Review Time: Starshine by Melody Winter

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Film student Ella Summers can’t believe her luck when she is selected to work on the set of the most anticipated film release of the year—STARSHINE. For the next four weeks, she’ll be in the studio with heart-throb and leading man Alex Denton, and his co-star—and recent ex—the stunning Amy Strickland.

But her first day on set has her questioning the true character of the enigmatic and sexy Alex. The charming celebrity she’s adored on screen disappears before her very eyes—if indeed he ever really existed.

Off-camera arguments between Alex and Amy become difficult to ignore, and when Ella uncovers layers of deceit and closely guarded secrets between them, she becomes involved in a battle that has far-reaching implications.

With the paparazzi hounding her every move for the most sensational story they can get, Ella becomes deeply embroiled in Alex’s life. Can she break down his seemingly impenetrable walls, or will he remain the arrogant ass she first met?

STARSHINE is set in London, England. Beware though—Alex Denton has a crude mouth, and an equally wicked smile.


This was a surprising win for me.  Let me explain.  This is the first book by Melody Winter I have read and when I flipped the cover noticed that it was pretty long compared to some of the reads I'd just gotten done with.  Longer books tend to lose my interest sometimes, so to say I was concerned to begin with is an understatement.

But....guess what?!?!

I loved it.

Classic-ish story of fangirl meets idol.  Falls in love...but the difference for me was that Alex needed Ella probably more than she needed him.  It was nice to read a story where the man wasn't all alpha and could admit that he was weak in areas.  And Ella was more than happy to be his support.  Ella was no wallflower.  She was strong yet sensitive at times.  Really where one was weak the other was strong and it varied between the two of them.  It showed that they were a good fit.  I think the author did a really good job as writing these two as the soul mates that they came across as.  It was fabulous.

As far as giving me the feels, I felt it.  There was a section in this book I thought I was going to have to walk away from, my heart hurt immensely for the characters.  I love when a book gives me that.  Even though it gave me the feels, I didn't cry and I kind of expected to.  Truly the connection between these two was worth all the reading hours, and I forgot to time it but a good estimate for me was 6-7 hours?  Be prepared to be invested...and then also to not want to put it down.

There was immense drama in this story...I mean how can you have a book about actors and there not be drama!  All totally worth it and I was constantly trying to figure out the truth in all matters.  The author did a great job in keeping me guessing what would happen next!

Overall this is a great standalone novel, parts may not be realistic, but it's fiction so I am not holding that against the author.

I am giving Starshine 4 stars.

Review by Corrie H for Lamplight Review and Promotion.

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