Review: The Star Attraction

Books, Play, Romance / Friday, January 4th, 2019
Reading Time: 3 minutes

Sophie Atwater is a Hollywood publicist. She has her dream job, her dream guy and her dream life. But all of that comes tumbling down when she starts to represent Tinseltown dreamboat Billy Fox. The Star Attraction is a quirky comedic romance that takes readers on an adventure of poor decisions and unprofessionalism to show how easy it is to upset your entire life for a what if with a hot celebrity.

The Highlights

The Star Attraction is for you if you find yourself daydreaming about the idea of what if when it comes to your favourite celebrity, but you’re looking for realism, not fantasy.

  • A quirky comedic romance
  • Strong female lead despite her falling for the obvious choice – let’s be honest who wouldn’t have a momentary lapse when faced with a possible romance with one of the world’s leading men?
  • Celebrity “what if” story for those of us that are dreamers
  • Quick read weighing in at only 258 pages
  • Easy read, no Shakesperian term knowledge needed!
The Star Attraction review by Alison Sweeney

About the Author

Alison Sweeney is a soap star. For the last 25 years she’s played Samantha “Sami” Brady on Days of Our Lives – which is quite impressive if you think about it. How many people have that kind of career loyalty these days? Not me, that’s who. You might also recognize her as the host of The Biggest Loser or from her role in the straight-to-TV movies Murder, She Baked as Hannah Swensen… I’m not kidding, this is 100% a real thing.

Since releasing her first fiction novel, The Start Attraction in 2013, Sweeney has written two more fiction novels: Opportunity Knocks and Scared Scriptless. Both of which I’m sure I’ll read. Prior to that she penned the non-fiction titles All the Days of My Life (So Far) (for you soap opera fans) and The Mommy Diet (for all the moms out there looking for a new diet). You can catch Sweeney next on the upcoming television show The Chronicle Mysteries as Roberta McPherson.

The Star Attraction: Spoiler Alerts

Lately it seems like all the books I’m positive that I’m not going to like have taken me less than 24-hours to read. So either I’m a terrible judge of books or I’m lying to myself. I’m willing to bet on the latter. The Star Attraction has all the cheese of a Hollywood romance with a swooning “regular” girl, a hot boyfriend and a promising career that’s thrown off course with the introduction of a sexy celebrity crush that bursts its way right through the friend zone and in to questionable territory.

Spoiler Alert: Even though our heroine Sophie has a sexy boyfriend – who, if I’m being totally honest I thought was a dick from the start – she still hooks up with sexy celebrity Billy Fox hook up. Well, sort of, they get caught making out in a dirty alley behind a country bar… granted we’re not told it was a dirty alley, but I feel like it’s safe to assume.

In any case, despite the romance of the book, the pair do not end up together. So what seems like a promising romance is really just a reality check for every girl that thinks that dating a celebrity would be a dream come true. But let’s be honest – all the fancy cars and money are a poor trade-off to a life with everyone’s opinions, cameras and merchandise (with your face on it). That’s one girl’s opinion anyway.

All of that said, while I found the first few chapters to leave me wanting writing-wise, once I was in, I was in. I finished The Star Attraction in under 24-hours. So as much as I tell myself I’m more into high-brow fiction, the truth is I’m a sucker for a celebrity romance story (maybe even romance in general, but I hestitate to go that far).


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