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Lochlan Paige is one of the biggest stars in Nashville. With her gorgeous stage presence and pitch-perfect voice, she’s earned her countless awards and sold out shows. But being famous hasn’t changed the fact that her favorite place to write music is in the quiet confines of libraries. Everything changes the moment she meets college student Vanessa and her fast-paced, very Lochlan Paige is one of the biggest stars in Nashville. With her gorgeous stage presence and pitch-perfect voice, she’s earned her countless awards and sold out shows. But being famous hasn’t changed the fact that her favorite place to write music is in the quiet confines of libraries. Everything changes the moment she meets college student Vanessa and her fast-paced, very closeted world of country music is turned upside down. Vanessa Wallace, a serious pre-med student, aspires to becoming a pediatric oncologist. During a late-night session at the campus library, an annoying hum coming from a secluded section leads to an encounter with Lochlan Paige. Little does Vanessa know she is about to take off on a whirlwind adventure that may end in love…or loss.


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Lochlan Paige is one of the biggest stars in Nashville. With her gorgeous stage presence and pitch-perfect voice, she’s earned her countless awards and sold out shows. But being famous hasn’t changed the fact that her favorite place to write music is in the quiet confines of libraries. Everything changes the moment she meets college student Vanessa and her fast-paced, very Lochlan Paige is one of the biggest stars in Nashville. With her gorgeous stage presence and pitch-perfect voice, she’s earned her countless awards and sold out shows. But being famous hasn’t changed the fact that her favorite place to write music is in the quiet confines of libraries. Everything changes the moment she meets college student Vanessa and her fast-paced, very closeted world of country music is turned upside down. Vanessa Wallace, a serious pre-med student, aspires to becoming a pediatric oncologist. During a late-night session at the campus library, an annoying hum coming from a secluded section leads to an encounter with Lochlan Paige. Little does Vanessa know she is about to take off on a whirlwind adventure that may end in love…or loss.

30 review for Love's Falling Star

  1. 4 out of 5

    Diane Wallace

    'ARC provided by both NetGalley and The Publisher in exchange for a honest review' **'A book in my opinion should not be planned out beforehand but as one writes the storyline will form itself to the constant emotional prompting of one's personality..' 4.5stars! When I sit down to read a book, I usually find myself looking for a comfortable spot to start reading. So with 'LOVE'S FALLING STAR' I somehow could not find that comfort zone; for one, I just could not stop reading because the storytelling 'ARC provided by both NetGalley and The Publisher in exchange for a honest review' **'A book in my opinion should not be planned out beforehand but as one writes the storyline will form itself to the constant emotional prompting of one's personality..' 4.5stars! When I sit down to read a book, I usually find myself looking for a comfortable spot to start reading. So with 'LOVE'S FALLING STAR' I somehow could not find that comfort zone; for one, I just could not stop reading because the storytelling was just mind blowing. For it to be Ms.Grayson's debut book, the storyline had everything; good dialogue, difficult coming out topic, chemistry, education, songstress, relationship issues, sex, tight-knit families & friends, Love etc.. If there's two things I did not expect from this book, it was the pacing and their (Lochlan & Vanessa) immediate connection. There was something really charming about this storyline, though it might seems a tad bit predictable -- and by charming I do mean sweet. I liked that Ms.Grayson never let on that there might be a happy ending or either family and her (Lochlan) manager will be supportive. I would not lie; this is a book that many interested readers won't be able to put down. After devouring it in a day, trust me when I say this, B.D. Grayson delivers an impressive book that will drive you through every possible emotions so too with the characters --- before you get to the ending --- and once you get there, your heart will be sore from their never ending intimacy. Highly recommended!

  2. 4 out of 5

    pipsqueakreviews

    Impressive debut, love it! I love this one so much and it’s a debut book so I’m doubly impressed. What sets the celebrity trope apart from others is the glamour and excitement that comes with either being a big celebrity or dating one. It sounds materialistic but it’s true for me and Grayson gets it. The excitement is infectious and it made me want to scream like a fangirl along with the characters from time to time. I love how the characters don’t fall into stereotypes. Vanessa is a pre-med stude Impressive debut, love it! I love this one so much and it’s a debut book so I’m doubly impressed. What sets the celebrity trope apart from others is the glamour and excitement that comes with either being a big celebrity or dating one. It sounds materialistic but it’s true for me and Grayson gets it. The excitement is infectious and it made me want to scream like a fangirl along with the characters from time to time. I love how the characters don’t fall into stereotypes. Vanessa is a pre-med student and a bookworm who studies in the library but she isn’t a complete nerd. She listens to music and tweets like a normal young person. Lochlan is a country music superstar (like Taylor Swift) but she isn’t arrogant about it. At the same time, she doesn't hate it nor is she shy about it. I love their interactions and they communicate so well. I appreciate how upfront Vanessa is at times and how Lochlan responds. This story is evenly paced that it doesn’t fall into the insta-love trap. They text for months before going on a date and this feels so real. At the same time, it didn’t feel like a slow burn which I’d credit this to good storytelling. It doesn’t hurt that they are both very likeable people too. I love how the focus never shifts from Lochlan’s dilemma about coming out vis-à-vis living out her dreams in the conservative country music scene. I don’t know much about country music to know if it's really a zero sum game, but her dilemma sounded legit and I’d take her word for it. I understand how important it is both to hold on to dreams and to stay true to yourself and how hard it can be to pick one. The only part lacking is Lochlan’s manager and best friend, Jamie, who never acted like a best friend nor had Lochlan’s back like how Mia and Ty had Vanessa’s. I thought that was a pity because this was otherwise a really well thought out book and I really love it. I received an ARC from Bold Strokes Books through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jude in the Stars

