Reviews: Picture Perfect and Rumor Has It by Elisabeth Grace
Picture Perfect (Limelight #2)
by: Elisabeth Grace
Publication Date: Apr. 3, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Source: e-galley provided by InkSlingerPR in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 286 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 4/5 stars
I really liked the idea of this storyline! I am such a sucker for music industry romances and reading about the pressures they have to endure in regards to their appearance, personal life, and how to handle the paparazzi. I didn't like this one quite as much as I did Picture Perfect though. The second book in the series had a stronger storyline and we didn't see as much back and forth as we did in this book.
Pacing: I felt the pacing was okay in this one. It wasn't a hard read at all, despite some of the choppy phrasing, but I did feel drama was thrown in just to create angst and a story. This storyline had the potential to really explore the music world, Mason's struggle between a new romance and his career, as well as Ellie's fear of being sucked back into the limelight due to a previous incident. With that being said, I just felt that exploration was a bit lacking and everything resolved a bit quicker for my tastes.
Storyline: Ellie is trying her best to stay out of the limelight after a video went viral of her. (I personally didn't think the video was as big of a deal as it was made out to be, but that's just me.) She works a job she doesn't particularly care for, but it is because of that job she meets rapper Mason Nash. She (literally) stumbles into his life and he is immediately intrigued by her. He is determined to spend time with her, but knows their time together is limited, as his break from work will only last so long. Mason finds himself torn between the woman he's slowly falling for and the career that he's worked hard to build. Ellie, on the other hand, is afraid of how past transgressions will affect being with Mason. She doesn't want to be in the spotlight, but she will have to decide if she can get past that in order to be with the guy she's falling for.
Characters: I liked Ellie and Mason's characters and their personalities. However, their thoughts were very back and forth and I felt like I was getting whiplash. One minute they would be resolute in their thinking and the very next would completely change their mind. It was a bit frustrating to read, as I couldn't get a good hold of their true thoughts and feelings.
Final Thoughts: I didn't like this one as much as Picture Perfect, but it did give us a nice introduction of the characters that I have grown to love so much. I felt Rumor Has It had a lot of potential, but unfortunately I just didn't connect with it as much as I would have liked. I don't like when excessive drama is created just to keep the storyline moving and I just thought some of it was too over the top.