Author: Ivy Sinclair
Publication date: November 20th, 2013
Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
Lights, camera, and passions flare when a small town boy gets the break of his career. As the lines of life and art blur together, can he also find a way to win the love of the girl who got away?
Carter Samuel Groveson.
His name is on the lips of every woman in the country who has a pulse. An actor plucked from obscurity to star in the most anticipated movie of the century, he's an enigma to all. Everyone wants a piece of him.
Amelia St. John isn't about to follow the life plan that her father set out for her. She refuses to be tied down or commit to anyone. A year ago, she ran as far and as fast from Sam Groveson as she could. But when he reappears in her life and asks her to be the friend he needs to keep him tethered to reality in the midst of the chaos, she can't say no.
Unfortunately for Sam, his big break comes with expectations that threaten his career if he doesn't toe the line. In this high stakes game of love, everyone is watching.
I received an e-copy of this book from the publishers at NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Okay. I will admit it. I requested this book completely on cover appeal. I didn't even real the synopsis. I saw the cover and it reminded me of the beauty of the The Truth about Me & You by Amanda Grace cover (not surprising since they're the same picture). I knew that this book was a New Adult read by an author I didn't know much about who produced a gorgeous cover. That is all it took. Sometimes I am so easy.
The story starts with Millie coming face-to-face with the boy she left many months ago without a goodbye or an explanation. Millie had always been a commitment-phobe and when she realized that Sam's affections for her may be holding him back, she did what she does best. She bolted under the guise of letting him be free of her and possibly move on in his life. With the emotions of a summer with Sam heavy on the brain, Millie starts exploring her life outside of what her family has planned. She starts dabbling in more artistic ventures than her father's multi-million dollar company that he expects her to work for after graduating college. With Sam back in her life and pleading with her to rekindle their forgotten friendship in hopes of keeping him grounded while he undergoes his dreams of being a movie star, Millie starts to question if whatever she had felt for Sam that summer has really been forgotten.
Sam has had feelings for Millie from the moment he met her. Fear of rejection kept him from revealing his emotions, but he suspected it was obvious. The fact that Millie didn't seem to treat him as anything more than a best friend and confidant was a blow to the ego. When she disappeared he decided to let her go. That was until he landed the lead in a new movie about the very place Millie and him met. He needs someone real to lean on so the stardom doesn't completely consume him. But once he comes in contact with his old friend again, the feelings roar to life with a vengeance like never before.
Sam and Millie must fight their attraction and developing feelings because in Sam's life a romance with anyone but who the media wishes is not possible. Is their love strong enough to persevere?
I finished a book the same day I started this one and figured I would get myself a few chapters in and set it aside until the following day. From the first page, I was drawn in. I physically felt the love connection between Sam and Millie. I felt my stomach fall with the fear of something driving a wedge between them. I swallowed tears when the characters were hurting. I was CONSUMED by this world Sinclair had created. The romance was structured and portrayed exquisitely. Anytime a story is so well written you can feel your heart break and mend and break again along with the characters, you know you have a masterpiece in the making. I highly recommend Grounded by You.
Grounded by You will cause it's reader to see love in a new light and appreciate it even through overwhelming obstacles.