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3 Sweet Stars
**Disclaimer-I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**
In six weeks Zoe Harper will marry Dan Costi in an over-the-top Sydney society wedding, complete with fire-eaters and belly dancers. But when she receives an unexpected gift from her future mother-in-law, Zoe realizes she’s making a huge mistake. In a blazing sidewalk argument, she breaks up with her fiancé, and his mother—who has joined the fight via conference call.
Following the advice of friends and co-workers, along with some inspiration from late-night-television self-help guru Dr. Pam, Zoe sets out to find the life she thinks she should be living. Always a planner, she makes a list of goals: travel, career, tattoos, and no romantic entanglements. It’s all carefully laid out, until she meets Angus Creed.
Angus is supposed to lead the opening waltz at a charity ball in New York City. Only problem is the handsome billionaire construction magnate with the tabloid past can’t dance. Not one step.
Tainted by gossip and with a well-publicized failed engagement behind him, Angus has become a master at keeping an emotional distance. Until he meets Zoe.
What starts as dancing lessons, slowly becomes something more. Angus begins to let down his guard and open his heart, even when his past makes an unexpected and unwelcome return. As Zoe discovers the real man behind the headlines, she questions where her new choices are taking her. Her goals look good on paper, but are they what she really wants? And by the time she realizes where her heart lies, will it be too late?
I wasn't sure what to expect with this book as I wasn't familiar with the author. But I'm very glad that I gave it a shot. Suzanne Carroll gives us a sweet, well written book that had me sucked in from the first chapter. And the Angst, oh holy crap the Angst in this book. I was constantly on the edge of my seat just waiting to see if they would just admit their feelings already!
First off, I wouldn't technically classify this book as "romance." It more resembles "Chick Lit" but that said, I still really liked the story. The story starts out with a sad, weak heroine who suddenly grows a pair and decides to change her life. We then get to follow her on a crazy and sometimes silly journey to find herself and in the meantime finds the person she's been looking for all along. The story is executed well but there are a few slow parts, especially at the very beginning. Just remember that Zoe grows quickly and to not judge her to harshly at first. The story is set in Australia but even for someone who has never visited the region I didn't feel like I was lost or missing out on anything because of it. My serious draw back was the lack of actual romance. About 75% through I was just about positive it was going to be a cliffhanger because there were so many loose ends. But suddenly everything is wrapped up.....a little too quickly for my taste.......and I couldn't tell if I really liked the ending or if I was left wanting more.
Amanda Seyfreid as Zoe Harper
Zoe and I had a love hate relationship at the beginning of this book. She was a total doormat for the first bit and it was frustrating! I yelled at the reader at least once for her to grow a pair! But I am so thankful for the synopsis that the author released that pretty much said she finally grows up and decides to move on. Once she finally blows up you can see her starting to grow, but doing it the wrong way. It isn't until she can fully see herself that she can figure out, and what, and who, she really wants in life.
Chris Hemsworth as Angus Creed
Oh Angus Creed, you are one hot sexy CEO! He's super tall, sexy and is learning to Waltz.....what's more sexy than that! He's a hard ass, he knows what he wants and how to get it. But I felt so bad for his past history. The way he was treated by his ex-fiancé made my heart hurt for him but at the same time so perfectly explained why he acted the way he did. Angus on just on the right side of cocky yet protective of his own heart and life. But yes....I did yell at him once too ;)
Jo is an awesome character! She's silly, caring and the right kind of pushy. When Zoe needs her she doesn't hesitate to do everything she can to help her in any way, but she is also the one who starts to push her towards her wants right about the same time I started to yell at my ereader! Almost like I had Jo ESP!
Ok, so this is where I lost a bit in this book. And also where I grew to love the book. There is angst....and tons of it. He looks at her....she looks at him....a simple brush of the hand at an opportune time. But that's it for the steam. Now....anyone who reads my reviews on a regular basis knows that I primarily read/review erotic or smutty novels. But sometimes a change of pace is a good thing.
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I liked this cover. I was a tiny bit thrown off by it when I first received the book. But now that I've read it, it's the most perfect cover for this book!
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good love story. Or to someone looking for a sweet, romantic book! And yes, even to those of us Smexy book readers looking for a something a little different. And the best part? It's a stand alone book!!!!!!!
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Suzanne lives in Sydney with her husband and children. By day she works in an office where she sneakily scribbles plot ideas on yellow sticky notes and hopes they don't accidentally end up on the departmental monthly report.
One such sticky note has turned into her first novel, Over the Edge.