Take Two (Lights, Camera #1) by Laurelin Paige
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Samhaim Publishing
Source: Review Copy for Tour
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He’s ready for his close up, but she’s the one calling the shots.
On the night of her graduation from film school, straight-laced Maddie Bauers fell completely out of character for an oh-my-god make-out session with a perfect stranger. Complete with the big O.
Seven years later, that romantic interlude is still fresh in her mind. That stranger is now a rich and famous actor. And she’s one very distracted camera assistant working on his latest production. She might consider another tryst…if he even remembers her.
Micah Preston does indeed remember Maddie. Too bad he’s sworn off Hollywood relationships. He allows himself as much sex as he likes—and oh, he does like—but anything more is asking for trouble. For the woman, not for him. Yet knowing Maddie could want more than a movie-set fling doesn’t stop him from pursuing her like a moth drawn to hot stage lights.
But as the shoot nears its end, it’s decision time. Is it time to call, “Cut!” on their affair, or is there enough material for a sequel?
Warning: Contains a dreamy movie star hero, a focus-pulling heroine, off-the-charts instant chemistry, steamy sex in near-public locations, and a new use for lip gloss.
Most who are familiar with Laurelin Paige know of her Fixed series. While I enjoyed those books as well, Take Two was very different. I'm sure a lot of the Hudson die-hards will be disappointed, but I found Micah to be just as enjoyable. Maybe even more so, in some ways.
The story is very character-driven, something I tend to enjoy in the books I read. Maddie is the kind of strong female character that's extremely enjoyable to read about. Her determination, commitment, and confidence are sure to make you proud of her as a character. Not only was she devoted to her profession, but she also knew what she deserved from a relationship and wasn't willing to accept less than that. Micah was just as stubborn, but in a less endearing way. He struggled greatly to move beyond his relationship hang-ups—which, in his defense, were not completely unfounded—and it got in his and Maddie's way time and time again. But, despite his being their own worst enemy, I couldn't help but fall for the sexy, gentlemanly, caring guy.
The chemistry between Micah and Maddie was intense intense from the start. The 7 year hiatus did nothing to quell that. The story itself was pretty obvious and there wasn't a lot I didn't see coming, but their characters and relationship made up for it.
Take Two was a short, fun read with fun characters and a healthy dose of steam. It's a perfect read for a weekend/vacation heading into summer. Micah and Maddie are sure to keep you entertained!
About the Author
Laurelin Paige is the NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Fixed Trilogy. She's a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there's kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn't seem to complain, however. When she isn't reading or writing sexy stories, she's probably singing, watching Mad Men and the Walking Dead, or dreaming of Adam Levine.