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Flirting with Fame by Samantha Joyce

Flirting with Fame

“We don’t get many chances to live this life. Make sure the one you’re living is your own.”

 Elise Jameson is the secret author behind the bestselling, cult hit Viking Moon series. But when a stranger poses as Elise, the painfully shy, deaf nineteen-year-old starts to see how much she’s missing. Can she really hide in the shadows forever? This clever, coming-of-age debut is for anyone who has ever felt unsure in their own skin.

After a freak childhood accident leaves her deaf and physically scarred, nineteen-year-old Elise Jameson retreats into a world of vibrant characters she creates on her laptop. She is shocked when her coping mechanism turns into a career as a phenomenal bestselling novelist. Fans are obsessed with Elise’s Viking Moon series and its author—a striking girl with zero resemblance to Elise who appears on the back covers. Elise sent the randomly Googled photo to her editor following a minor panic attack. Now, horrified to learn she is expected on set of the television pilot based on her novels, Elise tracks down her anonymous stand-in. To Elise’s surprise, Veronica Wilde has been taking credit for Viking Moon for years. She eagerly agrees to keep up the charade if Elise will pose as her assistant.

It’s hard for Elise to watch a stranger take credit for her work and get all the perks she desires, including admiration from the show’s heartthrob star. Edged onto the sidelines of her own life, Elise reconsiders her choice to stay anonymous. Is she ready to come to terms with her true identity—and with the long-buried secrets that could cost her her career, her fans, and the few precious friendships she’s made?

Personal Thoughts:

Flirting with Fame is a sweet, hugely entertaining, and heart-warming story that will surely captivate readers of contemporary romance.

The story started with a book event which for sure most readers can easily relate to. Elise, the main character/narrator is a famous writer who wrote series of books called Viking Moon. On the release day of the latest installment of Viking Moon series, Elise and her best friend Jin are at the local book store where followers of her books are packed to get copies of Elise stories. But these readers and fans of Viking Moon are not aware that the genius behind their most love stories is actually with them. Because Elise is a shy and private person who can’t even put her own picture in the back of her books. When her publisher asked her for a photo with her bio few years back, she sent in hysteric a photo of someone else that she just grabbed online. And the worst part, this girl is actually posing as Elise, claiming all the credits and popularity that is supposed to be for Elise.

“But sometimes you have to do what scares you to learn it’s not scary after all.”

Flirting with Fame introduced readers to different set of characters – a deaf writer, famous celebrities, gay best-friend, cowboy, regular teenager, teacher, con artist, and more. And with those diverse cast came an equally engaging and interesting plot. Not only we have Elise’s life dramas and issues, there’s also the celebrity life, fandom craze, and some dark past and secrets.

Samantha Joyce injected the perfect amount of fun and romance in Elise’s journey to self-acceptance. Just like the characters, there are mix of emotions for readers to feel, making the story engaging and impossible to put down. Even when Elise do things I don’t agree, I can’t help but root for her. Her flaws and her mistakes makes her more relate-able and realistic. Her condition makes the narrative authentic. And her issues and experiences are appealing.

Technically, Flirting of Fame is Elise’s story, but there’s one character who almost stole the show from Elise, his name is Gavin Hartley. Gavin is easily the most likeable character. With his good looks, accomplishments, charms and good heart, who can resist him? He has tons of followers for a reasons. He isn’t perfect, in fact there are things he did that I don’t like, but I forgive him because he knows how to forgive. For someone with a celebrity status, he is very down to earth and loving. The romance between him and Elise is gorgeously slow but will definitely stole readers heart.

More than the romance and the swoon-worthy characters, Flirting with Fame is a story of owning and living one’s life. It’s about accepting our flaws, confronting our fears, believing in our selves, and fighting for our dreams. Definitely an entertaining and addictive read that readers of contemporary romance will enjoy immeasurably.

Ps. Check my interview with Samantha Joyce and Gavin for the #CelebratingDebutantes2016 event.

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One thought on “Flirting with Fame by Samantha Joyce

  1. Elise reminds me of myself. I’ve always said that if I were to ever write a book or anything that will put me in the spotlight, I’d use an pseudonym and wouldn’t want my picture anywhere. I’m a low-key kind of girl. Can’t wait to read this one!

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