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Penelope Patrick is a talented stage actress with a masters degree from Yale drama. She wanted to be in films, but was told she didn't have the face or body for it. Now she's set to star in a new dramatic play starring opposite her boyfriend, acclaimed Tony winning actor Frederick Berenson, who's reputation is even more acclaimed than hers. When she finds at the last minut Penelope Patrick is a talented stage actress with a masters degree from Yale drama. She wanted to be in films, but was told she didn't have the face or body for it. Now she's set to star in a new dramatic play starring opposite her boyfriend, acclaimed Tony winning actor Frederick Berenson, who's reputation is even more acclaimed than hers. When she finds at the last minute that the role of the leading man has been offered instead to Cameron Aldobrandeschi, a playboy prince turned model with no acting experience, she’s livid. She's a serious actress, and this was supposed to be a serious play, dammit. When they meet, she's even more put off by his lean, European good looks and dry humor, while he's offended by her obvious dismissiveness and supercilious superiority. The fact that Cameron comes with a gorgeous model girlfriend in the form of Claire Weatherfield doesn't do anything to endear him to the super serious Penelope. The fact that the doesn’t walk off the play in protest infuriates her boyfriend Frederick, and he simultaneously breaks up with her and tosses her out of their apartment as well. With nowhere else to go, she’s forced to ask her new co-star Cam if she can stay with him for a few days. He reluctantly agrees. Just as Penny and Cam get to be friends and realize that their worlds could somehow merge and they could coexist and be more than happy, tragedy strikes, and everything is turned upside down. They have to grow up in a hurry and find out if they really believe what they thought they did, or if they can change and become different people, better people, in a better world. They’re both forced to reexamine what they believed about looks and what they mean, and how important they are in a world where beauty is everything, no matter what anyone says.


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Penelope Patrick is a talented stage actress with a masters degree from Yale drama. She wanted to be in films, but was told she didn't have the face or body for it. Now she's set to star in a new dramatic play starring opposite her boyfriend, acclaimed Tony winning actor Frederick Berenson, who's reputation is even more acclaimed than hers. When she finds at the last minut Penelope Patrick is a talented stage actress with a masters degree from Yale drama. She wanted to be in films, but was told she didn't have the face or body for it. Now she's set to star in a new dramatic play starring opposite her boyfriend, acclaimed Tony winning actor Frederick Berenson, who's reputation is even more acclaimed than hers. When she finds at the last minute that the role of the leading man has been offered instead to Cameron Aldobrandeschi, a playboy prince turned model with no acting experience, she’s livid. She's a serious actress, and this was supposed to be a serious play, dammit. When they meet, she's even more put off by his lean, European good looks and dry humor, while he's offended by her obvious dismissiveness and supercilious superiority. The fact that Cameron comes with a gorgeous model girlfriend in the form of Claire Weatherfield doesn't do anything to endear him to the super serious Penelope. The fact that the doesn’t walk off the play in protest infuriates her boyfriend Frederick, and he simultaneously breaks up with her and tosses her out of their apartment as well. With nowhere else to go, she’s forced to ask her new co-star Cam if she can stay with him for a few days. He reluctantly agrees. Just as Penny and Cam get to be friends and realize that their worlds could somehow merge and they could coexist and be more than happy, tragedy strikes, and everything is turned upside down. They have to grow up in a hurry and find out if they really believe what they thought they did, or if they can change and become different people, better people, in a better world. They’re both forced to reexamine what they believed about looks and what they mean, and how important they are in a world where beauty is everything, no matter what anyone says.

42 review for Face the Stage

  1. 4 out of 5

    Simonne

    I'm not sure if this term is still used in the theatre world (or if it ever was, truthfully) but bravo! This is a fantastically entertaining and fun read. There were so many things I loved about it. For instance, I loved how authentic the dive into the New York Broadway scene felt. I loved the uniqueness of Cam's circumstances and the believability of Penny's thoughts about her average physical attractiveness. I loved how Penny and Cam have a rocky start, but one that isn't contrived at all; the I'm not sure if this term is still used in the theatre world (or if it ever was, truthfully) but bravo! This is a fantastically entertaining and fun read. There were so many things I loved about it. For instance, I loved how authentic the dive into the New York Broadway scene felt. I loved the uniqueness of Cam's circumstances and the believability of Penny's thoughts about her average physical attractiveness. I loved how Penny and Cam have a rocky start, but one that isn't contrived at all; they both have some pretty legit reasons to dislike each other. And I loved how much I hated Frederick. The romance is both steamy and adorable and when bad things happen, BAD things happen. I want an encore!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Angharad Rees

    Gorgeously written One of my favourites of Tani Hanes' works. Representation for "bigger" women is always appreciated, size is acknowledged but definitely not a defining feature of this strong female lead. I refuse to give spoilers in a review, but you won't be disappointed if you read this story. Gorgeously written One of my favourites of Tani Hanes' works. Representation for "bigger" women is always appreciated, size is acknowledged but definitely not a defining feature of this strong female lead. I refuse to give spoilers in a review, but you won't be disappointed if you read this story.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jammi Fitch

    Beautiful read I've enjoyed reading all Ms. Hanes books. I enjoy little glimpse into her head and this book doesn't disappoint. If you have read her other books you will tend to see the little Easter eggs that are spread throughout all of them and this book does just that. Great characters that are relatable to me. Beautiful read I've enjoyed reading all Ms. Hanes books. I enjoy little glimpse into her head and this book doesn't disappoint. If you have read her other books you will tend to see the little Easter eggs that are spread throughout all of them and this book does just that. Great characters that are relatable to me.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Trina

    Great read Tani Hanes like usual delivers a very delightful story. A modern twist of the classic beauty and the beast with her classic twists and style. A good read

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mahvish

    Face the stage is a well written book , english and grammar is top notch with a great detail on each and every scene . It is a great mix of reality and fantasy. The main characters are totally relatable . Cameron our handsome eye catching prince who is trying really hard to make people see that there is more to him than just his looks . Moreover he is tired of people making assumptions about him. Penny our tough cookie . She is just like a coconut from outside and soft from inside. Cameron and Pen Face the stage is a well written book , english and grammar is top notch with a great detail on each and every scene . It is a great mix of reality and fantasy. The main characters are totally relatable . Cameron our handsome eye catching prince who is trying really hard to make people see that there is more to him than just his looks . Moreover he is tired of people making assumptions about him. Penny our tough cookie . She is just like a coconut from outside and soft from inside. Cameron and Penny are opposite of each other but we know what they say 'opposites attract' they are no exception so it is a wonderful journey of theirs , how they teach each other some really important things about life for instance there perception about actual beauty .....This book has a great character development.

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