|Amazon USA Amazon UK|
Review by Suze
Jack McAlister is a big Hollywood star. He needs an assistant and Jessica's aunt, who is his agent, thinks she's the perfect candidate for the job. Jessica was supposed to go to France to study there for a year, but her wonderful plans fell through. Unfortunately she also couldn't sign up for any classes at home anymore. She is determined to make the best of her unwanted gap year though and getting some work experience is never a bad idea.
Jack values his privacy above anything and is suspicious at first. He isn't very kind and Jessica isn't impressed by his behavior at all, which is something she lets him know. Slowly Jack defrosts a little and when they get to know one another Jack and Jessica find they have a great connection. He is a good boss and Jessica enjoys working for him. She's also falling for him, something she doesn't want to at all. Jack is a famous actor who works with many beautiful actresses. He couldn't fall for his assistant, could he?
Beyond the Stars is a light and sweet read. I really enjoyed this story. It's perfect for when you need cheering up. The main characters are both likeable. Jessica is a sweetheart, but she can stand up for herself as well. Jack can be a bit grumpy, but he's also generous and caring. I loved their connection, there's a lot of chemistry between them. Jessica and Jack are great together which gives this book a solid foundation.
The story has a good flow. There's always drama in an actor's life, so there's a lot going on, but it's never over the top. Jack and Jessica are endearing and I kept having a smile on my face while reading the story. There's some good advice in it as well. Everyone's equal, it doesn't matter what they do. Who they are inside is what matters. Jessica has to learn a tough lesson. It's something that a lot of people can relate to and I think she handles it in a dignified way. I like how Stacy Wise writes about choices and consequences. The story has a good balance between trouble and fun. I think Beyond the Stars is a wonderful read.