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Adulation [Kindle Edition]

Elisa Lorello
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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Celebrity screenwriter Danny Masters has the world at his feet. He’s dating a movie-star bombshell and his latest screenplay is a shoe-in for an Oscar. But he’s empty.

With few accomplishments to her credit, longtime bookstore employee Sunny Smith celebrates her fortieth birthday by setting forty goals for herself. Sleeping with her writing idol, Danny Masters, makes the list.

At the premiere of Danny’s new film, the two have a brief but enchanting exchange outside the theater. And after Danny insults the audience during the post-screening Q&A session, he’s thrilled to see Sunny in his autograph line. But as he gently takes her hand, Sunny spits Danny’s insults back at him.

The next day, to her horror, Sunny discovers a video of her tirade has gone viral. Instead of being angry, Danny is more determined than ever to find Sunny—and apologize. And once their lives intersect again, there’ll be no turning back.

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About the Author

Elisa Lorello was born and raised on Long Island, the youngest of seven children. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and launched a career teaching rhetoric and composition. In addition to teaching, Elisa wrote the Kindle best-selling novels Faking It and Ordinary World, Why I Love Singlehood (co-authored with Sarah Girrell), and Adulation. After six years in North Carolina, she has recently returned to the northeast.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 560 KB
  • Print Length: 419 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612184243
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (6 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007O2M0YQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #114,149 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Well-meaning but beige and dull 19 Dec. 2012
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
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I enjoyed Lorello's Faking It which has a bit more depth than your average chick-lit and a positive message, so was looking forward to this. Sadly, this is far more cliche-ridden (gay best friend, singleton girlfriend - yawn) and the humour fell flat for me.

Sunny (yes, this is very American - I disliked her already for her name) has just turned forty and is forced by said best friends to put together a list of forty things to do to shake up her dull life - including sleeping with a scriptwriter on whom she has a crush...

Really, there are no surprises in this tale but the genre relies on attractive characters for whom we can root - sadly, I didn't feel that about either of our protagonists. However many times someone is described as 'charismatic', I need to witness it for myself in the book rather than just taking the author's word for it - and that didn't happen here.

So sorry, this isn't meant to be much more than a light and fluffy rom-com but I found the whole thing rather charmless, flat and dull.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining journey. Two Folk. One Destination 12 Oct. 2012
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Sometimes you have the whim to move completely away from your usual reading matter (mine being historical fact, social, SF/Fantasy, thrillers & graphics), for no particular reason either. So I am in the time-honoured realm of couple meet, are attracted to each, drawn apart, united once and happy ending.
Elisa Lorello handles this with a deft touch, the central characters are both forty/fortyish neither are having much self-confidence, but generally are quiet likeable folk so from the instant of their accidental meeting and their swift quirky division you are turning the pages wishing them to get together again, even if their intermediate choices or foibles are being annoying, which of course is just how ordinary people are.
Sunny Smith comes with two sort of stock friends, a fraternally bossy gay man (also her boss at work) and a single woman of similar age whose mission in life is to see her friend hitched up; actually both are made quite believable and realistic in that there are tensions and fallings out.
Danny Masters has demons and a teenage daughter he is devoted too, realistic so far, though at this stage the idea of a celebrity script and screen-play writer with a devoted fan base I found a bit difficult to accept (and I am sure will cause a wry smile amongst many in that profession), however maybe I am being a bit nit-picking.
Being in very unfamiliar territory I would not dare to fit this book into any particular genre for fear of getting it quite wrong. A love story in an ordinary recognisable world is as close as I dare. I must admit a number of the social references were American so I missed out on the nuances, and as for the details in shopping trips and makeovers, they truly lost me, but I got the gist.
Anyhow the reader will soon know where this is going, but so what? Enjoy the journey I'd say. Quite a refreshing change of reading for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't we all have a little celebrity crush? 22 Nov. 2012
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I am a big fan of Elisa Lorello's books after a recommendation from a friend and this one is another great read. Its light and easy to read but not frothy and lacking in substance. Her characters are believable and likeable, apart from Charlene, who you are not supposed to like anyway! I found some of the sentences rather long to start with but it certainly didn't detract form a fun plot. I guess it struck a chord as I would love to work in a bookshop and don't we all have a little celebrity crush that we wish could be something more?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jane Austen for the over 40s 10 Dec. 2014
By Dr. Peter Davies TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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There's a classic blurb on the back of one of the old Penguin Classic edition of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. It summarises the book beautifully, quoting it as much as I can recall it, "At a time when great armies were marching across Europe, and the fate of countries hung in the balance Jane Austen wrote a novel in which the only events are that a young man changes his manner and a young lady changes her mind..."

This book felt like an updated version of that structure. It's set in America in New York State and in California. The age range has shifted to mid life and it's two key protagonists are both over 40 and come with baggage. It's a modern novel and distances barely matter, and the internet and Skype are used readily. It's a classic novel and the plot hinges on some large coincidences, necessary to bring the two protagonists together. The supporting characters are fleshed out enough to be recognisable and human. The main events are that a man alters his manner and a lady alters her thinking.

It's an enjoyable love story of two people both needing and wanting to find something. it describes well how lost they both are in their lives- how adrift from themselves they are, and how people help them to come back to the truth of who and what they are. One of the characters- Danny Masters has great success but some inner hollowness. The other character Sunny is more grounded, but rather unambitious. The supporting cast goad them into getting their acts together, and finally the characters meet...and its a disaster. The rest of the book is about how the initial attraction remains, and how events work to bring them back together eventually, after a long, winding and interesting series of diversions and false starts.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Didn't grab me
Published 1 month ago by love2read
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
An easy to follow story that failed to excite me
Published 2 months ago by Pompom
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is beautifully written and the writer tells a good story
This book is beautifully written and the writer tells a good story. Once you pick this up,you will not want to put it down. Great story from beginning to end . Read more
Published 5 months ago by Monarch Butterfly
5.0 out of 5 stars Think Before You Speak
Sunny has to get her life in gear; she is forty and still works hidden away in the stockroom of a bookstore after a trauma caused by the end of her marriage. Read more
Published 6 months ago by M. J. Saxton
3.0 out of 5 stars ... haven't read yet but am sure it will be good.
I haven't read yet but am sure it will be good.
Published 7 months ago by cas
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read with plenty of twists and turns along the way
This book is about two people- Danny Masters, a successful writer who is also a recovering alcoholic and Sunny Smith, a great fan of his. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Read
Although this wasn't one of those "mushy" love stories I found it to be quite predictable. It's taken me quite a while to read it as the thought of correctly predicting the next... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Caz
3.0 out of 5 stars Adulation.
A chick-lit romp,set around the heroine's 40th birthday, and involving a list of 40 tasks for Sunny (our heroine) to do, to shake up her life. Read more
Published 8 months ago by catherine
3.0 out of 5 stars It will do in a pinch
I read this book quite quickly, its an ok read but I think I was expecting something different than what I got. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kash
3.0 out of 5 stars Will they? - Won't they?
As Sunny approaches her 40th birthday she begins to think that her life isn't as great as it could be. Her friends convince her to make a list of 40 things to achieve in 40 weeks. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Stella
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