Rumor Has It by Elisabeth Grace
Publication date: December 6, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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…
~~ 4.5 Hip Hop Stars ~~
Rumor Has It is Elisabeth Grace’s debut novel. I thought for being a debut book this one ROCKED it 🙂 The book was well paced and flowed wonderfully. I loved that it took a different look at a Rock Star romance. We got to see a Hip Hop star which I thought was refreshing. This book was also a lot steamier then I thought it was going to be….and to me that is NEVER a negative…LOL 🙂 I really enjoyed this story, yes it was your typical NA Rockstar Romance story, but it was fun and relatable. I really liked the characters. My only problem with the book and why I didn’t give it 5 stars, was that I thought the ending was slightly rushed. There was some drama that came to light around 86%, and with coming out that late meant that the resolution was pretty quick. I normally don’t mind a quick resolution, but in this case I thought there should’ve been a little more groveling on Mason’s side. I felt if the drama would’ve come out sooner then the resolution could’ve taken a little longer or we could’ve seen more of Ellie and Mason’s life together. Now I know there is a second book coming out for this series about Ellie’s BFF Skye, so I am hoping we will get to catch up with Mason and Ellie in that book.
What a wonderful cast of characters. I loved them all except for a couple….but what would a book be without the characters you have to hate. I loved Ellie’s character….I thought she was really strong and very relatable. She knew what she wanted out of life and wasn’t afraid to go after it. I will say that I was a little surprised about what the life altering video was that happened in Ellie’s past. I didn’t think it was that big of a deal. It wasn’t what I was expecting. I was glad to see that Ellie was able to move on and learned from it as well. As for Mason…..he was a yummy Hip Hop star!!!! I loved him, except for the one part at the end of the book….I really wanted to junk punch him, but I was glad to see it was rectified pretty quickly. It was great to see Mason opening up to Ellie and trusting her throughout the book. Some bad stuff happened to Mason years ago which led him to have a hard time trusting people, but Ellie made him realize that not everyone is out for their own gain. It was great watching these two characters grow as a couple and as individuals.
As for the secondary characters….there really wasn’t any that truly stuck out, because we truly didn’t see a lot of them, but I did really like Skye and Katie ( Ellie’s Friends) and I also liked Mason’s little brother and sister, I only wish we would’ve seen them more throughout the book. They have a small part in the beginning and then we don’t see them again. I always love when there are kids in a story. I am looking forward to reading Skye’s story.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a really fun and sexy rocker love story. I truly enjoyed reading this book and it left me with a feel good feeling in the end.
I have a soft spot for romance novels with happily ever afters and a HOT spot for alpha males! I currently live outside Toronto, Canada with my hubby, two small children and cat spawned by the devil. Life is busy, but never to busy for a good story and to share my love of reading and writing with others. Things I can tell you that sum me up…I’m a sugar and carb addict, self-professed Gandy Girl, a disaster in the kitchen, a LOVER of all music, I enjoy reality TV and I’m an early riser! When I have a moment to breath you can usually find me typing furiously on the keyboard to get my next story on paper, or curled up reading about someone else’s HEA. The second book in my Limelight series, Picture Perfect, is set to release at the end of March 2014.