Sunny Shelly’s Review: Star Bright, by Staci Hart

It’s finally here!! Star Bright, the first in Staci Hart’s brand new Bright Young Things series, is available now. Grab your copy of Star Bright from your preferred online book retailer today!

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Stella Spencer has one enemy—her secrets.

The world’s obsession with the Bright Young Things is real. Every lavish party thrown by the most exclusive group in New York is a spectacle, stalked not only by the media, but by the police commissioner, who’s declared war. He’s out to ruin everyone’s good time, starting with uncovering the mysterious benefactor leading the group, thus answering the question on everyone’s lips.

Who is Cecelia Beaton?

And no one knows it’s Stella.

If society finds out the truth, her plans will unravel. And with one smoldering look from a stranger, her carefully ordered world catches fire.

Levi Hunt has one plan—get the story.

His future at Vagabond magazine depends on his ability to do the one thing no one can: infiltrate the Bright Young Things. If he can find out who Cecelia Beaton is, he’ll earn enough notoriety to permanently secure his career.

His dreams are at his fingertips, so long as he doesn’t blow his cover. But one night with the brightest, most brilliant young thing of all, and he knows he’ll have to make a choice.

The job he loves or the woman of his dreams.

Secrets and lies. Love and laughter. And two people with something to hide and everything to gain.

Welcome to the party.

 

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

Star Bright mixes all of the glitz and glamour you think of when it comes to socialites and debutantes with the raw, emotional baggage of yearning for a place to fit in.

Levi and Stella’s story was fantastic, from start to finish. He’s a grown-up foster kid after a career-changing scoop. She’s a socialite making a family of her own choosing. When they meet at a Bright Young Things party, sparks fly and the attraction is immediate. But Levi is an outsider when it comes to the exclusive party clique and Stella is one of the core insiders, making this the ultimate opposites-attract romance.

What I really loved about Levi and Stella is that aside from their differences in social class, they just clicked so well. Everyone has the same feelings and hurts on the inside. Initially, Levi lies about the fact that he is a reporter, so Stella is understandably wary that he is trying to uncover the identity of Cecelia, the hostess of the BYT parties. And she is desperate to keep Cecelia’s identity a secret for many reasons. And when the fallout happens between them over who Cecelia really is, they both make grand gestures to make it up to the other person. But I really loved that Stella chases after Levi to make things right.

There is a fantastic circle of friends among the Bright Young Things, whom I figure will be the other characters/couples in this series. I can’t wait to see how the rest of this unfolds. I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.
 
 

 

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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