Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Review: Raise the Curtain by Kirby Hall

Title: Raise the Curtain
Author: Kirby Hall
Genre/Age: Contemporary Romance/YA
Series: None
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Format: ebook via The Romance Reviews
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisSeventeen-year-old Alexa Cross is desperate to get to Broadway, but when she receives a failing math grade, hopes of a scholarship disappear. Now she’ll need her father’s help to achieve her dream. The only problem is he doesn’t consider her choice of careers to be sensible and after the pain her family has suffered, Alexa can’t go against his wishes. Trapped between a family she loves and her love of the stage, Alexa will have to find another way to achieve her dream or settle for what her father wants.

West Howell does his best to keep his head down and go unnoticed. It’s easier to be cut off than to try to explain to people why he’s so screwed up. After all, he can’t afford to get into any more trouble. When he’s recruited to tutor the hot, prissy girl from math, he never expects to fall in love with her. Or that she might be the one person who can relate to him.

Together, they may find a way to heal each other and get what they both desperately need, as long as Alexa’s father doesn’t decide that the one thing worse than his daughter’s love of the stage is her love for West.

The Romance Review

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

A sweet contemporary young adult romance!

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Alexa knows what she wants to do after high school. With a scholarship, or even without one, she's taking off to New York with aspirations of finding herself on Broadway. For years, she has been starring in every play and musical her school has to offer and dreaming of the day she will finally escape her hometown for the big apple.

Her father, however, has other plans for her life. After Alexa's grade starts to slip in math, he threatens to take her acting 'hobby' away from her. So when her teacher sets Alexa up with a student tutor, she has no choice but to agree. But she's surprised to find that the boy just may be the same one who saved her from a recent car accident and she owes him her thanks.

West doesn't want Alexa's gratitude. He saved her from the mangled car the same as he would have done for anyone. Then when he's stuck as her tutor, he can't avoid her or her many thanks. As he gets to know her better, he realizes that she might be the only one who can bring him out of his angry shell and help him learn to live again. That is, if they can only convince her overbearing father that West isn't the screw-up he used to be.

One of the reasons I like reading young adult books is because of the nostalgia I feel when watching a young couple fall in love for the first time. It's heartwarming and this story was no exception. Alexa helped West to come out of his lonely stupor and he helped her to heal the rift in her family. The pair were good for one another.

There is definitely the usual teenage troubles going on here, as well. Friends fighting, crushes revealed, parental problems, angst-filled romance, and even a side of law and order. Our main characters were layered with painful histories and hopes for the future. I enjoyed reading the story from both Alexa and West's points-of-view.

As for the romance, it's a sweet one. Passionate kisses is all that is shown and that was surprisingly enough for me. There was just as much emotion between our couple as there was the usual teenage lust. The characters and their love story was written in a way that made it easy to believe and connect with.

In closing...
I highly recommend this to any teen or young adult book lover. Five suns!

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