Hollywood Dreams, Mae Archer
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
I love film star romances, so often they provide some lovely, jealous, bitchy ladies….so I was really looking forward to reading this. Add in that I’m a wheelchair user too so I was interested to see how Tom ( as Beau) would cope with that.
Sadly though the film element was barely there – it worked as a vehicle for the double persona but we didn’t really get to connect with any film making, publicity, all the stuff that makes books fun. Instead we got a book very centered on Beau and Maree, and then Tom and Maree. The wheelchair bit – no, one week isn’t enough to build muscles to the extent he could do what he did, as one section mentions. I liked that Tom mentioned how acting as Beau made him realsie how different life is when in a wheelchair – when I first became disabled it was like living in a whole new world with people bythely saying their premises were user friendly and then i’d find there were steps ( “well, it’s only a couple”) or loos that may have had lowered handbasins but which didn’t have space to get wheelchair in – not the time to find that out when you’ve had a few drinks and are dying for a pee….
I found it difficult to accept that Maree didn’t recognise Tom – I know he was in disguise, and she was looking for someone disabled, but when they got closer she must have had some deja vu moments – even if she only thought maybe they were related or something? They did get really really close, something must have seemed familiar? Then the suspense angle, a good idea but I didn’t feel it played out that well, it seemed a bit too contrived rather than natural. To be honest I’d rather have seen more of the romance and the film angle – the stuff I was hoping for. Still, subjectivity and all that, and for many this book will be just what they want. For me though it’s an average romance, not great but not bad.
Stars: Three – its a decent read, just not one to make me hold my breath and be filled with emotion.
ARC supplied by Netgalley