18 Nov 2017

Review: Acting On Impulse


★★☆☆☆

From Goodreads:
She's camera shy. He's a big star. Is love worth the limelight?
Thirteen years ago, Chris McPherson drunkenly declared his love for Joy Albright … right in front of her husband. Though her angry rejection still stings, Chris, now a successful Hollywood actor, has never forgotten his feelings for her. When he returns to Silverweed Falls to direct a summer Shakespeare play, he is thrilled—and a little apprehensive—to learn that Joy will be managing the play.
One year ago, Joy Albright’s marriage imploded in a public scandal when her husband was caught by the press with another woman. All she wants now is to avoid the limelight, but she can’t refuse the request of a dying friend to help save the local theatre group.
Reunited, sparks fly. Joy is desperate to avoid more gossip. Chris comes trailed by the tabloids. But neither of them can deny the temptation to act on their impulses.
 

I don't know what to say, on one hand, it was an okay read, and on the other hand there was nothing to it. The story begins thirteen years prior, where the reader gets to know what happened between Chris and Joy. After that, the story continues forward focusing more on the upcoming play and less in the relationship between the two main characters. The reader gets a few glimpses of the relationship here and there but the main focus is totally elsewhere. To me, it felt like that the story couldn't focus on both the play and the relationship at the same time, it was an either-or-situation.


What comes to the characters, their stories add up and they are well written when thought as individuals. When placed in the same scene the interaction sometimes comes off a bit stiff. And some of the stiffness is probably intended but most of it just stood out too much to be there for reason. Putting the stiffness aside, the characters were funny and complimented the story to a great extent.

This was quite fast to read even though the book is almost three hundred pages long and the plot moves with an even pace. Unfortunately, to me, some chapters acted more as fillers to lengthen the book and not as ways to deliver more information about the situation or to give the plot a shove forward.

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