Kind of Famous (Flirting with Fame #3)
Layla Beckett has a secret. For the past ten years, she’s run the most trafficked fan site on the Internet for her favorite band—under an alias, naturally. When she lands a job at the prestigious New York City music magazine The Rock Paper, she’s suddenly thrust into the world she’s only observed from the cheap seats. Now that she’s brushing elbows with sexy guitarists and hot frontmen, she wants to play it cool and keep her superfan status on the down low. Although she’s dying to gush on her forum, posting her insider adventures online could expose her real-life identity and blow her cover.And that’s all before one of those sexy musicians becomes a fan of her.From the minute he meets Layla, Shane Morgan’s heart beats a heavy metal rhythm, but his head is full of doubt. Since only the most hardcore fans could pick the drummer out of a lineup, he’s resigned to groupies using him to get closer to the more famous guitarists. But he doesn’t want to be Layla’s passthrough.As Layla gets to know the real people behind the music, she’s drawn to the less-than-flashy drummer’s sweet charms, fascinating mind, and banging hot body, but she worries about his insecurities. She needs to convince Shane she’s moved beyond fandom before he discovers her online history and loses all faith in her intentions.But the Internet is forever, and secrets have a way of getting out.

Kind of Famous (Flirting with Fame #3) Details

TitleKind of Famous (Flirting with Fame #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 7th, 2020
PublisherMary Ann Marlowe
ISBN-139781733401807
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Adult, New York

Kind of Famous (Flirting with Fame #3) Review

  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    I had read the other books in this series and loved them. I was beyond excited to get to this one, sadly I’m a bit disappointed.I liked Layla and Shane? Yes, that’s a question. They’re both well meaning people and there’s a lot of potential, but I didn’t feel like we actually got to know them. Layla was A Fan and Shane was A Drummer and those are the only attributes that seemed to matter. Of course I loved seeing the couples from the previous books. Plot wise it didn’t go anywhere. The two of th I had read the other books in this series and loved them. I was beyond excited to get to this one, sadly I’m a bit disappointed.I liked Layla and Shane? Yes, that’s a question. They’re both well meaning people and there’s a lot of potential, but I didn’t feel like we actually got to know them. Layla was A Fan and Shane was A Drummer and those are the only attributes that seemed to matter. Of course I loved seeing the couples from the previous books. Plot wise it didn’t go anywhere. The two of them fell into bed and that was where the majority of their interactions took place. Yes, there’s a bit of conversation, but not much. Even a mention of them talking or texting while Shane was on tour could have turned it around. The conflict was swift, the resolution was the same, and the epilogue had me shaking my head instead of being excited. Overall, it was a great set up, but it didn’t have the same spark and warmth the other stories did. If Noah gets a book, I’ll definitely be reading. **Huge thanks to the publisher for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Moon Love
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars!In a very short period of time, I've found and read all the books Mary Ann Marlowe has published to date. I've come to enjoy her story telling and writing style. Her characters are people you'd like to be friends with. They're not perfect, but their flaws make them approachable and likable. Kind of Famous features Layla Beckett, whom I met previously in another of Mary Ann's books. I loved Layla. She's a fangirl at heart, but is able to separate fantasy from reality. She's got a good h 4.5 stars!In a very short period of time, I've found and read all the books Mary Ann Marlowe has published to date. I've come to enjoy her story telling and writing style. Her characters are people you'd like to be friends with. They're not perfect, but their flaws make them approachable and likable. Kind of Famous features Layla Beckett, whom I met previously in another of Mary Ann's books. I loved Layla. She's a fangirl at heart, but is able to separate fantasy from reality. She's got a good head on her shoulders. I loved her chemistry with Shane. Shane Morgan is the drummer in a band. He's not the most famous, as the lead singer Micah and another member Noah have all the groupies. However Layla sees through the flash and glamour and sees him for the gem he is. I love Shane for being a gentleman and so considerate of Layla. His insecurities are what made him easy to like, even though they caused lots of trouble down the line.The story flows well and I enjoyed seeing how Shane and Layla handled being in a relationship that progressed quickly. I also loved seeing Jo and Micah from A Crazy Kind of Love and Eden and Adam from Some Kind of Magic. While Some Kind of Magic is the first book, any of these books can be read without spoiling the others, although for continuity's sake you'll want to start there. I'm hoping Mary Ann will write more set in this world. Noah might be surly, but he's not irredeemable! And even if she doesn't, I look forward to reading whatever she writes next!
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  • Rozzberry(Roz)
    January 1, 1970
    ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 1/4Kind of Famous was a seesaw type of read - never quite landing on either side of love or hate. At best I leaned towards the prior when I reached the end.
  • G.L. Jackson
    January 1, 1970
    What would you do if you had the opportunity to meet the rock stars of your dream but for very good reasons decided they could never know you ran a huge online fansite for them? That's the dilemma met by midwesterner Layla Beckett when she moves to New York City to work for the industry darling Rock Paper. Starting on day one she comes face to face with fame, and must decide how to deal with it.Layla's journey is both exhilarating and one she has to think about every step of the way, especially What would you do if you had the opportunity to meet the rock stars of your dream but for very good reasons decided they could never know you ran a huge online fansite for them? That's the dilemma met by midwesterner Layla Beckett when she moves to New York City to work for the industry darling Rock Paper. Starting on day one she comes face to face with fame, and must decide how to deal with it.Layla's journey is both exhilarating and one she has to think about every step of the way, especially after she meets--and falls for--drummer Shane. He's not with the band for which she's a superfan, but he's close enough, sexy enough, witty enough, and kind-hearted enough. The two fall for each other hard, and things move a little too quickly for Layla's comfort. When Shane's jealousy and lack of faith in himself kick in, the fragile web they've started to build fractures. Deeper than it seems on the surface, Kind of Famous explores the treacherous natures of fandom, friendship, and love--and the explosives that can result when those three things collide. Author Mary Ann Marlowe's book is a sweet coda of a love song to the rocker universe she created in Some Kind of Magic and developed further in A Crazy Kind of Love. If you loved those books, you'll cherish this one as well.
