Thursday 10 August 2017


A Reel Romance #2
by Maggie Dallen
Releasing July 11th, 2017
Lyrical Shine
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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In His Leading Lady (A Reel Romance #2) by Maggie Dallen, Alice has a rule when it comes to dating and it's that men don't make it past the third date, but somehow Dr. Nicholas Bale is determined not to let her toss him aside as easily as she does other men. So, when Alice is forced to work with Nicholas to put together a charity benefit, she finds there's no avoiding her feelings. Will Nicholas be able to convince her that happy ever after is worth fighting for, or is her fear of forever after enough to hold her back from ever giving the man she fallen hard for a chance?

Having really enjoyed the first book of this series, I couldn't wait to read this story, and I've got to say that this story did not disappoint. Right from the beginning, this story was riveting, fast-paced and I was absolutely charmed by the hero the moment he was introduced. He wants the kind of love his parents have; the kind that lasts forever, but finding the right woman hasn't happened yet, even though his best friend has done everything she can to help him. The way this story started had me feeling sorry for the heroine, as she's been through so much in her life and doesn't believe in happy ever after. Will there ever be a man that can convince her that love is worth taking a risk for?

As for the dialogue, I loved the main characters back stories and every moment they conversed, as Nicholas does his best to win Alice over, even though she does everything in her power to ignore the pull between them. How long can Alice resist Nick? How far is Nick willing to go to get Alice to give him a chance? Moreover, the heroine is independent, stubborn and I liked how snarky she got when she felt backed into a corner, especially the moment when she felt Nick was getting too close and she's finding it harder and harder to resist him. I also liked how enthusiastic she was about her job and that she was willing to do whatever it takes to get the promotion she's hoping to get, even if it means teaming up with Nicholas. While the hero, he's confident, hard-working and I liked how determined he was to win the heroine over, even if it means using any means necessary to get Alice's attention. I also liked how kind and caring he is, which is proven by his interactions with the elderly woman he helps in the beginning and how he shows Alice that he's different to the men she normally goes for.

Overall, Ms. Dallen has penned a really good read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was intense;  the secondary characters charmed me just as much as the main ones; and the ending had me hoping for the best for this couple. Moreover, I loved how far the heroine was willing to go to win back the hero. Using his trick back at him seemed the perfect way to get him to listen, especially since Alice loves him, which is proven by what she's organized for the charity benefit. Will Nick listen to what Alice has to say? I would recommend His Leading Lady by Maggie Dallen, if you enjoy books by authors Susan Scott Shelley, Jenny Halliday, Sonya Weiss and Jenna Bayley-Burke.

Nothing less than a Hollywood romance would do . . .

Alice is calm, cool, and aloof—except for the night she meets her new neighbor Dr. Nicholas Bale—aka Hot Doc. The chemistry between them might be through the roof but that doesn’t mean she’s going to let him into her life. Having been seen at her most vulnerable, she vows to have nothing to do with the sexy doctor. After all, Alice learned long ago that love only leads to hurt.

Nicholas is smitten at first sight with the gorgeous, mysterious redhead upstairs. But between her attempts to push him away and the even bigger wall around her heart, the dashing doctor is having a hard time getting close to the sensitive beauty. Then he glimpses the emotion in her eyes as she watches Fred and Ginger whirl across the screen and he’s determined to uncover just what it will take to dance his way in to her heart . . .

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Ena hustled toward the kitchen to cut her off, as Alice had known she would. She may be predictable with her love of old musicals, but Ena was even more so. She was territorial to the extreme about her kitchen. No one was allowed in there but her.

“Oh no you don’t,” she said, cutting Alice off at the doorway. Making a shooing motion, she waved Alice back.
She was heading back to the living room to continue her hunt for a charger when she heard a loud clattering sound from the kitchen. Spinning on her heel she raced into the forbidden room.
Her blood froze in her veins at the sight of Ena on the floor clutching her chest. She raced over to her side and saw the older woman’s face screwed up in pain.
9-1-1. Have to call 9-1-1. Panic had Alice’s hands shaking as she looked around the room for help. There was the old landline phone, which no longer worked. Her phone was upstairs, and Ena’s phone was dead.
Shit. This could not be happening.
Squeezing Ena’s hand, she said, “I’ll be right back with help.”
She raced out of the apartment and to the staircase so she could run to her apartment and call for an ambulance. But then, as if on cue, the elevator doors pinged open in front of her. Elevator. Yes, quicker. She darted for it and collided face-first into the man who was exiting the elevator.
Strong arms caught her but the full force of the contact had her winded.
Still, she managed to get out, “Doctor. I need a doctor.”

Maggie Dallen is a huge fan of happily-ever-afters. She writes contemporary and YA romance and has been known to rewrite the endings to classic love stories to ensure that they end on a happy note. In Maggie's version, Ingrid Bergman does not get on the plane. She lives in Northern California and works at a yarn store to support her knitting addiction.

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  1. Thanks so much for sharing your lovely review! -Janet @ Silver Dagger Book Tours

  2. I really enjoyed this book and now want to read the first story of the series.