    4.5⭐️ – This is the sweetest story I’ve read in a while and there aren’t even any puppies. At twenty-five, Lochlan Paige is a country music mega star. She’s also mega closeted. One evening after a concert, she finds herself in need of quiet to write the song that’s been playing in her head. To the library she goes since, while on tour, libraries are her safe place. That evening, med student Vanessa is working on a paper and all that humming is distracting her. This first encounter lasts less than 4.5⭐️ – This is the sweetest story I’ve read in a while and there aren’t even any puppies. At twenty-five, Lochlan Paige is a country music mega star. She’s also mega closeted. One evening after a concert, she finds herself in need of quiet to write the song that’s been playing in her head. To the library she goes since, while on tour, libraries are her safe place. That evening, med student Vanessa is working on a paper and all that humming is distracting her. This first encounter lasts less than an hour but that’s more than enough time for a connection to surface. Despite her manager and best friend Jamie incessantly reminding her that she’s putting her career in jeopardy, Loc can’t help wanting some kind of relationship with Vanessa. I think this is B.D. Grayson’s debut but it really doesn’t feel like a debut. According to the author’s profile on the publisher’s website, Grayson has written a lot of fanfiction so it may be a debut as a professionally published author but not as a writer. Loc and Vanessa are just lovely. They are so obviously meant for each other, despite how antipodal their lives are. Chemistry like this isn’t something you can ignore. My heart broke for them over and over. For Lochlan and her fear of what coming out could mean for her career and the people who depend on her, for Vanessa who is incredibly patient and understanding and still at the same time true to herself. Grayson does a wonderful job at lacing joy and pain together, at breaking and rebuilding. I know it’s a romance and I knew these two were getting their happy end but damn, I felt for them. While I’m not overly impressed with the sex scenes themselves (they’re good but not as good as the rest of the book), I love everything that leads to them. From the first words Vanessa speaks to Loc in the library, the chemistry is obvious. I wanted them to kiss already even as I enjoyed the budding romance, the slowish burn, the fact that neither woman was really aware of the instalust they were both obviously feeling. Theirs is the kind of relationship where you realise at some point that it was actually love at first sight, that feeling that colors are brighter, sounds are clearer, the weight of life is lighter. The dialogue is smart, each character has their own voice, and the balance between dialogue and narrative is excellent. There’s also an interesting cast around Vanessa and Loc. I hated Jamie as much as I understood her intentions. I know she meant well even as she messed up. I like both families a lot and I love Vanessa’s best friends Mia and Ty and Loc’s assistant Spencer. But an out actress called MacKenzie Daveys? Seriously? There were also times when I didn’t know how much time had passed between scenes or chapters, and there are other minor flaws that I hope Grayson will get rid of in future works, but they didn’t stop me from enjoying this story tremendously. ARC provided to Les Rêveur for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    3 Stars “Love’s Falling Star” is a celebrity romance between a mega-popular country singer, Lochlan, and a pre-med student, Vanessa, who meet at a library. After seeing all the reviews for this I was excited to start reading. However, for me, it fell flat. I do see the potential with Grayson and look forward to reading what comes next. However, there were a lot of my pet peeves that just made me unable to connect with this the way the others seem to have. First of all, our main characters, Loc an 3 Stars “Love’s Falling Star” is a celebrity romance between a mega-popular country singer, Lochlan, and a pre-med student, Vanessa, who meet at a library. After seeing all the reviews for this I was excited to start reading. However, for me, it fell flat. I do see the potential with Grayson and look forward to reading what comes next. However, there were a lot of my pet peeves that just made me unable to connect with this the way the others seem to have. First of all, our main characters, Loc and Vanessa, meet and flirt and their next communication is via Twitter and FaceTime. I understand this with Loc being on a tour that this is natural but the problem for me was that there was no way for the reader to see them get to know each other, as we only get snippets here and there. We don’t really see them communicate and get to know each other. Because the author uses time skips/jumps we see Loc and Vanessa have gotten to know one another better, however, we don’t see this progression. That’s one of my favorites about reading a romance; seeing two people meet and fall in love in whatever capacity that is and I just didn’t get that here. It was all telling with very little showing. Next, Loc’s manager/best friend, Jamie, was a really terrible friend to Loc and later to Vanessa. She seemed to have no care for Loc’s happiness or life beyond her fame and career. Then something happens and all of a sudden, it’s all forgiven and she was “just looking out for Loc”. I could understand it from a manager’s standpoint. But seeing as they were life long best friends, it was really hard for me to grasp her attitude. There were a few other things that irked me, but I don’t need to delve that far. There were a couple of things I think Grayson did right and I liked those things. I appreciated how she made Vanessa kind of fan girl about Loc. Too many celebrity romances I’ve read have had the “ordinary” love interest not react to/ignore the fame and wealth and the celebrity of the person they’re with. I think most people would have some sort of reaction if they suddenly found themselves dating a super star. I also liked that Loc knew she was famous and although she wanted to be known for more than her persona, she acknowledged that it’s all a part of her. I also appreciated that although there is the infamous black moment, it’s earlier in the story so the ending doesn’t feel as rushed as when authors use it closer to the 90%. Overall, I didn’t really click with this story. However, I’m the odd duck here as almost every other review has been positive. Like I said, I see the potential in Grayson and look forward to reading whatever may come next.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rosi

    When I started this book I thought, great, how long without reading a story like this, a star, in this case a music star, on the crest of the wave, who knows an anonymous woman whose she is immediately attracted. There have been different versions of this type of romance, mostly with actresses. But as the book has progressed, the story for me has lost interest. The name of one of the protagonists is so hard to remember Lochlan, Loc, I did not like it. And the other woman, Vanessa, is blurred. Not When I started this book I thought, great, how long without reading a story like this, a star, in this case a music star, on the crest of the wave, who knows an anonymous woman whose she is immediately attracted. There have been different versions of this type of romance, mostly with actresses. But as the book has progressed, the story for me has lost interest. The name of one of the protagonists is so hard to remember Lochlan, Loc, I did not like it. And the other woman, Vanessa, is blurred. Not that Loc is much better defined. She is a country music star in the closet and not much else. No family, no friends, an ex. So the story is about this difficult relationship that the two of them must be able to fit into their lives without the people around them being too aware of it. They can't meet too often, their schedules are very difficult, Loc with the concert tour and Vanessa with her medical studies. That’s why the book goes from meet to meet too quickly and the scenes are superficial, as well as the issues they have to face and also their solution. So I'm a little disappointed because I was too excited and in the end it wasn't as good as I wanted it to be. The publisher Bold Strokes Books was kind enough to provide me with an advanced reading copy via Netgalley for my honest review

