Adulation by Elisa Lorello
First Line: Of all the things Danny Masters was told he should be afraid of- terrorists and E. coli and Toyotas yet to be recalled and the so-called homosexual agenda- nothing frightened him as much as the blank screen.
Synopsis from Goodreads: Celebrity screenwriter Danny Masters has the world at his feet. He’s dating a movie-star bombshell and his latest screenplay is a shoe-in for an Oscar. But he’s empty.
With few accomplishments to her credit, longtime bookstore employee Sunny Smith celebrates her fortieth birthday by setting forty goals for herself. Sleeping with her writing idol, Danny Masters, makes the list.
At the premiere of Danny’s new film, the two have a brief but enchanting exchange outside the theater. And after Danny insults the audience during the post-screening Q&A session, he’s thrilled to see Sunny in his autograph line. But as he gently takes her hand, Sunny spits Danny’s insults back at him.
The next day, to her horror, Sunny discovers a video of her tirade has gone viral. Instead of being angry, Danny is more determined than ever to find Sunny — and apologize. And once their lives intersect again, there’ll be no turning back.
My Thoughts: This was my first time to read Elisa Lorello, and it will not be my last. I have fallen in love with the way she writes. I loved this story because it was about real people that anyone could relate to and real situations that more and more people are having to adapt to this day in time (divorce, children, having a hard time putting yourself back out there after divorce).
Danny Masters is the “Master” of screenplays. He has won several Emmy’s and other awards. He is divorced, has a daughter named Ella and is dating the beautiful actress, Charlene. At his premiere of Exposed he runs into aspiring author and stockroom girl, Sunny. Sunny is divorced and has had a hard time getting back into the game of dating. For her fortieth birthday, her two best friends, Georgie and Theo, take her to the premiere after giving her a major makeover and creating the “40 in 40” list. She is crazy about Danny but he wouldn’t ever notice a girl like her…or would he? Sunny has had a hard time overcoming her past as her ex humiliated her in front of all of Long Island. Danny can’t forgive himself for an accident no matter how long ago it happened or how much he does and gives as reconciliation – it will never be enough.
This book is about forgiveness, confidence in ones self and overcoming the past. If you enjoy romance novels, you will love this book. Adulation was anything but dull. It was fun, romantic and exciting. It made me laugh and made me cry, then gave me chills. I read through this book very quickly because I couldn’t put it down. I really hope there is a sequel to this book because Lorello left me wanting to read more. I gave this book five stars.