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To Catch a Star by Romy Sommer with Excerpt and Giveaway

Welcome to my stop for To Catch A Star by Romy Sommer. Please be sure to check out the other tour stops, read my excerpt, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card and eBook Backlist Romance from Romy Sommer.

Book Review:

Teresa (or Tessa) is in the ‘titled class’ of a small European country.  Polished and always doing the ‘right thing’ for her image and the country, she is engaged to a man just like her father: a workaholic with little passion or emotional connection to her. 

Christian is a biracial actor, returning to the country of his birth for a film. While he has long held anger and resentment to those in his past, he has never publicly claimed Westerwald as his history, even as his then unwed and pregnant mother was run out of the country.

From a less-than-auspicious meeting after a very stressful day, these two are soon thrown into close contact as Tessa’s father insists she take her first ‘real job’ as a PA to the Hollywood movie star Christian.  But all is not as It seems: Christian has been noticed in possession of a ring, a family heirloom only possessed by those in line for rule.

Completely entertaining, this story is told from the perspective of both Tessa and Christian.  He’s determined to get under her skin in his quest to have her in his bed.  She is determined to do her ‘duty’ for her father and country, and remain aloof and untouched by the dangerously sexy and daring man.  While there was a ‘mystery’ in the story, foreshadowing made the mystery far less unusual – it was only of interest to me that Tessa didn’t put the pieces together sooner. But, she was so determined to keep her protective candy coating, she really had no clue how to process the emotions she was flooded with.  I liked her, but so wanted someone to come along and smack her, get her to truly see her own situation for the dead end it was.  Fortunately, Christian, although determined to keep everyone at arm’s length is a very observant, and cares little for ‘convention’ manages to drop pointed hints, if not outright directions to her.

You know HOW you want this story to end, you can cheer for it and you would be mostly right: but the journey to that end is one that is full of angst, emotion, clever characters and some really interesting insights into the growth of these two characters throughout the story..  A difficult book to put down, with a solid feel of a fairy tale come alive, this was a fun read and sure to please romance fans who want to ‘get away from it all’ for a few hours.

 

To Catch a Star by Romy Sommer with Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: To Catch A Star
Author: Romy Sommer
Published by: Harper Collins, Impulse
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 286
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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About the Book:

Teresa Adler is the ultimate Ice Princess, with a heart as frozen as the winter landscape of her beloved home, Westerwald. All her life, she’s belonged to the ‘inner circle’ of wealth, privilege and position.

Christian Taylor: Heartthrob. Movie Star. Bad Boy. The mischievous actor sets temperatures soaring in the picturesque baroque principality – and with a wicked glint in his eye and a chip on his shoulder he sets his sights on the one thing he’s told he can’t have. Teresa.

While Tessa holds the ultimate clue to the secret of Christian’s parentage, it is the heat of his touch that will make this Ice Princess feel more alive than she ever has before…

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

Tasty Excerpt

 

He crossed to the kitchenette, opening the fridge for a bottle of water. Teresa turned away, straightening the items on the spotless kitchen counter. “Is that how it always is? The same questions over and over again? Don’t they have the imagination to come up with anything original?”

“There are a few rare interviewers with imagination. Ellen is always a hoot.”

He unscrewed the lid and leaned his hip against the kitchen counter beside her, instantly aware of the static hum between their bodies. For once he didn’t move away, didn’t send her off on some stupid errand just to create a space between them. “If you were the one asking the questions, what would you ask?”

The corner of her mouth kicked up into a smile. “Before or after you kick me out?”

“What if I said I wouldn’t kick you out?”

She held his gaze for a moment. God, but she had the most beautiful eyes he’d ever seen, bluer than any sea or sky, with tiny silver flecks that could turn her gaze to ice in a heartbeat.

“Ask me anything,” he teased, at his most persuasive.

“Do you know who your father is?”

“Anything else.”

She smiled, a slow, playful smile that did something to him he had never experienced before. It took his breath away.

“Why do you flirt with them all? Surely you know it raises their expectations?”

“Does it raise yours?”

She pursed her lips, and the smile was gone. “What’s in it for you?”

It gave him grim satisfaction that she hadn’t answered. “It gets me fans.” He reached into his jeans pocket and pulled out the four business cards that had been slipped to him. One with a heart scrawled on it, another with a handwritten mobile number, the last with a lipstick mark in scarlet, the exact shade worn by Susanne. “And I’ll never be lonely. But that question was way too easy. Try something harder.”

Her gaze dropped to the cards in his hands. He fanned them out on the counter, and set his hand a fraction of an inch away from hers, deliberately provoking her. He only wished he was still shirtless. The effect of bare male chest on her was priceless, almost as if she’d never seen one before.

But since stripping off would be too obvious, he settled for the next best thing. He leaned closer, invading her space. With any other woman, the lean-in would have been as natural as breathing. With Teresa, the temperature seemed to go up a few degrees and her breath stuttered. She leaned away, but in the tiny kitchenette there was no place for her to go.

Her long eyelashes fluttered and slowly her gaze lifted to meet his.

Though she stood straight, though her expression remained cool and self-possessed, up this close she couldn’t conceal what she was feeling.

He’d shaken her composure at last. As she shook his.

“Your time’s nearly up. You get one more question.”

Her gaze didn’t waver. “Who are you really, Christian Taylor?”

I am whoever you want me to be. The flippant answer hovered on his tongue, but he held it back. He was tired of trying to be all people to everyone. For just this one moment, he wanted to be honest with someone. He thought for a long moment before he answered.

“I’m a chancer. I’ll take every opportunity that’s offered to me and I’ll do anything if it benefits me.”

He’d admitted as much the night they met. Then he’d said it to provoke her. Now he said it because he meant it.

This time there was no accusation in her expression, no judgment. She let out a sigh, as if disappointed in him. “Why?”

“Because I’m never going back to the boy I was.”

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About Romy Sommer

I've always written stories for myself but didn't even think of being an author until I realized that being over thirty and living in a fantasy world was a little odd. Writing those same stories for other people makes it a lot more acceptable!

By day I dress in cargo pants and boots for my not-so-glamorous job of making movies but at night I come home to my two little Princesses, and I get to write Happy Ever Afters. Since I believe every girl is a princess, and every princess deserves a happy ending, what could be more perfect?

Though my heart lies in Europe, I'm not too good with the cold, so I live in sunny South Africa.

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