Falling Stars was my first introduction to Ms. Axelrod’s work. It’s not a read that falls into my usual arsenal considering I don’t tend to enjoy books that end on a “cliffhanger.” Let me explain, this story is a cliffhanger in a sense that there’s no resolution between the characters but the following book, due out in early 2016, is a continuation of the story. The ending simply left me wanting to know more which is a good sign. From what Ms. Axelrod stated about writing roughly 900 pages of this tale, readers can probably expect a few more installments, but I’m just guessing (and crossing my fingers).
Let’s get to the actual review. Falling Stars is the story of two actors, Valerie, and Sam, who are thrust together as co-stars on a television pilot. Fans of Scandal will surely enjoy this since it has some overlapping premise. We the People is a politically based television show where Valerie plays a reporter and Sam a Congressman. Not exactly Fitz and Olivia but once you begin reading, you immediately feel like Val and Sam have some Olitz tendencies (Samerie happens). You also feel some serious Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie déjà vu. I get the feeling We the People is going to turn into Mr. and Mrs. Smith for this couple.
Sam is a seasoned actor who’s finally hitting his stride, but he’s stuck in a loveless marriage simply out of loyalty. He cares about his wife, but things have been broken in their relationship for well over ten years. She’s not exactly a gem. Oy, that woman. I don’t think there’s enough therapy in the world to help Sam, and his wife Karen, get back to the good times. Val is a single, young, bubbly up and coming starlet who’s had her fair share of television gigs and We the People is the show that finally sends her career to the next level. In some areas, for me, the story stalled and seemed a bit slow because of the crazy slow burn between Sam and Val and ultimately, you just want to scream, “Okay, the cat is out of the bag, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?”
There are too many playing with fire moments, and you know what? I enjoyed them. I’m talking some serious sensual explosions. Warning to readers, if you’re sensitive about potential cheating, then this story might not be for you. Sam and Val teeter the line. Honestly, they straddle that sucker!
Ms. Axelrod did a bang up job with Falling Stars, and I eagerly look forward to the next book in the series. Great prose that definitely sucks the reader in and builds up anticipation. Not an easy thing to do. Well done! I recommend Falling Stars if you’re seeking a read with intrigue and a smidge of angst.