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  • Elaine
    January 1, 1970
    I was in a mini reading slump and this book pulled me out of it! I've read one of Ms. Marlowe's books before and I wasn't impressed by it but I was determined to give her books another chance and, oh boy, am I glad I did. The story was interesting and kept me reading well into the night. I liked the heroine, Layla, but what really made this book a 5 star read for me was the hero, Shane. I really, really loved him. He's a breath of fresh air in the flood of aplha jerks authors try to convince us I was in a mini reading slump and this book pulled me out of it! I've read one of Ms. Marlowe's books before and I wasn't impressed by it but I was determined to give her books another chance and, oh boy, am I glad I did. The story was interesting and kept me reading well into the night. I liked the heroine, Layla, but what really made this book a 5 star read for me was the hero, Shane. I really, really loved him. He's a breath of fresh air in the flood of aplha jerks authors try to convince us are romance heroes these days. He wasn't perfect and he definitely didn't have if figured out, but this flawed hero just did it for me. I fell IN LOVE with him. Layla was a great character too. I loved Layla and Shane as a couple. They were so similar in some aspect but at the same time so different. They were perfect for eachother. The chemistry between them was blatant. The building of the romance wasn't paced as good as it could be but that doesn't take much out of the story. Oh, and the grand gesture HEA ending was just what I wanted and needed. Can I say it again? This book was really, really good! I loved reading it and I can't remember when was the last time I stayed up all night reading but I did for this book.***I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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  • Artah Yamin
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. The synopsis of this book really reeled me in! It’s been a while since I’ve read a rock star romance novel and so I was excited to start this one. For the most part, I really liked Layla and her attitude towards life. She wasn’t a perfect character by any means. She made a lot of mistakes, but she always knew when she was in the wrong and I loved that. Layla knew herself really well and what it was she expec Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. The synopsis of this book really reeled me in! It’s been a while since I’ve read a rock star romance novel and so I was excited to start this one. For the most part, I really liked Layla and her attitude towards life. She wasn’t a perfect character by any means. She made a lot of mistakes, but she always knew when she was in the wrong and I loved that. Layla knew herself really well and what it was she expected from herself, relationships, and the people she interacted with. “My mom had passed on a bit of wisdom to me. She said, “Layla, if you can’t talk to a boy about sex, about your body, then you’re not ready for sex with him.”Next off, Shane, a.k.a drummer boy/ Layla’s love interest. Compared to Layla, I thought Shane was just a-okay. He’s different from most of the cocky alpha males that are usually in this genre, and so I found that to be exciting. However, his silly, shy, and dorky behaviors were overshadowed by his immaturity.When Shane first appeared in the book I immediately thought he was around 25 years old. Midway through when he revealed his age to be 31, I seriously dropped my phone and had to look at the screen again to see if what I was reading was correct or not. The man acted like a 19-year-old but in a 31-year-olds body. He would lash out like a kid at times and overreacted, big time, to a lot of what Layla did and so that didn’t make me the biggest fan of him. Romance-wise I thought it was cute although a bit too quick for my liking. I would have wanted their story to be prolonged a bit more, but I guess for Shane and Layla it was just an instant feeling. Having said that, it still was an entertaining story with intriguing side characters—my favorite of them all being Jo—that kept me from sleeping. I liked it and I’ll definitely be reading more of Mary Ann Marlowe’s works soon! I think if you like rock star themed romance and interesting characters, then you'd definitely love this book!RATING: 3.5 STARSFor more bookish content you can follow me here on Goodreads or on:Blog: https://rosewaterreadings.wixsite.com/home/blog Twitter: https://twitter.com/rosewater_ay
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  • Deborah E Kehoe
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve read both of the other novels in this series and was really looking forward to this new installment. This is a rock star series, and yes, there’s plenty of eye candy and sizzling action between our heroes and heroines, but what I like the most is that each story has an underlining plot that brings a more serious tone to what would normally be a light hearted subject. In Kind of Famous, Layla’s secret is part of the main story and it definitely added a huge conflict, even if most of it was i I’ve read both of the other novels in this series and was really looking forward to this new installment. This is a rock star series, and yes, there’s plenty of eye candy and sizzling action between our heroes and heroines, but what I like the most is that each story has an underlining plot that brings a more serious tone to what would normally be a light hearted subject. In Kind of Famous, Layla’s secret is part of the main story and it definitely added a huge conflict, even if most of it was inner conflict for the majority of the book. As the book developed I realized there was an additional conflict in their relationship and that was Shane’s insecurity. How can a hot drummer in a rock band be insecure? Good question, and Kind of Famous does a great job of delivering the answer.When Layla and Shane meet there’s this instant connection and energy. He’s surrounded by these god-like characters in his band but he stand out because of his adorkableness (yes, this is now a word!). He’s cute, has a rockin’ bod, but he’s totally shy. Layla, too, is kind of awkward. She has this online life that allows her to be bold, but in person she’s quiet and let’s face it, pretty stunned to be standing in the same space as people she’s idolized. Her awestruck scenes were totally believable and also added some conflict to she and Shane’s developing romance. I really liked them together and loved the obstacles I could clearly see ahead of them.When you read a series it’s always great fun to see where the characters in previous books lives are now. Eden, Adam,Micah, and Jo are all integral characters in Layla and Shane’s story and I like how they were true to my memories of them and liked even more that I was given a glimpse into their futures. Next up in this series has to be Noah as he was given a rather sinister light and there is definitely more to his story than we’ve been told so far. Kind of Famous did a good job of moving all of their characters forward in my mind, as well as letting me fall in love with Layla and Shane all on their own. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❣️I wish this author wrote a little faster and hopefully (?) we may have another Flirting with Fame story by the end of the year. From these words to Mary Ann Marlowe’s ears… keep those fingers typing!I received an ARC of this book from the author for my honest review and it was honest!
