cover image Right on Cue

Right on Cue

Falon Ballard. Putnam, $18 trade paper (336p) ISBN 978-0-593-71290-0

Ballard (Just My Type) delivers a feisty and fast-paced Hollywood fantasy in this addictive contemporary. Emmy Harper, the 30-something daughter of two Hollywood legends, gave up acting as a teenager to focus her efforts on writing. Now the Oscar-winning screenwriter is having trouble casting her next rom-com because her team only wants her for the lead role. Overcoming her doubts after her last embarrassing stint on camera, she agrees—only to be surprised on set that her leading man is action star Grayson West, her awkward first kiss and disastrous scene partner 15 years earlier. For his part, Grayson jumped at the chance to work with Emmy and is surprised by her hostile attitude toward him. With the film at risk, they must overcome their aversion to each other or just act on the sexual tension simmering between them. Through nuanced character development, Ballard does an excellent job of making Emmy’s fears of advancing the relationship believable while still showcasing her compatibility with Grayson. It’s a fun, exciting peek at the magic that can happen behind the camera. Agent: Kimberly Whalen, Whalen Agency. (Mar.)