Book Review: Famous by Jenny Holiday

Title: Famous
Author: Jenny Holiday @jennyholi
Reviewer: Ivy @PoisonIvy70
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 316 pages
Rating: 4 stars


Everyone knows her face. He knows her heart.

Emerson Quinn is famous. Girls want to be her. Boys want to date her. Each record outsells the last. All that remains is to continue transitioning her brand from its teenage fan base to a more mature, diverse audience. So she’s under strict orders to play nice with her army of assigned co-songwriters and to knock off the serial dating that keeps landing her in the tabloids. If she follows instructions, she can look forward to an indefinite run at the top of the celebrity ecosystem. There’s only one problem with this plan: Emerson is miserable.

So she runs away, impulsively fleeing her L.A. life and heading for a small Iowa college town where a guy she once knew lives. He’s the only person in the world she can think of who might be enough of a nerd to not know about Emerson Quinn the brand. Who might be willing to provide a haven where she can lay low and write her new album by herself, on her own terms.

Art history professor Evan Winslow knows a thing or two about leaving your past behind. He’s worked hard to establish himself far from the spotlight of his infamous father. He’s up for tenure soon, which will mean job security for life. All he has to do to lock down his hard-won, blessedly quiet existence is keep his head down.

Too bad the most famous pop star in the world—who also happens to be his long-lost muse—has just shown up on his doorstep.

Ivy's review

-I think I like taking a Holiday (book). This is the second book by Ms. Holiday that I’ve read and I’ve gotta say – she has a talent for creating the type of romance I like best – character driven. My favorite romances may take their time to unfold but I enjoy the journey so much. Here, Ms. Holiday has managed to create a whole little ‘verse that kept me interested and kept me humming right along (so to speak) while this romance happened.

-The “be careful what you wish for” plot is cool. Emmy and Evan, who meet at his friend’s (and her cousin’s) wedding seven years ago and spent a great night…just talking to each other. Yes, I was kind of shocked, but in a good way. Anyhoodle, Evan is an artist who is determined to not be one. Emmy is a singer who is determined to be one. They each have their brushes with fame, or infamy, as the case may be, that colors their world in ways that they do not want and are determined to change. Emmy is trying to escape her pop star life and just write her own album, on her own with no one’s help. That night with Evan made an indelible impression on her and she decides to google him and show up on his doorstep, seeking sanctuary. Random, yes, a bit of a stretch, definitely, but it worked. Evan is living in the middle of nowhere (aka Iowa) and is trying to focus on getting tenure at Dane College and would rather set himself on fire than be famous again.

– The (popstar) elephant in the room. So, it’s inevitable. I just could not, for the life of me, put aside the image I had of Emmy. I mean, from her physical description (blond, long & lean, cherry red lips), to the commentary on her very public love life, you cannot help but picture a certain blonde someone….c’mon, take a guess.

I tried to put it aside, but I just couldn’t do it. If you love her, you will enjoy this book. If you hate her, you may…not enjoy this as much.

– Ivy

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

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