4 - 4.5 PRINCESS STARS
This is the fourth book in the Signal Bend series and it was fantastic. I almost loved Bart as much as I loved Show and for very different reasons. Bart Elstad. Bart was different from the other Horde. He had a collage degree, wasn't from Signal Bend (although his father was from there, therefore he'd had family from there), liked comic books and video games and was the one who suggested they rebuild the town by letting the movie be made about them. Pulling the Horde out of the illegal things they were doing and building the town into something more legitimate. He was also a big fan of Riley Chase, the actress hired to play Lilli, in the film version of their story.
Bart was sweet, almost shy in his way. He felt bad for missing that Shannon had a child she gave up for a adoption, thereby bringing more drama to the town. So he wanted to prove that he wasn't a screwup by taking care of the "Hollywood" talent while they were in town. What he never expected was his immediate connection to actress Riley Chase.
Riley had been an actress since she was four years old. People took care of her needs and told her what to do and where to go every day. At twenty-six years old, she was tired of it. But she wasn't quite sure how to go about taking control of her own life. Going to Signal Bend was just the opportunity she needed to figure out who she was without her Mom-ager (mother/manager), her trainer, and the paparazzi all over her about her dead, drug-addict boyfriend. What she never expected was to find the sexy hot nerd in biker named Bart.
They fall for each other fast. Riley and Bart's chemistry was off the charts from the moment they met. But soon there's danger and Bart can't think of anything but getting Riley out of town in oder to help the Horde fend of the their supposed allies, the Scorpions. At the same time, there are internal forces at work to bring down the Horde and all the officers are shocked with one of their own commits the ultimate betrayal.
It's only at Bart's sacrifice that the Horde is saved. His new life, which now includes Riley is so different from what he loved and knew in Signal Bend. But together, they figure out how to make things work.
I loved this book. I read it quickly and without much sleep, because I couldn't put it down. The only reason I didn't give it a full 5 stars are in the spoiler section, so read at your own risk.
So the spoilers are over and so is my griping. But it's testament to how much I actually liked this book that I gave it so many stars putting aside my issues with the story and the characters. It was a great read and I feel the author is improving with each book.