Starlight Nights

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 09 Jan 2018

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DNF 

I received this e-arc via Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

I have noticed a pattern with Kade’s contemporaries: they are a bit too dramatic for my liking. Although I still give them a try regardless. Seeing as I thoroughly enjoyed her previous series. 

With this book in particular I actually liked Calista. She was realistic and I really related to her. It was Eric that I did not like. I am so through off reading about the love interests knowing they suck as a person and doing nothing about it. 

I understand you can’t change over night and it takes time. But it felt like Eric wasn’t even trying. He would do or say something nice to Calista then act like a jerk. It’s very frustrating. 

The only reason I’ve given it 2 stars is because of Calista and Beth. Do not recommend.
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An overall okay book to read. It was a bit too dramatic for my liking and at times felt more like a soap opera.
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I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

absolutely TERRIBLE cover but I enjoyed the story and characters quite a bit. I have not read the previous book in this series and you definitely don't have to read it to get what's happening here as they have different leads. but I will say I'm interested in reading the other one now. 

some of the plot points in this were a little brutal (drugs, alcohol, addiction, sex as a weapon, fidelity conflicts) and there was a lot of traumatic and terrible family back history. I didn't entirely love the hero after his actions throughout and I got desperately bored of the big "secret" that kept being aluded to but took forever to fully impart. but overall, I did like most of the writing and the characters.
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Stacey could write an ad for a toaster and it would somehow find chemistry and leap off the page. That’s how all her books are...characters that stay with you and steamy scenes that hook you!

In 738 Days (which you've all read, right? Because it is AMAZING), we meet Calista and Eric while we are riding the rollercoaster that is Amanda and Chase's relationship. Stacey must have been reading our minds when she decided Calista and Eric needed their own book! Fans of 738 Days will be happy to hear Chase and Amanda make an appearance. For all of you new to the series, you do not have to have read 738 Days to read Starlight Nights. I just highly recommend that you do.

If you watch the news, you can see the detriments of young stardom. Abuse by adults runs rampant and the underdeveloped youth brain leads to some not great coping skills and decisions. Starlight Nights is an inside look into the teen TV stars we all adore. Starlight Nights is a version of "where are they now" coupled with what is their future?

I loved Calista and Eric's tension. They had some growing up to do but we see how that all plays out. Plus, if you know Stacey is a romance writer, you have some assurance that everything happens for a reason. 

If you love a little angst, a lot of steam, and a story you can't put down, Starlight Nights is the perfect book for you!
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Starlight Nights by Stacey Kade is book two in her 738 Days series though it can be read as standalone.  Starring Calista Beckett and Eric Stone who were once costars and friends, along with Chase Henry (hero from Kade's 738 Days), until the accident.  Now they have not seen or spoken to each other for three years. That is until Eric appears out of the blue asking for her help.

Starlight Nights is very character-driven on the decisions of both Calista and Eric. The main characters in the beginning are turbulent. Calista and Eric have similar struggles with their relationships with their parents and they always have.  Much of the story is focused on the rebuilding of their relationship and finally learning to remove the shackles that are tying them to their pasts and their respective parent who is their number one personal adversary within novel.  The character growth within the novel was solid and even with the setbacks and obstacles, Calista and Eric still found their way to stand by each other, as well as stand on their own.  Throw in additional drama with a fiancée, stolen money, and then…one of my favorite parts the reappearance of Chase Henry and Amanda Grace. Also, if you're a reader who loves epilogues, you'll enjoy this one.

