Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Starstruck-Michelle Celmer

Michelle Celmer
Harlequin Mediterranean Nights, Apr 2008, $5.50
ISBN: 97803739704

Her grandfather 1950s matinee idol Frederick Miles invites Claire Mackenzie to join him as he performs on Alexandra's Dream as part of a Golden Era revival show. Claire accepts as she has not seen her beloved grandfather in a while; ever since she left Hollywood to open a plant nursery in British Columbia.

On board the vessel, Claire meets assistant cruise director Liam Bates. She is attracted to him and visa versa, but she believes he is using her as a ticket to Frederick and the furthering of his career. Liam wants Claire, but more than just for a few nights or as his avenue to the stars. However when Claire claims she just wants a short fling, he is left stunned as he is STARSTRUCK on her.

This is an engaging cruise romance between two likable protagonists though the geriatric generation led by her grandfather in many ways steals the show. Claire’s doubts re Liam’s motives ring true while his efforts to prove he loves her also come across authentic. Although the distance of her being in British Columbia and he cruising seems shallow especially on her part, fans will enjoy the latest Alexandra’s Dream contemporary romance.

Harriet Klausner

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