With a smile, a flick of his wrist and a death-defying stunt.
He was six and I was five.
And now, thirteen years later, I am hopelessly in love.
There is only a slight problem.
He doesn’t know I exist.
He’s the star quarterback.
I’m a science nerd who hides in the shadows.
I don’t need anyone to tell me that college won't change anything.
I know he’s the star of this story.
And I belong in the audience.
Parker Elliot is going to Penmore State University miles away from home. She's leaving her small town because Penmore has a fantastic science department, because she needs to begin exploring the life she wants to lead and because Grayson Waters is the starting quarterback for the Penmore Herons.
Grayson Waters at first glance lives life to the fullest, but he is dealing with more than meets the eye. A con artist father in trouble with local mobsters, an illegitimate brother living close by, the pressure of leading his team to the championship game and a desire to pursue a career outside the football field. Decisions need to be made. For Gray, slipping into the shadows with a pretty and observant brunette might be just what he needs to finally make the right ones.
Stars is a really good book about the nerdy girl next door who wants the football popular boy to finally notice her. Has this storyline been done before? Yes it has but at least for me, Stars had a little different twist. It wasn’t a nerdy girl having to tutor the jock, or the jock having a bet with his teammates. It is how I picture every nerdy girl/popular romance should be. When the popular guy notices her, not after weeks of tutoring sessions or other scenarios but because he sees her and is attracted to her and interested in her.
Parker and Grayson have chemistry from the start. Even though Grayson doesn’t know that Parker is the next door neighbor from back home, and why is that? Well he just never opened his eyes and saw her. Was he conceited, I wouldn’t say so, he had other issues going on that had his attention. I wanted these two to work out, but when there are secrets it never works out like it should. Can Parker and Grayson work through it when the truth is revealed, or will Grayson never look at the stars the same again?
Stars is so much more than the relationship between Grayson and Parker. The secondary characters will have you wanting their stories as well. When something happens that is heartbreaking it makes you really think about the relationships you have in your life and how you should never take them for granted. While Stars may not have been the book that would stand out from all of the others like it, what will make this book whore remember it the most is that when I finished it I had a smile on my face that couldn’t be taken away and it gave me hope that more nerds, both boy or girl, will finally be seen as something sexy and deserving of love.
Fire and the Flood - Vance Joy
Here - Alessia Cara
Star - Bryan Adams
Beyond the Blue - Beth Nielsen Chapman
You Belong With Me - Taylor Swift
How Deep Is Your Love- Calvin Harris & Disciples
Like a Star - Corinne Bailey Rae
The Fire - The Roots & John Legend
My Body is a Cage - Arcade Fire
Water Under the Bridge - Adele
Answer - Sarah McLachlan
I first started reading romance when I was twelve.
My mother handed me her copy of Nora Robert’s Bayou and with resignation said, “Here you’ll love it, just skip the sex scenes or at least tell me you did.”
She knew I was young and she hoped I didn’t understand the diverse innuendos, but she also saw early on that I was a hopeless romantic and had a joy and thirst for romance novels that not even she and her protective motherly instincts could stop.