Title: Reel Love

Author: Julie A Richman

Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance

Release Date: June 26th, 2019

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Is it Reel Love or Real Love?


The moment I laid eyes on Finn Parker’s headshot, I knew that if this guy could act, I wanted him for the hero role in the film being made from my book, Fleeing an August Moon.

The tall, blond, and ruggedly handsome actor looked exactly like the picture I’d seen in my head the entire time I was writing the book.

The studio, however, had different thoughts on a leading man.

Box Office crusher, Maverick Dailey, made it clear that he wanted the role. The producers, studio, and everyone involved were thrilled to score such a celebrity. Well, everyone except me.

And it’s my vote that counts since, according to my contract I get final say on casting. Maverick is amazing, yet I’m just not sure…

It certainly didn’t help that Finn Parker and I seemed destined to cross paths. We ran into each other all over Hollywood. And the more time we spent together, the more the sparks between us flew. We had an intense chemistry, something I’d only ever read about in books like mine.

Which made me wonder, was I really falling for Finn or just living out a fantasy with a red-blooded, live version of my hot hero character?

It’s easy to confuse fiction for reality in Hollywood. Everything is not as it seems in this town.

Not to mention, Finn’s life would forever change if he landed the role. Which made me question how good of an actor he really was? Was he interested in me, or the role I had the power to give him?

Is this Real Love or just Reel Love?

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My Review

Behind the glitz and glamour of Hollywood is a reality that only those in the business see and understand, which means to the unseen eye, tinseltown seems like a place where dreams come true and everyone involved in the movie industry are beautiful and live amazing lives.

But the truth isn’t as pretty as the perceptions of the Hollywood Hills because this industry consists of manufactured drama, fictitious worlds, and of fabricated connections/relationships, making it extremely difficult to be able to separate reel life from real life and reel love from real love.

For Francesca ‘Frankie’ Simonelli, the lights of Hollywood aren’t something she knows or even understands, but after her book garners enough attention to be offered a movie deal, she takes a hands-on role in bringing her story to life on the big screen, requiring final approval of the actor who will play her hero, Griffin Chase. The only problem is that who she wants for the role and who the studio wants are not the same male lead, which means she has to remain professional in order to choose which one would make the best Griffin regardless of her personal feelings toward both actors.

It’s said that making it big in Hollywood requires giving up a part of one’s soul, and while Finn Parker is still working on getting a standout role, he’s definitely changed who he is to obtain any advantages he can. When what Finn sees as a breakout role presents itself in the form of a book turned movie, at first, the script doesn’t appeal to him, but his opinion quickly changes, and after he nails the audition, it seems he’s destined for the role, but what that means for his career compared to his personal life is now where the problem lies because if he wants to be Griffin Chase, what happens to the real man behind the fictitious character and which one does Frankie truly want and need him to be?

The concept of Julie A. Richman’s newest release, Reel Love, is fitting for all that’s occurring in contemporary society when it comes to book to movie adaptations. And the idea that fact and fiction easily overlap each other in many facets of life rings true as well. Richman does a great job of illustrating all of the obstacles that Frankie and Finn must overcome if they want to turn their feelings for each other into something real and lasting. The behind-the-scenes look that readers get is extremely insightful and the difficulties of separating what’s real and what’s fiction when it comes to Frankie and Finn’s chemistry, connection, and feelings solidifies why Hollywood is so much more than how it’s portrayed on the small and big screens.

4.5 Poison Apples



Don’t fuck this up. This is the chance of a lifetime. She just confirmed that the rumors are true and she is the final decision-maker on casting. Who knew she’d be an early riser and a runner. Yeah, Sebastian told me that’s where she was staying, but I didn’t think I’d run into her. Divine providence, maybe? So glad I asked her where she was staying, now I don’t have to worry about that slipping out and her wondering how the hell I knew that little piece of information.

C’mon, dude, convince her you are Griffin Chase. This is your chance.

“Anything you want to know? If I can answer it, I will.” She smiles at me and seems very sincere in her offer.

There’s a messy lock of hair that’s slipped out of her loose ponytail and it’s distracting the hell out of me, seriously interfering with my brain’s ability to come up with coherent questions, questions that will impress a writer. I have the urge to reach across the table and tuck the errant, loose blonde spiral behind her ear. But I’m kind of digging the sexiness of how real she looks with it all messy. This woman has never seen a plastic surgeon in her life and everything that is imperfect is actually refreshing. And beautiful. And I don’t usually have a thing for blondes. But this one, she’s really cute.

“But hold that thought.” She smiles, abruptly getting up and going to the counter at the front of the shop.

It’s impossible not to admire her tight bottom, muscular legs, and the natural sway of her hips. Damn, that is sexy. I wonder if she even knows she’s sexy.

Returning with a plate covered by two large cookies, she shrugs, giving me an impish grin. “They were called cowboy cookies. How could I not?”

I can smell the dark chocolate and butter as she sets them down. “What exactly are they?”

“Oatmeal with chocolate chip.” She breaks off a piece of the one closest to her.

“Raisins are overrated anyway,” I assess with my first bite as the dark chocolate bathes my taste buds. Like everything else this place serves, the cookies are delicious.

“I figure we’ve already run off these calories.” Washing her cookie down with iced Americano, she locks eyes with me and asks, “Okay, I’m ready. So, what questions can I answer for you?”


About the Author

USA Today Bestselling author Julie A. Richman is a native New Yorker living deep in the heart of Texas. A creative writing major in college, reading and writing fiction has always been a passion. Julie began her corporate career in publishing in NYC and writing played a major role throughout her career as she created and wrote marketing, advertising, direct mail and fundraising materials for Fortune 500 corporations, advertising agencies and non-profit organizations. She is an avid nature photographer plagued with insatiable wanderlust. Julie and her husband have one son and a white German Shepherd named Juneau.

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