Review: Before He Was Famous by Becky Wicks

Posted 22 July, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Before He Was Famous by Becky WicksBefore He Was Famous by Becky Wicks
Series: Starstruck #1
Publisher: Self Published on May 29, 2014
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 300
Reading Challenges: 2014 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge
One guy, one girl. One in the spotlight. One in the shadows.

Falling in love with your best friend isn’t always a great idea, especially when he’s Noah Lockton - the sexiest, most famous new talent on the planet. When 21-year-old small-town photographer Chloe Campbell is offered the chance of a lifetime – to join her celebrity childhood friend Noah on tour as an exclusive blogger for a New York magazine – she’s certain both have put what happened four years ago behind them. But his eyes still burn; his voice is still a jackhammer to her heartstrings; all his songs are about her. Is it possible that that night still haunts them both?

The music industry is a machine, spinning hype and rumors as much as his records. It’s not just Noah’s girlfriends who’ve got it in for Chloe (there’s no stopping the Twitter-obsessed, cat-loving pop-star Courtney Lentini for starters). Pretty soon, the jealousy and media frenzy surrounding these so-called-friends takes a life-changing turn and it seems making love means making enemies at every turn. When tragedy threatens to pull the final curtain on their relationship, both Chloe and Noah must make a choice. As much as this world leaves them starstruck, is living their dream really worth living without each other?

A story of lifelong friendships, love and hope, set in a world of celebrity, fame and social media gone very, very wrong.
From International Bestselling HarperCollins Author, Becky Wicks, comes a new adult romance that will leave you starstruck.

Here Are My Thoughts

Why I Picked It Up

By now you can deduce that I am interested in any book that involves musicians. So of course I had to pick this one up, especially considering the fact that it hinted at a best friends romance.


It was that and more. The story of Chloe and Noah was complicated to say the least and it hooked me in. Seeing their struggles, seeing the two of them fighting their attraction, and trying to live life in the spotlight kept me engaged from the very beginning.

Leading Lady

“My fingers twist in his curly hair. Noah Lockton scares me without even knowing it. It started when I was eleven, up in the tree house when he dangled that stupid strawberry lace in my face and snuck up on me until his actual lips were on mine and all the breath was leaving my body.”

Chloe was a great character. She cared for Noah. She was excited to get a new start. She was happy and determined. On the other hand, she had a backbone and didn’t take crap from anyone, especially her ex or Noah’s ex.

Leading Male

“All my senses are alive when she’s hurt, or sad, or angry. They always have been. Jack says we fused together with the sun and the moon when we watched the eclipse one night through her dad’s telescope; bundled up in blankets, eating s’mores, Prairie Dog sleeping beside us. I don’t know where he got the idea, but Jack was older and smarter. Before we even knew what an eclipse was, he’d told us he could magically black out the moon. It happened, so I believed him about the fusion, too. Chloe was my shadow, even before the Peter Pan thing. Or maybe she was my sun.”

Noah was sweet, talented, and humble which you don’t find in many of the musician characters in novels nowadays. I absolutely fell in love with him and his charms.


“In that moment he was everything I had and could never lose; my sun, my moon, my star, a rock, a chest in which I could store every single secret and trust implicitly with the key.”

I liked the way that Wicks evolved this plot. I loved seeing a bit of the back-story of the two characters, both individually and together. It really gave their relationship depth. Their relationship was fun with, of course, some drama. I loved the tension between the two of them for the first half of the novel. I enjoyed how their relationship grew more and more. And of course, I adored the fact that they were friends first and foremost. They were perfect for each other and complimented each other very well. I hope we see some of them in the companion novel.


Overall, Before He Was Famous was a great book about friends to lovers with a dash of famous musician: the perfect recipe for a great book.

4 Stars
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About Becky Wicks

Becky Wicks Author Photo

Becky Wicks is a HarperCollins author going indie!

Before He was Famous is her new adult epic romance about a guy and a girl’s struggle to handle the fame he finds through winning a TV talent show. There’s plenty of steamy sex and suspense in there, (ah, the thrills of when best friends become lovers) and she’s releasing a fantasy romance soon, too.

Becky Wicks has also written three funny travel books about her time in Dubai, Bali and South America (HarperCollins). Her first book, Burqalicious – The Dubai Diaries, her second book, Balilicious – The Bali Diaries and her third, Latinalicious -The South America Diaries are out now as ebooks – snap them up and make your feet even itchier!

Becky has also written a comedy romance with author Sarah Alderson under the name Lola Salt, called The Extraordinary Life of Lara Craft (not Croft) which should raise a giggle or two… think Bridget Jones if Jackie Collins had written it!


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