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About the Author
- File size : 1868 KB
- Publication date : July 2, 2018
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 376 pages
- Publisher : Bold Strokes Books (July 2, 2018)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07F78QH68
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #125,748 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Quinn’s defenses are mostly physical in nature: she has created an impregnable (except by drones!) fortress. By the middle of the novel, that fortress has become an oasis, a place not just secure but safe, welcoming, nurturing. Because Quinn let just one person in. I know I’m not the only one who’s found that letting-in process to be a challenge, and most of us didn’t have the additional hazard of not being able to trust the motives of anyone we met thanks to our fame. Ms. Spencer created those conflicts and challenges with what I can promise you is an achingly clear mirror of true life.
I have been a scrapper my whole life, moving from trial to tribulation to challenge. I have made it to my relative portion of peace, success and happiness with only one trait that *never* failed me: determination. (It occasionally led me down unadvisable paths, but who can’t say that about their dominant personality traits?). I know, intimately well, that it is ABSOLUTELY permissible to spend even a *great* deal of time broken down after major losses and defeats. It is, after all, the only way you’ll ever recover the chutzpah to get up and keep going.
So, of *course,* I identified deeply with Lacey. She erected towering walls - this time of a psychological nature - and used genuinely hilarious but terribly biting sarcasm as a defense mechanism. Nobody was allowed to get close to her unscathed until she was ready for it, not even superficially; when we met her at the beginning of the novel she was decidedly NOT ready.
But Lacey is also a quiet marvel. She grew up both in the most misanthropic culture New York (possibly the most misanthropic city in the US) has to offer, and within the most self-absorbed subculture within that city. I will always love acting, but the *industry* is a beast that too often rewards people for exhibiting some of the worst traits and behaviors humanity has in stock. Self-absorption is the commodity most often rewarded - but here’s Lacey, broken and hurting, raised by and around those who only know what empathy feels like because fictional characters often exhibit it. Here’s Lacey, a woman who lowers her defenses and retracts her claws *every* time she sees someone else in need. A quiet marvel.
Elle Spencer tells the story of these two characters’ relationship. Not “how they fell in love and reached their HEA” - their *relationship*. What it was, how it formed, what its challenges were, its highs and lows, and how each character’s fears affected the other. As happens with any sort of close professional relationship, the lines between ‘coworker’ and ‘friend’ blur - that confusion is where we spend the bulk of the novel.
Also, we spend the bulk of the novel steeped in enough sexual tension to fuel a nuclear power plant. Jeez! <fans self>
There’s telling the story of how two characters met -> fell in love -> had some adversity -> reached their HEA. And there’s telling the story of how two *people*, two women, met and built a relationship that evolved and changed until it reached its greatest stability as an unshakeable romantic partnership. The difference between these two things is inexpressible (at least to me because I’m no writer), subtle. It lies entirely in skill and talent and craft. And, in Casting Lacey, *patience*. Ms. Spencer doesn’t rush through any of the tale to get us to the ‘high points’. We have to take it *all* in, have to grow to know and love these women as they grow to know and love each other (and, along the way, themselves).
Successful actors - *all* of them - have to exhibit some degree of self-centeredness. You would too, if you could only feed, clothe, and shelter yourself through years of relentless self-promotion. Success means you can let up a little bit on that side, but the slack is more than picked up by a business apparatus (including the fans, as consumers) that profits by exalting you at the pedestal you built for yourself.
So, as achingly clear reflections of reality, these women aren’t perfect. They don’t even start perfect for each other. Too many of their character defects come from the same place, and clash as a result. Too many of their secret pains and fears come from entirely different places, making the sharing thereof a great risk. Unlike many a romance novel, they have to *make* themselves perfect for each other, then work consciously to stay in that shape.
And oh, what a journey that results! I thank Ms. Spencer for taking me on it. I await her next work with one of my greatest character defects: overwhelming impatience!
You could consider Quinn a bit of an ice queen, but I don't think she was much of one. You could also consider this an age gap (Which I don't like) but I don't put it in that category either. At one point Quinn thinks Lacey is only a couple years younger, then she says probably more. Seven years or less is fine with me. And based on ages given in the book for Lacey's ex (25), and the fact that there is a 13 year age gap between them, that puts Lacey at 38. Plenty old enough. *smiles*
I found the premise a good one for the two tropes, and even though there was a bit more angst than I normally like, I pushed through because I just KNEW the ending would be worth it. And HOW! I liked both characters because they had layers to them, past and experience that lead to who they'd become. I also liked the fact that the characters didn't STAY who they were, but rather grew and changed together.
Casting Lacey by Elle Spencer has now joined In Development by Rachel Spangler, And Playing the Role of Herself by K.E. Lane, All That Lies Within by Lynn Ames, Breaking Character by Lee Winter, and Making a Comeback by Julie Blair. I'll be reading this one again.
This book has all the great tropes I love in a romance. There is a marriage of convenience. There is the fun or working watching two Hollywood celebrities fall in love There is a great slow burn. Two things kept me from giving this five stars. First, it was clear that Ms. Spencer took a lot of the compelling aspects of K.E. Lane's And Playing The Role of Herself and incorporated them into her novel. Hey, no harm, no foul, but it was noticeable. Secondly, at times the storytelling felt a little bit clumsy. Transitions between scenes were sometimes confusing. At times I had to backtrack to figure out which character was talking and the fact that the relationship kept breaking down over and over due to the same thing got a little weary. However, the character work was so strong that I was thoroughly caught up in it. Lacey's foul mouth and sarcastic sense of humor was deftly written. Weighing the pros and cons, this is definitely a winner.
Top reviews from other countries
Both the main characters are fully rounded, likeable and understandable. You end up really rooting for them both but understand the things that keep them apart - and draw them together.
Fun, fun, fun. Do not miss this one!
Even though it's a familiar story line I was fully invested and there are just the right amount of twist and turns in the story to hit a happy balance between read-it-all-before and overcooking it. Lacey and Quinn are both well crafted characters and was willing them to a happy and from the very first page. There is plenty of wit and banter, which made the book a real entertaining read.