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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 fo 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 off 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 world-famous rock star? It’s time for Ani to set her fears aside and find out.


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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 fo 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 off 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 world-famous rock star? It’s time for Ani to set her fears aside and find out.

30 review for Famous in a Small Town

  1. 5 out of 5

    Giorgia Reads

    2.5 stars I wish I loved this more. Actually, let me amend that, I wish this book was better. I liked the synopsis and Kylie Scott is an auto-buy for me so it was a no brainer that I was gonna read this. It’s only the Kylie Scott books which make me like the whole musicians/celebrity trope. This story though .. it was a miss on all fronts. Relationship development? What’s that? Character development? What’s that? Plot? What’s that? (a bit harsh yes, but it was boring and nothing happened- yes 2.5 stars I wish I loved this more. Actually, let me amend that, I wish this book was better. I liked the synopsis and Kylie Scott is an auto-buy for me so it was a no brainer that I was gonna read this. It’s only the Kylie Scott books which make me like the whole musicians/celebrity trope. This story though .. it was a miss on all fronts. Relationship development? What’s that? Character development? What’s that? Plot? What’s that? (a bit harsh yes, but it was boring and nothing happened- yes the assortment of side characters was quirky and fun but nowhere near enough to carry a romance book) I also have to admit I’m not a fan of dead spouse/SO as a trope in general. This book tried to walk the line where the dead wife was respected and her memory was honoured and everyone kept their love for her forever alive while the new love interest (the heroine) was given enough importance in the hero’s heart (and all other aspects of his life). In my opinion it didn’t work because of a lot of reasons. First of all Grace (the dead wife) did seem like an amazing person while our heroine didn’t really have any qualities to make her stand out (I’m not saying that she should have been in any way special or talented - not at all - but the story didn’t develop her character enough to make her relatable or to make us connect with her). I can’t give you a single reason why those two got together. Like at all! He made her horny cause he was hot. That’s it. That’s all I got. Alsoooo, they literally met, started dating, moved in (within 48 hours of dating) got engaged and had unprotected sex which can lead to babies (and spoiler it did ) all within the first month of knowing each other. Was it fast yes,could I possible get behind it, yes - but not in their case. It made no sense. Not to mention, that he locked himself from the world and everything in it after his wife died, but he meets the heroine and BAM - his soul is resuscitated. Nah, I don’t think so. Also, I wish their pasts got explored more. The heroine deals with some serious issues. Anxiety and OCD which are rooted in some heavy PTSD. It was like his magic d*** cured her of years of living like a shadow of herself. It was all magically solved. Damn, I wish someone would give me some of that magic to cure all my mental health issues in a couple days. Also, same issue as in the last 2 books Kylie wrote - There is NO full physical description of the heroine!! And it drives me crazy trying to picture her in my mind. He is very detailed, we get all his abs accounted for, so why is it so hard to write the heroines eye colour or hair colour!? I think it was brown but what shade!?

  2. 5 out of 5

    Isabella. R

    3.5 Love Will Find You Stars ⭐ Depending on how you look at things, on one hand Famous in A Small Town was an enjoyable read that was easy to read, yet on the other, it had no real spark and made it simply forgettable. In a little off the grid town somewhere in North California, the locals are very much involved in each other’s life. So, it’s very big news when someone new moves in. But a celebrity musician? It’s no surprise it’s going to spread like wildfire. Yet it comes as a big shock to Garret 3.5 Love Will Find You Stars ⭐ Depending on how you look at things, on one hand Famous in A Small Town was an enjoyable read that was easy to read, yet on the other, it had no real spark and made it simply forgettable. In a little off the grid town somewhere in North California, the locals are very much involved in each other’s life. So, it’s very big news when someone new moves in. But a celebrity musician? It’s no surprise it’s going to spread like wildfire. Yet it comes as a big shock to Garrett Hayes that his actual neighbor has no inclination to sell him out. In fact, Ani Bennet knows firsthand how valuable privacy is when you’re hiding out yourself. “Seems we’re both working on getting past somethings. Guess I’m interested to see if breaking your no-dating rule is one of those things.” With a push in the same direction by some well meaning friends, these two lost souls’ team up to give friendship ago. With neither looking for any emotional ties, non-dating is a no brainer. You seem to need some help now and then with being a friend. So, consider this me helping you,” I said. “You can pretend you never kissed me, but you do not get to pretend I don’t exist.” He sighed. “I’m sorry.” “Keep going.” A man mourning the loss of his wife and a girl dealing with her own mental health issues. However, they both are unintentionally striving to be better just by hanging out together. Neither a prepared to fall but they do. I thought that Garrett and Ani were great and quite normal, and it worked. Unfortunately, the storyline itself was lackluster. Personally, I’d like to see a fresh trope by this author.

