Available: Now Amazon/B&N
Type: Chick-lit – Light Contemporary Romance
My Copy: Sent
She’s supposed to cover the stories.
Not be one.
Madison Winters has life in the bag. Gorgeous fiancé? Check. Promotion to become editor of the country’s hottest fashion magazine? Check. Limited edition pair of Manolo Blahniks? Checkity-check. Catching her fiancé with his pants down isn’t something she expects. In the space of twenty-four hours, Madison loses it all—not even her shoes will be saved. Swapping sass + bide for sweatpants and Dior for the downward dog is going to be hell. The last thing Madison’s broken heart needs is a run-in with America’s newest playboy. Can she ever recover from this?
Tate Masters has it all—Hollywood’s latest golden boy has washboard abs, a killer smile, and a leading role in the next A-list movie. Until a secret from his past is splashed all over the headlines, and that ‘good boy’ image fast-tracks to the gutter. Now the media hunt is on, and they’re baying for Tate’s blood. One night of wild behaviour sees him wake up next to a gorgeous Aussie brunette—and she’s everything Tate’s afraid of.
Keeping secrets has never been this hard.
I want to begin this review by saying I have never read anything by author Lauren McKellar, but she is quickly becoming one of my favourites!
Madison Winters thinks she has life figured out. She works for a fashion and celebrity magazine, Lola, in Australia. She has a fiancé and is up for a major promotion. Her best friend Courtney is right by her side, living and loving life. Life is good until the bottom falls out, unfortunately on her 23rd birthday.
Now the deputy editor of Live Well, Madison is headed to a Yoga Retreat on an island off Bali. Madison and her best friend Courtney feel like this is the perfect way to sort out life and for Madison to find herself again. However, this trip does not start with Madison finding her inner peace.
Facebook stalking your ex-fiancé, chocolate, crying and alcohol seem to be every girls’ go to when they have a break up and it starts the same way in Bali. Madison cannot seem to grasp yoga, the people are not very friendly, and the food sucks. Deciding to drown herself in misery, she ends up meeting movie star Tate Masters at a local bar. Little does she know what life is going to throw her way after a chance meeting.
Tate Masters is gorgeous up and coming movie star. During an interview, video is exposed of Tate cheating on his girlfriend. He also learns that there are claims that he has a secret love child with Shade McPherson. Tate and his sister Janie, who is also his pregnant publicist, now have to deal with the fall out of all these lies.
Now having to repair his cheating boyfriend status, Tate flies to Bali to shoot a movie with his girlfriend, Mikaela Howards. The movie Tropical Love with make him Hollywood elite and offer a big pay day. He needs to keep his head on straight and keep out of trouble for the rest of filming. Tate needs this movie to help provide for his sister and help her raise the baby. Mikaela and Tate both have their own secret reasons for making the relationship between the two of them work.
Madison is asked by Janie to write a story on the relationship of Tate and Mikaela. She can write the story for her own benefit and get back her old job at Lola along with her old life. Or, she can write the story to help prove that Tate and Mikaela are very much in a relationship and very much in love. But how can she when she is falling for Tate? Can she write on story on love when she doesn’t believe it?
Madison needs to find herself. Tate needs to stay out of trouble. Simple as that, right? A story about the real status of Tate and Mickaela is leaked and a whirlwind of trouble comes along with it. Just when Madison thought she’d hit rock bottom, the bottom falls out yet again.
Madison and Tate. Wow! From the first time these two met, you could feel their spark through the pages of the book. I found myself crying at the breakup, laughing at the Facebook stalking (because we’ve all done it, right?) and I’m now thinking about taking yoga! Although I can’t see where beach sex would be comfortable, the sex scenes were hot and not to graphic, not to unrealistic. There were quite a few twists and turns which I did not see coming! I can’t say anything without giving too much away but they were very well played out!
There were a lot of characters in this book which at some times got confusing but I’m hoping to find out more about them as the series continues.
FAME was a life reminder for me. I think at numerous times during your life, just when you think you have it figured out, the bottom falls out and you are left starting all over again. Maybe it’s a job, the love of your life, family, etc., but life always happens when you feel invincible.
This story honestly brought me back to the times when I just needed to find myself again and fight for me, just as Madison learns to do. My favourite line in the book, “I believe in myself now, and I’m not so focused on trying to make sure everyone else is happy. I believe I’m worth fighting for” really stuck with me. It’s where I am at now in my life.
Thank you Lauren for bringing Madison and Tate into my life. I truly hope there is more to their story!
I give Fame by Lauren McKellar 4.5 stars!