Overall, Starlight Nights by Stacey Kade is a well-written novel filled with drama, forgiveness, and love. I very much recommend and if you have not read 738 Days yet, I very much recommend too.  I look forward to reading more by Stacey Kade.
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I really liked Calista but Eric was a d-bag at times. I loved seeing Chase and Amanda again. I loved her sisters and how they both dealt with their family issues. Yeah, I didn't like the cheating part ...while not really cheating, Eric has always had a history with Calista. I really hope that Beth gets a story or even one of her sisters. I loved seeing them both growing up :) I get that they are trouble together but this all could have solved with better communication.
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Calista/Callie was in college but still didn’t fit in. Calista was a former tv star. A Maxim It Girl four years ago. Callie knows she already had working against her and she had to try to face it. Callie s now a regular person and she wants to care. At twenty three Calista is the oldest freshman at Blake College.  Callie still had three and a half years of college, she was studying to be an accountant. Callie needed to blend in and make this work. The guys here are only interested in the stuff Callie was rumored to have done and with whom. While an actor Callie had a brush with heroin and she had lost her freedom to her controlling mother through a court order. Callie had been a working child actor and her mom had been her manager for the first eighteen years of Callie’s life Callie supported her family and her mother had pushed her to be an actor and to keep acting. . Prisoners had more freedom than Callie used to have. The other college girls felt they had to compete against Callie. Callie is terrible at making friends as she had years of homeschooling. Callie loves Eric . He had helped her get a part on Starlight when she really needed a job but had never kissed anyone and Eric showed her how to get through it and shortly after she had fallen in love with Eric even if he hadn’t known.   before even though she was sixteen. Callie was reluctantly invited to a party at a Frat house and when she goes sees Eric at the Frat house and he says he just wants to talk to her. Callie had been in a car accident with Eric and had several surgeries to right her arm that had been shattered.. After seeing Eric at her college Callie knew she still felt very strongly for Eric but she will be a lot more careful and not let him ruin her life. Eric is already an established actor and his father is a huge producer in Hollywood but always derails s Eric’s career. Eric wants to be prove himself as a producer without his father’s help. Eric buys the rights to Callie’s favorite book . He hopes to make a web series and help Callie to come back to Hollywood. Callie doesn’t want to go back to acting but she knows her mother will push her sister to act if Callie doesn’t go back to supporting the family. 
I liked this book a lot. I loved Eric and Callie together . This had my attention form the beginning to end. It did drag at times for me but not enough for me to stop reading this. I did get confused at times between the present and the past. I did love how Callie and Eric grew throughout this book. There was realism in my opinion in this book. This book choked me up at times. I didn’t like Eric for awhile but as he grew I changed my opinion of him. Both callie and Eric were broken and I felt made this  book more interesting. There is : young actors, a first kiss, malipination, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, mental abuse, secret love, personal baggage, love triangle. Ruined life, college, family baggage, tabloid interference, and so much more in this book. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend
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Being that this was my first Stacey Kade book I didn't really know what to expect from it. I did end up enjoying Starlight Nights a lot but it still had a few problems.

First of all, I loved how flawed the characters in this book were. Calista started out as this weak girl who didn't know how to control her life and Eric was kind of a douchebag but I ended up loving how much they grew in this books and I loved their development. I also loved that they didn't try to change each other but instead they ended up accepting each other flaws while trying to be better people. I also liked their relationship even if at a certain point I couldn't see those two working their issues out. Their lives were really messed up. Talking about messed up lives... I despise Calista's mom and Eric's dad. They are both such terrible people. I hated how much they did to hurt their kids and let me tell you that those two frustrated the hell out of me... I really wanted to throw my phone to the wall in some situations.

As I said before, this was my first Stacey Kade book so I didn't know what to expect from her writing. I ended up enjoying it but I have to say that it's a book that started out quite slow and it took me a little bit to get used to. However, the thing I liked the least in the writing was the flashbacks. Don't get me wrong, flashbacks can be amazing to understand the plot but sometimes it would be too sudden and I would end up confused.

