Thursday, August 13, 2015

Review: Hidden in the Stars by Sadie Grubor

When you're Jackson Shaw, guitarist of The Forgotten, and your hearts been broken, shattered by the deception of a woman you thought was the one. You can't hide from cameras and millions of fans hanging on every dirty detail printed and posted.

What you can do, is swear off love and dull the ache with gorgeous women who look nothing like that girl who tore you apart. A supermodel girlfriend and sexplicit escapades splashed across the tabloids is the ultimate revenge. It's also the perfect way to hide your pain in the media. But when the ache turns to a hollow pit, and there isn't enough sex, drugs, or alcohol to fill the emptiness, what do you do?

You cut your losses and head to L.A. to mentor the latest reality talent show. You follow an old friend into a world where the art of the tease and bump and grind were perfected. Where the sound of her voice calls to every primal instinct buried within your body and makes the demand for your attention.

Jackson's an addict, and just one taste puts him back in the precarious position of falling in love with a woman who's mastered the art of ensnaring and teasing.

4 Stellar Stars!

Review by Lisa Kane

Jackson Shaw is a broken man, the woman he loved; Laney cheated and took his heart while she crushed him. So it's been parties and lots of women for him. His latest is a model, Kristyna, who enjoys cocaine and threesomes. Jackson is quickly acquiring a taste for the same. 

There's no way another f*#king woman is going to own my heart and soul. Not again. I'm not some fool who will let the same shit happen to me twice. 

As the guitarist for The Forgotten, he is offered to judge a reality singing show, Hidden Talent; he thinks it's just what he needs to get out of Seattle and spend some time in LA. He has friends there and he wouldn't mind getting away from Kristyna;  the too much to handle model he's been seeing. 

One of the first places they visit is a burlesque club Lux Hedonica. The moment Jackson makes eye contact with Liza Campbell; he feels something come over him. Liza is a single mom of a 9 year old boy, Lucas. 

"You're my Helen of Troy. The face I would launch a full-scale attack to possess."

"You are my sobriety."

Having gotten pregnant at 15 and thrown out by her parents, she is fiercely independent. Her aunt Charlene and her cousin Sid were her rocks but she needed a change and moved out to LA to pursue her singing dreams. But like thousands before her, her dreams didn't amount to what she hoped for and so sheĆ¢€™s been singing at Lux H for years in skimpy outfits. Some of her son's friends' parents are outraged by what she does for a living, but she isn't. She doesn't take off all her clothes, she's no prostitute and the money gives her a chance to support her son. Her brother Kelvin ended up moving in with her also, so she is raising two kids. She wants him to go to college after he graduates this year, but he wants to get a job and help support the family. 

Liza's son and brother went behind her back and entered into the singing contest show. She's not happy about it, but maybe something will come of it. What a coincidence-the woman Jackson wants is one of the contestants on the show. But there is lots of drama in store for these two-nosey paparazzi, scheming ex's, substance abuse issues, you name it and it's in this story! 

"Liza, this person..." She glances to Jackson's prone form. "This isn't Jackson." Looking back into my eyes, I see determination.
"But I hope he's still in there." 

Jackson wasn't one of my favorite characters in the first few books. I am partial to Mia and Christopher, and having them in this book is such a bonus. But Jackson proved he can more than carry his own story line. He is a good guy who fell into some destructive habits while trying to hold back the pain after Laney really did a number on him. He has grown as as result of the self medicating he did and his self destructive behavior. 

Liza is a great character-independent, smart, uber talented, nurturing-too many qualities to name. She has so much love to give and she finds herself in the position of making a difference in another child's life. This would make for quite the ready made family-Jackson may want her but is he ready to play happy families and make that kind of commitment? Guess you will have to read HITS and see for yourself. 

"I didn't ask to love you, but I do. I didn't ask for a premade family, but I've got one. I didn't plan to feel like this."

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