“‘Here is a woman who not only wanted to entertain her readers, but also to teach them something; about the world and about themselves.” - Isabelle Broom, author of The Wedding Speech
What does it take to become a superstar? In one of her most romantic stories ever, Jackie Collins invites readers on an epic, emotional journey as two star-crossed lovers from the same small Midwestern town strike out to find ultimate fame at any cost.
Even with his jet-black hair, bright blue eyes, and insatiable drive, go-getter Nick Angelo can’t escape the stigma of being the abused son of a shiftless, alcoholic father. Still, he tries to shake off his origins, and his charms soon win him the attention and affection of socialite Lauren Roberts.
Lauren’s upper-crust family is vehemently against the union of their little princess and the town pariah, and they will do whatever they can to break the two up—culminating in a horrible tragedy that sets the lovers on different paths for decades. Nick goes on to become one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, and Lauren enters the New York modeling world, surprising everyone with a career that takes off in a direction she never expected.
,br>Yet as much time passes, haunted by a dark secret they share, Nick and Lauren can never forget each other. And when they reunite, their old spark is about to ignite in this compelling story of love, sex. . .and murder. This powerful saga is set against the glamorous backgrounds of New York and Hollywood, and delves into the depths and dangers of a forbidden relationship.
Nick and Lauren’s electric love story will keep you up. . . all night long!
Already read American Star? Try more by Jackie Collins.
The Lucky Santangelo series
3. Lady Boss
4. Vendetta: Lucky's Revenge
5. Dangerous Kiss
6. Drop Dead Beautiful
7. Poor Little Bitch Girl
8. Goddess of Vengeance
9. Confessions of a Wild Child - Lucky: The Early Years
10. The Santangelos
11. A Santangelo Story
The Stud Series
1. The Stud
2. The Bitch
The World is Full series
1. The World is Full of Married Men
2. The World is Full of Divorced Women
The best thing about Collins's latest fictional foray (after Lady Boss ) is that despite its length, it doesn't take long to read: there's precious little in it. Two-dimensional characters, hilariously improbable situations, wooden dialogue and an impossible number of amazing coincidences all ensure that it will win stardom of its own. The story follows three young people from a small Midwestern town who overcome obstacles too numerous to mention on their way to superstardom in three different professions. Nick Angelo, abused son of a shiftless, alcoholic father, becomes Hollywood's most famous male actor. His black half-sister Cyndra finds fame as an international rock star after suffering through rape, incest, an abortion, a disastrous marriage and a murder charge. Poor little rich girl Lauren Roberts, who horrifies her socially ambitious parents by falling in love with the town pariah (Nick, of course), eventually becomes the world's most sought-after model--and she cooks, too. Collins has an effective way of dealing with characters who present obstacles to the minimal plot development; she simply kills them off in a highly dramatic fashion. Any mental effort by the reader is unnecessary and to be discouraged, as it would only prompt irritation with this lamentable effort, which will undoubtedly climb the bestseller lists nonetheless. Major ad/promo; 750,000 first printing; Literary Guild main selection; author tour. ( Apr. )