Title: An Actor’s Guide to Romance
Author: Catherine Curzon and Eleanor Harkstead
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: January 23, 2018
Genre(s): Short, Contemporary
Page Count: 32
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
When long-time theatrical enemies are cast as lovers, their late-night rehearsal brings a whole new meaning to method acting.
For twenty years, Adam Fisher and Thomas Fox have been the best of enemies. From their first meeting at drama school to shared stages, shared bills and a competition to amass the most illustrious awards, they have been the names on every theatregoers’ lips. Separately they can sell out an entire run in an hour, so when they’re cast as lovers in London’s hottest new play, the tickets are gone in minutes.
But for rakish Adam and gentlemanly Thomas, the small matter of their first on-stage kiss is causing a headache for everyone. Over a bottle of wine on one rainy night in the city, these two acting legends will do whatever it takes to banish their first-night nerves. After all, as everyone knows, the show must go on!
There is definitely something to be said for dramatic entrance. Kudos to the author for this one!
It’s a short story, but the characters felt familiar from the beginning. There is just enough tension between them helped by exchange of sly digs to hold reader’s interest.
Adam and Thomas are different men and each has his own quirks, but there is similarity too, so their rivalry seems natural and realistic. The sex scene is very well plotted. (That sounded weird – but I don’t know how else to say it) The men banter and tease through the whole encounter and references to theater make the scene amusing. It does build their relationship further.
It’s a funny interlude with strong and interesting characters. At the end of the story I found myself wishing it was part of larger one. Recommended for those on lookout for something short and delicious.
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