Overall, this ended up being an enjoyable read. I really liked the plot and the setting and while I still had a few problems with this book I still think it would be a great read to anyone who loves to read these type of romances.
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I was NOT prepared for this book. AT.ALL.
I feel emotionally and mentally drained after having read this beauty of a book.
Talk about captivating a reader from the get go..huh? I was hooked into this book from the very first chapter and finished it in one sitting. I will say that this is definitely not an instant gratification kind of book… It’s almost a slow burn but with the satisfaction of giving us all the ‘feels’, before the big bang (yes, pun intended hahaha). You can feel the tension, the attraction, the bloody frustration radiating through the pages of this book.
I am a sucker for a tortured soul love romance. Is that healthy? Probably not… but the heart wants what it wants. eh.
Eric and Calista are beautiful together and even before they become a couple (I doubt that THAT’S a spoiler…right?), the chemistry is real and evident. The hopeful heart in me wants nothing more than for these two to throw caution to the wind and just be together…but that won’t make a good book now would it? Eric and Calista’s love story is messy, gritty, filled with angst.. It’s perfect for us readers! Hahaha.
Will it sound weird if I said that their life feel as though it was happening right in front my eyes.. their whole world unraveling … ok… that sounds creepy hahaha… I think the proper word to disturb it would be..it felt true to life. hahahaha

I hope you give Starlight Nights a try and I hope you add it to your TBR list… It’s a wonderful contemporary romance that I highly recommend.

Happy Reading!
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“Starlight Nights”, the first book that I read this year was fantastic! It was like a soap opera with how many storylines it had. There was a love story, a selfish parent story, a drugs story, a friendship story, along with more. The book is long enough to fit all those different stories too as it’s 400 pages. 

"Starlight Nights" is the second book in a series of linked contemporary standalone novels. I say linked because there’s a character featured as a side character who’s a main character in the first book 738 Days by Stacey Kade, too. I read this as a standalone, though and it was fine. 

Netgalley were kind enough to grant me a review copy of “Starlight Nights” so it’s thanks to them as well as the publisher that I’ve been able to read and review this...

Calista and Eric are the main characters. “Starlight Nights” is told from both of their perspectives. The first chapter is a Calista chapter, though so I’d say that her story takes precedence, just, over Eric’s. We see Callie grow throughout the novel. First of all, she’s a student with no backbone to stand up to anyone, while Eric is trying to control his own life, but even he has issues, standing up to his father.

Both Calista’s mother and Eric’s father are the antagonists in “Starlight Nights”. They’re trying to stop their children from having control. They think they know what’s best for them, which just isn’t true. Both Callie and Eric have to work together to live as they want. Can they, though? 

There are detailed sex scenes so “Starlight Nights” for a younger reader. I’d say a mature 16+ year old could read this. There’s also a drugs storyline as well as bad language throughout Starlight Nights. 

5 Stars!

Spoilers Below...

First we see Calista in college. She’s studying accounting to try and move away from her career as an actress. 

“Desperation and lack of other marketable skills collide in an ugly way sometimes—that’s why I want my degree, my nice, safe accounting degree, a fallback plan” 

This shows that Calista wants to be something different than an actress. Her mom is very pressurising. She wants to see Calista succeed as an actress. Nothing else will do. 

“My mother is infuriating, controlling and sometimes a bitch” 

This describes how Callie sees her mother throughout Starlight Nights, perfectly. Lori is the worst character I’ve ever read about in a contemporary novel. It’s almost as if she hates her daughters. She’s got three of them, none of whom she treats well or right. Zinnia, the second daughter is treated almost as badly as Callie. It’s just because Callie is the oldest that she’s treated the worst. 

“Zinnia keep your head up. It shows confidence and hides your double chin, darling” 

shows that Lori really doesn’t care about hurting her daughters’ feelings. She says things like this to Callie too. She’s more of a manager than a mother. Callie even refers to her as her “manager” at one point in the novel. 

Another important point to review is how Eric is engaged to Katie, who obviously isn’t Callie. Katie isn’t a very nice character either, I found. She’s a vet but this point isn’t really expanded on at all, except that she and Eric have a dog that she doesn’t seem to care about. It’s Eric that loves and cares for the animal. To be honest, I hated Katie as well as Lori. Katie is just as bitchy to Eric as Lori is to Callie. She tries to tell Eric that his career isn’t important and she tries to get Eric to talk to his father because she’s got the perfect family who talk all the time. 