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  • Jessi
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This is the type of book I needed to read right now. It's light, it's fun, it's the type of book you wish you could BE the main character. It's full of fun things like moving from the Midwest to NYC, meeting your favorite musicians, getting an awesome new job, and an insta-love story.I really liked the main character, Layla. I'm all about seeing a woman in a romance novel that has a STEM career. Also, she stands I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This is the type of book I needed to read right now. It's light, it's fun, it's the type of book you wish you could BE the main character. It's full of fun things like moving from the Midwest to NYC, meeting your favorite musicians, getting an awesome new job, and an insta-love story.I really liked the main character, Layla. I'm all about seeing a woman in a romance novel that has a STEM career. Also, she stands up for herself and takes no shit. And other than the color of her hair and her clothes, there isn't much physical description of her, which I liked. I felt that with most of the characters, you were left to use your own imagination on what they looked like. Shane was a solid MC, too. He's a famous musician, but struggles with his own insecurities he has to overcome. He's also a redhead, which makes for a cute coupling with Layla. I love a man who is unafraid to express his feelings. And his grand gesture more or less turned me into the heart eyes emoji. Love, love, love. The supporting characters were great, too. I love a solid friend group! This is my first book by Mary Ann Marlowe, and so I just now saw that Eden and Jo already have their own stories that I can't wait to read! I would definitely recommend this to my friends!
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  • TSN ☮
    January 1, 1970
    "Kind of Famous" was all kinds of wonderful!I have a guilty secret, I just love the celebrity trope, and this was the most wonderful addition to my "collection".While it is the third in a series, there is no problem whatsoever in reading it as a standalone.I seldom give five stars to a book, but this one made me a fan. It has some adorable characters, especially Layla who has this wonderful little nerdiness. I found it very entertaining, the dialogue was cute and witty, and I was engaged from th "Kind of Famous" was all kinds of wonderful!I have a guilty secret, I just love the celebrity trope, and this was the most wonderful addition to my "collection".While it is the third in a series, there is no problem whatsoever in reading it as a standalone.I seldom give five stars to a book, but this one made me a fan. It has some adorable characters, especially Layla who has this wonderful little nerdiness. I found it very entertaining, the dialogue was cute and witty, and I was engaged from the first page.The storyline itself was interesting with not too much angst, which is something I loathe. Finally, the grand gesture end the end was to die for.☛ I requested an advanced copy of this title from NetGalley, and I'm voluntarily making this review.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    This book was cute, but definitely won't be memorable. Layla and Shane were fine and all, but there was never any real getting to know them. It was like they were thrown together and we were instantly supposed to get it and root for them.I mean, I kind of did? And they had a realistic big break-up moment, and how they got back together was sweet and showed growth on both their parts, but the whole relationship just didn't sit right. The book seemed rushed, and too focused on Layla's role as a fa This book was cute, but definitely won't be memorable. Layla and Shane were fine and all, but there was never any real getting to know them. It was like they were thrown together and we were instantly supposed to get it and root for them.I mean, I kind of did? And they had a realistic big break-up moment, and how they got back together was sweet and showed growth on both their parts, but the whole relationship just didn't sit right. The book seemed rushed, and too focused on Layla's role as a fan forum creator and admin, than on developing real relationships. It was cute, I read it quickly and it held my interest, but I was left a bit disappointed. Shane and Layla could have been great if we'd gotten more from them and got to know them. Ah, well. Better luck next time.
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  • Alicia
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to the publisher via Netgalley for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review. 4.5/5 stars. This book was sweet, steamy, adorkable and all-around a great read. I loved Layla’s characters, and I connected with her love of music and fangirl status although I wouldn’t say I’m anywhere close to her level of fangirl. I found the writing style to be super easy to get caught up in, and the story progressed at a really good pace (even if it only took place over a couple of weeks to star Thanks to the publisher via Netgalley for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review. 4.5/5 stars. This book was sweet, steamy, adorkable and all-around a great read. I loved Layla’s characters, and I connected with her love of music and fangirl status although I wouldn’t say I’m anywhere close to her level of fangirl. I found the writing style to be super easy to get caught up in, and the story progressed at a really good pace (even if it only took place over a couple of weeks to start with – it never really seemed forced to me instead it felt natural). I thought the relationships (friendship and romantic) were well-written. The chemistry between Layla and Shane was super cute and steamy, and I was fully invested in their relationship. Overall, I adored this story, and I will definitely be picking up some of the author’s other works.
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  • Shuhada Ramli
    January 1, 1970
    I have read from the 1 siri of this rockstar romance and I really love it. I like the way the characters blend in with the plots a d I love how each conflicts being resolved beautifully with love.Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange of my honest review.
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    What a delightful story. This is my first book by this author and definitely not my last. Couldn’t put it down. Don’t miss out.
  • Ixxati
    January 1, 1970
    Layla got a job at music magazine company but she can't even priorities her job and focus more on her love life and her fansite lol She sounded immature for her age. Her friendship with Jo seems unrealistic because how can you trust someone that you only met for a few hours and invite her to eat then stay at your house asdfghjkl I don't think I can trust anyone like that.It's not only that lol she even found herself an insta-love with a famous drummer 😂 Btw I liked Jo and it seems like everyone Layla got a job at music magazine company but she can't even priorities her job and focus more on her love life and her fansite lol She sounded immature for her age. Her friendship with Jo seems unrealistic because how can you trust someone that you only met for a few hours and invite her to eat then stay at your house asdfghjkl I don't think I can trust anyone like that.It's not only that lol she even found herself an insta-love with a famous drummer 😂 Btw I liked Jo and it seems like everyone like her too. I like her more than immature Layla hahaaaThank you Netgalley, publisher and author for Kind of Famous ARC! I enjoyed reading this story
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a sucker for a shy hero with a good heart. If he's also a musician with a messy head of auburn hair, I'm toast. Shane is my type of man, and I loved navigating the world of fandom through Layla's eyes, especially when their chemistry lit the pages on fire. Kind of Famous is a great rock and roll romance from a different perspective that was a blast to read!
