Tonight I will be reviewing the book “After the Curtain Call” by Nancy E. Polin. I’m so excited for this book to be the first review for my blog!
Amy Ross has spent almost a decade running from a past she can’t seem to escape from. She has built walls taller than skyscrapers all around her in order to feel safe and protected. She lives a fairly happy life working in a bookstore and performing in the local theater, a life she thought she had perfectly crafted for her and her son.
When the handsome film star, Thomas Buchanan, enters the picture, she finds those walls slowly being torn down and it scares the hell out of her. Thomas is intrigued by her and is determined to get to know her better. She has no interest until her son, a fan of Thomas, forms a bond with the man and she soon discovers that Thomas has secrets of his own.
Little do Amy and Thomas know that danger is lurking around the corner just as Amy is prepared to move on from her past…
I loved this book so much, words can’t even express how much I loved it! Amy Ross is strong and independent, but isn’t obnoxious about it. It seems anymore on TV or in books, the lead female character has to be bitchy constantly. That wasn’t Amy at all. I felt very connected to her the entire time I read the book. I was able to relate to her on many different levels. Although I’ve never been through anything as horrific as she went through in her past, when I read one particular flashback scene I sobbed. Just thinking about it makes me teary eyed. I know that when I reread the book (which I will, believe me) I will cry again. THAT is the mark of a talented author. I could feel Amy’s pain, feel her anxiety, feel her love toward the ones she cared about.
I fell in love with Thomas Buchanan, although not at first. Like Amy, I had my doubts, but it didn’t take me long to start swooning over him. Of course, I may be a little biased given he has the same accent as my husband. 😉 Thomas was patient and genuinely wanted to be with Amy and help her in any way he could. Her walls didn’t scare him away. It was so nice to see a hero who wasn’t a military man, policeman, FBI agent, etc… Don’t get me wrong, those heroes are great and sexy as well, but Thomas proved he was just as strong and just as sexy. It was nice to see a change. It made the story that much more unique.
I enjoyed the chemistry between Amy and Thomas. She didn’t leap into his arms and have sex with him the first moment she saw him (I’m sorry, but some romances just seem to go that way and it’s like wtf?!). The chemistry had to build, which is so much more true to life. I also enjoyed the fact that there wasn’t constant fighting between Amy and Thomas. So many times the two main characters in a romance fight like cats and dogs before they realize they love each other and it gets old very fast. For those wanting to know, this book does have a happy ending!
I will be honest and say I wasn’t sure how I would like the story at first. I hadn’t read a contemporary romance in quite a while as I’ve mainly been reading (and writing) paranormal romance, but it didn’t take me long at all to get into the story! And while I’m being honest I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, but loved it so much my husband ended up buying it for me before I was even halfway through reading it! I already know someone who wants to read it, so I’m excited to share the book with them.
This debut novel from Nancy E. Polin is a definite must read for anyone looking for a unique take on the romance genre and I am so excited to see what she writes next. She is a true talent and I’m so glad to be one of her new fans!