“My parents aren’t like yours”. Katie doesn’t get it. She speaks to both her parents on a regular basis. And her brothers and sister”

She wants to show Eric that if he tries his relationship will improve with his father. But that just isn’t the case. We see some scenes with his father and he’s just as evil and twisted as Lori, maybe even worse. Katie doesn’t really know what she’s talking about, I don’t think. Just because she’s got a great family life doesn’t mean everybody does. 

The last point that I want to cover here is of course, the romance between Callie and Eric. This is one of my favourite romances, I’ve read, and I’ve read A LOT! I thought it was done really well. It’s not all perfect, hearts and flowers so it’s very realistically done, even though the story is set in a Hollywood like setting. As I said above, both Callie and Eric have many trails facing them being happy together. Can they find their happily ever after? You’ll have to read to find out! 

What did I like about “Starlight Nights”?

I liked that the novel was like a soap opera in book form. 

I liked that the characters all had a different interesting quality. Some good, some twisted.

I liked how we saw the events of Starlight Nights from both the female and the male lead characters. We often only see from one perspective. It was interesting to see the events play out for both Callie and Eric and both of their reactions to the events. 

I liked that the story mainly focused around the romance between Callie and Eric. 

What didn’t I like about “Starlight Nights”?

I didn’t like how the book was based around the film industry. I, personally found some of the film elements mentioned difficult to understand but this will be different for every person. 

That’s literally the only thing I disliked about the book and the setting is not made a huge deal of, anyway.  

I loved “Starlight Nights”!  I know it’s only the beginning of the year, but I think it will be in my top reads of the year!
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Eeeep! This NA book is all kinds of messy, complicated and angsty. Decidedly NOT a Karen kind of book – yet I enjoyed it anyway (with a few quibbles).

Eric and Calista played siblings on the hit teen show, Starlight and Caslita had always harbored a crush on Eric. After a wild party at Eric’s house one night where everything that can go wrong does – a heartbroken Calista flees the Hollywood lights and her controlling stage mom for a quiet college life where she’s trying, but struggling, to fit in with everyone else. The other students either treat her as a star and want autographs or think Calista is a snob and thinks she’s better than everyone else. 

Eric shows up at college out of the blue one night asking her to act in his first indie project – a movie he’s making based on Calista’s favorite book and he does it in a way that doesn’t leave her many options but to go along with the whole thing, despite her not wanting to return to that life.

Her mother has squandered all the money Calista made while acting, controls her looks and diet, and when Calista dares to push back, even a little, her mom uses her past mistakes, inexperience and younger sisters against her, threatening to drag them into acting against their will or that they will all be homeless and it will be her fault. Calista is a girl desperate for control over her own life yet Eric uses it against her.

He's an asshole. He really is. He uses Calista’s manipulative mother against her to get his own way. He does have her best interest at heart and thinks returning to acting will help her but yeah - not a great first impression of the love interest.

This was REALLY difficult to read and tough to watchEric pulling the same crap on her all while yelling at her to stand up to her mom.

Eric is desperately trying to get out from under the weight of his disapproving father. He wants be known for his own acting/directing/producing skills and not be thought of as the rich kid who got all his breaks because of his famous dad. He really is trying to get his life straightened out and make it on his own reputation but it makes him desperate to get Calista on board. 

Eric is already in a relationship but sparks fly once he and Calista reconnect causing them both to reevaluate their life choices and who their really living for.

It gets ugly at times. The parents are awful, the things Eric did in the past are awful, watching Calista be a doormat is awful. 

So why did I like it anyway? To be perfectly honest I don’t know! lol I’ve always been a fan of Stacey Kade’s writing since her YA The Ghost and the Goth trilogy and even though her writing has gotten much darker with this NA series, I still empathize with the characters. I felt a lot of anger but I got where everyone was coming from. Didn’t agree…but understood.

I also allow some leeway with this being a Hollywood/acting story. We all see the headlines and how much pressure young actors go through. I guess I gave them some slack to get their shit together but I can see how readers would throw this book against a wall as well.

Personally, despite not approving of a lot of their actions, I thought they both come from the same place – their love of acting, their awful parents – and could understand each other in a way that no one else could, flaws and all, and made each other better. Eventually.

