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Starstruck
Title : Starstruck
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ISBN : null
Language : English
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 301

Lex Harrington is living a stranger’s life. After high school, she and her boyfriend, superstar quarterback Brad Wakefield, headed off to college, secure in the knowledge of their brilliant future. Then an injury ended Brad’s football career, and he convinced Lex to drop out of school and return home with him, where everything fell apart. Because the glossy surface of theiLex Harrington is living a stranger’s life. After high school, she and her boyfriend, superstar quarterback Brad Wakefield, headed off to college, secure in the knowledge of their brilliant future. Then an injury ended Brad’s football career, and he convinced Lex to drop out of school and return home with him, where everything fell apart. Because the glossy surface of their relationship concealed a dark truth: years of emotional abuse culminating in Brad’s walking out on Lex and their infant son. At twenty-three, she’s a single mother with no future prospects, struggling to make ends meet while dealing with the aftermath of her destructive marriage.When Jaron Richards left for college, he vowed he’d never look back. Brad laid waste to his friendship with Lex, leaving nothing to bind Jaron to his hometown. But his unrequited love for Lex has never faded, even as his star has begun to rise, making him Hollywood’s hottest new actor.Now Jaron is back in town to film his latest movie, and his presence stirs up everything Lex would rather forget. Can they find a way to pick up the pieces and build a future together?


Starstruck Reviews

  • Ella Janine

    Originally posted at The Filipina Booknote :)The title wasn’t really enticing when I came across this book at Netgalley, but after reading the synopsis I was drawn to it and think it might be worth a shot, and it was. It was thought-provoking and it gives awareness to people who doesn’t have an idea what it feels like to be abused in a relationship.Lex Harrington was a straight-A student back in highschool, she was also a member of the cheerleading squad and she was the girlfriend of the mos [...]

  • Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)

    3.5 rounded to 4 I wanted to read Starstruck because I saw in on Netgalley and emotional and/or physical abuse is a topic close to my heart and I devour well written books with these subjects. Having a baby when a teen or very young adult and not ready or planned is also something that normally draws my attention, so this is a premise I loved.I got right into Lex's story and felt for her. She obviously cares so much for her son, Owen and everything she does now is for him. She spends so much tim [...]

  • Lori

    I'm fairly certain I won't be reading this book. Before all the complaints begin, let me just state that I make that judgement based on the 6 chapters that were previewed on the author's website. While I've read other works by this author (under the pen-name of Elizabeth Darcy) and found them immensely enjoyable, I'm disappointed in this. As I said, I read the first 6 or 7 chapters from her website and a couple of things really were bothersome for me. First, while I'm unfamiliar with this newer [...]

  • Rachmi

    ARC was provided by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest review.I think this is a nice first encounter with Nicole Ciacchela book. With the trend of an insta-love these days, Lex and Jaron love is like a fresh air for me. I liked the way they build their relationship. It happens slowly based on trust and honesty. It's more believable. Hence, I buy it when they finally admit that they are in love with each other. I also liked Jaron relationship with Lex's son, Owen. Despite h [...]

  • Sarah

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Sweenix Rising Books and NetGalley.)Lex is alone and trying to raise her 3-year-old son, when her ex-best-friend Jarod comes back to town to shoot a movie.Can Lex and Jarod be friends again now that Lex’s husband is out of the picture? Or could they even possibly be more?This as an okay contemporary romance story, you’ll like this if you like characters with issues, detailed descriptions of things t [...]

  • Erika

    This book's storyline opened up so much potential to be a really good book. I have been trying to avoid any New Adult books, but this synopsis had me hooked. I'm a sucker for the celebrity/small town girl story line already, but adding in the element of the emotionally abusive first marriage, I couldn't pass it up when I saw it on Netgalley. Now I wish I would have. The biggest issue with this book was that Lex and Jaron had absolutely no chemistry. Seriously, zip. It made it almost impossible t [...]

  • Camille

    Review can also be read on The Bookwhore DiariesGot my review copy from NetgalleyThe title at first had me thinking about the usual Hollywood star falls for a normal girl but that's not the case for this book. There's something more and something deeper than that. There are mainly two types of abuse: physical and emotional. Of the two, what others may perceive to hurt the most would be the physical but what would entirely affect the person is the emotional. This book demonstrated the effects of [...]

  • Cassandra

    I received this book from NetGalley and am providing an honest review.Let me start with what the author did well. First, I will say that the portrayal of the verbally and emotionally abusive relationship was quite realistic. Lex's relationship with Brad was toxic and the author did an amazing job of writing about the effects it had on Lex's confidence and her relationships with close others.I also appreciated that Jaron came off as a real person. Despite his being in love with Lex, he cut her ou [...]

  • AJ

    (Read this review and more at Pretty Bookmarks)I received a review copy c/o of the Publisher via NetgalleyStarstruck had a strong beginning, only for it to fall short.Starstruck is one of those "it's not you, it's me" books. New Adult has always been something that is a hit or miss for me and sadly this book wasn't for me.I requested this book seeing how the description looked really good. The regular person/celebrity premise reminded me of Jennifer E Smith's This Is What Happiness Looks Like wh [...]