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    I've tried to find out if B. D. Grayson has written more books, I couldn't find any. This is a terrific debut, I actually can't really believe it's a debut. The book is well-written, the trope a well-known one, but done wonderfully for this story. Lochlan is a country music powerhouse, she seemingly has it all since the day her debut was released. All she lacks is someone to love in her life. One night after a concert of hers Lochlan heads to the library to write some new music. The library is he I've tried to find out if B. D. Grayson has written more books, I couldn't find any. This is a terrific debut, I actually can't really believe it's a debut. The book is well-written, the trope a well-known one, but done wonderfully for this story. Lochlan is a country music powerhouse, she seemingly has it all since the day her debut was released. All she lacks is someone to love in her life. One night after a concert of hers Lochlan heads to the library to write some new music. The library is her safe place on the road to write. Vanessa is a pre-med student who spends a lot of time at the library when Lochlan disturbs her quiet library time with her humming they get to chatting. Lochlan instantly trusts Vanessa and against all odds, they form a friendship. Lochlan leads a very closeted life and when the friendship eventually morphs into more it's hard for Vanessa to find her place in that world. And Lochlan needs to find a way to have love in her love and accept herself mostly as well. The inevitable big drama you see it coming, but I didn't expect it to happen the way it did. I didn't expect it to play out that way and for so long either. I think it happens at about 70%-75% of the story, so it's earlier than in most of these romances, but with the book being rather short (about 200 pages) I do feel like the time in the last quarter of the book passes way more quickly and events are shorter and more glossed over. This to me is the only downside of this book, there is so much happening in that last 25%, and it's all very interesting and life-changing for the characters, but we don't really experience it. There is one storyline that I would have really liked to see explored more that was set up and "handled" in the last 25%, I won't say what it is because I'd be spoiling it, but you'll recognise it when you'll read it. Overall the characters are well thought out and likable. Both the story and characters show a good development, something you don't often see from a debut author. I'd like to have had a couple of chapters more, also because I enjoyed it, so maybe a tip for the next one. *ARC received in exchange for a voluntary and honest review*

  7. 4 out of 5

    Domi

    This was a lovely romance to spend my weekend with! You'd think it's a cliche with the closeted music star meeting the ' average' person and falling in love. And ofcourse it's something that has been done before, but when it's done the way Grayson did it; with extremely likeable main characters, beautiful writing and keeping a smile on my face during most of the book then it's a cliche worth spending time on. For anyone looking for an easy romance to escape everyday life, be sure to read about V This was a lovely romance to spend my weekend with! You'd think it's a cliche with the closeted music star meeting the ' average' person and falling in love. And ofcourse it's something that has been done before, but when it's done the way Grayson did it; with extremely likeable main characters, beautiful writing and keeping a smile on my face during most of the book then it's a cliche worth spending time on. For anyone looking for an easy romance to escape everyday life, be sure to read about Vanessa and Lochlan. It's not a very long book, but since there are some time jumps it didn't feel overly rushed. That being said, for me, it could easily have been 100 pages longer as I wouldn't have minded more interactions between the mains, but also between the Vanessa/Lochlan and their friends. Nevertheless: loved it. *** An ARC was provided by Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. ***

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ameliah Faith

    Beautiful Country music superstar Loc loves to write music in libraries when she is on the road. Late one night after a concert, she finds herself in the stacks of just such a place. Vanessa is a med student studying at a table near Loc when the star’s humming disturbs her. When Vanessa, who is not overly impressed with Loc’s fame, shields the woman from being recognized, Loc realizes there is definitely something special about the student, something that draws the pair together. However, with Lo Beautiful Country music superstar Loc loves to write music in libraries when she is on the road. Late one night after a concert, she finds herself in the stacks of just such a place. Vanessa is a med student studying at a table near Loc when the star’s humming disturbs her. When Vanessa, who is not overly impressed with Loc’s fame, shields the woman from being recognized, Loc realizes there is definitely something special about the student, something that draws the pair together. However, with Loc so deeply in the closet and terrified of coming out what chance do they have for a chance at real happiness? This debut novel is just wonderful. It was far too easy to care about and become emotionally invested in these characters. They are perfect together and I couldn’t help but want the best for them, feeling happy when they were and cry a bit when things go so horribly wrong. I loved the easy going feel of the writing and thought the flow of the story was spot on, not too bogged down in details yet lacking none. This is one of those tales that will stay with you long after you finish reading it. This is an author I will be keeping an eye out for as I am sure she will get even better and better!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Christian M.