There were a few things I didn’t love though. For one – Calista is so in love with Eric and while I love a good redemption arc, I don’t think he quite earned it yet. And I would have loved to see them grow more on their own first before coming together again. This did happen a bit for Calista but it was mostly off page and felt tacked on but I would have rather skipped a few of the steamier scenes and seen the work they had to do on themselves in a way that showed it instead of telling.

One last note – I see some readers feel there’s a love triangle and I guess…yeah. I HATE love triangles and I’ll do a little spoiler here so you can see why I didn’t think it was and you can decide for yourself 

SPOILER –> Eric is engaged to Katie when he reconnects with Calista. Eric realizes pretty quickly that he has feelings for Calista and distances himself from Katie. 

The relationship isn’t right for either of them and you can see that right away – even without Calista in the picture. Katie is nice they're just not in the same place or in agreement about a lot of things.

Eric is not still sleeping with Katie while working with Calista (at least that I could tell and not on page) in fact he stays on the couch and then at his own apartment. He does not kiss Calista until after he ends things with Katie. 
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Starlight

**received an arc in exchange for an honest review**

5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The second book in the 738 days series is finally here and is amazing. Stacey Kade once again captures your attention with the story of Calista and Eric and the trials they have both been through. This story is about two people who have never felt like they were good enough or worth enough to make it on their own. But hopefully by helping one another out they will realize their strengths and realize they are enough. If you loved the first book you will not be disappointed by the second.

Calista is trying to start her life over and be normal. After being on the hit show Starlight and then hitting rock bottom, she has enrolled in college to finally get her life back. That is until Eric shows up on her doorstep and flips her world upside down.

Eric needs Calista. He is trying to make a name for himself as producer and get out from under his father’s shadow. His first step is producing a new web show and Calista is the only one perfect for the lead. It was her favorite book while they were on Starlight together and the only way to get her to agree is to bring her mother into the picture.

Calista can’t believe Eric is back and that he has involved her mother, knowing all that he knows about their relationship. But Calista in the end gives in because it’s a project she wants to be in, she just doesn’t know if being with Eric again is the best. All those years ago she let Eric in just for him to shut her out. Will it be the same as before, or will he finally see her?

Eric and Callie will have to figure out what they want out of their lives. And they will also have to face their past together and see if they have a future together. Will they be enough for each other? And can they let go of the past or will it always between them?
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This was great. The way everything was slowly unveiled was especially fantastic, and the character arcs felt very real. I enjoyed that this was less a "second chances" story and more focused on the chaos around Eric and Calista as they tried to move on and grow up. The way the Hollywood aspect was described felt very natural as well, but also like we were getting a backstage view. 

I was weary at first, trying to figure how Katie fit in, but really liked how that was handled as well. No unnecessary drama.

Which was the whole book, really. No melodrama. The arguments and general dialogue all felt very true-to-life. I loved that Eric showed emotions as well, more than just love and snarkiness! You don't always get a leading man who lets himself be vulnerable and cry.

Definitely recommend it to anyone who is a fan of NA.

4 Stars
3.5 Heat
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I wasn’t sure what to expect of this book, but I ended up enjoying it.

THE POSITIVE:
♥ The story and the plot. I really really enjoyed the story. I found it unusual and fresh.

♥ The characters. Both main characters were so so broken and that made them so interesting. I ended up really loving Calista and Eric, which was unexpected, because they messed up so much, and I wanted to shout at them so many times to stop and thing and do stuff differently. But there is an ENORMOUS character development, so YAY.

♥ The play of the fandom. I really liked to see it included, the strength of the fandoms and ships and how the industry might use it to get success.

THE NEGATIVE:
♦ I really liked the story, but the way it was told was confusing. There is no clear line between the present and the past events told, which made it confusing. I hope that on the final version we get a divider or a difference in the font. Because the speech pattern was the same, and sometimes I wasn’t quite sure if I was reading past or present events.

