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Peek Inside Beyond the Stars

College-student Jessica Beckett should be spending her junior year in France, eating pastries and sharpening her foreign language skills, but instead she’s stuck babysitting Jack McAlister, Hollywood’s hottest heartthrob. He’s private, prickly, condescending—and makes it very clear he doesn’t want a personal assistant. Sparks fly as they push each other’s buttons, and soon Jessica is wondering if a sexy, successful guy like Jack could ever find love with a regular girl like her.

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Falling for him wasn’t in the plans…

Most girls would kill for the opportunity to work for Jack McAlister, Hollywood’s hottest actor, but twenty-one-year-old Jessica Beckett is ready to kick him out of her red Ford Fiesta and never look back. She should be spending her junior year in France, eating pastries and sharpening her foreign language skills. Instead she’s reluctantly working as Jack’s personal assistant, thanks to her powerhouse talent agent aunt.

Jack is private, prickly, and downright condescending. Jessica pushes his buttons—she’s not the type of girl to swoon over celebrity heartthrobs, precisely why her aunt thought she’d be perfect for the job—and Jack pushes right back.

But as she begins to peel away his layers, Jessica is shocked to find she craves her boss’s easy smile and sexy blue eyes. The problem is, so does the entire female population. And what started out as the job from hell soon has Jess wondering if a guy like Jack could ever find love with a regular girl like her.


"Fun and flirty, with plenty of heart-squeeze moments, Beyond the Stars is a delightful modern fairy tale. You won't be able to stop from smiling. -- Lauren Layne, USA Today Bestselling Author

"Stacy Wise is a fresh new voice in new adult fiction. Sweet, sexy, and absolutely swoonworthy, Beyond the Stars will leave you smiling long after Jess and Jack's story ends!"
-- A.J.Pine, author of If Only, What If, I Do, One Night, One Life

"BEYOND THE STARS was an amazingly beautiful and funny and cute Hollywood Romance! You need to one-click yourselves some Jack McAlister asap!!!" -- Bianca BJ's Book Blog

"Fun, sweet, and chock full of tension. Beyond the Stars is the ultimate movie star fairytale." -- Three Little Birds Book Blog

"I'll definitely be picking this book up again and honestly, anything else by Stacy Wise." -- Little Miss Bookmark

"For her first novel, Stacy Wise sure got it right! I will definitely be adding her to my list of authors that I love! I can't wait to see what she writes next!" -- Taylor W. @ Goodreads

"Wise has a fun approach to this genre, complete with humorous anecdotes, lovable characters and some steamy encounters." -- LitBuzz

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633755123
Release Date: Feb 8, 2016
Page Count: 342
Imprint: embrace
Genre: contemporary, new adult
Tropes: boss and employee, friends to lovers

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Jessica wanted to be in Paris now - going to college …
But she got sick and couldn’t fly, so, what is she doing? She’s accepted a job her Hollywood agent aunt offered her: be the personal assistant to one of her clients. She secretly hopes for someone along the lines of Martha Stewart - she’d love t ...more

By February 01, 2016

4 "Reading People Magazine like it's Shakespeare and loving it" STARS!

**Review also posted on the blog **

ARC via NetGalley - Thank you, Entangled!!!

Guess what? I devoured my first book in 2016!!! Yay!!!!! *happy dances*

I couldn't have asked for a better, funnier and more romantic story to read on my ...more

By Julie January 21, 2016


This is the first book by Stacy Wise and it will not be the last that I read by her. Gosh ... I just loved this book! I sat down to start reading it when my boys got off to school this morning and I was finished with it before they got home. Read in just one sitting! That doesn't happen very often b ...more

By Kristen January 07, 2016

Funny and romantic story that will keep you engaged from the first page to the last! I loved the main characters, Jessica and Jack. You can't help but laugh, cry, and fall in love with them. Definitely recommend!!!

*I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review ...more

By Chris February 03, 2016

I love picking up these great ebooks of sweet romance stories for review and to enjoy in my down time. This new release by Stacy Wise is a perfect example of a delightful read that was thoroughly entertaining.

I love the fact that the female lead, Jessica, is not the type of girl who falls all over a ...more

By Heather December 30, 2015

I don't think Jack appreciates people, especially other men eating the treats Jess makes, "as if on cue, a sweaty Jack steps over, breathing hard. “Dude. This is your idea of training me? Hanging out eating a…” He looks at the cupcake in Shawn’s hand. “You’re eating a effing cupcake?” I liked this b ...more

By Taylor February 08, 2016

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I really, really enjoyed this book! I instantly connected with the story line, and loved the quirky little tid bits and descriptions thrown in there! Jack was such an easy character for me to love, even though I thought he was a total jerk at first! ...more

By Amber (The Book Bratz) January 08, 2016

The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz

I haven't read any New Adult books in a while, and this one seemed interesting enough. With how things were going at the point that I read this book (I read it on 1/7/16) I hadn't been in much of a reading mood and I was hoping that Beyond the St ...more

By Fizza February 03, 2016

This book is brilliant! It's funny, romantic and very entertaining. I loved it and enjoyed reading it a lot. There wasn't a single boring moment, mesmerizing read from the very beginning until the end. Also loved both Jack and Jess. Their chemistry is just perfect, it's a well-written story with awe ...more

By Aneesa June 29, 2016

This another Chick Lit I am loving this month! And the cover is so beautiful, after seeing the cover I knew I had to buy the book and now I cannot stop staring at it.