  3. 4 out of 5

    ✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

    Ani + Garrett Ani is 30 years old and for reasons we don't yet know, she left Los Angeles four years ago and came back to her small home town in Northern California. She's working at the general store and has a great group of friends and pretty good, quiet life. Until HE moves in next door. Her long-time super star crush: Rock Star Garrett. She knows all about his sad life - his wife died two years ago and his band basically died too. And now he's here to find some peace and quiet in this cute sma Ani + Garrett Ani is 30 years old and for reasons we don't yet know, she left Los Angeles four years ago and came back to her small home town in Northern California. She's working at the general store and has a great group of friends and pretty good, quiet life. Until HE moves in next door. Her long-time super star crush: Rock Star Garrett. She knows all about his sad life - his wife died two years ago and his band basically died too. And now he's here to find some peace and quiet in this cute small town. With all its gossipy residents. LOL! LET THE FUN TIMES BEGIN ... ══════════════════ ADORABLE! You had me and you will always have me at ROCK STAR! I just love these kinds of books. And small towns! Ugh. I love those too! Ani is so adorable and a bit broken too - we don't know what happened to her, but something did! But she didn't stop living, she loves her town, her friends, cheese, trivia night. And Garrett. He's still so broken and sad and also a tiny little bit super interested in his new neighbor. Adorable! I just love those two together. How they agreed that they're both not ready - and never will be ready - to date again. So they just hang out together on non-dates. Those poor darlings. We all know how this will end - and we love every page on the way to that happy end! I loved the whole setting and the cast! The town of Wildwood is just what you want a small town to be. Amazing residents and friends and all of them interested in Ani and her new Beau. LOL! And the rock star excitement and changes Garrett brings to town. Of course it's not easy for both our darlings with their past to trust in this new happy life - but we'll get there! I just loved this book! I want more of everything! (I also wouldn't have minded an epilogue!) FAMOUS IN A SMALL TOWN was such an adorable small-towny rock star love story. Amazing cast, beautiful coverS - just perfect! Run to your nearest amazon for your own Garrett - this one is MINE! 💜 💜

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sarina Bowen

    I loved Kylie Scott's new one! First of all, nobody does rock stars like Kylie. But this is also a small town book, which is not always what she writes. And, wow, I loved this small town. It was quirky and imperfect like a small town really is. Everyone is up in our heroine’s business, all the time. It’s hilarious. :) I would characterize this book as a light read. Both Garrett and Ani have some deep scars, but somehow the book avoids turning into an angst fest, and their banter shines through. I loved Kylie Scott's new one! First of all, nobody does rock stars like Kylie. But this is also a small town book, which is not always what she writes. And, wow, I loved this small town. It was quirky and imperfect like a small town really is. Everyone is up in our heroine’s business, all the time. It’s hilarious. :) I would characterize this book as a light read. Both Garrett and Ani have some deep scars, but somehow the book avoids turning into an angst fest, and their banter shines through. If you need a pick-me-up, dive right in.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    3.5 stars That was cute. I love the small town and the characters. I do wish it was a little longer, the ending felt rushed to me, but overall I liked it! Audio book source: Audible Story Rating: 3.5 stars Narrators: Andi Arndt Narration Rating: 5 stars Genre: Contemporary (Rockstar) Romance Length: 6 hours

  6. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    Great, but a wee bit quick... I really enjoyed Kylie Scott's, Famous in a Small Town. The characters were lovable, the storyline entertaining and the love story sweet. Honestly, the only thing I could fault was how quickly this couple went from not-dating dates to serious commitment. I get instant attraction and connection but making a lifelong commitment based on those things is not something I believe in. I love this author and her style of writing and I would love to revisit these characters sh Great, but a wee bit quick... I really enjoyed Kylie Scott's, Famous in a Small Town. The characters were lovable, the storyline entertaining and the love story sweet. Honestly, the only thing I could fault was how quickly this couple went from not-dating dates to serious commitment. I get instant attraction and connection but making a lifelong commitment based on those things is not something I believe in. I love this author and her style of writing and I would love to revisit these characters she created. Ms Scott, may I have some more, please.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Kyle

    3.5 stars ⭐️ The middle to end felt super rushed. I adored the town and the dog though.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Madison Warner Fairbanks

    Famous in a Small Town by Kylie Scott Contemporary romance. Ani has a new famous neighbor in her small town. Garrett moves to the small Northern California town of Wildwood, hoping to hide and grieve on his own. Ani and Garrett end up spending time together in his home and then around town. Sparks ignite. Have you met a famous person? Could you imagine them moving in next door and you becoming friends and maybe more? Ani is careful here to not be a stalker but she’s drawn in by Garrett’s loneline Famous in a Small Town by Kylie Scott Contemporary romance. Ani has a new famous neighbor in her small town. Garrett moves to the small Northern California town of Wildwood, hoping to hide and grieve on his own. Ani and Garrett end up spending time together in his home and then around town. Sparks ignite. Have you met a famous person? Could you imagine them moving in next door and you becoming friends and maybe more? Ani is careful here to not be a stalker but she’s drawn in by Garrett’s loneliness and charisma. What I found the most interesting were personal characteristics such as a need to make sure doors and windows are all locked before going to bed. A friend trying to help but not knowing how. Friends to lovers. Slow burn to steamy. Overall a fun romance. 🎧 I listened to an audiobook version narrated by Andi Arndt. It was a great performance with distinct voices and clear emotions. I listened to this at 1.5 for the best conversational speed.

