Friday, July 9, 2021

Review: Love Scenes by Bridget Morrissey

Love Scenes
by Bridget Morrissey

Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Acting like she's in love with her handsome nightmare of a co-star--in a movie directed and produced by her complicated Hollywood royalty family--is Sloane's job. But what happens when the lines between script and reality get blurred?

Out-of-work actress Sloane Ford is in desperate need of something to do after losing her steady TV gig. When her famous family ropes her into working as a producer on their World War II-era romance, they neglect to mention that the film will be headlined by Joseph Donovan, her least favorite former co-star of all time. The roguish actor made her life a living hell the last time they worked together, using his movie star good looks and Irish charm to cover for his erratic professional behavior. On their new film set, he promises he's different now, but Sloane is far from convinced.

As filming gets underway, it becomes clear that anything that can go wrong will go wrong. When the lead actress is abruptly fired, Sloane agrees to step in and take over the role, and she starts to remember why she fell in love with acting in the first place. On camera, she and Joseph share an electric chemistry. Off camera, they've been honing their characters and, much to Sloane's surprise, growing closer. But playing the role of a woman in love with Joseph Donovan is a dangerous business, and the more time they spend together, the less Sloane can tell what's real between them, and what's just for show.

Kritters Thoughts:  Sloane Ford is the daughter of a Hollywood power couple and her entire family is in the business and she is hitting a low point in her career, so she helps her sister as she directs her first movie and Sloane takes the producer role to help her out.  Of course, the main actor in this movie is someone from her past and the last interaction they had wasn't positive, but she is bound and determined for her sister to complete this project with something she is proud of.  

I always love when a book gives you a behind the scenes look and within this great romance book the reader also gets to see life on a Hollywood movie set.  Also get a little view into a Hollywood dynasty and the extra pressure that brings onto the future generations of the family.  

With this pair having a history, this romance didn't have that instalove feeling and instead was a enemies to lovers and was a fun ride.  I loved how being co workers also added to the drama and just heightened things to the right level.  It was fun to watch these two orbit each other and then finally get things together - not spoiling, we all know how romance books go!

This was my first Bridget Morrissey read and it will not be the last!  

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 82 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Berkley.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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