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Title: Beyond the Stars
Author: Stacy Wise
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Genres: Romance, Contemporary Fiction, New Adult
Number of Pages: 336 Pages
Rating: Two out of five stars
Plot Summary from Goodreads:
“Falling for him wasn’t in the plans…
Most girls would kill for the opportunity to work for Jack McAlister, Hollywood’s hottest actor, but twenty-one-year-old Jessica Beckett is ready to kick him out of her red Ford Fiesta and never look back. She should be spending her junior year in France, eating pastries and sharpening her foreign language skills. Instead she’s reluctantly working as Jack’s personal assistant, thanks to her powerhouse talent agent aunt.
Jack is private, prickly, and downright condescending. Jessica pushes his buttons—she’s not the type of girl to swoon over celebrity heartthrobs, precisely why her aunt thought she’d be perfect for the job—and Jack pushes right back.
But as she begins to peel away his layers, Jessica is shocked to find she craves her boss’s easy smile and sexy blue eyes. The problem is, so does the entire female population. And what started out as the job from hell soon has Jess wondering if a guy like Jack could ever find love with a regular girl like her.”
I was told that this book is New Adult, but starting from Chapter One, I keep wondering if this has been mislabeled because the characters are acting like elementary or high school kids rather than twenty-something responsible adults.
Overall, I have problems connecting with the characters.It is such a letdown because I always enjoy these celebrity-non-celebrity romance premises. There is just no depth with how the characters are presented. Jessica is supposed to be this 21-year(?) old French major who has stellar academic performance; but clearly, that description does not translate to how she acts and thinks, and I just find myself cringing at her idiocy and immaturity. I don’t find anything special about her that can attract anyone, especially Jack.
Jack, on the other hand, is a paranoid and self-centered jackass. He needs a maid, not a personal assistant. Period. There are so much annoying moments with him that I don’t want to waste my time recollecting and writing about it, but I already disliked him when he asked Jess to do something with his trash then he was all, “Why are you snooping?” blah blah blah, bro? Are you high? You asked her to take care of your trash? And also that time when Jess said he’s from Kentucky, and he got angry, and fired questions like, “How’d you know that? Did Marnie give you my bio?!” Wow, dude, did you just hit your head?
In addition, perhaps this is also why I don’t feel anything for Jack: Jessica’s attraction for him is shallow. The whole story is being narrated by Jessica, so of course, everything we’ll know about Jack is contingent on how Jess sees him. And you know how she sees him? Sexy. Handsome. Hot. What else? Nothing. That’s it. Honestly, there’s not much background about Jack as a star at all. The book just established that he’s an actor. Okaaay ? And? All the time I am wondering, has he been acting long? Is he new? Why isn’t his agent, who’s Jess’s aunt, not meeting him at all? And other loose ends like that.
Also, I have trouble picturing Jack. Jess just describes him as hot, sexy, handsome. So, what is handsome to her? I don’t think Jess even describes his face, just that he has sexy blue eyes. I don’t even know the color of Jack’s hair!
Next is the ~romance~: Because that’s what we’re after, right? Lol, sorry, but it doesn’t work out for me. So Jack is a jackass, while Jess is an immature assistant. They absolutely have nothing in common, so it makes you wonder how they click. The synopsis tells us that Jess pushes his buttons, so he pushes right back. I was expecting that pushing-buttons-scenes together with witty banters, to my dismay.
So overall, two stars.