossed. This story isn’t a new one for Reiss. It was initially packaged as Shuttergirl. However, she revisited it, revising it to the poignant story of people seemingly so different yet so much the same. It’s a sec
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)

Laine is a paparazza, a taker of celebrity pictures, mostly pictures said celebrities don't want taken, and as a paparazza, she's pretty much a cockroach under those celebrities' shoes. So when Michael Graydon, a man she once knew, a man who's an A-list Hollywood star, and she, come into each others' orbits as more than just being on opposite sides of the camera, Laine knows it's not permanent, that she can never, ever make a relationship work with Hollywood royalty.

This story had so much mo
Becky Rendon
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing

4.5 stars

CD Reiss got me right in the feels. Star Crossed is exactly what I needed. Chemistry, history, and drama may be high school class offerings but they are also a big presence in Star Crossed.

The A-lister and the paparazza make for an entertaining and conflicted tale of woe, woo, and wonderful. Where do I start first!?! Michael and Laine are two halves of a whole. They may not fit right in the beginning but once they flipped the magnets on the other side...spooning. (I know thats a lot of
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𝐑𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠: 4.5 🌟⁣
I’ve always been a sucker for a good celebrity romance and I was thrilled to receive a copy of Star Crossed in exchange for my honest feedback and review. Sometimes I get into a Hollywood romance and it’s the same story, different day but that definitely was not the case here. ⁣

I never read CD Reiss’s original version of the story, Shuttergirl, so I don’t really have a comparison to how the revised version, Star Crossed, compares. From what I h
AJ's book-reMarks
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Laine Cartwright was abandoned by her parents, left in the forest care system went from family to family, only to be abused and left again. She overcomes adversity by picking up a camera she builds her life by taking pictures of high society and young actors behaving badly and she sells them to the highest bidder. She is what is known as the paparazzi.

Michael Greydon is Hollywood's current leading man, coming from Hollywood royalty, both parents are/were actors. Michael and his friends know how
Lauren Luman
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loveloveloved Star Crossed. I'd previously read it as Shuttergirl. I can't remember what was changed or added. It doesn't even matter. What matters is that years later and this story still got to me.

Michael Greydon. Swoony af. Laine Cartwright. Pap in heels owning LA.

Reiss's characters' love affair with their city draws you in and forces you to create your own obsession with the City of Angels.

Their love for each other across a decade forces you to commit to what they have, obstacles be damne
This is a standalone contemporary romance written in dual POVs. C.D. Reiss wrote an emotional and beautiful love story. If you've read her books before, this is different from the erotic books you may have read from her before. It still has all of the feels and steamy goodness you've come to expect from Christine, but there is so much more feeling, grit, and intensity. It is about second and even third chances, and how two people from different worlds are attracted to each other like a magnet. I ...more
Luisa Rivas
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this book years ago as Shuttergirl and loved it. It was the first book I read by this author and it was the first of many. It remains my favorite and most remembered. And now it’s even better because there’s more Laine in the story. It represents the evolution of these two characters who are stars in their fields and how they came together across fire.

Laine used to be a foster kid. She was born to a druggie mother and absent father that she never knew. Michael is part of Hollywood royalty
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this beautiful and poignant story of redemption, forgiveness, and second chances. This is a unique, and different Hollywood romance that was so seductive and took my breath away. Laine Cartwright is a talented photographer, but is making her living on the streets of LA, capturing candid shots of the Hollywood elite. Movie star, Michael Greydon, is Hollywood royalty and America's Boyfriend. Laine and Michael first met in high school. They were from completely opposite worlds but connected ...more
KC Caron (Aprhodites Reading Alphas)
Blew My Head and Heart Away...Desperately Romantic

(in the last act of this book chp 48 and on, Michael Graydon may have become my GOAT book boyfriend, and the epilogue is a five kleenex read). Okay, my review xo

Luminous and stunning! Star Crossed is a bone deep skinprick, an 'I need a minute to collect myself' romance that itches and scratches its way into your throat and the lump there grows and grows until I was a mess of emotion, the best kind. And that brilliant epilogue made my heart shudd
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic! I loved this story the first time around as Shuttergirl and loved reading it again with the new material. This is one of my favorites from this outstanding author and that's saying something with all her fabulous stories. Laine is a exceptional heroine as the gritty paparazzi that gets the best celebrity pics. Her childhood was a mix of wonderful times and horrific events and it's a wonder she came out of that foster life in such a spectacular way. And when she meets her ch ...more
Tara Peters
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and felt like I was right next to both Michael and Laine as they fell in love, even though they had an uphill climb to find happiness. Michael and Laine knew each other when they were in high school, but just when they both started realizing their feelings he left town and became a famous actor. Being a foster child, Laine was moved from family to family and never fit in. She had minimal education and became a member of the pap. When they meet up years later, sparks fly and Mi ...more
CLiK Books
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Star Crossed - CD Reiss

CD Reiss delivers a beautifully broken story of lost love and redemption. Not your average Hollywood story but with characters this complex and a wonderfully dynamic story, you won’t want to put this book down.

