“CATCH A FALLING STAR (SHOOTING STARS SERIES BOOK 1),”
BY LEAH DOWNING
PUBLICATION: FULL NET ENTERPRISES; MARCH 13, 2016
Set against a backdrop spanning from the Canadian tundra to the red carpets of Hollywood, Catch a Falling Star follows Lauren St. Germain as she tries to carve out a fresh start after being cleared from charges that alleged she had assisted in a homeland terrorist attack. In an attempt to feel normal again, Lauren quiets her world by steering clear of media and immersing herself in yoga. This results in a practitioner position through her Los Angeles yoginis–teaching actors for an upcoming film. This is where Lauren meets film star, James Bayer, and her new life, that of a recluse, becomes threatened by one, simple obstacle: attraction.
But if no one finds out about us, then no one gets hurt…right? This question has remained on repeat in her mind since that one night under the prophetic Northern Lights. This relationship could cost Lauren everything–most of all her privacy and hard-acquired peace of mind. Is James worth that risk?
This multi-layered plot will keep readers captivated to the very last line.
I’m not sure what I was expecting exactly when I started reading “Catch a Falling Star,” but this novel ended up being much more than I originally thought it to be. This novel follows Lauren St. Germain who is in the process of healing and rebuilding her life after a military base explosion that the was accused of assisting with. Trying to find peace within herself, Lauren agrees to join her two friends on a cruise to train actors in yoga for an upcoming movie. Here, Lauren meets the famous and devastatingly handsome British actor, James Bayer and starts to feel passion and desire again for the first time in a very long while. After a trip north together to visit her Inuit relatives, Lauren thinks that things are over between her and James. Once she returns to her Malibu condo she decides to go back to her old career of top-security government clearance and investigating, while also deciding to start dating someone new. But when her and James reconnect and that undeniable spark is still there, everything quickly changes for Lauren, both good and terribly bad.
Let me start by saying there are a lot of subplots to this novel – but in a great way. Lauren is battling guilt and trauma from the explosion that injured her and her husband – not sure if he died or they divorced later, I never could tell?? Lauren is rediscovering her heart, emotions and sexuality but repeatedly expresses feelings of guilt or has flashbacks to her husband Collin. Healing is part of her plan to visit the north when she goes on a dog-sledding trip and undergoes an intense “cleaning ritual” to rid of the curse of a supernatural force “Djinn.” The “Djinn” part was confusing, but from what I’ve gathered it’s a dark force with a leader, Iblis, who lends insight to the Taliban. Lauren’s husband pissed them off, so they vowed revenge on Collin and his loved ones. Anyhow, this poor woman endures a lot of crap in this novel, demonstrating incredible strength and the ability to shrug things off, but I can’t go into all of that because of spoilers.
James is handsome, adorable and wants to be known for good acting in good roles. Initially, I was leery of his intentions with Lauren, but that quickly went away. He proved his love and devotion repeatedly throughout the novel. Although, he did have frequent “broody, pouting actor moments,” he was still quite yummy! Other characters are Lauren’s Yogi friends Derick and Thom, a guy Eric that Lauren dates, James’ manager Matt, and a makeup artist Nina. Some of these people are good, some are bad, but I don’t want to spoil that either!
As much as I absolutely loved this novel, I was somewhat frustrated by the abrupt ending and the incredibly confusing epilogue – that I re-read 3 times to make sure I was following. There was also a preview for the next book in the series which confused me even more, making me question my overall intellect, lol! With that being said, I highly recommend this novel to anyone that likes fiction with a little bit of romance, a little bit of supernatural, and a little bit of military/government. I’ve been racking my brain trying to think of another book, movie, t.v. show, anything that I could compare this to, but I have nothing.
“Catch a Falling Star” is completely unique and original 🙂 Even more impressive is that this is author Lean Downing’s first novel. Her writing style, dialogue, imagery, and subplots make you feel as if you are reading work from a seasoned author, not a first-timer. She possesses an incredible ability to provide vision and insight into her characters, bringing them to life and reeling the reader in. She mixes real-world highs and lows with things that require a little more imagination, all wrapped up in a perfect package. I absolutely loved this book and am crossing my fingers that the author will want me to read and review the sequel in the near future!
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*Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.