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.
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”…..my 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!”
MORE FAMOUS FINDS:
- Breathless by Becki Brannen
- Falling Stars Series by Sadie Grubor
- Strapless (Breathless) by Becki Brannen
- Cover Girl by Presley Collins
- The Accidental Movie Star by Emily Evans
- Starkissed by Brynna Gabrielson
- Star Struck by Paige Halpert
- Just the Sexiest Man Alive (Berkley Sensation) by Julie James
- My Life With The Movie Star by Meaghan Hoffmann
- Love Left Behind by S.H. Kolee
- My A-List Boyfriend by Kyle LaForge
- Why Romeo Hates Juliet (a romantic comedy about living next door to a movie star) by Anna Mara
- Celebrity Blind by Amanda Gorsche Miller
- The Movie Star’s Wife by Liz R. Newman
- The Name of the Game by Nora Roberts
- How Not to Date a Hollywood Star by Betty Jo Schuler
- Someone Else’s Fairytale by E.M. Tippetts