Ryan Stone is a less than average teenager. He doesn’t have fancy clothes. He doesn’t carry around the latest smartphone and he definitely doesn’t have an MP3 player. Instead, he goes to school, does his chores and dreams of a new life away from Brookfield where he’s expected to follow in his blue collar family’s footsteps.
Hadley Carter is America’s Pop Princess. A successful recording artist living her dream with a sold out tour and a handful of Grammy’s there isn’t much that she wants for, except love. But finding love on the road is near impossible when all she longs for are romantic dinners, a nighttime stroll on the beach and holding hands with someone who isn’t going to exploit her.
When a chance encounter introduces Ryan to Hadley, will he be like her adoring fans looking for a way in, or will it be Hadley who pursues Ryan even though it might cost her the only career she's known.
Hadley is beautiful, down to earth and lives for her fans that made her the successful music celebrity that she is today. So when her tour stops in Jackson, she never expected her life to change forever.
After winning a radio competition, Ryan is dragged along to the Hadley concert with best friend Dylan. Ryan doesn't even own a radio, brought up by devout religious parents with an abusive father. He's never had a girlfriend, he's never been kissed. So when he meets the pop superstar backstage at her concert, he has no idea who Hadley is.
The two are from completely different worlds, she is loved by millions and has never needed to go without. Ryan's parents barely recognise his presence and his only real friend is Dylan. The biggest difference? Hadley is 22... Ryan is only 17 and still in high school.
They can't help but gravitate towards one another, neither wanting to walk away from the forbidden relationship. Hadley knows that she is waking in dangerous ground, one whisper and her career would be damaged beyond repair.
Why does loving someone so right, feel so utterly wrong?
Ryan and Hadley had an instant connection, instant warmth and electrical currents upon contact. He's shy and retiring, she lives in the spotlight. He's underage, but she still cautiously pursues him. It's the ultimate forbidden love.
I enjoy Heidi McLaughlin's simple story lines. Her characters aren't complex, so it takes nothing away from the book itself. She has almost created her own genre of fantasy romance, minus the supernatural element. Situations that are unrealistic, so the reader can invest in her novels and enjoy being taken on a journey.
Like a Harlequin novelist of the young adult generation, always well written and heartwarming endings.