Everyone knows her face. He knows her heart.

Emerson Quinn is famous. Girls want to be her. Boys want to date her. Each record outsells the last. All that remains is to continue transitioning her brand from its teenage fan base to a more mature, diverse audience. So she’s under strict orders to play nice with her army of assigned co-songwriters and to knock off the serial dating that keeps landing her in the tabloids. If she follows instructions, she can look forward to an indefinite run at the top of the celebrity ecosystem. There’s only one problem with this plan: Emerson is miserable.

So she runs away, impulsively fleeing her L.A. life and heading for a small Iowa college town where a guy she once knew lives. He’s the only person in the world she can think of who might be enough of a nerd to not know about Emerson Quinn the brand. Who might be willing to provide a haven where she can lay low and write her new album by herself, on her own terms.
Art history professor Evan Winslow knows a thing or two about leaving your past behind. He’s worked hard to establish himself far from the spotlight of his infamous father. He’s up for tenure soon, which will mean job security for life. All he has to do to lock down his hard-won, blessedly quiet existence is keep his head down.

Too bad the most famous pop star in the world—who also happens to be his long-lost muse—has just shown up on his doorstep.

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4 ½ Stars for Famous by Jenny Holiday! It wasn’t your typical rock star romance which makes it stand out from others in the genre. The biggest difference was that the rock star is a female, and she definitely is not a spoiled diva who makes ridiculous demands. In fact, she has come to hate her fame. She somehow lost sight of who she is and control over what she writes. She’s no long Emmy but Emerson Quinn, and she needs a break, so she makes a run for it to small town Iowa in search of the one man she can count on….or at least she hopes so.

Evan has had his share of notoriety because of his father, and he decided to leave the life he knew behind as well as his passion, painting. Now, he’s an art history professor in a small Iowa town. He enjoys being out of the spotlight, and he has worked hard to establish a normal life. In fact, he’s up for tenure. But, all that changes when a girl from his past shows up on his doorstep hoping to find some peace and quiet…yep, no other than Emerson Quinn. He only knows her as Emmy, his muse, the girl he wanted to paint and who he has never forgotten after a magical night years ago. One kiss and he could never forget Emmy. He has no idea she is a world-famous star, and once he finds out, you better believe his life will never be the same.

I love a magical romance, and this one was magical. Who knew that one kiss on top of a building would be fate for these two! I fell in love with Evan. He’s got that sexy nerd thing going for him, and I admired him for standing by Emmy. He was supportive to her and listened to the songs she was working on. I loved how Emmy brought his passion for painting alive again. She had a way of enchanting some many in town and not because she was famous but just because she was Emmy, and she brought color to other people’s lives.

One of my favorite aspects of the story was the setting. Some of my favorite scenes were Evan and Emmy sitting on his porch talking. Holiday did such a wonderful job creating her setting. I felt like I was there. The secondary characters were also well-developed and made the book even better!

This was a great romance. Rest assured there are some sexy moments, but those didn’t overwhelm their love story. It was a perfect balance of sweet and sexy. I’m a new reader of Jenny Holiday’s, and I’m really looking forward to reading future books from her!



Jenny Holiday started writing in fourth grade, when her awesome hippie teacher, between sessions of Pete Seeger singing and anti-nuclear power plant letter writing, gave the kids notebooks and told them to write stories. Most of Jenny’s featured poltergeist, alien invasions, or serial killers who managed to murder everyone except her and her mom. She showed early promise as a romance writer, though, because nearly every story had a happy ending: fictional Jenny woke up to find that the story had been a dream, and that her best friend, father, and sister had not, in fact, been axe-murdered.

From then on, she was always writing, often in her diary, where she liked to decorate her declarations of existential angst with nail polish teardrops. Eventually she channelled her penchant for scribbling into a more useful format. After picking up a PhD in urban geography, she became a professional writer, spending many years promoting research at a major university, which allowed her to become an armchair astronomer/historian/particle physicist, depending on the day. Eventually, she decided to try her hand again at happy endings—minus the bloodbaths.





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