This is my first ever three star review of this author. I adore Katie West, and her books are just the right kind of escapism for me. Which is why I found myself surprisingly uninterested in most of the plot here. I loved the premise: movie set, sabotage, romance, what’s not to like? But it just felt like nothing ever really HAPPENED. The sabotage plot doesn’t even come to light until more than halfway through, it’s just perceived by everyone as accidents or bad luck. Then once Lacey begins to suspect people, there’s remarkably little done with it. It felt like a pointless side note.
One of my favorite aspects of Ms. West’s novels is the romance between the two mains. It’s, without fail, adorable, and Ms. West is skilled at writing dreamy male love interests. And therein lies my second disappointment. Donovan was rather lackluster. He wasn’t bad, but he felt flat. The crackling tension usually felt between the mains was absent. Which is somewhat ironic, given that Lacey’s big concern is a lack of chemistry between she and her costar.
I’m still a big fan, and am anxiously awaiting Maybe This Time, but I real,y hope it delivers more on its promise than this one did.