The Ultimate List of “Famous Star Meets Normal Girl” Romance Books

by Maryse on September 14, 2015 · 30 comments

in Book Recommendations

In dedication to one of the very first awesome romance reads that got me started in this genre (Love Unscripted and Love Unrehearsed by Tina Reber) <— this super-angsty heartachey one to the left had my stomach in knots and my heart in my throat!!!). If you’re looking to fall in love with a Hollywood heartthrob and you want to feel the pain that comes with such an impossible-seeming feat… this is the one! Your friends, his friends, family, industry rules, fan-stalkers, love scenes to cause intense jealousy (and maybe with reason!!!!) normal vs. stardom… it is ALL here!

Brandy: I absolutely LOVED the first book it was my first famous actor book! and loved everything about it…

Amy: …you really need to read Love Unscripted!! It reads pretty fast and is one of my all-time favorites. It’s kinda like a “classic” for me in that I associate it with my Beautiful Disaster and Thoughtless time-reading period, and it was my first “famous person” book. I remember being soooo excited when I came here and found out how many of my favorites Maryse and others had read and reviewed and loved, like those three and Sea of Tranquility and Edge of Never…I freaking love this place. :D

And right on the heels of my latest 5-star famous-actor/normal girl romance read (Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre - the perfect lighthearted, hilarious and just enough angst romance)… I knew it was time for this list. I’m dedicating the list to every woman’s (okay MANY women’s) ultimate romance fantasy!

Genevieve: wishing for a Hottest Movie Star book list!

Holly: You have compiled lists for many of my favourite types of books yay (loving the m/m category)! I just wondered if you’d thought of starting a list of books where either the hero or heroine (or both!) is a celebrity, e.g. a famous hollywood star and a ‘normal’ girl (love unscripted, eternally north) or a famous director and an aspired actress (the spotlight series), or a famous racing driver (driven), a well known author (night owl) etc etc

Roxy: Can u reccomend any famous soccer/actors romance novels to read?

Cheryl: I share your love of sports and rock star stories…

Brenda: A book about a Rock Star….what could get any better?

I sure can!! From famous actors, to rock stars, to sports stars… I’ve read a ton of ‘em and fell in love, a TON!

A few standouts for me? (p.s. I’m just getting us started, I have a ton more to add… and I know you have a ton more to suggest!)

Backstage Pass by Olivia Cunning <— ROCK STAR ALERT! My FIRST famous guy, that I feel head-over-heels in love with. This is pure erotica and steamy as heck, but loaded in angst and romance and passion and hurt. AND!! He’s a famous rock star, and she’s a psych major studying the effects of “fame” (so she’s doing so on their tour bus). Tee hee!! *blush*

The Unidentified Redhead by Alice Clayton AND The Redhead Revealed by Alice Clayton <— FAMOUS ACTOR ALERT! More oomph that you can shake a stick at (especially once we hit book #2). Famous A-list actor falls for an amateur theater actress hoping for success… but she’s older. And the paparazzi are ruthless once they get wind of her. And let’s not even talk about how similar she looks to his ex…. just sayin’. ANGST!!!!!

Remember When by T. Torrest & Remember When 2 by T. Torrest <— These two knew each other when they were teens! Thought they were the love of each other’s lives! What happens when he becomes the famous star that has never forgotten her, and they meet again…? And Gabrielle agrees! “Just read Remember When. Wow. The main charcter relives her time in high school when she was friends with Trip Wiley, who became a famous actor. Can’t wait for book two to find out what happens.

Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre <— My latest most amazing read ever and this one also involves a Hollywood Heartthrob and a southern woman that’s not putting up with his ego. He doesn’t get it… but he sure wants to get her. ;) This book has it ALL.

Between the Lines by Tammara Webber & Where You Are by Tammara Webber <— she get’s a part on a show with a bunch of Hollywood teen actors… and falls in love with the A-lister… but also becomes close to one of the new “bad boys” that just might be the next big thing.

Louder Than Love by Jessica Topper <— ROCK STAR ALERT! He’s an older super famous ex-rock star and falls for a school teacher… and OMG sheer contemporary romance perfection!!! Lisa agrees! “…just finished Louder Than Love by Jessica Topper and it was sooooo good. The cover and blub made me think it was another light rock star read but it is so much more. Just beautifully written, sad and tender and hopeful. Lovely.

Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens & Effortless by S.C. Stephens <— ROCK STAR & WAITRESS ALERT! Okay to be fair, #1, he’s just famous in his local area, but that’s hard enough to deal with. It’s when we get to #2 that he’s a full-blown famous, and the angst in both of these books will leave you breathless. WARNING!!! Tie your e-reader to your wrist. You may find yourself unable to resist throwing it across the room, and will regret that action. ;)

Kulti by Mariana Zapata <— FAMOUS SOCCER STAR!! And she’s had a crush on him throughout her teens… and then he gets a job coaching her up and coming women’s soccer team. OMG the slow burn DELIGHT!!! You MUST read this one!

Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin by Mariana Zapata <— ROCK STAR ALERT!! While we’re talking about this author’s slow burn… let’s check out this hilarious and slightly angsty and TOTALLY relatable read as she boards her brother’s tour bus to help his band with tour sales, and falls for the other band’s lead singer!

Beat by Vi Keeland <— ROCK STAR ALERT & FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC!!! “Lucky” (that’s her name!) owns a karaoke bar but since her parents were famous, she’s run into plenty of rock stars in her life… and one (a HOTTIE heartthrob rock star touring with her Famous rock star BOYFRIEND’S band) walks into her bar one day… “Beat” has a slight Kellan-feel that I LOVED!! The writing is really good. *oooooooomph!!!!*

The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle <— OMG talk about love triangle angst! This one is INTENSE (almost along the line of Thoughtless) and this rock star is something to behold!!!

More recommendations (and I will be sorting these very shortly by rock star, sports star and actor because I have a feeling this list will be LONG!!)


In Bloom (Entangled Embrace) (The Brightside Book 1) by Katie Delahanty <— Cheryl suggests this one! “Blushing the sequel to In Bloom by Katie Delahanty was released. Famous actor story. I really enjoyed In Bloom and looking forward to Blushing;”

The Wild Side by R.K. Lilley <— FAMOUS ACTOR ALERT! MichelleS loved this series! “it’s my favorite of that “flavor”… he’s a famous author and she is significantly younger… major jail-bait… and possibly a gold digger. He’s a mess and his inner dialogue is hilarious. He doesn’t know what to think with this hot little chick by his side! Anyway, it’s called The Wild Side by RK Lilley. Three short novels that are one story alltogether. Steamy. Forbidden. Loved it.”

An Unexpected Obsession (Hot Romance) by Heidi Hall <— Jodi found us this one! “An Unexpected Obsession by Heidi Hall. It’s kinda like The Unidentified Redhead but really plays up the paparazzi angle in a fun way. Super famous younger male actor falls for an older author/college professor when auditing one of her classes for movie research! I read it a couple of years ago but really liked it! Pretty steamy too if I remember right!”

Eversea (Eversea #1) by Natasha Boyd <— FAMOUS ACTOR ALERT!! Ana LOVED this! “Eversea is lovely, not much steam but just enough and I love the Actor/Famous Rockstars with “normal girl” romances!! I recommend”

Heaven and Hell by Kristen Ashley <— SPORTS STAR ALERT! Ooooooh a KA recommendation!!! Lori says: “Heaven and Hell is one of my favs. The h, in an abusive marriage, for years thought about the H, a famous sports star, a fantasy, to escape her reality. After the death of her husband, they meet by chance, and off their story goes. Sam is awesome, super hot, protective but of course has his own issues to deal with.”

Texas Pride by Kindle Alexander <— M/M FAMOUS ACTOR ALERT! Brittany loves this one! “Texas Pride has a cowboy and a famous actor–yummy!”

From Rags by Suzanne Wright <— FAMOUS RACE CAR DRIVER <— Ella suggests this one! “From Rags. He’s a famous race car driver. She becomes discovered as a model. Loved it. Love that author”

Play (Completion Series) by Holly S. Roberts <— SPORTS STAR ALERT!! Cheryl LOVES the sports stars BIG TIME!! “I LOVE a sports star story. This was one of the best I’ve read. Angst, hot, alpha badass H, reminded me a little of Tate with his commands- “Everything off below the waist. Now.” “Naked in my kitchen. Now.” F&@k, I want to look at you for hours, but I’m done being nice. You ready legs?” Enjoyable!!”

Mayhem Series by Jamie Shaw <— ROCK STAR ALERT! Here’s Jackie’s recommendation and what she says made me *snort*!! “Just last week I googled “Maryse and rock stars” (I had a few *ahem* interesting hits show up). I had just come off reading the third book in the Jamie Shaw’s awesome Mayhem series and I *needed to continue my rock star fix. Thanks for creating all your lists. I’m sure I’ll be referring to them often.”

