Sunny Shelly’s Review: Reel Love, by Julie A. Richman

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Title: Reel Love

Author: Julie A Richman

Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance

Release Date: June 26th, 2019




Is this Reel Love or Real Love?




The moment I laid eyes on Finn Parker’s headshot, I knew that if this guy could act, I wanted him for the hero role in the film being made from my book, Fleeing an August Moon.

The tall, blond, and ruggedly handsome actor looked exactly like the picture I’d seen in my head the entire time I was writing the book.

The studio, however, had different thoughts on a leading man.

Box Office crusher, Maverick Dailey, made it clear that he wanted the role. The producers, studio, and everyone involved were thrilled to score such a celebrity. Well, everyone except me.

And it’s my vote that counts since, according to my contract I get final say on casting. Maverick is amazing, yet I’m just not sure…

It certainly didn’t help that Finn Parker and I seemed destined to cross paths. We ran into each other all over Hollywood. And the more time we spent together, the more the sparks between us flew. We had an intense chemistry, something I’d only ever read about in books like mine.

Which made me wonder, was I really falling for Finn or just living out a fantasy with a red-blooded, live version of my hot hero character?

It’s easy to confuse fiction for reality in Hollywood. Everything is not as it seems in this town.

Not to mention, Finn’s life would forever change if he landed the role. Which made me question how good of an actor he really was? Was he interested in me, or the role I had the power to give him?

Is this Real Love or just Reel Love?

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

When you are America’s hottest romance author, sleeping with the hunky guy who is up for the male lead in the movie based on your book, what is real and what is reel?

Reel Love is a fantastic story that you must put on the top of your Summer 2019 reading list. Frankie is an ordinary Texas girl who happened to write a hot best-seller. She’s completely naive to the way of Hollywood dealings, so when she’s told she has the final say in the casting of her movie, she believes it. As the story goes back and forth between Frankie’s interactions with Finn and Maverick, the two actors vying for the lead, the reader gets some clever insight to the casting process and the Hollywood machine. And the more time Frankie spends with Finn, the more she starts to wonder if their relationship is real or reel…. Are they just using each other? After all, he is exactly what she envisioned for her hero, and she is the author with the final say-so in who gets the job.

There is some great growth on the parts of both characters in this story. But moreso with Finn/Parker. He’s felt so lost the past few years and like he was living a superficial life, and the time he spent with Frankie really helps him find “Parker” again.

And thank you, Julie, for giving that brief appearance by Schooner! I’m interested to see if JR has a book planned for Maverick in the future. As much as I didn’t want to like him, the guy was kind of a saint! I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

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About the Author:


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USA Today Bestselling author Julie A. Richman is a native New Yorker living deep in the heart of Texas. A creative writing major in college, reading and writing fiction has always been a passion. Julie began her corporate career in publishing in NYC and writing played a major role throughout her career as she created and wrote marketing, advertising, direct mail and fundraising materials for Fortune 500 corporations, advertising agencies and non-profit organizations. She is an avid nature photographer plagued with insatiable wanderlust. Julie and her husband have one son and a white German Shepherd named Juneau.


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