- File Size: 3080 KB
- Print Length: 134 pages
- Publisher: Blue Crow Books (July 22, 2018)
- Publication Date: July 22, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07FS9DMJV
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,525,196 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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How to Stay: A Hollywood Lights Novella (Hollywood Lights Series Book 4) Kindle Edition
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"How To Stay is an intelligent romance. The central tension isn't whether the girl will get the guy, it's whether she will let herself--something all readers can relate to and enjoy." --Brandi Megan Granett, author of Triple Love Score --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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I also liked that while Matthais was strong, smart, and had plenty of ambition, both in his career and for Miranda, he wasn't a possessive, jealous, pushy alpha hero. Miranda's life is fraught with emotional stresses and uncertainties, and Matthais approached with the appropriate calm and care. I really liked him.
Miranda was a great character, too. Ms. Guest Pryal never writes a wilting flower heroine, and Miranda is no exception. She smart, sharp, even a little mean at times, but her terseness is obviously a well honed defense mechanism to protect vulnerabilities of her family, to whom she is unflaggingly loyal. Maybe too loyal. I definitely found myself yelling at her at certain points, urging her to stand up for herself and be frank with her parents and her brother about the demands they put on her. If you know Ms. Guest Pryal's book, then you know she often addresses issues of mental illness and this book has a just such conflict that creates a lot of stress for Miranda's family. The ending of the book left me satisfied as to the resolution of this issue, although I do wonder what will happen to the George family years from now.
I was also satisfied with the resolution of the tension between Miranda and Matthais, and I recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick paced, smart, and romantic read.
Ms. Guest Pryal provided me a free copy of this book for review purposes.
Equal parts passionate romance and heart-wrenching family drama, Katie Rose Guest Pryal’s standalone novella, How to Stay (part of the Hollywood Lights world but completely self-contained), is a tightly written and emotionally layered story that touches on several complex topics, including mental health and the paradoxes of the American justice system. I was surprised by just how much richness could be packed into this little book, which is fast paced (I read most of it in a day) without being rushed. Both Miranda and Matthias are well-drawn, complex characters who really come to life on the page, and their interactions feel completely organic. I loved how Miranda could be both the take-charge type on the outside and yet still vulnerable in ways she’s loathe to admit. And as a romantic lead, Matthias is totally charming. It’s so easy to root for these two, even as life’s complications keep trying to get in the way. It all leads up to a wholly satisfying ending, and I’d recommend this book for anyone who’s looking for an intelligent romance that’s as much about the people involved as the passion.