Contemporary Romance

ARC Review: Bright Like Wildfire – Juliette Cross

Bennett has no idea why Betty Mouton hates him.

Other than the time he accidentally hit her boobs with a glitter bomb in their community theater performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” he’s been nothing but helpful and accommodating. But that notorious “incident” happened years ago. Time for the gorgeous redhead to get over it and admit to the real chemistry between them, not just the on-stage kind.

Betty is in trouble.

She may have gotten her dream role in a production by her favorite playwright, but there’s a big problem. Her romantic lead is that cocky, annoyingly hot know-it-all Bennett Broussard. And when the fake touching and fake kissing start to feel way too real, Betty realizes one thing. She better act her heart out or finally admit that Bennett has stolen hers.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Bright Like Wildfire is the latest contemporary, small town romance by Juliette Cross and features a grocery store-owning hero and high school teacher heroine. Both main characters also enjoy volunteering in the local community theatre productions in their spare time, and on the stage is where the true romance begins…

When it comes to writing well-developed characters, Juliette Cross is a master. I always feel like I truly know the characters she writes, like they could be any real person I know in my everyday life, and that is just one of the reasons I continue to adore JC’s writing. When it comes to Betty and Bennett, I felt I got to see all aspects of their personalities, what influenced their decision-making, and why they needed to go through that journey for their character growth.

I’m also a sucker for a pining hero and JC absolutely delivered. Give me Bennett pining for Betty every day of the week. Add in Bennett and Betty playing a married couple on-stage while their off-stage relationship blossomed and I was hooked.

There were so many fun elements in this book and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who enjoys small town romance, characters involved in the performing arts, or JC’s other works. Overall, a great read!

Disclaimer: I received an arc from the author.

~Releasing 12 July 2022~
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