I love having a light, easy read romance for a vacation. During my recent vacation I've enjoyed Love's a Stage, a simple but fun Hometown Romance by Rene Gutteridge and Cheryl McKay.
From the Book's Description:
Grad student and future marriage counselor Aly Brewster had a perfect childhood with perfect parents. Now she’s heading into her own perfect life: Finish her Master’s. Build a successful practice. Husband at twenty-six. But when her parents blindside her with the news they’re getting divorced, her perfect world shatters.
Actor Nick Armstrong has been in love with Aly since they met during freshman year. He’s happy to accept his assigned place in her Friend Zone because it lets him be close to her. But it’s been over five years—time to move on. Then the usually-unflappable Aly comes to him begging for help to save her parents’ marriage. Nick has the perfect plan: fake an engagement to each other to inspire her parents to fight to save their marriage. And who knows? It might trigger Aly’s feelings for him. But when Aly takes the ruse to the next level—planning a wedding in her parents’ backyard and hiring additional actors to play his family—enough is enough!
As the lines between acting and reality grow decidedly blurred, these two improvised fiancés must decide: are they going to finish the play...or exit stage right. Alone.
I really enjoyed both characters. Nick and Aly were interesting and likable. There wasn't tons of character development. The book wasn't very deep or thought-provoking. But I did feel as if I got the chance to know the characters. There was a pretty good balance of action and character development.
The whole fake marriage plot is a little unbelievable, but the idea of a grown daughter wanting to save the failing marriage of her parents is believable. There are quite a few ideas and feelings throughout the story that really could be developed further but aren't in this light, easy read. It's a good one, though, even if it's not an extremely deep story line.
I give Love's a Stage 3.5 stars and a G rating for content. You can find the book on Amazon here.
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