  • The Bookwhore Diaries

    Reviews by The Bookwhore DiariesThe title at first had me thinking about the usual Hollywood star falls for a normal girl but that's not the case for this book. There's something more and something deeper than that. There are mainly two types of abuse: physical and emotional. Of the two, what others may perceive to hurt the most would be the physical but what would entirely affect the person is the emotional. This book demonstrated the effects of such emotional abuse. As I was reading the entire [...]

  • Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews

    2.5 Stars!eARC for Honest Review from Sweenix Rising Books via NetGalleyI saw the cover and read the synopsis and it had two of my favorite elements: friends to lovers and celebrity romance. I wanted to love this but that so was not the case. :(This story had such huge potential but in the end it was predictable to a fault, some of the dialogue was very awkward and it felt so drawn out that at times I wanted to put a fork in my eye. For Lex and Jaron to get their HEA it took for friggin' ever fo [...]

  • Lizzy

    I actually really enjoyed reading this book. It was an enjoyable read for me. I liked Lex. I thought she was a well-developed character whose story was well planned out. I thought that her being shy and withdrawn, especially when with Brad, worked well with the story because Jaron was able to help her grow out and become more sure of herself. Throughout the book, Lex struggles with herself and confidence because of what Brad put her through. I thought the writing of her journey to become fully f [...]

  • Melissa

    2.5 starsThe first 25% of the book set up a great story, but nothing really happened for the remainder of the book. There was something missing. I found myself drifting off thinking of other things several times. Unfortunately, once I start a book, I can't quit. I'm weird like that.Lex and Jaron are best friends. She's oblivious to the fact that, Jaron, is in love with her and starts dating the quarterback, Brad, who is a total douche bag. Brad belittles her constantly, it's verbal abuse, and sh [...]

  • Sarah

    I think this story got off to a good start, and I liked how it interspersed flashbacks with the present to give us a picture of "then" and "now."Ultimately, I think the most "action" or plot actually happened in the past, when Lex was still with Brad. The author did a great job of painting an emotionally abusive relationship. In present day, Lex is just kind of empty and trying to make it through each day. While Jaron is a celebrity and has experienced all kind of amazing things since his career [...]

  • Jeannie Zelos

    Starstruck, Nicole CiacchellaI was hoping for lots of film star issues, lots of jealousies, lots of drama, all the things that usually go with romances set in this world. Didn't get it though :( Jaron was a top film star and yet seemed media attention bypassed him, and he was left to go out and about without any hassle or problems. Lex, sweet girl but that was all. She's had terrible problems with emotional abuse from her ex. Manipulation like that is very insidious, and though I didn't gel with [...]

  • Elizabeth Ashley

    I really wanted to like this book. The main plot an description of this book sounded amazing and right up my alley. An emotional journey, heartache and rebuilding a friendship, all while falling in love. Unfortunately, I couldn't connect to the characters. The flashbacks, while in some books they work, I didnt care for them here, and felt that the story would have been better if it started in high school and then flashed forward years later, building up a relationship, breaking it down and build [...]

  • Caro

    2.5-3 stars.Ok, I really liked these guys, but I just couldn't see them together romantically.Lex went through so much, I just wanted to beat the hell out of her ex. The guy was abusive, not physically but psychologically, which can be worse. There ware flashbacks to her time with him, but nothing too graphic. Still, I wanted to murder the ass.Then we have Jaron. He has been in love with Lex his whole life, and now that he's back in town, he wants a chance with her.The thing is, separately they [...]

  • Tabby

    When I first saw this on Netgalley I thought I would love it. I'm normally a sucker for this type of story. This would be a prime example for too much tell not enough show. I liked the flashbacks woven into the story, as they ended up being the most exciting. I liked Lex's son, Owen. But that's about where I run out of positives. Most of the story is the same old worn out conversation over and over. Then if they're not talking about it, they're thinking it. After about 50%, I started skimming an [...]

  • Lissa

    The heroine of this book has gotten out of a bad marriage that involved intense emotional and verbal abuse. She is now untrusting, broken and fearful of new relationships. She also has a three year old son. Jaron was her best friend until he couldn’t stand to watch her in the unhealthy relationship so he left her behind to pursue a career in Hollywood. Now he is a famous actor back in his hometown to shoot a movie and he wants to rekindle their friendship and maybe something more. I liked thes [...]

  • Anna

    So, this is my kind of book. Well, usually it is. This was the G rated candy stripper version of my kind of book. I think the author was trying to show recovery from abuse and thought she might as well make that high school best friend that pulls Lex out of her post abuse funk some sort of Hollywood mega star. This book could have been more. It wasn't by bad any means. The little boy made it completely adorable and kept me sorta interested when I typically would have DNF'd the third party dialog [...]

  • Ashley

    This review can also be found at TheChiqBlog I seriously have been in the worst slump lately. For every awesome, amazeballs book I read, I get three stinkers.This book was just SO boring, and dragged on forever. I understand that J & L were friends in high school, but I don't care how much she likes another dude, eventually you tell her how you feel. And while I felt totes bad for L with all the emotional abuse, I just felt that she was a little too stupid and naive, not only to let it go on [...]

  • Elizabeth Darcy

    Starstruck is now available on , and I went and got a massage today. I needed it, after all the stressing I did about this book!

  • Janssen

    I thought this would be a fluffy little romance. It's actually kind of heavy, as the main character works through the end of her emotional abusive marriage.