Author: BB Easton
Series: 44 Chapters
Release: April 12, 2018
Because BB Easton had so much fun writing her best-selling, award-winning memoir, 44 CHAPTERS ABOUT 4 MEN, she decided to give each of her four men his own steamy stand-alone. STAR is Hans’s book—a real-life rock star romance…with a twist.
In 1999, Brooke “BB” Bradley met her Prince Charming. He was the tall, tattooed, wickedly handsome bass player for the up-and-coming rock band, Phantom Limb. But, more importantly, he was hers. She knew it the moment he flashed her that shy, dimpled smile.
And he knew it too.
Hansel “Hans” Oppenheimer wore his heart on one sleeve and scrawled lyrics about BB on the other. Unlike the assholes of her past, he showered her with tenderness, took her places she’d never been before, and showed her the type of all-consuming love she’d thought only existed in fairy tales.
But, like any good fairy tale, BB’s road to happily ever after was paved with challenges, and right when she least expected it…it forked.
In 1999, Brooke “BB” Bradley met her Prince Charming.
In 2000, she met her soul mate.
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Star was my first book by BB Easton, and there’s just something so fresh and authentic about her writing and her storytelling, and while I think some of it stems from the perspective of her books, since she provides first-hand accounts, it’s also because readers can tell how liberating it is for her to share her life and her world with us because we all, on some level, can relate to the trials and tribulations that BB endures at various stages of her life.
Through BB’s experiences, readers get an insightful look at dating and all that it entails as well as the personal growth that comes with having one’s heart broken and then learning to live and to love again despite the fear and insecurities that come along with getting ‘back in the game.’
The focus of Star is on BB’s attempt to move forward from her past relationships and find away to not let her scars dictate how she views love in the present, and while it is undoubtedly a difficult task, it’s clear that the side of BB that still believes in love and living every minute as fully as she can wants to find that connection again…wants to be overwhelmed and wrapped up in over-the-top feelings because that is the kind of woman and partner she is.
Hansel “Hans” Oppenheimer is definitely an enigma, which works quite well since BB is as well; their connection is instantaneous, and from that moment, they can’t get enough of each other, and what they teach one another about life and love is something that they’ll never forget, even if they have to go their separate ways.
BB Easton’s story is definitely a unique experience; one that I thoroughly enjoyed. I adored all of the pop culture references of the 90s as well as the fact that she makes readers feel as ‘in the moment’ as she can by her vivid description and her first person retelling. The old adage ‘write what you know’ is an apt saying for BB’s writing, and I think it’s what endears the readers to her and her characters, and it’s also what builds the foundation for who BB truly is as a person and the aspects of her life that have shaped her the most.
Star is a whirlwind of a book; BB is such a free spirit and that resonates off of the pages of her story and because readers are present for every part of her relationship with Hans, we witness how it begins…hows it develops and progresses and all of its ebbs and flows as BB and Hans work through the complications of his profession and the scars BB carries due to what she has faced in her past.
If readers are looking for witty and charismatic characters as well as honest and insightful writing, BB Easton’s stories are a fantastic choice!
4.5 Poison Apples
Light Years Away
“You were onstage? Like, doing karaoke onstage?”
And just like that, my anger roared back to life with a vengeance.
“Uh, yeah. I fucking love karaoke.”
“Sorry. I just didn’t know you could sing.”
Ooh, you think you’re so goddamn special just because you have a talent. Like you’re the only asshole who knows how to work a stage. I have talents too, motherfucker. I have talents you don’t even know about. Like twerking. And making an ass out of myself. People love that shit.
“I can’t sing,” I snapped. “That’s why I rap. Anyway”—I let out an exasperated huff—“I ran over to break up the fight and got elbowed in the fucking face.” I winced just thinking about it.
Hans took my chin in his hand and turned my face toward his. His eyes were hard instead of soft. His jaw clenched and unclenched. Then he kissed me right between the eyes. Right on the place where it hurt the most.
Hans didn’t say a word. He didn’t have to. He was trying to appear concerned, but the anger radiating off of him and the disappointment in his eyes said it all.
I’d fucked up again.
He’d probably had fun that day while I wasn’t around. He might have even achieved his dream of being on the radio, for all I knew.
But I wasn’t there for the good parts.
I was only there to bring him down.
I opened my mouth to ask about his day when Hans pulled a Hans and changed the subject completely.
“Did you know that the stars are so far away that it takes years for their light to reach Earth?” he asked in a serious tone, gazing past me at the sky. “I think the closest star is four light-years away.” Hans’s eyes seemed to cloud over as if he were lost in thought, his mouth set in a straight line. “All of those stars could be burned out right now, and we’d never know. We’d just go about our lives, looking at the ghosts of dead stars every night, never knowing that we were already in the dark.”
A lump formed in my throat. “That was…beautiful.” I tried to swallow the uncomfortable bulge, but it didn’t budge. “You should write that down, baby. Here…”
As I dug in my purse for a pen, grateful for an excuse to hide my emotional face, I hoped and prayed that Hans hadn’t been talking about us. Lately, it felt like his light was always too far away, took too long to reach me. And now that it had arrived, I was beginning to wonder how long it would take for me to realize if it ever burned away for good.
Read the rest of the men in 44 Chapters!
44 CHAPTERS ABOUT 4 MEN
About BB Easton
BB Easton lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia with her long-suffering husband, Ken, and two adorable children. She recently quit her job as a school psychologist to write stories about her punk rock past and deviant sexual history full-time. Ken is suuuper excited about it.