♦ The pace was a bit too slow at the beginning, which made the book feel a bit inconsistent.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one. Much more than I was expecting at first. I would only tweak the pace and the way the past/present is set up. Otherwise, I cannot fault this book. The characters are flawed and end up being perfect for each other. Great story.
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Let me just say, I love Stacey Kade! She's such an awesome author and if you're not reading her books or following her on social media you are missing out big time.

So basically, I have been waiting very impatiently on this novel for over a year! Stalking facebook posts, twitter, netgalley, etc. I fell head over heels for the first book, 738 Days (review found here), and from there I was seriously jonesing for more. So you can imagine how THRILLED I was when I opened my e-mail and found out I had received one of the ARC's! I may or may not have squealed and jumped up and down in delight.

I'm just going to be honest with you guys, I went into this book with really high hopes, and I was NOT disappointed! I was always curious about what went on with Calista and Eric and how they were turning out. What I really loved about this book is how flawed these characters are (especially Eric), and yet you can't help falling for them and rooting for them. You get angry at them and then you find yourself rooting for them.  Just like in the first novel, you get quickly sucked into this story and you are left turning the pages late into the night to find out what is going to happen between these people who really need each other. For me, friends to lovers is kind of hit or miss genre. It doesn't always feel real, but Stacey nailed it. The chemistry between Calista & Eric was electric and I loved their story!

Bottom Line: If Stacey Kade writes it, I'm reading it and recommending it!
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"I'd never understood why people called it 'falling' in love. You either love someone or you don't, like an on/off switch. End of story. But in that second, I get it. Because suddenly it's not the floor tilting anymore, it's my whole world. And I'm sliding helplessly toward feelings that are way bigger than I am."

FINAL DECISION: Choices, mistakes, second chances. Calista and Eric do not have an easy uncomplicated path to one another and I loved it. They are flawed and struggling and they don't figure everything out by the end of the book and that was perfectly okay with me. I loved this book almost as much as 738 DAYS.

THE STORY: Calista Beckett has lived a lot in her twenty-three years. After a wildly successful stint as a teenager on the show Starlight, she fell into a heroine addiction. Now sober, she is trying to build a new life for herself as a student at a midwestern college. Eric Stone comes back into her life wanting her to star in his new web series based on a book that Calista loves. Eric played Calista's brother in Starlight but there has been something between them since Eric gave Calista her first kiss at her audition for Starlight. She fell in love with him that day but their relationship has ended up giving her nothing but pain.

OPINION: Sometimes books and characters just capture my attention despite flaws that might otherwise make me dislike them. Eric and Calista are definitely flawed characters. Their romance is rocky and before the epilogue, I was barely convinced that they would be able to overcome the years of mistakes that they had made with one another.

For people so young, history weighs heavily on these two. This book is all about second chances. About how choices and mistakes can overwhelm and how love is not always something positive. Yet by the end of this book, I felt the distance the characters had traveled and the welcome epilogue shows that they finally found a way to deal with one another in a positive affirming manner.

Calista is a young woman who has already made many mistakes and is threatened by an overbearing mother who uses her love to keep her under her thumb. Calista has become the breadwinner for her family and the mother is desperate to keep things together. Torn between wanting to live her own life and her responsibilities to her mother and sisters, Calista has to learn to assert herself even when she will disappoint others.

Eric also has family problems. Abandoned by his mother, dealing with a father who wants to control and crush him, Eric struggles with abandonment issues. These are a pair that seem destined to be at cross purposes: Calista fears control; Eric fears loss.

These characters are flawed and make very human mistakes. They backslide. They succumb to their fears and the easy way out. They are definitely not perfect. Some readers might find this a difficult read because the flaws and failures of these characters are on full display. They struggle and sometimes flail in their relationship with one another and with others. Yet this is the very reason that I ended up loving this book. The journey of these characters gave me a sense of their accomplishment by the end of the book.

As I began this book, I wasn't sure that I was going to be able to like these characters. Eric, especially, seemed at times arrogant and a jerk; Calista seemed weak. But as I got to see these characters change and fail and succeed and determine their path, I found myself liking not only them but the possibilities of their relationship.

This is a book that will be on my keeper shelf and along with 738 DAYS be one that I will revisit again and again.



