Published by Entangled on 2/8/16
Falling for him wasn't in the plans...
Most girls would kill for the opportunity to work for Jack McAlister, Hollywood's hottest actor, but twenty-one-year-old Jessica Beckett is ready to kick him out of her red Ford Fiesta and never look back. She should be spending her junior year in France, eating pastries and sharpening her foreign language skills. Instead she's reluctantly working as Jack's personal assistant, thanks to her powerhouse talent agent aunt.
Jack is private, prickly, and downright condescending. Jessica pushes his buttons—she's not the type of girl to swoon over celebrity heartthrobs, precisely why her aunt thought she'd be perfect for the job—and Jack pushes right back.
But as she begins to peel away his layers, Jessica is shocked to find she craves her boss's easy smile and sexy blue eyes. The problem is, so does the entire female population. And what started out as the job from hell soon has Jess wondering if a guy like Jack could ever find love with a regular girl like her.
To me, the Movie Star and the Normal Girl is one of the ultimate Cinderella stories. We all dreamt of falling in love with a movie star at some point as a little girl, right? This book first caught my attention because of the cover (adorable, right?) and then after reading the synopsis, I immediately requested to review it. I’m so glad that I did.
This book was a total swoon-worthy fairytale. It pushed so many of my buttons. The tension between Jack and Jessica in the beginning was fantastic. Jessica is hired as his assistant and she’s convinced that he’s a spoiled playboy jerk while he’s convinced that he doesn’t need an assistant. They butt heads and I always eat that tension up. It really helps build up to an inevitable climax and it makes it that much sweeter.
Jessica is a very likable character. She’s your average college student so it makes it pretty easy to relate to her. She’s sweet, nice, and genuine. She doesn’t pretend to be someone she’s not which is especially impressive considering she lives in LA.
Jack is a little bit harder to figure out, at least at first. He has a reputation as a partier and the ultimate bad boy. He’s loaded obviously and has problems that people like us don’t even have to think about, like people constantly vying for your attention and trying to dig into the most personal details of your life.
It takes a while for these two to even get to the point of liking each other and it makes the build up for the love story all the better, but that does lead me to my one complaint and the sole reason for this not being a 5 star. I wanted so much more of them as a couple! I felt like there was so much leading up to it, and it just seemed to all happen so quickly. I wanted to experience more of them together, to go on their journey as a couple a little more. I kept getting closer and closer to the end of the book and wondering how it was possibly going to be wrapped up because the author was running out of space to do it in. I even hoped that maybe it would end on a cliffhanger so I could hold out for another book.
In any event, I really did love this book. It was a lot of fun and so very sweet. I feel like there is a lot more story that could still be told, a lot more that could still happen so I’ll optimistically keep my eyes peeled for a sequel.