Thursday, September 25, 2014

Before He Was Gone (Starstruck #2)
Becky Wicks
Pub.: August 25, 2014

Before He Was Gone (Starstruck, #2)Sometimes, you have to get lost to find yourself...

When her rock star boyfriend breaks things off out of the blue, Alyssa applies to hit reality TV show Deserted and to her shock she gets through. Abandoned on a remote island with a bunch of strangers and none of the luxuries she’s become accustomed to, it’s not long before an undeniable attraction to the mysterious Joshua starts complicating things even further.

Joshua's different to everyone she's ever known - a traveler, a man with no plan, a world away from the celebrity life she's left behind. As a series of challenges test their wits and weaknesses, things start heating up in paradise, but in a game designed to break people down, it soon becomes clear that Joshua is hiding a painful secret - one he won’t risk anyone finding out.

Struggling to know where she belongs, Alyssa will have to choose - a life she once loved that wants her back, or a brand new reality that heartbreakingly may just have its limits. 

This was a cute story. I'm not typically a fan of reality television, especially the programs like the show this book focuses on, but I enjoyed the first in this series enough to give it a go. Alyssa's just looking to get away from the media backlashed associated with her celebrity boyfriend breakup and possibly earn the million dollar prize to pay for cooking school and open a restaurant. Joshua's got his own reasons for the money, but isn't keen on sharing - about anything, in fact. The two actually catch sight of one another before the show and can't help but find the other attractive, but once they're thrown together on a deserted island with eight other contestants, they realize there's more to want than just good looks. Suddenly, Alyssa finds herself not only trying to get herself into the finale, but Joshua too, whose secrets may very well derail her.
 
I felt the end was this novel was a bit abrupt. I know the story focuses on the reality show itself, but I would've enjoyed getting a chapter or two witnessing this couple trying to adjust to having a relationship sans deserted island. Also, it all wrapped up a little too easily, you know what I mean? I was actually surprised to find no resistance in Joshua's decision. It wasn't really difficult to figure out his secret so there wasn't really any suspense to the story, but like I said in the beginning, it's still a cute love story and worth picking up.

ARC provided by publisher for honest review.

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