Book Review: Flirting with Fame by Samantha Joyce

25531669Title: Flirting with Fame

Author: Samantha Joyce

Publication Date: February 29th 2016

Format: ARC

 After a freak childhood accident leaves her deaf and physically scarred, nineteen-year-old Elise Jameson retreats into a world of vibrant characters she creates on her laptop. She is shocked when her coping mechanism turns into a career as a phenomenal bestselling novelist. Fans are obsessed with Elise’s Viking Moon series and its author—a striking girl with zero resemblance to Elise who appears on the back covers. Elise sent the randomly Googled photo to her editor following a minor panic attack. Now, horrified to learn she is expected on set of the television pilot based on her novels, Elise tracks down her anonymous stand-in. To Elise’s surprise, Veronica Wilde has been taking credit for Viking Moon for years. She eagerly agrees to keep up the charade if Elise will pose as her assistant.

It’s hard for Elise to watch a stranger take credit for her work and get all the perks she desires, including admiration from the show’s heartthrob star. Edged onto the sidelines of her own life, Elise reconsiders her choice to stay anonymous. Is she ready to come to terms with her true identity—and with the long-buried secrets that could cost her her career, her fans, and the few precious friendships she’s made?


3 stars

**I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions, as always, are my own.**


I really enjoyed reading this book! It was cute, fluffy, and didn’t take itself too seriously. I’m pretty sure I was smiling throughout the whole thing! Sure it was a little bit unbelievable at times but that’s my issue with celebrity romances. It’s not just that I don’t find it believable that a celebrity would fall in love with a ‘regular’ person, but also that the relationship would actually last. And when I read a contemporary romance, I like to think that the relationship goes on forevah.

Now now, I know that you’re going to say, “But, J, you are a self proclaimed fantasy lover! How come you are talking about believable??” WELL IT’S NOT THE SAME THING, BABE. FANTASY IS, WELL, FANTASY. CONTEMPORARY IS SUPPOSED TO BE SOMETHING FROM OUR EVERYDAY LIFE. Then again, I know that a lot of people dig this sort of thing so yeah that’s just me.

Character Analysis


Elise was an awesome MC and you root for her from the beginning and you don’t stop. She’s just so sweet and funny, and you want her to be happy because she deserves it. I loved how her thoughts were exactly how I imagine an author’s thoughts to be: always filled with smooth flowing imagery. I also loved how her uni and book writing lives continued on being shown despite all the friends/celebrity drama.

The friends + Gavin

All the secondary characters are adorable (CLINT CLINT CLINT) but the amount of misunderstandings that happened between them and Elise really annoyed me. Like for the love of God just listen to what the other person has to say and stop assuming that you know the whole story because, newsflash, you don’t.

Bottom Line

Despite some issues with this book, I had a lot of fun reading it. Elise is sweet and adorable and her friends are a nice bunch that you occasionally want to smack hard for not listening to each other.

Recommended to: Those who want a cute and fluffy read with a sweet main character to root for. 



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