Close Up & Personal

Close up & Personal is a recommended read after FSOG.  Now, that being said, I’m not a fan of FSOG.  I lost interest pretty quickly with that series and only made it thru the first book and part of the second book.  Obviously it’s not for everyone.  So why did I read this book?  Well for one thing it was FREE on Amazon awhile ago.  Hey, why not!  Nothing ventured, nothing gained!

Drama-school graduate Isabella Green wants to be a script-writer. But when she meets famous director James Berkeley, she’s tempted into the glamorous world of acting. 

Behind the camera, the mysterious Berkeley commands discipline at all times. But Isabella soon discovers this man's dominant tendencies also extend into the dressing room. 

Suddenly Isabella is discovering a side of herself she never knew existed. But she is also learning more about the alluring James Berkeley. Is his desperate past something she can help heal? Or will the flames of passion consume them both when the cameras start rolling? 

Lights, camera, action..


Isabella is late for an audition for Lady Capulet.  When she does arrive, she realizes that she is going to be auditioning with famed director James Berkeley.  And he is rather intimidating.  But there is something about him, she can’t put her finger on it, but it’s there. 

From that one moment James see’s something in Issy.  He see’s potential as an actress and a lover.  But he never mixed business with pleasure.  Or will Issy be the one who makes him break this rule? 

From the instant that James and Isabelle meet you can feel the heat between them.  He pursues her the only way he knows how to.  By being a man.  A hot ALPHA man, who dishes out punishments if you don’t mind your manners.   However, he is not a forcefully Alpha/Dom.  He lets her make up her own mind and doesn’t just push her into it.  He is gentle with her, showing her, teaching her. 

My favorite scene between them was the tango.  Issy left go and just went with the flow, she left him guide her, left him move her.  She shut her brain off and just flowed with his body.  They were one in that moment.

But not everything is perfect between them.  Problems arise that can put a kink in their new fledgling love.  Both need to work on their jealous issues and Issy’s quick Spanish temper.

The only draw back for me was, again, Isabelle being a virgin, or not knowing.  At that age, you know.  Unless you lived under a rock.  But she went to school, she’s been around other men.  I realize she never felt strongly about someone to do the deed, but still.