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Somewhere I’ll Find You (Lisa Kleypas, Capital Theatre #2)

2.5 out of 5 stars

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I’m oddly ambivalent about this book – it was a quick and easy read with interesting characters, but, on the other hand, neither Julia nor Damon were compelling or engaging in the way I’d hoped.  There are a lot of intriguing, distracting plot lines that remain either half-developed or half-heartedly resolved, and ultimately it feels like everything comes too easily, which you never want to see in a romance, which is all about the journey rather than the foregone conclusion.  It’s not one I’d want to keep in my collection, but it wasn’t a bad way to spend an afternoon.
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Because You’re Mine (Lisa Kleypas, Capital Theatres #1)

2.5 out of 5 stars

Cut to the Chase:
Because You’re Mine is split into two parts.  In the first half, we have wonderfully believable protagonists (an innocent, overly optimistic girl of eighteen and a famous jaded theatre actor) who meet, are drawn to one another, and fall in love.  The characters are well developed, the story is engaging, and there’s just the right amount of side plot and theatre details to fill out the landscape. Then comes the second half.  After a two month time lapse, our engaging characters have somehow morphed into moody, lackluster characters being manipulated by exaggerated plot twists.  None of the wonderful tension or development we’ve seen in the first half pays off, giving us an unsatisfying conclusion for a very promising beginning.
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