Star Struck (#2)
by Emmy Z. Madrigal
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Three days is not very long, but to Victoria, who’s been away from her new love Rob Malloy, it seems like forever. Returning from Colorado, Victoria reconnects with her friends, finding one particular friend isn’t too happy about her having a high society boyfriend.
Imagine waking from a nap to find your favorite boy band star sitting in the chair across from you. That’s what happens to Cynthia Porter. She can hardly believe she isn’t dreaming when Derek Montgomery shows up at Rob’s apartment.
The initial shock gives way to real mutual admiration as they spend time together. Unfortunately, it seems Derek’s old girlfriend haunts him too much to let go. Will Cynthia ever find a guy who is completely into her? Or will she constantly be the friend and counselor to these screwed up males?
Cover model: Heidi Kaden
Music provided by:
Theme song for Star Struck “Night Fire” by Neil MacPherson.
All other piano jazz by Neil MacPherson.
NEVER OPEN songs:
“Anime Girl” and “Don’t You See”
by Pleasure Trip © 2009 by Brad Wait.
“Where You Got Me”
Rob’s song: “Rain”
All songs © 2009 by Brad Wait.
Published by Brad Wait Music (ASCAP).
Returning from her holiday trip to Colorado, Victoria recaps her trip for her best friend Cynthia. Cynthia is especially excited to hear Victoria tell of meeting teen heartthrob Derek Montgomery. Rob’s first day back at work is filled with thoughts of Victoria.
Victoria and her mother go out to dinner and a movie, each realizing their days together are numbered. Kathleen Knox mourns her daughter growing up so fast. Rob connects with his friend Carter and sets him up to blind date Cynthia on the weekend.
Victoria goes over to her friend Greg’s house where his band, NEVER OPEN, is putting the finishing touch on their latest song. Victoria talks with her friend Raul and jams with Greg’s band.
Victoria nervously waits for Rob to pick her up as her mother argues about chores. Rob arrives and they go pick up Cynthia. At the Porter house, Victoria walks in on a massive argument between Cynthia and her mother. Rob drives Victoria and Cynthia to San Francisco where they leave Cynthia to sleep in Rob’s loft as they go to lunch.
Rob and Victoria have lunch at a cafe and talk about the offers that had come in for her. Rob reveals he has set up a recording studio date for the next day. Loud knocking on Rob’s loft door wakes Cynthia. Answering the door in a grumpy mood, she doesn’t realize teen heartthrob Derek Montgomery is standing there. As he waits for his friend Rob, Derek thinks about his horrible relationship trouble. We get a glimpse of Derek’s boy band members.
Rob and Victoria arrive back at his loft to find Cynthia asleep and Derek waiting. When Cynthia wakes up and finds that Derek is there, she freaks out. Rob and Victoria have an intimate moment in his closet. They go to Chinatown for dinner.
At dinner, Derek gets mobbed by fans and grabs Cynthia’s hand before making a run for it. They end up in a deserted part of town where they have their first kiss. The gang crashes at Derek’s hotel room. Derek’s nightmare rocks him and Cynthia awake.
Victoria and Cynthia go shopping for dresses for a big party. The guys play racquetball and then meet the girls at lunch. Victoria begins to worry about her upcoming studio recording.
Victoria nervously endures her first recording session. The two couples go to a high-class party at a mansion across the bay. An old client of his fathers, embarrasses Rob.
At the Silverton party, Victoria meets the famous fashion model Jordon and then gets a serenade from her favorite jazz musician. Rob does not seem too thrilled about the situation. Cynthia and Derek get close on the dance floor.
Rob confronts Oliver about his intentions towards Victoria. Derek finds out Laura leaked secrets of their love life to the tabloids. Rob and Victoria spend a night of passion together.
Cynthia consoles Derek as he deals with his breakup, the next morning they part leaving her unsure of their relationship. Rob and Victoria discuss plans for their future.
Victoria mourns her perfect weekend in San Francisco ending as Rob promises they will see each other soon. Cynthia does not know what to think about Derek. His quick goodbye and subsequent phone call leave her unsure about their relationship. Bonus: Deleted scene from earlier in the book.