Unwanted Stars by Melissa Brown: Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway

Unwanted Stars by Melissa Brown: Blog Tour, Review, and GiveawayUnwanted Stars by Melissa Brown
on February 3, 2014
Format: eBook

It’s funny how the tiniest of things can change your life… an invitation, a simple kiss goodnight, a matchbook…

Auden Kelly is in need of a change.

She’s trading in her nine-to-five sales job for the adventure of a lifetime: a one year contract with a European tour company.

For one full year, Auden will get paid to see the world. What could be better? Her brother gives her a journal, instructing her to document all of her adventures as she travels from country to country. And that’s exactly what she does.

When a mysterious stranger enters her life, however, everything changes: her expectations, her priorities and her view of the world. And nothing for Auden will ever be the same.

Note: Although these books are part of a series, they do not need to be read in order



Alexis says…

Unwanted Stars not only lived up to my expectations but exceeded them.  The book had me at the first sentence.  I swear, I am somehow Auden’s long lost twin because I feel like she is the total embodiment of me but 8 years younger.  She is has to be my favorite heroine of all-time.  I loved her wit, her dramatic flair, and well, just everything about her.

“Hello, my name is Auden Kelly and I’m dramatic.”

You might remember Auden from Picturing Perfect as Jason’s younger sister and Hadley’s best friend.  Auden has been hired for the coolest job ever, a tour guide in Europe for a year.  If I had the chance to do it over, I so would be doing this. Before she leaves Chicago, Jason gives her a journal to document everything she encounters during her travels. I really liked that part of this book was written as little excerpts from her journal.

Anywho, during her first tour she makes the mistake of sleeping with her supervisor after a night of too many beers.  Of course just to be a jerk after feeling rejected, he doesn’t give the most positive feedback to their boss.  That leads Auden to accompany another tour guide who is difficult to say the least for her second tour.  That is where she meets the charming Campbell while he is vacationing with friends.  Fraternizing with the guests is strictly prohibited so of course she tries to keep her distance.  But of course, Campbell had to be all sorts of swoony leaving her hidden notes in her pants pockets or written on match books. How can you resist that?  Well of course she couldn’t.   Once the tour is over, they keep their relationship going even if it is a long distance one at times.

“I thought traveling the world on a bus would be the adventure of a lifetime.  But it’s you.  You’re my adventure.”

While Auden is on break in between tours, she stumbles upon the Clinique counter at Harrods and in a twist of fate it totally changes her life.  This discovery changes everything she knows about herself and the life she has lived.  It starts to make her question her life and who she really is.  I have to say that this part of the book was heart-breaking.  Her decisions that she subsequently made might not have been the best but I guess it’s hard to say when you aren’t in the person’s shoes, right?!

“Where we live, where we go, none of it matters.  If we’re together, that’s all I need.  I’m good.”

I think that Auden showed tremendous growth through this book and I think a lot of it had to do with Campbell.  I think she was finally able to come into her own and become the person she wanted to be.  I absolutely loved her wit in her journal entries-like I said, we were separated by birth.  I mean, her analogies for MAC and Clinique makeup was totally something I would say.  I. Loved. It.  I also lusted hardcore over Campbell and his love for Auden.  Every girl should be lucky enough to find their very own Campbell.

This by far was my favorite of all of Melissa’s books.  Both Auden and Campbell have made a few of my favorites lists: book boyfriend, heroine, and couple.  This is part of a series but can definitely be read as a stand-alone.

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Excerpt

“I love this bridge. It’s gorgeous, isn’t it?”

“Yes,” I said, my voice small.

Campbell’s brow knitted in concern, “Auden, is everything all right?”

“Why do you ask?”

“You seem distant. Did something happen today? With Anabelle?”

“No,” I said, looking out into the water, “just thinking.”

“About me?” he said, a smug grin plastered to his handsome face. I shook my head in amusement, cracking a smile without meaning to.

“Perhaps,” I said.

“Look,” he said, “all kidding aside. I’m into you. You must know that by now.”

“I do.”

“But, your job means everything to you. And it’s not fair of me to ask you to risk it.”

I said nothing, hoping he’d continue.

“So, if you want to call this off. If you want me to leave you alone. Just say the word.”

The thought of missing out on whatever this was with Campbell was more than I could handle. Without hesitation, my head shook as I focused my eyes on his.

“I’m into you, too,” I said. “A lot.”

Campbell closed the space between us, whispering into my ear, “Then be with me.”

I swallowed hard, closing my eyes and listening to his words. Craving them, wanting more. Wanting his hands on me. Knowing that’d be next to impossible out here in the public eye. Knowing that finding actual privacy would be just as impossible.

