Monday, June 2, 2014

Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: Before He was Famous by Becky Wicks


Falling in love with your best friend isn’t always a great idea, especially when he’s Noah Lockton - the sexiest, most famous new talent on the planet. When 21-year-old small-town photographer Chloe Campbell is offered the chance of a lifetime – to join her celebrity childhood friend Noah on tour as an exclusive blogger for a New York magazine – she’s certain both have put what happened four years ago behind them. But his eyes still burn; his voice is still a jackhammer to her heartstrings; all his songs are about her. Is it possible that that night still haunts them both?
The music industry is a machine, spinning hype and rumors as much as his records. It’s not just Noah’s girlfriends who’ve got it in for Chloe (there’s no stopping the Twitter-obsessed, cat-loving pop-star Courtney Lentini for starters). Pretty soon, the jealousy and media frenzy surrounding these so-called-friends takes a life-changing turn and it seems making love means making enemies at every turn. When tragedy threatens to pull the final curtain on their relationship, both Chloe and Noah must make a choice. As much as this world leaves them starstruck, is living their dream really worth living without each other?
A story of lifelong friendships, love and hope, set in a world of celebrity, fame and social media gone very, very wrong.

Madeline places her glasses back on her nose, studying me seriously. 'I see it in Noah, the way he looks at you. Chloe, I've seen that look in a man's eyes. It's more than desire for your body. It's the secret world you've built together in spite of all of this - that's what he can't lose. You're his normality. You're a part of him, and he is a part of you. That's what makes this frightening, but that's what makes it right.'
I can't help it now, I'm biting my cheeks, holding my breath to stop from crying. She hit a nerve. Actually, she pretty much battered it black and blue. I feel my chin wobble and I cover my face as Madeline walks over, places a hand on my shoulder, brushes back my bangs. 'I'm sorry,' she says, but I shake my head, squeeze her hand.
No one's ever sat me down and hammered this into me before. No one's ever laid it all bare, exactly what I could lose, because no one knows what we did. But he's my best friend. I sent him away four years ago to keep us safe, not just because I felt guilty.
That night my dad died I sobbed and sobbed as he did the same into my hair, my skin, my mouth and that was the first time in my life I think I really ever, truly appreciated Noah; not just as my friend and a guy I'd just made crazy, passionate love to, but as a necessity in my world. In that moment he was everything I had and could never lose; my sun, my moon, my star, a rock, a chest in which I could store every single secret and trust implicitly with the key.
'I can't lose him,' I say.

'Chloe, my darling girl, how can you lose what you've never had?' she replies.

This book was great. I didn’t know what to expect from another “rock star” type story. Part of me loves rock star books and the other part is over it. Before He was Famous falls in the love me some rock stars.
Noah Lockton is a winner of a singing reality show. He is a good Colorado boy who went to NYC in hope of fame and ended up at Starbucks. But he enters “Show Us What U’ve Got” and takes America by storm.
Chloe is his best friend. They grew up next door to each other and were inseparable till he moved to NYC. They did everything together and shared so much history that it was so fun to see it all unfold throughout the story.

This book had tons of angst while Noah and Chloe figured their stuff out. The love they had for each other was plain to see for everyone around them but to them. I wanted to shake them a few times and I loved it. It was so angsty that I wanted to throw my kindle so you technology is safe but boy they could have been quicker to figure out the feelings. Noah and Chloe had to deal with crazy outside forces too. Like the paparazzi, exes and fans. 

I loved how every character played an important role in their story, including Peter Pan! The love songs Noah writes for Chloe were just perfect and had me swooning all of him.
I highly recommend Before He was Famous if you are looking for a great slightly angsty love story. This is standalone and has no cliffhanger. I can’t wait for the next book in the HotFlush Series.  

Becky Wicks is a HarperCollins author going indie! Itchy feet has led her to live and work all over the world since leaving England at age 21, including NYC, Sydney, Bali, South America and Dubai. Right now she’s scribbling the second book in the HotFlush series in Vietnam, and will soon be in Vancouver if any hot Canadian men want to make her a cup of tea?
Becky has also written three funny travel books about her time in Dubai, Bali and South America (HarperCollins). Her first book, Burqalicious - The Dubai Diaries, her second book, Balilicious - The Bali Diaries and her third, Latinalicious -The South America Diaries are out now as ebooks.
Becky has also written a comedy romance with author Sarah Alderson under the name Lola Salt, called The Extraordinary Life of Lara Craft (not Croft) which should raise a giggle or two... think Bridget Jones if Jackie Collins had written it!

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