A Sweet Contemporary Romance
by Amy Clipston
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Pub Date 14 Nov 2023 | Archive Date 14 Dec 2023
Thomas Nelson--FICTION, Thomas Nelson
Can a small-town waitress capture the heart of a world-famous heartthrob?
For Heather Gordon, life in her small North Carolina town has always been simple and uneventful. Until one night when a rowdy food fight breaks out in her family’s restaurant where she’s a waitress. The culprits? The internationally famous rock band, Kirwan. And when Alex Kirwan, the charming and enigmatic lead singer, wants to make amends for his brothers’ (and bandmates’) behavior and invites her to attend one of their concerts as a guest of the band, Heather’s world is turned upside down . . . and sparks fly.
Alex has always loved music, but his rock-star life isn’t all glamorous people and parties. It’s also paparazzi and online tabloids, a new city every week, and the loneliness of touring—even if he has his brothers with him. But with Heather things are different, and he’s instantly smitten and determined to get to know the sweet, pretty woman who has absolutely no interest in his fame. If only he can convince her to take a chance on his crazy life.
Once Alex leaves on tour, he and Heather begin exchanging messages and calls. Despite the distance between them, they find themselves learning they have more in common than they ever could have imagined. But even while Heather and Alex’s relationship deepens, they must face the harsh realities of fame and the pressures it puts on their personal lives. Will their love be enough to overcome the challenges that come with celebrity, or will the rigors of distance and Alex’s life on the road tear them apart?
Filled with heart and the intoxicating allure of possibility, Starstruck is a must-read for anyone who has ever dreamed of finding love in surprising places.
- Charming friends-to-lovers romance
- Book length: approximately 90,000 words
- Stand-alone novel
- Includes discussion questions for book clubs
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Average rating from 51 members
In Starstruck, we follow Heather and Alex trying to navigate a developing relationship while in different parts of the country. We see them both grow in what they want in life, dreams and goals manifesting. It is a sweet story of being worthy and enough, while also putting yourself out there to make your dreams a reality. Inspiring and heartwarming.
I really enjoyed reading this book and it will be on my shelf as soon as it’s available!
Thank you Netgalley and Thomas Nelson for an ARC of Starstruck by Amy Clipston
Oh my goodness!! I simply couldn't put this sweet novel down so I finished it one day!
Put it simply Clipston is just marvelous in anything she writes!
You'll be swept away from beginning to end.
I just adored this book! I appreciate a fun read every now and then!
I really do know a guy named Jordan in real life! I also know a few Heather's too. I honestly think that's why I grabbed this book. It was the names and the cover that drew me.
I laughed at myself for that reason. Really though, I loved the entire book for itself.
I simply couldn't wait to write this review. I just enjoyed it that much!
I really loved Wendy, too. I loved her bubbly outgoing personality and laid back ways.
Then there's Heather, who's more like me. She's a bit reserved, but I still loved her. She has my dream!
This book had me grinning throughout it. I even laughed outloud too!
5 stars for this sweet contemporary novel!
My thanks for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Alex Kirwan and his brothers have a Rock Band that has achieved stardom and his life is a lonely life of tours and performances. On tour in North Carolina the band stops at a well known BBQ restaurant for dinner and his younger brothers get into a food fight. Heather Gordon, the daughter of the owners, is a waitress that night. She is also a baker, well known for her desserts and cookies. She is disgusted with the mess the younger men left and when Alex comes back into the dining room after a phone call with his mother, Heather lets her displeasure be known. Tired of women fawning over him, it is refreshing to Alex to meet a woman who displays none of that. Alex gives tickets for his concert to Heather and her younger, starstruck sister, Wendy and even though Heather is not impressed she goes to appease Wendy. That night their friendship begins and soon turns to long distance romance. After some angst about their different lifestyles and homes (his family is from the West Coast) love conquers all. This was an entertaining, fast-paced romance.
I have voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book that I received from NetGalley. All views expressed are only my own honest opinion.
A swoon-worthy book!! Alex is such a heart throb and even better person as he loves going to the children's hospitals and encouraging the kids. Heather is also such a great character and I loved the way she pairs her baking with her favorite books. This was such a fun book to read!
Thanks so much to netgalley and the publisher for the arc. The opinions are my own..
What a sweet and fun romance! Clipston takes a very unlikely situation and makes it seem plausible, showing the vulnerabilities and full scope of character of each protagonist. Their unlikely meet-cute, progression to relationship, and struggles to find a compromise that works will endear you to them and make you want to know what happens next. Will there be another book in this series, featuring a different brother? We'll see...
This story made me happy. It was a sweet and easy read. The romance isn’t rushed but you see their relationship grow. Very sweet - Alex is swoony and Heather is a lovely girl. A simple, delightful story. Heather is a genuine, lovely, down-to-earth girl, and Alex is an honest and normal guy. Heather has quirky names for her cakes; some of them are really silly and don’t make any sense at all (like Plot Twist Cinnamon Rolls or Love Triangle Lemon Cake, how weird is that!) but that is the only flaw I can come up with. I loved the lack of sex scenes, finally a book that is about love, romance, courtship and all the feels. It has enough depth to be interesting and believable. I liked it a lot and will recommend this book to my friends.
