What if you met the right person at the absolute wrong time?
Val Saunders and Sam Newman are two Hollywood actors at opposite ends of their careers. Hers is skyrocketing while his, well, never really took off. Fate brings them together when they’re cast as lovers on a steamy new television series. The on-screen chemistry between them is off the charts and when it spills over into a real life attraction, they find themselves in a situation.
Sam is an honorable man. He has been faithful to a toxic, Hollywood marriage for nearly half his life. He’s never strayed and isn’t about to start now, despite the fact that he is falling head over heels for his co-star.
Val’s worked hard to get her career on the path to the A-list and the last thing she wants, or needs, is a scandal. If only her heart and her brain were working with the same script.
Romance is an ideal. This is a love story. Falling Stars explores the possibility of second chances and asks hard questions about duty, fidelity, life in the public eye, and the cost of being happy. This is part one of a sexy, sensual, and emotional roller-coaster ride that reminds us that love, while not often easy, is always worth it.
More soap opera than romance novel, Axelrod's light social drama about life on the set of a hit television show packs some real emotional punches and evokes both classic cinema and the difficulties of 21st-century celebrity. The on-screen chemistry between Valerie Saunders and Sam Newman that makes We the People a success clearly comes from real attraction, but Sam is still in thrall to his alcoholic, manipulative wife, and Val fears endangering her career with scandal. They try to ignore the erotic tension in their developing friendship while the cast gossip about them on the Internet, but their detailed thoughts as they film their steamy scenes give the reader the real scoop about what's really going on. Their different ages and races aren't ignored but don't form a major part of the couple's difficulties. The story's history as a series of blog posts gives it an episodic feel. Given the setting's relationship to modern media, that's not entirely a defect, but the unresolved ending will leave traditional romance readers unsatisfied. (BookLife)
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You will be rooting for this couple.
Xio Axelrod really knows how to do yearning. I felt the emotions of the star-crossed lovers right along with them. And though I was furious with the male character at times for weakness that he mistook as honor, it didn't make me like him any less. The Hollywood setting also really worked for me, rich with details about how television shows are made. I found it fascinating. I'm itching to read Starlight, the sequel.
We love Sam and Valarie. Two people who belong together but can't be together! Ugh! I love them so. I've read this book so many times. It's that good.