Storm (Ashes & Embers Book 1) by Carian Cole <— ROCK STAR ALERT!! Jean found us this one! “I’m off to finish Storm by Cole Carian….I am really liking it. Kind of like a Charlotte Stein book… lots of meaning and very likable characters. She gets stuck in a snowstorm and is rescued by a hot guy who turns out to be an upcoming rock star! She has no idea who he is and has a boyfriend already. Fun!”

True North (The True Series Book 1) by Liora Blake <— ROCK STAR ALERT!!! Cheryl was getting a kick out of this one! “I’m reading True North now too. I’m loving the story and Trevor too, even though there’s minimal rock star/concert interaction. Hey there’s even a Kellan in it too!!!”

Heaven, Texas (Chicago Stars Book 2) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips <— SPORTS STAR ALERT!!! bev suggests this one: “He is a very famous football player.”

The Driven Series Boxed Set – Limited Edition (Books 1-4) by K. Bromberg <— SPORTS STAR ALERT!! Race car driver, in fact… Lauren loved these SO much and says: “I just discovered the Driven series last month & I’ve already gone back & re-read them a few times. I’m so glad I found em after all 3 had been released….can’t imagine having to wait for each book!!! “I race you, Ryles”… heart melted!! I love Colton Donavan! …so jealous of those who haven’t read it! I was late to the K. Bromberg Driven trilogy & all the books were already out & everyone was going nuts over Colton Donavan & I remember thinking, “what’s the big deal?” Then I read them….” and Melissa agrees! “I have read the Driven series Twice now and Absolutely Love it!” and Tessa agrees, too! “the Driven series was so goooooood. I was in a happy fog, my heart having clenched so many times throughout the books. Great recommendation. Warning, though, it took me a bit to be able to read again due to the happy fog.”

Small Town Girl by Lavyrle Spencer <— SHE’S THE COUNTRY STAR (and he’s the next door neighbor)… Bethany suggests this one! “Small Town Girl by Lavyrle Spencer is one of my all time favorites. An oldy, but perfect for this list!”



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bev September 14, 2015 at 7:49 PM

Heaven, Texas by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.
He is a very famous football player.

Tessa September 14, 2015 at 8:24 PM

Rocker That Savors Me by Terri Anne Browning is also a normal girl meets rock star. :D

Jen September 14, 2015 at 8:52 PM

This is my favorite kind of storyline!

Rebecca September 14, 2015 at 10:02 PM

Lick, by Kylie Scott?

Ann-Theres September 14, 2015 at 11:47 PM

Why, oh WHY is’nt Lick and the rest of the books by Kylie Scott on that list??

Jackie September 14, 2015 at 11:51 PM

Stardust (Peaches Monroe) by Mimi strong
Hollywood & Vine by Olivia Evans
Trashed by Jasinda Wilder
And there’s one more that is gonna cause me to lose sleep- I think she’s a waitress- gah-going to make another pass through the kindle.

Cynthia September 15, 2015 at 5:26 AM

Maryse- I recently read Friction by LD Davis. Amazing fun read. Alden was really hot. I had to read it twice- I liked it so much. He’s a rockstar and she’s a girl who got dragged by a friend to one of his concerts. She gets injured and he saves her. She is so unimpressed by him. I loved it! He’s intrigued by her and it just goes from there.,,

Maryse September 15, 2015 at 7:02 AM

YES!! I will be adding them all. LOL!!! :P These are all PERFECT, and I’ve read so many my brain froze when I was trying to remember them… haha!

Lisa September 15, 2015 at 7:31 AM

Maryse you have to add How to Kill a Rockstar to your list.
Stage Dive series by Kylie Scott are all ordinary everyday girls tangling with rock stars.
Katy Evans Ripped too.

Lisa September 15, 2015 at 7:37 AM

How about Incomplete & Complete by Lindy Zart… loved those books. Book two is the one that fits this list…he’s the big rockstar and she’s the girl next door he left behind.

Jeannie Smith September 15, 2015 at 9:44 AM

Perfect by Judith McNaught is an oldie but still pretty good! She was one of my favorite go to authors back in the day; I’m dating myself here lol. Storyline is a famous actor/director is accused of murder and goes to prison. He escapes and along the way takes a woman as a hostage. This was one of my favorites in her contemporary series.

Jen September 15, 2015 at 5:54 PM

I started Louder Than Love this afternoon and I am loving it. I have already cried twice and laughed out loud multiple times and I am only 20% in. I really like how it is set in the early 2000′s. It’s like a mini time warp! Thanks for the recommendation!

