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Right on Cue

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This was a cute, Hollywood-based romance from one of my favorite debut authors. I LOVED Lease on Love, enjoyed Falon Ballard's second book, but this one brought me right back to the feels I had from Lease on Love. I enjoyed the steam, I enjoyed the couple, I enjoyed the little bit of Hollywood...
The break up was expected, but I still thoroughly enjoyed this book and Ballard's writing!

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Book 15 of 2024 - ✅! Thank you so much to NetGalley, PENGUIN GROUP Putnam, G.P. Putnam's Sons and Fallon Ballard the ARC of Right on Cue by Fallon Ballard in exchange for my honest review.

I’m the target audience for Right on Cue by Fallon Ballard - I love rom-coms and I work in Film & TV. The book had been on my list for a minute, as I’m slowly chipping away at my NetGalley reads to get to an 80% review rate, but I digress. Right on Cue was a cute, easy and quick read for me - Emmy Harper & Grayson West felt like real people to me (especially as someone who works with folks like them). Though I felt like the book could have used a few more steamy scenes, those that were in the book were well-written. Ballard loves a rom-com trope and, I love that: enemies-to-lovers, second chance romance and a play on small-town romance, since Emmy & Grayson both live in LA but are starring in a small-town romance that’s being shot in a small-town.

I look forward to reading more of Fallon Ballard’s work, and I’m happy this was the first book of hers that I read! 3/5 ⭐️ overall, and I’d say 2.5/5 🌶️. 🎬❄️☕️ #NetGalley #RightonCue

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I liked this one! I read Ballard's Lease on Love and loved that one - I didn't love this one quite as much, and didn't get as invested in the characters or the plot. I can't really put my finger on why. BUT, it was still an easy breezy quick rom-com read, which was a much needed break from some heavier nonfiction I've been reading this winter. Just the right amount of fun and heat! I'd recommend this to friends and family who are looking for a good vacation read.

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I've read the author's previous work before and I thought this was a lot different than her previous novels. This might be my favorite among all three I've read of her. Emmy and Greyson (fucking West) chemistry is palpable in the book and I like the mysterious, broken past, broody type that Greyson's character has in this book. Emmy has this fear of failure from basically living under her parents' shadow - both of whom were A-list Hollywood celebrities. Their relationship started (or rekindled honestly) from costars-with-benefits until feelings get involved after some intimate conversations. This book is HOT, which also was unexpected to me from the author (but I still ATE IT UP). I'd say I'm not really a fan of celebrity romance but I enjoy this story a lot!

Thank you, NetGalley, for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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This was okay read. Didn't love it, but didn't hate it. I expect too much from these "celebrities" types of romance but I think they may not be for me. Something always feels off.

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2/5 stars - thank you netgalley and the publisher! the premise of this book wasn’t my go to for romance but i still wanted to give it a shot and the reviews weren’t bad. i’ll admit this book wasn’t for me. the fmc was borderline insufferable and for no clearly defined reason. the mmc is about as dimensional as a sheet of cardboard. lots of repetitive dialogue and metaphors.

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Emmy Harper is the queen of rom coms. After one terrible experience in acting, she turned to screenwriting and never looked back. Since then she has written the screenplays for some of the most successful rom coms. With her latest movie, she isn’t able to find a leading lady, so her best friend, and producer convinces Emmy to take the role. But an injury leads to a last minute casting change and the next thing Emmy knows she’s acting opposite of Grayson West. This is the same co-star she had the last time she took a shot at acting, and he was a large part of the reason that experience ended badly. The two are forced to move past the awkwardness in order to save the movie, but it’s more complicated than anyone expected.

I love a celebrity second-chance romance and I love Fallon Ballard’s writing so this book was a huge hit for me. Emmy and Grayson’s tension and chemistry was off the charts, even when they hated each other. It was clear there were some major unresolved feelings and so when they finally got together it led to some incredible and very steamy moments.

Thank you to Putnam Books and NetGalley for the advance copy.

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Enemies to lovers is such a fun trope and this one is well done. I really enjoyed the behind the scenes of a movie setting - its unique and just an interesting experience in a read.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Got about 55% through and my time for finishing the book before archival is coming to an end. I really enjoyed this one so far and will be finishing it when it comes available at my library.

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I absolutely loved this book. It was so cute and funny and so enjoyable! An enemies to lovers/second chance/workplace romance that you will eat up. This is one of my favorite kinds of books.. maybe a little cheesy at times, but just so fun. Emmy and Grayson.

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3.5 stars
This was a cute light romance that I enjoyed. I’ve always been fascinated with “behind the scenes” in Hollywood so this was a fun setting. I could have skipped the typical trope of misunderstanding towards the end but other than that it was a cute romance that was perfect for a light feel good read.

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Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an e-arc!

Screenwriter Emmy is thrilled about her new project- her best friend is directing it, so what could go wrong? But when the crew is unable to find someone who can accurately capture Emmy’s female lead, she’s pressured by those around her to take the part herself. She’s acted before, after all- something she quit doing because of Grayson West.

Emmy reluctantly agrees to play the part to save the project, and the cast sets off to begin filming. Imagine Emmy’s horror when she gets to the hotel (reserved for movie cast only) and runs into none other than Grayson West. Unfortunately for Emmy, just as she was the only person who could play the lead female role, no one could play the male role quite like Grayson. And to add insult to injury, Grayson doesn’t even seem to remember Emmy, despite how his actions have hurt her.

