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Private Screening

by Lori Herter

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A few years ago heroine Dale Chastian (who's 26) was a former Miss Georgia and a runner-up in the Miss America Pageant. For the past three months she has been working as a movie reviewer-critic for WNBS-TV on the nightly news in Chicago. She loves working in television and since she's always adored movies this is like a dream job for her. Dale really admires a fellow film critic, Sloane Avery (36), who has his own column in the Chicago Herald newspaper. But when she finally meets Sloane she is disappointed. He is rude and criticizes her reviews and her lack of skill. As time goes by they keep running into each other at film preview screenings and start to get to know each other a little better. Especially when Sloane offers to help Dale out when she has to go to the hospital for surgery, and later when they both go to Manchester, England to report on an upcoming filming of "Ivanhoe".

I really enjoyed this story, it was sweet and charming though it slowed down and dragged a bit halfway through. The hero was no alpha-male hunk at the beginning. He was thirty pounds overweight, with rumpled suits and disheveled hair. But he secretly has a crush on Dale. His barbed comments and insults are getting her attention, but not the right kind of attention, and he wants her to take notice of him as a man (she thinks of him as a big teddy bear). So he goes on a diet, starts working out at the gym, buys a new wardrobe, gets a haircut, and is nicer to her. (This was a nice change of pace. It's usually the heroine getting the makeover in the romance books I've read.) Eventually he does turn into a fit and handsome guy.

Dale was a likable heroine. She doesn't quite know what to make of Sloane and she's clueless that he has had a crush on her. It becomes more apparent when they fly to England and then they become lovers. Dale falls for Sloane but she is jealous about his relationship with movie actress Velvet Hunt. Are they really friends, or much more?

This was a sweet romance. I enjoyed the settings, Chicago and England. I liked the storyline and the main characters. An enjoyable read. ( )
  SandraLynne | May 16, 2016 |
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