Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Blog Tour-Review and Giveaway: The Critic by Joanne Schwehm

The Critic Synopsis:
Convey a message

Andrea Jordan dreams of acting on Broadway, and she is at the cusp of achieving success. All her sacrifices start to pay off when she lands a role that will catapult her to stardom.

Express our thoughts

Award-winning theater critic Bentley Chambers possesses the power to make or break a career. Theatergoers consider his reviews to be gospel, and actors cringe at the thought of him in the audience. His words possess power.

A heart’s not made of stone

More than one actor has been sent packing after Bentley’s bad reviews, and Andrea could be next. She won’t stand by and let him shatter her dreams, but she never thought giving him a piece of her mind would also mean giving him a piece of her heart.

Will Andrea discover on her own the passion Bentley claims she lacks, or will he be the one to draw it out of her?

Words… choose them wisely.

My Review
Now this was a great, easy contemporary romance read for me.  The writing flowed well and my interest was held the whole way through.  The storyline was original which frankly is getting harder to find these days.

As for the characters, I really liked Bentley, our male lead.  Even though he so badly wants Andi, he's not willing to sacrifice who he is or how he writes his reviews (telling the absolute truth, no matter how hard)-even though he knows she'll be hurt by his words...he just keeps hoping that what he writes will help her.  And I have to say-as a reviewer, I really get where Bentley is coming from.  I always want to write an honest review, and sometimes that means telling people things they may not want to hear.  So this is something that actually helped me identify with his character, which is one of the reasons I liked him so much.

Andrea (Andi), well her character was pretty good, but at times I found her a bit frustrating with how she would jump to conclusions.  The supporting characters were well rounded and helped give The Critic depth (along with some comic relief).

Andi and Bentley have some great chemistry, especially evident when Bentley is trying to bring out Andi's passionate side to help her with her acting.

The Critic was a 4-star read for me, and I'd recommend for 18+ contemporary romance fans.

Joanne Schwehm Bio:
Author of Unexpected Chance, My Chance (The Chance Series), Ryker and The Critic.

Joanne was born and raised in Rochester, NY and currently resides near our Nation's Capital with her husband and two sons.

Romance is one of Joanne's favorite things and thankfully, she is surrounded by it.

Joanne firmly believes when that unexpected chance comes, take it. Don't let it pass you by - you never know what you could be missing.


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