  9. 4 out of 5

    MELISSA *Mel Reader*

    4.5 Stars! (ARC provided by Social Butterfly PR) Ani Bennett moved back home to Northern California about four years ago needing the familiar stability the town provided. She had a job she loved, and great friends and family. There was a real sense of community she couldn't seem to find anywhere else. She lived in a cabin on the edge of town, where not much ever happened that was exciting. Then a new mystery neighbor moves into the old Victorian house next door. It's sat empty for years, but t 4.5 Stars! (ARC provided by Social Butterfly PR) Ani Bennett moved back home to Northern California about four years ago needing the familiar stability the town provided. She had a job she loved, and great friends and family. There was a real sense of community she couldn't seem to find anywhere else. She lived in a cabin on the edge of town, where not much ever happened that was exciting. Then a new mystery neighbor moves into the old Victorian house next door. It's sat empty for years, but the new owner looked strangely familiar. When she learns it's her celebrity crush, world famous musician Garrett Hayes, she tries to play it cool and remain calm. He's super talented and stunning to look at, but she didn't need or want a man in her life. Especially a grumpy, unattainable one. She proceeds to be a good neighbor, but soon a friendship forms and their connection turns complicated. Garrett lost his wife two years ago and is still struggling to move on. His band topped the charts for the last decade, but he was done with music and Los Angeles. His band had broken up, and his personal life was demolished. He'd disappeared from public life, and needed to remain anonymous. Looking for some privacy and a fresh start he heads to Wildwood, California. It's in the middle of nowhere, and the perfect place to hide from the outside world. He's looking forward to some peace and quiet, and wants to be left alone. Then he meets Ani who shows him the unexpected kindness he so greatly needs. Could a small town girl be the person to help him let go of the past and have a second chance at love? -My new neighbor was a goddamn rock star. -Along with being a talented musician, he was a visual delight. -The man was beautiful. -He was a walking, talking teenage dream. Famous in a Small Town by Kylie Scott is a slow burn, small town, neighbors, friends to lovers romance about second chances and beautiful connections. About getting out of your comfort zone and facing your fears. It has humor, emotion, and fabulous banter. I really loved this story, and would like more from this world. Dying for a story for Smith, and the other bandmates! <333 ***NOW AVAILABLE*** https://amzn.to/3xchrEP

  10. 4 out of 5

    ✰ Liz ✰

    ★4.5★ As always, Kylie Scott never disappoints! Full review to come!!! 🎧This is an audible.com read 🎧 For more reviews/reveals/giveaways visit: ★4.5★ As always, Kylie Scott never disappoints! Full review to come!!! 🎧This is an audible.com read 🎧 For more reviews/reveals/giveaways visit:

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bookphenomena (Micky)

    3.5 stars Headlines: Quick, easy read Cute with depth Why so fast? I want to start by saying I really enjoyed this book despite what the rating might indicate. It came at a time I needed a really easy read and I can rely on Kylie Scott for providing that. This book had a lot of depth, dealing with one character navigating grief after the death of their partner and another with some PTSD. The small town feels were excellent in this story. A set of warm and eclectic side characters were created to reall 3.5 stars Headlines: Quick, easy read Cute with depth Why so fast? I want to start by saying I really enjoyed this book despite what the rating might indicate. It came at a time I needed a really easy read and I can rely on Kylie Scott for providing that. This book had a lot of depth, dealing with one character navigating grief after the death of their partner and another with some PTSD. The small town feels were excellent in this story. A set of warm and eclectic side characters were created to really give a back water feel but also a cosy and desirable vibe to this town. Garrett was an appealing character that we got some depth on but not quite enough. I did like how his grief was represented for most of the book. Ani was also incredibly likeable and I really enjoyed seeing the power dynamic between these two and Ani fully in control despite the fame. Everything was wholly enjoyable in this book until about 75% in when things went all insta. This book could have been right up my street rating wise if time had been taken to stretch this into a longer and more credible move towards a relatable connection over time. It really shaved some enjoyment off where I was heading in my love for this book. However, I cannot dispute the cuteness of the couple and how it ended. Would I recommend? Yes, you could read this in a day or afternoon even and enjoy but it won't be overly memorable for me because of the latter part of the story. Find this review at A Take From Two Cities Blog.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ⓐlleskelle - That ranting lady ッ

    I'm complete trash for all celebrity romance even more so if it's set in a small town and the celebrity MMC falls for the girl next door. To be completely honest, this new release by Kylie Scott caught my eye but I was still wary of my experience reading her previous celebrity themed story "Fake" which didn't work for me for various reasons, the main being a lack of chemistry and build up on page between the main characters. But enough about " Fake ", "Famous in a Small Town" was a good read fo I'm complete trash for all celebrity romance even more so if it's set in a small town and the celebrity MMC falls for the girl next door. To be completely honest, this new release by Kylie Scott caught my eye but I was still wary of my experience reading her previous celebrity themed story "Fake" which didn't work for me for various reasons, the main being a lack of chemistry and build up on page between the main characters. But enough about " Fake ", "Famous in a Small Town" was a good read for me. This has an altogether different premise, the mmc—a rockstar/widower, tortured and set to live the recluse life in a small town— moves in next door to the mfc—typical small town girl, upbeat/people person, only she has some neurotic habits too. Turns out the rockstar next door is also her long time crush so that's a level of awkward added to their exchange. I liked Ani and Garrett a LOT. I really enjoyed the author's focus on their character development, not dishing out their whole background in one go but using it to build some kind of slow burn/friendship/trust between them but also wished she had explored some facets of their trauma more fully. Ani issues pretty much get cured at the same time Garrett comes to terms with the loss of his wife and I'm not sure how I feel about the implication of love cures all. I like my fluff but I'm still skeptical and cynical at heart. The supporting cast was a nice touch as well as the setting in a small town. I only regret the lack of true conflict throughout the story. Sure, there's some mild entertaining bickering between the brooding rockstar and the prickly insomniac next door but that's about it and I guess I'm a stickler for a break act in romance because I needed something with more punch than what was on offer here. Garrett was still coming to terms with the passing of his wife two years ago and Ani was dealing with issues from a past traumatic event so there was some heavy subjects needed to be dealed with yet somehow the tone of the story remained light. It's not a bad thing, It's actually a good thing but it felt inadequate with how the author decided to wrap the story. I LOVED the slow reckoning between them but wished the author had not make a u-turn so late in the story with the insta I-love-yous for the sake of wrapping the story. So to conclude, I liked this one a lot but I'm disappointed by the rushed ending and absence of angst. The steam level is there, these two definitely share some chemistry and the whole premise and setting are cute enough to make of "Famous in a Small Town" an entertaining book to curl up to. 3.5 stars

