Book Review: RISING STAR by Susannah Nix


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 if she’ll dog sit for him. Four months rent free in a nice house with an adorable dog is an offer Alice can’t turn down—even if she has major qualms about her movie star roommate.
Griffin Beach has it all.
He’s gorgeous, newly jacked, and poised to make the leap from TV show regular to box office superstar. Until his dog sitter bails, leaving him desperate to find somebody he trusts to look after his precious fur baby.
Enter Alice, the extra who’s never seemed to like him but loves his dog. Griffin has his doubts about the arrangement, but living with Alice opens his eyes to how empty his workaholic lifestyle has become. The more time they spend together, the more he realizes she might be exactly what he needs in his life.
Can Alice let her guard down and learn to trust again? Can Griffin stop trying to please everyone else long enough to show her how he feels? Will they get their Hollywood happy ending? Or will their love story bomb at the box office?

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My Thoughts

RISING STAR by Susannah Nix takes us into the world of Hollywood stardom. It’s the story of Griffin Beach, whose acting career is ascending, and Alice Carlisle, a doctorate student who also works as a TV extra to make money.

I think the author writes well and she did a great job in portraying the Hollywood lifestyle and the issues Alice experiences in the academic world.  As interesting as these worlds were, I struggled with this book because on the whole I found it more bleak than uplifting. Griffin and Alice were continually portrayed as isolated and insecure. It did not help that they didn’t even acknowledge they had feelings for each other until well past the halfway mark. When they do come together there is some wonderful chemistry between them and I revelled in the time they spent together as much as the characters themselves did, but these times were often overshadowed by other stresses in their lives.

This Rising Star and I were just not in alignment this time around.   

About Susannah Nix

Susannah Nix is the author of quirky contemporary romances about smart women and swoony men, including the Chemistry Lessons series of romcoms featuring STEM heroines and the Starstruck series of movie star romances. She lives in Texas with her husband, two ornery cats, and a flatulent pit bull. When she’s not writing, Susannah enjoys reading, cooking, knitting, watching too much television, and getting distracted by Tumblr. She is also a powerlifter who can deadlift as much as Captain America weighs.