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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Blog Tour: Rumor Has It By Elisabeth Grace

Rumor Has It 
(Limelight #1)
By Elisabeth Grace 

Publication Date: December 6, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

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…
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**My Review**

* I received a free eCopy of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review.

This book started off nice. It was just the right amount of funny and interesting to keep me hooked. That basically describes this book as a whole. There was nothing that stood out to make it amazing. It was just a nice average. The characters were well written, the story moved along nicely and the story in itself was very well narrated. 

The main heroine is Ellie. She had to move back home after college since she couldn't find a job in her area of expertise. Adding even more to that is a viral video of her throwing food in her ex's face after being called all sorts of names. She then meets Mason. After that the story begins to fall into Predictable-Ville and Drama-Land.   

She's a very nice, outgoing and an independent person. Too bad her backbone didn't apply when Mason was around. It was so annoying having her agree to everything he said and offered. I'd be okay with all of that if it wasn't for the ending. More that later on in this review.

Mason. How can I begin to describe him. According to Ellie he was

"(...) Intense? Sexy? Charismatic? Take-charge and yet gentlemanly? (...)"

I wholeheartedly disagree. At first he comes off commandeering and secretive. Both of which are turn-offs. Later in the story, just when he's starting to get my respect he just crushes it. How you ask? I'll have to tell a little story first. When Ellie sees something that's troubling in a magazine she still goes to him and asks for an explanation on his part BEFORE doing ANYTHING. He doesn't return the favor. When she gets into a situation and he finds her (and even though it looks HORRIBLE) he simply breaks up with her then and there and starts calling her all kinds of names. The least he owed her (and that she provided for him in other situations) was to give her the benefit of a doubt.  

Also for the first time in a novel I found inta-Trust. It was strange. After having known Ellie for less then 24 hours, Mason KNOWS that he can trust her just because she doesn't know he's famous. Well, it would be a perfectly plausible turn of events if she'd played him and sold his stuff to fans online. There are people out there who would do this. 

The ending REALLY pissed me off. She heard his explanation and just fell into his arms. It was just TOO faery tale-ish for me. I LOVE happily-ever-afters, but with a LARGE dose of reality. 

Favorite Quotes:

"You ARE good enough. It doesn't matter what anyone else says or thinks of you, as long as you know your worth in your own heart."

"I'll never lie to you. I may tell you things you don't want to hear from time to time, but I will never be dishonest."

"That was the problem with the bottle that my mom never figured out; the relief it provided only lasted as long as you had your lips fused to it."

Author Info:

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.
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