A Passionate Play [The Rabourn Theater 1] (BookStrand Publishing Romance)by Jessica Lauryn
[BookStrand Romantic Suspense, HEA] In the midst of recovering from a blow to the head, theater actress Alicia Coleman comes to know the man whose home she awoke in and realizes the two of them share a complicated past. A series of dreams prompts Alicia to suspect the most outrageous of possibilities—that the man holding her prisoner may actually be her lover
[BookStrand Romantic Suspense, HEA] In the midst of recovering from a blow to the head, theater actress Alicia Coleman comes to know the man whose home she awoke in and realizes the two of them share a complicated past. A series of dreams prompts Alicia to suspect the most outrageous of possibilities—that the man holding her prisoner may actually be her lover. Surrounding threats cause her to realize that proving her theory true—or not—may be her only chance of keeping her attacker from coming after her a second time. ** A BookStrand Mainstream Romance
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This is a story about a young, talented singer, Alicia Coleman, who sings exclusively for Raybourn Theater. She is driven to reach the top and has succeeded. Forces around her, people from the theater who have their own agenda and other unbalanced souls, come crashing down on Alicia with a crack on the head, giving her amnesia. Her agent, and on-again-off-again boyfriend rescues her from the attacker. Would he have stopped with hitting her over the head and done worse? Nick Lancaster is a wary guy, he trusts no one at this point. He more or less abducts Alicia, running off to someplace secluded to protect her. When he finds she has amnesia, he uses it to his advantage. This must be a guy thing! Alicia didn’t know who to trust when she becomes conscious. Was Nick the bad guy? Should she escape or trust him? Why won't he tell her of her past, not even her name? As she slowly regains her memories, she only has more questions. If I had paid more attention to the prologue, I probably would have started weaving pieces of the unfolding story together more quickly. As it was, it took me a while to figure it all out, which isn’t necessarily bad. As it was, chapter one is quite the hook. From its textured writing, the scene of pain and terror felt very real as well as creating a bit of an edge to what transpires. The tale tells of two people who are terribly attracted to each other, but leery of each other for different reasons. I enjoyed the complexity of both personalities--their arguments, and bantering in dialog. As the story unfolds the suspense that the attacker could come calling again, that the situation would end bad put a nice spin on Alicia’s recovery. Will she regain her memory in time to be able to identify her attacker? After the storm, comes the sun. This rocky, suspenseful romance ends in a very satisfying way.
A fan of Jessica Lauryn's debut series, The Pinnacles of Power, I was eager to read A Passionate Play. What a treat! This amnesia themed-romance tells the story of Rabourn Theater's star actress Alicia Coleman, the man she loves, her agent Nick Lancaster, and Alicia's dangerous stalker, who prompts Nick to harbor Alicia at his parents summer home, out of fear that his girlfriend may be attacked a second time. But when Alicia wakes up, he realizes that the blow to the head that she took has wiped out her memory. And that's only the start of their troubles! A Passionate Play has a great mix of both sweet and suspenseful moments. The fire between Nick and Alicia lights up the pages and I was excited to solve the mystery right along with them, discovering who Alicia's mysterious stalker is. Ms. Lauryn also introduced an interesting duo in her side characters, Alicia's cousin Hannah and Rabourn Theater's stage director Evan Masters. I can't wait to see how things play out between the two of them in An Amorous Dance!
This is my first time reading a book by this author. Was there suspense? Yes. Was there anticipation when reading? Yes. Romance? Yes. Did I chuckle? Yes. The best part for me, is when the damsel in distress actually saves the hero with an apple (don't want to give too much away though). Therefore, without saying too much and spoil the fun, all in it was well crafted and I enjoyed it.