Friday, February 12, 2016

Star Struck by Kathi Oram Peterson

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.

If you are in the mood for a light romantic suspense, this book will fit the bill perfectly.  Kathi Oram Peterson is known for her place in this genre in the LDS fiction world.

Mercedes is a famous movie star with a serious stalker.  She decides to take some time to get away and see if the police can catch the person.  Her remote cabin seems like the perfect place to hide out.  But, things don't go exactly as Mercedes hopes.  She gets sick and things start happening that she can't just explain away.

Luke is easy to like.  Down to earth, a bit heart sore but kind and generous.  Mercedes is different.  I didn't like how she always wanted to put everything off.  Every conversation, every confrontation.  It was hard to connect with her.  I didn't really get her connection to Luke.  The attraction between the characters- the spark- wasn't there.

I loved how every character was suspicious at some point.  Even though I nailed the real bad guy early on, it was fun to wonder and think everyone had a motive.  There was lots of drama swirling around everywhere.

This is an LDS fiction book and there are some religious elements.  Clean.

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