    Amazing debut novel by D. B. Grayson. The story is very realistic. It’s a sad and harsh reality that this scenario is still happening in real life. I really like the storyline so much that when I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down and finished it in one go. Lochlan and Vanessa were both charming and amazing. I just love how they complement each other. Their chemistry was electric!!! I like how patient and understanding Vanessa was towards Lochlan and how she tried so hard to accept their Amazing debut novel by D. B. Grayson. The story is very realistic. It’s a sad and harsh reality that this scenario is still happening in real life. I really like the storyline so much that when I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down and finished it in one go. Lochlan and Vanessa were both charming and amazing. I just love how they complement each other. Their chemistry was electric!!! I like how patient and understanding Vanessa was towards Lochlan and how she tried so hard to accept their situation and make it work. Lochlan’s fear of coming out is not only for her own selfish reasons, it’s because she’s afraid to let down the people around her who she thinks will suffer if she ever did come out of the closet. Also, the speech was written beautifully, I was so moved by it. Definitely recommending it to others. Solid 5 ⭐️s. I received an ARC from the publishers through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    MJS

    ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I usually like the celebrity trope, but this one didn’t hit the mark for me. This features Lochlan (Loc), a country music star who is staring to burn out after a series of concerts. She goes to a library to write a song and meets Vanessa, a pre-med student studying for finals. The two strike up some banter and continue to connect via social media and then in person and begin a relationship even though Loc is Narnia deep in the closet. ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I usually like the celebrity trope, but this one didn’t hit the mark for me. This features Lochlan (Loc), a country music star who is staring to burn out after a series of concerts. She goes to a library to write a song and meets Vanessa, a pre-med student studying for finals. The two strike up some banter and continue to connect via social media and then in person and begin a relationship even though Loc is Narnia deep in the closet. Usually the closeted star thing is annoying because it seems unrealistic that anyone would care in this day and age, but Loc is a country singer, so that part did at least ring true. Vanessa professes to understand this and says she will ‘protect’ Loc about this, but isn’t anywhere near this understanding for long. Loc also has a BFF/manager who does nothing to help this situation, she’s mostly just a nagging bitch. Vanessa has two BFFs and an understanding family, but her BFFs come off as superficial and I couldn’t really warm to them. I did like the backstory about why she wanted to be a doctor, and her family were very sweet. I think part of the problem I had with this is I felt Vanessa was too young to be able to navigate this situation. She’s pre-med, so I’m guessing about 20-21 and it showed. I don’t think we’re told how old Loc is but she was much more aware of the realities of her world. The requisite drama near the end was a bit much and I found the reconciliation way too rom-comy. Don’t even get me started on the implausibility of the events described in the epilogue. Overall, this was a bit uneven, I think Grayson tried to do too much in one story, it’s a debut novel so I give her a pass there, but this is an average read. 3 stars.

  11. 5 out of 5

    LesReview

    What an amazing story and debut from this author. Lochlan Paige is a mega star country music artist that unfortunately has to stay in the closet due to the music genre she is in. (Imagine Taylor Swift as a closeted lesbian).She knows she’s been a lesbian since she was 11 years old but keeps her true self hidden due to the responsibility she feels to her family, the people that work for her and her fans. If the public ever found out she was gay everything she has worked so hard for would disappea What an amazing story and debut from this author. Lochlan Paige is a mega star country music artist that unfortunately has to stay in the closet due to the music genre she is in. (Imagine Taylor Swift as a closeted lesbian).She knows she’s been a lesbian since she was 11 years old but keeps her true self hidden due to the responsibility she feels to her family, the people that work for her and her fans. If the public ever found out she was gay everything she has worked so hard for would disappear and keeping up this facade has been easy until the day that she meets med student Vanessa Wallace in a public library. You know it’s so sad, especially in these days and times, that an artist, actor or sports star has to remain closeted because they are told they would lose fans and endorsements because of who they happen to love. I love that this is a story that tells what happens when they are fed up with all the lies and ready to be their true selves. I could not put this book down and of course I was up late to finish it. Highly recommend! I received this ARC via NetGalley and publisher for an honest review. Many Thanks!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Vanessa and Lochlan meet in a library late on a Saturday night. Lachlan is a country music super star, Vanessa is a pre-Med student. The two try to navigate a relationship away from the press, while keeping Lachlan’s sexuality, and the stress that entails, under wraps. I really enjoyed this story. It was a very short read with a captivating plot and had extremely likable characters. There was so much potential, I just wish there were more build up all around, especially in the interactions betwee Vanessa and Lochlan meet in a library late on a Saturday night. Lachlan is a country music super star, Vanessa is a pre-Med student. The two try to navigate a relationship away from the press, while keeping Lachlan’s sexuality, and the stress that entails, under wraps. I really enjoyed this story. It was a very short read with a captivating plot and had extremely likable characters. There was so much potential, I just wish there were more build up all around, especially in the interactions between the various relationships. I wanted more build up in the romantic relationship and chemistry between the main characters, but I also wanted build up in the interaction between the main characters and supporting characters. That background may provide a more believable rational for the characters decisions and reactions. I think it was probably just a bit too short to be thorough.

  13. 4 out of 5

    H M

    I finished this in one day only. I did not feel the time tbh. very enjoyable book. loved both Lochlan and Vanessa. One thing bothered me " and this is just me " , Loc was impressing her with her money and usually i don't like that idea, feels like they make things shallow. however that's just personal thing it did not effect the read to the point to make me leave it. Honestly when i requested this I saw 5 stars. and they were well deserved. very well written Highly recommended thank you for the I finished this in one day only. I did not feel the time tbh. very enjoyable book. loved both Lochlan and Vanessa. One thing bothered me " and this is just me " , Loc was impressing her with her money and usually i don't like that idea, feels like they make things shallow. however that's just personal thing it did not effect the read to the point to make me leave it. Honestly when i requested this I saw 5 stars. and they were well deserved. very well written Highly recommended thank you for the author and her team

