Review of Tamara Carlisle’s…Away From the Spotlight

Today, in partnership with Goddess Fish Promotions, I am giving a review of Away From the Spotlight by Tamara Carlisle.  After you have read my review, be sure to read the blurb and excerpt from this wonderfully romantic story. Carlisle is giving away  $25 Amazon Gift Card to a randomly selected commenter during this REVIEW TOUR.  Please checkout the list of other stops on this Review Tour, so you can leave more comments to increase your chances of being a winner.

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Away From the Spotlight by Tamara Carlisle is the love story of a man and woman who are destined for one another.   It’s love at first sight when Shannon, an ambitious, hard-working law student, happens to meet Will, tall, dark and gorgeous, while out  one evening with her best friend.   Shannon finds out quite by accident that the man she has fallen for is in reality a celebrity in the film industry.   This revelation makes her only question more how Will could love someone as “ordinary” as herself when he is surrounded by gorgeous women due to his career.   Will must convince her he only has eyes for her because she fell for him, and not his celebrity status.  He is very diligent in efforts to shield Shannon from the chaotic life facing celebrities, but it can’t last forever.   Will their love be strong enough to keep them together through long distance separations and paparazzi stalkers?

The chemistry between the two is tangible, and Carlisle captures that “crazy in-love feeling” on paper, sweeping the reader up in the romance of it all.  Shannon and Will are strong, realistic characters that are believable in their reactions to the various situations they are put in due to each other’s career.  This story will keep you rooting for these two to make it in spite of the obstacles they face as a couple.  Do not think this is a “run of the mill” romance.  Carlisle has written twists and turns into this plot that will keep you turning pages until you reach the last word.  I would recommend this book to anyone looking for something fresh in the romance genre.  Carlisle takes chances with her characters,nd comes out a winner!

Away From the Spotlight

by Tamara Carlisle


In the closing weeks of law school, Shannon Sutherland meets handsome and charming Englishman Will MacKenzie. Initially swept off her feet, Shannon finds that Will has a secret that, once discovered and the consequences realized, could destroy their fledgling relationship. Will and Shannon take great pains to have a normal relationship but, ultimately, find it impossible to do so. Will the pressures of their careers and the temptations of others drive Will and Shannon apart? Can Will and Shannon live a happy life away from the spotlight?


“I met someone.  His name is Will.  He’s English, I think.”

“That would be different for you.”

She wasn’t wrong.  I had very casually dated a number of men I had met in the various pubs in Santa Monica.  They were from all over Europe, but not one of them had been English for some reason.  There were Scottish, Irish and Welsh men among them, but never English.  I had commented on occasion on the fact that I never seemed to meet English men at the English pubs I frequented.

“I’m going to see him again tomorrow night.”

“What’s he like?”

“Drop-dead gorgeous, smart, funny and with excellent taste in music.  Just my type.  Well, better than my type, actually.  It’s hard to believe someone that perfect has any interest in me.”

Please” Rachael said.  “You get hit on every time we go out.”

“That’s overstating things quite a bit.”

“You seem oblivious to it half the time.”

I guess I did ignore some of it.  When you spend time as part of a female minority in bars full of drunk men, it was hard not to think that some of them would have hit on me for no other reason than that I was female, regardless of how I acted, what I said, or what I looked like.  I therefore learned that getting hit on wasn’t necessarily a compliment and, the later it happened in the evening, the less of a compliment it was.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Tamara Carlisle is a former attorney and business consultant.  Away from the Spotlight is her first published work of fiction.  She currently is working on two additional novels:  one is about love in the music industry and the other is a work of paranormal fiction.  Tamara currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her British husband and daughter.  For further information, go to




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Tamara’s Goodreads Author Page also includes a blog detailing trivia relating to Away from the Spotlight.

Tamara Carlisle’s Review Tour Destinations:

January 7:  DanaSquare
January 8:  SnifferWalk
January 8:  STOP 2  Harlie’s Book Blog
January 9:  Maggie’s Meanderings
January 10:  My Reading Obsession
January 10: STOP 2 Journey with Books
January 11:  The Bunny’s Review
January 14:  Kate Patrick…unlock your fantasies
January 15:  My Devotional Thoughts
January 16:  Wicked Readings By Tawania
January 17:  The Brunette Librarian



17 thoughts on “Review of Tamara Carlisle’s…Away From the Spotlight

  1. Good morning! Thank you so much, Kate, for hosting me today and for your wonderful review of “Away from the Spotlight..” I am so happy that you liked my story! I look forward to checking in and chatting throughout the week.

    • I am so happy to do it. This was truly a good book. I read until 2:00 in the morning, so I could finish it. It was like a mini-vacation across Europe with the descriptions you gave of places they visited. It was a book I couldn’t stop thinking about even after I finished it. Thanks for writing it, so we could all experience it. 🙂

      Kate On Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 8:32 AM, kate patrick

  2. Thank you, dtsinsr, for joining us here today! I’m really glad that you liked the book. Working feverishly to get the next one published! Thank you again, Kate, for hosting me today and for your very nice review. I look forward to continuing to follow your blog! I also am about halfway through “Love Beyond the Curve” and am enjoying it.

  3. Thanks, PC! I appreciate that you joined us here. I’m glad you like Will! I have a thing for Brits – I married one (he’s Scottish though).

  4. Congratulations to Jess1, winner of the $25 Amazon gift card! I am extremely grateful to Kate for hosting me and reviewing my book, and to everyone who joined us here and elsewhere on my tour. Thank you and I hope you’ll keep in touch!

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