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  • Sherry
    January 1, 1970
    ***Thank you to NetGalley and Mary Ann Marlowe. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book. All opinions are my own.***I loved the premise of Kind of Famous, but unfortunately the story fell flat for me. Layla gets her dream job at a music magazine and tries to keep the band fan site she runs hidden. She struggles to find balance between the famous people she’s meeting and her secret pastime, especially with the drummer she’s falling for. I’m a huge music fan and there was so much about Layla for ***Thank you to NetGalley and Mary Ann Marlowe. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book. All opinions are my own.***I loved the premise of Kind of Famous, but unfortunately the story fell flat for me. Layla gets her dream job at a music magazine and tries to keep the band fan site she runs hidden. She struggles to find balance between the famous people she’s meeting and her secret pastime, especially with the drummer she’s falling for. I’m a huge music fan and there was so much about Layla for me to relate to. Only strangely, I didn’t. Layla and Shane seem really immature for 28 and 31 respectively. Layla made bad choice after bad choice checking the board at work or while she was with Shane. Her priorities were so messed up. I really didn’t understand why her friend at the board, Ash, who was helping her run things couldn’t do the simplest thing like asking people to be respectful or locking a post to prevent further comments. She had to contact Layla every time. For that matter, why the heck did Layla always have her volume up on her phone, especially if she was trying to keep her online activities hidden? It was incredibly unprofessional to me, as was the taking time off so quickly into a new job and arriving late for the morning meetings. She wasn’t much better in her personal life. I get being a little starstruck when she meets famous bands, but there’s a difference between starstruck and ogling. And she did it in front of Shane numerous times.Shane was no picnic either. His intensity came across as a bit much to me. He seemed like a genuinely nice guy, but also a bit of a smotherer. I thought his insecurities were well explained, but it was hard to overlook his enormous overreaction to finding out about Layla’s website. Maybe that was part of the problem for me. Everyone’s reactions seemed exaggerated, from Noah’s stormy behaviour and inappropriate, often mean comments, to Ash’s behaviour with regard to taking advantage of her connection to Layla, to Gabe’s ever-present come-ons, assumptions and insults, not to mention the depths he resorted to trying to get his way. It was all too much and made the story feel immature and slightly disjointed.I really liked Jo. I liked how quickly she adopted Layla as part of her family and supported her unconditionally. I think she was my favourite character. I thought the ending was completely adorable, and loved that Shane and Layla came to terms with the situation independently, both doing what they could to make things better.
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  • Jeannie Zelos
    January 1, 1970
    Kind of Famous, Mary Ann MarloweReview from Jeannie Zelos book reviewsGenre: RomanceWell, after finishing this I have to go back and read the first two again, I really enjoyed catching up with Adam and Eden, Jo and Micah. And I have to say what a name, Theatre of the Absurd. Its wonderful, wonderful ;-) Though the abbreviation TotA somehow always reminds me more of the British T and A abbreviation.......I understood much of the web stuff, I too have a blog ( two actually, art and books) but mine Kind of Famous, Mary Ann MarloweReview from Jeannie Zelos book reviewsGenre: RomanceWell, after finishing this I have to go back and read the first two again, I really enjoyed catching up with Adam and Eden, Jo and Micah. And I have to say what a name, Theatre of the Absurd. Its wonderful, wonderful ;-) Though the abbreviation TotA somehow always reminds me more of the British T and A abbreviation.......I understood much of the web stuff, I too have a blog ( two actually, art and books) but mine are way, way into the minor league compared to Layla's. No forum either, though in the pre-FB days I did have an active arts forum. What kind of went over me was the fan stuff, I guess its me, I just cannot understand people who are obsessed by who they think a person is, and like Layla, I'm shocked at how people treat the objects of their obsession. Sometimes its as if they forget they are people, and we see that here so clearly, the thin line between a fan and a stalker, how the celeb has to balance between not upsetting fans, and letting them maul him/her...I did feel for Layla when she first meets Adam, I guess having said all this stuff, if Brandon Flowers was to be in my view I'd have dropped jaw too! I so felt for Shane though when she continued to get star struck, but she really couldn't help it. For some folk its almost a Pavlovian reaction, and only continued proximity lets them see their obsession is just a real person like anyone else. I do think she could have tried a little harder as time went on. Layla has a great opportunity with her new job, and the events that followed, the way she came to meet with the band felt very natural. Its a tough thing I think, to get your characters where you want them to be but making it feel genuine, not forced, and Mary Ann does that so well. I like the mix of folk at the office, the way her job, new friends and internet presence all linked up. I kept thinking “what would I do?” and wondering why she didn't just give up the fan site to someone else – but of course that's me. Layla has needed that friendship that came from her internet friends in the past, and maybe she's just not quite ready to leave them. I'm socially a bit awkward too, find making friends difficult so I sympathised. Its easier to spill your thoughts out online. We differ though in that I'm me online, I don't have a pseudonym, a user name hiding who I am. It means perhaps that I'm more cautious about what I write. As Layla knows to her cost, words on the net stay, even when deleted they'll still be around somewhere, and what you may have felt five, ten years ago can be very different to now, and yet folk will pull it up regardless. Shane, oh what an intense guy. I could feel that attraction between him and Layla right from the start. I so felt for his “no-one sees the drummer” and how so called fans would use one member of a band to get to another. That's awful, but sadly happens all too often. Must be a big ego suck, and Shane didn't seem to have a huge stack of self confidence anyway, it was almost as if he was waiting for something to go wrong between him and Layla. Being in a relationship with someone who has jealousy issues is hard, and that part, the tension it caused was perfect. Real people, real problems. It brought in some devastating drama and for me I'm all about drama and angst....loved it. I did like Gabriel in the office, I love characters like his, adds some terrific “nasty” into a read ;-) and he was perfectly positioned for maximum effect. If I have a criticism its that everything takes place over such a short time, a few weeks and Shane and Layla move at warp speed into a relationship, when she's just started new job, needs to find new accommodation, and yet she just threw herself into it. The short time span made it a little harder to feel the depth of the drama, and didn't really give time for all of those issues that caused problems to get permanently resolved, though I did like the decision Layla took, and how hard she found it. Understandable. Stars: Four and a half, I would have liked events to have run over a longer time span. That's a tiny crit though, very minor. Arc via author
