The astronaut and the star

Jen Comfort

Book - 2022

An out-of-this-world romantic comedy featuring an astronaut tasked with training a Hollywood actor for a space flick.

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Genres
Romance fiction
Published
Seattle : Montlake 2022.
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume
ISBN
9781542032605
1542032601
Main Author
Jen Comfort (author)
Review by Library Journal Reviews

DEBUT Astronaut Regina "Reggie" Hayes has her eyes set on the stars. The real stars, not the ones like Hollywood actor Jon Leo. In a PR stunt, Reggie is hired to train Jon ahead of his upcoming major film set in space. Despite her best efforts, ice-cold Reggie finds herself melting for the space nerd who's underneath Jon's brawn, good looks, and Hollywood persona. Reggie and Jon give in to their feelings when they're sent to live alone in close quarters at NASA's moon mission facility. With Reggie's devotion to reaching the moon, and Jon's imminent launch to superstardom, can their relationship withstand real-world pressures once their training mission is over? A subplot featuring a main character's diagnosis of ADHD is deftly explored and interwoven with the romance arc. VERDICT A stellar debut full of horny heart and humor. Perfect for patrons who loved Rosie Danan's The Roommate.—Elizabeth Gabriel, Milwaukee P.L. Copyright 2021 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

The fun, original premise of Comfort's debut—which pairs a NASA scientist with an up-and-coming film star—will draw readers in, but it takes some time to warm to the hard-edged heroine. Determined astronaut Regina "Reggie" Hayes has worked hard to be the first woman on the moon, but a disastrous media interview removes her from the short list of candidates for the upcoming mission. In hopes of rebuilding her reputation and proving herself a team player, she volunteers to train actor Jon Leo for his role in a space movie. A bit clumsy and, at first glance, not the brightest bulb, Jon is a cheerful puppy dog of a hero. His sunny disposition slowly grows on icy Reggie as they spend time together in a simulation moon base. Jon isn't put off by Reggie's cruel barbs—though some readers will be—and finds her intelligence and ambition highly attractive. Indeed, it's refreshing that Reggie is the more professionally successful person in their relationship. Much needed backstory and character growth comes in the final quarter as the arrival of Reggie and Jon's families offer a better understanding of what shaped them, making their romance more believable. This will win over readers who stick with it. (Mar.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Regina 'Reggie' Hayes wants to be the first woman on the moon...But after a PR disaster, Reggie is off the list for a lunar mission. To rehabilitate her reputation...she agrees to a different kind of assignment: astronaut 'training' with a Hollywood action hero. Jon Leo is a charmer...He's pumped about his own personal space camp...until he meets ice-cold Reggie. Although Reggie and Jon are polar opposites, their mutual attraction is undeniable, and it only takes a few weeks in close quarters for them to give in to its magnetic force"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

An out-of-this-world romantic comedy featuring an astronaut tasked with training a Hollywood actor for a space flick.Astronaut Regina “Reggie” Hayes wants to be the first woman on the moon—it’s all she’s ever dreamed of. But after a PR disaster, Reggie is off the list for a lunar mission. To rehabilitate her reputation with NASA, she agrees to a different kind of assignment: astronaut “training” with a Hollywood action hero.Jon Leo is a charmer. With credits that include an underperforming sitcom and a campy action flick called Space Dude, his upcoming role in a prestigious movie could prove he’s a star. But Jon isn’t just big muscles and an otherworldly smile—he’s also a total space nerd. He’s pumped about his own personal space camp…until he meets ice-cold Reggie.Although Reggie and Jon are polar opposites, their mutual attraction is undeniable, and it only takes a few weeks in close quarters for them to give in to its magnetic force. Jon is set on convincing Reggie this is a match made in the heavens, but her future is in space, and his is among stars of the Hollywood kind. The odds of successfully launching a real relationship outside the confines of the training base are anything but optimal.Reggie, content with keeping things casual, is forced by a sudden turn of events to confront the possibility of losing Jon forever. Now, she’ll do whatever it takes to win both the man and the moon.