Friday, December 26, 2014

Love Me

Love Me is the second book in the YA 1930s Hollywood Starstruck series by Rachel Shukert.

As this is a highly serialized series, I strongly suggest that you read Starstruck – reviewed in October - before Love Me. Ya hear?

If you have yet to read Starstruck, avert your eyes from this synopsis…

After becoming an overnight sensation and sparkling movie star, Margaret Frobisher is now truly Margo Sterling. She’s also involved with heartthrob Dane Forrest – someone whose picture was over her bed back in Pasadena not that long ago. Now the issue is not losing it all…

Amanda Farraday is nursing a broken heart after her seedy past as Ginger was revealed to Harry Gordon, hotshot screenwriter. She’s sure if she could only talk to him she could convince him that the love they have overcomes her scandalous former life…

Popping pills and downing alcohol is getting easier and easier for childhood vaudeville star Gabby. She’s still waiting for her big break after Harry Gordon decided to go in a different direction for his newest picture. Desperate for someone to see her as a woman and treat her as such, Gabby sets her sights on musician Eddie Sharp – but is she ready for a bad boy?

Hollywood in the 1930s in more dramatic behind the scenes than on it…

I found Love Me to be unapologetically entertaining.

Happy to be back to the dramatic, sordid, fascinatingly messed-up world of 30s Hollywood, I embraced the rather depressing circumstances our characters are in and went along for the ride!

This is pure craziness, soapy fun mixed with truly disturbing glimpses of backstage envy, romance and deceit.

Love Me has some major shockers and twists amidst the glitzy diversion. It dives into some distressing, heartbreaking moments and grounds the plots in reality at times – making the series feel classier than some other fluffy books.

Rachel Shukert manages to make all the characters sympathetic, even as they morph before your eyes from likable to unlikable. That, plus all the little mysteries and surprises, make me all the more ready for book three of the Starstruck series.

I’m waiting!!!

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