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What Happens In Carolina by Karen Grey
Series: Carolina Classics #1.5
Published by Self-Published on December 21, 2022
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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First, there’s only one office. Then, there’s only one bed. Then there’s only one condom.
I’m over the moon when I land my first-ever writing job on a new TV show that’s like, da bomb. So what if my old boss twisted her son’s arm to get me the job?
I’m not so enthused when I have to share an office the size of a broom closet with a grumpy guy who ignores me. I don’t care if he’s totally fly. I’ve got enough on my plate trying to come up with high concept storylines and punchy dialogue for hormone-filled teenagers—the actors and the characters—while being hazed in the writers’ room.
Things begin to heat up between us on a work trip to the gorgeous coastal filming location for our show, but when a hurricane threatens, sharing an office is the last thing we need to worry about.
What Happens in Carolina is book #1.5 in the Carolina Classics series. It isn’t the story of any of the five friends but the writers who were caught during the hurricane in the hotel. We saw a glimpse of them.
Now we get more depth on these two writers, George and Tina, and how they came to be writers for Lawson’s Reach. Their alternating points of view share the details. I didn’t feel like I really got enough to know and connect with them. I did enjoy their explanation of the process and how George sees things like a cartoon in his head. Their attraction felt too convenient.
I sometimes have issues with a novella and the limited time for character development. I felt that way here. I do like novellas so supporting characters can take the stage and be better known. Having read the rest of the series, I could appreciate that aspect. I don’t believe I would read this as a standalone. The impressions George and Tina had of Violet, Ford, Dani and the gang was great. I did enjoy getting another perspective on them.
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I agree novella are tricky for me as well
yes sometimes they can be.
Novellas are fun, but most of the time I find myself wishing it was a novel-length book instead.
yes that is often the case for me unless it is an epilogue of sorts on a character already known or it has to be very well-written or focused.
81 pages aren’t much time to get to know the characters. But, it’s nice to get a chance to learn a bit more about the characters.
yes Wendy, I was happy to learn more about them. I liked it. I just wanted more.
Novellas can be fun when it’s done right.
I think it was fun, Mary but I wanted a little more, which is the possible downside of novellas.
I enjoy Karen Grey and this had some very cute humorous moments.
I think I read this as part of the Smartasses anthology. It was interesting because we kind of knew the characters a teensy tiny bit from a little look at them in the first book in the series.
yes I bought Smartasses but haven’t read it yet. Sigh. I just wanted more which sometimes happens to me with novellas.
This is something I didn’t know I needed. I love the age gap and opposite attracts dynamics and this is a very real and satisfying story. He’s a laid-back charmer and she’s a career-oriented in charge woman. Fun read with lots of nostalgia. Slow burn, down-to-earth characters and steamy romance.
I’m so glad you enjoyed it Willie