Book Review – Bring Down the Stars by Emma Scott

by Maryse on August 29, 2018 · 9 comments

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Bring Down the Stars (Beautiful Hearts Duet Book 1)
LOVE TRIANGLE DELICIOUSNESS ALERT!! If you’re looking to pine HARD over someone, and to feel like you’re falling in love, and to be all sorts of confused because also… there’s that other guy that you can’t stop looking at (but that barely acknowledges you, but then again.. sort of does), but then again…. he’s your new boyfriend’s best friend *ahem* (sorry for the run-on) but …. you’ve found your match!!!! Er… in this book, I mean. ;)

The author may have warned us “THIS IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL LOVE TRIANGLE #confusedhearts #notamenage” <— I agree! But OMG this is still your OLD school, angsty, new-adult love triangle. You know the kind. When the heroine is solidly connecting with TWO guys, dating one, and crushing on him hard (Mr. Popular, coveted & super-rich), but also… totally connecting with his talented but brooding, super-jaded best friend that wants nothing to do with ANYONE.

Except for some reason… he’s connecting with you. I mean her. HER!!!! ;) :P

Emma Scott KNOWS how to pull at our heart strings, and boy can she WRITE!!!! I don’t even feel like I’m reading when I read her genre of angst. I feel like I’m living it.

R: I cannot wait for the world to read Bring Down the Stars. We have a big BR going on in my group today and I’m just going to kick back with a big bag of popcorn and watch!

Jenn:  I just finished “Bring Down The Stars” I am in awe of this book and can not say enough about it. I loved it so much definitely one of the best books I have ever read! I typically stay away from series unless they are all out as there is nothing worse than book torture waiting for the next one to come out and that is where I am at since book 2 is not out. In trying to find out when it will be…I read that Emma has not even been able to finish it yet due to her 10yr old daughter passing away :( so sad and unfair. Now my hearts even more.

Melinda: I have just finished Emma Scott’s book “Bring down the stars “ and I loved it. So if you are looking for a good book that’s the one. Although it ends on a cliffhanger. I don’t like cliffhangers. So I have to wait to finish.

Jenn:  …I’m still not over where that book left me so I will wait till the other one is out before I start.

Yessssssss it’s true. A cliffhanger. And a doozy of one, at that. Though I tolerate cliffhangers well (I kind of like that last minute sting/panic attack… hey, I even like the sting of rubbing alcohol to disinfect a boo-boo *snort*) so well… I know it. ;) I’m weird. But I’m good with how this ended, ’cause I’m anxious to see what… will… happen.

So what’s it about?

Connor and Weston have been best friends since prep school. Connor, from an affluent family, befriended the almost-bullied Weston that won a scholarship for his incredible writing (writing about the hard life his family has been through).

Getting this scholarship was going to help my family. I’d get into a good college, get a good job, and maybe cut out the worrying for a little while.

Connor and his benevolent family adored Weston from the start (despite his surly and mistrustful nature).

Connor wasn’t put off by my hard tone; a trait that would endure years into our friendship. The glue that would hold it together many, many times.

A hard worker, a fighter, someone that was bound to make it in life, from his incredible talent, intelligence, spirit and determination alone (what an amazing influence he would be on their “charmed” happy-go-lucky Connor).

I felt some of the pressure they put on Connor: to work hard and get better grades, to go to college, instead of opening a sports bar like he wanted. They wanted a friendship between their son and me—the scrappy street kid who’d show Connor how far hard work and smarts could get you.

And both of them defend and protect each other to the depths of their souls. True best friends. Secretly, Connor (and his family) kept Weston (and his family) afloat,

I was determined to make it on my own—to show my a$$hole dad I didn’t need his help. But every kindness the Drakes bestowed was a weight on my shoulders. A growing debt.

…while highly talented Weston helped (or pretty much handled) Connor’s homework and kept HIM afloat in school.

Life is pretty much perfect.

And then they meet her. Autumn. The epitome of warmth and comfort and gentleness. She exemplifies the season, itself. Shy, quiet, and naturally beautiful, she too has arrived at the school due to her scholarships and achievements, and fighting spirit.

