***Release Day Blitz & Review – Stars by Malorie Verdant – Penmore #1 – 3 Stars***

***Release Day Blitz & Review***
Stars by Malorie Verdant
Penmore #1
He changed my life.
With a smile, a flick of his wrist and a death-defying stunt.
He was six and I was five.
And now, thirteen years later, I am hopelessly in love.
There is only a slight problem.
He doesn’t know I exist.
He’s the star quarterback.
I’m a science nerd who hides in the shadows.
I don’t need anyone to tell me that college won’t change anything.
I know he’s the star of this story.
And I belong in the audience.
Parker Elliot is going to Penmore State University miles away from home. She’s leaving her small town because Penmore has a fantastic science department, because she needs to begin exploring the life she wants to lead and because Grayson Waters is the starting quarterback for the Penmore Herons.

Grayson Waters at first glance lives life to the fullest, but he is dealing with more than meets the eye. A con artist father in trouble with local mobsters, an illegitimate brother living close by, the pressure of leading his team to the championship game and a desire to pursue a career outside the football field. Decisions need to be made. For Gray, slipping into the shadows with a pretty and observant brunette might be just what he needs to finally make the right ones.


Stars is book #1 in the Penmore Series and the first book I have read by this author.  I was gifted an ARC of this book to read for Gemma Reads Too Much.

I love the idea of this book, shy girl watches popular guy it’s such a classic formula that works and I was really looking forwards to reading this twist on it.

Parker is brilliantly clueless and I loved how weird she was. For some reason I find the odd quirky girls so much more relatable than the popular ones and Parker was perfectly strange.

Greyson was the quintessential popular guy honestly he was slightly deeper than the puddle I was expecting but I didn’t really take to him as much as I did Parker.

The best character in this book was Nate so…. I want to say this in shouty capitals SHAME ON YOU!!!!!! How could you!!!

Millie was a whirlwind of red hair and one liners but as quick as she came she was gone and I was gutted.

As much as I loved Parker and tolerated Greyson I feel like this author missed a trick by not letting us really get to know the periphery characters.

This book was cute but it was doomed for me when a certain event happened, I’m not sure I will ever forgive Malorie Verdant For that travesty and it’s the reason why this book gets 3 stars instead of 4.






Fire and the Flood – Vance Joy
Here – Alessia Cara
Star – Bryan Adams
Beyond the Blue – Beth Nielsen Chapman
You Belong With Me – Taylor Swift
How Deep Is Your Love- Calvin Harris & Disciples
Like a Star – Corinne Bailey Rae
The Fire – The Roots & John Legend
My Body is a Cage – Arcade Fire
Water Under the Bridge – Adele
Answer – Sarah McLachlan
I first started reading romance when I was twelve. 
My mother handed me her copy of Nora Robert’s Midnight Bayou and with resignation said, “Here you’ll love it, just skip the sex scenes or at least tell me you did.”
She knew I was young and she hoped I didn’t understand the diverse innuendos, but she also saw early on that I was a hopeless romantic and had a joy and thirst for romance novels that not even she and her protective motherly instincts could stop.

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