REVIEW: Famous in a Small Town by Kylie Scott


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What chance does a small-town girl have with a world-famous rock star?

Two years after his wife’s death, rock star Garrett Hayes hasn’t moved on. But he has moved out of L.A. Where better to escape his past than a small town in the northern California mountains? If only he could get the townsfolk of Wildwood to leave him the hell alone.

Ani Bennet returned to her hometown for some much-needed serenity. The last thing she needs is a grumpy, too hot for his own good, rich and famous rock star living next door—and rent-free in her brain.

She set her fangirl tendencies aside and deleted his photo from her cell when they became neighbors. But when Garrett asks for help, she can’t say no. The problem is, spending time together is making those fangirl feelings resurface—and bringing them to a whole new level.

What chance does a small-town girl have with a world-famous rock star? It’s time for Ani to set her fears aside and find out.

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There are certain types of stories that as readers, especially romance readers, we associate with certain authors. For me, Kylie Scott’s rock star romances are the bar that I measure all other rocker romances against. That’s not to say that I haven’t read some truly fantastic ones over the 15 plus years I’ve been reading, reviewing and blogging about romance, because I definitely have. But it’s Kylie who comes to my mind first when I think of them, and I believe that’s a testament to just how memorable those fantastic stories were. It’s one of the reasons I was so excited to read Famous in a Small Town – I knew straight off the bat that it was going to be something special and memorable, and I wasn’t wrong.

Garrett and Ani’s grumpy meets sunshine romance is set in the small town of Wildwood, California. Scott brings this quirky little northern California small town to life on the page through descriptive details and a wonderful cast of well-intentioned but occasionally meddlesome side characters. Thirty year old Ani is back in her hometown after living in LA for years and has a few of her own demons to battle. She’s working in the general store, and although she’s a bit broken from her time in LA, she’s mostly slid back into the peaceful, easy lifestyle of Wildwood. That is until the rock star of her dreams moves in next door. Garrett is moody, broody and just wants to be left to his grief as he mourns the loss of his wife. He left the big city, bright lights life and his band behind, and he doesn’t want a big community of friendly, caring folks looking out for him, and he definitely doesn’t want any kind of relationship with a woman. Unfortunately for Garrett, I think the Rolling Stones put it best when they advised that “you can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, well, you might find you get what you need.”

Famous in a Small Town was a flirty, feel-good second-chance romance that I devoured in a single sitting. A slow-burning, small town love story that was full of feels, humor and healing. I loved this story, I loved this world, and I’m hoping that Kylie will take us back there in the near future with Garrett’s bandmates’ stories. Five smooches from me for Famous in a Small Town by Kylie Scott!

~Danielle Palumbo



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