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Starfish

A Rock Star Romance
Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Sebastian York
Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (88 ratings)

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2019 Winner American Fiction Award for Romantic Comedy 

“I found the story to be sweet and entertaining as well as funny and suspenseful at times. And when you learn why it's called Starfish you will be smiling with me" (I Scream Books Blog)
 

Ambitious graduate Marin Collins accepts a four-month internship at a prestigious public relations firm to work on a tech account, but her plans are derailed when she’s assigned to go on the road with touring rock band Kings Quarters, hailed by Rolling Stone as the next big thing.
 

Enter Brad Osterhauser, the reluctant rock star who would rather be coding computer games than penning Grammy-nominated songs.
 

Traveling by bus, city to city with a group of practical joking bandmates and a greedy manager, Marin and Brad forge a friendship and forbidden romance over a shared love of Seinfeld episodes, stolen moments, and Red Vines.
 

But when Marin’s accused of betraying her company and the band, will Brad come to her defense or believe she was disloyal to him for the sake of her career?
 

Told in alternating perspectives of Marin and Brad, Starfish is a contemporary romance of unexpected love, the redemptive power of music, and hogging the bed

©2019 Lisa Becker (P)2019 Lisa Becker

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This is a sweet and fun love story. While it was a little light on Rock Star behavior, I think that is what I liked about it most. Brad was more of a closet nerd than a Rock Star and I love me a sexy smart guy. Marin is the PR Rep that was sent on tour with the band to help with their online presence. I enjoyed her character because she wasn't in awe of the fame, just there to do her job and she did give a good effort at not falling for Brad. These two made sense, they had the chemistry and they also had heat! I giggled a bunch at the jokes and antics the band members played on each other. Great romantic comedy, can't wait to see more from this author.

Erin Mallon & Sebastian York.... You can't go wrong with these narrators! They are both fantastic and let me tell you, Erin did an AMAZING job with all the jokes, for example I cracked up hearing her talk like her mouth was completely numb LOL

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Fun!

This one was a really fun slow burn. I really enjoyed how Marin was so about her job and not starry eyed over the musicians. Enter Brad. Still, he got her attention. It was a fun ride. It got slightly strange for a bit at the end. But, it was cleared up quick and didn’t really detract. Overall, it had a satisfying finish.

Erin Mallon did an amazing job, as. Always. I’m a fan of these 2 narrators and them together was great. This is my first book by this author and I can’t wait for more.

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So Good!

I really enjoyed this. It's sweet, sexy, and surprisingly realistic. It's well written with a fast moving plot. I love the dual POV, I get a good feel for, and connection with, both characters.

Marin and Brad were so cute and had strong chemistry. I love how they encouraged each other to go for their goals. All of the characters felt real and I liked the growth we saw. I enjoyed the pranks that went on amongst the bandmates.

The narration by Erin Mallon and Sebastian York was absolutely fantastic. You couldn't ask for better performances, they perfectly delivered the humour and sweetness.

I highly recommend this, especially the audio version.

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Absolutely AMAZING

This book from start to finish had it all: Humor, great characters, hot scenes, great chemistry and fantastic narrators. I hung on every word as the story of Brad and Marin unfolded. It isn't your typical Rockstar romance, that is for sure, but it is so much more. The character development is amazing. Both MC's are complex and evolved and I adored Brad and his love for Marin. Marin is so skittish and hesitant for so many reasons. Erin Mallon always brings an A+ performance to any book and this was no exception. Sebastian York is not your typical Rockstar, but he works for Brad in this book. I loved it so much. It will be a definite re-listen in the future because it was such a beautiful story. Oh, and the songs that Brad wrote for Marin: They were absolute perfection and had me in tears. I would be that mans Starfish anytime.
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Beautiful rockstar romance

What an amazing surprise, I got this audiobook as I love rockstar romance and I truly enjoyed it, Marin and Brad's story was such a great one to read, the narrators of course where phenomenal as always, bringing their characters to live and nailing all their emotions. I am looking forward for the next audiobook.

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Absolutely loved it

This book was so much fun to listen to and I absolutely loved the characters. I usually don’t gravitate towards the rockstar romance genre but I had seen such good reviews for this one so I thought I would give it a try. If you’re on the fence about it I highly recommend it.

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GREAT LOVE STORY!

Definitely a 5 star rating! Sebastian York did an awesome job narrating as did Erin Mallon. This was my first book by Lisa Becker. She did not disappoint.

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definitely worth it

so I picked this up because it was actually being given away in one of my audiogroups that I follow and I didn't win it but I saw who the narrator's were and I absolutely adore both these narrators and I don't think I've ever heard them together before but I like them both and I was so glad I did the story was great it had me laughing and crying it was so worth the listen and I highly recommend it.

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What a fantastic book!

This book is so awesome and I can’t imagine anyone not falling in love with this story the way that I did.
The narrators made the story so great that I couldn’t put it down. FIVE STARS!

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I loved it!!💜

This was an excellent story. I enjoyed touring with the band!! It was funny and well written. The characters were so much fun and the practical jokes and comradely made me love them all the more. I had tears of joy as well as sadness. This book has it all.
The narration was absolutely perfect!! They really brought these characters to life.
I highly recommend this book!!

