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Fame (Not Like The Movies Book 1) by [McKellar, Lauren K.]
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Goes down as another off my 2016 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – a book that takes place in the summer and what better place than a tropical yoga retreat resort on Bali.

To say that Madison has a bit of a crappy birthday would be an understatement. First she doesn’t get the promotion she was all but thinking was hers. Then while feeling sorry for herself she decides to go home early so her fiancé could give her some comfort; she ends up finding him with another woman on her knees giving him a different kind of relief. That morning she had it all, career on the up and her wedding in a few weeks, now she has nothing. Her now ex Mike is beyond a selfish prick, even after being caught literally with his pants down he still thinks they can go through with their wedding in two weeks time – I mean really!!!! When Madison informs him that they can’t just postpone he suggests they cancel (leaving it all to her mind you) so he can go ‘find himself’. Definition of that being so he can continue banging someone younger until he gets it out of his system before asking her to come back to him. I wanted to punch him so much! So when her best friend Courtney (said best friend that got the job at Lola she thought was hers mind you, but anyway) suggests she take her place on the Live Well assignment at a yoga retreat she – reluctantly – agrees. At first only thinking it will be torturous on an island doing yoga all the time to then finding out it was the best trip she could have ever taken. A drunken first night there is all it takes to change the course she was one for the better.

Tate is your everyday swoon worthy bit of man candy and he knows it. He has worked hard at keeping a “clean” image of himself while doing presswork.
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Fame

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Madison Winters has it all- the designer clothes, the Fiance who in two short weeks will become her husband, and her new promotion is in the bag. Or that's what she thought until everything flips upside down on her 23rd birthday, and nothing goes as planned. Now her life is in tatters and she has the opportunity to go on a yoga retreat in Bali, for work. Madison isn't the type of woman to find her zen or trade in her designer clothes and shoes for flip flops and yoga pants! Tate Masters is also on the same island he's filming his first Hollywood movie. Not everything is as it seems with Tate and when he meets Madison he is automatically attracted. One problem he has a girlfriend and Madison will not tolerate cheaters! But like I said nothing is as it seems!

This book had me giggling the entire way through. The authors use of wit is brilliant. I loved Madison straight away especially after her quite pompous up herself ways are downtrodden and we get to see the true woman behind it all! Tate took a while for me to warm up to but I think seeing him with his sister Janie really helped uncover his true character. Janie is brilliant the way she knows exactly what her brother is up to constantly and bosses him about like a pro!

After reading some quite heavy reads as of late this was just the thing I needed, it's light hearted romantic with a great comedy factor will brighten anyone's day! I'd love to read more from this author. Five stars!
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When I first started this book I didn't expect to love it as much as I did but boy did I love it. Tate was brooding and sexy and him and Madison together was so hot. They meet when Madison is out at a yoga retreat for work and he's there filming. Madison has just been dumped by her fiance who she was suppose to marry in a few weeks and the promotion at work she thought was her gets given to her best friend so she's not in a good place. Tate is suppose to be in a relationship according to all the reporter's but it's actually all just a act so when he meets Madison he can't resist her. The chemistry between these two was electric and as characters they were really relatable. I enjoyed reading their journey and can't wait for more from this author.
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Another great story from Lauren McKellar. After getting her heart broken for more than one reason, Madison is sent to Bali on a yoga retreat for her new job. Meanwhile movie star Tate is also on the same island to shoot a film.........they meet in a local bar and so their story begins. At one point I wanted to hit Madison as I thought she was going to do something silly but thankfully she changed her mind! Tate is a loveable character who is trying to do right by everyone but ends up making things worse at times!
On the whole this is a gentle tale, with some hot sex and I would definitely recommend it.
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HASH(0x94582330) out of 5 stars The fun you can have at a tropical yoga retreat resort on Bali 6 July 2016
By Sarah Greenwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Goes down as another off my 2016 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – a book that takes place in the summer and what better place than a tropical yoga retreat resort on Bali.

