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Thursday, 29 January 2015

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & GIVEAWAY - Acting Brave by Helena Newbury

Book & Author details:

Acting Brave by Helena Newbury 
(Fenbrook Academy #3)
Publication date: January 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance


She’s spent her whole life acting. But is she good enough to make him believe she doesn’t love him?
Three years ago, a terrified girl named Emma fled a world of crime and abuse in Chicago and bought a one-way ticket to New York. She reinvented herself as an actress, enrolled at the prestigious Fenbrook Academy and buried her pain beneath a vivacious new persona. Her new name was Jasmine.

Now she has to pull off the performance of her career.
Landing her dream part in a police show, she finds herself falling for her co-star, Ryan, a real-life cop. If she lets him get too close, he’ll awaken memories she doesn’t want to face and uncover secrets that could endanger them both. But how can she keep a guy at arm’s length when she has to kiss him on camera?

The last place Ryan imagined himself was on a TV show. 
Blaming himself for the death of his partner, he’s on a downward spiral of rage and guilt. The show is his last chance…but how can he keep it professional when his co-star is a woman he’s crazy about?

As their on-screen and off-screen relationships merge, things go from hot to blistering. But when Jasmine’s old life catches up with her, will a cop be the one person she can’t be around…or the only person who can save her?



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Jasmine is at Fenbrook Academy studying acting. Ryan is a beat cop who comes to her aid one evening and finds himself in head over heels.
But Jasmine does more that act at school. Its ALL she does, for Jasmine is just a part, a part that keeps Emma safe from her past.
When Ryan and Jamsine land the lead roles in a TV pilot, after Ryan's partner is shot dead and the TV show is Ryan's last chance to keep his job, lines are blurred. And when Emma's past comes back, lives are on the line, not just Emma's but Ryan's too.
I can't quite put my finger on why this book didn't work for me, and that ALWAYS frustrates me so!
It's written from Jasmine and Ryan's POV, and flips from chapter to chapter, but in the past tense, so for me, that was okay here.
From what I can gather, the characters from the previous two books play a large part here, and thats always a good thing, even if I haven't read them.
The general plot line is good, if a little dark and deadly. There should be a trigger warning on the blurb: rape, drugs (dealing and abuse) and murder all play a large part in this book and some readers may struggle to deal with those subjects as they come up.
I think, now I'm actually writing the review, for me it was the Jasmine/Emma changes and flips from one to the other. I began to get dizzy trying to keep up and it made for almost schizophrenic reading.
A good book, just not quite for me.

3 Stars

RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY - closes 5th February

  • A Kindle Fire HD7 (US & CAN)
  • A Fenbrook Academy T-shirt (choice of size) (US & CAN)
  • 3 x $10 Amazon gift cards (INTL)


I’m a New Adult Romance author who loves writing about what happens when love and dreams collide with the real world. I wrote my first novel, Dance for Me, in daily chunks in a very busy, very noisy coffee shop, which meant I had to order a black Americano every hour, on the hour, to keep my seat and wound up wired on caffeine most days. I hit the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists in summer 2013. Unlike my characters, I can’t dance.


  1. Thanks for hosting today! :)

  2. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity and review.

  3. What a great giveaway and the book sounds amazing too!