Series Review: Is this series worth your time? Does it get better as the novels progress? Or does it get worse? Find out below:
Rumor Has It by Elizabeth Grace | Limelight Series
Other books in the series:
Author: Elisabeth Grace
# of Books: 3 (Rumor Has It, Picture Perfect, Collateral Damage)
Book Order: Connected
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Celebrity, Contemporary
Heat Rating: Hot
Point of View: First Person, Alternating
**This post was originally posted as a Fresh Friday review of the first book of the series. It has now been updated to include the newest publications in the series.**
I’m not sure what it is about celebrity romance stories, but I am a sucker for them–especially if they are in the New Adult genre! So this was a must-buy for me and when I found out that the other was Canadian, it was a no-brainer.
Overall, I really enjoyed Rumor Has It. I loved Ellie and Mason. While Ellie could have easily gotten on my nerves, she didn’t irritate me. She was a strong, independent heroine and I liked how she handled certain situations (though in some situations I just felt like it went a bit against her character to do what she did–but I was able to get over it). Mason was super sweet and swoon-worthy and there isn’t much else to say about that. I liked that they had more in common than physical attraction but I felt like their relationship progressed much too quickly for my tastes. While I did like Ellie, when it came to certain decisions, I just felt like it went a bit against her character to do what she did–but I was able to get over it.
When I was a few chapters in, I knew how the book was going to end. I felt like it was a little obvious but what I didn’t expect was the pathway to get there. It was filled with drama (but not over the top drama which was great) and that made the story a lot more interesting to me.
–June 25, 2014– Book #2: Picture Perfect
Skye wasn’t a huge character in Rumour Has It but I was excited to read her story in Picture Perfect and when I did get the time to read it, I really enjoyed it. The chemistry between her and Landon was fantastic and the sexual tension built throughout the book.
I felt like the book had a good blend between romance and plot–so I never got bored reading it. My only disappointment with the book was that some of the moments between Skye and Landon seemed out of character for Skye. I got the initial impression she was more reserved than she actually was when I read the book–but it really wasn’t a huge deal or turn-off for me when I was reading it though it threw me for a bit of a loop at first. Overall, it was a great follow-up to Rumour Has It and I can’t wait to read book 3, Collateral Damage!
–May 4, 2016– Book #3: Collateral Damage
This one was easily my favourite of the entire series (even though I got the world mixed up with Laurelin Paiges’ Lights, Camera Series universe). If I hadn’t been on vacation and busy doing activities, I would have devoured it in one sitting. It was exactly what I needed to read when I did.
I thought the characters had great depth to them and I enjoyed the equal focus on their own development as individuals as well as the romance. Calder and Francesca were not only a great match for each other but they were intriguing on their own. The sexual tension between them was great and I loved how it was supported by a real emotional connection. You really wanted to see them work it out and succeed.
Things happen fast though in this novel and there isn’t too much to the story besides this couple trying to form. I wanted certain plot aspects to be address, not swept under the rug but I suppose that it was more “realistic” with the approach it took. Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading this lighter romance novel from start to finish.
Series Rating: 4/5
Rumor Has It 4/5 | Picture Perfect 4/5 | Collateral Damage 4/5
This series is a great quick but solid celebrity contemporary romance series. Enjoyable from start to end, this is a great choice for a lighter romance read.
Read if You Like: quick romance reads, celebrity romances, sexual tension
Avoid if You: want more drama
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Synopsis for Rumor Has It (from Goodreads):
All publicity is good publicity, right? Unless you’re recent college grad Ellie Wagner and an embarrassing video of you and your boyfriend goes viral. Every man in your life abandons you, but who knew a one-minute clip of your latest doomed relationship would brand you a slut, prevent you from getting your perfect job, and force you to keep doing the one thing you swore you’d never do again…live with your mother.
But staying with mom and her latest boy-toy (is this husband number four or five?) until your life turns around might not be all bad. Especially when you fall – literally – at the feet of a sexy, green-eyed stranger who offers you freedom and a life of luxury on a gold-rimmed platter.
There’s only one little problem – the man of your dreams is none other than Mason Nash, the latest hip-hop star busting up the music charts. Fame and fortune are his calling cards and he’s vying to steal the show on a new reality TV series that will catapult him into mainstream stardom. Hello spotlight.
The man behind the famous persona is perfect for Ellie in every way, but can she overcome the ugly pitfalls that come with Mason’s celebrity status? Or will she be forced to choose between the man she loves and the independent life she longs for? After all, fame and fortune aren’t always what they seem and not all publicity is good publicity…