Once More with Feeling

Dell. May 2023. 416p. ISBN 9780593357378. pap. $17. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
A decade ago, Kathleen Rosenberg was Katee Rose, a pop megastar known for her breathy vocals, blonde hair, and buxom figure, beloved until she was caught cheating on her fellow pop star boyfriend, Ryan LaNeve, with his bandmate Cal Kirby. Now after all this time and healing, Kathleen must decide if she’s willing to put herself back in the spotlight for the comeback of a decade with Cal Kirby at the helm of a new musical that her best friend Harriet wrote with Kathleen as the star. Both Cal and Kathleen blame the other for the pitfalls of their former lives, but they must work together to ensure the show must go on, even when the feelings they’ve both harbored for each other threaten once more to ruin all of their hard work.
VERDICT The novel drags out the mysterious past events between Kathleen and Cal and focuses far more on musical theater, boy-band references, and Jewish summer camp nostalgia than the romance. Recommended for purchase where the author’s previous book Funny You Should Ask circulates well.
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