Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Release Day Book Brief: An Actor’s Guide to Romance by Catherine Curzon & Eleanor Harkstead

an actor's guideTitle ~ An Actor’s Guide to Romance

Authors ~ Eleanor Harkstead & Catherine Curzon

Publisher ~ Pride Publishing 

Published ~ 23rd January 2018

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance





When long-time theatrical enemies are cast as lovers, their late-night rehearsal brings a whole new meaning to method acting.

For twenty years, Adam Fisher and Thomas Fox have been the best of enemies. From their first meeting at drama school to shared stages, shared bills and a competition to amass the most illustrious awards, they have been the names on every theatregoers’ lips. Separately they can sell out an entire run in an hour, so when they’re cast as lovers in London’s hottest new play, the tickets are gone in minutes.

But for rakish Adam and gentlemanly Thomas, the small matter of their first on-stage kiss is causing a headache for everyone. Over a bottle of wine on one rainy night in the city, these two acting legends will do whatever it takes to banish their first-night nerves. After all, as everyone knows, the show must go on!


Freya’s Book Brief

Lifelong British stars and thespian enemies, Thomas and Adam, were expected to kiss in their latest job. Not as easy an ask as it would seem.

Because this isn’t a long story, only fifty pages, I can’t say much, and spoilers will happen. So be warned.

During rehearsals Thomas and Adam spark off each other so much, they can’t do the kissing scene. The men are as bad as each other with the scathing remarks and bitchy banter. Deciding it’s time to clear the air, Thomas turns up at Adam’s apartment with wine, determined to make the play, instead of their grievances, their top priority.

I enjoyed the banter between Adam and Thomas. Adam knows exactly what riles Thomas and uses it to full effect. I was chuffed that the theatrical mockery was a constant element throughout the story. Bloody, is the most frequently used swear word. Unfortunately, as British as the word is, I could have done with a few less of them.

Having read the blurb, I don’t think anyone will be surprised at the turn of events. Suffice as to say that a particular part of their rehearsals takes up the lion’s share of the page count. I’ve never read sex with a theatrical touch before, and it made a delightful change.

Sadly, the story finishes after…rehearsal. As this tale starts with the play, I’d have liked to see it end with the play, because it felt unfinished without the reaction of the crowd and critics.

All in all, I found An Actor’s Guide To Romance to be an entertaining romp with a British twist.

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Connect with the Authors

Catherine Curzon  is a royal historian who writes on all matters of 18th century. Her work has been featured on many platforms and Catherine has also spoken at various venues including the Royal Pavilion, Brighton, and Dr Johnson’s House.

Catherine holds a Master’s degree in Film and when not dodging the furies of the guillotine, writes fiction set deep in the underbelly of Georgian London.

She lives in Yorkshire atop a ludicrously steep hill.



Eleanor Harkstead likes to dash about in nineteenth-century costume, in bonnet or cravat as the mood takes her. She can occasionally be found wandering old graveyards. Eleanor is very fond of chocolate, wine, tweed waistcoats and nice pens. Her large collection of vintage hats would rival Hedda Hopper's.
Originally from the south-east of England, Eleanor now lives somewhere in the Midlands with a large ginger cat who resembles a Viking.



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