Finish What You Started (ExStream Love #1) by Kathryn Lively #mf #review @MsKathrynLively

Finish What You Started

In this business, it gets hot under the spotlight…

Once a teen idol, Gabby Randall now spends her time behind the camera. With her show Danse Macabre scripted and a greenlit for a popular streaming site, she has everything she wants…except her star. Deadlines are looming and she’s desperate to cast the role of a modern-day, motorcycle-riding Grim Reaper. She never thought she’d end up hiring her former co-star, TV’s most beloved geek…and her ex-husband.

Until the day he dies, people will remember Dash Gregory as Freddie ‘Grody’ Grodin, the token geek friend of the cool kids at Wondermancer High. After years of casting agents overlooking him for plum roles, Dash wants to show Hollywood he’s more than a one-note player. He’s ready to break the vicious typecasting cycle, and he’s set his sights on the lead role in a sexy new series too hot for network TV.

When the director yells “Cut!” the star wants to keep up the action behind the scenes. Are Dash and Gabby willing to make ratings history again?


From the blurb, I had a rudimentary concept of the story. And I’ve got to say, it was not at all what I expected and surpassed my expectations.

First off – this is a sweet romance. The sex is euphemistically drawn. Nothing truly bad happens and even when something bad does happen, it’s quick. It’s over with. And the characters move on. (Yay for no angst.)

If you are expecting a book drawn from the blurb, you might find the first 50% of the book a bit confusing as I, at least, kept expecting the book to begin (aka if the blurb was the book.) However, once I realized the blurb part didn’t start until the halfway mark, I leaned back to enjoy, I thoroughly did like the story. Sometimes a sweet romance is just what a person needs.

The television series Danse Macabre that is mentioned in the story – let me be clear. If someone ever makes that concept into an online show? Day-umn. I’d watch that Reaper.

All-in-all. Cute story. Gabby was at times a bit too wishy-washy. I did like Dash and one thing I must say – both leads acted like adults! Which was a refreshing concept since in so many books, the lead characters don’t.

For me one of the main things missing was there was no closure on the whole Gabby’s parents interference thing. It would have been nice to see proof those people had either got their comeuppance or had moved on.


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