Book Review: 'How Not to be Starstruck' by Portia MacIntosh

by - March 18, 2014


Nicole Wilde’s life is one of sell-out gigs, bunking on tour buses, trashing hotels and partying with the band all night long. But she’s not in the band. She is a music journalist, paid to be the world’s greatest groupie– and she loves it!

Nicole has the party lifestyle – and the hangovers to prove it – but no one stops her in the supermarket on a bad hair day. Until she is papped in an incriminating position with recently married mega-star Dylan King of The Burnouts and the tabloids start hounding her. This isn’t so fun. Especially when her make-up is a mess and she hasn’t yet had a chance to clean her teeth.

Dylan accuses her of ruining his marriage. His handsome PR agent, Charles, calls her a tart. She has to take gorgeous Luke from Two For the Road to hospital after a drug incident. And she’s dropped her mobile phone in the bath! Too much celebrity lifestyle for one week? Time to slow down and take stock? Maybe for somebody else. But Nicole Wilde is going to come out fighting!


Once again Portia MacIntosh has produced a gorgeous novel - it is fun, sexy and exciting, filled with 'lol' moments!

I really enjoyed Portia's novella Between a Rockstar and a Hard Place, and it was great to get another taste of the characters. The protagonist, Nicole, is a care-free character who likes to party and have fun, and is definitely not ready to settle down into a more 'normal' life. I really admire Nicole's ability to just go with the flow, and take life as it comes. It is really intriguing reading about this lifestyle that to most seems unbelievable and far from reach.

The roller coaster of love interests definitely aids in keeping the intrigue at a high and makes for a brilliant page-turner. I'm partial to a musician so definitely enjoyed the array of gorgeous guys featuring in Portia's story. How Not to be Starstruck is a really easy read with lots of outrageous adventures that sometimes make it hard to believe it's based on real life events.

I used to love going to gigs with my friends, so it is really interesting to see the "backstage" life of the bands and what crazy things go on. Portia's style of writing is very familiar which I love as it makes you feel as though you are chatting with a friend. Nicole is a really easy character to connect to and I love her little quips and sarcastic comments. 

A brilliant story full of fun, gorgeous rockstars, big egos and great friendships.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about bad boy musicians and complicated love lives!

I am definitely a fan of Portia's writing and look forward to more books from her in the future (wink wink nudge nudge!!).

About the Author

When she was fifteen-years-old, Portia MacIntosh fell in with a bad crowd… rockstars.
After disappearing on tour and living the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle for a few years, Portia landed a job in the music industry – but only so that she didn’t have to join the real world just yet.

Now in her twenties, Portia is ready to spill the beans on the things she has witnessed over the years. Well, kind of. If her famous friends knew that she was borrowing their lives to inspire her fiction, they would stop inviting her on tour and banish her from the inner circle. Then she really would have to rejoin the real world, and she’s still not ready.

Portia only started writing novels to share her secrets, but then she realised she actually quite liked writing – maybe even more than she likes living on a bus with a bunch of smelly boys – and has since tried her hand at writing about other things.

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