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How to Catch a (Falling) Star by Gabriella Aquilina Review

Posted on Oct 15, 2016 by in review |

How to Catch a (Falling) Star
Gabrielle Aquilina

The much anticipated sequel to the new adult bestseller "How to Catch a (Rock) Star"

Johnny Moretti, bassist of American rock band The Dead Hour, is hot, single and in demand with women, but he’s becoming disillusioned with the rock star lifestyle. Not that he wants to settle down like his band mate, Jed. Hell, no. He just wants something more out of life than meaningless hook-ups.

While filming for a popular UK chat show, he meets American TV actress Darcy Swanson for the second time. As with the first time they met, there’s no love lost between them so when their lives are thrown together unexpectedly when a traumatic incident involving movie superstar Jack Ford occurs, neither knows quite how to handle it.

With Johnny facing prison and Darcy’s hard-earned career in serious jeopardy, they both need to confront their pasts and face up to the truth, but are they be brave enough to do it?

A web of Hollywood cover-ups begins to surface, but will Johnny and Darcy be the first spark to light the fire and run the risk of getting seriously burnt or will they stay silent and suffer the consequences?

What I Thought

Johnny Moretti is sexy as sin and all women want him, but Johnny is currently taking a break from the ladies. He is the bassist for the American rock band, The Dead Hour, who are becoming more and more famous by the day.

Darcy Swanson is an American TV actress, whose squeaky clean image has been tarnished after her affair with her older, married co-star became public. Of course all blame was put on Darcy for the affair, even though it takes two to tango, so Darcy is trying real hard to repair the damage.

Both Johnny and Darcy are in London, England to appear on the Millie Edwards show. There is a palpable attraction between the two, however, when Johnny has tried to flirt with Darcy in the past, she shot him down (due to being in the midst of an affair with her co-star), something that Johnny isn’t used to happening. So this time around, with Darcy showing interest in him, he is torn. He is attracted to Darcy but cant seem to forget being shot down and decides to try to ignore her flirting. Darcy decides maybe making Johnny jealous by flirting with fellow actor Jack Ford will work. Big mistake!

Johnny stumbles upon Darcy nearly being raped by Jack and intervenes. A punch to the abdomen later and Darcy is out of Jack Ford’s clutches. Not wanting to attract any more drama and bad press to her personal life, Darcy doesn’t want anyone to know what happened so Johnny agrees not to tell anyone.

So the next morning, when Johnny hears the police are out looking for him to arrest him for badly beating up Jack Ford, he hopes Darcy will change her mind. Jack Ford has had someone badly beat him up and he is framing Johnny for it. With a previous charge for assault on his record, Johnny faces jail time. Will Darcy come forward with the truth to spare him of that happening? Will Johnny keep his promise to her not to tell what happened or will he have to break his promise to Darcy and spill the details on what really happened to save himself?

How to Catch a (Falling) Star has the makings of a great story. However, reading it from the third person point of view lets it down for me. I feel it makes it hard to connect to the characters and the story line, therefore lacking emotion and intensity. Reading from this point of view seems less personal. I’m not really a fan of this style in books.

I did love the plot of the story. The outline was great. I love rock stars and celebrities. Opposites attracting. Secrets. Scandals. Chemistry.  I just needed a little more. Feels. Emotion. A connection. But again, I feel this was down to the Point of view.

I’m sure How to Catch a (Falling) Star highlights some of the goings on behind the scenes with celebrities. Not so much fighting, but the affairs, public persona, the pressure and trying to have a PRIVATE life. Repercussions of your actions when your in the limelight and how tough it can all be. We don’t really think about what is going on in the back ground and private lives of our favourite celebrities very much off camera but this book does make you think.

And I know a lot of people are stating that they don’t know what the British slang term “slash” meant, being from the UK I totally got this, and it was a term I could totally imagine rock stars using ha ha!

I didn’t connect with this story as much as How to Catch a (Rock) Star, even though the writing style was the same. Jed and Lillie must just be holding top spot in my heart. I would read the next book in the series if one were to be released though! Definitely. A hit and miss, sure then unsure kind of book for me!

Sweet Score

3 sweetspurple


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