A Falling Star by Linda Rettstatt

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A Falling Star by Linda Rettstatt
Publisher: Champagne Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (268 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Tulip

Actor Spence Parker’s career teeters on the brink of ruin thanks to a fling with the slightly crazed and drug-addicted daughter of a powerful and well-loved Hollywood film producer. Taking the advice of his agent, Spence takes a little vacation away from Hollywood while the dust settles. Not sure of where he can go to fly under the radar, Spence returns to his small hometown south of Pittsburgh.

Valerie Marks, Spence’s high-school girlfriend, is now running her grandfather’s newspaper and raising a nine-year-old daughter. She’s still single, but not because she’s been waiting for Spence to return. After all, he left without saying goodbye. When he appears in front of her on a street corner, however, old feelings are brought to the forefront.

Spence is a small town boy turned Hollywood star. His life in the fast lane gets him involved in a scandal that likely spells disaster for his career. It is a disheartened Spence that heads back to his hometown looking for some comfort and acceptance. What he finds is a small town that is slowly dying due to economic downturn and more than a few bridges that he burned on his way out of town. Spence finds himself drawn to the girl he left behind all those years ago but Val is still sore at the way he left and that anger comes exploding out more than once. She’s afraid of the inevitable heartbreak when Spence decides to move on again. So she spends most of the story pushing him away.

The romance part of the story was slow and sweet. As a single parent Val was careful and guarded and kept waiting for Spence to disappoint her yet again.  This made the story all the more believable. The primary focus of this story was on Spence and his self discovery. Once again, this was a slow process with Spence realizing the need to rebuild the broken relationships in his life. This story was well developed with Spence investing himself in the revitalization of his hometown. The heat factor was a little mild for my personal reading taste but because the characters were so compelling, I truly enjoyed every minute of this story.

I’d recommend this one to all contemporary romance fans.

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