Thursday, February 11, 2016

Blog Tour/Review: Star Struck by Kathi Oram Peterson

Star Struck, by Kathi Oram Peterson
2016, 288p, Clean Romantic Suspense
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

Mercedes Grant is known to the world as Stormy Ryan, action hero. Her movie-star status has led to some unpleasant interactions in the past, and even a few stalkers, but none has ever come close enough to her to seem dangerous—until now. When she receives a death threat on her personal cell phone, she is understandably shaken. Seizing the opportunity to take some time away from the limelight while the police investigate the phone call, Mercedes escapes to her remote cabin near Idaho’s Snake River. She knows it is the perfect place to lie low, but she doesn’t realize how low she’ll actually feel once she arrives. After days of suffering from a cold she just can’t shake, Mercedes visits the town physician, Luke Parker. The handsome doctor, a fan of the stunning celebrity, performs the necessary tests and is devastated at the unexpected diagnosis he must give her. Mercedes is sick—really sick. He knows she can handle crazy fans, but the news he has to give is another story. As Mercedes struggles to come to terms with her new future, she relies on Luke’s support. But neither imagines the disease is not the only danger Mercedes is facing—because just out of view, someone is watching her and is determined to make good on their threat.

Mercedes Grant is a movie star who plays Stormy Ryan, an action hero. Right as she's finished shooting her latest film, she receives a death threat on her cell phone which shakes her up some. She heads to Idaho to stay at her cabin until she's ready to go to Paris to film her next movie, the role of a lifetime. While in Idaho, she feels sick and visits the local doctor, Luke Parker. After conducting some tests, he has some bad news for her and his diagnosis could change everything.

Mercedes is the daughter of two movie stars, who have married and divorced twice. They are both trying to get parts in her new movie and end up visiting her at the same time. She and Luke have feelings for each other, but they lead such different lives, that they don't see how it would work. Luke has a teenage daughter, Jessie, and they're going through a difficult time. 

Then her co-star Craig shows up. Her mother is rooting for them to get together, but Mercedes only sees Craig as a friend. There's a stalker and we know that he's watching her and what he's thinking, but his identity isn't revealed until close to the end. Once that happens, it gets pretty intense for a while.

There was a lot happening and things got crazy and dramatic at times! There were several characters that I wound up changing my mind about as I got to know them better and some things were explained. I liked Mercedes and Luke together and hoped they could find a way to make their relationship work. The first time they met was especially funny. Luke's 90-year-old nurse, Winona, was a fun character and added to the story as well. I enjoyed this book and liked how it wrapped up in the end!

Kathi Oram Peterson was born in a small town in Idaho. Since childhood she has loved reading and writing stories. After raising her family, she put her writing on hold to earn a BA in English and a minor in Sociology. Upon graduation she worked for a curriculum publisher writing and editing concept and biography books for children. Her first published novel was a young adult time travel titled, The Forgotten Warrior, released in 2009. Her best-selling Christmas book, An Angel on Main Street, was published later that year. In 2010, The Stone Traveler, another YA time travel was published. Her first romantic suspense, River Whispers, was released in 2011. Cold Justice, a sequel to River Whispers, was published in 2012. Wanted was published in 2013. Deceived in 2014. Her new novel, Star Struck is scheduled for release in February, 2016.

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Unknown said...

The book sounds really good, and your review was awesome. I hope when you say "you liked how things wrapped up" means that there is no death of main characters. ;)

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