To Be or Not To Be: The Actors, The New York Artists, Cathrine Goldstein
Genre: Women’s Fiction, romance
*Sigh * Women’s fiction once more – why write off half the population, who says men don’t read romance? They do, and write it too!
So I read Cathrine’s first book in this series, The Rock Star, and liked it but wasn’t swept away by the story, found it a bit sweet and simple, but decided I’d try this one and see if it was maybe that story and not Cathrine’s writing style that didn’t suit me well.
I really enjoyed this, almost to the five star loved it, just a little short of that. Its got a fun story line, lots of emotion, though I so hoped Maggie was going to be a lot nastier….I do love the b itch characters, but it wasn’t to be 😦
Trevor was lovely, very genuine, great with his fans even though he tires of the series that’s made him a Name and lots of £££. He needs that, his sister does anyway, as her husband skipped out when their son was seriously ill, and Trevor supports all the expensive medical bills. I loved his sister and nephew, not that we saw much of them but they added a feel of reality to the story. Ill health hits many of us, changing lives, meaning many are in Trevor’s position, though not such a monied career usually….
When Trevor sees Jenna he’s swept away, not just by her acting talent but also the attraction he feels to her. That shocks him, he’s not felt this way, and of course he’s in a relationship with Maggie, and that’s also connected to his career….
Jenna made me feel two ways. I admired her determination to act, her sheer talent that she’d honed through hard work, her care for her family and friends, she was so giving to them. And yet she irritated me with her “I am right” stance, she was almost rude, actually at times she Was rude, to those she felt were out of step, didn’t agree with her. For a young actress in a position few find themselves she’s full of opinions, and seems to have little respect for others at times, even though they’ve been at the trade far longer. I know youth and enthusiasm go hand in hand, but it was the way she waded in, spouted her opinions at times without thinking how it affected others. There are different ways of doing that, and for me she chose the wrong way.
She feels attracted to Trevor too, and yet has reasons why she won’t act on them, not just the fact he’s with Maggie, but reasons that are personal to her and which she won’t reveal. When they did come out I was shocked, not seen that plot-line before, though its something that’s very real, in fact for many people very needed. Could I do it? I don’t know, she felt it was her only option but I think its a tough thing to do, and did understand her reason for avoiding relationships, even while I didn’t agree with it.
Its a fun read, a very real feeling romance, with barriers on both sides, and yet they can’t seem to keep away. I could feel that magic pull between them and love that. It wasn’t a clothes off, sex on in second chapter romance, but a slow burn one where for much they are nothing more than friends secretly attracted to each other, and then friends who admit attraction but understand it can’t go further….til it does 😉
Stars:Four and a half, not quite the magic five and TBH I’m not sure its a re-reader but its a story I really enjoyed as a one off.
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