  13. 4 out of 5

    ☘ Lily ☘

    It was just okay. Unfortunately. The idea itself I think has been rehashed so many times by this authy that it bounds to hit a dud sometime soon. Which in this case, this book for me. A new guy moved into a small town. He's a big rockstar from LA. Girl is a big fan of him but also respects his privacy. Guy likes that. Girl likes him too. They fell in love. And then small conflict about his celebrity life. It's still a nice book tho with nice set of characters. I can see a whole lot of spin off co It was just okay. Unfortunately. The idea itself I think has been rehashed so many times by this authy that it bounds to hit a dud sometime soon. Which in this case, this book for me. A new guy moved into a small town. He's a big rockstar from LA. Girl is a big fan of him but also respects his privacy. Guy likes that. Girl likes him too. They fell in love. And then small conflict about his celebrity life. It's still a nice book tho with nice set of characters. I can see a whole lot of spin off coming from here.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jeeves Reads Romance

    It’s not that I didn’t enjoy this, it’s just that it was WAY too short to do the topic justice. The overall tone is super light and low angst, with a quick, easy vibe that almost felt wholesome. That's in complete contrast to the topics at hand - famous rock star who is grieving the loss of his wife, feels wrong for even considering moving on, and a small town girl dealing with demons of her own. Their relationship stumbles along before shifting into turbo speed, and I couldn't help wanting thin It’s not that I didn’t enjoy this, it’s just that it was WAY too short to do the topic justice. The overall tone is super light and low angst, with a quick, easy vibe that almost felt wholesome. That's in complete contrast to the topics at hand - famous rock star who is grieving the loss of his wife, feels wrong for even considering moving on, and a small town girl dealing with demons of her own. Their relationship stumbles along before shifting into turbo speed, and I couldn't help wanting things to simmer longer. It also didn't feel overly romantic; even the steamy scenes were more about the physicality than anything. Despite its issues, I really did like the premise, the hero, and the connection between these two. There's a ton of potential in the story, and some great moments along the way. The story follows Ani, a woman whose new neighbor is the rock star she's swooned over for years. Ani knows all about Garrett's history, including the loss of his wife two years ago. He's been living under the radar ever since, and it's clear that he's continuing to seek out privacy by moving to a small town. Garrett is wary of strangers, but it doesn't take long for him to realize that Ani has good intentions. Though his friends are pushing Garrett to start dating again, he knows he's not ready. Instead, he appeases them by going on non-dates with Ani, who has made it clear that she's attracted to him but not interested in dating. As the two develop a friendship, their connection soon feels like more. At around 200 pages, this absolutely flies by. We only get Ani's perspective, and she's known everything there is to know about Garrett for years, so it didn't feel like the connection was starting from scratch - at least on her end. I was surprised by how light and easy the overall vibe is; for a book that tackles some heavy topics, it wasn't angsty. We know Ani has also suffered some trauma, so they're both afraid to move forward. I guess that's why I was so surprised by the second half, let's just say that. I won't offer up spoilers, but... yeah, that's where my rating dropped. I liked the small town feel, how Garrett is a relationship guy, and I would've liked the romantic relationship to be explored further. That's where Garrett's perspective would've been helpful. For me, this felt like the skeleton of a great book - it's a little unsatisfying without some of those missing pieces. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this easygoing romance.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Marsh

    It's guaranteed that a Kylie Scott romance hero will make you drool and this book is no exception. Garrett is a grieving rockstar who moves to a small town to escape his demons. His neighbour, Ani, is a recluse for her own reasons. I loved the push-pull dynamic between these two anti-romantics. And when they get together...steamy! A quick, enjoyable read. And please, Smith's story next. Loved him too! It's guaranteed that a Kylie Scott romance hero will make you drool and this book is no exception. Garrett is a grieving rockstar who moves to a small town to escape his demons. His neighbour, Ani, is a recluse for her own reasons. I loved the push-pull dynamic between these two anti-romantics. And when they get together...steamy! A quick, enjoyable read. And please, Smith's story next. Loved him too!