I received and reviewed an advanced copy of this book and I am grateful for this opportunity. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I loved Heather and Alex's story. It was warm and loving and I felt connected to these characters. I was sorry it had to end. What a great author!
I truly enjoyed reading Heather and Alex's stories! Heather may be the character that I've related to the most, out of all of Amy's characters. I definitely related to the way she didn't feel like she deserved Alex and her idea for a bookstore bakery. I thought that making the deserts have literary names was really cute. One of my best friends and I used to talk about starting a bookstore bakery with literary names for the deserts and coffees. Alex was truly swoon worthy and I loved the way he doted over Heather and was completely willing to do whatever it took to make their relationship work even though they couldn't see each other often. What I love about Amy's books is that she writes relatable characters and sweet stories. I love the settings and how sweet portrays small town life. I really love that while there was definite chemistry between Alex and Heather, there were no sex scenes. I have to admit I loved the visit to Flowering Grove and the cameo with Christine!!! Amy, you've definitely hit another one out of the park!
Thank you Netgalley and Amy Clipston for letting me have a copy of Starstruck, in exchange for an honest review. The contents of my review were not affected by this, in any way.
Heather Gordon is content working in her family's restaurant making desserts. She has dreams of opening her own shop combing two loves which are reading and baking desserts. One day the members of the band Kirwan enters the family restaurantI. Her sister is impressed and in awe but Heather is not particularly when the two younger brothers of the band make a mess after having a food fight. The older brother Alex comes in and apologizes and helps to clean up. He tries to make ammends by offering free tickets to their concert. Healther reluctanly goes to the concert after being pressured by her younger sister.. She enjoyed the concert more than she thought she would. After the concert she goes looking for her sister and accidentally wanders into Alex's dressing room. They get into a conversation and find out they both enjoy books. She thought she would never see him again but she loses her phone and Alex finds it. He traces her down and gives it back to her personally. They start communicating by text, email and zoom calls. I loved the character of Alex. He was so down to earth and wanted to do something more with his life other than be a rockstar. His younger brothers were more enamored with the fame and all that goes with fame. Alex was more humble. He loved that Heather was not like most girls who threw themselves at him. I loved how their love grew and not just an instant thing. I kept wondering how these two unlikely people would ever find happiness. He was a public figure and she was just a small town home girl and liked her privacy. Loved how they were able to face these obstacles to find the happiness they deserved.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Starstruck takes readers on an enchanting ride through the intertwining worlds of a small-town waitress and a world-famous heartthrob. Heather Gordon's once simple life in a North Carolina town takes an unexpected turn when a food fight featuring the internationally renowned rock band, Kirwan, erupts in her family's restaurant. As fate would have it, the charming and enigmatic lead singer, Alex Kirwan, offers Heather a chance to attend one of their concerts as the band's guest, setting the stage for an extraordinary love story.
The author skillfully weaves a tale that captures the essence of romance, weaving together the contrasting lives of Heather and Alex. Through vibrant prose and compelling storytelling, we witness the blossoming connection between the unassuming waitress and the rock star. Their initial encounter sparks a chemistry that is palpable, leading to a captivating exploration of love against the backdrop of fame and fortune.
Heather and Alex's journey is beautifully depicted, revealing the complexities of a relationship immersed in the world of celebrity. Despite the challenges they face, the genuineness of their connection shines through as they navigate the perils of paparazzi, constant touring, and the strain of long-distance. Their heartfelt exchanges of messages and calls bridge the physical divide, offering glimpses of their shared dreams and aspirations.
The author effortlessly crafts relatable characters with depth and authenticity. Heather's down-to-earth nature and reluctance to be swayed by Alex's fame resonate with readers, making her an instantly likable and relatable protagonist. Alex's charm and genuine affection for Heather tug at the heartstrings, painting a picture of a rock star yearning for a connection beyond the glitz and glamour.
The exploration of fame and its impact on personal lives adds a layer of realism to the story. The author skillfully delves into the struggles and sacrifices that come with living in the limelight, exposing the vulnerabilities and sacrifices faced by both protagonists. The story strikes a balance between the allure of fame and the inherent challenges it poses to maintaining a genuine relationship.
Starstruck is a masterful blend of romance, glamour, and the allure of unexpected love. With its intoxicating allure of possibility and heartfelt exploration of fame's complexities, this novel captivates readers from beginning to end. The evocative descriptions and vivid imagery transport readers into the world of Heather and Alex, leaving an indelible mark on their hearts.
For anyone who has ever yearned for love in unexpected places or dreamed of a connection that defies societal boundaries, Starstruck is an absolute must-read. Prepare to be swept away by the enthralling narrative, as this book will leave you starry-eyed and longing for more.
Wasn’t sure at first if I would like this book or not. It was a lot different than other Clipston books I have read. But I found the characters interesting and I enjoyed seeing what happened to them.
