G. Bianco, 2019
NOTE: This book was republished under the title Fool Me Once after the publication of this review.
Bestselling author Staci Hart is back with a new romance series that will take you deep into a world of luxury, secrets, and thrill. Kicking off her new Bright Young Things Series is Star Bright, which follows a New York socialite and an up-and-coming journalist who cross paths and try to form a relationship amidst the secrets they try to hold tight to.
Stella Spencer has one enemy—her secrets. The world’s obsession with the Bright Young Things is real. Every lavish party thrown by the most exclusive group in New York is a spectacle, stalked not only by the media, but by the police commissioner, who’s declared war. He’s out to ruin everyone’s good time, starting with uncovering the mysterious benefactor leading the group, thus answering the question on everyone’s lips. Who is Cecelia Beaton? And no one knows it’s Stella. If society finds out the truth, her plans will unravel. And with one smoldering look from a stranger, her carefully ordered world catches fire. Levi Hunt has one plan—get the story. His future at Vagabond magazine depends on his ability to do the one thing no one can: infiltrate the Bright Young Things. If he can find out who Cecelia Beaton is, he’ll earn enough notoriety to permanently secure his career. His dreams are at his fingertips, so long as he doesn’t blow his cover. But one night with the brightest, most brilliant young thing of all, and he knows he’ll have to make a choice. The job he loves or the woman of his dreams. Secrets and lies. Love and laughter. And two people with something to hide and everything to gain. Welcome to the party.
Fans of Anna K and other opulent romances will be sucked into Hart’s world and fall in love with Stella, Levi, and the rest of the Bright Young Things. Diving deep into the world of the lavish parties and socialite drama was so much fun and made this romance that much more engaging. Like her other series, this novel works as a standalone romance, but also threads in other drama and subplots that make this more than just a steamy rom-com.
On top of that, the challenges that Levi and Stella must overcome and they way they must learn to trust each other is relatable, real, and shows that relationships aren’t all glitz and glamour. The themes of trust and communication, coupled with the sultry romance and mystery behind who is out to get the Bright Young Things, take this book to the next level and creates such a delicious story!
Hart concludes the story nicely, but whets your appetite just enough that you’ll be longing for the next book in the series. Overall, it’s a fun, flirty, and dramatic read that’ll make you wish you knew Cecilia Beaton herself! I look forward to reading more about what the BYT will do next and the trouble that will follow.
*I received an ARC from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
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