Thursday, June 5, 2014

Before He Was Famous by Becky Wicks with Giveaway, Excerpt & Review

Title: Before He Was Famous
Author: Beck Wicks
Release Date: May 29, 2014

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Before He Was Famous Blurb
Falling in love with your best friend isn’t always a great idea, especially when he’s Noah Lockton - the sexiest, most famous new talent on the planet. When 21-year-old small-town photographer Chloe Campbell is offered the chance of a lifetime – to join her celebrity childhood friend Noah on tour as an exclusive blogger for a New York magazine – she’s certain both have put what happened four years ago behind them. But his eyes still burn; his voice is still a jackhammer to her heartstrings; all his songs are about her. Is it possible that that night still haunts them both?

The music industry is a machine, spinning hype and rumors as much as his records. It’s not just Noah’s girlfriends who’ve got it in for Chloe (there’s no stopping the Twitter-obsessed, cat-loving pop-star Courtney Lentini for starters). Pretty soon, the jealousy and media frenzy surrounding these so-called-friends takes a life-changing turn and it seems making love means making enemies at every turn. When tragedy threatens to pull the final curtain on their relationship, both Chloe and Noah must make a choice. As much as this world leaves them starstruck, is living their dream really worth living without each other?

A story of lifelong friendships, love and hope, set in a world of celebrity, fame and social media gone very, very wrong. 
My Review: 5 stars
This was a great story that brought to mind the realities of what the winners of the TV singing competitions must go through, to a point. We begin with Noah as a finalist for one of those ty[es of shows. Noah and Choe are best friends, have been since they met. They've been through a lot in their young lives and have each let go to let the other fly. I loved how she called him Peter and he called her Pan. Yes, there are references throughout the book to Peter Pan, and they are significant. When Chloe get the opportunity to be a part of Noah's tour, she is all for it and so is Noah. Noah writes these amazing songs that are all about his and Chloe's relationship, but only him and Chloe know at first. They aren't prepared for all the things that happen to Chloe that bring them closer. They just don't realize that the feelings they have for each other that they've been burying for the last four years will come out, and that when they do, there are consequences for those feelings. I really enjoyed this book and the way that it went back and forth from Chloe and Noah's point of view. There is a huge range of emotions that you go through reading this, as you realize everything that Chloe and Noah have gone through together over the years. I loved the ending of this one, and the characters were amazing. There are many twists to this story, including how the media makes us think one thing when that's not really the truth. It makes you think about a lot of things. Well, it did to me. Becky did a great job weaving the past and present together in this book, and I for one loved it. 

Author Bio
Becky Wicks is a HarperCollins author going indie! Itchy feet has led her to live and work all over the world since leaving England at age 21, including NYC, Sydney, Bali, South America and Dubai. Right now she’s scribbling the second book in the HotFlush series in Vietnam, and will soon be in Vancouver if any hot Canadian men want to make her a cup of tea?

Becky has also written three funny travel books about her time in Dubai, Bali and South America (HarperCollins). Her first book, Burqalicious - The Dubai Diaries, her second book, Balilicious - The Bali Diaries and her third, Latinalicious -The South America Diaries are out now as ebooks.

Becky has also written a comedy romance with author Sarah Alderson under the name Lola Salt, called The Extraordinary Life of Lara Craft (not Croft) which should raise a giggle or two... think Bridget Jones if Jackie Collins had written it!

Follow her on twitter at bex_wicks and her blog

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Twitter: bex_wicks

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