To say that Madison has a bit of a crappy birthday would be an understatement. First she doesn’t get the promotion she was all but thinking was hers. Then while feeling sorry for herself she decides to go home early so her fiancé could give her some comfort; she ends up finding him with another woman on her knees giving him a different kind of relief. That morning she had it all, career on the up and her wedding in a few weeks, now she has nothing. Her now ex Mike is beyond a selfish prick, even after being caught literally with his pants down he still thinks they can go through with their wedding in two weeks time – I mean really!!!! When Madison informs him that they can’t just postpone he suggests they cancel (leaving it all to her mind you) so he can go ‘find himself’. Definition of that being so he can continue banging someone younger until he gets it out of his system before asking her to come back to him. I wanted to punch him so much! So when her best friend Courtney (said best friend that got the job at Lola she thought was hers mind you, but anyway) suggests she take her place on the Live Well assignment at a yoga retreat she – reluctantly – agrees. At first only thinking it will be torturous on an island doing yoga all the time to then finding out it was the best trip she could have ever taken. A drunken first night there is all it takes to change the course she was one for the better.

Tate is your everyday swoon worthy bit of man candy and he knows it. He has worked hard at keeping a “clean” image of himself while doing presswork. Especially with the backers of his new film being Christians, he needs to make sure the movie goes ahead and he gets paid. He and his sister had a hard time growing up without money so he wants to protect her and be able to provide for her and her baby on the way. He will stop at nothing to give them everything they could ever need. He is a bit hot headed, can say the wrong things and jump to conclusions at times though (which might end up costing him more than he thought). So when at an interview the host – someone he had slept with but had forgotten about until she brought it up – shows a sex tape of him it doesn’t bode well. Especially when the time stamp on it shows only a few months back, meaning he would have had to cheat on his “girlfriend” Mikaela. He is shocked about the tape but more so when he finds out the woman in question has a child and says that its his (it seems someone from his past is out to cause trouble). With this hanging over him like a ticking time bomb waiting to go off his “clean” image is almost in tatters. Something his sister and publicist Janie is not happy with. She just hopes he can keep his head down while shooting the rest of the movie in Bali while she tries to clear things up. Turns out its much more fun to be a bit reckless with a beauty at the bar he just can’t make himself stay away from. She’s the first person he wants to be honest with and that alone is scary for him.

Madison starts a bit of a journey being at this retreat. First being a bit of a drunken, heartbroken mess, who ends up fooling around with none other than a movie star on her first night there. To then finding her true self along the way. Yoga doesn’t cure her problems but the more she does it the more she starts to find a balance within herself. A holiday romance wasn’t meant to be on the cards especially with a ‘taken’ movie star but nothing is ever quite as it seems. She can’t get enough of Tate but knows he is holding back, with good reason to. Loved the chemistry between them. How it built every time they were together. Like magnets being pulled towards each other waiting for something explosive to happen. She was always meant to write the story, not be part of it but now she’s in she doesn’t want to ever let go.

A volcano dust cloud prevents them from leaving early so just gives them more time to really explore what is happening between them. Holiday romance, rebound fun or something more, either way outside forces are making them keep it secret. Tangled messed up sheets are one thing but it’s another when it’s your heart. When Madison gets a call from back home telling her Mike has been in an accident she has to wonder where her heart is truly leading her. They all have to decide what they really want and how to make it happen.

Loved all the characters on the island, wasn’t too overloaded. The people at the retreat, though only mentioned a few times, were an interesting mix and gave a bit of comedy relief away from any tension. Think Janie was my favourite secondary character though with how she acts, bold bossy lady who takes no prisoners. Would be interesting to see what her life turns out like later down the line.

I received this ARC from Give Me Books for my honest review.
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HASH(0x94582384) out of 5 stars A sexy, feel-good story 21 May 2016
By Cass - Published on Amazon.com
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I've said before that Lauren McKellar is one of my very few one-click contemporary authors. She usually writes some young adult and some new adult, and I knew going into Fame that it wasn't a tragedy like most of her other stories. What I didn't realise was that this is adult contemporary. Adult-y adult. Now with more adult.

