Guest Review: CLOSED SET by Julia Harlow

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Guest Review: CLOSED SET by Julia HarlowClosed Set by Julia Harlow
Published by: Self-pub
on June 15, 2014
Genres: Erotic Romance
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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 decides she can put up with the glitterati for the time being until she saves enough to open her own studio back home in Cincinnati. When soon-to-be A-list British actor, Christopher Edwards, comes to her for dance lessons for his new film, the attraction is instantaneous and intense. Both are young, available and strikingly beautiful, but while she finds Hollywood garish and superficial, he's on the brink of realizing his life's ambition with no inclination for a serious relationship. Or so he thinks. Just when their white-hot desire can no longer be denied, a jealous actress targets Cassandra in an insidious scheme, and a powerful studio head poses a formidable threat to them both. Cassandra puts herself in jeopardy in order to protect Christopher, but will she lose him in the process?


Cassandra is dance instructor to the stars. She is living a life she does not really want in order to accumulate the funds to buy her dream, her own dance studio in small town light years away from LA. Christopher is an up and coming actor who is charming, sexy and guarded. They meet and there is an instant attraction and intensity neither of them was prepared for. Cassandra isn’t comfortable in Christopher’s world and is self-conscious. She finds herself lacking when she compares herself to Christopher and his world of Hollywood glamour. Christopher has never wanted anything as much as he has wanted success until Cassandra.

The book for me was good, just not great. I loved the premise and the characters individually were interesting and were well-developed. Each of their lives took some turns that made them feel real. There were some seriously hot and sexy parts that almost made me blush, which is always a good thing. For me, what was lacking, was the development of their relationship. It felt a bit forced and superficial. There were situations that occurred, that for me, were not laid out in a manner where I, the reader, could feel invested in the character’s relationship. I felt that some of the dramatic situations lacked a level of depth to where you could really feel what the characters were. However, the twist at the end, I did enjoy and I loved how Cassandra grew throughout the book and became a stronger, more confident woman.  The book was enjoyable just not a heart stopping read for me.



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