The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes: A story of love, loss, and rock-and-roll (The Lillys) (Paperback)
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A Star is Born meets Daisy Jones and the Six by way of Colleen Hoover in this unique story following an all-female band on the brink of breaking out. This diverse cast of characters play hard and love harder...no matter the ultimate price.
"Sharp, propulsive, and sexy. Once I started, I couldn't put it down. Antonia and Seb are imprinted in my book-loving heart. I genuinely, truly, relished this book."—CHRISTINA LAUREN, NYT and #1 International Bestselling Author
Growing up in dive bars up and down the East Coast, Toni Bennette's guitar was her only companion...until she met Sebastian Quick. Seb was a little older, a lot wiser, and before long he was Toni's way out, promising they'd escape their stifling small town together. Then Seb turned eighteen and split without looking back.
Now, Toni's all grown up and making a name for herself in Philadelphia's indie scene. When a friend suggests she try out for a hot new up-and-coming band, Toni decides to take a chance. Strong, feminist, and fierce as fire, Toni B. and the Lillys are the perfect match...except Seb's now moonlighting as their manager. Whatever. Toni can handle it. No problem. Or it wouldn't be if Seb didn't still hold a piece of her heart...not to mention the key to her future.
"Fans of Daisy Jones & the Six will enjoy this rich, romantic novel."—Booklist
Xio grew up in the music industry and began recording at a young age. When she isn't writing stories, she can be found in the studio, writing songs, or performing on international stages (under a different, not-so-secret name).
She lives in Philadelphia with one full-time husband and several part-time cats. She occasionally writes erotica under the name Xio Nin. Find her at www.xioaxelrod.com.
"Fans of Daisy Jones & the Six will enjoy this rich, romantic novel." — Booklist
"Written with an expertise in—and deep reverence for—the music industry, The Girl With Stars in Her Eyes is a brilliant standout. Axelrod's writing sings sweetly, transporting the reader to gritty clubs and brightly lit stages, making us feel the buzz of Toni's burgeoning stardom even amidst the tangle of her heartache. Sharp, propulsive, and sexy. Once I started, I couldn't put it down. Antonia and Seb are imprinted in my book-loving heart. I genuinely, truly, relished this book." — Christina Lauren, NYT and #1 International Bestselling Author
"Xio Axelrod has quickly become one of my go to authors, and The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes a favorite of 2021!" — Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 NYT Bestselling Author
"Xio Axelrod's writing is like music—sensual, sweet, and utterly powerful. With captivating connections, swoony scenes, and characters so vivid you'll swear they're real, you'll be putting Xio's stories on repeat." — Sierra Simone, USA Today Bestselling Author
"You will lose sleep and fall in love with a book you never knew you needed. The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes is a stunning and magical novel full of swoon-worthy, complex, and deserving characters who I need in my life. Xio has found a fangirl in me and I bow in her greatness!" — Carrie Ann Ryan, NYT Bestselling Author
"I devoured The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes! It's so incredibly good! Axelrod's richly complex characters and her authentic world of up-and-coming musicians deliver a truly captivating read. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Xio Axelrod is an auto-buy for me!" — Karen Rose, #1 Internationally Bestselling Author
"Written with an easy grace and vivid style... I was fascinated with the music scene, something I know nothing about, but which was brought to bright life in this engaging, vivid page-turner." — Kristan Higgins, NYT Bestselling Author
"Xio Axelrod writes compelling, emotional stories that keep me engaged to the very last page. Simply put, her books rock!" — Jennifer Probst, NYT Bestselling Author
"Delightful...This is a gift for music lovers." — Publishers Weekly
"A sweet story of found family and the power of music." — Kirkus Reviews
"Xio Axelrod has a wonderfully poetic way with words. In the Girl with Stars in Her Eyes, Xio weaves a lush, evocative rock star fairytale full of emotion and heart." — Kristen Callihan, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author
"Xio Axelrod hits it out of the park! Toni Bennette is the rock star heroine we need right now. You'll be yelling encore at the end of The Girl With The Stars In her Eyes." — Kwana Jackson, USA Today Bestselling Author
"Xio Axelrod consistently delivers the kind of story that will make your heart sing." — Farrah Rochon, USA Today Bestselling author of The Boyfriend Project
"Wonderfully fresh and original! This book will pluck your heartstrings with an aching riff." — Sarina Bowen, USA Today bestselling author of Lies & Lullabies