I'm nursing a broken heart from you-know-who, when along comes Keith Raven. Sexy, tanned, and nearly naked. He's my new co-model, and let me tell you, Keith is the full package with a big package (wink, wink).
My new bestie Mitchell warns me that all male models are walking disasters, but I think Keith's different. He meditates, for example. And, unlike some people, he doesn't toy with my affection.
Staying at Keith's apartment in LA and swimming in his pool is heavenly, not to mention the more intimate details of our Rebound Arrangement. What's a Rebound Arrangement, you ask? It's a fixed-length romance and a great way to turn your world upside-down.
Meanwhile, Dalton Deangelo is trying to redeem himself and win me back. He sucks at redemption, but he is charming.
Somebody please stop me, because if I keep slamming my heart like this, it's going to break.
"You've got something people want. You have a spark. You know who you are. People will always be attracted to that"
Starlight is the second book in the Peaches Monroe series and picks up right where Stardust finished. I really enjoyed book one but I think I would have to say that I loved this one even more.
Peaches Monroe is witty, sarcastic, mouthy, charming, fun, curvy and full of awesome. But she's just been dealt a blow when she finds out her hot superstar actor boyfriend was using the lines from his latest script on her. Whats a girl to do but jump into a rebound with Keith, the sexy underwear model that she's going to be working with shooting ads for her new line of underwear. Oh, it's such a hard life!!
When I first finished reading Stardust my first thoughts were why? Why did you do something so douchy Dalton? And that was how I referred to him for a while. Douchy Dalton!! Yeah the name fit. But as the story went on I found myself really missing him and all his quirky, and sometimes cheesy one liners. He had a real sense of fun about him that I loved. He does pop his head up a few times throughout this book though but he's by no means one of the main players this time around.
Keith's super-slow lovin' fried out some of my dopamine circuits, and now I craved him like a chocolate addict craves the good stuff from Belgium.
And while Peaches has moments thinking about Dalton she has Keith to keep her very well occupied. Can you all say steamy sex? Well, just as in book one, this book is jam packed with steam. Keith and Peaches spend a lot of time making each other feel good. But where Dalton had that sense of fun, Keith was much more grounded and stable. And I think that Peaches needed that after feeling so betrayed by Dalton.
And while this book had me laughing a lot of the time, there was also some deep moments to balance things out. In the first book there were a few times that Peaches eluded to a secret that she was keeping close to her chest, but we never actually found out what that secret was. But she reveals all to Keith which went a long way in showing how much she trusts him. And what a secret it was!!
The Peaches Monroe series would have to contain the quirkiest set of characters that I've had the pleasure of reading about for a long time and I loved them all. I hadn't read anything by Mimi Strong before this but I know that I will be a huge fan if all her characters have this level of individuality and humour about them.
Going by the ending of Starlight, I think we are in for some fun and games in the next book. Bring it on!!
4.5/5 Hilariously Sexy Stars.
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Mimi is an indie author who began publishing in 2011. Her stand-alone newadult romance novel FOR YOU hit the USA Today Bestseller list in 2013 and has sold over 30,000 copies. Mimi has a growing fanbase, with over 5,000 followers on Facebook. Mimi supports the indie book community by donating to many book blogs, and works closely with other indie authors, including NYT Bestsellers Cassia Leo (Shattered Hearts Trilogy) and Elle Casey (Shine Not Burn).
Q. Wasn't the first book originally called “We are Made of Stardust?” Why did you change it?
A. I love weird titles, but it was too weird, even for me. Even I kept mistyping the thing, so I knew readers were having trouble with that mouthful.
Q. Where did you get the idea for this series?
A. Part of the inspiration is from that great romantic comedy movie, Notting Hill. Also, about a year ago, I wrote a book about a smart mouth waitress, and people loved the character so much. It was a YA book, and I had this weird psychic feeling (ha ha) that people might like a sassy character like that in an adult book, along with lots of sex and romance and great banter. I knew that I'd love to read a book like that, so I figured it would be fun to write, and it is!
Q. How many Peaches Monroe books will there be?
A. After Book 1 came out, I asked my readers how much Peaches they wanted. Everyone said they loved Peaches, wanted the experience to never end, and wanted many, many books. I don't usually write long series, so I decided to make it 4 books, total. That's a quadrilogy. Each one is a full-length novel with its own storyline, and the books are inter-linked.
Q. Will Peaches find love?
A. Um, what do you think? Do I seem like a particularly cruel author? ;-) I'm trying to write a romance here! I think it will happen, eventually.
Q. When people find out you write erotic romance, do they treat you like a freak?
A. Yes, but I am a freak, so that's okay.
Q. When is book 3 coming out? And book 4?
A. I haven't set a date yet. I write fast, so it won't be too long, but I need to take my time and take care of Peaches while simultaneously torturing the poor girl. Writing a series with a character that readers love so much makes me feel like Peaches Monroe is a real person, and I'm just licensed to write her story. If I don't do a great job, I worry I'll get fired. So, I'm going to try to get you more books as quickly as I can without getting fired. (Don't worry about my mental health; I hear this is completely “normal” for authors of series.)
Q. Where do you get your ideas?
A. Many of the details come from all around me. I have a friend who makes root beer and spilled it in my kitchen while I was writing Starlight, so that became a character Mitchell used to date. Peaches' clothes all come from stylish women I see around me. The phrase “earth muffin,” which is used a lot in Starlight, came from my Aunt Bev, who came to town briefly in July. She said the phrase, which I'd never heard before, but instantly loved. A good portion of the story is entirely made up while I'm sitting in a very plain room, facing a wall, so I don't know where all that comes from. My head, I suppose.
Q. Who would play the characters in a movie?
A. I think I should play them all, with puppets. The sex scenes could be a real challenge, but I'm willing to try.
Q. What's the hardest part of writing?
A. Usually I say it's the words. But today I'll be serious and give you a serious answer: fear. Always the fear. I'll be typing a sentence and imagine a specific person reading that sentence, and it stops me cold. It's a huge mind game to get over that stage fright. Some authors drink. I've tried a beverage or two, and it doesn't help at all, so I just have to stare down the blank page and the fear, totally sober, like a good role model. (You're welcome!)
Q. Have you won any major awards with your writing?
A. I have made bestseller lists, but my only actual “award” came from a friend who made me a certificate saying I am now a “good” writer because I've passed the million-word mark. I printed that out for my office wall. I'LL TAKE WHAT I CAN GET! LOL.