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When the PR stunt gets real
10 February 2016
Reid Emory has scored what he hopes will be his breakout movie role. A role that has the potential to catapult him from Broadway star to Hollywood heartthrob overnight ... IF its managed well.
Accordingly, he and his management hire one of the best publicists in the business to handle his PR for the transition, Jordan Litwright, who, coincidentally enough just happens to be the woman who shot him down at the bar last night when he tried to demonstrate that he still had what it takes to pick up women.
In this hysterical romantic comedy from Rachel Van Dyken, the lines get blurred and smudged and completely erased as a comedy of errors coerce them into a fake relationship that both secretly wish was real.
Of course there's enough potential for a decent RomCom just there, but then there's Max, Reid's brother and the never understated star of both other books in the series (even if one of them wasn't about him) who gets involved. Though its hard to be sure whether he thought he was helping, hindering, or just playing with people's lives because work was boring.
Playing up the comedy from several different angles, like slapstick, observational, situational and through to witty banter, the laughs are well paced, and some are just so funny that I really don't recommend reading on a train, BUT, for all of that there is a really sweet love story to be told amidst the hilarity.
Jordan's story is really quite sad, but unlike so many romances, she doesn't have the classical tragic past. No orphanages or abusive parents. No penny pinching poverty or childhood trauma. No, she's just ... ordinary. Too ordinary to be noticed, which is a whole different kind of tragedy. The kind that crushes the soul bit by bit, one day at a time, and Rachel, despite the overall nature of the book, treats that topic with the delicacy and tenderness that it deserves.
Written as a standalone, and told from alternating POVs, it nevertheless features many of the larger than life characters from the other Consequence books and fits well within that larger world. If you enjoyed them, you'll certainly like this, and if you like this one, don't hesitate to check them out.