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October 20, 2012

Review: Cassandra by Starlight by Susan Mac Nicol

Format: ARC from the Author
Excerpt here
Release Date: August 13, 2012
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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 BY STARLIGHT penned by British writer, Susan Mac Nicol, is a contemporary romance about a famous TV actor who found himself falling in love with an average woman ten years his senior. Bennett Saville's chance meeting with Cassandra Wallance happened when the former's brother jumped off the bridge crashing into Cassie's car. What started as a simple demonstration of concern for a stranger caught in an unfortunate event turned into an intense, against-all-odds love affair one only sees in the movies or on TV.

CASSANDRA BY STARLIGHT is an easy read and the cougar-cub play between Cassie and Bennett wasn't really the center of the story. But the real taboo in their relationship was not the 10 year age gap but the difference in their status. Bennett is rich, handsome and famous while Cassie, though not chopped liver herself, is just an ordinary and independent girl. Definitely not someone you'd expect a famous actor would end up dating. Not only that but Bennett's prejudiced parents also tried to interfere with their relationship plus the nasty side of fame got in the way of things as well. As far as the forbidden element is concerned, Mac Nicol had that down pat. 

My sentiments lie with the conflict, or conflicts for that matter. I felt that the plot was simple which could've worked well if Mac Nicol concentrated on the depth of the story rather than pulling it on all sides. I think she added a lot of things that resulted to a lack of follow through, dulling the effect of the threats to Cassie and Bennett's relationship and compromising their respective character growths. I wish Susan concentrated on Cassie and Bennett's relationship, we all know keeping one and making it work is a story on it's own, plus Cassie and Bennett's profile and characteristics have enough ingredients to intensify the drama, we don't need stalkers, thugs and crazy parents added to the mix to make it exciting. 



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