Spotlight by Krista Richmond
Lily Richards loves a good story. As a journalist, she’s often writing one. As a fan, she’s often reading one—especially when it’s about her favorite celebrity.
The attention he generates fascinates her. As does the role her profession plays in creating the phenomenon that is actor Daniel Brighton. Are the media to blame for the way the paparazzi chase him? Do they provide too much information about his private life to obsessive fans? And are they the cause of all the madness surrounding Daniel’s rumored relationship with a certain former costar?
Personally, Lily would much rather report on Daniel’s latest role than on his latest dining companion. And a chance encounter with the star gives her the opportunity to prove she’s not like every other journalist, or every other “fangirl.”
Nate Brennan—Daniel’s publicist—isn’t convinced of Lily’s altruistic nature. His client’s sudden preference for the no-name columnist baffles him, and when he is forced to concede to Daniel’s wishes and work with her, their professional battles soon lead to personal sparks. While Daniel and Lily grow closer, Nate finds himself caught between mistrust and attraction.
As Lily’s career slowly transitions from the newsroom of her hometown paper to the online world of entertainment media, she must find a balance between the demands of the job and the personal relationships she now holds dear.
Is a photograph worth losing a friend?
Is her next story worth losing the man she loves?
She never knew it would be so hard, standing near the glare of the Spotlight . . .
If you are looking for a light romantic read for the summer, I think this is the book for you!
A couple of things about this story hit home for me. First being a fan of Robert Pattinson for going on 5 years now, I am definitely in the same mind set as the main character, Lily is in this book. Her perspective on just how much we deserve to know about our favorite celebrities lives is the same as mine. I loved that when Lily got the opportunity to speak to her favorite actor that she put some thought into her questions. The respect towards his time and how she appreciated the opportunity, I loved.
Now not everyone gets this kind of opportunity to get that close to someone they admire, but Lily does. She also gets to turn her passion for the entertainment industry and actors in general into a writing career.
Daniel Brighton is definitely a highlight in this for me, because he carries himself well and kind of reminds me of Rob in how he handles the press and fans. Having had a chance to see Rob in person and interact (made him laugh actually) with him briefly, I appreciate what it is like to want support an actor but not invade his privacy.
Daniel’s character gets the opportunity to not only act on stage, but have a successful TV and movie career. It is when he is promoting his first movie as the lead, that he meets Lily in the most unusual place.
Excerpt from Chapter Six:
“Oh, I’m sure there are plenty of fangirls who would be more than willing to ‘cover’ you, Lily said with a smirk–and air quotes. “I may be a fan, but don’t lump me in with the crazies. There’s a big difference.”
Daniel nodded, his laughter subsiding. “You’re right. There is.” He sighed. “So you really saw A Midsummer Night’s Dream and A Streetcar Named Desire?”
“Yep. Montgomery’s not that far away from where I live. And a friend of a friend was your stage manager on Streetcar. So I went to see them.”
“Hmm. Well, I’m glad you enjoyed them. The stage tends to make me nervous.”
“Really?” Lily wondered why. Daniel seemed to exude so much effortless confidence.
He rubbed his hand across his chin a couple of times, drawing Lily’s attention to the stubble along his jaw. Part of her still couldn’t believe that she was sitting close enough to him to see what color his beard might be if he stopped shaving altogether.
“Yeah. There is no going back. You can’t do it over. It’s just you and acting abilities. On display. For everyone to see. And comment on. It’s nerve-racking! With TV or movies, you’ve already moved on to the next thing before your work comes out. Your focus is shifted, so it’s easier to push it aside.”
Lily pondered this statement. Being a smart girl, she was able to put two and two together.
“So I’m guessing you’re…media-shy…for the same reasons?”
Daniel studied the hydrangeas across the path. “You have the power to hurt me.”
Nate Brennan was not necessarily my favorite for most of the book, because he did and said things that pretty much made him look like a jerk or an ass most of the time. At some point I had to just get over it, because Lily wanted things to work out for them and I was always on her side. He did give her some great career opportunities like experiencing a red carpet premiere. His loyalty to his friend and clients also ran true.
The locale of the movie premieres is another thing that struck a cord for me, because it was at the Ziegfeld Theater in NYC. I have personally been to that theater for the Water for Elephants premiere, so reading about what was happening on the other side of the street was cool. If anyone else reading this was there as well, please say hi in the comments!
Excerpt from Chapter 13:
Lily lost count of the times Daniel said, “Working with this cast and crew was incredible,” and “This has been so far, the most significant experience of my career.” He played the game well. She recognized the same look in his eyes from the first time she saw him in person__ moderately bored but constantly thinking. They flashed with barely contained frustration when a few people in the press line dared to ask about the female company he kept. But even then, he remained cordial, skillfully directly the conversation back to the movie. He was never rude or ungrateful, Lily observed. Guarded was the best word she could think of to describe the slight distance he put between himself and the press.
By the time they finished with the press line, Lily’s mind was running a million miles an hour. She had pages and pages of notes, and her hand was beginning to cramp.
Seeing this firsthand was invaluable, though. Even at the first press junket she’d covered, she knew she wanted to ask interesting, thought-provoking questions. But after the last hour, she was even more adamant about that. Daniel had been asked variations of the same questions from most reporters. Lily understood each media member’s need for fresh quotes, but it had to be mind-numbing for actors, directors, and the like.
I have to say that I used to watch tons of interviews in the beginning of my “acute fondness” for Rob, but lost interest because it was monotonous. At least the press junkets are. I really don’t know how he did it, and still does it. I love watching him squirm in talk show interviews. LOL
With regards to the romance in this book, it’s slow at best, and there are no intimate scenes that made any impact. In fact, I was about 70% into the book and thought that maybe I missed it, because there were opportunities. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve read many great books that choose to go “fade to black”, but there is usually intense chemistry and UST to make up for that. I didn’t feel that between Nate and Lily. The only angst in the storyline doesn’t show up until near the end, and honestly the lack of maturity that both Nate and Lily show towards their feelings and the relationship as a whole, left me disappointed. The beginning of the story dragged a little, to where I was wondering where the story might be going, but Lily’s friends and their sense of humor, made up for it. In the end I liked it enough to recommend it here on BT.
For that reason, I give this book a mixed rating of 3 & 1/2 to 4 stars. I put it on my “middle shelf interesting reads” shelf on Goodreads.
***I was given a copy of the book from the author for an honest review. All excerpts are from that copy. Thank you Krista for being so generous!***