Review: Love Scene, Take Two

Love Scene, Take Two is Alex Evansley’s debut novel with Swoon Reads. I was especially excited about reading this novel, and it did not leave me disappointed! I cannot remember the last time I flipped through a novel so quickly!

Teddy just had a terrible audition for the lead in the latest adaptation of a bestselling YA series, and now he’s on a plane flying across the country to meet his girlfriend for a weekend getaway. Unbeknownst to him, he’s sitting across from the series author, Bennett, who is also the lead screenwriter of the movie script. After a hurricane hits Florida and his second flight is canceled, Teddy has no place to go. Bennett takes pity on him and invites him home. They hit it off so well that Teddy ends up staying the entire weekend and they start to fall for each other. However, a major misunderstanding at the airport leaves a riff in their relationship and Bennett is set to never talk to him again. The only problem? Teddy ends up getting the lead role and now Bennett will be stuck on set with him for a couple of months.

The first half of the novel is from Teddy’s perspective and takes place over a long weekend at Bennett’s house. The second half of the novel then switches over to Bennett’s perspective and takes place six months later on the movie set. The switched perspective surprised me at first as I was not expecting it. However, I ended up really enjoying the different perspectives. It worked especially well because Teddy’s POV takes place while he’s an outsider in Bennett’s world (at her house on the lake) and Bennett’s POV happens on the movie set, which is most definitely Teddy’s world.

Love Scene, Take Two is such a delightful read. I loved Teddy and Bennett’s flirty interactions and easy banter, which helped keep the novel moving in a fast pace. Both settings (the lake and the movie set) were great in their own ways, and I was glad we got to see Bennett’s family. I especially enjoyed the additional characters in the second half, such as Emmy and Olivia. At first I thought the story was going to devolve into Olivia, the actress playing the main heroine, causing drama and jealousy between Teddy and Bennett. However, that doesn’t happen and I love how supportive she is! I was so glad that Bennett and her were able to form a friendship (and that she shipped Teddy and Bennett just as much as I did). Also, Bennett’s book? I totally want to read it based off of the scenes that were being filmed!

Overall, Love Scene, Take Two is a fun, flirty, fast-paced summer read—perfect for fans of Famous in Love! I look forward to reading Alex Evansley’s next novel!

My Rating:

5 Hearts*This ARC was provided to me by the publisher through Xpresso Book Tours and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*


About Love Scene, Take Two

Release Date: June 12, 2018
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Debut author Alex Evansley delivers a sweet summer romance in this inventive novel about a young heartthrob and teen author falling in love.

Teddy Sharpe is kind of famous. He might actually be on his way to being really famous, especially if he’d nailed an audition for the lead role in the movie adaption of the newest bestselling young adult book series. There’s just one problem: He totally blew the audition. And he’s stuck in a tiny North Carolina airport. And his maybe-ex-girlfriend kind of just broke up with him.

The weekend isn’t exactly looking good until Bennett Caldwell, author of the very book series he just auditioned for, takes pity on him and invites him to her family’s lake house. Away from the glitz and glam of Hollywood for a few days, Teddy starts to relax . . . and somehow he and Bennett just click. But dating is hard enough when you aren’t the subject of several dozen fanblogs, and the Internet is full of juicy gossip about Teddy and Bennett . . . gossip that Bennett might not be prepared to handle.

Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, Alex Evansley’s debut novel, written from both Bennett and Teddy’s perspectives, will have teens laughing, swooning, and falling in love along with these fantastically relatable characters.

About Alex Evansley


Alex Evansley is a twenty-something-year-old writer from North Carolina. Her specialized talents include putting on workout clothes and not working out, sleeping during the day, losing socks, and procrastinating stories she’d like to write. Love Scene, Take Two is her debut novel.

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