Vision boards and positivity were great, except when you’re late for a big audition and the director was literally the worst.
Oh, Jagger Hartley was young, talented, exceptionally good-looking with a famous last name, but that’s about all he had going for him.
If only he’d known Belle Mathews wasn’t the kind of woman who’d take no for an answer, and she was going to finish her audition even if she had to take him hostage.
Which she kinda did . . . oops!
But even a hijacked meeting under duress couldn’t overshadow how gifted Belle was—a born star who belonged on stage.
Pity he was crazy attracted to both her undeniable beauty and her generous heart.
So he was either going to be her biggest break, or she was going to his.
Life’s A Stage!
There are some books that you just know are going to be good. Whether it's the author, the trope, the genre or a combination of all three, like this one. This is a complete standalone novel, but it is the second book in a series. Do you need to read the first? No, it won't impact on your experience with this book, but you'll be missing out on another fabulous story. If you have read the first - My Greatest Mistake / Zara and Lincoln - you'll be happy to know that this tale features her sister Belle and a Broadway director Jagger Hartley.
I use reading as an escapism; I want to be uplifted, walk away with the biggest smile and feel like all is right in the romance world. This book did that for me. I know I am reading fiction, but the story played out in a genuine way and I connected with the characters like old friends. Belle Mathews is a young stage actress who is looking to find her biggest break, and she feels that could be with the new Jagger Hartley play. She's off to a rough start from the audition, and things go from bad to worse in minutes. She is one of the most sassy, cheeky characters with hilarious comebacks, including the banter between her and Jagger. He is grumpy to her sunshine and he starts to see she is the real deal, on and off the stage. Their infatuation is instant but both fight it for a few reasons, that you need to read for yourself. The thing that I am most appreciative in my reading lately, is that authors are now articulating the importance of a partnership in every aspect of the relationship. Not only the intimacy scenes, but needing to compromise to make it work and it's not one sided. Also apologising for any wrong doing is done without any added drama and no grudges are being held. This to me is key, it's being a mature adult with class.
I see there will be at least one more book in this series, which is Hayley, best friend of Belle. I also have my fingers crossed that Nate gets his own book or novella, so we know he gets a HEA too. If you haven't read anything from this author, jump in with this series, its a brilliant one.