Sunday, March 26, 2017

Review: Center Stage by Christine S. Feldman

Title: Center Stage
Author: Christine S. Feldman
Series: Adventures in Blind Dating #2
Publication: March 21st 2017

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Purchase: Amazon 
Rating: 3/5

When financially-strapped actor J.J. McKinney responds to an unusual Help Wanted ad on the bulletin board outside his theater class, he has no idea that he’s in for an evening of improv like no other: posing as the hitherto fabricated boyfriend of one Erika Mills for the duration of a single family reunion. But hey, a job is a job, and if it will help get J.J. back in the good graces of his landlord, he’s completely on board. After all, how bad can one family reunion possibly be?

Enter Erika Mills: only child of one meddling mother, reluctant darling of several devoted yet squabbling aunts and uncles who are sure they know what’s best for her even if none of them can agree on what that is, and beloved grandchild of the tiny white-haired family matriarch who might just be more imp than invalid when it comes to managing family matters in spite of appearances to the contrary.

Throw in a suspicious cousin, an obnoxious ex-boyfriend who is determined to erase that whole “ex” thing from Erika’s vocabulary, and a rash deathbed promise that turned out to be less deathbed and more just a bad case of indigestion, and you get the reunion from hell—at least until the sparks begin to fly for real.

It ain’t Off-Broadway, but it still might turn out to be the role of a lifetime...

Center Stage was one of those books that make you laugh out loud even when you are in public. It was also a very fast read. I could've totally read it in one sitting but I decided to draw it out a little bit because I didn't want it to be over so fast.

I liked the two main characters a lot. I also liked how they met with Erika hiring J.J. to play her boyfriend during a family reunion. You can imagine how that might cause for some problems, but it was hilarious. 

Erika's family was a riot. Every single member of it has some kind of odd quirk but you can't help but adore them. Erika's grandmother especially was so fun to read about.

Overall, Center Stage by Christine S. Feldman was a quick, funny and family filled story. I didn't quite like it as much as the first book but I still thought it was a great read and a laughed a lot with it.

Christine S. Feldman writes both novels and feature-length screenplays, and she has placed in screenwriting competitions on both coasts. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her ballroom-dancing husband and their beagle.
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  1. I love hilarious books and humour in general! Glad you liked it, great review :)
    Prabhleen @ Booksarelife987

  2. Oh, I didn't know about this book or the author, but I do love the pretend-date trope so this sounds perfect for me! And bonus points for funny books :)


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