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America's Sweetheart

A Novel

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Old flames burn bright. When a disgraced starlet returns home to lick her wounds, she discovers that her high school sweetheart is just as tempting as ever.

“No one writes big-hearted bad boys like Jessica Lemmon!”—New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster

Allison: When I left for California, I gave myself a new name and never looked back. Now my carefully crafted good-girl image is getting torn to shreds in the press thanks to my Oscar-winning A-hole of an ex-boyfriend. So I escape to the only safe haven I know and trust—my hometown—to take a breather while I plot my triumphant Hollywood comeback. However, when I arrive at my parents’ house, Jackson Burke answers the door instead. And suddenly the past comes rushing back. . . .

Jackson: First kiss. First time. First love. Yep, Allison Murphy and I shared a lot of firsts back in the day. When she left, she took half my heart with her. Now she’s back in town, and even though I swore I’d keep my distance, her parents hired me to remodel their house, and I’m going to finish the job. But one hot kiss later, suddenly the press is calling us the next big celebrity couple. Sure, I’ll play the part, for Allison’s sake—but I refuse to let her close enough to break my heart all over again. . . .

Praise for America’s Sweetheart

“Excellent contemporary romance—a second-chance love story that skillfully blends lighthearted sweetness and gut-wrenching emotion.”New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne

“From Hollywood to the heartland, this sexy, poignant romance from Jessica Lemmon proves that you can go home again and rekindle your first love.”—Kate Meader, USA Today bestselling author of the Laws of Attraction series

America’s Sweetheart is the perfect second-chance reunion! A dynamic combination of sweet and sexy.”USA Today bestselling author Jules Bennett

“True love and steamy seduction, with a healthy dose of destiny, make this latest entry a success.”—Library X-Press (starred review)

Look for Jessica Lemmon’s standalone romances with heartfelt HEAs:


This ebook includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Customer Reviews


It pains me to write that this was only a 3 star review for me. I have loved every book I’ve read of Jessica Lemmon before. Granted, she is fairly new to me and I have not read all of her work. However, I’ve read more than 3 of her titles now so I was super excited to read this. Sadly, this one just fell flat for me. I didn’t connect with the characters. I didn’t feel the chemistry between them. Things felt forced to me. I wish I could say I liked this more than I did but I can’t.

I will still find more of her older work and look forward to her new stuff as well. This may have just been a fluke for me.

Second Chance Love

As high school sweethearts, Allison and Jackson had the world at their feet. After graduating high school, they ventured on to college where they both studied business. While Jackson worked hard to earn a degree so he could one day venture out on his own, Allison was not satisfied. Allison was always the more artistic of the two and had dreams of "making it big" in Hollywood. When Allison's aunt offers her the opportunity of a summer internship, she jumps at it! She and Jackson know this could be her big break. Not wanting to lose Allison but not wanting to hold her back, Jackson encourages Allison to take the internship. They decide to try a long distance relationship...

After ten years of avoiding every gossip magazine featuring the love of his life, Jackson has a surprise guest at his remodel job. America's Sweetheart is making headlines and not in the good way! So Allison, aka Nina, escapes to her childhood home. Upon entering her parents house, she's surprised to find Jackson. No longer friends, they make a pact to be "friendly". But one kiss leads to another...

While I truly enjoyed this novel, I found myself wanting to smack Allison upside the head! She comes home and acts like what you'd imagine a spoiled actress to act like. I was glad to see her slowly transform and relearn to appreciate her blessings. Jackson was kind, patient, and an extremely good listener (influence) on Allison. Overall, it was a light, easy, and enjoyable read. I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.

3.5 Stars

Allison and Jackson were high school sweethearts but their relationship fell apart when she moved to Hollywood to become a star. Now Allison is back home after a scandal has made her the most hated woman in Hollywood.

I love second chance romance and I really loved Rumor Has It, Real Love #4, but there was just something about this book that I didn't love. I can't quite put my finger on it. I'm glad Jackson got his own story and I did enjoy reading this book.

*This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*

America's Sweetheart
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Published: Oct 02, 2018
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 320 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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