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Thursday, March 12, 2015

ARC Review: Adapted for Film by Stacey Rourke

I have never read a book by Stacey Rourke before, but I was excited to give this one a shot with the blurb. I couldn't wait to get to know the characters and the promise of a romance with some humor had me ready to dive in. But I have to say that Adapted For Film wasn't like I had been expecting at all, and though it had some cute moments this one wasn't what I had been hoping for. I had some things that just didn't work for me, and unfortunately they kept me from really enjoying this book. 

As a bestselling author, Aubrey has always dreamed of seeing her book made into a movie. But when she shows up on the set in Hollywood, she finds herself instantly butting heads with the director Kole. They are both passionate about their jobs though and after finally being about to discuss things like adults, they begin to form a friendship. When the studio tells Aubrey that she needs to form a fake relationship with the star Greyson, things get even more complicated on set. Soon Aubrey and Grey are pretending that they are in a relationship, when the real chemistry is between Aubrey and Kole. Kole wants Aubrey to finally acknowledge what is between them, but Aubrey is scared that if she doesn't go along with what the studio wants that they will kill the sequel. Aubrey must decide if she is willing to give up a chance at another movie being made for a future with Kole or if she will continue with the charade of dating Greyson and running from a future with someone she could actually fall for.

I have to say that it was really hard for me to get to know these characters or connect with them. We were hardly given any details on them, and I had no idea who they really were or even what they looked like. I felt like we never really got to know them, and it made it hard for me to feel invested in their story at all. Kole was the director and though he got off on the wrong foot with Aubrey, I felt the strongest connection was between him and Aubrey. He seemed to push Aubrey to want more and to be honest with herself. I liked that he helped her out with becoming a producer, and he seemed to be very passionate about his job and doing the best that he could. Aubrey was funny and quick witted, but I felt like she was a bit of a drama queen at times. She wanted to have total control over everything in her life, and it made her pretty rigid and uptight most of the time. I felt like the only time we really saw any personality from her was when she was with Kole. I liked her friendship with Greyson, but I didn't really feel anything between them. Greyson was the charming and sexy movie star, but we didn't really get to know him beyond the surface either. He was always speaking in innuendos and saying he wanted more with Aubrey, but I never believed that he was really serious about her or much of anything for that matter. She didn't have chemistry with Greyson like she did with Kole. 

I think my biggest issue with this story was that there was too much going on in this story, and yet there wasn't a whole lot actually happening. The main focus of this book was the movie being made and the demands of the studio. Much of this book was about the interactions between the characters, but there really wasn't anything that was moving the story forward. Aubrey wasn't making any progress with either of the guys in this book, and I really felt like the actual romance portion of this story was non-existent. I was waiting for things to finally explode and move forward, and by the time anything really happened the book was over. I had finished the story and felt like I had missed something huge. We never got to see them really fall for one another or be in a relationship, and I wanted more. So while this story had it's fun and light-hearted moments, I just felt like it lacked everything that a good romance has. I wish it had focused more on the main characters rather than on all the secondary characters and the drama going on surrounding the movie and the studio. While I liked seeing all the cast and crew as well as Aubrey's friend Tandy, I felt like it focused too much on them and not enough on what was happening between Kole, Aubrey and Greyson.

**ARC Provided by Xpresso Book Tours**

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