Star Bright, the first book in the Bright Young Things, is available now!
5+ BRIGHT CROWNS
Sometimes you read a book exactly when you need it. The themes the author develops over the course of the novel speaks to you, and Staci Hart’s Star Bright discusses an issue I’ve been grappling with this year. I would have loved this book for her writing and the characters, but this book just hit me differently because of the driving idea behind The Bright Young Things.
There is without a doubt an energy about this book. Staci wrote these characters in a way that makes you want to join them, grabbing life and living in the moment. These elite NYC characters are not your typical corrupt or vile or elitist characters. They are searching in a world for happiness, for a place to belong. Each moment with them makes you long for same, and, as a result, had me questioning some of my own choices, such as if I’m living in the moment, am I grasping all the splendor the world has to offer, or am I just hidden behind a screen, filling my life with things and people that don’t bring me joy. This book truly had me reflecting on what I want from my life, what brings me joy, because I want to be Stella. I want be my own Cecilia and bring brightness back to my life.
And heck, I want a Levi, too. Stella bad Levi are magic together. There are conflicts and drama, but it isn’t drama for the sake of drama, and their connections and emotions felt real. Their love was mature and reflective and one we aim for in life. I ate up every moment of them together.
This is going to be one of my favorite Staci Hart books EVER. This story is one that a lot of people in this social media age, which produces envy and feelings of isolation, need. We need the reflection, the inspiration to love and live, and we need a little bit of Cecelia always.
You are cordially invited to the party of the century.
There’s no greater thrill than in the moment a courier hands you the heavy invitation with those words etched on the front. Because you just joined the most exclusive group in New York.
The Bright Young Things.
Lavish parties. Irreverent treasure hunts. Every event is a spectacle, stalked not only by the media, but by the police commissioner, who’s declared himself the morality police, heading up a charge leading to raids and arrests and the constant threat of danger.
But that’s all part of the fun.
That, and the secrets.
Like, who sponsors these parties? The trail leads back to one mysterious name, an homage to the original Bright Young Things of a century ago: Cecelia Beaton.
And no one knows it’s me.
Everyone has secrets, and mine is safe. Until I meet him. He comes out of nowhere, armed with ample charm and a tilted smile. Dark eyes promise to devour me—all I have to do is give him permission. And before I realize it, he finds his way into my heart, into my life, with dangerous ease.
Because he has secrets of his own, secrets that could bring down everything I’ve built.
Even the best kept secrets have a way of getting out.
And if mine does, I’ll lose more than my heart.
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About the Author:
Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.