Closed Set

Closed Set

by Julia Harlow

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Cassandra Carlson is working on her five-year plan. A professional dancer, she moved to Los Angeles to work at her best friend's Hollywood dance studio. She wants to save enough to open her own ballet studio back home in Cincinnati. When soon-to-be A-list actor Christopher Edwards comes to her for lessons for his new film, their attraction is instantaneous and intense. But she eschews the shallow superficiality of Hollywood, while he is on the brink of finally realizing his career dreams and is not looking for a serious relationship.

As valiantly as they both fight it, their attraction turns to passion. But their love and happiness is threatened by a jealous actress who targets Cassandra in an insidious scheme, and a powerful studio head poses a formidable threat to them both. Cassandra puts herself at risk to protect Christopher, but her plan backfires, and she may lose him in the end.

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BN ID: 2940149730261
Publisher: Julia Harlow
Publication date: 06/15/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Julia Harlow lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. CLOSED SET is her first book. She's currently working on a new book.

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Closed Set 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
JanaT More than 1 year ago
Closed Set by Julia Harlow is a standalone suspense romance story that takes you to the distance. It is the second book I have read by Julia and I have to say that I enjoyed this one slightly more as it flew smoother and I did not get the moments where I would have gotten annoyed with something. For me the story of Cassandra Carlson and Christopher Edwards is like a river where you go white water rafting – there are parts/moments where you do not know if Cassandra and Christopher will make it and the river is like Hollywood, you never know what is hiding beneath the surface. Cassandra is a beautiful dance teacher who is working on her five-year plan at her best friend’s dance studio in Beverly Hills – her plan is earn enough with these five years and then go back home to Cincinnati to open a dance studio there and teach kids dance. She is in some ways naïve and wholesome and incredible beautiful and her attraction to Christopher is instant. Christopher is a British A-list actor who has finally made it after working hard in the industry for 15 years. His sole focus is on his craft. He has beautiful women falling for him right and left and he does not consider himself ready for an actual relationship … still, the moment he meets Cassandra, he is instantly smitten. Julia will keep you at the edge of your seat while managing the underwater dangers of Hollywood and you will not have a one boring moment. If you do not mind steamy sex scenes, lurking danger and living on the edge, this book is for you!
CousinMaura More than 1 year ago
Closed Set by Julia Harlow – 3.5 stars (rounded up to 4) What do you get when you mix a hot British actor on the verge of superstardom and a Hollywood dance instructor who is looking to move back to her roots and get out of Hollywood for good? You get a cluster**** of epic proportions. I do not want to give anything about this book away so it’s actually going to be kind of hard to write about what I didn’t like. So I will tell you what I did like about it. The personality of each character is established pretty quickly. Even though there are a lot of contradictions in words and moods and actions, you know where each of them stand, even as they are flip flopping. Both Cassandra and Christopher have great family support. I liked the friendship of Cassandra and Brinley and the budding relationship of Brinley and Cassandra’s brother Nick. I would have liked to have seen more of them. The story moved from point A to point B pretty quickly and we weren’t left in suspense for too long. This isn’t the first Julia Harlow story I’ve read and I have a pretty good grasp of her writing. She has an interesting way of putting her characters in situations that are harsher than I would have thought. I’m all about “dark” reads, I’m not sure if these aren’t “dark” enough or if it’s just that the story needs more edge and less waffling. It’s not that I would tell a reader to not read it, it’s just not on the top of my “I absolutely recommend this book” list. I appreciate that Ms. Harlow has the talent to transfer a story from her imagination to the page. That cannot be easy to do.
canelli More than 1 year ago
Closed Set by Julia Harlow is a contemporary romance that Christopher Edwards a famous british actor who must take dance lessons for his new role. He ends up at the Dance Academy of Beverly Hills where he meets the instructor Cassandra Carlson, she not only helps him with dance but she starts to help him outside the studio and the romance starts to bud. This is a delightful story that was a quick easy read. The character development was on par with the plot so it flowed smoothly I read this book in one sitting once I picked it up I didn't want to put it down.
Bobbi Wagner More than 1 year ago