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  • Sapir Englard
    January 1, 1970
    1.5 starsDating Sim games an be awesome if you choose the right path and make the right choice. You usually have a lot to pick up from, and eventually, you go for the guy you think is safest, because in real life we don't want the douchy assholes we read about.This book felt like a dating sim game. The MC (Layla) is surrounded by super hot rockstars because circumstances (which were extremelllllly convenient) and she gets into an insta-relationship with one of them, a drummer who has a much pers 1.5 starsDating Sim games an be awesome if you choose the right path and make the right choice. You usually have a lot to pick up from, and eventually, you go for the guy you think is safest, because in real life we don't want the douchy assholes we read about.This book felt like a dating sim game. The MC (Layla) is surrounded by super hot rockstars because circumstances (which were extremelllllly convenient) and she gets into an insta-relationship with one of them, a drummer who has a much personality as my rag carpet. The twists are dull and dumb, there was no actual climax, the writing was shallow and factual. At some point, it even felt like the Sims, when Layla was looking around trying to think how she should react, then acting when someone clicked the mouse gave her a creepy smile or look.In short, I was all down for a good, quick-paced, exciting chick-lit romance that is at the very least written decently. I wouldn't even mind shallow characters and soapy romance stories, but dear author, don't make me read 300 where basically nothing happens. Please, and thank you.
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  • Payten Curry
    January 1, 1970
    Thank You to NetGalley and Mary Ann Marlowe for the opportunity to read this book in advance for my honest opinion. All opinions are mine! Layla Beckett is the ultimate Theatre of the Absurd fan. She has anonymously run a fan site for the last ten years under the alias Pumpkin. When Layla is given the opportunity to work at a top music magazine in New York she finds herself rubbing elbows with people she only fantasized meeting. Working for the magazine is Jo, a famous photographer and girlfrien Thank You to NetGalley and Mary Ann Marlowe for the opportunity to read this book in advance for my honest opinion. All opinions are mine! Layla Beckett is the ultimate Theatre of the Absurd fan. She has anonymously run a fan site for the last ten years under the alias Pumpkin. When Layla is given the opportunity to work at a top music magazine in New York she finds herself rubbing elbows with people she only fantasized meeting. Working for the magazine is Jo, a famous photographer and girlfriend of the lead singer for Theatre of the Absurd. When Jo befriends Layla, all of her wildest dreams start coming to life. Suddenly she is not only casually hanging out with the band members in their home, she’s now crashing on their couch and catching the attention of the shy and mysterious drummer, Shane. Shane has never been the center of fans attention. As the drummer he is used to sitting in the shadows at the back, keeping it all together. When Shane meets Layla he is instantly smitten, but is she just another groupie using him to get to the other guys in the band? Or worse, is she using the band to get to more famous musicians? Shane’s insecurities make Layla scared to open up to Shane about her fan site, afraid that he won’t believe her when she says her feelings for him are the real deal. This was my first Mary Ann Marlowe book and I really liked her writing! I thought Layla was a very level headed and mature character which made her easy to relate to. I personally think that Shane had a lot of growing and maturing to do. Some of his actions were, in my book, major deal breakers. I loved that Layla called his abusive behavior for exactly what it was! I also really liked Jo and Eden. I’m glad their books are already out so I can go back and binge their stories. They were strong and supportive females, mature enough to separate their feelings for Layla from their feelings for Shane when things got a little messy. This was a very steamy book so if that’s not something you’re into, be warned!
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  • Sophia B
    January 1, 1970
    3.5If you're looking for steam factor look no further cuz this one was 🔥🔥🔥! (To be clear, explicitly so lol)Kind of Famous is about Layla Beckett, your normal, run of the mill, blog host of her favorite band's most well known fan site (under a different name of course). She starts a new job at a rock magazine and suddenly finds herself becoming friends with the very same people she blogs about. Well mostly friends, except for the hot drummer who's expressed interest... Between managing her new j 3.5If you're looking for steam factor look no further cuz this one was 🔥🔥🔥! (To be clear, explicitly so lol)Kind of Famous is about Layla Beckett, your normal, run of the mill, blog host of her favorite band's most well known fan site (under a different name of course). She starts a new job at a rock magazine and suddenly finds herself becoming friends with the very same people she blogs about. Well mostly friends, except for the hot drummer who's expressed interest... Between managing her new job, new famous friends, new love interest, AND keeping her blog life a secret while still blogging, Layla definitely has her hands full. She begins to understand the other side of celebrity scrutiny, but by the time she realizes that drummer boy's trust issues are somewhat valid is it too late?What I appreciated most about this novel (no I'm not discussing the hot hot scenes! Although I will say that the chemistry was 👌🏻, definitely did not disappoint) was how real the author made the relationships. The challenges that came up were very valid and realistic and weren't easily solved. It was easy to overlook the ease with which Layla was ushered into this new world because I just enjoyed the story and was happy to go along with it. It exuded a bit of a YA vibe at first- probably because the entire time we're inside Layla's head, which was stuck in the blogging world even though she outgrew it. (I mean the sex scenes beg to differ, so definitely not YA!) I had no idea that this was the third book of a series! Needless to say it can definitely be read as a stand alone. The previous books, Some Kind of Magic and A Crazy Kind of Love are each about a different band member's love story. I think I may go back and read those... Thank you @xpressotours for introducing me to this great new author. This was the perfect light read with some steam and substance mixed in= exactly what I needed right now!