  14. 4 out of 5

    Gabriella

    This is a cute, quick read and I think it’s a strong debut! I enjoyed both MC’s, Lochlan (25-26) and Vanessa (age unknown), and thought their chemistry was palpable. They’re equally matched in that they’re both passionate people – Lochlan with her music career and Vanessa with her goal to become a doctor – and that was nice to see. I like how Vanessa is neither a crazed fan nor someone who’s completely unaffected by Lochlan’s stardom. The fact that she knew who Lochlan Paige was and still decide This is a cute, quick read and I think it’s a strong debut! I enjoyed both MC’s, Lochlan (25-26) and Vanessa (age unknown), and thought their chemistry was palpable. They’re equally matched in that they’re both passionate people – Lochlan with her music career and Vanessa with her goal to become a doctor – and that was nice to see. I like how Vanessa is neither a crazed fan nor someone who’s completely unaffected by Lochlan’s stardom. The fact that she knew who Lochlan Paige was and still decided to shush her in the library was awesome and LOL-worthy; Vanessa is such a badass! Unfortunately, I think the story moves a little too quickly: we don’t really get to see the MCs’ feelings develop. While reading, I was often like, “Wait what? It’s been that long?” I do think that for me, this one would have worked better as a full-length novel. Also, Jamie, Lochlan’s manager, really irked me. I understand she was only trying to look out for Lochlan’s career, but her actions felt overdone and it seemed like she almost took pleasure in trying to keep Lochlan down. Back to a positive note, I like how the conflict isn’t too formulaic. I celebrated when the MC’s found their way back to each other and the final pages were oh so satisfying. Also, as a country music fan, I was happy to see the portrayal of a queer country music artist and the exploration of some of the unfortunate aspects of the genre. I hope that the country music industry continues to evolve to better include queer people, and oh how I wish I could stream some Lochlan Paige songs! content warnings: alcohol use, homophobia, hospitalization, mention of a child dying of cancer, pills, (view spoiler)[accidental overdose (hide spoiler)] I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cal

    I believe this is the first release from this writer. I thought it was decent showing. I’d rate this 3.5 - with a round up for encouragement :) The main characters are likable. There’s enough to keep you engaged and reading. The story moves at a good pace. I think I finished this over an evening. I would be interested in seeing what this writer puts out next.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jaie

    I finished this book in less than 24 hours. It was engaging and fun. I liked the characters. It wasn't completely predictable but also not too angsty. While there was an instant connection, the story took place over many months. I'm very impressed by this debut author. I finished this book in less than 24 hours. It was engaging and fun. I liked the characters. It wasn't completely predictable but also not too angsty. While there was an instant connection, the story took place over many months. I'm very impressed by this debut author.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Susie

    *I received a free digital ARC via NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.* Love conquers all This is not the first book I’ve read by this publisher, and it certainly won’t be the last! I’ve gotten off really lucky with the books from them that I’ve picked up, this one being no exception. And, to add to all that, this is the author’s debut novel! Seriously impressive! I must say, however, before I start the main part of my review, that I’ve no idea what it’s like to *I received a free digital ARC via NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.* Love conquers all This is not the first book I’ve read by this publisher, and it certainly won’t be the last! I’ve gotten off really lucky with the books from them that I’ve picked up, this one being no exception. And, to add to all that, this is the author’s debut novel! Seriously impressive! I must say, however, before I start the main part of my review, that I’ve no idea what it’s like to be “in the closet”. As a cis female, it is of course not easy to understand the concept. But books like this certainly help in understanding. The fear of being rejected by peers, of potentially losing your career, losing your friends. But in this story it turns out, there was nothing to fear. Could Lochlan and Vanessa be any more different? She, the popular Country music star. Vanessa, a med student. It just so happened that they were in the same library at the same time, albeit for different reasons, yet that chance encounter left an impact on both. For Vanessa, she isn’t a huge fan, yet in that moment she sees the person and not the star. And with her naturally caring attitude, Loc is warmed to her whole person. Yet, it is an impossible attraction, as the star has a career where coming out could completely ruin it. It’s happened before, so of course it will happen to her, too! So that’s how life goes – she puts her career above everything, mostly at the advice of her best friend and manager, Jamie. Yet, in doing so, she risks losing the best thing that may have ever come into her life. And her sanity. It takes Lochlan accidentally reaching rock bottom to see the truth. But will Vanessa still be there waiting for her when she does do the Country equivalent of the unthinkable? It is a seriously cute love story. Yeah yeah, there are many like it, but it’s written beautifully. I wasn’t so happy with the ending, really, as it felt a bit dragged out and not as concrete as some of the rest. But all can certainly be forgiven for it being a debut novel. It was one of my quickest reads of the year! Final rating: ★★★★☆ – Really liked

