Starlet by Cora Kenborn

June 18, 2020

She's my salvation and damnation.
My redemption and ruin.
The biggest mistake I'll never regret.

-- Synopsis --

Starlet by Cora Kenborn
They call me America's Sweetheart.
Hollywood royalty. The last of an era.
Sole survivor of LA's most infamous crime.

I'm not any of those things.
He forced me into the spotlight.
The liar with a perfect smile and cold blue eyes.

But Alexandra Romanov’s fate won't be mine.
I'll speak her lines. I'll hit the mark. I'll strike a pose.
And when the past and present collide, I'll become their worst nightmare.

They told me to preserve the legacy.
Be careful what you ask for. . .
You just might get it.

Please be aware this book contains dark themes and sensitive subject matter that are essential to the storyline but may bother some readers.

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-- My Two Cents --

I actually haven't read an Anastasia retelling before and I think Cora Kenborn did a beautiful job with it! This story was dark and twisted and utterly heart breaking... and sweet? Kenborn illustrated what some may see as the ugly and unseemly underbelly of life in Hollywood. As they say... not all that glitters is gold. Honestly, with how shattered and confused this story made me feel, I was startled by the warmth and kindness that blossomed amidst the depravity.

Dominic - a celebrity news heavy hitter, he had hit rock bottom and he had plans to get back on top. Those plans included finding a missing person, the lone survivor of a horrific homicide. There's a $1 million reward and there's a lot he can do with that money. When he happens upon a sarcastic, confident waitress in a rundown bar, he thinks he's found his shot. Little did he know how much this slip of a girl would change him.

Angel - a girl who doesn't remember her past, she's found her way in the world. She doesn't have much, but she does have hope. Hope that things will get better. Hope for her future happiness. Hope that won't quit. When Dominic offers her an opportunity that could bring some of her dreams to reality, she grabs on with both hands. How was she supposed to know that it would be a breeding ground for her nightmares? How could the glitz and glamor of Hollywood hide the most wicked and evil of deeds? How far would she have to go to find her true happiness? What would she have to sacrifice?

I found this story to be a bit too long and it seemed to drag in parts. The writing was beautiful though, so while I didn't love this story, I can tell that Kenborn is a brilliant storyteller.

Starlet by Cora Kenborn is available on Amazon!

-- About Cora Kenborn --

Cora Kenborn is a USA Today Bestselling author who writes in multiple genres from dark and gritty romantic suspense to laugh-out-loud romantic comedy. Known for her sharp banter and shocking blindsides, Cora pushes her characters and readers out of their comfort zones and onto an emotional roller coaster before delivering a twisted happily ever after.

Cora believes there's nothing better than a feisty heroine who keeps her alpha on his toes, and she draws inspiration from the sassy country women who raised her. However, since the domestic Southern Belle gene seems to have skipped a generation, she spends any free time convincing her family that microwaving Hot Pockets counts as cooking dinner.

Oh, and autocorrect thinks she's obsessed with ducks.

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