Blog Tour: Truly Madly Famously – Rebecca Serle (Giveaway)


Blog Tour: Truly Madly Famously – Rebecca Serle (Giveaway)Truly, Madly, Famously by Rebecca Serle
Series: Famous in Love #2
Published by Poppy
Published: October 13th 2015
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In this romantic sequel to Famous in Love, new Hollywood "It Girl" Paige must navigate love with her co-stars, both on and off screen and all in the public eye.

Lights, camera, love!

After being plucked from obscurity, Hollywood's newest starlet, Paige Townsen, has a hit film to her name and Rainer Devon on her arm. But being half of the world's most famous couple comes with a price, and soon Paige finds herself dodging photographers; hiding her feelings for her other costar, Jordan Wilder; and navigating tabloid scandals that threaten to tear her and Rainer apart-and end her career as quickly as it began.

Rebecca Serle's sequel to Famous in Love is filled with the kind of celebrity drama and swoon-worthy romance fit for the silver screen.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

What is it like to live in the bubble of Hollywood? A thought we most likely have all had at one point or another. I mean we hear the stories of the small town girl thrust into the spotlight. We read the magazines on celebrity lifestyles and partying, but we never really know what they could be thinking. What Rebecca Serle does in Famous in Love and Truly Madly Famously is show us what is potentially a celebrities side of it and I must admit it got me wondering if this is really what it is like.

Truly Madly Famously basically picks up where Famous in Love had left off. Paige has now been thrust into the spotlight and is famous. She is dating a celebrity, she is living in Beverly Hills, and she has a hit movie. She is navigating this crazy life without a clue what she is doing but she is enjoying it. But she can’t seem to shake her thoughts about a certain someone she can’t help but have feelings for. And those thoughts lead her to do something that causes the media to attack. Now caught in a media frenzy Paige needs to figure out how to navigate Hollywood without being America’s Sweetheart, how to make friends, who to trust, and which guy is really the soul owner of her heart.

The action was a little slower in this one for me. Not slow in a dull way, but in a real world kind of way. In Truly you get to see what Paige’s life is like and how the paparazzi and her decisions and the people she hangs around with affect her perception to the world. Paige starts to change what she does based on this perception and it was fascinating to read about and wonder if people in Hollywood actually do this.

What better location for a book about Hollywood and the media than Los Angeles. I loved the setting of this book so so much! Paige was a fish out of water when it came to Hollywood hotspots and the press. It was awesome to see her at places like The Ivy and to see what was actually behind some of that glitz and glamor. Plus we get to see Hawaii again and a brief visit to Japan. So much fun.

Paige, Rainer and Jordan are my favorite parts of Truly Madly Famously. The three of them and the relationships have changed so much since the first book but they are exactly who they always were but different versions of themselves. They are going through this huge thing together but the tension between all of them complicates things and makes them real have to figure out what they want out of celebrity life and each other. I know a lot of people aren’t love triangle fans, but I have to say I really enjoyed this one although I did favor one boy over the other. 😉

I read the first book in this series last May and I loved it. At the time I didn’t know there would be another book but after finding out I was beyond thrilled. To be honest I wasn’t sure what Rebecca could do to keep it fresh and keep me interested, but she did just that. It was nice to be back in a world with Rainer, Jordan and Paige and I loved how their story unfolded. I heard there may be a 3rd book but I have to be honest, I’m more than happy with how the second ended. Definitely recommend this fun series.


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Review: Famous in Love – Rebecca Serle

Review: Famous in Love – Rebecca SerleFamous in Love by Rebecca Serle
Series: Famous in Love #1
Published by Poppy
Published: October 21st 2014
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The romantic story of a girl who gets plucked from obscurity to star in the next major feature film franchise based on a book and the ensuing love triangles she gets entangled in on—-and off screen.

Meet Paige Townsen, Rainer Devon, and Jordan Wilder…

When Paige Townsen, a young unknown, gets cast in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practically overnight. Within a month, Paige has traded the quiet streets of her hometown for a crowded movie set on the shores of Maui, and is spending quality time with her co-star Rainer Devon, one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive. But when troubled star Jordan Wilder lands the role of the other point in the movie’s famous love triangle, Paige’s crazy new life gets even crazier.

I wanted this book and I wanted it badly. As soon as I heard Rebecca had a 3rd book I needed it to be mine. You see, her first two books were fantastic; such depth and emotion in them. Really heavy, realistic reads that made you, as the reader, have all the feels. She has a way about her writing that just sucks you in and pulls you along. With Famous in Love having a different kind of vibe to it I wasn’t sure how it would fit. Would it still be Rebecca that I heart or would it feel off in some way? Happily, I report that Famous in Love did not let me down. I heard Rebecca’s voice loud and clear and I loved every minute of it.

Famous in Love is the story of Paige, a girl that has dreamed about being an actress. She read scripts and stars in small plays but has always lusted after the big screen. When an opportunity presents she finds herself auditioning for the role of a lifetime to star as the heroine in the latest YA trilogy to be adapted into a movie. When she lands the part she is whisked off to Hawaii to begin filming and everything changes. Suddenly Paige finds herself not only playing a girl in a love triangle but being in an actual one herself with her two sexy costars Rainer Devon and Jordan Wilder. As this gets more and more complicated Paige has to figure out how not only to navigate her new life but to navigate her love.

What I loved about this book is how totally Rebecca it is. If you follow her on Twitter or Tumblr you can see just how much of a pop culture junkie she is. She loves all things Hollywood and the fact that she created a book out of that love just made me smile. She hit on all the important things a good YA, Hollywood story needs too. She got the love triangle, the pop star references, the small town girl making it big, the YA trilogy that people devoured made into a movie. She even managed to capture the feeling a reader gets when a 3rd book is about to be released and you NEED TO KNOW HOW IT ENDS! It amazed me how she managed to capture all of that in just over 300 pages and to do it at the level she did.

The other thing about Famous in Love was Paige, Rainer, and Jordan. It felt genuine to me. Paige was a girl that was on this roller coaster. Her life was upside down and she was living in a world that was so foreign to her. And here were these two hot guys that had been in the business for a long time that she is attracted to. It was 100% natural that she would grab on to them and feel the things she did and for them to reciprocate. It all had a follow to it that added to the beauty and the tension to the story that elevated the whole book for me. I found myself invested in what would happen and how everything turned out which is important when reading a book. At least for me anyway.

My word of advice to readers is that you don’t go into Famous in Love expecting to have the same kind of journey you had in Rebecca’s 2 previous books. This book is a different kind of journey in the way that it is told and how the characters get from A to B and how everyone ends up. It isn’t as heavy as The Edge of Falling and doesn’t have the Shakespeare vibe of When You Were Mine. It is its own book and one that works when all the pieces have clicked into place. It made me smile and almost miss my train stop. It made me what to savor reading it and hurry up and finish. And it made me want to read the fake book it is based on and find out what the heck happened in the last book. It cemented my love of Rebecca Serle and now I sit and wait for her next book to arrive whenever that may be.

*note: Just found out this will be a trilogy so SCORE!

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