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lex Kent

    Cute romance but I didn’t click with it like I hoped. This book has a lot of wonderful, high rated, reviews so I seem to be a bit of an outlier here. I’m not sure if my expectations where to high, or what but this book is falling in the strictly just okay category for me. I’m a big celebrity romance fan. In fact, I would put them as my third favorite romance trope only behind fauxmances and ice queens. I also love reading new authors and after so many of my friends loved this, I thought this wou Cute romance but I didn’t click with it like I hoped. This book has a lot of wonderful, high rated, reviews so I seem to be a bit of an outlier here. I’m not sure if my expectations where to high, or what but this book is falling in the strictly just okay category for me. I’m a big celebrity romance fan. In fact, I would put them as my third favorite romance trope only behind fauxmances and ice queens. I also love reading new authors and after so many of my friends loved this, I thought this would be a big win for me. Instead, I was honestly just underwhelmed. The overall story is one that has been done before, and I’m not sure if there was anything different enough to catch my attention. The whole big star in the closet doesn’t have the same affect it had even just ten years ago. And in the end I didn’t feel the urgency of having to keep their relationship a secret or the drama that came with it. The whole closet thing led me to another part that bothered me. Loc is so scared of anyone knowing she’s gay, so she’s so happy to find someone like Vanessa who understands that and wants to keep her safe. Vanessa is going to be patient and date in secret until Loc is ready. Fast forward only a couple of chapters and Vanessa is trying to force her out with an ultimatum. All I could think of is really, this is how you show her you care and will be there for her? I thought Loc should forget Vanessa and find someone who would actually be patient. Besides not being much of a Vanessa fan, I wasn’t crazy about these two as a couple. The chemistry was just barely there for me. I felt like the characters went from a saying few words to each other… to real feelings. There was none of that good connecting part that I want in a romance. I love the dating and getting to know you faze, I love seeing a connection develop, but I thought that was missing in this story. On the good side, I was happy that the ending didn’t feel rushed. It was a cute romantic ending. I did find the speech Loc gave to be over the top, you would have thought she cured cancer or something, but it was only a small eye-roll. In the end this wasn’t the story I was expecting. It just didn’t have the spark I was looking for. I thought it was a cute story and I think it was nicely written for a debut. I would not be surprised if we see a lot more of Grayson in the future. When it comes to this book I’m an outlier here. Many people really loved this one so I would suggest reading some other reviews to help you decide if this book is for you. A copy was given to me for a review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    So I've read several other reviews on this book all ranging from very impressed to very mediocre, so when I started Love's Falling Star I tried to go in with an open mind about what to expect. And I really liked this! I was drawn in right away and read this book in an evening. I always am drawn to romance novels around music and musicians, and I read them when I can because it reminds me of my past as I grew up being trained in brass instruments and piano, then picked up guitar in junior high, a So I've read several other reviews on this book all ranging from very impressed to very mediocre, so when I started Love's Falling Star I tried to go in with an open mind about what to expect. And I really liked this! I was drawn in right away and read this book in an evening. I always am drawn to romance novels around music and musicians, and I read them when I can because it reminds me of my past as I grew up being trained in brass instruments and piano, then picked up guitar in junior high, and still play today. I was in no way a famous musician, but I spent many a weekend in college busking in and outside of bars, and had one summer in college with a group opening several shows for a more famous band. So musician stories have a special place in my heart even though I've settled down with an office job now. And I really loved this book! It's about Lochlan, who is a famous country singer but closeted lesbian, and one day on a whim she meets Vanessa who treats her just like a normal person, and they take off from there. I found both characters lovable and flawed in the best ways. I really liked Lochlan, and felt for her with the role she had to play as country star not allowed to be herself. I felt like Grayson portrayed that conundrum really well and you could tell how much it drained Lochlan, and why Loc felt Vanessa as such a breath of fresh air. I liked Vanessa too! I like that she was a nerd with a big heart, but the book pretty clearly showed that she has other interests too outside of school and her family. Although I did really enjoy the book, I have to say the romance between the two seemed to grow extremely fast. Their relationship was mostly based upon phone calls then the occasional romantic gesture. I would have liked more "real time" spent together before they fall in love. And I am a sucker for big emotional speeches so I really loved the ending. I know several people have mentioned it in other reviews, but what can I say, I'm sappy. I really enjoyed this and am surprised it was a debut novel! I'm definitely looking out for Grayson in the future. 4.25/5

  20. 5 out of 5

    Skip

    4.5 stars. I’m not completely sure what it is about this book that made me like it so much, there are some new author flaws and it has difficulties due to a lot of the main characters getting to know each other “off-page” but essentially there was something about it that just had me smiling constantly for the first 70% of the book, so I consider it a success. Lochlan Paige is a closeted country music superstar. One of the few things she has for herself is to write at libraries, in her own little 4.5 stars. I’m not completely sure what it is about this book that made me like it so much, there are some new author flaws and it has difficulties due to a lot of the main characters getting to know each other “off-page” but essentially there was something about it that just had me smiling constantly for the first 70% of the book, so I consider it a success. Lochlan Paige is a closeted country music superstar. One of the few things she has for herself is to write at libraries, in her own little bubble with rare peace and quiet. After her latest concert, she heads to the local College library, where she meets Vanessa, a pre-med student. After they meet a lot of the getting to know each other takes place via text message and phone calls, which as readers we don’t get much information on, so there are quite a few time skips, which I did find disappointing, but it didn’t change my enjoyment of the story itself. I can understand why it may for some readers though so you may want to take this into consideration. I enjoyed the fact that the narrative acknowledges who Lochlan is and the impact it has on their relationship. Vanessa has her fan moments but also approaches their relationship from a pretty logical place. The development of their time together, and how it panned out narrative-wise felt believable to me, though obviously it has some sensationalist moments for effect. My review is probably impacted by how much I loved both of the characters, rather than the writing itself, but I’m often a character-driven reader, so this isn’t much of a surprise. The ending also worked really well for me, again sticking true to the characters. I was impressed with Grayson’s first outing, romance fans should find something they’ll enjoy in this book and I’m definitely looking forward to Grayson’s next book. I received an e-ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Statum

