Title: Cassandra By Starlight
Author: Susan Mac Nicol
Unconventional though she may be, Cassandra Wallace leads the life of an average Londoner, from blind dates to rush hour traffic. Then, along comes Bennett Saville. Sensitive, charming, erudite, the up-and-coming actor is like the hero of a romantic movie. He counteracts the tragedy that brought them together, and from the tips of his Armani loafers to that scorching hot kiss he seems absolutely perfect. Only, he’s ten years younger and from the upper class, and those emerald eyes beget dangerous secrets. The world is a stage, full of hungry leading ladies, and how long can any fairy tale last before a villain appears? Yet, on Bennett’s arm each new day is an adventure, and a true romance will always find its happy ending.
Cassandra has no luck when it comes to dating. Even though she doesn't have really high expectations, life doesn't seem to be on her side as she ends up with creeps and morons. After a really bad date, she resigns herself to staying at home with a cup of wine and decent movies. All of a sudden, as she is minding her own business in very slow moving traffic, a body crashes onto her windshield causing her a lot of damage as she is hurled into the ER. She is later informed that the body belonged to Eric Saville, who just happened to be Bennett Saville's - the famous actor - brother. Bennett feels guilty over what his brother did to this woman, especially since he nearly killed her. So he monitors her healing progress and decides to spend some time with her and enjoys her company immensely. Cassandra on the other hand is uncomfortable with the whole thing, especially since he's years younger than her, which causes havoc with her life.
I quite enjoyed this book.
The obvious humor in the writing and with Cassandra especially made me laugh a couple of times. Even though she's old, she is still a good looking, smart and funny lady. So for me, I don't get. Why she'd always end up with weirdos, I really liked her character. I also liked Bennett and for some reason the family drama hooked me from the start. I was looking forward to how it would unfold. Although the first part gave the impression that it was Ian she was going to be falling for, but somewhere along the way it turned to Bennett.
I liked how it went in first person with both her and Bennett, and well with Ian at first too. It showed the contrast between the characters, since Bennett is so serious with his family, work and friends. But Cassandra was lonely but pretty much hilarious on her take of things. Even the traffic jam, she'd made a light spin on it and liked it a lot.
The writing itself was clever, simple and quick to read. It was also enjoyable and gripping so you'd find yourself hooked from the very start. Great read!
Sue Mac Nicol was born in Headingley, Leeds, in the United Kingdom. When she was eight years old her family emigrated to Johannesburg, South Africa. One day, after yet another horrific story of violence to friends, they decided it was time to leave. In December 2000 they found themselves in the Arrivals area at Heathrow and have stayed in the UK ever since, loving every minute of it.
In between her day job as a regulatory compliance officer for a financial services company in Cambridge and normal daily life, the inspiration for the Starlight series was born; Sue’s characters, Cassie and Bennett, finally made their debut onto the flickering screen of a laptop and gave her the opportunity to become a published author—a dream she’s had since being a young girl old enough to hold a pencil.
Sue is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Romantic Novelists Association in the UK. She lives in a town house in the rural village of Bocking, Essex, with her husband of twenty eight years, Gary (who believes he deserves a long service award for putting up with her for so long), two children, Jason, 24, and Ashley, 19, and a mixed collie mongrel called Blu.
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