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  • Michelle Abate
    January 1, 1970
    Kind of Famous is the third book in Mary Ann Marlowe’s “Flirting With Fame” series. I have not read the other two books in this series, but, since the starring characters from the first two books are minor characters in Kind of Famous and it’s no secret that these kind of books end in happily ever after, I didn’t feel that I was missing necessary backstory for book number three.Kind of Famous stars Laila Beckett, music enthusiast and super fan and fan-site admin for Walking Disaster, a popular b Kind of Famous is the third book in Mary Ann Marlowe’s “Flirting With Fame” series. I have not read the other two books in this series, but, since the starring characters from the first two books are minor characters in Kind of Famous and it’s no secret that these kind of books end in happily ever after, I didn’t feel that I was missing necessary backstory for book number three.Kind of Famous stars Laila Beckett, music enthusiast and super fan and fan-site admin for Walking Disaster, a popular band. Laila lands a job with a prestigious NYC music magazine The Rock Paper and suddenly finds herself attending backyard barbecues with musicians she knows way too much about. Enter Shane Morgan, drummer for a band currently touring with Walking Disaster. Needless to say, drama ensues.I did enjoy a lot of this book, but the relationship between Laila and Shane was extremely shallow and I wasn’t cheering for them to overcome the flimsy obstacles in their path. They went from zero to sixty in five seconds and never slowed down. I have no problem with some steam in a romance novel, but I don’t like seeing it used to replace growth and character development. Laila and Shane are supposedly two adults in their early thirties, but the majority of conversations depicted were about how much they missed each other. (I get it, who doesn’t get doe eyed two weeks into a new relationship? Especially if he’s famous). However, when they were together, there was little to no conversation.Overall, Kind of Famous was fine. I am interested in Marlowe’s other books and will request them from the library, but this book didn’t blow me away.Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Come_read_with_me_
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this bookLayla Beckett is from a small town outside of Indianapolis. For years she has been an admin on a fan site for her favourite music band. Never in her wildest dreams did she never think she would land such an amazing job in New York working for a music magazine "The Rock Paper". Not only does she get to write about what she loves, she also gets to work and become friends with people she has loved and idolized her entire life. Problem is will her secret life on her fan sit I really enjoyed this bookLayla Beckett is from a small town outside of Indianapolis. For years she has been an admin on a fan site for her favourite music band. Never in her wildest dreams did she never think she would land such an amazing job in New York working for a music magazine "The Rock Paper". Not only does she get to write about what she loves, she also gets to work and become friends with people she has loved and idolized her entire life. Problem is will her secret life on her fan site get in the way, or will her new friends think she is using them to get ahead in her career. Things get even more difficult when she meets Shane, the sexy drummer.I loved the storyline of self discovery. Layla is not the same character we meet at the start of the book, her self discovery and self worth is developed massively throughout the book. When Layla first arrives in New York she has no friends and nowhere to live. Low and behold, Jo, a famous photographer literally adopts her and takes her into her home and ultimately into her famous life. At the start I though, that's not very believable however Mary Ann Marlowe has a way of dragging you into her world and all the characters seem to be like your old friends. I have only read one other book by Mary Ann "dating by the book" so I didn't know the backgrounds of the main characters within this book, however I don't think that hindered my reading experience.Shane is amazing, he is sweet and absolutely the best. His relationship with Layla is quiet intense and is very fast paced, so leave a few hours to yourself when reading this book as you will not want to put it down.Overall I recommend this book!!
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  • Margarita Shuster
    January 1, 1970
    This hits the spot for rockstar romance! This is the first book I’ve read of Marlowe’s and even though it’s not part of a series, I need to read about Adam and Eden’s story as well as Jo and Micah’s!Kind of Famous reminds me of my teenage years. When I used to feel overwhelmingly infatuated with boy bands. Come on, who didn’t dream of marrying one of the Backstreet Boys? I could totally relate to you Layla!Layla runs a popular fan site for a band name “Walking Disaster”, has a kickass job and af This hits the spot for rockstar romance! This is the first book I’ve read of Marlowe’s and even though it’s not part of a series, I need to read about Adam and Eden’s story as well as Jo and Micah’s!Kind of Famous reminds me of my teenage years. When I used to feel overwhelmingly infatuated with boy bands. Come on, who didn’t dream of marrying one of the Backstreet Boys? I could totally relate to you Layla!Layla runs a popular fan site for a band name “Walking Disaster”, has a kickass job and after moving to NYC made some famous connections. I like Layla, she had a firm belief in what she deserved in a relationship and wouldn’t settle for anything less. Shane is the slightly insecure drummer for the band “Theater of the Absurd.” A band Layla knows and follows. Layla and Shane instantly have a connection! (One that, back in the day, I totally would have killed to have with Aaron Carter 😉).I must say though, some things I found a bit unrealistic or lacking:#1 Layla did not bring up her website once she started seeing Shane. If she didn’t want this to bite her in the butt later, it should have been one of the first things discussed or at least agonized over.#2 They fell into the relationship too quickly. I get insta love but I didn’t even get that vibe from them. It just didn’t feel as organic as I would have liked. Their love lacked depth.#3 It was focused on the main characters so much, the friendships formed seemed, again, lacking of any depth and not plausible for how quickly they formed.Overall a great, light romance read I would highly recommend!Thanks to Netgalley for the chance to read this ARC!