    Lochlan Paige is the biggest star in country music. She sells out stadiums and loves to perform. However, she is gay and feels like coming out would ruin her career. She hides deep in the closet so that her dreams of stardom are not compromised. Vanessa is a med student that dreams to be a pediatric oncologist. She is often studying in the library late at night. When she runs into Lochlan late at night they have an instant connection. After some time getting to know each other…will they take the Lochlan Paige is the biggest star in country music. She sells out stadiums and loves to perform. However, she is gay and feels like coming out would ruin her career. She hides deep in the closet so that her dreams of stardom are not compromised. Vanessa is a med student that dreams to be a pediatric oncologist. She is often studying in the library late at night. When she runs into Lochlan late at night they have an instant connection. After some time getting to know each other…will they take the leap to take a step out in public? Will Lochlan decide their relationship is worth the risk that her career could be in shambles? This was a cute romance and a fun book to read. It was a quick read and kept me interested. I enjoyed the journey of the two main characters and there was good character development. I did feel that this book could have been a bit better. I feel like the author played it a little safe in the storyline and could have introduced more excitement. Also, the relationship of the two women could have been portrayed a little more maturely. I have read books with a similar story line, and Grayson did a great job in adding creativity to make this plot feel like a different book than ones I have read before. This is a debut book and that hold a lot of promise for future works. I feel compelled to read other novels that Grayson comes out with in the future. I would like to see if there is progress in the writing and if the feedback from this debut book makes Grayson better. I rate this 3.5 because it was enjoyable, but I do feel it was not as strong as it could have been. There were no spelling errors, and it does look as if editing was done well. Great job for a first attempt from B.D. Grayson.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    2 stars. Lochlan Paige is country music's biggest star. She likes writing in libraries and while on tour, goes to a library where Vanessa Wallace is studying. Vanessa is a pre-med student and when she hears humming, she cannot concentrate and goes to tell the person to be quiet. When she notices its Lochlan, but she still tells her to be quiet. She is star stuck by Lochlan and Lochlan thinks Vanessa is the most attractive woman she has seen. When they run into each other again at a benefit, they 2 stars. Lochlan Paige is country music's biggest star. She likes writing in libraries and while on tour, goes to a library where Vanessa Wallace is studying. Vanessa is a pre-med student and when she hears humming, she cannot concentrate and goes to tell the person to be quiet. When she notices its Lochlan, but she still tells her to be quiet. She is star stuck by Lochlan and Lochlan thinks Vanessa is the most attractive woman she has seen. When they run into each other again at a benefit, they start to talk more seriously, and Vanessa wonders if Lochlan is a lesbian and is hiding who is she. Can they overcome how closeted Lochlan is? The entire book, I felt like the characters were too immature. I thought the characters felt young and their relationship seemed to move at a very quick pace. I thought their declarations of love felt quick for a celebrity like this, and I felt like the entire book their relationship seemed to go too quickly. Boom, they meet and then they are obsessed with each other. The whole book felt very realistic which I did not like at all. It made me not like the book and really did not enjoy reading it. I do not recommend it at all. There are many books which are a lot better than this one. No matter how much I read it I could not get into it. Everything about it seemed dumb and even the drama was just the worst kind, a misunderstanding. Skip this one. read other better lesbian romance novels.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    From the second I started reading this book, I could not put it down. Granted this plot of closeted superstar meets and falls in love with average "Josephine" has been done more times than I can count, but B.D. Grayson has written something truly special here. Lochlan's life was extremely public and she spent much of her time hiding who she really was. She was a singer, performer, and songwriter who did her best writing in between the shelves of various libraries throughout the world. A campus l From the second I started reading this book, I could not put it down. Granted this plot of closeted superstar meets and falls in love with average "Josephine" has been done more times than I can count, but B.D. Grayson has written something truly special here. Lochlan's life was extremely public and she spent much of her time hiding who she really was. She was a singer, performer, and songwriter who did her best writing in between the shelves of various libraries throughout the world. A campus library in Raleigh is where she met Vanessa. From the moment Lochlan and Vanessa met, you could feel the pull and instant chemistry and the added bonus of Vanessa yanking Lochlan's chain a bit. made it truly memorable for both. The majority of their interactions were through social media or Facetime for the first 1/2 of the book and the more time they spent "together" the closer they got. Both of these main characters had to really lay themselves on the line and allow themselves to be vulnerable. You could easily feel their emotions throughout. The ending was a little haphazard and rushed but I won't say anymore as I don't want to throw spoilers out there. Despite this, I absolutely loved this book and it's definitely on my re-read shelf. I look forward to reading more from this author. I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rachael Batchelor-Parry

    I really wanted to rate this book four stars because B.D Grayson is clearly a lovely writer. I say this because I read the book in one sitting and I wasn't left disappointed, but I also wasn't left with the gushy feels. It was just , that's a really sweet romance. Let me explain; I feel like the book could of had more in it. More flirting and a slower build to it, on the romance side i felt like it just went straight there. I understand when you have that instant connection or attraction and spa I really wanted to rate this book four stars because B.D Grayson is clearly a lovely writer. I say this because I read the book in one sitting and I wasn't left disappointed, but I also wasn't left with the gushy feels. It was just , that's a really sweet romance. Let me explain; I feel like the book could of had more in it. More flirting and a slower build to it, on the romance side i felt like it just went straight there. I understand when you have that instant connection or attraction and sparks can fly, moving at an unstoppable, pace trust me and ask my wife. However you still have that slow build up to the moment of your first kiss , touch etc. I enjoyed our main characters Lochlan Paige Nashville singing sensation and Vanessa Wallace , a serious pre med student. Both sweet , intelligent and funny. As mentioned if there was more of a slower build , then with Graysons writing these two could of been off the chat. If you looking for a nice easy romantic , two unlikely people meeting in a library , well written, then ' Love's Falling Star' I suggestion picking up. I am looking forward to what's next in store for B.D Grayson 'Arc provided by both NetGalley and The Publisher in exchange for a honest review' I have rated this book 3 1-2 stars

  25. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    Lochlan Paige is a country music star and she is at the top of her career. She is both, a gorgeous star that sings in front of thousands in sold out concerts and the woman that prefers to write her music alone in any quiet library she has nearby. During on of her night writing rituals in a library she meets Vanessa Wallace, a beautiful intellectual pre-med student. The attraction is undeniable and but will it be enough to get the closeted super start out and risk everything she had worked for he Lochlan Paige is a country music star and she is at the top of her career. She is both, a gorgeous star that sings in front of thousands in sold out concerts and the woman that prefers to write her music alone in any quiet library she has nearby. During on of her night writing rituals in a library she meets Vanessa Wallace, a beautiful intellectual pre-med student. The attraction is undeniable and but will it be enough to get the closeted super start out and risk everything she had worked for her whole life. This book was very well written and the characters were well developed and very easy to love. The chemistry between Loc and Vanessa was great and they were very sexy. I liked the supporting characters and I thought the author did a great job in not diving much into those characters and leaving the spotlight to the two main women. I also liked that the book moved in a fast but consistent pace so you didn't get bored. It was a great romance book, sweet and sexy. Perfect for this valentine's season. Will be looking forward reading more from this author in the future. Definitely would recommend!! This ARC was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    JWG1973UK

