The Love Script

Bethany House. (Love in the Spotlight, Bk. 1). Aug. 2023. 352p. ISBN 9780764241505. pap. $16.99. CF
Neveah Richards dreams of being a stylist to the stars. But the closest she gets is helping the cancer-surviving mom of the tabloid-proclaimed “Sexiest Man Alive,” Lamont Booker. After an accidental encounter with Lamont himself and a photo of them that goes viral, Neveah finds herself agreeing to a fake relationship to salvage their reputations. Despite their best intentions, and friends and family urging caution from the sidelines, sparks fly. The paparazzi are everywhere, and cancel culture waits eagerly for the seemingly mismatched couple to fall. As Neveah and Lamont grow closer, both wonder how to identify the genuine behind the silver sheen of Hollywood. This novel satisfies a demand for mild heat in contemporary romance/Christian fiction while neither sermonizing nor ignoring the modern-day challenges of body image and celebrity culture.
VERDICT With faith and pop culture references from page one, Shiloh (To Win a Prince) excels at growing multidimensional characters into friends, with a little help from family and God. Recommend for readers of chaste romantic comedies in the style of Betsy St. Amant or Sandra D. Bricker.
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