Everything about this story will sound a little familiar if you followed the courtship, marriage and fallout of TomKat in recent years. In this fun fictional biography (not unlike my own FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME) Hilary Lifton introduces readers to Lizzie Pepper, a young actress who made a name for herself in a television series and a few forgettable movies before being thrust into the spotlight when she begins dating mega star Rob Mars.
It’s hard not to get caught up in Mars’ romanticism. He says all of the right things. He is the king of the over-the-top gestures and while it’s tempting to hurl at some of the things he does, deep down inside most people would love to have someone do that for them as well…but of course, things aren’t always what they seem. Mars claims he owes his entire life and career to the philosophies of One Cell…a cult-like organization that caters to celebrities and runs ordinary mortals into the ground. He convinced Pepper to get involved and before long, she’s drank the Kool-aid.
However, Pepper is not as blind as one may think. She is, after all, the daughter of a high powered lawyer who has served as her manager up to her marriage and who even arranged her meeting with Mars. When Pepper begins to question a few things about One Cell and see the man behind the facade of Rob Mars, can she stay with him? More importantly, can she escape?
I really enjoy novels that take a true story and fictionalize them. It’s unlikely that we will ever know for sure what went down between Tom and Katie and to be honest with you, I don’t really care, but I do like it when an author takes the time to play with the story and come up with a plausible plot line. They are calling this the beach read of the summer and I can see why. It’s fast, you don’t have to think to hard and the story feels familiar. I say Buy It. You’ll enjoy the characters and seeing where Lifton takes the tale.