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Love, From A to Z by Robin Alexander

⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ Robin Alexander books are like a carefully hoarded treat that we dip into when we feel rather deserving. Though this one was...

Write Your Own Script by A.L. Brooks

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Mature MCs, celebrity romance…this one has some of our favourite tropes so we picked it up with rather high expectations but were really disappointed.

Tamsyn Harris is a 52-year-old, award-winning, plenty famous actress who is in middle of all sorts of professional issues because of ageism. Pushed too far by a bitchy co-actress and a godawful director, Tamsyn snaps on set and throws a glass of orange juice on said director. This leads to the taking some ‘time off’ while her team does damage control and she practises self-control. Tucked away in the middle of nowhere, she has one neighbour, a writer, 49-year-old Maggie Cooper, who is trying to conquer writer’s block. Tamsyn has always remained in the closet so though Maggie (a die-hard Tamsyn fan) recognises Tamsyn (of course), she has no clue about the actress’ sexuality. There is insta-attraction between the two, they agree on a holiday fling, and over the course of nine days, the attraction blooms to spill over into emotion too.

We found Maggie to be incredibly unloving, unsupportive, hypocritical and rather humbug. She keeps pushing Tamsyn to come out because she doesn’t want to be someone’s “dirty little secret”, yet she keeps her identity as a lesfic author secret not only from everyone she knows but also within her own house – which means she is her own “dirty little secret”. In fact, she doesn’t even tell Tamsyn about her dual identities as a writer (she writes under two pseudonyms – okay what’s with that? She is ashamed of herself as a writer also?). Initially we did enjoy the sex and romance, but that didn’t last very long because we disliked Maggie too much.

Tamsyn is a much nicer character. More open, honest and going out on the limb. We actually felt bad for her throughout the book. The only nice person in her life, who cared for her, seemed to be her agent.   

There are way better celebrity, particularly actress romances out there where there are more equal relationships written.

Definitely cannot recommend this one. 


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