WORTH MENTIONING: For fans of 738 DAYS, the epilogue of this book is definitely worth reading.

CONNECTED BOOKS: STARLIGHT NIGHTS is the sequel to 738 DAYS. It is not necessary to read that book first as this operates as a standalone. However, readers of 738 DAYS will get to see what is going on with Amanda and Chase.

STAR RATING: I give this book 5 stars.

NOTE: I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in order to prepare a review. I was not required to write a review or to write a positive review. All opinions contained herein are my own.

Review to be posted on January 9th.
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RED CARPET ROMANCE
Stacey Kade delivers Starlight Nights, a riveting novel set in the world of Hollywood. Twenty-two-year-old Calista Beckett is desperately trying to move on from her early fame, her manager mother’s obsessive control and her career-destroying personal mistakes. When Eric Stone, the man she’s loved since she was 16, shows up on campus, she just wants him to go away. But Eric knows her too well. He knows that she belongs in the movie industry, and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to get her to sign on for a web series he’s filming. Under pressure from her mother, Calista agrees. The acting gig is only for two weeks over the Thanksgiving holiday. What could go wrong? Apparently, everything.

Thrust back into the world she once fled, Calista struggles to deal with her controlling mother’s demands for money, her unresolved feelings for Eric and her desperate need to gain independence. Given how much baggage both she and Eric are carrying after suffering through horrible parents and the pressures of fame, is there any hope this second chance will end well? Or are they doomed to drift apart, separated from the one person who truly understands and loves them?

This emotionally compelling story is simply wonderful Watching Calista and Eric fight to gain independence from manipulative parents and to find the courage to fully commit to loving each other makes for a marvelous read. Readers should prepare to be fully absorbed in the novel’s world—and to stay up all night reading.
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A great second novel by Stacey Kade. Her book alternates perspectives of Calista and Eric, former child stars who share a tumultuous past but who need each other to get beyond that.
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This book had me all sorts of messed up. I was constantly torn between being angry and resentful for at everyone in Calista's life, like her mentally abusive and controlling mother, and even to an extent Eric, and being so unbelievably sad for what Calista has to go through and the situation she is stuck in. I have not read 738 Days, which tells the story of Amanda and Chase prior to this book but either one can be read as a standalone I was told. Stacey Kade does a great job of filling in the pieces you might need about each character's background and connection all while giving you amazingly realistic characters. Their issues were real. Not just some typical YA/NA high school/college drama with boys and drinking. These were issues child stars face today. The glamour of it all hides a nasty underbelly of drugs, drinking, manipulation, and parties that stripe people of their humanity when subjected to it over and over and over again.

Is Calista and Eric's love a perfect faerie tale? No. Not even close. Actually, from the very beginning I had issues with Eric's character and thought he was extremely scummy. BUT, there is a lot of redemption and character growth in this story, growth that I think is vital to see in a realistic way. Things do not neatly fix itself and get contained in neat little boxes in this story. It is a constant uphill battle for Calista to get the change she deserves and for that I applaud Kade. Because after all, you can't save anyone if you can't save yourself.


Would I buy this book? Yes

Would I recommend it? YES!

Would I re-read it? Yes
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DNF 25% + skimming. I loved the first in this series but this book is decidedly NOT FOR ME. I would stab this book and this guy in the eye if I could! Callie deserves something much better. If you hate love triangles, save yourself and stay far away from this book. 

If you're curious why I DNFed this: SPOILERS BEWARE
1) This guy is a manipulative asshole from the start. I didn't like him right away. Even without points 2 and 3 it was going to take some work for him to redeem himself. 
2) We don't find out until 25% into the book that he's already engaged to someone else. 
3) He and his fiancee don't break up until more than 50% in the book. LOL

I don't see any way where this can be a romance or where this guy could redeem himself at this point in any real way. Especially believably in the confines of this short book. I also feel sad and angry for Callista who can't get herself over this complete loser. You can do much better girl! And despite what this book seems to indicate, there are better guys out there who won't treat you like scum.
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