I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Famous In A Small Town by Kylie Scott
Published by Kylie Scott on April 7, 2022
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Rock Star Romance, Romance, Small Town & Rural
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What chance does a small-town girl have with a world-famous rock star?
Two years after his wife’s death, rock star Garrett Hayes hasn’t moved on. But he has moved out of L.A. Where better to escape his past than a small town in the northern California mountains? If only he could get the townsfolk of Wildwood to leave him the hell alone.
Ani Bennet returned to her hometown for some much-needed serenity. The last thing she needs is a grumpy, too hot for his own good, rich and famous rock star living next door—and rent-free in her brain.
She set her fangirl tendencies aside and deleted his photo from her cell when they became neighbors. But when Garrett asks for help, she can’t say no. The problem is, spending time together is making those fangirl feelings resurface—and bringing them to a whole new level.
What chance does a small-town girl have with world-famous rock star? It’s time for Ani to set her fears aside and find out.
A whirlwind, small town romance with meddling friends and small town folks who know how to keep secrets; I could not put Famous In A Small Town down! ~ Sharon – Simply Love Book Reviews
Two years after his wife’s death, a rock star moves to a very small northern California town to begin his new life. He soon finds out that small town people are a whole different breed of people and his next door neighbor, well not only does she make him want things he hasn’t thought of in two years but she makes sure he keeps his anonymity. Famous in a Small Town was a treat to read, amusing at times but also emotional and impossible to put down.
Ani never expected to be living in Wildwood, but after a disastrous time in Los Angeles and a bad breakup, she’s back in the town she grew up with and working at the local general store. She doesn’t mind her life; she has her own place, a job she mostly enjoys, good friends, trivia night, and margarita Fridays. Sure she’s worried the town might one day disappear as many businesses have already closed up and left, but for now she’s okay. Then one night under the cover of darkness a new neighbor moves in, only he’s not just anyone, Garrett the lead singer for The Dead Heart.
Garrett has no idea what to make of the woman who lives next door, she watched from her window as he moved in and then hid his identity when he was at the general store the next day and then basically tells everyone in town he just wants to be a part of the community and to leave him alone and don’t rat him out to the press. While he’s told her he wants to be her friend, he also knows something about Ani is giving him all kinds of feelings.
There was much I loved about this book including the way Ani and Garrett went from neighbors to friends (with the help of the effervescent Smith, Garrett’s former band mate) to more. It was a bit of a whirlwind, but it was also obvious that Garrett was just as enamored with Ani and she was with him. They complemented each other well, with Garrett giving Ani the security she craved and Ani showing Garrett how to live again.
The chemistry between them was easy to see and I was thrilled at the outcome of this book. My one complaint is I felt like the relationship moved way too fast but maybe that’s just me being greedy and wanting more time with this couple and the people of Wildwood.
I truly hope that Famous in a Small Town does well so we’ll have the opportunity to have more books in this series and more fun in the town of Wildwood.
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My new neighbor arrived at midnight on a Thursday. First came the moving truck, followed by a Jeep Wrangler. Mrs. Cooper, the former owner of the house, passed a while back. A damn shame. The woman was not only nice, but she made biscuits like you wouldn’t believe. For years the grand old Victorian house sat empty at the end of the cul-de-sac. Not unusual for a small town. Few people wanted to move to the middle of nowhere in Northern California, no matter how picturesque it might be. While the place had been sold not long after listing, there’d been no sighting of the new owner until now.
“What the heck?” I mumbled to myself, standing at the window.
Who moved in the middle of the night? It seemed covert and suspicious. Like something a criminal or government agent would do. Although, maybe they just traveled far and this happened to be the time they arrived. But most people would stay at a hotel and wait for daylight to do this sort of thing. Surely.
The only things ever happening at midnight in Wildwood were: 1. Harry, the town drunk, performing Bob Dylan classics in the middle of Main Street. 2. Me, an insomniac, wandering aimlessly around my house. That was it. Everyone else in the whole wide world—or our corner of it—was fast asleep.
Half hidden behind a curtain, I watched the truck being unloaded. A full moon shone down through the pine trees as the moving men hauled stuff inside. The first guy, the one who drove the Jeep, went straight into the house. He was tall and wore a ball cap. That was about all I could see. Maybe he was setting the place up for his wife and family. Maybe he had a boyfriend. He couldn’t possibly be single, heterosexual, under sixty, and emotionally mature. My luck just wasn’t that good. Not that I intended to date again in this lifetime.
Whoever he was and whatever he was doing, it would all be known in due course. Such was the joy of small-town life.
Once the furniture was moved inside, things got a little dull. There’s not much you can tell about a person from their boxes.
I took the opportunity to once again check the locks on all my windows and doors. After that, I made a cup of chamomile tea. Neither of these things helped me sleep, but the rituals were soothing. Mom always said I had a busy mind. I didn’t necessarily think about anything useful, I just thought a lot. At night, I tended to think about books, bad memories, and ex-boyfriends. The last two were often one and the same.
As a child, I was the daydreamer who got busted humming in class when everyone else was concentrating. (Like anybody actually needed algebra. If you can work out the discount at a sale, you’re good to go. Then again, this attitude might explain why my life had gone approximately nowhere.)
I returned to the window just in time to see my mystery man reappear. The new neighbor strode out to the Jeep and opened up the back. When he once more headed toward the house, the ball cap was gone and his short hair was on display. In each hand he carried a guitar case.
I perked up. Musicians were cool. Unless he owned electric guitars and believed in turning the volume up to eleven. That could get old fast.
As he got closer to the house, the porchlight hit him and…huh. Something about his profile tugged at a memory.
Guess he felt my gaze, because he turned toward my place. And whoa. His lips were a thin line, his jaw set to cranky, and none of it mattered—the man was beautiful. Though he really was strangely familiar.
Meanwhile, with only a lamp on behind me, I couldn’t have been more than an outline. A shadowy person lurking in the dark. Great. Nothing like being spied on to make you feel welcome in your new neighborhood. So much better than a casserole or cookies.
Wait! I knew where I recognized him from. Only it couldn’t be, because that would be crazy. Absolutely fucking wild. Yet there he stood.
“Holy shit,” I whispered.
My new neighbor was a goddamn rock star.
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