February 19, 2014

Book Review: Rumor Has It by Elisabeth Grace

Rumor Has It by Elisabeth Grace
(Limelight #1) 
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…

Rumor Has It (Limelight, #1)Rumor Has It by Elisabeth Grace

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh man, I love this kind of book. I love the "Cinderella" story, where a common, everyday, man or woman gets swept up into the life of royalty or someone super famous. Then they actually find a way to make it work between the two of them. This is that kind of story. And I have to say that I think Elisabeth Grace did an amazing job telling it.

Ellie is a recent college graduate who is having a hard time finding a job in her field. She has moved back home with her mom and settled for a minimum wage job in real estate to kill time while searching for her dream job. However, her crappy job in real estate literally lands her at the feet of super famous hip hop artist Mason Nash.

One of the main things I appreciated about this story was that while Mason and Ellie fell into the insta-lust category that affects so many of today's characters, they were able to be sensible about their feelings and expectations. They didn't immediately begin throwing around the "L" word or making demands of each other. No, they both were happy to embrace the moment and just enjoy the time they had together. As it so happens, Mason was taking a break from his career and trying to lay low in Virginia when he met Ellie. So, they decide to just enjoy each other and all of the naughty things they can do together until Mason inevitably has to return to his world of the rich and famous.

While they both try really hard to act like they are going to be okay when that happens, certain events transpire between the two of them that allow them to forge a more realistic connection. Mason lets Ellie see a side of his life that no one knows about, and she opens up to him about her traumatic childhood. Plus, when they are both faced with a life or death situation that they must handle together, they both realize that life is short and you shouldn't take for granted the people that you care about.

But, the real questions is, if Ellie and Mason try to pursue a relationship and he brings her into his world, will they be able to ignore all of the media, gold-diggers, and opportunists that will try to rip them apart?

I will say that I was able to see the big betrayal coming from a mile away. I wasn't exactly sure how it would go down, but I knew who the main players would be. It was done brilliantly though, and I thought it came across as authentic to the story.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and these characters, and I can't wait to read the next book in this series!

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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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  1. Thanks so much for being a part of the tour! I'm glad you enjoyed Mason & Ellie's journey in Rumor Has It! :)

  2. Wonderful review and it's so refreshing to see romances that are not immediately completely in love I find this is so much more realistic! I really need to read Mason and Ellie's story! :)


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