[Textbooks] Again Author Kathleen Gilles Seidel – Vansonphu.com

Again Originally posted at Romance Around the CornerI came upon this book by accident I was going through my parents library and found this one hidden under a pile of dust I googled the book and since the reviews were great and the description sounded interesting I read it Once I started it I couldn t put it down.The book is set in the world of soap operas The hero, Alec, is a very famous soap opera star who after having a lot of troubles with his current show gets fired and starts working in ano Originally posted at Romance Around the CornerI came upon this book by accident I was going through my parents library and found this one hidden under a pile of dust I googled the book and since the reviews were great and the description sounded interesting I read it Once I started it I couldn t put it down.The book is set in the world of soap operas The hero, Alec, is a very famous soap opera star who after having a lot of troubles with his current show gets fired and starts working in another one The heroine, Jenny, is the head writer of that show They have an instant connection, he is attracted to her refreshing attitude and she is just plain nice and friendly, so they become fast friends He is the first one to realize that his feelings have developed into something , but the problem is that Jenny is in a very serious relationship with one of the show s actors.The first thing that caught my attention was the writing, I can t pinpoint what it was about it that I found to be so wonderful but it just flows There is a lot of introspection in this book, the characters talk to themselves as much as they talk to each other, and even if is written in third person and you get both lead s POV, it almost seemed that I was reading a first person narrative because you really get to know the characters.Alec was sweet, hardworking, devoted and responsible, this wasn t a conventional alpha male, he was very down to earth and realistic He wasn t afraid to show his feelings and to appear vulnerable The best part about him was that he was a partner, he was in equal ground with Jenny, they were both successful and supportive of each other, he not only loved Jenny, he respected and admired her The reason he got fired from the soap wasn t that he was a troublemaker, this is no bad boy hero on the contrary, he gets blamed for the failure of the show, the low ratings and everything that went wrong, and he feels very disappointed because he worked very hard for that not to happen.Jenny was one of the sweetest, most likeable heroines I have read in a long time She was a bit of a tom boy, she was an outsider her whole life and just wanted to feel like she was part of something, she had a great imagination and she was on first name basis with Georgette Heyer Once you hear her backstory her character really comes into perspective, you get to see her flaws and insecurities and how she deals with them, she was far from perfect and that made her a lotrelatable.The soap opera is set during the Regency era hence the first named basis with Georgette and if you are a fan of romances set in that period you are going to love this one There is a bit of a story within a story in this book, and when you start reading about the soap opera you will laugh at all of the inside jokes, the show uses all the plot devices that you can expect from a regency romance and a soap opera.There is a lot of humor, the book is not a comedy though, in fact there are some serious topics in it, Alec and Jenny have some drama going in their life, but they deal with it with humor and optimism As I said there is a lot of introspection in the book, but the inner dialogue was fantastic, I laugh so hard reading Alec s thoughts that is no wonder I fell in love with him, and I think that so will you The cast of secondary characters is another part of why this book was so good, they were a blast and a joy to read.The book is full of details about daytime television and soap operas you can tell that Kathleen did a lot of research I didn t find it boring though, I believe it added to the story, but you might find the book a bit slow, I was very invested in the characters so maybe that s why I enjoyed those technical parts, but it might not be your case.The only thing that bothered me was that the villain of the story was a bit one dimensional He was Jenny s boyfriend and friend since childhood and she loved him, but his behavior made him seem like a jerk I understand that he needed to be unlikeable for us to root for Alec and Jenny, but he could have beencomplex Sometimes good people fall out of love without someone having to be a jerk you know That is how life works, and I would have loved for them to fall apart because they weren t in love any and because they were different people, not just because someone was an asshole I couldn t understand why she was with him in the first place, or why she stayed with him, and in the end he was the one who forced her hand into choosing Alec instead of being her who made the decision.Overall this was a feel good story It was filled with incredible charming characters It was funny, it was sweet and I have a new favorite author This is an out of print book so it might be hard to get I should know because I m trying to get my hands on her other books but if you can find them, they are worth it Look beyond the publishing date, and the cheesy covers, this book wasn t dated at all, and I ve got a feeling that the same can be said about the rest of them Sadly Kathleen is no longer writing romance, I think her latest books arewomen s fiction than anything else, but this is an author worth reading no matter the genre.Don t forget to visit my blog I absolutely loved this book The unique storytelling device served the plot advancement so well.The book takes place on the set of a daytime soap opera set in the Regency period Through the stories on the show the show s head writer and the male main character figure out who they are, why they are and ultimately what and who they want to be At times it is emotionally heart wrenching One particular passage had me sobbing no spoilers At other points in time I wanted to reach into the pages I absolutely loved this book The unique storytelling device served the plot advancement so well.The book takes place on the set of a daytime soap opera set in the Regency period Through the stories on the show the show s head writer and the male main character figure out who they are, why they are and ultimately what and who they want to be At times it is emotionally heart wrenching One particular passage had me sobbing no spoilers At other points in time I wanted to reach into the pages and slap people.The detailed way in which the world of soap opera writing and production were portrayed demonstrates a lot of research and the ability to really paint a setting I felt like I was there and felt the urgency.Overall just a really rewarding and exhilarating read Something different and welcome Clunky clunky opening, but a surprisingly entertaining story about a HR soap opera All the best bits are about the making of the shows the relationship and characters didn t really work for me Some intolerant opinions about motherhood, and a 2 D OW further left a slightly sour taste But all in, it s worth it for the