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  • Michelle Abate
    January 1, 1970
    Kind of Famous is the third book in Mary Ann Marlowe’s “Flirting With Fame” series. I have not read the other two books in this series, but, since the starring characters from the first two books are minor characters in Kind of Famous and it’s no secret that these kind of books end in happily ever after, I didn’t feel that I was missing necessary backstory for book number three.Kind of Famous stars Laila Beckett, music enthusiast and super fan and fan-site admin for Walking Disaster, a popular b Kind of Famous is the third book in Mary Ann Marlowe’s “Flirting With Fame” series. I have not read the other two books in this series, but, since the starring characters from the first two books are minor characters in Kind of Famous and it’s no secret that these kind of books end in happily ever after, I didn’t feel that I was missing necessary backstory for book number three.Kind of Famous stars Laila Beckett, music enthusiast and super fan and fan-site admin for Walking Disaster, a popular band. Laila lands a job with a prestigious NYC music magazine The Rock Paper and suddenly finds herself attending backyard barbecues with musicians she knows way too much about. Enter Shane Morgan, drummer for a band currently touring with Walking Disaster. Needless to say, drama ensues.I did enjoy a lot of this book, but the relationship between Laila and Shane was extremely shallow and I wasn’t cheering for them to overcome the flimsy obstacles in their path. They went from zero to sixty in five seconds and never slowed down. I have no problem with some steam in a romance novel, but I don’t like seeing it used to replace growth and character development. Laila and Shane are supposedly two adults in their early thirties, but the majority of conversations depicted were about how much they missed each other. (I get it, who doesn’t get doe eyed two weeks into a new relationship? Especially if he’s famous). However, when they were together, there was little to no conversation.Overall, Kind of Famous was fine. I am interested in Marlowe’s other books and will request them from the library, but this book didn’t blow me away.
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  • Fernanda Granzotto
    January 1, 1970
    👩‍💻*Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an early copy of this book for review, all opinions are my own*I decided to review this book on topics so let’s go:• Fanfic-This book is fanfic, the whole plot of it I have read several times in fanfics, this is not a bad thing because then knowing that I believe it made me take the book less seriously and I liked it for what it is.• Writing-Because it is a fanfic kind of book, the writing was not always wonderful and some moments s 👩‍💻*Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an early copy of this book for review, all opinions are my own*I decided to review this book on topics so let’s go:• Fanfic-This book is fanfic, the whole plot of it I have read several times in fanfics, this is not a bad thing because then knowing that I believe it made me take the book less seriously and I liked it for what it is.• Writing-Because it is a fanfic kind of book, the writing was not always wonderful and some moments seemed just bad fanfic and other times that writing seemed like a good romance book.• InstaLove-This is a book with istalove that I already expected so it didn't bother me much. • Plot-The plot as already said is completely from fanfic, is about a fan who has a relationship with a member of a band, and the member of the set band gets mad when it discovered that the girl is a fan. •Too Fast-Everything in this book happens too fast, friendships, romances, everything, too fast.•Not real-There is a lot in this book that is very hard to believe would happen in real life (so again it relates to fanfic), many of the events made me roll my eyes.•Characters-I even liked all the characters in the book, our main character grows a lot during the story which made me very happy, and our main guy has some pretty stupid attitudes but in the end, he redeems himself so I ended up not hating anyone.•The end-The end of the book like the whole book happens too fast but I liked it.I highly recommend this book if you like fanfic esk stories or quick books with and about bands!
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    ☆☆Book Review☆☆ Kind of Famous by Mary Ann Marlowe...Description:Layla Beckett has a secret. For the past ten years, she’s run the most trafficked fan site on the Internet for her favorite band—under an alias, naturally. When she lands a job at the prestigious New York City music magazine The Rock Paper, she’s suddenly thrust into the world she’s only observed from the cheap seats. Now that she’s brushing elbows with sexy guitarists and hot frontmen, she wants to play it cool and keep her superf ☆☆Book Review☆☆ Kind of Famous by Mary Ann Marlowe...Description:Layla Beckett has a secret. For the past ten years, she’s run the most trafficked fan site on the Internet for her favorite band—under an alias, naturally. When she lands a job at the prestigious New York City music magazine The Rock Paper, she’s suddenly thrust into the world she’s only observed from the cheap seats. Now that she’s brushing elbows with sexy guitarists and hot frontmen, she wants to play it cool and keep her superfan status on the down low. Although she’s dying to gush on her forum, posting her insider adventures online could expose her real-life identity and blow her cover.And that’s all before one of those sexy musicians becomes a fan of her....I enjoyed the memories the concert and rehearsal scenes brought back for me. Layla was someone I could see being friends with despite some of her misguided choices. Shane was a little insecure for me, but ended up growing enough to provide a powerfully romantic ending to their story. Just a heads up there was a lot of steam in this one! I loved the support from the secondary characters. They were well-developed and I realized after I finished it that this was the third book in a series, so I want to go back and read their stories too. ...If you'd like a glimpse of rock star life and what it means to date someone in a band this series just might be the perfect series for you. It's kind of fabulous....Available tomorrow 4/7/2020!...Thank you to Mary Ann Marlowe and Net Galley for a gifted copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • bookreviewer_98
    January 1, 1970
    This was not my first Mary Ann Marlowe book. I have read her books before and this one was Shane and Layla's story. To be honest, I have mixed feeling about this book. I did connect with Layla the way I was looking forward to. She was a strong protagonist though who just landed her dream job and got to meet the people whom she was observing for so long. Suddenly she was a part of their group and starting to get close to one of the band members of her favourite band but but she had her secrets an This was not my first Mary Ann Marlowe book. I have read her books before and this one was Shane and Layla's story. To be honest, I have mixed feeling about this book. I did connect with Layla the way I was looking forward to. She was a strong protagonist though who just landed her dream job and got to meet the people whom she was observing for so long. Suddenly she was a part of their group and starting to get close to one of the band members of her favourite band but but she had her secrets and that was bound to be a train wreck for her later on. It was fun and sweet romance and I read it in one go. I loved Layla's POV and she was kind of a relatable character. I loved the chemistry that the protagonists shared and this book exceeded my expectations. I was expecting the show down that occurred at the end but if you read the book you would expect it too. This book was witty and fun to read. The supporting characters were great too. I loved the characters from the previous books and it was lovely to see them again. A bit nostalgic too. Don't judge this one by its cover because the chemistry between Shane and Layla was intense. I loved it. If you are a looking for a good romantic/women fiction book to read then I will definitely recommend you to check this one out. It's now Availble on all platforms and I sincerely thank NetGalley and the publishers for a chance to read and review it early.Happy reading!
