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  • 08/2021
  • B08GL3YWC6
  • 248 pages
  • $9.99
Bublish, Inc.
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Camera Ready
Adele Royce, author

Adult; Romance; (Market)

Camera Ready offers a compelling version of a love triangle at its center, as L.A. executive Jane Mercer follows a tortuous path toward her version of the American dream.Jane finally has her life together. She is vice president of accounts at the advertising agency Warren Mitchell & Partners. She has a stable long-term relationship with classical violinist Derek Lowell and a bright future full of family, close friends, and success. But a surprise encounter with Craig Keller—managing partner of Keller Whitman Group and a powerful advertising magnate—stirs up emotions from her disastrous liaison with him two years earlier. This meeting and an unexpected photo of the two in a popular tabloid topples her secure world, threatening to destroy everything she’s worked to gain.As Jane anxiously watches, Keller Whitman Group buys out her employer, resulting in the savagely handsome Craig becoming Jane’s new boss. In addition to his alluring yet reprehensible behavior, he now has authority and control over her. Jane feels her autonomy stripped away as Craig ties her promotion to a consensual relationship with him. Worse still, Jane’s visceral attraction to him still burns, despite her wishes to keep him in her past. Forced to face up to her emotional bondage to Craig, Jane must find inner strength to live with integrity—or risk sinking into the morass of decadence and greed that is Keller Whitman Group.
Reviews
This sexy second-chance contemporary romance–the first in the Truth, Lies, and Love in Advertising series–introduces Jane Mercer, 28 year-old ad executive, as she balances a budding career and complicated love life. Finally over a disastrous affair with debonair businessman and chronic womanizer Craig Keller, Jane has convinced herself that she’s content and happy planning a future with her live-in fiancé Derek Lowell, a concert violinist with the L.A. Philharmonic. However, after a few unexpected encounters with the always “camera ready” Craig, old feelings begin to resurface, leaving Jane confused about her current relationship and the man she hates but also loves “in a strange and awful way.”

Writing with crisp, engaging prose, Royce wastes no time introducing the romantic conflict, and within the opening chapters sexual tension between Jane and Craig percolates from the pages. Some romance aficionados may take pause at Jane’s acts of deception as she attempts to conceal the truth about her torrid past affair and subsequent run-ins with Craig to her fiancé. However, Jane’s redeeming qualities shine through as she gets over the harsh breakup with Derek, and is thrust into a toxic new work environment rampant with misogyny, envious coworkers, and sexual harassment.

Royce excels at weaving aspects of her personal career experience as a Las Vegas-based PR and advertising exec into the story. The workplace drama she creates beautifully balances out the romance, while intensifying the stakes as Jane attempts to make partner at her new firm. Although Jane is infatuated by Craig’s good looks and sexual prowess, there are many aspects of his personality that she absolutely despises, which takes this story into enemy-to-lovers territory. The relationship between Jane and Craig is cat-and-mouse up until the last chapters, which build to an unexpected ending that will leave fans of contemporary romance satisfied and rejoicing.

Takeaway: Romance readers will appreciate the well-crafted redemption arc and surprise happily ever after.

Great for fans of: Lillie Vale’s The Shaadi Set-Up, Penelope Ward’s The Day He Came Back.

Production grades
Cover: A-
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: A
Marketing copy: A

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 08/2021
  • B08GL3YWC6
  • 248 pages
  • $9.99

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