  16. 5 out of 5

    My_Strange_Reading

    So, the cover of this book is so freaking dumb, but the book itself is one of my favorite Scott romances. I think I’ve read almost all her books at this point—minus Flesh (just not interested)—and they have one of the most stable relationships. 😅 I do think that after all their character development and tension building, the second act was VERY rushed, but I liked Ani and ‘Gary’ a lot 😆♥️. If you enjoy a steamy romance and a fun story, I love this one and most of Scott’s other books (some of whi So, the cover of this book is so freaking dumb, but the book itself is one of my favorite Scott romances. I think I’ve read almost all her books at this point—minus Flesh (just not interested)—and they have one of the most stable relationships. 😅 I do think that after all their character development and tension building, the second act was VERY rushed, but I liked Ani and ‘Gary’ a lot 😆♥️. If you enjoy a steamy romance and a fun story, I love this one and most of Scott’s other books (some of which have equally stupid covers 🙄).

  17. 4 out of 5

    Penny

    4 stars

  18. 5 out of 5

    A Klue

    Rating: 4.5 stars Garrett, the widow famous rock star hero headlining here, ended up being one awesome, protective, good guy beneath his initial upfront grumpy persona... but I got to say.. Ani, the small town, trying to heal herself too, sassy yet oh, so sweet, understanding, and caring heroine rocked this romantic tale even more so, IMHO. I absolutely loved how she conspired in a good way to be a light in the darkness for him, all while she struggled secretly in silence herself. What is there r Rating: 4.5 stars Garrett, the widow famous rock star hero headlining here, ended up being one awesome, protective, good guy beneath his initial upfront grumpy persona... but I got to say.. Ani, the small town, trying to heal herself too, sassy yet oh, so sweet, understanding, and caring heroine rocked this romantic tale even more so, IMHO. I absolutely loved how she conspired in a good way to be a light in the darkness for him, all while she struggled secretly in silence herself. What is there really left to say, my fellow romance book loving friends? Other than these too destined to now be together soulmates healed each other and got their HEA. You may find yourself having to overlook the practically too perfect characterization of Garrett's deceased wife, which many still willingly want to worship at the altar of her memory. For me, I knew I just had to roll with it, for it was what it was. Garrett truly let got of her ghost eventually, so that was good enough for me. A good supporting cast of mingling, at times meddling with good intentions sub-characters contributed a lot to the natural flow of the story line, along with the seamless writing. I did stay fully engaged and invested in this couple's romance clear up and including the sweet, but not overly surprising or dramatic conclusion. Additional bonus here is an encore inclusion of Chapter 1 of Fake (West Hollywood Series), a previous release by this author. It features a handsome Hollywood hero in hot water and another small town leading lady that comes to his rescue. It was another entertaining read for me, folks, which I encourage you to check out, as well. Romance Safety Gang: (view spoiler)[ Both celibate a very long time. No OP after meeting. No real OW/OM drama. Hero isn't completely over loss of his deceased wife when he first moves to town, but so much time has passed you know even he inwardly knows it is time to let it go. Romance safe for me. (hide spoiler)] Title: Famous in a Small Town, Author: Kylie Scott, Pages: 219, stand-alone, widow famous rock star hero, sassy yet sweet caring small town heroine, 4 or so very detailed graphic smex scenes, get to know each other first, seamless writing, not a manho, good cast of sub-characters, not overly surprisingly wrap up, romance safe for me. (I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not rewarded or compensated for this review. There is no relationship between this reviewer and the author, publisher, or any PR firm.)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jo - •.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•

    Garrett is in desperate need of some time out. He wants the world to pause spinning for a bit so he can hop off and reset himself in the quiet town of Wildwood. He and his late wife bought a house there with the intention of eventually moving there until she sadly got ill and passed away. It has sat empty for two years and now the time feels right to go through with the plans they had. Ani loves living in her quiet hometown. She moved away for a while but when she needed to escape the life she ha Garrett is in desperate need of some time out. He wants the world to pause spinning for a bit so he can hop off and reset himself in the quiet town of Wildwood. He and his late wife bought a house there with the intention of eventually moving there until she sadly got ill and passed away. It has sat empty for two years and now the time feels right to go through with the plans they had. Ani loves living in her quiet hometown. She moved away for a while but when she needed to escape the life she had been living, Wildwood gave her the sense of peace she was craving. She loves her little cabin and enjoys her job at the general store. She has quite a routined life but does also have a few close friends. Everyone knows everyone in small towns which on the one hand means they all look out for each other but on the other hand not much gets past the residents of Wildwood. A new person moving in is big news. There are pies to be baked and well meaning well wishers vying to meet the newcomer. Garrett is what my family would call ‘fresh meat.’ Someone new to discover and talk to. When Garrett moves in next door to Ani, in the middle of the night, she is initially annoyed to have someone living so close to her but when she realizes who he is she understands his need for anonymity. Garrett is the lead singer for one of the most popular rocks of today, Dead Heart. He knows his location will eventually be discovered by the paps but what he was surprised about was the lengths that the lovely people of Wildwood would go to, to protect his identity. Yep, they all love ‘Gary.’ Ani grew up having the biggest crush on Garrett but she manages to push all that aside and becomes the friend he so desperately needs. He is still grieving his late wife and Ani has sworn off relationships completely. I loved how things just felt so easy between them. As they slowly begin to peel back the layers of themselves, sharing little snippets of personal information here and there, something has seeded and is growing between them. ‘There was every chance I was a dreadful choice of not-dating friend for this man. His innate hotness hit me in the heart and groin each and every time.’ As Garrett grapples with his growing feelings for Ani, he is beginning to see that there can be light after darkness. It is okay to fall again and still honor the life he had with his wife. Ani struggles to express what she is feeling for Garrett, the physical side is out of this world and her body has truly been awakened by this incredible man. Finding the right way to show him how much he truly means to her is something she really wants to get right. ‘I wasn’t expecting you,’ he said in a more contemplative tone of voice. ‘No, ‘ I agreed. ‘I wasn’t expecting you either.’ I have missed reading Kylie’s wonderful rock star stories and this definitely delivered up everything I love about her writing. Garrett is such a lovely guy and I love how he is an ‘all in’ person. You would never doubt how he felt about you :) And, he won’t put out unless there is cuddling after… too cute! Ani was the perfect person for him to meet at this time in both their lives. Absolute heart warming perfection and I’m hoping this is just the beginning because Smith needs his own story!

