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Thursday, January 18, 2018

#Starstruck: Girl next door. Hollywood hunk. #truelove By Sariah Wilson: Blog Tour Review, $25 Giveaway and the Inspiration behind the book!


{Product Details}

  • Title: #Starstruck: Girl next door. Hollywood hunk. #truelove
  • Author: Sariah Wilson
  • Series: A #Lovestruck Novel (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (January 16, 2018)
  • Genre: Romantic Comedy
  • ISBN-10: 1503949362
  • FTC, FYI: I received a review e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

{Book Description}

“You’ve done better.”

With one uncharacteristically sassy tweet to her longtime celebrity crush, Zoe Miller’s life turns upside down. Ultrahot A-lister Chase Covington doesn’t just respond to Zoe’s tweet, he does the unthinkable: he messages Zoe directly. Now she must decide between walking away or meeting her crush in person.


Chase knows better than to trust anyone from the Internet, but Zoe’s saucy challenge has totally caught his interest—and her girl-next-door personality is keeping it. He’s been burned enough to know he needs to keep his heart close. But his feelings for Zoe might be a lot more than just an online flirtation. He just has to convince her…

When the press gets wind of Zoe and Chase’s secret relationship, their romance turns into tabloid headlines. Will they be able to hold on to their Hollywood love story?

{My Review}
Let's start this right off by saying, I LOVED #Starstruck! I could end my review right now and that would tell you enough. This book is fun, clever, and very romantic. Both main characters are absolutely adorable and you'll like them both from the start. This story is truly a modern day fairy tale. Even though Zoe is a regular girl who meets a famous movie star, their interactions feel so much like a regular, every day couple. 

My favorite parts of the book are when the two main characters are sending tweets to each other on Twitter. This book had me laughing and swooning all at the same time. I also truly loved the scenes where Zoe and Chase were with Zoe's younger brothers and sisters. Chase just melted your heart at how cute he was with the younger siblings.

I know readers will love this book! It is a fast read that I couldn't put down and read it way past my bedtime. Sariah Wilson always writes memorable characters that you still think about days and weeks after finishing the book. I can honestly say that I'll be reading this book again just for the pure enjoyment of reading this great romantic comedy. 




Read the Inspiration behind #Starstruck:


Sariah wrote this in a blog post

The idea for #Starstruck came from a couple different places. First off, I am a lifelong fangirl. Of various shows, actors/actresses and genres. The times in my life when I've been able to meet and/or talk to my favorite celebrities I had to try hard not to hyperventilate.

And as such, I follow some of my favorite people on Twitter, including actor Justin Baldoni, one of the stars of Jane the Virgin. I have been a fan of his character (and the man portraying him) since day one. The main character Jane was caught up in a love triangle between Michael and Rafael, so occasionally I would tweet my #TeamRafael allegiance.

One time, Justin favorited my tweet. And despite my supposed maturity, I actually squealed in excitement. Until I realized I was being stupid, given that it was probably an assistant or publicist. I said as much and he immediately responded, "No, it's me." More squeals and hyperventilating. (This exchange made its way into the book, just switched up a little!)

Second, as a teen fangirl, I remember feeling like if my Hollywood crushes just got to know me, the real me, they would like me. I'm glad I came of age in a pre-social media age; I would have been one of those teens constantly tweeting, messaging and probably cyber stalking my favorites.

Which leads me to the last thing that inspired this book – actor Jake T. Austin. He had a super fan by the name of Danielle Caesar. She tweeted him, a lot, for five years. She was determined to meet him (which I totally get, having felt that way myself in the past). What she had in her favor was her location – she lived in New York and was finally able to meet him in person at a meet and greet in the city. They took a picture together. And whatever happened in those few minutes while they chatted must have been magical.

Because now? They've been very happily dating for over a year. Jake announced their relationship status in an Instagram post (where they're cutely kissing) and the Internet lost its collective mind. In a, "Wait – if she can go from fan to girlfriend, SO CAN I" kind of way (I can only imagine the intensity/deluge of tweets directed at celebrities right after!)

I thought their story was adorable and knew that I had to make my own fictionalized rendering. Mine has the world's biggest movie star falling for a fan over Twitter, long before they meet. I did a lot of research about real life couples who fell in love the same way, and it was amazing to see how reading someone's tweets made their new significant other feel as if they already knew them. Like Date 1 was actually Date 20. People fell hard and fast.

Just like our grandparents (or great-grandparents) would often fall in love via letters, we've kind of come full circle. We tweet, we email, we message, we post. We've gone back to using the written word to court and woo one another.
Which is exactly how Chase and Zoe begin to fall in love with one another in #Starstruck. Be sure to check it out!

***Watch the video chat between 
Justin Baldoni and Sariah Wilson*** 

{What's Next in the Series?}
I talked to Sariah and this is what she said about the next book in the series:

Sariah:"The next book in the series is called #Moonstruck, and it's about an unknown indie rocker girl falling for the world's biggest pop star, via social media. I've hired a band who is creating some songs that are featured in the book so that readers can read and hear the songs, which I'm pretty excited about. 

Sheila: "Will they communicate through Twitter like Chase and Zoe did? That was so clever."

Sariah: "They will at first communicate through YouTube, and then via texting. For the series we'll be using different types of social media for each book. #Moonstruck comes out in July."

{Meet the Author: Sariah Wilson}

Bestselling author Sariah Wilson has never jumped out of an airplane or climbed Mount Everest, and she is not a former CIA operative. She has, however, been madly, passionately in love with her soul mate and is a fervent believer in happily ever afters—which is why she writes romances like The Royals of Monterra series. After growing up in Southern California as the oldest of nine (yes, nine) children, she graduated from Brigham Young University with a semiuseless degree in history. She currently lives with the aforementioned soul mate and their four children in Utah, along with three tiger barb fish, a cat named Tiger, and a recently departed hamster who is buried in the backyard (and has nothing at all to do with tigers). For more information, visit her website at www.SariahWilson.com.

{Learn more about Sariah Here...}
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