Stars Do Indeed Collide

5 out of 5 stars

Stars Collide is the fourth book from Rachel Lacey that I’ve finished – each story is cute in their own way. This one revolves around two pop singers, Eden who’s been doing it for 20 years, and the up-and-coming Anna who is just getting her legs (along with trying to forge her way in the music industry).

When I first started this I wasn’t sure there was going to be enough “spark” but boy was I wrong. Lacey shoved so much heat into this before they even kissed that I was glued to it waiting for what was coming next. Now, being a slow-burn romance – it does take a while to get there, but hooooooo-we the payoff was sweet.

Lacey knows how to write women who jump off the page. Both Eden and Anna are incredible leads and would have made a great story without the other – but put them together and I’m surprised this book didn’t catch on fire with the sparks between them. Each one of them brings something to the table and they also showed kindness and gentleness to each other when they needed it the most. Something that not all characters can do or even pull off.

I particularly loved the combination of the late-in-life realization/coming out from Eden but also the kindness that Anna showed throughout the revelation. I can’t imagine how hard it would be to come to terms with something like that later in life AND feel like you already had people on your side. I’m in no way surprised that Lacey pulled this off, more in awe of the gentleness that was displayed. It made a good book even better.

Overall, I really enjoyed Stars Collide. The music business mixed with an interesting family dynamic (only in it for a bit) on Eden’s side made for some drama. Sprinkle in the “learning to trust again” from Anna’s side made this one feel extremely realistic. Rachel Lacey has done it again… and I’m not surprised.

Book Description:

From Rachel Lacey, award-winning author of Read Between the Lines, comes a sexy slow-burn romance about two dynamic divas who collide on the world’s biggest stage.

Eden Sands has been a star for twenty years, but it’s lonely at the top. Her mediocre marriage just ended, and her inner circle is smaller than ever. The stage is the only place she’s ever felt like she truly belonged, and yet, her last album flopped, and her upcoming tour hasn’t sold out. Eden’s desperate for her star to shine bright again, but when her team suggests a collaboration with an up-and-coming young star to give her a boost, she balks.

Anna Moss is pop music’s rising star. She’s idolized Eden Sands for most of her life—so it’s a dream come true when she’s invited to perform with her at the Grammys. Anna’s tired of being defined by her bubbly persona. She wants to be taken seriously as an artist, and a duet with Eden could be just what she needs.

As Anna and Eden rehearse, they soon realize they have more in common than their musical talents. Now they just have to decide if what is between them is a one-hit wonder or the making of a romance worthy of one of the greatest love songs of all time.

Stars Collide by Rachel Lacey
Narrator: Quinn Riley
Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
Published by Brilliance Audio on May 23rd 2023
Genres: LesFic/Sapphic Fiction, Age Gap, Slow Burn
Format: Audiobook
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Also by this author: Read Between the Lines, No Rings Attached, Don't Cry For Me

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