I liked toying with people to get them riled up, and she’d seemed an easy mark. But instead of walking away, she’d met me head on. I liked that. I liked her.

And I didn’t like anyone.

She’s a social fighter and wants to change the world. She’s overcoming an incredible heartbreak.

She’s too sweet for my bitterness. Too kind for my mean streak.

But she’s living her own version of jaded…

I wondered what it would be like to bask in that smile, and then brushed the thought aside. Gorgeous men with winning smiles were no longer on my list.

And they befriend her both.

He smiled down at her, and she smiled up at him, recognition in both their expressions.

He met her first.

I shall stop there. ;)

Oh!! Except for this…

“And you two, together?” Edmond beamed under his mustache. “My thoughtful girl and the quiet man. This, I like.”

“We’re friends,” I said. Then glanced at Weston. “Aren’t we?”

He nodded, his eyes soft on mine. “Yeah. Friends.”

“Ah,” Edmond said, his gaze going between us, his dark eyes narrowing. “Parfois, le cœur se cache derrière l’esprit.”

There is so much to discover amongst this trio, along with the clever merging of her feelings from one… to the other. And the reason… why.

4 stars!! I’m reserving my final star-rating for when I read this duet’s conclusion. This one? A great read that kept me engaged and best yet? A great intro that had me hooked, and the second half was even better than the first. Pure eloquence and yet totally down to earth.

Oh and… that cliffhanger? My lips are sealed! But yes… I’m panicking.

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Leslie M August 30, 2018 at 5:29 AM

Ooooh Maryse, I only skimmed your review as I don’t want to spoil…but what I did see sounds like it’s going to be a good one! Yay!!! (Maybe Thoughtless type feels??) I love having good books to look forward to. Speaking of looking forward to books…

*side eyes a certain author we all know and love as I impatiently await her sequel*

Jenn August 30, 2018 at 7:19 AM

I love your review of this book; I got so excited when I saw you had my comments listed up top even though you have me listed as “Jean” I so forgive you since you always rock my book world. I absolutely loved this book and am so anxious for the conclusion; I literally think about this book everyday…..*big sigh*.
LeslieM- I know you are asking Maryse; but I thought I’d give my opinion, I did not think of any other book while reading this book; I was so engaged, captivated, I was living it, feeling it, so for me did not feel the “Thoughtless” feels. This book for me was in a league of its own!

Maryse August 30, 2018 at 7:49 AM

Leslie M… so far, it’s not so much Thoughtless (because there’s nothing truly nefarious going on, other than internal sentiments) ;) but it is DEFINITELY a love triangle loaded in pining.

And you know someone’s gonna be mad…

Leslie M August 30, 2018 at 9:06 AM

Even if it’s not Thoughtless-like, it still sounds fab!!

Rachael August 30, 2018 at 3:54 PM

I can’t wait to read this! Im waiting for the second book first so that I can read it right after the first one. But when does it come out? Goodreads already says it out and theres reviews on it. When I look on amazon it’s not available. Do you have any information?

Maryse August 30, 2018 at 6:39 PM

Where are you located Rachael? This is live here in the USA and if you click on the book cover it will bring you to Amazon to purchase it.

R. Renee August 30, 2018 at 6:45 PM

If you’re talking about book two, it’s planned for early October.

swaths August 30, 2018 at 11:58 PM

Usually I dont read any book with cliffy as I like to wait. But this was one of those days when I did not have anything else to read plus Emma Scott and your review kind of forced me in. So far so goooood ! I really have no clue on where this is heading to but I can actually imagine the happenings and that is always the best kind of a story. I am actually at the point of the phone call (people who have read the book will hopefully know) and am at the next chapter where it gets revealed and am like wow !!! this is just epic. So much so that I had to share with someone and who else than this group. I dont want this book to end but I cant wait for Oct (thanks Renee for the info on book 2) !!


Jenn August 31, 2018 at 9:30 AM

Swaths I didn’t want it to end either, I literally think about this book everyday and miss the characters. I am trying to keep myself busy reading other books till I can get my hands on book 2…the torture is good for the book soul…at least that is what I am trying to convince myself.

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