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  • Voracious Book Addict
  • 01-15-20

This book Starfished across my heart

Starfish was a wonderfully unique spin on the rock star romance! Marin is an independent USC Master's graduate interning for the summer at a prestigious PR firm. She is unexpectedly assigned to go on tour with the rock band Kings Quarters. Brad is the lead guitarist for Kings Quarters and my favorite kind of hero, a genuinely good man with a bit of a nerdy streak, including glasses and an obsession with coding.

I listened to the audiobook and Erin Mallon and Sebastian York were phenomenal! This was the first time I listened to a book where these two were paired together and as expected it was stellar!!

I did feel that there were some chapters that didn't add to the continuity of the plot, and without giving spoilers, there were some loose ends that I wished were tied up better at the end of the book. But overall I enjoyed every minute of this book and might even find a reread in my future.

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  • K. Ramjohn
  • 01-06-20

I loved it

Starfish, the latest novel from Lisa Becker was an entertaining, heart-warming, fun story, with lovable, relatable and some quirky characters. It was steamy, sweet and hilarious with a little angst included and I was hooked from beginning to end unable to put down this feel good romance.
I loved the main characters Maren and Brad and enjoyed seeing the progression of their relationship. In addition to their romance the inclusion of the friendship and family aspect of the story really added another layer to the novel. The story was evenly paced and well written and I would highly recommend it to all lovers of contemporary slow burn romance.
I listened to the audiobook version which was narrated by Erin Mallon and Sebastian York. These two were absolutely perfect for the characters and they narrated the story superbly. With excellent pace and timing they brought the story to life and it was an absolute pleasure listening to them narrate this novel.

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  • Marie Palmer
  • 01-05-20

A+

What a great listen! this book did not disappoint in any area!
Lisa Becker wrote a heartwarming, funny and gripping story with very colourful characters.
Erin Mallon and Sebastian York Narrated faultlessly brilliant characterisation and wow Sebastian! such a sexy voice!

An easy recommendation by me .. looking forward to more from these guys!

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  • Book addict
  • 01-04-20

Didn’t like the hero or heroine

From the start of this story I wasn’t that keen on the hero or heroine, and I hoped that would develop as the story went on. Unfortunately not and instead I nearly stopped listening several times (which automatically caps a rating at 2 stars for me). The apparent “wit”, “sexiness” and “fun banter” fell utterly flat for me too, and the claim to need to be professional, whilst also being very unprofessional was simply exasperating.

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  • Mom Seeks Smut
  • 01-04-20

Rockstar Romance

This was a first read of mine from Lisa Becker. I read via audiobook and narration was fantastic.

Marin takes an internship with a firm that unexpectedly puts her on a touring bus with a up and coming rock band. Brad play for a rock band but would rather do coding and finds himself in all his free time working on this true love. Together this unlikely pair bond over binging tv shows and sharing their true life dreams. However, as they start really building feelings for each other Marin decides she can’t jeopardize everything she’s worked for. Until, Marin is accused of deceiving her job, the band, her new friends and Brad.

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  • PATRICIA
  • 12-29-19

Marin & Brad

If you are looking for a story that has a great foundation, a fantastic slow burn, wonderful characters and an incredible narrating team, then you have found the book for you! Starfish features Marin, a woman who thought she was getting the perfect tech internship, only to find herself on a tour bus chronicling the life and times of a rock band. She was not ready for this, but was going to make the best of this four month stint. Brad, the lead guitarist of the rock band immediately felt an attraction, but with the reputation of a rocker and the aloofness of Marin, he decided to take it slow. And this burn was just that. I was invested in their story, willing to follow them from city to city and see the romance grow. Lisa Becker didn't dwell on the paparazzi or dealing with being famous, but wrote a true love story about real people. It's so easy to fall for the image, but this let us be on the inside, get to know Brad and his dreams. It's a refreshing look at the possibilities we don't know as the fans, and I am so glad we got to tour with them!

The narration team of Erin Mallon and Sebastian York is a dream. They brought this story to life, enhancing the characters with their voices, and let us develop an image of them. I love both and really enjoyed their performance.

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  • blue_river @AudiobookObsession
  • 12-21-19

Starfish

This isn’t your typical rockstar romance. These two are so sweet together and the slow burn is fantastic to watch. I loved listening to this book!

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  • shedevilreads
  • 12-20-19

Amazing Rock Star Romance

Starfish by Lisa Becker is a Rock Star Romance that I listened to on audio narrated by Erin Mallon and Sebastian York.

This is the second book of Lisa’s that I have read and it definitely won’t be my last. You can’t help but fall in love with Marin and Brad. I cannot wait to get my hands on Dear Future Self that releases February 4, 2020.

Sebastian and Erin did an amazing job on the narration.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Rock Star Romances, Contemporary Romance, Forbidden Romance, or Romantic Comedies. This book covers them all and it is absolutely amazing.

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  • Rubi Rodriguez (Rubi's Bookshelf)
  • 12-20-19

Rockstar!

I loved this book so much! Marin and Brad’s relationship was amazing. Loved the easygoing funny friends relationship it starts with and how it grows to hot hot hot.
Erin Mallon and SebYo do an amazing job bringing the characters to life and I will be highly recommending this book!

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  • Kimberley
  • 12-17-19

Adorable rock star romance!

I really enjoyed this low angst/drama rock star romance. Erin Mallon & Sebastian York’s narration was stellar, as always!