Jess is assigned as Jack's PA instead of going to France to fulfil her dreams, she becomes sick and her world is turned upside down. E ...more

By The LitBuzz January 02, 2016

Real Romance in Hollywood?

If you read Stacy Wise's Beyond the Stars, you might actually start believing in it.

It started with a girl, a boy and a pig.

Interested yet?

I wasn't sure if this was of real interest to me when I received the ARC for this book. Unfortunately, my recent experiences with NA Co ...more

By Melissa January 31, 2016

Beyond the Stars was such a fun and lighthearted New Adult Contemporary romance! I'm a sucker for an enemies to lovers story, and this one was just so entertaining. Some of the situations that the heroine, Jessica finds herself in had me laughing out loud. It was a really fast read, and I devoured i ...more

By Alison February 03, 2017

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

I had no preconceptions about this book and it perfectly suited that tired, "OMG Christmas is over, I'm depressed" feeling.

Jessica Beckett was supposed to go to France for a year but got sick and had ...more

By Eva January 31, 2016

Jessica Beckett is the exception to the rule that most girls dream of meeting Hollywood heartthrobs, she would rather stay far away so she reluctantly becomes the personal assistant to the hot Jack McAllister in this riveting romance.

Jack is private, prickly and downright condescending and the reade ...more

By Katrina January 07, 2016

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Gotta love a book that pulls you in from the very first words written in the beginning chapter. Loved. This. Book. I’m not one for spilling the deets on a book so no finding spoilers here. Beyond the Stars by Stacy Wise is a delightful read that ...more

By Michelle March 31, 2016

**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**

Beyond the Stars is a new adult contemporary romance from Entagled Embrace and debut author Stacy Wise. I think Embrace might be my very favorite imprint line from Entangled. All of their books just make me feel all the w ...more

By Suze December 26, 2016

Jack McAlister is a big Hollywood star. He needs an assistant and Jessica's aunt, who is his agent, thinks she's the perfect candidate for the job. Jessica was supposed to go to France to study there for a year, but her wonderful plans fell through. Unfortunately she also couldn't sign up for any cl ...more

By Christine May 01, 2016

"Since we’ve met, I’ve laughed more than I have in years. When you walk away, five seconds go by and I miss you. I tried convincing myself that I’d get over these feelings. I tried so fucking hard. But you walk into the room and my world lights up like a fireworks show."


Even if I probably read ...more

By Allison March 14, 2016

I must really like Stacy Wise's writing style because the thing that I liked the least about this book was when the two main characters actually got together. Wise sets up a super cute friendship and working relationship that I didn't want to end. Sure, there was a ton of tension and you could tell ...more

By Jenn February 27, 2016

Super sweet romance. I really enjoyed it. ...more

By Tara November 29, 2018

Originally published on Slow Readers Blog

4.5 Stars!

Fun, sweet, and chock full of tension. Beyond the Stars is the ultimate movie star fairytale.

To me, the Movie Star and the Normal Girl is one of the ultimate Cinderella stories. We all dreamt of falling in love with a movie star at some point as a l ...more

By Sara January 12, 2016

Jessica Beckett was all set to study abroad in France when she came down with mono. She was hospitalized, and her doctor advised her parents to keep her home, thereby crushing her dreams. She wasn't enrolled in classes at home, so she's stuck with an inadvertent gap year and in desperate need of a j ...more

By savannah June 13, 2016

Beyond the Stars is about a twenty-one year old girl named Jessica that has been given the job of being Jack McAlister's personal assistant. Jack is Hollywood's hottest actor and girls all over the word would do anything they could to get this job, besides Jessica. What the fans don't know ...more

By Kelly January 18, 2016

4 of 5

ARC provided for Honest Review through NetGalley

Jack McAlister is Hollywood’s hottest actor. He is quiet, arrogant and demanding. Jessica Beckett is now his personal assistant, thanks to her talent agent aunt, when she could have been in France for her junior year of college. She is smart, wit ...more

By Elaine February 08, 2016

This is a truly delightful romance, one where love grows rather than the insta-love prevalent in some novels. It was great to read how the couple initially didn’t really gel but that, working together, finding out about each other, their relationship developed, despite their initial apparently diffe ...more

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Stacy Wise

About the author

Stacy Wise

Stacy Wise is the author of Beyond the Stars. She has a B.A. in Communication Studies from UCLA and a Masters in Teaching from Chapman University. She lives in California with her husband and four children. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Stacy worked in television casting on shows including Party of Five, The X Files, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, and Married...With Children. When she's not dreaming up stories, you can find her beating up the bag at her kickboxing gym, or walking her dogs, Bailey and Rex. Twitter link: Facebook link: Instagram link:

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