Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Acting Brave by Helena Newbury - Review & Giveaway

Acting Brave
Fenbrook Academy #3

Helena Newbury

New Adult Romance
January 2015

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She’s spent her whole life acting. But is she good enough to make him believe she doesn’t love him?
Three years ago, a terrified girl named Emma fled a world of crime and abuse in Chicago and bought a one-way ticket to New York. She reinvented herself as an actress, enrolled at the prestigious Fenbrook Academy and buried her pain beneath a vivacious new persona. Her new name was Jasmine.

Now she has to pull off the performance of her career.
Landing her dream part in a police show, she finds herself falling for her co-star, Ryan, a real-life cop. If she lets him get too close, he’ll awaken memories she doesn’t want to face and uncover secrets that could endanger them both. But how can she keep a guy at arm’s length when she has to kiss him on camera?

The last place Ryan imagined himself was on a TV show. Blaming himself for the death of his partner, he’s on a downward spiral of rage and guilt. The show is his last chance…but how can he keep it professional when his co-star is a woman he’s crazy about?

As their on-screen and off-screen relationships merge, things go from hot to blistering. But when Jasmine’s old life catches up with her, will a cop be the one person she can’t be around…or the only person who can save her?

My Review: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

If you like character driven romance and haven't read anything by Helena Newbury, then you're really missing out. I love the Fenbrook Academy series: the school, the characters, and the romance. I fell in love with Jasmine while reading In Harmony, book #2 in the series. It was so wonderful to read an entire novel devoted to this intriguing character.

The prologue was heart-breaking, especially if you're not already acquainted with Jasmine. She experienced such deep trauma in her past, yet remained so strong despite that. Romantic interest Ryan was sexy, intelligent, and all around awesome. The heat and romantic tension started quickly-- Chapter One-- and turned into a full blaze before long.

Frankly, this was a rather emotional read, so be sure you're prepared with tissue and some quiet space. I really enjoyed the romantic suspense element which made this novel stand out from the others in the series. But once again, my favorite aspect was the character development. It was superb. The characters weren't just well-developed, they leapt off the page.

Acting Brave was my favorite novel in the Fenbrook Academy series. I'm adding this one to my favorites list. There's just nothing like a very satisfying read!

About the Author

I’m a New Adult Romance author who loves writing about what happens when love and dreams collide with the real world. I wrote my first novel, Dance for Me, in daily chunks in a very busy, very noisy coffee shop, which meant I had to order a black Americano every hour, on the hour, to keep my seat and wound up wired on caffeine most days. I hit the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists in summer 2013. Unlike my characters, I can’t dance.

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  1. Replies
    1. All of the covers are so romantic-- they fit well with the series.

  2. I really liked the first two books in the series so thanks for your review! Will definitely be reading this ❤️ Xx

    1. If you liked the first two, I think you'll love this one :)

  3. Character driven romance is the BEST! I haven't read this series yet but have been hearing so many great things I'm def intrigued! Great review, Kim!

    1. I usually prefer my stories, especially romance, character-driven.

  4. Looking forward to reading it, and thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Sounds great, I can't wait to read it.

  6. The contrast in the cover makes the 'characters' pop. Nice choice. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

    sherry @ fundinmental

    1. It is a beautiful cover. Good luck in the giveaway!

  7. Sounds great,thanks for the chance!!

  8. Wow, prize kindle is fab. & splendid. 2 fingers snap. It is tight, fly & off the chain. Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. Pick me, pick me!

  9. I like that it's part of a series...I always love finding new series to read.

    1. It's great! Jasmine was my favorite character from the second book, and I was so excited to read an entire novel about her.

  10. Beautiful cover and love the storyline!!


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