Obsessed: Starstruck #1 by Beth Ciotta with Excerpt

Welcome to my stop for book one in the Starstruck series by Beth Ciotta, the first in a 3 author, 3 novella Contemporary Romance series.  Please be sure to check out the other tour stops for this title,  be sure to view  the trailer and read the excerpt, and don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could win an Upcycled Champagne Cork Bezel Necklace- shooting star – w/24 “chain.

I love Beth Ciotta’s writing and storytelling, so this was a no-brainer grab for me.


Like all the titles I have read by Ciotta, her writing grabs you instantly with characters that you need to know, and situations that are familiar in emotion, if vastly different in actuality.  In this story, we meet Dakota: perfectly imperfect with drive and determination to get up, dust herself off and move forward.  Working on her comeback, the pressure is enormous and she feels every bit of it: her own concerns about moving and making a good show, the people who are relying on her success to feed their families, and the sudden appearance of some threatening letters that could mean personal danger.

Wyatt is a bodyguard, brought into Dakota’s camp by his friend.  Expecting a diva: spoilt, churlish, childish and callous, he is completely floored when Dakota is open, honest and completely aware of what she needs to do to make this attempt at a comeback work.  Wyatt is that silent type, rarely giving away interest with his expressions, but Dakota intrigues him in ways he never expected.

What I have come to appreciate about Ciotta’s writing is the development of her characters. Dakota starts out as someone you want to know – you cheer for her determination and heart. Wyatt comes in with the overwhelming aura of protective alpha, but he’s somewhat removed until the force that is Dakota starts to soften his edges and give him reason to hope for something more. As he starts to soften, he shows a deep and layered person who becomes just as important to readers as he is to Dakota.  The use of dual points of view show a gradual softening of Wyatt, and a deeper concern from them both about their attraction and how life-changing it can be. These are two characters that would easily fit into your circle of friends, and you’d want them there.

Suspense elements from the letters slowly unfold and show the true bond between Wyatt and Dakota, and as the plot unfolds there are plenty of options to wonder just where it will go.  At just under 120 pages, Obsessed shows that a novella can pack a punch with story and plot, and have readers wanting more after the last page is turned.

Obsessed: Starstruck #1 by Beth Ciotta with Excerpt

Title: Obsessed
Author: Beth Ciotta
Series: Starstruck #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: BC Ink
ISBN: 1505449790
Published on: 27 March, 2015
Source: Author
Pages: 118
Rated: four-half-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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A showplace for talent. A playground for love. STARSTRUCK. A new contemporary continuity series by Beth Ciotta, Cynthia Valero, and Elle J Rossi. Three authors. One world. Launching with Ciotta’s sexy novella—Obsessed.

A Fallen Star…

A hot-mess of controversy and scandal, Dakota Breeze—tarnished pop star of fading fame and fortune—accepts a friend’s offer, taking refuge in a small Midwestern town in order to rehearse her comeback concert in secret. Starstruck is the perfect venue however rehearsals are marred by Dakota’s reluctance to resurrect her former bad-girl persona and complicated by an anonymous death threat.

A Haunted Bodyguard…

Enlisted by a mutual friend, Wyatt MacDermott—a seasoned protection specialist—agrees to act as Dakota’s temporary bodyguard. Forced to set aside a personal grudge in order to fulfill his duties, Mac’s stunned by his fierce and instant attraction to the reckless celebrity he’s long associated with his greatest regret.

Obsessed with conflicting needs and united passion, Dakota and Wyatt spin out of control, indulging in a whirlwind affair and tempting an avenger’s wrath.

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

Tasty Excerpt


As soon as Mac locked the door, Dakota turned and backed him against the wall. “You may not care about the order, but I do. You can ask me anything you want. After,” she said while working the buttons of his white shirt. “Knowing me could be a total turn off. Considering we’re hot and bothered now let’s do thisnow. I—”

     “What happened to not talking this to death?” He reversed their position. Unknotted her shrug.

     She opened his shirt. Pressed her lips to his impressive chest while pushing his jacket from his equally impressive shoulders.

     He expedited the process, ridding himself of the jacket and shirt while kissing her stupid.

     There would be no overthinking this. She could barely breathe, let alone conjure a coherent sentence. She felt the soft fabric of her dress skimming up her body, along with his hands. His mouth played over her cheek, her jaw, her neck, her ear—an endless kiss as he stripped away her clothes and senses.

     He broke away long enough to admire her pink bra and thong.

     Her skin sizzled as he devoured her form. Bare. Lush.

     “Gorgeous,” was all he said, yet she read so much more in his eyes.

     Your body, your curves—perfect. Size eight? Why would you want to be anything less?

     Her heart pounded as he freed her hair of its twisted knot. Her stomach coiled as his fingers skimmed the waistline of her thong. His fingers dipped beneath the satin—a brush, a touch. Fleeting. Teasing.

     Frantic with desire, Dakota attacked his belt and zipper. “The last two days have been nothing but foreplay. Let’s skip to the main event.” 








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About Beth Ciotta

Storytelling comes naturally to award-winning author Beth Ciotta. Dubbed "fun and sexy" by Publisher's Weekly, Beth specializes in contemporary, historical, steampunk, and paranormal romantic fiction.

Beth lives in NJ with her husband, two zany dogs, and a crazy cat. A retired professional performer, Beth now pours her artistic passion into her writing. To learn more about her colorful life, visit her website at www.bethciotta.com

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