May 26, 2014

Take Two Review

Take Two

(Lights, Camera #1)


Laurelin Paige

4.5 Stars!!!

He’s ready for his close up, but she’s the one calling the shots.

On the night of her graduation from film school, straight-laced Maddie Bauers fell completely out of character for an oh-my-god make-out session with a perfect stranger. Complete with the big O.

Seven years later, that romantic interlude is still fresh in her mind. That stranger is now a rich and famous actor. And she’s one very distracted camera assistant working on his latest production. She might consider another tryst…if he even remembers her.

Micah Preston does indeed remember Maddie. Too bad he’s sworn off Hollywood relationships. He allows himself as much sex as he likes—and oh, he does like—but anything more is asking for trouble. For the woman, not for him. Yet knowing Maddie could want more than a movie-set fling doesn’t stop him from pursuing her like a moth drawn to hot stage lights.

But as the shoot nears its end, it’s decision time. Is it time to call, “Cut!” on their affair, or is there enough material for a sequel?

Warning: Contains a dreamy movie star hero, a focus-pulling heroine, off-the-charts instant chemistry, steamy sex in near-public locations, and a new use for lip gloss.

My Thoughts….

“You’re going to break me,” She whispered.
But she was wrong. “You’re the one who’s going to break me.” She would. He knew it now. She was going to break him into so many pieces he wouldn’t be able to recognize himself.
And he was totally looking forward to it.”

I loved this book. I was sucked into the story right from the beginning. Maddie and Micah meet at a party one night and it immediately gets all hot and steamy up against some random wall. Before it can get good they get interrupted and that ends it. Micah chooses his career and deletes her number and that is the end of it for seven years. But even a hot shot actor and a workaholic can’t get that one night out of their heads.

This book was amazing right from the get go. Micah and Maddie’s chemistry is immediate and all consuming. You could feel it through the pages. Until Micah cuts it off. Micah is one of my problems in this book. I mean he pretends to not remember her and then chases her anyway after he admits it. Micah was sort of a dick in the beginning but he definitely won me over. He is slow with admitting his feelings but he definitely hot and he was a nice leading man. He was willing to take care of Maddie he just didn’t want to get his heart broken when it didn’t work out. When he won her back I was totally like…..

Maddie is smart and hardworking. She has had some bad luck in the industry but she still is trying to make it behind the scenes. She was stubborn and sarcastic and I loved it. She knew what she wanted and she wasn’t afraid to tell Micah. She was just afraid to stick around and find out he wouldn’t give it to her. I am really proud that this protagonist wasn’t going to settle for anything she didn’t deserve. She made him rethink his whole thought process before taking him back. I was like… 

The humor in this book was great. I couldn’t stop laughing through a lot of it. I think that the inner monologue that Maddie goes through is the best. That is where a lot of her comedy takes place.

“She was mortified-brushing his penis was bad, staring at his crotch was worse. Complimenting his size? She wanted to crawl into a hole and stay there until the whole damn production wrapped.”

The romance and chemistry was heart stopping. This book was about two people who were meant for each other fight fate because they thought they couldn’t have everything they wanted. You could tell from the beginning that they were going to be it for each other but for them to see it they had to go through some thought changing bumps in the road. The writing and the dialogue between them flowed and kept you engaged through throughout the book. 

The best thing about this story is that it wasn’t like a lot of NA/ contemporary romances out today. There wasn’t someone hell bent on ruining the relationship (other than themselves) and they didn’t have dark or disturbing pasts. Don’t get me wrong I read a lot of those and I love them. This was just something different and I appreciate that.

“It was a new emotion for him-stifling and suffocating and wonderful and freeing all at once.”

Overall this was a quick read that was sexy, steamy, and relatively light-hearted. It was a fun read and I would definitely read more from this author.

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