Book Review: Reach For A Star by Kathryn Freeman

A lovely big welcome back to Kathryn Freeman. She is here today with the blog tour for her latest novel, Reach For a Star. 

What if your dreams were so close you could reach out and touch them? 
How could anyone resist Michael Tennant, with his hypnotic blue eyes and voice like molten chocolate? Jessie Simmons certainly can’t. But Jessie’s a single mum who can’t sing to save her life – there’s no way she’ll ever cross paths with the star tenor. 

At least that’s what she thinks until she’s unexpectedly invited to take part in a new reality TV show. The premise? Professional singers teach hopeless amateurs how to sing. The surprise? Jessie’s partner is none other than Michael Tennant!

As she becomes better acquainted with the man behind the voice, will Jessie find out the hard way that you should never meet your idols? Or will she get more than she bargained for?


Jessie is a single mother of two, works as a pharmacist and knows she is a little tone-deaf (I can relate to that.) This doesn’t hold her back when she is watching the singing star, Michael Tennant on television and having a big crush on him.

When her sons put her forward for a singing competition, she is horrified but even more nervous when she is paired with Michael.

I have quickly got obsessed with Kathryn’s novels so I was so happy to be included in the blog tour for this novel.

I am not sure how Kathryn does it but I would like to know how she manages to get my hooked by the end of the first page every time.

I immediately liked Jessie. She’s down to earth and someone a lot of readers could relate to. We all have that celebrity crush and wonder what we would do if we met them.

Michael, in my opinion was a well rounded hero. He has the world at his feet but he has a vulnerability about him too.

This book is about Jessie and Michael and how they firstly navigate through this talent show that they both are unsure of and then the aftermath of that as they get to know each other.

I found it interesting how, even though each of these characters had different lifestyles, they had a lot in common with their emotional state and what they want out of life.

Also how little misunderstandings and lack of communication can get in the way of happiness. It was touch and go through the novel as to what would happen. Whether the happy ending happens is something I hope you will find out for yourself.

This novel did not disappoint. There are wonderful characters; the main two characters and Robert especially. It has a a fun plot (think TV talent show meets Notting Hill,) and real moments of happy and heartbreak and working as much as you can for your happy ending despite getting in your own way.

Great novel, Kathryn. I really enjoyed it and couldn’t put it down.



About Kathryn: 

A former pharmacist, I’m now a medical writer who also writes romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a hunky hero.

With two teenage boys and a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to buy a card (yes, he does), any romance is all in my head. Then again, his unstinting support of my career change proves love isn’t always about hearts and flowers – and heroes come in many disguises.


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Reach For A Star was released by Choc Lit on 24th September 2019. Click to view on Amazon UK and Amazon US.


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I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

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