by Amy Finnegan
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Published by: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books October 7, 2014
Genres: Romance, YA
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: 3.5 Stars
NOTICE: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Millions of people witnessed Emma Taylor’s first kiss—a kiss that needed twelve takes and four camera angles to get right. After spending years performing on cue, Emma can’t help but wonder if any part of her life is real anymore . . . particularly her romances. She’s been burned by heartthrobs (and the press) one too many times, but there’s something about Emma’s co-star on her new TV show Coyote Hills that is irresistible. Jake Elliott is gorgeous, smart and actually cares about Emma’s charitable foundation. But she’s sworn off on-set relationships. They always end badly . . . don’t they?
I enjoy a good book about film, theatre or music, so I was excited to read this romance set in the film industry. What could be more entertaining than young Hollywood veterans and hopefuls starring in a new series?
While this was a quick read with good editing, I didn't find myself falling in love with any of the characters. I felt like Jake was the most meshed out character, but even he petered out about 3/4 through the book. Brett was the typical bad-boy star and Kimmi was the typical diva. There was nothing written in there to set them apart from the stereotypes. It made them uninteresting. Then there was Emma, the heroine of the story. She was nice to everyone - never had an impure thought - always out to protect others. I found this . . . well . . . boring. Of course she had Jake and Brett falling all over her, but I often found myself asking, "Why?" She had no grit. I guess I just wanted more.