As the two start filming on set, their rivalry gets in the way of their acting and professionalism, putting the project behind- and at risk. Getting fed up with the difficulties, Emmy’s best friend forces Emmy and Grayson to figure out a way to put their differences aside, at least on set, to complete the movie. As the two are forced to spend more time together and gain a better understanding of each other, they realize the mistakes and miscommunications between them in the past. While the two get closer, rumors fly as all eyes are on the potential new co-star couple.

I thought this book was cute, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys celebrity romances or romcoms in general. While this wasn’t one of my favorite books that I’ve read recently, (I’m not a huge fan of celebrity romances) I do still want to read other books by this author and am excited for her upcoming Christmas novel.

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I love Falon Ballard's couples and characters. In this book, while Emmy's inability to communicate sometimes irked me, I found her and Grayson to be lovable and believable enemies to lovers. I loved the RomCom of it all, Falon always has excellent pop culture references, and the book was really enjoyable! Would recommend if you're in the mood for a romcom!

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4.5 rounding up.. I went into this not really expecting much, but I was so pleasantly surprised by this book.
Everything hit just right for me, the characters, the setting, the little social media/article interludes. My only slight complaint was there were some times I wanted a second POV. The writing is excellent though for a single POV because I could definitely infer the other characters thoughts, I just wanted confirmation.
I really loved the humor in this and how hot it was. I'll definitely be hitting up Falon's backlist!

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Thank you G. P Putnam's Sons for the eARC in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own!

Right on Cue follows Emmy Harper a actress turned screenwriter as she creates one of her masterpieces into a movie. They had been looking for their perfect leading lady and running out of time. So they decide Emmy is the one who should fill the roll. All ready to take the spotlight again Emmy to her horror finds out the one leading man that should never be in her movie is the fill in for the actor they chose who was no longer available. Grayson West is a jerk. He hurt Emmy bad as a teenager in a movie they were both in when Emmy was young. Will they be able to create this movie or will everyone get hurt?

This was such a great romance novel. The enemies to lovers hit the spot for me. I thought the characters were unique and original and not like any other characters I have read before. I thought the chemistry and plot were fun and fresh. I recommend to anyone who enjoys romance novels. This one will be a unique one!

Read if you enjoy:
Behind the Scenes of making a movie
Costar love
Enemies to lovers

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I loved "Leased on Love" so I could not wait to read her next love story and she delivered. It was everything I expected in a good love story. There is heartbreak and realizing maybe what you believed about someone is not even their whole story. Falon did a beautiful job writing about complicated relationship who must work together despite feelings they have for each other.

Emma grew up in spotlight, so she knows first-hand how to navigate and ignore the criticism of the press. But there is one thing, or should I say one person from her past that haunts her to this day. Now older and wiser she found her passion in writing romantic rom-coms and see them on the big screen. But with her new script ready for the big screen there does not seem to be actress that fits her main female character. So, her best friend suggests she dust off her acting skills and play the lead female part. When she agrees there is only one problem, she is to play opposite Grayson West her arch nemesis and the one that runed her acting career.

She puts on fake smile, because after all its acting right? Hot and steamy, you don't want to miss this book.

Thank you to NetGalley and G.P Putnam's Sons for copy of this book for my honest review.

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As a huge enemies to lovers fan, it was not a surprise that I ended up really enjoying this book. I feel like the reasoning behind the "enemies" part of this book was a little bit flimsy, but I still had fun reading about the tension between the characters. The chemistry between the main characters really worked and felt very believable. The steamy scenes were well-written and there were plenty of them, which I loved! I think the third-act conflict could have been executed a little better, as the reactions of the characters felt a little forced. I also wish the main character's relationship with her dad had been discussed a little bit more and her grief explored in more detail, rather than just mentioned every now and then. The set of a small town rom-com was a very setting for this book and it made me want to watch this movie!

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This book was absolutely excellent. I loved the meet cutes, the snark and sass, the forced proximity, the acting scenes vs real life, and most of all how much they truly fell in love.

I did not love the 3rd act breakup, but it was realistic and well written.

This book had a great balance of romance with a few deeper life conversations thrown in. I really like how the open and honest conversations came up organically.

I highly recommend this one if you love forced proximity!

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This is an enemies to lovers Hollywood romance. I loved the premise and switched between print and audio. The audio made the characters more dramatic than the way I heard them when I was reading the print. I loved the dialogue and the side characters. There was some definite miscommunication, which was frustrating to me, even though it might have been realistic. As a social worker, I want everyone to talk it out! And there was some evident growth which was satisfying.

3.5 stars rounded up to 4.

Thanks to the publisher for sharing a copy. All opinions are my own.

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Rating: 3 ⭐️ - It Was Ok

I’ll start this review by saying I was in a MAJOR reading slump when I read this so take that with a grain of salt! I’m a HUGE fan of this author & her two previous works have been favorites of mine! So huge TY to @putnam once again for my ARCs of her works!

RIGHT ON CUE follows Emmy, a screenwriter, who by no choice of her own, has to play the lead in the rom-com she just wrote. Who is her co-star you might ask? The steamy heart throb Grayson West, but also her enemy after a stint they had during their first movie together.

❤️ for my LOVERS of ENEMIES-TO-LOVERS, close proximity, SMALL TOWN, steamy romances! There’s also some MISCOMMUNICATION in there which wholly did not work for me - my least favorite trope!

❤️ loved the PREMISE of this one - screenwriter turned actor in her own movie, small-town vibes…sign me up!

❤️ while it wasn’t for me, I can see this one being SUPER BINGEABLE!

💔 I never found myself connecting with Emmy or Grayson - both their attitudes and professionalism at the beginning of the book was so off-putting? Both were so rude to each other for no reason? Also the miscommunication at the end totally did it for me.

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