This book encompasses everything that makes good romance novels great.
Actress Caidence Harris is living her dreams after landing a leading role among the star-studded, veteran cast of 9th Precinct, a hot new police drama shot on location in glitzy LA. Her sometimes-costar Robyn Ward is magnetic, glamorous, and devastatingly beautiful, the quintessential A-List celebrity on the fast-track to super-stardom. When the two meet on the set of 9th Precinct, Caid is instantly infatuated but settles for friendship, positive that Robyn is both unavailable and uninterested. Soon Caid sees that all is not as it appears, but can she take a chance and risk her heart when the outcome is so uncertain?
This novel encompasses everything that makes good romance great. The Synopsis had never really gripped me but after reading a few reviews on Goodreads (just shows how important reviewing actually is) I decided to bite the bullet and give it a go and thank goodness I did.
Caid is an actress on a Police TV show called “9th Precinct” and that’s where she meets the object of her affection Robyn. Robyn is an actress on another show that is linked and they do spin off episode together in each show. On such occasions Robyn and Caid share a trailer backstage and it does nothing but make Caid’s lust for Robyn develop however, Robyn is straight and has a very publicized relationship with her boyfriend. So why has Robyn been looking at her with lustful eyes?
The book was written very well and had a major draw from the first chapter. The moment Caid walks into her shared trailer and Robyn is in there, the chemistry is off the chart. The book is written entirely from Caid’s point of view and this is something that would normally put me off but it actually worked tremendously well. The moments with Robyn and the information you gain from secondary characters is enough that you don’t actually need to know what Robyn’s thinking about Caid and their relationship.
The chemistry between Robyn and Caid is so charged and raw that its almost tangible as it falls off the page and into life. The sex scenes are quite emotional and it gives insight into the intimacy that they haven’t yet acknowledged. The fact that Caid never pushes Robyn in their relationship I thought was evidence of her devotion to Robyn and to them but, in the times where Robyn pushes her away she didn’t cower, she stood up for herself and their relationship and it left me with nothing but admiration resulting in the reader (and Robyn) respecting her more. I love when characters give each other pet names, I find it quite endearing so when Robyn is the first to do so it gives a little insight into her feelings because the moment she calls Caid “Baby” you can actually feel one of her emotional walls crumbling down and this is just one of the moments K.E. Lane successfully manufactured without needing to give the reader Robyn’s POV.
There were definitely more than a few twists and turns along the way in this novel but I felt it was necessary to get the emotional intensity from the protagonists.
My only complaint would be that I’m left wanting more… so not really a complaint. When Robyn says to Caid:
“I love you, and I told you before that if you wanted me, you had me. I wasn’t talking about a few days. I was talking long-term. As in a life together. I don’t want to scare you, baby, but I’ve got plans for the future, and they all include you. Every last one.”
This just left me wanting more knowledge of their future. Maybe a novelette should be in this books future. I was left asking questions like… Did the public embrace their love? What’s next for them as a couple? And that’s but a few.
This book has well and truly earned a place on my ‘favorites’ bookshelf and will be definitely getting a reread again in the future…
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