May 21, 2021

The Girl With Stars In Her Eyes

The Girl With Stars In Her Eyes

by Xio Axelrod

Published May 4, 2021
by Dreamscape Media (audiobook) and Sourcebooks Casablanca

Rating: 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Romance

From the Publisher:

Her name’s Antonia “Toni” Bennette (yeah, she’s heard all the jokes before) and she’s not a rock star. Neither are the Lillys—not yet. But the difference between being famous and being almost famous can be a single wrong note… or the start of something that’ll change your life forever.

Growing up in dive bars up and down the East Coast, Toni Bennette’s guitar was her only companion… until she met Sebastian Quick. Seb was a little older, a lot wiser, and before long he was Toni’s way out, promising they’d escape their stifling small town together. Then Seb turned eighteen and split without looking back.

Now, Toni’s all grown up and making a name for herself in Philadelphia’s indie scene. When a friend suggests she try out for a hot new up-and-coming band, Toni decides to take a chance. Strong, feminist, and fierce as fire, Toni B. and the Lillys are the perfect match… except Seb’s now moonlighting as their manager. Whatever. Toni can handle it. No problem. Or it wouldn’t be if Seb didn’t still hold a piece of her heart… not to mention the key to her future. 

My Thoughts:

This was a great read – a romance, yes, but so much more than that. I loved the focus on a female rock band and its talented musicians. You get an inside look at what it takes to work in the pop/rock music business (and yes, it’s a business, as a couple of characters point out). The backstory of both Toni and Seb were heartbreaking in their own ways (neither had what anyone would call a typical childhood) and their connection felt so real. The story was a combo of second-chance love and enemies-to-lovers tropes. The audiobook was excellent, with one female narrator (Tamika Simone) and one male narrator (Alexander Cendese), reading different chapters, depending on whether that chapter was being told from Toni’s point of view or Seb’s. Also really enjoyed the love sent out to Philadelphia throughout the story!