Laine Cartwright had the kind of upbringing no child would wish for. Raised in the foster system, the story explores so many horrific and also touching periods of her life. She’s tough bad street wise, all because of the way she dragged herself out of adv
Clara Atkinson
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Five captivating 📷 📷 📷 📷 📷

Star Crossed: A Second Chance Hollywood Romance By C.D. Reiss

Laine Cartwright grew up in the foster care system from an early age where she was passed from one family to the next. She had to endure so much in her young life. Yet she perseveres with a successful career as a paparazza pursuing the Hollywood elite.
Michael Greydon is the leading man everyone wants in their movies. He comes from true Hollywood royalty and when everyone else is behaving badly he is a saint.
Sarah Light
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s
Star Crossed is an exciting, tantalizing love story of glitz and glam, true love and second chances. Laine and Michael first meet in school, both young and unsure of the feelings they invoke in each other, due to a situation they couldn’t control, they are separated from each other.

After years, Laine and Michael find each other again, but things are much different than they were when they were kids.

Laine is now a blood thirsty paparazzi, taking pictures of the rich and famous for money, and Mich
Jennifer Pierson
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There's not one story of CD Reiss that I wish I could give more than 5 stars, and Star Crossed is no exception. It's the story of Laine & Michael, who met in school setting off some very serious feelings towards each other. Things happened separating them, and nowadays, he's a movie star with the world at his fingertips, while she is a pap who takes pictures to sell. However, they never forgot each other, though Laine is bitter while Michael feels like she's the one who got away. They finally me ...more
Monica Reviews Books
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read Shuttergirl, so I can't compare the two versions of this story, but this is one of those books that had me smiling in the end! I loved the bond that Laine and Michael shared, and how much they loved one another that they were willing to sacrifice their happiness for the other person's.

As the title suggests, Laine and Michael were star-crossed lovers, what with one of them being a Hollywood star and the other a member of the paparazzi. This story, though, is so much more than a VE
Crystal's Book World ~ Crystal Cordova
Star Crossed brings a new twist to Hollywood romance. It was different I have not read a lot of Paparrazi (heroine) and Movie Star (hero) story line. It usually is body guard and Hollywood star. That was a bit, interesting for me. At the heart of the story, there was a big secret that comes out that had my heart clenching for our Shuttergirl. Her character is so strong that I did not see that one coming. CD Reiss will not disappoint with a HEA. These characters deserved it!

My only downfall was t
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's a re-read for me..I loved these two before and I love them even more now! The author added new scenes and a new epilogue..the story is as powerful as the first time I read it!

This book blew me away.
It's CD Reiss, it’s her style, her matter what she writes she nails it.
It's contemporary romance, not erotica, but believe me you wouldn't want it any other way because the only thing that matters is the way she uses words to draw you in and this story never lets you go.
Laine and Michae
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. This book has a story with which I am familiar, and yet, not at all. It is more. So much more! There's even greater depth and heft to it; emotionally more layered and compelling. Michael and Laine have long lingered in my brain library, in a special place for those books which I do not ever want to forget and they are now even more interesting and so very lovable.
CD Reiss has such a skill with language, weaving words in a magical way that makes my heart leap with s
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the first book by CD that I’ve read and absolutely loved it. So much emotion in this book. We have anger, lies, secrets, sadness, violation, chemistry, happiness and love is everything I experience when reading this. He’s a movie star, she’s paparazzi. But before that, they were simply a high school tennis player and a foster kid who sat in the bleachers. Years later, Michael and Laine bump into each other, even though they both have seen each other from afar for years. And once they do, ...more
Melanie Marnell
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I first read this book as Shuttergirl about five years ago. It was great to reread it and I think I enjoyed it as much if not more now as Star Crossed. Michael Greydon & Laine Cartwright: he's Hollywood royalty and she's from the "girl from the wrong side of the tracks." Their brief connection in high school is rekindled 10 years later and it becomes life changing for both of them. With her, Michael can be his real self. He gives her the support and protection she's always longed for. As they na ...more
Maria Angie Mendoza
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Heart wrenching second chance romance with a twist. Full of steamy, angst and heart.
This is Laine and Michael’s story, they know and loved each other in high school. Life and unexpected events got in the way and they each went their separate ways.
As their paths collide again sparks fly.
Will the stars align for them?
A paparazzo and a star except these characters have history and what evolves is a highly emotional steamy and realistic story.
How their story developed is worth discovering!
Star Cross
June Boother
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Laine aka Shutter girl is a paparazzi, she prides herself in always being in the right place and taking the best pictures of the rich and famous. Michael is a famous actor which she’s photographed many times. One such night she takes her money shot, uploads it and then goes into the same club with her brother Tom. She talks to Michael and we find out they knew each other at school. Things get complicated when they’re photographed together, he as famous as can be and she the enemy, paparazzi. Rea ...more
Apr 20, 2020 rated it liked it
A little rushed

I really liked the beginning of the story, but then everhthing that happens in the middle feels rushes and unresolved. Laine and Michael were together for all of two weeks before the drama enters the picture and they fall apart. It was drama after drama in one part of the book and it felt too forced to feel bad for it. I was going to give it two stars but I decided to give it one more because the epilogue was so beautiful and it was a situation very close to my desires. I haven't
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CD Reiss is a New York Times bestselling author. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn't pick up she's at the well hauling buckets.

Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master's degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that

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