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  • lf
    January 1, 1970
    What do you do when you met your biggest crush but can't "fangirl" outKind of Famous is the first book I have read by Mary Ann Marlowe and I thought it was very enjoyable. The story is about Layla Beckett and Shane Morgan. Layla is adorable as she is trying to find her way in life and all the experiences that open her eyes. But she also has a big secret that she is afraid will come out. An alter ego who runs a huge fan site for her favorite rock band. So what does she do when she meets the super What do you do when you met your biggest crush but can't "fangirl" outKind of Famous is the first book I have read by Mary Ann Marlowe and I thought it was very enjoyable. The story is about Layla Beckett and Shane Morgan. Layla is adorable as she is trying to find her way in life and all the experiences that open her eyes. But she also has a big secret that she is afraid will come out. An alter ego who runs a huge fan site for her favorite rock band. So what does she do when she meets the super hot and red headed drummer, Shane Morgan. As soon as Shane sees Layla it is done and dusted for him. He wants her to be his and only his. Will the sweet, considerate, witty, smart, kind and sinfully sexy drummer have a chance when his flashier band mates are also there. Layla is a young woman who is able to see through all the fluff and recognizes that Shane is really the one for her. Now they just need to negotiate a new relationship while dealing with their own issues.This book is well written with a solid story-line that was very interesting. The characters are nicely developed and have depth and range, while the supporting characters are woven into the story adeptly so that they sparkle but do not outshine Layla and Shane. I look forward to reading more books by this author in the future.I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. My opinions are all my own.
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  • Brittany S
    January 1, 1970
    Alright first things first. Disclaimer: I won this book as part of a giveaway through goodreads. I'm so torn about this book I cant think straight. It starts off small girl from the midwest new to the big city. Got it. Heard that before. She gets a job at a big rock magazine? Alright. I'm listening as I used to review music and concerts and interview bands. But then like 3 pages in the book goes to a bizarre direction when she meets Jo. and then the domino effect of meeting Jo. And how the relat Alright first things first. Disclaimer: I won this book as part of a giveaway through goodreads. I'm so torn about this book I cant think straight. It starts off small girl from the midwest new to the big city. Got it. Heard that before. She gets a job at a big rock magazine? Alright. I'm listening as I used to review music and concerts and interview bands. But then like 3 pages in the book goes to a bizarre direction when she meets Jo. and then the domino effect of meeting Jo. And how the relationship with Shane plays out? Theres a large part of me that kept screaming THIS DOESNT HAPPEN LIKE THIS. HOW UNREALISTIC. For example see laylas new housing about 1 chapter in. Who does this? But I'm also going to admit that I could NOT stop reading at every free chance I had..And the ending? I CRIED a little. Seriously. Who has this book turned me into? Now one other thing I wasnt the biggest fan of was the writing. There were times where the stereotypical phrases struck hard ( especially in the beginning). And some of the writing in the more...intimate scenes...varied between 'just enough' and 'alright let's move on already 'Looking back I'm not sure what dragged me to enter this giveaway bc it's not my usual genre. But I could see myself picking this one up again. I was a bit upset when I got to the last page as I wish I knew more as to next steps in Laylas journey.
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  • Ananda
    January 1, 1970
    I got a copy of the book from Netgalley and here is my review. This is my first book by Mary Ann Marlowe. It's definitely different than other romances nowadays. She makes it a lot more realistic by showing all the H and h faults and imperfections. I really enjoyed that. I'm getting so accustomed to these idealistic relationships where fights between the couple just serve to prove how perfect they are for each other and the h is always this perfect and sexy human being and the H is sexy, rich an I got a copy of the book from Netgalley and here is my review. This is my first book by Mary Ann Marlowe. It's definitely different than other romances nowadays. She makes it a lot more realistic by showing all the H and h faults and imperfections. I really enjoyed that. I'm getting so accustomed to these idealistic relationships where fights between the couple just serve to prove how perfect they are for each other and the h is always this perfect and sexy human being and the H is sexy, rich and moody. This book diverges from this model for sure. I guess there could be a little more balance between showing their personality faults and also making us believe in their love. I didn't believe the h liked the H that much. Their romance seemed like it was a stepping stone for her to find her true love in a few pages after. I don't know if that is a consequence of reading so much of the new model romances or if the story should have developed their relationship in a deeper way. Another thing that I noticed is that was never mentioned how she got the job at the magazine and what she used to work with before (maybe I missed it). We know she monetized her page, but the magazine didn't know she was the admin. Overall, I would give this book two stars. I intend to read more books by this author to make up my opinion about her writing style.
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