I would definitely recommend this book.
Heather is highly involved in her family’s BBQ restaurant. Her family is incredibly close . Heather hopes one day to open her own bakery and bookstore .
She is living a happy life when Alex walks in the door . When he leaves she can’t stop thinking of him and vice versa . Alex and his two brothers are part of a popular band . He loves music and life . He meets Heather who is not impressed with his image but is interested in him.
One of the reasons I enjoyed this book is that both had full happy lives . They met each other and suddenly their happy full lives became fuller and happier . I loved that .The story pulled me in and I couldn’t put it down. Fantastic clean romance !
I loved this story! Not only because I live in North Carolina and can’t get enough of books that are set in this wonderful state, but also because I enjoyed the idea of a small town girl winning the heart of a world famous singer. Alex was so genuine and caring. Heather seemed so innocent and uninterested in fame.
I’ve read several Amish novels from this author and really like this clean version of a contemporary relationship. I found myself reading the About the Author page and am impressed with her “day job”.
Fame and fortune vs. small town girl! Amy Clipston gives us a delightful romance in this book.
Famed rockstar, Alex Kirwan, meets Heather, server in the restaurant owned by her parents.
The famed group, Kirwan, visit the restaurant and cause quite a ruckus, except for Alex. Heather has never even heard of the group and is very angry that they would leave such a mess, leaving her with no desire to have anything to do with them. Alex tries to make up for the trouble caused by his brothers by inviting Heather and her sister, Wendy, to the concert the next night. Heather has no desire to go but ends up going with her sister. While looking for her sister after the concert, she accidentally walks into the dressing room belonging to Alex. She sees a book that he is reading, which was one of the favorites she has read. They start talking about the book and learn they have many things in common. The band is on an extensive tour, including Europe which makes it seemingly impossible for any type of friendship to grow.
This is a great book that you will not want to put down until you have completed reading it. I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy reading clean romances. Thanks to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson – Fiction for the advanced copy of this book. The opinions expressed are my own.
loved The View from Coral Cove and Something Old, Something New so when I seen a new contemporary romance from Amy I had to jump on it.
Starstruck by Amy Clipston was such a heartwarming and feel good read.
A sweet and engaging tale with endearing characters. Heather and Alex felt so real and very relatable.
The story is so tender and sweet, very emotional.
I loved the small-town feeling. And trust me when I say that Clipston can write the most perfect and stunning contemporary/small town romance.
This was a charming friends-to-lovers romance read filled with compelling characters and plenty of heart. A wonderful standalone read!
Overall, I really enjoyed the story. It is filled with so much heart and I was totally invested in these two as well as the growth that they both experienced. I couldn’t put the book down.
"I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own."
Thank You NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for your generosity and gifting me a copy of this amazing eARC!
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC! This book was phenomenal. I absolutely love Amy’s Amish novels so I knew there was a good chance that I would love this book. This novel focuses on Alex, a rock star and Heather, a worker in a familial restaurant. Alex is swept away by Heather immediately however it takes her a bit to return the interest. Alex pursues Heather and tries to keep her out of the spot light. This novel encompasses a cute romance, clean romance and the story that love can find you anywhere! Definitely recommend this novel!
Absolutely loved this delightful, heartwarming clean romance! Can always count on Amy Clipston to write stories that go right to the heart of the reader.
Sisters Heather, age 26 and Wendy, 22, both work in their family restaurant. When a large group of handsome young men come in, Wendy suddenly turns into a starstruck, giggly, squealing teenager. When Heather tells her to calm down, Wendy is shocked her sister does not know the young men are from the extremely popular rock band Kirwan. Heather is not impressed, nor does she have any idea who that is.
When the group leaves several hours later, leaving a big tip, as well as big mess after a food throwing frenzy, Heather is even less impressed. The older of the Kirwan brothers, Alex, apologies for the behavior of his younger brothers and helps Heather clean up the mess. Alex also leaves two VIP tickets for their concert in a nearby city, for the next night. The tickets are for Wendy and Heather, although Heather does not want to go, she reluctantly agrees to accompany Wendy to the concert and is surprised that she enjoys it. Afterwards they have a backstage pass and Heather and Alex connect over discovering their mutual love of books.
This is a charming, heartwarming story as Heather and Alex strike up a friendship via text and form a book club between the two of them to discuss their favorite books. There are many obstacles to their budding friendship. While Alex is on the road almost constantly with the band, presenting concerts across the nation and even in Europe, Heather is realizing her dream of opening her own combination bookshop and bakery.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
When a famous rock band leaves a huge mess at her family’s restaurant, Heather Gordon can’t resist telling off the one band member who remained behind to help clean up. Although he had no part in the mess his younger brothers made, Alex Kirwan does his best to make amends by offering Heather and her sister VIP passes to his band’s next concert. Surprisingly, Heather enjoys herself, and is even more shocked when Alex asks for her number. As their friendship grows, will Heather and Alex be able to bridge the gap between their vastly different lives? Find out in this sweet, entertaining romance.