Title: Oxford Star
Author: Laura Bradbury
Rating: 4 out of 5
Rock stars shouldn’t suffer from debilitating panic attacks, but I’m barely hanging on by my famous fingernails. That’s why I leverage the name I despise to study my childhood love of astronomy. Just one term at Oxford? Problem solved.
Too bad my pre-stardom life reappears to haunt me in the form of Lucy Snow, the sharp-tongued, opulent-bodied woman I can’t seem to forget. This would be the perfect opportunity to make amends for stealing her fantasy four years ago, except Lucy’s love for me has turned to loathing.
When she refuses my financial help, I have a wonderful, dangerous idea…
Jack Seary stole my dream of a singing career and made it his reality. When he trampled my heart, he also taught me a lesson: being selfless and hardworking makes me Cinderella without the goddamn glass slipper.
Now this infuriating thief of a man thinks I’ll pretend to be his girlfriend to dispel tabloid rumors? Ha!
This was a quick, fun read. Lucy’s mother’s neediness absolutely infuriated me—as did Lucy’s being chained to her phone in case her mother couldn’t figure out how to breathe on her own. I loved the skulk—Lucy and Jack’s friend group—and thought they were the best. Lucy and Jack’s interactions were great, too, and I liked how they both changed over the course of the story. This would be a great weekend read.
Laura Bradbury has a law degree from Oxford, and now splits her time between France and Canada. Oxford Star is her newest novel.
(Galley courtesy of Grape Books in exchange for an honest review.)