REVIEW: Take Two by Laurelin Paige
Dear Ms. Paige:
Thank you for sending me a copy of this book for review. My first book of yours was the self published title “Fixed on You.” This current read was a much more traditional romance featuring a movie star and a camera assistant. Star Micah Preston and Maddie Bauers make out at a party and when Maddie is called away to help a friend, Micah gets her phone number and they plan to meet again. Except Micah gets signed to a new agent the next day who tells him no distractions. Micah deletes Maddie’s number and never calls her.
Fast forward seven years and the two are together again working on a movie. Maddie had dreamed of being behind the camera but due to not living up to her mentor’s exacting demands, he essentially blackballed her and so Maddie hasn’t advanced at all. She has been editing her own movie in her spare time but has no connections to any funding.
The best part of the book was the in depth behind the scenes look at how a movie gets shot. The little details of who does what was fascinating as well as some little insidery tidbits. Maddie focuses the camera which sounds like a really detailed and time consuming process, something I as a movie goer hadn’t ever thought of but every scene is planned out with marks set and focuses arranged for those marks. At one point, Micah misses his mark repeatedly causing every shot to be slightly blurry.
In another scene, we are told about hot mics. “It was common knowledge that the sound crew was always in the know, constantly overhearing conversations between actors when the cameras weren’t rolling and they’d forgotten their microphones were on. It was unethical for the crew to share their inside scoop, and Chloe had never done it as far as Maddie knew.”
So all of this was great. Micah’s insistence that he could only have one night stands versus Maddie’s reluctance to have a fling was the major conflict for the first half of the book and even when it resolved slightly at the midway point, there was a lingering tension that I felt was a tad contrived. I didn’t fully understand Micah’s insistence that he not have a long term relationship because of how it always led to the partner wanting something that he couldn’t deliver. It spoke of distrust of Maddie, for one, but also I wondered what Micah thought his future would be? Just one night stand after one night stand? That sounded dismal.
Plus Micah acted like a real selfish jerk sometimes. There was a point in the book where he gets Maddie in trouble with the director and it was almost an unforgivable event. Maybe I just liked Maddie too much but I wondered, at times, what she really saw in Micah.
Maddie worked better for me. Her reluctance to accept Micah’s short term proposal made sense but it also was understandable when she succumbed to his somewhat relentless pursuit particularly when she’d held a minor flame for him for seven years. In the end, I liked how she stood up for herself even in times that were very challenging. I wasn’t convinced that Micah was good enough for her because he hung on to his “no serious relationship” rule for far far far too long. C+