Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: Your Fallen Star
SERIES: Under the Stars #1
AUTHOR: Raleigh Ruebins
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 272 Pages
RELEASE DATE: May 14th, 2017
A decade and a half ago, Leo Stone was famous. Fans galore, and money pouring in like a waterfall. Music industry royalty.
…And then the band broke up.
Leo went from a prince to pauper, and now he’s trying to make a comeback. To clean up his image and grab a little publicity, his manager hires Jamie Sheffield to write his biography.
Straight out of college, Jamie can’t believe his luck. He’d never quite gotten over his teen-aged crush on Leo, and now here he is, talking with Leo, thinking about Leo. Sleeping with Leo. And the heat between them is enough to set paper on fire.
But Leo’s afraid to commit to Jamie, no matter how much Jamie wants it. Not with the tabloids standing by, waiting for their next serving of scandal. And all the while, the book is getting closer to being finished. Will their story be cut short, or can they make it last forever?
Your Fallen Star is a 75,000-word gay romance novel, complete with a cranky, lovable, washed-up musician, a young and starry-eyed hopeful writer, and a cat named Mr. Ginger Boots. A little slow-burn, a lot of steam, and a happily-ever-after ending. It is the first book in the Under the Stars series, featuring the former members of the boy band 5*Star, but can be read alone or as part of the series.
I will freely admit that when I see a cover I do get some preconceived notions on how a story will play out. Sometimes I’m right, and sometimes I’m wrong. I’m not the biggest fans of covers like this and I’m not sure why. Maybe subconsciously I’ve read a book that I disliked and it had a cover similar to this. Who knows, but for whatever reason I didn’t think I’d enjoy this story quite as much as I did. Raleigh Ruebins is a new to be author and I have to say, I really like how this story was written. I liked how the characters communicated, that was something that struck me early on. The characters talked to each other and they both were so damn likeable. Even Leo with all his weird quirks and low self-esteem he was so sweet and sincere that I couldn’t help but fall in love with him.
Once upon a time, a long time ago, Leo Stone was a star. Now, years later he’s been forgotten and unsure of what is suppose to come next for him. At a point in his life where he doesn’t want to be thrust back in the spotlight but he also doesn’t want to remain forgotten Leo agrees to have a biography written about him. Maybe a book will shed some light on what he’s supposed to do next.
James Sheffield is beyond excited to write a story about Leo Stone. As a young aspiring writer, James knows he’s beyond lucky by given the opportunity to tell Leo’s story. Not to mention that he’s crushed on Leo throughout his whole childhood.
Meeting Leo in person is everything James could have imagined. Leo is sweet, funny, and down to Earth…plus it’s also quite obvious Leo’s attracted to the much younger man.
I liked the coming together of these two characters. I loved how they communicated with each other and how their relationship built from their amazing communication.
It’s great to see both James and Leo evolve into their relationship. Both men need to get over their own issues so that they can be stronger together.
Totally enjoyed this story…looking forward to book 2….