His hand was warm in my grip. I squeezed it in solidarity, wanting him to know his desire for me was reciprocated. He placed a gentle kiss on the tip of my ear, before leading me across the stone bridge.

Hand in hand, we walked, gazing at the water, the tourists and the shop owners of the market. We didn’t say much, which felt odd at first. But, the silence between us became soothing and calm. His hand in mine, the way his thumb grazed over my fingers was all I needed to feel content.

Street lamps were the only light to be found by the time the water bus was back in our sights. Campbell stopped walking. His eyes were on fire as he took me in with his eyes. His need for me was obvious.

“Come with me,” he said, pulling me to the side of a building. One small street lamp shined dim with burnt orange light. I leaned my back against the stucco, feeling it’s cold, bumpy texture. Campbell placed his hand against the building, just above my shoulder. His other hand pressed to my hip.

“I can’t let you go yet,” he said, his eyes searching mine.

Brave Auden finally decided to make her appearance.

“Good,” I said, lifting my chin. His eyes widened, pleased with my response.

“Why?” he asked, exploring my neck with his lips.

“Why what?” I asked, playing dumb, yanking back on the control once again.

“Why is that good?” he asked, placing gentle kisses along my jawline.

“Because…” that simple word hung in the air for several moments. Campbell continued to seduce my skin with his lips and I did my best to slow down my breathing.

“Tell me,” he said.

“Because…”

“Tell me,” he repeated.

“I want you,” I said. The words left my mouth in a whisper.

Campbell stopped his kisses and I could feel his cheek against my neck. It was puffing out, forming a satisfied smile.

“Tell me again,” he said, pulling back, gazing into my eyes.

I swallowed, unsure if I should say it again. But, terrified at the thought of not saying it.

“I—I… I want you.” I said, my eyes narrowed. I was trying desperately to hide my fear, my anxiety, my lack of self-control around this man.

“You’re exquisite,” he said, his fingers running down the sides of my cheeks before he cupped his hands to them and kissed me. Hard.

His tongue entered my mouth immediately and I stroked him with mine. Delicious strokes that left me wanting more. And more. His fingers weaved through my hair, pulling gently at the base of my scalp. My back dug into the stucco, but I didn’t care.

Harder and harder, he pressed me into the building, my arms wrapped around his neck as his hands wandered down to grip my ass, hoisting my legs around him, my heels digging into the small of his back. He was hard beneath his jeans and it excited me. The feel of him beneath me was intoxicating.

Campbell pulled his mouth from mine, pushing me up further so that his lips were level with my chest. Slowly, he unbuttoned the top buttons of my tunic, exposing the lace of my bra.

“So sexy,” he said, running his fingers across the lace, causing goosebumps to rise along my arms and legs.

“Say it again,” I said, enjoying his appreciation of my body.

“You’re so fucking sexy. I can hardly stand it.”

“You want me, don’t you?” I asked with a smirk.

“You know I do,” he said, before dipping his head into my chest, stroking the skin beneath the lace with his tongue. A moan escaped my lips as I pressed my hips into his arousal.

The water bus let out three long sounds of the horn.

“Shit,” Campbell said, knowing that was the signal for last boat of the night.

“Last call. We’d better…um, we should probably go,” I said.

“I know, but…”

“I know,” I said, pressing my forehead to his. “I know.”

Slowly, he lowered me to the ground, buttoning my top for me and smoothing down my hair. Such a gentleman. He was practically devouring me just a minute prior, but when reality resurfaced, so did his chivalrous nature.

We ran to the water bus, hands again interlocked. But, when a few members of the tour hopped on the boat, my hands jumped quickly to my lap. We remained detached all the way back to our hotel, saying a casual goodbye for the night, knowing the tour members eyes were upon us.

unwanted stars teaser

Bouquet Toss (Book #1)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15791635bouquettoss

Champagne Toast (Book #2)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16150628champagnetoast

Picturing Perfect (Book #3)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17236944picturingperfect

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About Melissa Brown

I have always been fascinated with books—-ever since I was a little girl sitting in front of my record player, following along with my huge 12×12 storybooks.

I love books—everything about them. I love reading them, being surrounded by them in bookstores and libraries, and most recently, writing some of my own.

Bouquet Toss,Champagne Toast and Unwanted stars are available in ebook on all platforms and paperback via Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Picturing Perfect was signed by Montlake Romance (a division of Amazon Publishing) and is available only on Amazon.com

A new series called “Sorority of Three” is also coming in spring of 2014!

Sorority of Three:Freshman 101 will be available April 6th.

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