  20. 4 out of 5

    AJ

    “I’m with you now and that’s it for me.” 4.5 stars Oh, what a fun read! A funny, emotional, sexy and romantic small-town, friends-to-lovers, rockstar romance. It’s full of fabulous tropes, with two amazing characters, and I loved it so much! Ani is 30 years old and is happy living a quiet life in a very small Californian town after leaving LA in difficult circumstances four years previously. She works at the general store, has great friends and rocks at trivia night, and her life is small but happy “I’m with you now and that’s it for me.” 4.5 stars Oh, what a fun read! A funny, emotional, sexy and romantic small-town, friends-to-lovers, rockstar romance. It’s full of fabulous tropes, with two amazing characters, and I loved it so much! Ani is 30 years old and is happy living a quiet life in a very small Californian town after leaving LA in difficult circumstances four years previously. She works at the general store, has great friends and rocks at trivia night, and her life is small but happy. Her subdued little life get shaken when Garrett Hayes moves in next door. Garrett is a rock god, and was the lead singer of the Dead Heart, but has been MIA for the last two years since the tragic death of his wife and the breakup of his band. Ani is a big fan but manages to keep her cool and doesn’t let Garrett’s celebrity impact her interactions with him – she figures he’s in her small town for some peace and quiet, so she’s going to give him that. Her ’realness’ with Garrett intrigues him, and they slowly become friends, and with a little push from Garrett’s ex-bandmate and friend, Smith, Ani encourages Garrett to leave his house and get back into the real world, easing his way into her small community and giving him the opportunity to live a normal life. Watching him face his fears and take big steps out of his grief and isolation also encourages her to deal with her own demons, and she finds herself starting to embrace life a bit more at the same time. It’s a fabulous friendship, full of witty banter, open and frank discussions, and random conversations that had me laughing over and over. But, of course, there’s an edge of something more, an attraction that blooms gradually and naturally. It has the feeling of a slow burn, but actually moves pretty quickly, and I loved watching their friendship develop into something neither of them were expecting. “As I recall, you repeatedly and emphatically said you did not want to date,” he said. “How’s that working out for you?” “We’re turning the truth levels right up to awkward, huh?” I asked. “Babe, when haven’t we?” “Good point.” “Tell me what you’re thinking.” I set down my silverware. “Well . . . I’m sitting here wearing the fanciest dress I own, wondering if you’re going to take it off me later.” “I’ve been wondering about that too.” It’s so easy between them, and you can feel that what they have is special, and with the story told entirely from Ani’s perspective, you’re never too sure what Garrett is feeling, which makes every joke, glance and touch that much more exciting. “This isn’t a mistake, Ani. I don’t know what the hell it is. But it’s not a mistake.” “Okay.” He winced and shook his head. “That’s a lie … I do know what this is. It’s just a big deal admitting it, you know?” The change from friends to lovers is beautifully done, and while it’s super sexy, there’s also a lot of emotion between them and it’s also gorgeously romantic with lots of swoon. I loved how open and honest they are with each other; as it was with their friendship, they don’t hold anything back, and it’s such an honest, emotional and playful connection that that have. “So you don’t want to have sex with me?” “Oh, I want inside you like you wouldn’t believe. But if you think trying to make things purely physical between us is going to work, you’re kidding yourself.” “We could try.” “If you like,” he said, nonplussed. “But I’m warning you now, if we have sex, we’re cuddling after.” I groaned. “Are you serious?” “Absolutely. I’m not putting out otherwise.” I loved watching their relationship shift and change as they fall hard and dive all in. “I wasn’t expecting you.” … “But here we are, making things complicated.” Ani is sensational! She’s got her vulnerabilities, but she’s brave, witty and brilliantly sarcastic. She also has zero filter and doesn’t hold back, which leads to wonderfully entertaining conversations. She’s instantly loveable and a wonderful narrator for her story, and I absolutely adore her. “She makes me want to keep living. She makes me want to write songs and get up in the morning and go out and actually have a fucking life. I cannot overstate her importance to me.” Garrett’s heartbroken broodiness is irresistible, but he is so much more than the widower reclaiming his life. He is smart, sexy, and completely no-nonsense. He’s got layers but there’s no game playing, and I love that! Watching him embrace all that Ani brings to his life is so gorgeous, and he proves to be an epically sexy and swoony romantic hero. “I’m with you now and that’s it for me,” he explained. “We can take it as fast or as slow as you like. But either way, we make this work because it’s what we want, right?” “Right.” “Because I’m with you.” The town of Wildwood and its inhabitants are a big part of the story, and OMG, they are so freaking funny! Scott brings the town to life in all of its quirky glory, and I loved their interactions with Ani and Garrett, and between each other, and I laughed so many times at their antics and their good intentions in pushing the two of them together. And the boys of the band! As they were introduced, I got Stage Dive vibes, and was instantly so excited. Smith, in particular is Mal v2, and with some already fantastic dynamics and backstories for the boys, I’m so hoping we get books for all of them! I loved this book so much. It’s funny, quirky and witty, it had me chuckling along the whole way through, and I fell in love with these characters, the town of Wildwood, and Ani and Garrett’s fun, beautiful, functional romance – and that ending left me swooning and super satisfied with a huge grin on my face. So much fun, and such a great read – 4.5 stars! An Advanced Reader Copy was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰

