America's Sweetheart


Series Info

  • Book 5 (standalone)
  • Featuring Jackson Burke & Allison Murphy

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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.

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. . . .



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

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



Dear Reader,

Raise your hand if you love a reunion story. 🙋🏼‍♀️

You can probably tell (from plenty of evidence in my book backlist) that I love the heck out of a reunited lovers story. America's Sweetheart allowed me to do the whole college-sweetheart thing but with a fun element that us authors are sometimes discouraged from exploring. HOLLYWOOD. 

Allison Murphy is an Emmy-award winning actor. Ten years ago she landed a walk-on role on a show called America's Sweetheart that turned into the biggest role of her life. Now that the show is over she's looking for her next Tinseltown gig, but there's quite the scandal surrounding her. Namely: A v. famous person's missing Oscar. Missing because Allison "allegedly" stole it. GASP! Not only has Hollywood turned on her, but so has her Oscar-winning boyfriend, who just publicly dumped her on TMZ. Yowch.

Now Allison is back home but her parents aren't. They're celebrating an anniversary out of the country. But guess who's been hired to remodel their bedroom and redo the deck while they're away? None other than Jackson Burke, Allison's first love, first kiss... first everything. Throw in a bit of paparazzi naming Jax & Allie the new "it" couple and plenty of run-ins at the Murphy homestead and what you have is a reunion story that feels like going back in time to when Jax and Allie were head-over-heels, knock-down, drag-out in love with each other.

There's only one question... will they last?

I hope you love Allie's and Jackson's story as much as I enjoyed writing it. It was pure fun to be in a celebrity's head and write a hero who was so brokenhearted by Allie he was afraid to open up again.

Happy reading!




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