    I received an ARC copy of the book from the Publisher via Netgalley and voluntarily leaving my review. After checking all over to see if there were any more books by this author and finding none, I assume this is the author’s debut novel, and what a debut it is. Lochlan (Loc to her friends) is a famous country singer in Nashville. Vanessa is a med student. When the two of them meet in a library you felt the chemistry between them both instantly. You know that feeling when you can just tell that yo I received an ARC copy of the book from the Publisher via Netgalley and voluntarily leaving my review. After checking all over to see if there were any more books by this author and finding none, I assume this is the author’s debut novel, and what a debut it is. Lochlan (Loc to her friends) is a famous country singer in Nashville. Vanessa is a med student. When the two of them meet in a library you felt the chemistry between them both instantly. You know that feeling when you can just tell that you can trust someone the minute you meet them. I know it is a rare thing, but, I suppose it does happen every now and again. That is the feeling you get when these two meet (yes I know it is fiction lol). I will admit I was smitten with Lochlan from the first page. Once I started reading I was hooked right up until I finished the book. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Vanessa also, but Lochlan, she is one hot woman. If only I was twenty + years younger (yes I know I am getting carried away here). All in all it was an enjoyable read with some great characters, great bunch of secondary characters and I loved the storyline. HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    Vanessa Wallace was minding her own business, using the library’s quiet and resources to study. She was studying for her dream, to become a pediatric oncologist. That is until she’s interrupted by someone humming a song. Lochlan Paige had just finished her concert to a sold out crowd and while she loved singing for her fans, the other parts of being a star, not so much. The only place, besides her own home to write music she found a library worked just as well. Everything is going great, that Vanessa Wallace was minding her own business, using the library’s quiet and resources to study. She was studying for her dream, to become a pediatric oncologist. That is until she’s interrupted by someone humming a song. Lochlan Paige had just finished her concert to a sold out crowd and while she loved singing for her fans, the other parts of being a star, not so much. The only place, besides her own home to write music she found a library worked just as well. Everything is going great, that is until someone, a very attractive someone asked her to be a little quieter. Lachlan is in the closet and was very afraid anyone would find out. Maybe if she chose another music genre it would be fine instead, but she was a country singer. A very famous country singer. Vanessa wasn’t in the closet but she appreciates that others couldn’t. But they remain friends, mainly texting and phone calls. With a supporting cast made up of both women's friends and family. Ms Grayson has given us a pretty nice read. Nicely paced this is an easy read. Very enjoyable. ARC via NetGalley/ Bold Stroke Books.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kaye

    Lochlan Paige is a country western superstar in her 20s. After a concert she takes a quiet break in a college library to work out a song. Vanessa Wallace, a pre-med student working late on a paper "hushes" the humming, pretty distraction. A fun beginning to a classic trope of a wealthy star and an average person (who both just happen to be beautiful). Tropes work when they are written well. B.D. Grayson lets the characters have time to make their friendship and attraction grow which makes the re Lochlan Paige is a country western superstar in her 20s. After a concert she takes a quiet break in a college library to work out a song. Vanessa Wallace, a pre-med student working late on a paper "hushes" the humming, pretty distraction. A fun beginning to a classic trope of a wealthy star and an average person (who both just happen to be beautiful). Tropes work when they are written well. B.D. Grayson lets the characters have time to make their friendship and attraction grow which makes the relationship believable. There are fun over the top moments like a birthday surprise, but Vanessa is not overwhelmed by wealth. The main obstacle for Lochlan is can she be her real self and have the career and girl of her dreams. The book is short and a quick read. (I wish it was a little longer.) And the positive message turns a little preachy at the end. But those are minor quibbles for a story that left me feeling happy and upbeat. Thank you to NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an ARC ebook in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    khi s

    This book is such an amazing book! You feel the chemistry between the main characters almost immediately. It’s an easy flowing book which you can read in between your zoom class or restless quarantine naps! Such a good book I guarantee you’ll fall in love with the main characters, I even found myself smiling during all of their interactions. It’s a bit of celebrity/ average person cliche but who doesn’t love a good cliche! BD Grayson managed to take this cliche and make it her b*tch! If I had to This book is such an amazing book! You feel the chemistry between the main characters almost immediately. It’s an easy flowing book which you can read in between your zoom class or restless quarantine naps! Such a good book I guarantee you’ll fall in love with the main characters, I even found myself smiling during all of their interactions. It’s a bit of celebrity/ average person cliche but who doesn’t love a good cliche! BD Grayson managed to take this cliche and make it her b*tch! If I had to dive for a critique it would probably be a much needed confrontation that did happen but we didn’t get to see between Loc and her herself- I kind of found myself looking for that inner realization that nothing mattered to her more than love. It did happen but it would’ve been nice to see it written instead of insinuated or specifically written more ground breaking. Highly recommend cant wait to see more from BD Grayson! Arc provided from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Althea

    It's hard to believe that this is B.D. Grayson's debut novel! This was a fantastic lesbian romance following Lochlan Paige - world famous country singer - and a girl in a library who tells her to be quiet! I absolutely loved both Lochlan and Vanessa, their chemistry was plain to see and I loved how positive and sweet their relationship was. I'm a sucker for books featuring singers/musicians but this was definitely a highlight of all the ones I've read! I loved the HEA even though the particular It's hard to believe that this is B.D. Grayson's debut novel! This was a fantastic lesbian romance following Lochlan Paige - world famous country singer - and a girl in a library who tells her to be quiet! I absolutely loved both Lochlan and Vanessa, their chemistry was plain to see and I loved how positive and sweet their relationship was. I'm a sucker for books featuring singers/musicians but this was definitely a highlight of all the ones I've read! I loved the HEA even though the particular type we get in this novella isn't always my cup of tea, and I'm really looking forward to reading more from Grayson! *Note: there is use of some ableist language 57% through the book Thanks to Netgalley and Bold Strokes Books for an eARC in return for an honest review!

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