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this is my first xio axelrod book. it was actually really cute. its about two actors in a universe similar to Shondaland's entertainment world. they're playing characters similar to Scandal, so that was cool because I like Scandal.
I think as great as the story and narration were, I still think a ton of authors dont try and break molds, and go for the usual light brown skin beauty. I dont think all beauty is valid, I just like chances being taken in such a white industry.
I've worked in film and tv so some stuff is accurate, some stuff is a little rushed but it was the best celebrity romance I've found with a woman of color protagonist. also, shout out to my Caribbeans (the heroine is half Jamaican ). I love different cultures in romance just to remind readers Black isn't a monolith.
the hero is married so it kind of made things seem cleaner than I'm used to. in their situation, cheating could've given more drama. I know everyone hates cheating, but the romance is more of a friendship since they're costars, so their love scenes are WORK. when you work around actors, even if they're a real life couple, they consider it work. its very rare to get something actually out of a staged love scene.
tropes: may/December, celebrity, friends to lovers, interracial
Really liked this book and was thrilled to see it on audible. I really wished that a more experienced narrator would have been chosen to read this book. Listening to the narrator has been a letdown as David Otey is very lacking in vocal range and often his male character starts to sound feminine in pitch and the characters start bleeding together. And on the other hand some female voices can be extremely grating as he portrays them. All in all it’s a great book but the narration is not worth the money or coin.