    ARC received for an honest review! Well, wasn't that just a fabulous dose of small towny, rock starry goodness, I mean, Kylie Scott always has me at rock star, but add in the small town vibe and the girl next door and I was all in I totally get the small town thing, having done the tree change to a small town. The gossip mill is always rife, but the town (nearly always) circles the wagons when it comes to one of their own. I loved the spark between Garrett and Ani, how they are both a bit broken, ARC received for an honest review! Well, wasn't that just a fabulous dose of small towny, rock starry goodness, I mean, Kylie Scott always has me at rock star, but add in the small town vibe and the girl next door and I was all in I totally get the small town thing, having done the tree change to a small town. The gossip mill is always rife, but the town (nearly always) circles the wagons when it comes to one of their own. I loved the spark between Garrett and Ani, how they are both a bit broken, are closed to relationships, but *singing some REO Speedwagon* can't fight these feelings anymooooore, I just wanted more, and more, and more of this pair. I also wanted more of Smith -I hope that one day Ms Scott will write his story for us?

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tmstprc

    So, this is a little tropey… 1. Rockstar 2. Widower finding new love 3. Sunshine/Grump 4. Friends to lovers 5. Insta-love His band broke up when his wife died. It’s 2 years later and he moves to a small town, next door to the heroine. Neither are looking for love. He’s still hiding out, turns his house into a fortress and doesn’t want to be recognized. She has no problem protecting his identity and convinces the community to keep the secret. Once he decides to move forward, he moves quickly. It’s sweet, So, this is a little tropey… 1. Rockstar 2. Widower finding new love 3. Sunshine/Grump 4. Friends to lovers 5. Insta-love His band broke up when his wife died. It’s 2 years later and he moves to a small town, next door to the heroine. Neither are looking for love. He’s still hiding out, turns his house into a fortress and doesn’t want to be recognized. She has no problem protecting his identity and convinces the community to keep the secret. Once he decides to move forward, he moves quickly. It’s sweet, but ends kind of abruptly. 3.5 I’m assuming we’re getting 3 more books stars (rounding up).

  23. 5 out of 5

    Whit

    Garrett and Ani. Rock stars, dead wife, evil intruder, band breakup/band reunion, and lots of small town gossip should have made this story a lot more interesting then it turned out to be.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Snow

    oh boy, this was a bust... :/ I loved Kylie Scott's Stage Dive series... So I kind of hoped this would be similar to my liking...BUT just like her recent books, they lack something - connection, bond (both in the book between the characters and between me and the characters)...*sigh* I got none... It was also so very INSTA...again *roll eyes* and therefore, no time, or space for the characters' development...they just met and voila...the huge steps are taken, dating, moving in together...blah, blah.. oh boy, this was a bust... :/ I loved Kylie Scott's Stage Dive series... So I kind of hoped this would be similar to my liking...BUT just like her recent books, they lack something - connection, bond (both in the book between the characters and between me and the characters)...*sigh* I got none... It was also so very INSTA...again *roll eyes* and therefore, no time, or space for the characters' development...they just met and voila...the huge steps are taken, dating, moving in together...blah, blah...in just a snap of a finger (or in a book, in a matter of hours) damn...what is that, really?! How does that work?! LOL so, I don't know what to tell you? Did I enjoy it? Not really... It was a fast read, obviously...in every aspect...and I was just left like...meh too bad...I expected more...for sure

  25. 5 out of 5

    Angelika

    I really liked this book just wished it was more detailed and maybe a bit longer.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cassidy

    3.5 STARS This is not a bad book. It just felt like something was missing. Was it the hero’s POV? Maybe. It was enjoyable. It was like something was missing. I’ll think about it. Maybe it will hit me and I’ll come back and add it. Maybe it’s that extra sparkle to make it unique and memorable. 🤔 I voluntarily read an early copy.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Susannah Nix

    Another funny, emotional, and sexy as hell rock star romance from one of my auto-buy authors! I couldn't put it down but didn't want it to be over. Another funny, emotional, and sexy as hell rock star romance from one of my auto-buy authors! I couldn't put it down but didn't want it to be over.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Simply Love Book Reviews

