Title: Fallen Star
Author: Susannah Nix
Publication Date: March 5, 2019
Synopsis: Grace knows better than to fall for a Hollywood bad boy like Scott Deacon. An arrogant movie star with a troubled past and a big honking chip on his shoulder? No, thank you. He may be sex on wheels, but beneath the charming facade he’s just another cocky jackass destined to make her job more difficult.
The more time they spend together, the hotter the fire between them burns. With every flirtatious smile and brush of his hand, she feels her defenses crumbling.
She wants to hate him, but instead she’s in danger of losing all control.
Thank you to Susannah Nix and InkSlinger PR for providing me with an ARC of Fallen Star.
Trigger/content warning for conversations about drug and alcohol addiction as well as recovery.
I was happily surprised when I opened the book and one of the first things I saw was a not from the author letting the reader know that Fallen Star includes recurring and frank discussions about drug and alcohol addiction and recovery. It continues on that she offers this warning to those that this is a sensitive subject for so that they can make an informed decision on whether or not to proceed with the story. This was so refreshing because many times I go into books not knowing there will be sensitive subjects talked about and they would benefit from a simple warning about the topics that are part of the story. Everyone has a different past and something that isn’t triggering for one person could be the biggest trigger for someone else.
Fallen Star is the first book I’ve read from Susannah Nix, but it definitely won’t be my last. I really enjoyed how she weaved a romance into also dealing with such tough topics. Not only does this story have the romance and talking about drug and alcohol addiction, but it also deals with not judging people when you really don’t know them.
“The guy’s never been more than a pretty face. There are dozens of actors more talented and more profession that Scotty Deacon. Why not pick one of them instead?”
This story starts off with Scott coming onto set for the first day of filming and overhears Grace and Carmen talking about Scott. What he overhears is actually is deepest insecurity and he ends up back in his car to pull himself together. Scott then ends up being fifteen minutes late and he is a bit of a jerk to people, which in turn makes people not really like him.
Going back to the synopsis of the book, Grace definitely should know better. There isn’t just one side to any story and even if you think you “know everything,” there still could be more you don’t actually know. Everyone has things that they keep to themselves and everyone deserves to have that private side to their life.
Also from the synopsis, it seems like this is going to be a story about Scott being the bad boy and Grace being the “victim”. I actually think that in the case of this story, Scott is more of the “victim” of the story and that Grace is the perfect mirror to that of what is true among our society. But Grace is also written in a way that shows a person can change and it’s in a believable way. As the reader, I think we can forgive her for her prejudice.
I really enjoyed the plot of this story. The miscommunications near the end felt believable and not rushed. In moments that I would usually roll my eyes because of the miscommunications, I actually felt for the characters. Both are going dealing with their own things and having to rely on the other to help with those things isn’t easy for them.
Fallen Star definitely got a four star rating from me. It might not have been an absolute new favorite, but I really loved it and can’t wait to read more from Susannah Nix in the future.
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About Susannah Nix
Susannah Nix is the author of quirky contemporary romances about smart women 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.