Having read (and loved) Please Don’t Stop the Music, I decided to read some more of Jane Lovering’s work and downloaded Star Struck.
Skye Threppel is an actress disfigured by a car accident. Not only did the accident take away her career, but it also took her best friend, her fiancé and huge chunks of her memory. Since then, the two main stays of her life are her best friend (and brother of her late friend) Felix and the TV series Fallen Skies. When Skye goes to a Fallen Skies convention hoping to meet her idols, it leads to a slow revealing of her past.
Jay Whitaker is a man with secrets. His scars are less obvious than Skye’s, but no less distruptive. He has taken the emotional scars from his past and used it to power his writing. Meeting Skye he senses a connection that runs deeper than he ever expected.
Skye is flaky and drug addled for the first part of the book, but there is enough mystery to keep you reading until her valium wears off and her character starts to grow. Jay is dark and brooding. He has an annoying tendency to deliberately not tell people stuff – thereby making an easily solved problem a crisis. Eventually, Skye points this out to him and he blames the fact that he writes drawn out conflict for a living. I’m not sure that excuses it, but it’s a neat get out.
Felix is a fantastically bonkers character – I loved him. There are a number of twists and turns in the plot where your feelings towards the characters swing from one extreme to the other. The characters are realistic and the setting is wonderfully evoked (Okay, I’ve never been to a real Sci-Fi convention – but I can easily believe the setting in the book, which is what matters).
Overall I really enjoyed the book. Although… it’s left me with a strange hankering to watch Firefly.