Friday, June 22, 2018

Starstruck by Emily Alter


This short story picks up where Liberated left things. It does so because Joshua and Rob’s journey is far from over. After all, we never know what happens the morning after. Are there sweet confessions? Do they make it awkward? The future holds a lot in store for these two. What happens when Joshua gets nominated for a Tony? How does he deal with the nerves? How does Jules feel about it? Does he even win? Whatever happens, it’s going to be an interesting night, in more ways than one. Jules’ journey is far from over, too. The girl who wants to dance ballet and play baseball at the same time, she’ll have to struggle with peer pressure when they find out Rob is technically not her dad. She’s a good kid, though. Spoiled, but good. Even when she makes Joshua shed a few tears. No more tears than he’ll shed when and if he hears the bells. People pour lots of expectations on weddings. Rob and Joshua only want to enjoy their little family. Joshua leaves most people starstruck –which Julia takes full advantage of– but they hold nothing on the way Rob’s gaze pierces into his every time they’re in the same room. (16000+ words)

My Rating: 4 stars!

Starstruck is a short novella that follows Liberated.

It is a cute, quick story to catch us up on Josh and Rob's life.  As someone who fell for the characters in Liberated, I enjoyed seeing them happy and together in this follow up.  We get to witness Rob tying to move on from his sister's death.  He has been so busy thinking he can't allow himself to be happy.  Watching his healing process is wonderful.

I also really enjoyed Rob and Autumn's heart to heart moment.  Personally, I would love to read more of Autumn's story.

Starstruck reads a lot like Liberated reads.  It is fast paced, with a lot of fast-forwarding of the story.

But, the characters are nice guys you are happy for now that they have figured out their issues.  Rob's niece, Jules, is adorable.  And their ending is sweet and romantic!

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