The chemistry -- and, let's be honest, the raw lust -- between Madison and Tate sizzles off the page from the first time they meet. And the sex scenes (is that a spoiler?) are scorching. *fans self*

At first I wasn't sure about Tate. He comes across as a cheat at the start of the book, and no amount of megawatt smiles and ripped muscles made up for that in my mind. Still, it's not too long before we discover more about Tate -- his reasons for doing the things he does -- and soon I was swooning and wishing for a Tate in my life too.

It turns out McKellar does sex scenes as well as she does romance. The latter is her bread and butter. It's not usually my favourite genre, but the relationship here, as embryonic as it is, is well executed. Tate and Madison discover in each other someone who will let them be real, not pushing them to do anything they don't want to or judging them.

The other thing that's worth mentioning is that the book is just downright funny. Madison attracts the worst kinds of random luck, but at the same time her approach to handling things is kind of hilarious. While she naturally grieves for her failed relationship with Mike and the consequent struggle with who she is, she's generally quite resilient and doesn't take BS from anyone. Her disdain for the trappings of "wellness" (a word I rather dislike myself ... mostly because it's just ugly, tbh) had me giggling on more than one occasion. Her banter with not just Tate but her bestie Courtney was hilarious. And I can't talk about the humour without mentioning Madison's parents. They only appear in a handful of scenes, but her father -- oh my god, what a scream!

The other touch I liked was the shout-out to How to Save a Life with the cameo of Jase, the tattooed bartender from that book. I wanted to give him a hug, like a long-lost friend.

If you're looking for a sexy, feel-good story, then I can't recommend Fame highly enough
By disneytothemax - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Madison is getting ready to turn 23 and she's got it all! She has an amazing fiance and a great job that's just about to get better with a promotion!! Her best friend Courtney is so excited that Madison is getting a promotion! She attends the meeting that will announce her promotion and as Jack is introducing the new deputy editor of Lola magazine, her and Courtney are exchanging excited looks! Well, her world just crumbled because things didn't go as she hoped. Instead she's the deputy editor of Live Well magazine! Then when she goes home, there's her fiance, that she's marrying in two weeks receiving oral sex from some blonde!! Could this day get any worse!?

As part of her assignment for Live Well, she goes to Bali to a resort that doesn't serve alcohol, or any good foods and just has to do Yoga!? When she finally finds a place that has alcohol, things turn a little (or a lot) hazy for her the next morning! This is not going well at all for her!!

Tate is an actor and is in Bali to do a shoot. He's there with his sister, who is also the one that keeps him in line, Janie. He's suppose to be staying out of trouble. He gets drunk one night and meets a girl that peaks his interest. Both of them are drunk (her more than him) and he wakes up on the beach the next morning tangled around her. To top it off, the only friend Madison makes in Yoga class is Janie, Tate's sister! Yep, poor Madison's life gets worse and worse! Will it get any better?

LOVED this story! Those two are hilarious! I enjoyed everything about this book! The characters were very likable! Fame is a great beginning to a new series!!

Book received in exchange for an honest review.

Reviewed on behalf of Once Upon An Alpha
HASH(0x9458260c) out of 5 stars A light, funny, sexy romance 7 Mar. 2016
By Sue - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I am a big fan of Lauren K McKellar’s writing, and this book didn’t disappoint.

Fame is full of wonderful characters, an engaging plotline, and plenty of humorous one liners.

In the beginning, we meet Madison, a 23 year old Australian girl working in the fashion magazine industry who has the worst things happen to her on her birthday. Her employer then sends her to a yoga retreat on an island off Bali to write a review and there she meets the swoon worthy Tate, an American up and coming movie star who is shooting a new film there. From here on, sparks fly, there is chemistry, and there is lots of sexy fun, but as the story moves along, both Madison and Tate transform as they figure out what it is exactly that they each want in life. Throw in some great supporting characters, some naughty sexual encounters, secrets kept, a bit of blackmail, the paparazzi, and a taste of Outback Australia, and you have a very enjoyable and fascinating story.