Lisa September 15, 2015 at 6:01 PM

Jen…I’m glad you are loving Louder Than Love. One of my favourites, that I had tucked away on my tbr. Isn’t the writing wonderful. You expect a fluffy rockstar meets girl romance but it has so much more going on.

Lan September 16, 2015 at 1:58 AM

Check out JJ knight’s Revenge and Blue Series series!

Cheryl September 16, 2015 at 7:57 AM

LOVE these kind of stories!!

Thanks for the list Maryse- gives me more to add to my tbr list!! ;)

Carol Montgomery September 16, 2015 at 1:28 PM

J.T. Geissinger – her new series: “Bad Habit” Series is off to a good start. BUT her “Night Prowler Series” is what got me started reading her!!

S.Sheridan September 16, 2015 at 4:35 PM

JT Geissinger’s Sweet as Sin is a pretty addictive rock star meets normal girl novel, I loved it.

pamelia September 16, 2015 at 6:15 PM

@ Jeannie Smith: McNaught’s Perfect is one of my favorites ever.
Has anyone else read Ava Lore’s Lonely Kings books? Rising rock stars and regular girls. The second book’s heroine is an escapee from a polygamist sect. I think the first book is called Hard Rock Arrangement.. So far there are 3 books in the series with book 4 due out soon (I hope!).
I also second the recommendations for KA’s Heaven and Hell and SEP’s Heaven Texas. Plus I love love love Louder than Love. Just bought the sequels today. Squee!

Narda Grover September 16, 2015 at 9:51 PM

Hello Maryse’s
Just wondering if you have read or listened to Sweet as Sin by JT Geissinger. I found it a great listen, I don’t read much mainly listen on audio cause I do a bit of driving.
I have listened to a few on your list, and they have been great books, you most likely get thousands of book request, not sure if you get to many from Australian or even outback Australian. It would be nice if you have a read of JT Geissinger books, take care hey cheers.Narda

Suzan September 17, 2015 at 11:51 AM

Sweet As Sin by J.T.Geissinger! It’s amazing! :-)

Julie September 21, 2015 at 1:20 PM

This is one of my favorite types of story to read! Your list isn’t complete without the Stage Dive series. The first book is good but Mal from book 2 will always be one of my fav characters ever!

Another good one is Forever Red by Carina Adams. I gave it 4.5 stars but it is a solid 5 in parts. He’s a famous country singer and she’s the girl that got away. And, let’s not forget Carnage! Childhood friends and he turns into a famous singer. The series is one I will never forget.

Other honorable mentions I didn’t see on your list — Shuttergirl (he’s a famous actor and she’s a papparazzi), Liquid Regret (actor) and the Cranberry Inn series (hockey player).

florina October 22, 2015 at 10:59 AM

my comment might be late since this was done September but the novel of Dorothy Shackleford should be here” A Time For Me To Come Home” based on the song of Blake Shelton and was written by her mother….

florina October 22, 2015 at 11:01 AM

I mean written by his mother…..

Carian Cole October 26, 2015 at 7:57 PM

Thank you so much for mentioning Storm! My entire Ashes & Embers rock star series is about girl-next-door types meeting one of the guys in this band (made up of brothers and cousins). All have a HEA and can be read as stand-alones, but better together. xoxo

Marie Manning November 13, 2015 at 11:52 PM

Lost in the Moment by
K. M. Nichols is set to release on November 25, 2015, but is available for pre order on Kindle. I was lucky enough to read it since it was a friend who wrote it and I must say, I am in love with the characters and the story. It’s about an average girl from a small town who moves to Los Angeles and ends up living down the street from a famous celebrity guy. It’s a great story, I couldn’t decide whether to laugh or cry, it definitely keeps the story going. A must read for anyone who enjoys these types of love stories.

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ssjenny1 February 28, 2016 at 7:38 PM

“Along for the Ride” by knightsrachel is one of my favorite books and it has this storyline (MC’s brother is a famous pop star and she’s forced to go on tour with him, and meets her favorite band). It’s the reason I came here looking for more. Bonus: it’s on WattPad so it’s free!

Maryse March 1, 2016 at 12:54 PM

Thank ssjenny1!!! I shall look it up! :D

Kylie March 25, 2016 at 5:08 PM

I don’t know if your found this one already, but I love Cinder and Ella by Kelly Oram!

barbyaryta September 13, 2016 at 2:05 PM

To Kylie. I also love Cinder and Ella so much. The plot was just wonderful. Found myself identifying with the characters. I laughed with them and cried with them through out the story. Kudos to Kelly Oram.

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