Author: Nico Jaye
Publisher: Piping Hot Books
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Page Count: 75
Reviewed by: Brooklyn
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.4 stars out of 5
Theater manager Teddy Carbone’s life has gone pretty much according to script… until now.
To his surprise, Teddy finds himself co-owner of the Oasis Theater with Carter Monroe, a corporate shark who’s looking at him like he’s chum in the water. Being in charge of the theater is one thing, but having to deal with Carter and his demands is another. With Carter’s proposed plan to sell the Oasis looming, Teddy must convince Carter the theater is worth saving. When Teddy introduces the bright, bold world of the stage to Carter’s cold, all-business lifestyle, though, he soon comes to recognize that the Oasis might not be the only thing he has a chance to save.
Teddy Carbone runs the Oasis, a community theater in Heartsville. When the owner dies, Teddy learns he is now part owner, along with Carter Monroe, the deceased owner’s nephew. When Carter mentions selling the Oasis, Teddy realizes he has to do everything he can to show Carter that the Oasis is worth keeping.
Of course, they hook up. Right out of the gate in this book. It’s a bit sudden and unexpected. And I wasn’t really thrilled about it. The story is told solely from Teddy’s POV. Teddy was sweet, somewhat shy and just a lovable guy. And he had a great family. I didn’t really connect with Carter, probably because of the lack of his POV. At times, it felt like he found Teddy charming, in a slightly condescending way, but I don’t think he was meant to be seen that way. He was a bit standoffish, even though it was obvious he liked Teddy.
But it all somehow worked. I enjoyed the book and can’t wait to read the rest of the series. Heartsville has a warm sense of community and I love stories like that. This book seems to take place around the same time (Fall season/Halloween) as Bookmarked, which I thought was fun. It kind of tied the books together, in a loose way.