Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Book Review of Adapted for Film by Stacey Rourke

Book Title: Adapted for Film
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 232
Author: Stacey Rourke
Date Published: 9 March 2015


Aubrey Evans is living every author’s dream; her sizzling romance novel is being turned into a blockbuster film. She would be celebrating this momentous event, if she wasn’t busy fighting over every tiny production detail with the maddeningly cavalier director, Kole Camden.
When news of their heated rivalry hits the gossip columns, drastic measures must be taken to save their sinking project. In an elaborate PR hoax, she is publicly linked to Greyson Meyers, the swoon-worthy star of her movie. A whirl-wind love affair is staged for the couple to mirror the steamy chapters of her own books.
Can the introverted author resist the charms of Hollywood’s sexiest leading man? Or will love find her in the City of Angels?


Adapted For FilmAdapted For Film by Stacey Rourke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a fantastic contemporary comedic romance. I loved it!

Aubrey Evans is a wonderful character. I liked her very much. She is a romance novelist, who lives a vicarious life through her characters. She is an introvert and mostly shy, but due to her success on the bestseller list, her books are very much in demand. Now one of her books, True Love, is being made into major motion picture and her life may never be the same again, especially when she meets Kole Camden, the director, and sparks fly.

This is a fantastic romance story. The story is told narration style by Aubrey to a national reporter as an exclusive. This is certainly a unique way to tell a story. I fell in love with all of the characters, including Mateo Cruz, whose slightly sleezy, never mind cheesy dialogue had me grinning and shuddering in equal measure. Tandy Owens is a great friend and personal assistant to Aubrey. Her more flamboyant personality balanced Aubrey's shyness. I loved their scene in the limo together as they arrived at the movie studio; I could picture that scene with ease. Greyson Meyers is the swoon-worthy star of the movie, whose ego is ginormous but, he also is a very nice man underneath his persona and he takes Aubrey under his wing. The one mystery was Kole Camden. This is one character I really wanted to get to know better. I wanted a bit more of Aubrey and Kole interaction, as their chemistry is extremely palpable. The disagreements were heated and the passion between them burned hot, but they didn't act on their feelings as much as I thought they should have in private. It was like they were friends and not potentially a couple. I think, for me, Kole should have played a bigger role in the story than just someone for Aubrey to throw temper tantrums at when the movie script didn't correspond to her original story line. I wanted him to shut her up with a kiss, but that didn't happen either! However, there is one scene that had me smiling and that's the one with the golf cart, a feather duster and a bottle of milk. Once you read that scene, you'll know what I mean. I seriously thought "O.M.G.!" and burst out laughing. I could picture that scene quite clearly, along with a few others in the book. The story is peppered with the sarcastic humour and wit that I have come to love from this author, and has several twists that kept things interesting. I reached the end of the story and smiled in satisfaction; it almost had a "riding off into the sunset" feel to it with an optimistic happily ever after, which a good romance story should always have. I would love for this book to be actually made into a movie, either for TV or for the big screen. Now, how ironic would that be if it was?

Stacey Rourke has written a fantastically comedic contemporary romance. I love her characters, who are extremely lifelike and feel like friends. I love her writing style, which is fast paced, and the story flows wonderfully. I am a huge fan of this author. The wit and charm she brings to her books makes them a joy to read. I am looking forward to reading more of her books, whether they be YA like her Gryphon Series, Dark Fantasy like her Legend Series or Contemporary Romance such as this one, or any other genre she attempts in the future.

Although this is not really a YA story as such, I highly recommend this book to teens aged 15+ and adults who love light hearted contemporary romances. - Lynn Worton

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“I think I get it. If a butterfly were to land on you, its touch would be so delicate that you would wonder if it had really happened at all, or if it was merely your mind fantasizing that such a rare beauty would honor you with the gift of their touch.”
A gorgeous man uttering such poetry temporarily short circuited my brain. Catching myself doing the slack-jawed fan-girl thing, I quickly snapped my mouth shut and averted my gaze to a nonthreatening cement turtle by the edge of the gazebo.
“Yep,” I muttered to the turtle. “I think you’ve got it.”
Unfortunately for my last remaining shred of dignity, Greyson wasn’t done with his tutorial. He closed the distance between us with a burning hunger blazing in his eyes. A hot flush rose in my cheeks, creeping clear up to my earlobes as his sculpted body skimmed against mine. Toned, rigid perfection only a few thin layers of fabric away …
“What are you doing?” My voice failed me, coming out in a raspy yelp.
“Making sure I’ve got this right.” Temptation, of the most carnal variety, emanated off of him. His focused gaze followed the curve of my lips, the lift of one brow promising toe-curling fun.
It had been a really long time since someone had looked at me like that. Much less one of the sexiest men on the planet. That almost never happened.
“Aiden wouldn’t grab Paige, wouldn’t pull her to him.” Raising one hand, he traced the length of my arm with two fingers.
Starting at my wrist, he worked his way up. His skin never actually made contact, but whispered over mine in an electrifying rush that rolled and built. Bowing his head, his silky locks tickled my cheek. Hot breath teased over my collarbone, awakening a need so powerful my hands curled into tight fists at my sides. Agonizingly slow, he raised his head. The blissful torment of his lips teased over mine, setting the veil of energy between us alive with desire.

“He wouldn’t want to crush her lips with his need,” he murmured against my mouth, “but would wait … patiently for her to close that last … remaining … space.”

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About The Author:

There is nothing worse than being put on the spot and asked to talk about yourself. For me it brings back that inevitable moment in a new school when the teacher would ask me to stand up, introduce myself and tell the class something about myself. I was always worried I would blurt out something stupid that I would get teased for. Something like, “My name’s Stacey and I like pickles!” Then for the rest of the school year I’d be known as the Pickle Girl and let’s be honest, no one wants that. So to avoid such a faux pas I will simply say that I love to write. It allows me to get my crazy out just enough that I can function as a normal member of society.

Best selling award winning author of the Laugh-out Loud Gryphon Series and the nonfiction book I'm Not Crazy I'm on Lupron; a Journey Through Infertility. Learn more about Stacey's books at or

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