Review: Rumor Has It by Elisabeth Grace (Blog Tour & Giveaway)

Posted February 10th, 2014 in Blog Tour, book review, Giveaway / 16 comments
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Limelight Series #1

by Elisabeth Grace

Publisher: Self-Published (Dec 2013)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Format: eBook (novel length)
Source: Free book from blog tour for honest review
Find It: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)

All publicity is good publicity, right? Unless you’re recent college grad Ellie Wagner and an embarrassing video of you and your boyfriend goes viral. Every man in your life abandons you, but who knew a one-minute clip of your latest doomed relationship would brand you a slut, prevent you from getting your perfect job, and force you to keep doing the one thing you swore you’d never do again…live with your mother.

But staying with mom and her latest boy-toy (is this husband number four or five?) until your life turns around might not be all bad. Especially when you fall – literally – at the feet of a sexy, green-eyed stranger who offers you freedom and a life of luxury on a gold-rimmed platter.

There’s only one little problem – the man of your dreams is none other than Mason Nash, the latest hip-hop star busting up the music charts. Fame and fortune are his calling cards and he’s vying to steal the show on a new reality TV series that will catapult him into mainstream stardom. Hello spotlight.

The man behind the famous persona is perfect for Ellie in every way, but can she overcome the ugly pitfalls that come with Mason’s celebrity status? Or will she be forced to choose between the man she loves and the independent life she longs for? After all, fame and fortune aren’t always what they seem and not all publicity is good publicity…

At A Glance
This was a good, cute romance but that’s about it. Nothing special.

The Good
Rumor Has It was a pretty solid romance. I am a sucker for rock (or in this case hip hop) star romances. I love when one person is famous and the other has to get use to the lifestyle. Not sure why. It just appeals to me. And this book definitely scratched my singer/star romance itch. And I think the dual POVs really made this story that much more interesting.

With that video going viral and no job prospects in sight, Ellie is going down fast. Feeling worthless and depressed, Ellie falling half naked into the lap of a hip hop star was the last thing she needed. Or was it? I loved how Ellie and Mason started their relationship. They didn’t mean to find each other but sometimes you find the perfect person when you are not looking. Ellie wasn’t looking for such a high profile relationship but she felt the drawbacks were worth spending time with Mason. Ellie was a great character. I love how she took control as much as she could with her situation. She came to so many realizations about life that I felt proud of her and she even made me think about things in a different way.
Mason was an interesting love interest. I loved how much he started to care for Ellie without even meaning to. He was so dedicated to making them work. But then he made some decisions I did not like. He had some distorted views about life because of his celebrity status. Though I didn’t always like that about him, it was totally understandable. But Mason was always trying to better himself, especially after finding Ellie. And he was so playful yet serious, it was a good mixture.

The writing was well done and the story overall was interesting. I would continue this series.

The Bad
The beginning was so great but then this book started to go downhill a bit. I didn’t find the notorious video to be believable when it came to how much trouble it caused. I expected something a lot more scandalous. The middle slowed down a lot, nothing exciting to write home about. And then Mason got on my bad side near the end. I don’t know if I could forgive him like Ellie did.

The Snuggly
Ellie and Mason were cute together. I liked how they were both realistic about the relationship and just enjoyed spending time together. They had hiccups but they always had true feelings to rely on.

The sex was hot and playful. Definitely for a new adult audience and up.

Final Thoughts
Even though there was nothing majorly special about this book, I still had fun reading it. I just wish the super fun beginning lasted throughout the rest of the novel. I am still excited to see what book #2 has to offer. Recommended.

“She looked at me as if I were the centre of her universe, like I was the only one who could provide her with what she needed right now.”

“But remember this…every time you see me watching you from across the room, know that I’m envisioning all the ways I’m going to take you when we get back here tonight. Remember I’m counting the minutes until I’m deep inside you again, until I’m tasting your sweetness on my tongue.”

“Words can cause as much damage as fists, if not more. The only difference is that the damage is on the inside where no one can see it and it accumulates over time…”

Author Bio

I have a soft spot for romance novels with happily ever afters and a HOT spot for alpha males! I currently live outside Toronto, Canada with my hubby, two small children and cat spawned by the devil. Life is busy, but never to busy for a good story and to share my love of reading and writing with others. Things I can tell you that sum me up…I’m a sugar and carb addict, self-professed Gandy Girl, a disaster in the kitchen, a LOVER of all music, I enjoy reality TV and I’m an early riser! When I have a moment to breath you can usually find me typing furiously on the keyboard to get my next story on paper, or curled up reading about someone else’s HEA. The second book in my Limelight series, Picture Perfect, is set to release at the end of March 2014. Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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16 Responses to “Review: Rumor Has It by Elisabeth Grace (Blog Tour & Giveaway)”

  1. Melanie

    Hmm, I really hate books that just have a romance and have no other substance. It just makes the book feel so shallow.

    Lovely review! <33

  2. Giselle

    Great review! I usually prefer books where the romance is not the main thing, but once in a while I enjoy these less intense. I do like the sounds of this Mason guy though!

  3. Brandi Kosiner

    I am not crazy about the rockstar romance thing, so I will pass. I have read some, but they need to sound special. Glad it was cute for what it was though

  4. kimbacaffeinate

    This sounds cute, but you are right sometimes the drama doesn’t seem like that big of an obstacle for all the fuss..but I blame that on life my teens and early twenties problems seemed bigger.

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