Star Struck by Kathi Oram Peterson
Mercedes Grant is known to the world as Stormy Ryan, action hero. Her movie-star status has led to some unpleasant interactions in the past, and even a few stalkers, but none has ever come close enough to her to seem dangerous—until now. When she receives a death threat on her personal cell phone, she is understandably shaken. Seizing the opportunity to take some time away from the limelight while the police investigate the phone call, Mercedes escapes to her remote cabin near Idaho’s Snake River. She knows it is the perfect place to lie low, but she doesn’t realize how low she’ll actually feel once she arrives. After days of suffering from a cold she just can’t shake, Mercedes visits the town physician, Luke Parker. The handsome doctor, a fan of the stunning celebrity, performs the necessary tests and is devastated at the unexpected diagnosis he must give her. Mercedes is sick—really sick. He knows she can handle crazy fans, but the news he has to give is another story. As Mercedes struggles to come to terms with her new future, she relies on Luke’s support. But neither imagines the disease is not the only danger Mercedes is facing—because just out of view, someone is watching her and is determined to make good on their threat.
I thought this was a cute book. I really liked Luke's character. He was just genuinely kind and caring. I also really liked Winona, Luke's receptionist. She's such a spunky lady. :) I kept guessing throughout the entire book who the bad guy was and didn't figure it out until just before he was revealed. It's maddeningly frustrating in a good way.
Mercedes comes across as pretty snobby at first, but thankfully, as she realizes that Luke is a genuinely good guy, she lets the brick wall she's built come down. I enjoyed the relationship that she built with Luke's daughter too.
All in all, this was a quick, fun read that kept you guessing. I do wish that the picture better matched Mercedes' description in the book though. It's not often that you read about people with really curly hair, so it would have been nice to see on the picture. :)
This book was kind of hit and miss with me. I loved the premise. I enjoyed that while I guessed the bad guy, I also changed my mind a couple times so I didn't really know who the bad guy was. I enjoyed Luke's receptionist...she was totally great. Plus, the writing was solid. I guess I just didn't connect with the characters. They were written realistically and well, but they just didn't resonate with me. I didn't really like Mercedes. I mean, everything she did or said that I didn't like I could see why, given her background and job she did what she did, but that didn't mean I had to like it :) Same thing with Luke. He was great, and the choices he made make total sense, but I think it threw me that her got along/fell for Mercedes in the first place. I also wanted to smack his daughter upside the head, but that just tells me she was well written too :)
So to review quickly, the writing is entertaining and solid, the characters are developed, and while there are disturbing events taking place, I'm assuming you like to read suspense novels and the disturbing stuff would still be PG rated. Romance content is clean as well.
This was a pretty good suspense novel. It was entertaining and it kept me guessing on who Mercedes' stalker was. When that finally came out, I was surprised (and saddened). Although I didn't feel much of a connection with the characters, the relationship the stalker had with Mercedes made everything he did all the more disturbing.
The romance of a big time movie star with a small town doctor didn't seem very realistic to me. It's those Cinderella type (commoner/royalty) relationships that tend to appeal to the masses, but in this case Mercedes' fundamental beliefs just seemed so different from Luke's for them to have enough interest to start a relationship. That and their feelings came on so quickly. But, you do hear about people falling for people who save them, so maybe it was realistic in that sense.
I liked the cover and would probably pick up the book in a bookstore or library to learn more. The cover model doesn't match Mercedes' description (wrong hair color), which totally bugged me, but if you're not a cover snob, it probably wouldn't bother you.
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Title: Star Struck
Author: Kathi Oram Peterson
Publisher: Covenant Communication
Published: February 2016
Source: We received copies from the publisher in exchange for a review.
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