fascinating setting. This book was odd I loved the setup takes place on the set of Regency soap opera I loved the hero and heroine when I met them Everything seemed like it would be lovely and sprightly and interesting And then the entire emotional arc of the hero and heroine s journey together is told rather than shown Seriously They have their overcoming the Big Misunderstanding moment via a script as in, literally, the heroine writes a script for the scene, shows it to the hero, and then literally This book was odd I loved the setup takes place on the set of Regency soap opera I loved the hero and heroine when I met them Everything seemed like it would be lovely and sprightly and interesting And then the entire emotional arc of the hero and heroine s journey together is told rather than shown Seriously They have their overcoming the Big Misunderstanding moment via a script as in, literally, the heroine writes a script for the scene, shows it to the hero, and then literally walks him through the emotional revelation he s supposed to have So odd 4 stars for the first half, 2 stars for the rest I want to give it a higher rating, but 3.5 fits it right I have to say the 1 reason I picked it up was the working on a soap opera angle, and on that count the book exceeded my expectations that side of it was a lot of fun The machinations of that business not just TV business but soap operas specifically and the kind of delight for it that was evident throughout the novel was rad, and if Seidel had left the story just at the soap opera behind the scenes and the way the characters int I want to give it a higher rating, but 3.5 fits it right I have to say the 1 reason I picked it up was the working on a soap opera angle, and on that count the book exceeded my expectations that side of it was a lot of fun The machinations of that business not just TV business but soap operas specifically and the kind of delight for it that was evident throughout the novel was rad, and if Seidel had left the story just at the soap opera behind the scenes and the way the characters interacted with each other, this would ve been 4 stars, easy The romance fell short, though, and a little hurried considering how little time they d spent with each other could ve spenttime figuring out what they were to each other.If I have any major complaints it s probably the bad guys for being one dimensional and completely unsympathetic, but I suppose considering this book is nearly 20 years old that s something I should look forinrecent novels.This was ridiculously readable, and though it was a little longer than I ve been reading lately, it managed to fill out the story without seeming like it was being stretched beyond believability Good enough for something to pass the time This is the second book in my Seidel glom Jenny Cotton is the writer producer of a daytime soap called My Lady s Chamber Alec Cameron is a soap star who left aprominent soap but less well written and less well received to over the part in Jenny s soap opera.A bit lighter in tone than This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here TheI thought about this book after I finished it, theit annoyed me The setting is the best part by far The Downton Abbey esque plot of the tv show where our characters spend their time was so engaging, it was disappointing when those interludes ended and we returned to the main love triangle The insights into the making of a soap opera and the actor s relationship to their characters were intriguing The story has some promise hardworking heroine has been dating the same man sinc TheI thought about this book after I finished it, theit annoyed me The setting is the best part by far The Downton Abbey esque plot of the tv show where our characters spend their time was so engaging, it was disappointing when those interludes ended and we returned to the main love triangle The insights into the making of a soap opera and the actor s relationship to their characters were intriguing The story has some promise hardworking heroine has been dating the same man since she was a child, and slowly realizes his flaws and her own power as a woman But The hero refuses to do his job until the heroine his boss falls in love with him He s pretty much the worst employee ever The sole sex scene is abbreviated and awkward The hero withholds sex until the heroine falls in love with him See a pattern The hero is both controlling and passive I didn t find him particularly appealing although he is from Prince Edward Island and there are several enjoyable Anne of Green Gables references I also found the ending very unsatisfying and abrupt It s told from the point of view of a minor character so you don t really get to see the HEA.Despite the excellent setting, I would pass on this one Head writer for daytime s only historical romantic soap opera, small town girl Jenny Cotton is on top of the world But she can t seem to write herself out of a difficult relationship until actor Alec Cameron walks onto the set Alec survived a big budget TV flop with the same good guy courage that got him out of a failed marriage But no matter how hard he tries, he can t seem to hide his wounds from writer Jenny Now the script flowing from Jenny s pen and unfolding every weekday afternoon to millions of eager fans is than just a story it s his story, which is quickly becoming their story But Jenny doesn t want to be rescued by a good guy white knight, any than Alec wants to fall in love with Jenny AWARDS RITA Winner for Best Contemporary, Single Title HOMETOWN MEMORIES, in order After All These Years Don t Forget to Smile Till the Stars Fall Again I enjoyed this book a lot The hero is a daytime drama soap opera actor, heroine is the head writer for a historical Regency Era soap The hero was working on a soap with a head writer who didn t understand the genre and didn t respect the audience, but because the hero s name was on the soap, he got blamed for the failure and got fired The heroine wants him for her show, and he does a fabulous job coming in This is an older book and it s not very long I thought a little too much time was s I enjoyed this book a lot The hero is a daytime drama soap opera actor, heroine is the head writer for a historical Regency Era soap The hero was working on a soap with a head writer who didn t understand the genre and didn t respect the audience, but because the hero s name was on the soap, he got blamed for the failure and got fired The heroine wants him for her show, and he does a fabulous job coming in This is an older book and it s not very long I thought a little too much time was spent on back story and the relationship the heroine is in at the beginning of the story I also wantedactual scenes with the hero and heroine together We were told about how they fell in love rather than shown I wanted to be shown The story dates from back when soap operas were bigger than today, and before reality shows took some of the space and audience of the soaps, so it also feels a little quaint no cell phones But overall it s an excellent story and a good read My third Seidel The story is centered around the head writer and star actor of a Regency soap opera The romance isn t as well developed as the other two I read, but the cast of characters is a lot of fun.


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