Rumor Has It by Elisabeth Grace
on December 2, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Drama, New Adult, Romance
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All publicity is good publicity, right? Unless you’re recent college grad Ellie Wagner and an embarrassing video of you and your boyfriend goes viral. Every man in your life abandons you, but who knew a one-minute clip of your latest doomed relationship would brand you a slut, prevent you from getting your perfect job, and force you to keep doing the one thing you swore you’d never do again…live with your mother.
But staying with mom and her latest boy-toy (is this husband number four or five?) until your life turns around might not be all bad. Especially when you fall – literally – at the feet of a sexy, green-eyed stranger who offers you freedom and a life of luxury on a gold-rimmed platter.
There’s only one little problem – the man of your dreams is none other than Mason Nash, the latest hip-hop star busting up the music charts. Fame and fortune are his calling cards and he’s vying to steal the show on a new reality TV series that will catapult him into mainstream stardom. Hello spotlight.
The man behind the famous persona is perfect for Ellie in every way, but can she overcome the ugly pitfalls that come with Mason's celebrity status? Or will she be forced to choose between the man she loves and the independent life she longs for? After all, fame and fortune aren’t always what they seem and not all publicity is good publicity…
***Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.***
Rumor Has It by Elisabeth Grace was….interesting. Mason Nash is a hip-hop superstar and Ellie Wagner is a college graduate trying to make her way in the world. Neither is looking for each other yet but stumble across one another.
I didn’t think this was a bad read, the plot was definitely interesting. Ellie has had a run in with an ex which landed her on YouTube. That incident has been causing problems in her search for a job using her degree. She’s trying desperately to get out of the limelight. I thought she acted like a college educated young girl. Writing style aside, Ellie had depth. She was a realist. She wasn’t clingy and if she whined she could at least admit she was whining. She had no problem admitting her weaknesses and embracing her strengths.
Mason Nash is another story. I didn’t really connect with him as much as I had hoped. He seemed all over the place to me. First of all his back story is very similar to Eminem. Right down to the issues with his mother. This may have helped to picture him in my mind but I thought it distracted from the story. For example, there is a significant event that occurs involving his mother. An event that leads you to believe is ongoing and so you expect more to happen on that front. Only it doesn’t. There was no closure so even though it added to his story I wasn’t really sure where the author was going. The other reason I didn’t connect with Mason was his pseudo alpha personality. In the beginning, when things start to heat up between the two, Mason goes from sweet and cute to demanding alpha. But somewhere along the way it was like he forgot. The sex became ordinary. He would hint at his alpha tendency with innuendo and what I hoped was the promise of what was to come but then it would fizzle out and stay missionary. The author would say they had sex all over the place but it was never described. In fact, I think the very first time they have a sexual moment was the best in the book. The rest was just there. Blah…that made me sad. I was all ready for this hip-hop artist to show me what he was made of.
Although the writing is good there are times when it became a bit boring and cliche. I know that sometimes it can’t be helped. There are only so many ways to describe sex, or the way someone looks at you, etc. However, sometimes it’s just too obvious and it’s hard to over look. Things like “I missed the contact immediately.” Or when Mason is constantly kissing Ellie’s head and she comments on it. Every. Single. Time. Or the first time Ellie rides on the private jet and she says something like “it was safe to say she’d never been on a private plane before.” The very next time she says “it was safe to say it wasn’t something I was accustomed to.”
I don’t think any of these things will keep you from enjoying the story. The story isn’t bad it’s just okay. I’d be curious to hear your thoughts after you read it, so be sure to stop by and let me know!
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
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