REVIEW: REEL LOVE by Elizabeth Hartey

GENRE:   Romance/Women’s Fiction/Fantasy

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About the Book

Annie Caslo is a successful, young doctor, but when she begins rethinking the career choices she’s made, she makes a decision to find a way to stay focused and achieve her true ambitions – that is until fate steps in and she is thunderstruck by Colt Ballard. He’s six foot three inches of heart-stopping hotness, an adept, roguish soccer star and also one of her interns. But he’s a player – on and off the field – and Annie has better things to do. Still, the combustible chemistry between them is impossible to resist – Colt brings out feelings she never knew existed and Annie’s swept off her reluctant feet.

When she continues to second-guess her life choices, opportunities and obstacles begin piling up higher than the greasy Mexican food stacks she hates to admit loving. While in a state of emotional turmoil, she gets a celestial visit from a hunky, Hollywood heartthrob, lookalike, who claims to be her guardian angel. He takes her on a magical road trip to self-discovery with the help of several, dearly departed film icons.

Drawn into the excitement of a life she’s always dreamed of, this new life threatens to shatter the LIFE and love she already has—unless her quirky angel can help her find a way to have it all.

Read an Excerpt

Colt blew a huge whistle of air when he saw the new professor for the first time.

Jeez. How old was she, nineteen, twenty? Colt knew enough about women to recognize the magnetism that sparked between them when their eyes met. That could be interesting. But several underclass women began chattering around him, severing the moment of mutual interest. Although they did their best to tempt him, he never dallied—well, almost never—with fellow students; too much of a distraction.

When he was finally able to make his way into the classroom, he took a seat in the front row. He couldn’t take his eyes off the woman who had taken over the position as the new clinic director. Then Sunni came in and took the seat next to him.

“Hey, Colt,” she purred.

“Hey, girl.”

Even as Sunni casually placed her hand on his leg and ran it up and down his thigh, his mind wandered as he contemplated what it would be like to get with a professor. Seduce a professor? No, probably a bad idea. An encounter with that little beauty would be more than crossing the line. But, God, look at those lips. He watched the new professor chew her plump, desirable, bottom lip while noting the name of each student. Between Sunni’s leg massage and the thought of tasting Dr. Caslo’s luscious lips, his body started to tense. He placed his hand on top of Sunni’s to stop her. “Ah, not now, Sun.” He gave her a little grin. “I want to pay attention to the instructions.”

Sunni pouted like a child denied a second cookie, but she moved her hand from his leg. Colt’s gaze immediately went back to the gorgeous woman who was going to be his professor and mentor for the next year.

Oh, hell no! This was totally a bad idea. When he was done with her, he couldn’t just get up and leave as he usually did with his one-night encounters. Colt would have to see her every day and she’d be grading him. Forget it, dude. There were plenty more accessible fish in the sea. That chick was at the top of the food chain.

My Review

The fantasy portion of this book had me intrigued. A cross between It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol, the heroine’s guardian angel takes her on a glitzy tour of Old Hollywood and shows her what could have been. As a fan of old movies, I really wanted to love this book.

What kept me from being over the moon was the heroine. She’s young, an accomplished doctor, who seems weak. She couldn’t stand up to her parents and say “no” but now she’s willing to throw away everything she’s earned to follow her childhood dream. It just didn’t sit with me.

There were also too many points of view to keep me engaged with the main characters, and more telling rather than showing. I also found it a bit strange that the hero also had an alternate ego of world-class soccer star who wants to be a doctor. I would have preferred he be more down to earth and less of a player.

Don’t get me wrong, even with its minor flaws, the book was still entertaining, especially for anyone who’s harbored that secret wish for another life, or loves old movies and the glamour of a bygone time.

The love scenes are spicy without being vulgar and the ending was well done. A solid 3 ½ star performance!

About the Author

As a lover of the northeast US, Elizabeth moved with her husband to the Poconos several years ago to open a Chiropractic Clinic. Four children and a menagerie of animals later, she has finally found time to fulfill her lifelong dream of writing novels. A dreamer at heart, romance is the genre she spends most of her time writing and reading into the wee hours of the morning. When not juggling work responsibilities and writing, she enjoys hiking the beautiful hills and woods around her home, swimming, knitting, travelling, and spending time with her family.

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A Giveaway

Elizabeth Hartey will be awarding $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

This is a four-week, review tour. You are welcome to visit the previous sites for even more chances to win.

December 13: Long and Short Reviews
December 20: Kimmi Love
January 3: Mixed Book Bag
January 10Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
January 10Harlie’s Books

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It’s been my pleasure hosting this final day of Elizabeth’s tour. Please come back again on Monday for the beginning of my Favorite New England Authors’ week. I’ll be back to hosting Goddess Fish Tours the week after with a steady stream of authors, books, reviews, and giveaways.


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9 Responses to REVIEW: REEL LOVE by Elizabeth Hartey

  1. Lisa Brown says:

    congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  2. Renee Rousseau says:

    I was drawn in literally by the clever cover first and the superior synopsis secondly! Congrats!

  3. Victoria says:

    I’ve really enjoyed following the tour for Reel Love and I’m looking forward to reading it. Thanks for sharing all of the great posts along the way.

  4. Stephanie Grant says:

    Can’t wait to read this one!

  5. Ally Swanson says:

    Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

  6. Nikolina Vukelic says:

    I was really enjoying following this tour, thank you for all the great blog posts and excerpts!

  7. Bernie Wallace says:

    What was your favorite book growing up? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win.

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