Sunny Shelly’s Review: Forget The Stars, by Kelsey Kingsley

Title: Forget the Stars
Author: Kelsey Kingsley
Genre: Friends-to-lover/2nd Chance Romance
Release Date: August 26, 2019
Cover Design: Danny Manzella
“From August 26 to September 26, 2019, 10% of all proceeds will be donated to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.”

“There is just something about a vulnerable hero that gets me every time and Chad Wilcox was no exception. His pain becomes your pain thanks to Kelsey’s descriptive writing and the ability to invoke emotional pull. And, with a nickname like Chaddington Bear, he is everything.” – Bree, Goodreads reviewer

“I’m a big Kelsey fan, so I knew I’d love this book before knowing anything about it. What I didn’t know is how deep it would move me. I should have known though, because she always finds a way to break the mold and set a new standard of excellence.” – Katie, Goodreads reviewer

 

“This is one of those times I am thanking my lucky stars I took a chance on a new-to-me author. The writing was engaging, smart, and effortless to read. The storytelling was honest and sweetly addicting. I craved it when I wasn’t reading it, I wanted to sink into it for hours, lose time with these wonderful characters and their original, adorable, emotionally satisfying love story. I can’t say it enough: I loved it! I adored it! This is an absolute MUST read!” – Bookgasms Book Blog

 
Guitarist Chad Wilcox’s life isn’t going according to plan. 
At thirty, he never thought he’d still be unmarried and living with his parents. And with the added stress of his poor health, he’s convinced the only thing within his control is the success he’s found as a rockstar.
 
After reconnecting with his childhood best friend, Chad sets into motion a new plan to regain control over his happiness, and things start looking up. But when he finds himself diagnosed with a potentially debilitating chronic illness, he begins to wonder…
Is this as good as it’s going to get? Or is it at all possible for a guy like him to get everything he’s ever wished for?

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Wow. I’ve read one or two of Kelsey Kingsley’s books before, and they were much… fluffier… than this story. Forget The Stars is raw, emotional and gritty, as guitarist Chad deals with a chronic illness that affects his life in every single way.

Chad may look like he’s living a charmed life, but as he turns 30 years old, he realizes that he’s not quite where he wants to be in life. The tatted rocker wants to get married and have a family, but his girlfriend is quite happy with the status quo of their relationship. Do they even have a relationship any more? Do they still make one another happy?

As he’s starting to question his life choices, Chad reconnects with Molly — his childhood best friend, the daughter of his mother’s best friend, whom he hasn’t seen in about 15 years. They drifted apart when they got to high school and their relationship suffered. As they renew their friendship, suddenly Chad is questioning everything about his life, wondering what he wants, what he doesn’t want. And when the stars align for Molly, a folksy singer, to be the band’s opener on their tour, things really start to heat up and Chad realizes that all he’s ever wanted lies in the eyes of the girl he used to lie under the stars with as a kid.

In the midst of his relationship reevaluation, Chad finds out that the stomach problems that have plagued him since he was a kid is actually ulcerative colitis. How the chronic disease affects him, his bandmates, his relationship with his girlfriend and his friendship with Molly is kind of intense. When it gets to the point where he nearly dies and can no longer ignore it, Molly is right there by his side, holding his hand through it all. But will his girlfriend give him the same kind of support? What kind of dating life will Chad have with this condition? Should he go public and tell his fans, or keep it a secret?

I had my doubts about Chad and Molly because of his wretched girlfriend, but he does end things there before starting anything with Molly. And I liked how their relationship just kind of progressed organically. One day, they both woke up and realized that their feelings for the other ran way deeper than being best friends. They do address the breakdown of their teenage friendship, which I was happy to read. I didn’t think it was something that could be glossed over and have me still be invested in them as a couple. KK deals with Chad’s illness very well, from the reality of how the disease affects patients to his public outing and how he and Molly reconcile what it means for them as a couple.

Forget The Stars is a standalone, but Chad’s bandmates have been the focus of previous books. I’m definitely interested in going back to check out those, and will be looking for young Grayson’s story in the future.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

 

 

 

“What’s that look for?” she asked with a giggle, as she reached around to secure her bra.
 
I shook my head as a smile stretched over my lips. “Nothin’. Just …” I swallowed at the warmth crowding my heart and my lungs. “You’re my best friend.”
 
She tugged a tank top on and sighed, her exhale lingering in the air. “You’re mine.”
 
Mine. The word was simple and yet held the world. It was an agreement, it was possession. It was an invisible contract that lingered between us, and I would’ve gladly used my own blood to sign on the dotted line.
 
But instead of pricking a finger and sealing the deal, I simply nodded, as only two words left my mouth.
 
“I’m yours.”

 

 

 

Kelsey Kingsley is an author of eight, almost nine, novels. She lives in New York with her family and a cat named Ethel. She loves tattoos, music, makeup, and Frasier reruns. Kelsey is a Slytherin. She curses a lot, and she fucking hates cheese.
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