Closed Set by Julia Harlow is a suspenseful-romance story that you will find humorous in parts. You will find this book differently hot, steamy in every chapter from beginning to end. This story is about jealousy and how far a person is willing to take that jealousy. This is not my first book by this author and not necessarily my favorite but I do enjoy her writing style and creativity of characters. The twists and turns that she take you on will leave you sitting on the edge of your seat just waiting to see what will happen next. The characters in this story are enjoyable and keep the story moving. They will take you on a roller coaster ride of various emotions including needing ice water to cool off in some of the pages. Find out what happens when passion, romance and jealousy mix, will their be any saviors? Cassandra Carlson is a professional dancer who has moved to LA to work in her best friend's dance studio. She is working on her five year plan and wants to take her passion to the next level by opening up her own studio. Just when she thinks she has her future all planned out, he walks through the studio doors. Christopher Edwards is an actor that is in need of some dance lessons. He is use to women throwing themselves at him but when she don't do that, it makes him want her even more. When another actor shows some interest in her, his protective side comes out. What will happen when the actor shows his true self to her? Once they spend time together and the start to feel that pull, she realizes that she doesn't fit in his world. He just wants her, she fits him. Will they ever find their HEA? Cassandra and Christopher's relationship is one of attraction from the beginning. Their relationship has certainly not had the easiest of times. They struggle and go through things, will they come out stronger? They have some trust issues that they need to let go off. Will they learn to heal each other and build the trust they need to succeed? Will it make a difference that they come from two different worlds, that they are come opposites? But don't people say that opposites attract? Both characters are enjoyable but I would have liked to see Chris a little stronger then what he is. Cassandra is strong, knows what she wants and how to get there. They both are a little insecure which is where their trust issues lie. I think that Cassandra starts coming into herself by the end of the story. I myself, would have liked to see a little more compassion in these characters. It would have made them a little more connectable. I didn't connect with them but for me I don't necessarily have to connect with the characters to enjoy the story. I think that they were true to life when it comes to dealing with their struggles. Over all this was an enjoyable story that I suggest you read. Find out what happens to Cassandra and Christopher as they each walk into a different world then they are use and what happens with they do. This is my third story by Julia Harlow. Her writing style will keep you reading throughout the story. Julia loves to read all different types of romances. What is not to love with a romance between handsome hero and a winsome heroine? You will enjoy reading this book even though it was not the best I have read of Julia's but everyone has to start somewhere and this was hers. There are some parts of this story that are not so enjoyable but you have that in every book at least in my opinion. I wou
DPitter More than 1 year ago
** spoiler alert ** Do not read unless you have read the book.  In exchange for an honest review, I received an ARC copy of Julia Harlow's Closed Set from Xpresso Book Tours. This book gave me a headache. I almost rated it as 2 stars, but I didn't want to be mean. The book stars Cassandra Carlson, a ballet instructor who has dreams to break away from Hollywood and run her own studio back home in Cincinnati. But all of those plans come to a halt when Christopher Edwards, a hot British actor on top of the charts, comes in in need of dance lessons for his new film. Christopher is instantly attracted to her, while Cassandra stays professional. But it doesn't take long before she can't hide her attraction, either, and they finally go out on a date. 20% into the book, and they're already in love and fcking all over the place, declaring their love for each other. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE love and the way it does to characters, but when you've barely met the person and you're already head over heels and fcking, something's a bit off there. Then, Cassandra gets sexually assaulted by Christopher's jealous co-stars, so to protect her, Christopher demands that she join his movie as his new co-star. Completely forgetting that she is doing everything she can to get out of Hollywood, she joins anyway just to be with Christopher and to see him happy. And all goes well, they do a great job, considering she doesn't have much experience in acting. She even meets his family from London, and they adore her. But then she gets assaulted AGAIN by the CEO of Brookstone Company, Henderson! And then, Christopher breaks up with her to "protect her", without even letting her have her say in it. She goes home to Cincinnati AGAIN where he meets her and her family, and asks her to marry him! And she says yes! W.T.F kind of story!!!!??? First of all, I have a problem with Christopher and his always-jealous attitiude towards Cassandra and other men. Even when she looks at another man, not even in a romantic sort of way, more conversational, Christopher gets so angry and dominated and they get into a fight and break it off. But then he comes crawling back to her in need and desperation for her to forgive him. I personally think Chris is a weak character overall. He flip-flops too much when it comes to what he wants and expects Cassie to just go along with it. That bothers me because that's not the way relationships go in this world. They're supposed to go 50/50 and they just don't know how to do that. That leads me into Cassandra's character. Hers is even more of a downward slope because I was so down with her staying professional and cordial towards Chris in the beginning, but as soon as they started fcking, she immediately deserts her best friend, her business, and her goals to run her own business. It's not only until Chris breaks up with her the third time that she remembers that she wants to go back home to start her own studio. Like GIRL are you serious!? Ugh... I don't know, man. Maybe it is me. I was under the impression that this novel was going to involve two opposite sides coming together when a big event happens, like a shooting in the studio or something. But it turned out to be something completely different and not good. If there is a sequel or trilogy happening with this book, sign me out because I'm truly disappointed with how this book came out.