June 26, 2012 Rissi JC 2 Comments

Tagline: The one thing she cannot direct is her heart

‘THE DIRECTOR’S CUT,’ BY JANICE THOMPSON. A review of the 2012 Revell rom-com novel publication. All review text © Rissi JC

THE DIRECTOR’S CUT STORY (from the publisher): Tia Morales is used to calling the shots. She’s the director of the popular sitcom Stars Collide, and her life on set is calculated and orderly. Well, most of the time. But her life outside the studio is another matter. If only she could get her family to behave as well as her stars do! When she starts butting heads with handsome camera operator Jason Harris, it’s enough to send a girl over the edge. Will she ever learn to let go and take life–and love–as it comes?

REVIEW: Tia’s story rounds out what has been a “fun” series. Set in the glamorous and glittering world of Hollywood, the books take a unique approach in each storyline. Each one takes a new angle; one is about filmmaking, then acting and writing. Book one looks at show business from the perspective of actors, followed by the screenplay viewpoint, and then obviously, in The Director’s Cut, directing. Of the three, I think hers is the story I (subconsciously) did most anticipate. Even from the first, meeting Tia, I did hope she would get a chance to have a book, and indeed Thompson doesn’t disappoint. (Plus it didn’t hamper my enthusiasm when a certain cameraman, aka the source of irritation for Tia is leading man potential. *wink*) I love this little book despite the fact that it’s the least wholesome of them all.

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If there is a downfall in the writing, it’d be the family angle. Tia’s family is a large one but she seems to be the only one who perhaps has some morals. Conservative readers may not be able to root on these characters. For example, Tia’s siblings have very loose morals; one falls into bed with anyone good-looking and her father is a repeat unfaithful husband. It’s these issues that make reading the story less enjoyable. Reading Christian fiction should meet (and surpass) certain criteria in my humble opinion. This isn’t one of those books. It just doesn’t look like an example of Christ.

So much of The Director’s Cut is perfectly adorable. One character I do love meeting is DJ’s sister (from “Weddings by Bella”). Her presence just makes you smile, and though she may be a supporting character (hopefully, we will get to know her better someday), she’s pretty unforgettable. As is Brock, the Hollywood heartthrob who tried to steal Bella from DJ. Then there is Jason and Tia. Gosh! But I love these two together. Their relationship is the kind that I’d have like to be two-sided as opposed to being limited to Tia’s thoughts and emotions. Still, my picture of this couple is a good one and I was probably left with a goofy grin reading the last pages of this little delight. Like its counterparts, I do think the metaphors get old but for this particular book, I don’t let that dampen my enthusiasm. Great writing plus endearing characters equals a darn good time.

IN CONCLUSION: A great series closer! If a series has to come to an end, this is how it is done. This one makes the ‘cut.’

About the Book:

Author: Janice Thompson
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: 2012
Series: Backstage Pass – Book 3
Genre: Christian Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Find the Book: Goodreads
Rating: 4 ½ out of 5

*Many thanks to the publisher providing this copy for reviewing purposes 

About Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

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  • Ruth June 27, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    I still haven't read book #2 in this series!

  • Rissi June 28, 2012 at 3:42 AM

    Really? This one was my most favorite – I really liked it! From the characters to the plot, it was best in my opinion.

    Hope you enjoy Hello, Hollywood! if you read it. I'll be watching for it. :-)

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