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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Limelight Kisses is the first book in the Love Behind the Scenes series written by Michelle Segal. Having walked into fame by accident, Katherine Walker is now one of Hollywood’s most successful and revered movie stars. Discovered by film director Ryan Lancaster, Katherine’s audition for her first film is a roaring success, as is each subsequent role she is offered. With a tragic past still haunting her, Katherine tries desperately to never disappoint her parents, but after meeting Ryan, the wall around Katherine slowly dissolves as her love for him grows. Not only does she give her virginity to him, but also commits her very heart and soul to him. Never had she thought a love could be so strong and so real. But as quickly as it had started, it was over without any warning. Unable to trust another man, Katherine moves forward in her career but each year on her birthday, she visits a special room at the Savoy Hotel in London, wishing, hoping that maybe...
Twelve years after Ryan had disappeared from her life, Katherine's most inner-felt desires are finally answered when he reappears in Katherine's life, desperately trying to rekindle the flame which they had once shared. Although she still loves him, Katherine can never trust him enough to let her guard down. When Ryan leaves a second time, Katherine must decide, once and for all, if she is willing to permanently let him go.
Michelle Segal’s amazing tale of innocence lost has left me not only breathless, but also leaves me excited and grateful for having chosen Limelight Kisses to read. The romance and true love which is felt throughout the story becomes that of the reader, as the tale pulled me in so completely that I was unable to put the book down. Ryan’s lust for Katherine was only matched by that of his dreams of rising up the ladder in his career until he reached the very top – something he would do anything to achieve. Katherine does not know what to believe and naively relies solely on her gut instincts. The assumptions and speculations of those around Ryan had hurt him, but Katherine’s warmth and innocence pushed past the lies, revealing his most intimate secret, leading Katherine to discuss the tragic past which haunts her. I definitely enjoyed each passionate encounter, which was written in a way that was not pornographic or vulgar, but rather enticing and believable. For those who enjoy top quality romance reading, I recommend Limelight Kisses as a must-read, as I will most definitely be adding it to my own personal bookshelf, to be enjoyed again and again.