By Rachael Johns
Reviewed from: eARC from NetGalley
Overall Rating: 4 stars
Reading time: 1 day
Steaminess rating: 3 stars
As an anthropologist, Holly McCartney is more comfortable in a museum than shopping on Rodeo Drive. She isn’t prepared for the media frenzy on her arrival in L.A. to accept a posthumous acting award for her late sister….or for her sister’s gorgeous friend Nate Devlin to come to her rescue. Though he resents her for some reason, she can’t fight their irresistible chemistry—especially when the paparazzi force her to stay at his mansion.
Photographer Nate only agrees to help Holly survive Hollywood for her sister’s sake, but she soon gets under his skin in a way no other woman has. The more time he spends with her, the more his attraction grows and he finds himself opening up to her in ways he never expected. But will ghosts of the past stand in the way of their perfect Hollywood ending?
This title made me smile throughout and I’m still smiling now as I sit down to write this review. The characters are lovable but not too perfect that you want to pull your teeth out or do not feel are believable. While the story span is just over a week long, the story winds down to satisfying conclusion. What appears at the surface to be just any other romance novel, Stand-In Star is more than that. With characters that make you want to meet them in real life to back stories that tug at your heart strings, this title will leave you wanting to know more about Holly and Nate. Overall, it was a quick read that is sure to pick up your day.