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  • 05/2020
  • 9781949424096 B085CGY5LM
  • 404 pages
  • $14.99
Take a Chance on Me
When therapy meets theater... Moving to Hicklam is the last thing Gloria Benedetti wants to do, but it's her final hope at having a normal life. After spending almost a decade as a near recluse and virtually paralyzed by crippling panic attacks, an alternative therapy might be her only shot at regaining her life after trauma. Trauma that forced her to give up everything, including a promising career on the stage. Staying in Hicklam is the last thing Grayson Keene planned on doing, but The Edison Theater has been in his family for generations, and he can't let it sink on his watch. Unfortunately, things with The Edison have gone from bad to worse, and Grayson needs all the help he can get to save the old girl. He needs one successful season to make things work, and then maybe, just maybe, he can get his life—and his Broadway career—back. As Gloria's on the verge of the health and healing she's been working toward, the one thing that will save The Edison may just break her once and for all. If she protects herself, it'll cost Grayson everything. This may be the one chance that's too big to take.

Semi Finalist

Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 9.25 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: Although this charming romance follows the typical romance plot structure, the storyline stands out from the usual with a fresh, fun setting; a thoroughly engaging heroine; and a sweet, sexy, and strong connection between the lovers.

Prose: The seamless prose—including funny, realistic dialogue between the main couple—flows easily from start to finish. One particular highlight: Psychological information about the heroine’s emotional struggle avoids becoming too technical and its ease-of-execution adds depth to the story. The love scenes are passionate and sweet, never cliched or gratuitous.

Originality: Romance fans will adore this sweet and tender love story that expertly explores an emotionally damaged woman’s rebirth through love. The well-matched main couple and the storyline rise above the tropes of the genre with genuine humor, charm, and emotional resonance.

Character/Execution: The heroine is the star of the story—a fully realized woman whose growth from emotionally damaged recluse to strong, healed romantic partner is compelling and triumphant. The hero is equally engaging and perfectly complements the heroine with his flawed-yet-chivalrous personality that avoids the alpha-male cliche. The supporting characters are rich and contribute greatly to the overall narrative.

Date Submitted: July 10, 2020

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 05/2020
  • 9781949424096 B085CGY5LM
  • 404 pages
  • $14.99

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