    Two years after his wife’s death, a rock star moves to a very small northern California town to begin his new life. He soon finds out that small town people are a whole different breed of people and his next door neighbor, well not only does she make him want things he hasn’t thought of in two years but she makes sure he keeps his anonymity. Famous in a Small Town was a treat to read, amusing at times but also emotional and impossible to put down. Ani never expected to be living in Wildwood, but Two years after his wife’s death, a rock star moves to a very small northern California town to begin his new life. He soon finds out that small town people are a whole different breed of people and his next door neighbor, well not only does she make him want things he hasn’t thought of in two years but she makes sure he keeps his anonymity. Famous in a Small Town was a treat to read, amusing at times but also emotional and impossible to put down. Ani never expected to be living in Wildwood, but after a disastrous time in Los Angeles and a bad breakup, she’s back in the town she grew up with and working at the local general store. She doesn’t mind her life; she has her own place, a job she mostly enjoys, good friends, trivia night, and margarita Fridays. Sure she’s worried the town might one day disappear as many businesses have already closed up and left, but for now she’s okay. Then one night under the cover of darkness a new neighbor moves in, only he’s not just anyone, Garrett the lead singer for The Dead Heart. Garrett has no idea what to make of the woman who lives next door, she watched from her window as he moved in and then hid his identity when he was at the general store the next day and then basically tells everyone in town he just wants to be a part of the community and to leave him alone and don’t rat him out to the press. While he’s told her he wants to be her friend, he also knows something about Ani is giving him all kinds of feelings. There was much I loved about this book including the way Ani and Garrett went from neighbors to friends (with the help of the effervescent Smith, Garrett’s former band mate) to more. It was a bit of a whirlwind, but it was also obvious that Garrett was just as enamored with Ani and she was with him. They complemented each other well, with Garrett giving Ani the security she craved and Ani showing Garrett how to live again. The chemistry between them was easy to see and I was thrilled at the outcome of this book. My one complaint is I felt like the relationship moved way too fast but maybe that’s just me being greedy and wanting more time with this couple and the people of Wildwood. I truly hope that Famous in a Small Town does well so we’ll have the opportunity to have more books in this series and more fun in the town of Wildwood. Review copy provided for a voluntary review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Angel Payne

    Couldn't resist the chance to pick up this book, mashing up two of my favorite romance sub-genres. I am SO GLAD I did. I got the absolute best of both those genres--and more. There are few things better than a small town read with a colorful and lovable group of secondary characters. Ms. Scott's Wildwood completely delivers on that front! I wanted to invite this whole town over for beer and some binge TV after this delightful and fast-paced read! Where the story truly shines is giving us a rock st Couldn't resist the chance to pick up this book, mashing up two of my favorite romance sub-genres. I am SO GLAD I did. I got the absolute best of both those genres--and more. There are few things better than a small town read with a colorful and lovable group of secondary characters. Ms. Scott's Wildwood completely delivers on that front! I wanted to invite this whole town over for beer and some binge TV after this delightful and fast-paced read! Where the story truly shines is giving us a rock star hero who's NOT to be forgotten. Garrett Hayes is going to live in my brain rent-free for MONTHS, y'all. Probably longer! He's everything I crave in a brooding romance hero. The tragic back story. The throngs, including his sarcastic manager, who just don't get why he can't "bounce back" from it all. The late-night solo guitar sessions, searching for his muse again--and at last, the heroine who delivers that inspiration, while demanding to keep their relationship solidly in the friend zone. Suffice it to say, "friends" is soon not enough for Garrett and Ani Bennett, who rapidly becomes a heroine I'D choose to make out with! She's strong and determined, yet struggles with her own intriguing and heartbreaking baggage that has led to behaviors that others can't understand in the inability-to-bounce-back department. In short, these two are totally destined to find each other--and of course, the only ones who don't see that are THEM. What follows is a story that depicts their emotional, beautiful path into each other's heart: a sincerely gorgeous love story that I couldn't put down for a second. Brava to Ms. Scott: a romance superstar for indelible reasons!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Izzie d

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. First of all this is my least fav troupe, Hero or heroine having a lover/spouse who they loved very much who has died. For romance I struggle with it, mostly as getting the balance between moving on and not making the Hero or heroine seem like second best can be difficult. I was hoping that as the Hero and his wife had been a famous couple it would be revealed their relationship wasn't as perfect as it had seemed but no, it seems everyone loved her. It's been 2 years and the Hero is grumpy, broodin First of all this is my least fav troupe, Hero or heroine having a lover/spouse who they loved very much who has died. For romance I struggle with it, mostly as getting the balance between moving on and not making the Hero or heroine seem like second best can be difficult. I was hoping that as the Hero and his wife had been a famous couple it would be revealed their relationship wasn't as perfect as it had seemed but no, it seems everyone loved her. It's been 2 years and the Hero is grumpy, brooding. The heroine also has had some bad experiences with relationships and has some hang ups. There is ex drama for the heroine, just small and the memory of the dead wife for the Hero and a misconstrued photo at one point. No intimate scenes other than the Hero and heroine. Convo 'im clean' and it's the safe time of the month for me. I loved the small town, the secondary characters, neighbors, community. Other band members are introduced with various back stories so plenty of material for future books. Hero is not a man-whore. It does feel a bit quick once he makes up his mind. He's a bit push/pull at first, that is the drama in the book not really the fame issue. Spoiler * * * * * Very irresponsible attitude to contraception, heroine is then pregnant. HEA implied I imagine if the author writes the other band members we will see their HEA in those books.

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