The leading female protagonist is Madison, and I really liked her. She was real and believable, and it was nice to see her develop as a stronger woman throughout the story and discover things about herself. The leading male character is Tate, and he was likeable too. I enjoyed the banter between him and his older sister who was also his PR person. The minor characters were very entertaining – from Madison’s best friend, to Tate’s sister, to the girls Madison befriends at the yoga retreat. And Madison’s parents made for some comical scenes, especially towards the end.

As much as I loved the characters and enjoyed the story in Fame, I just felt something was missing which prevented me from actually investing in the main characters. I also thought that Tate’s reasons for earning the big bucks as a movie star and making the film wasn’t believable. And I also noticed a number of proof reading errors throughout the book.

Overall, Fame is very well written and easy to read. Some elements were predictable, but there were some surprising turns in the storyline. This is Ms McKellar’s first book in the “new adult” genre and so it does contain more graphic scenes and strong coarse language compared to her other “young adult” works. This is a first in a series but each book can be read as a standalone, just like the author’s other series. I enjoyed reading this book and recommend it to other fans of Lauren K McKellar and to anyone who enjoys a light sexy contemporary romance.
HASH(0x94582444) out of 5 stars Beautifully Realistic. 6 Mar. 2016
By Vivian Freeman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is my first Lauren McKellar book and it definitely won’t be my last. Not knowing what to expect I went into this book blind and came out feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. With a big smile, a happy heart and a sense of completion, FAME was the perfect combination of smart, sexy and sassy. Taking me on a journey of self-discovery and self worth, Lauren McKellar evokes empathy and compassion from the reader. Ensuring that the characters fulfill their need to infuse familiarity and understanding, FAME will have you hooked till the very end.

When Madison Winters wakes up on her 23rd Birthday, her list of accomplishments is at an all time high and with the intention to add more accolades to her ever-expanding repertoire, Madison Winters life seems perfect. Until it's not.

Madison doesn’t get the promotion she was expecting and her fiancé… well his definition of commitment and forever is surprisingly unreliable. Broken and lost, Lauren McKellar brings to life a vulnerable young woman trying to figure out what happens next. Sent to a yoga retreat Madison is determined to some soul searching. Battling with the new her and the old her, she struggles to find out what it is she really wants out of life… And then comes along Tate Masters – Hollywood heartthrob. With his own goals and his own agenda, Tate Masters is determined to be Hollywood’s IT boy. Keep his image clean and his girlfriend happy.

As their paths cross Madison and Tate are fighting their attraction from the get go and with a laundry list of reasons as to why they should stay away from each other, their chemistry and passion over powers any semblance of rational thinking. Through laughs, tears and a whole lot of lovin’, readers will fall in love with and want nothing more than to see Madison and Tate together.

Lauren McKellar magically weaves her wand, ensuring that FAME is light hearted and refreshing, whilst still conveying the serious undertone of loss, heartache and forgiveness. Through Madison, McKellar has created an amazing character. Her attention to detail means that the evolution of Madison is strong, deep and relatable. Touching upon feelings and issues that are common and consuming – Madison becomes a positive example and a pillar of strength throughout the book.

With the beloved Tate Masters using his point of view to show off his honest and devoted heart. Readers will be swooning over his unwavering and unconditional dedication to those who are important to him. Paired with sweet one-liners and a gorgeous smile, McKellar has hit gold with Tate Masters.

FAME is funny, heartwarming and memorable. Effortlessly giving the story line a complexity that is often overlooked. McKellar pulls off the layers that hide the simple boy and the simple girl; transitioning this two-dimensional love story to a beautiful kaleidoscope of real life.
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