Behind the Scenes
Rating: 4 Stars
Business consultant Rose Josten might not have officially reached "pug lady" middle age, but she's already got the pugs--along with their little Gucci coats and trash-lovin' appetites. Still, life is good, with her work, her sisters, and a secret hobby creating incredibly tactile (if surprisingly sexy) mindfulness videos. So why does it feel like it's not quite enough? Which is exactly when former filmmaker Ash Stewart enters camera left, and Rose's world suddenly goes full technicolor... Ash never looks at anyone. Not since her ex ripped her heart from her chest in Spielberg-esque style, crushing Ash's reputation, dreams, and directorial career in one brutal blow. But Rose is altogether different. She's curvy, beautiful, and just so damn put together. And her business expertise might be Ash's best bet for getting her last film--and her last chance--financed. Now if they can just keep their attraction under wraps, Ash's lost dream could finally come true. But are they creating movie magic... or setting the stage for disaster?
I instantly fell in love with the author's writing style it was quirky and cute from the outset. It was the perfect romantic comedy tone, but also had serious issues that were addressed in depth. The characters were lovable and believable from the start, and yes if you love pets, they often steal the show in this one. We have the dreamer and the super analytical character who work well together and help to build each other up. I enjoyed that both Rose and Ash had some trauma that they had to work through,trauma that felt realistic. For a nice change of pace, both main characters were midlife and really not looking for romance.
The number of times I laughed while reading this book. Rose's sisters really added an element of humor that was much needed. And Deliliah.. well she's just a whole mood. Rose and Ash are both faced with harsh realities and making tough choices that could change the future they pictured. But it is all written in a way that works so perfectly. The author really balances the tough with the funny. While it isn't super action packed... and they don't really face a mind-blowing obstacle, it is still amazing because they face real life issues and difficulties. I loved this book. I think if you are looking for a sweet, cute, funny and comfy read it should be this one... it doesn't disappoint at all.