Fame – 4 Stars


Lauren K. McKellar

Not Like the Movies (Book 1)

Release Date: February 22, 2016

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance


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book blurb

She’s supposed to cover the stories.

Not be one.

Madison Winters has life in the bag. Gorgeous fiancé? Check. Promotion to become editor of the country’s hottest fashion magazine? Check. Limited edition pair of Manolo Blahniks? Checkity-check.

Catching her fiancé with his pants down isn’t something she expects. In the space of twenty-four hours, Madison loses it all—not even her shoes will be saved.

Swapping sass + bide for sweatpants and Dior for the downward dog is going to be hell. The last thing Madison’s broken heart needs is a run-in with America’s newest playboy. Can she ever recover from this?

Tate Masters has it all—Hollywood’s latest golden boy has washboard abs, a killer smile, and a leading role in the next A-list movie.

Until a secret from his past is splashed all over the headlines, and that ‘good boy’ image fast-tracks to the gutter.

Now the media hunt is on, and they’re baying for Tate’s blood. One night of wild behaviour sees him wake up next to a gorgeous Aussie brunette—and she’s everything Tate’s afraid of.

Keeping secrets has never been this hard.

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Heat flares in my body. I lean in close to her, so close I can smell the sweet perfume from her neck. So close I can see the rise and fall of her ample chest. And even though I know I shouldn’t, even though I know I’ve been warned to stay off women, I want her.

Clearing my throat, I use my most seductive voice. The one that used to open legs for me everywhere I went, when teamed with my best smile. “I’d like to get you on your back.”

Her throat bobs as she swallows.

I’ve got her right where I want her. She’s falling for me. It’s been so long since I had—

A shock of liquid smacks me. Ice tumbles from my head to the floor. “What the actual f@#k?”

The woman shrugs and places her now empty glass on the bar top. “Looked like you could use some cooling off.”

I wipe the liquid from my eyes and lick my lips. Gin and tonic. Typical chick drink.

I should be mad. I should be fuming.

But I’m turned on. No one argues with me like that. No one pushes the limits, aside from Janie, and she’s family.

This woman could be my undoing.

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about the author

Lauren K. McKellar

laurenLauren K. McKellar is the author of contemporary reads that make you feel. With a passion for all books Young and New Adult, she is currently the author of five self-published books, all of which have held top 50 charting places digitally within Australia. Lauren loves to write about real-life issues, and is a passionate researcher when it comes to her work. She’s a big believer in creating works that make people feel.

Lauren lives by the beach in Australia with her husband and their two dogs. Most of the time, all three of them are well behaved.

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my review

4 Stars

This book was so much fun to read!  Fame was filled enticing characters and a plot that made me smile. I couldn’t put Tate and Madison’s romance down.

Madison thought her life was perfect – with an amazing job and a handsome fiancé – what more could she really want?!? But then her life goes to hell.  It’s beyond chaotic and suddenly nothing is as she planned.  She struggles with the loss of her life as she knew it so her best friend convinces her that a work trip to Bali is where she needs to be.

Enter Tate. He is in Bali to work on his new film and to sort out the latest drama in his life.  I thought he was a fabulous hero – I loved him. He’s sweet and charming as well as hella sexy. I could not get enough of him!!

Their chemistry is off the charts hot.  You’re so captivated by their interest (LUST) for one another that you almost forget that they both have secrets just waiting to be unleashed.  It keeps you on the edge of seat and excited to see what will happen between the two.

But what really made this book so enjoyable was experiencing Madison rebounding at her life.  She was awesome and her adventure was written in a way that not only was it hilarious but it was also easily relatable.

Madison and Tate’s story is well balanced with passionate scenes that stole my breathe as well as awkward moments that were so charming that they made me laugh out loud.  If you’re looking for a new romance book, I would absolutely recommend Fame.



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