Published by Entangled: Embrace on February 8th 2016
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Most girls would kill for the opportunity to work for Jack McAlister, Hollywood's hottest actor, but twenty-one-year-old Jessica Beckett is ready to kick him out of her red Ford Fiesta and never look back. She should be spending her junior year in France, eating pastries and sharpening her foreign language skills. Instead she's reluctantly working as Jack's personal assistant, thanks to her powerhouse talent agent aunt.
Jack is private, prickly, and downright condescending. Jessica pushes his buttons—she's not the type of girl to swoon over celebrity heartthrobs, precisely why her aunt thought she'd be perfect for the job—and Jack pushes right back.
But as she begins to peel away his layers, Jessica is shocked to find she craves her boss's easy smile and sexy blue eyes. The problem is, so does the entire female population. And what started out as the job from hell soon has Jess wondering if a guy like Jack could ever find love with a regular girl like her.
Being a personal assistant to the hottest hollywood actor isn’t all that glamorous, particularly when pig wrestling, celebrity-dinner-party-planning and sorting through trash are part of the job description. But it’s what Jessica Beckett is slowing finding out thanks to her CAA agent aunt who is determined to foist her onto Jack McAlister, whose surly and high-handed ways would have made *me* throw in the towel a long time ago. Jess however, is shades more loyal than more female characters I’ve ever read about and her optimistic, feisty nature makes it so easy to like her.
Written however, in a fairly distinctive female voice that would probably appeal to NA/YA readers, it somehow distances the male protagonist from the readers more than I would have liked, even if there are clues dropped about Jack throughout the book. The sudden – and probably unnecessary – switch at the epilogue was jarring and disconcerting and sadly, insufficient to appreciate the type of person Jack really was.
‘Beyond the Stars’ is nevertheless, a fun and easy read, with shades of Mean Girls or The Princess Diaries (just to name a few) written into it. There is a saccharine sweet but clichéd happy ending, and as rushed and unbelievable as it was to me, seemed fitting for what is essentially a girlish teenage fantasy fulfilled.