Monday, January 2, 2017

Book Review: After the Curtain Call by Nancy E. Polin, Elaine Radley

Single mother Amy Ross guards heart and privacy with fierce determination. When the curtain rises at the old theater, she sets aside past heartache and anger to revel in the new, exciting character she plays each night. When the theater owner brings in a handsome business partner to help with renovations, she quickly slams the stage door on any ideas of romance with the dashing actor.

Handsome film star Thomas Buchanan is intrigued by the mysterious leading lady. Her beauty and talent capture his attention, but the sadness he glimpses behind her cool demeanor draws him with a fire he hasn't felt in years. He yearns to know Amy better and forges a rocky friendship through her son's adoration of his movies. When danger returns from Amy’s past, Thomas discovers breaking through her emotional armor could be a deadly challenge.


I've never read anything by either of these authors so when I was approached by Ms. Nancy Polin to read this, I really didn't know what to expect. I don't know if I was expecting to love the book as much as I ultimately did. What a pleasant surprise!

I got a laid back feeling from this book as I was reading. While there didn't feel like there was a rush to the plot, it really scooted along nicely. There were a couple of times in the story where I felt like things could use a little bump to keep things flowing but other than that, it was great. I can usually pick out what is going to happen next with these romantic suspense novels but I must admit, this one caught me off guard a couple of times. That doesn't happen often but it's always welcome when it does! 

I enjoyed the main characters, Amy and Thomas. I liked the romance between these two and it was always interesting to see if Amy was going to brush him off or finally relent. I do wish that I had gotten to know all of the characters a little more ... I'm a greedy reader and I always want more than the author is willing to give. I just wanted to know more about them. At no point in the story did I feel like I didn't understand any of the character's motivations but at the same time, they did feel a little ... empty at times. I wanted to know them like I know my best friend - every single secret! 

All in all, it was a really great book. I was always interested and completely invested in the story and I found myself regretting reading it so quickly because I didn't want it to end. I'm interested to see what these authors have in store for them in the future because this one was great!

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *

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