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Red Lines by T.A. Foster

Red Lines by T.A. Foster

4 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
Love on remote Perry Island was one thing, but with the flash of a camera everything has changed.

Movie star Evan Carlson has just landed the role of a lifetime, playing the infamous Dexter Red. Fans can’t get enough of the sexiest, most-talked-about guy to ever hit paperback pages.

Haven is in Austin working on her songwriting career, and Evan’s faith and commitment are put to the test. No matter which way he turns, Hollywood keeps getting in the way.

Does realizing their career dreams mean losing their relationship? Can they survive the headlines and media frenzy surrounding Evan’s new role?

When it comes to love, some lines are meant to be blurred.

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My Review
With Haven’s music career and Evan’s ranch drawing both to Austin, Texas, the two end up spending more time together, stitching up their fragile relationship. But when Evan agrees to play the lead in Red Lines, a Fifty Shades of Grey-esque movie alongside ex-girlfriend Emmy Harper, those new seams will be stretched to their limit. And it’s not just kinky, naked movie scenes that pull the couple apart. Family drama, a new talent at Blue Steel Records, and time apart all play guest-starring roles.

Plot
New relationships are hard enough without everything else Haven and Evan have going on in their busy lives. As the two try to find alone-time in a house full of support staff, the paparazzi camp out front, trying to catch a glimpse of the aspiring songwriter who broke up Hollywood “it” couple “Emvy.” The main plot centers around the obstacles that Evan and Haven need to overcome to be together, and there are a lot of them. But there are also good subplots involving Haven’s family back on Perry Island, Evan’s family, and Haven’s career. They’re all woven well together, strengthening the main plot.

World Building
The switch from laid-back Perry Island to the eternally-weird city of Austin is really well done. Between Evan’s ranch and the city life itself, T.A. Foster manages to create both tranquility on the ranch and a hustle and bustle in the city, with her action flowing naturally from the setting. Although I would have loved a little more time on Sixth Street, I get that the gritty, dusty, sprawling ranch is home.

The other aspect of world building that really came alive is the set of Red Lines. Living in southern California, it’s impossible not to know at least one person in “the business.” I know several, so I’m always highly critical of books set in that world when the author hasn’t done his or her homework. But T.A. Foster does a great job of creating an authentic world, including long, boring days of table reads, hot set lights, too much makeup, and huge crews making love scenes feel anything but intimate. Although secretly I would have loved a shout out to the great work that costumers do (right, Meredith?).

Characters
Haven and Evan are still the main characters and even though I already knew them coming into Red Lines, I feel like I know them better now. The addition of singer/songwriter Carly Stone and Evan’s ranch staff provide more conflict and interesting characters for Evan and Haven to interact with in new ways.

Top Five Things I Enjoyed About Red Lines
1. Haven. She stays true to herself and I love it. It would be so easy for her to get wrapped up in the world Evan lives in, but she’s a Perry Island girl through and through.

2. Emvy. Because, seriously, that’s one the best “ship” names I’ve heard in awhile.

3. Birthday Surprise. I won’t give anything away. and though I saw it coming, it was still really amazing and I could picture the entire thing.

4. The Settings. I loved the island, but it was great to bounce around between the ranch, Austin. and L.A. Having spent time in two out of three of those places, they were easy for me to picture. But the descriptive details the author uses for the ranch,had me right there picturing that, too.

5. Cowboy Steaks. They’re back!

Bottom Line
Red Lines is the story of how a couple in a new relationship struggles with fitting their significant other into their well-established lives. Its easy to relate to their struggles, even for ordinary people who aren’t actors or songwriters.

Disclaimer
I was provided with a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Book
Title: Red LInes
Series: Finding Haven #2
Author: T.A. Foster
Release Date: May 15th, 2014
Pages: 216
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble |  iBooks

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Author T.A. Foster

Author T.A. Foster

About the Author

T.A. Foster is a Southern girl whose heart and spirit are connected to the beach. She grew up catching rays and chasing waves along the North Carolina Outer Banks and now resides in the state with her adventurous pilot husband, two children and two canine kiddos.

Her long love affair with books started at an early age, and as soon as she was able, she transformed imaginative stories into words on paper. Time Spell is T.A.’s debut novel, and the first in a series about a very adventurous, clever, and magical girl named Ivy.

T.A. has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. When she’s not chasing her two-legged and four-legged children or trying to escape for date night, you can find her reading, writing or planning her next beach trip.

Where to Find T.A. Foster
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